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NBC Direct: Unimpressive

posted Tuesday Nov 13, 2007 by Scott Ertz

NBC Direct: Unimpressive

We've talked a lot about NBC pulling out... of iTunes (listen to Episode 20 to get that joke), in favor of their own service: NBC Direct.

We have been a little concerned about this idea, of course, but thought it could be a real turning point for the media marketplace if it was done well. The service has launched, and guess what. It's not too great.

The software is hard to install, it only works on Windows machines with Internet Explorer, the episodes delete themselves after 48 hours, and there is no portability capability.

So, the verdict is: bad move.

Bungie.net Upgrades

posted Tuesday Nov 13, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Bungie.net Upgrades

Playing Halo 3 without visiting Bungie.net is like peanut butter without jelly: it just doesn't make sense.

So, we know you'll all be excited to know about some new improvements that have been added to the website. First is heatmaps, which is a map showing where people get killed. You can get a personal or a global heatmap, so you can know where YOU get killed, or where everyone does. Also, what they are calling Bungie's Favorites, which is a way to only see good videos and not the crappy ones that fill a good portion of the site.

We are most excited about the heatmaps. We think that is a really cool, and informative feature. More than where people get killed, it shows where they don't, so you can check out some new areas of the maps. Enjoy.

Unreal Tournament 3 This Year

posted Tuesday Nov 13, 2007 by Scott Ertz

<i>Unreal Tournament 3</i> This Year

Mark Rein from Epic has said, despite all announcements that Unreal Tournament 3 was to be released in 2008, it now looks like we might see it before years end.

He told Eurogamer yesterday,

{Epic are} very close to a release candidate {and we} should have it finished by the end of this week.

That's very exciting for those of us who are into well-written, well-developed shooter-games. Keep your fingers crossed!

PLuGHiTz Live!

posted Sunday Nov 11, 2007 by Scott Ertz

PLuGHiTz Live!

Today launches our new media service, PLuGHiTz Live! For our PLuGHiTz Radio listeners, you will notice we are now part of PLuGHiTz Live! which is very exciting. Listeners can now interact with us during the live show.

Our DDRLover users will notice that the Media and Video sections are now part of Live! as well. All of our rhythm downloads have moved to join the new Live! family.

In addition to incorporating things we know, we have also added in all new content. Gameplay videos, trailers, event videos, custom content (such as game reviews, DVD previews and music interviews) and more will all be available over there.

So, go check it out and let us all know what you think!

Microsoft Breaks Japan's Will

posted Saturday Nov 10, 2007 by Scott Ertz

If you're a regular listener, you'll know that the Xbox family has never had a strong hold in Japan. Well, apparently, last week that changed. The 360 has outsold both the PS3 and the PS2. Now, it is believed that the reason for a 580% spike in sales for the 360 is entirely due to the launch of Ace Combat 6 which is apparently very popular. It will be interesting to see if this keeps up.

PS3 Update

posted Saturday Nov 10, 2007 by Scott Ertz

PS3 Update

Sony is releasing firmware version 2.0. Now, for those of you who don't know how software works, a number change indicates a major change. There is a lot to this update, and we know there are only 3 of you who have a PS3, so here's the deal, check the link and G4 will tell you about the update.

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