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iPhone Launches in England

posted Saturday Nov 10, 2007 by Scott Ertz

iPhone Launches in England

The iPhone has launched in the UK on the O2 network. It appears to be the same handset that is available here in the US, except for the obvious network location software. The same rules appear to apply to this handset, including the ability to unlock the handset for other networks, with the same possibility of bricking the handset. We look forward to seeing how poorly the phone does over there.

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Google Has Gas

posted Saturday Nov 10, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Google Has Gas

Tired of not having a virtual map everywhere you go? Well, that is no longer a problem. Google and Gilbarco Veeder-Root are adding Google Maps to around 3,500 gas pumps across the country.

This will allow users to find their way while they are filling up their tank. Either that, or block the pump while they are lost.

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God of War 3 Coming

posted Saturday Nov 10, 2007 by Scott Ertz

It's official, the PS3 just got a whole lot cooler. Sony Computer Entertainment announced that God of War III is in the works. This will mark Kratos' move to the next gen, and promises incredible graphics and longer gameplay.

There a couple of obstacles to overcome: Cory Barlog, GOW2 game designer and David Jaffe, gaming god, have both left SCEA. Nevertheless, GOW will be anamaing game.

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The Time of Your Life

posted Saturday Nov 10, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft, the national PTA and Jerry Rice have teamed up to form some sort of new, boring Justice League.

It has been decided that you cannot play your 360 when you want to. Ha ha ha ha. And, to prevent it, mom and dad can now use the new parental time limit feature to say when you can play.

We here think this could be a good idea for the little ones out there, but not so much for the husband whose wife is trying to talk too much. Here's our suggestion: set the password yourself before they can. Now GO!

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Weather at NiGHTS

posted Thursday Nov 8, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Don't you hate when it's raining outside and you have to stay in and play videogames all day? We don't, either. Playing games to avoid the weather is the best part of weather. Now, you won't even be able to do that!

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams says it will be the first game to utilize the Wii weather feature. If it is raining outside in real life, it will be raining in the game. Interesting idea, but not the first. (Grab your copy of Madden if you need proof).

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EA Gets Out of Town

posted Thursday Nov 8, 2007 by Scott Ertz

EA Gets Out of Town

EA is closing its Chicago offices. Here's what Frank Gibeau had to say:

Within the EA Games Label, we are committed to running each franchise and facility as a city/state, teams with unique creative identities as well as responsibility for product quality, ship dates and profitability. We recognize that games require large investments and extended development cycles. We're willing to take risks, make long-term investments, and to support teams and individuals between launches. But each team is responsible for staying on a reasonable path to profitability. Sticking to that strategy is what gives us the financial resources and flexibility to take risks on new projects.

Unfortunately, EA Chicago hasn't been able to meet that standard. The location has grown dramatically in the past three years while revenue from the games developed there has not. The number of employees has grown from 49 in 2004 to 146 people currently in the new facility in downtown Chicago. As it stands, EA Chicago has no expectation of hitting our profitability targets until FY2011 or later.

Closing EA Chicago is the toughest decision I've made in my career - one that in no way reflects on the talent and dedication of the people who work there.

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