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Left 4 Dead 1 Campaign Add-On

posted Sunday Jun 13, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Left 4 Dead 1 Campaign Add-On

We here at the show absolutely love the Left 4 Dead series. Scott seems to enjoy the first game for different reasons than I enjoy the sequel, but we can both agree on the fact that both games do certain things extremely well while lacking in other areas. Still, there are lots of people who will play the original game for the fact that they love the simplicity of the gameplay.

Because of that, a group of developers - the same group that created Portal: Prelude - have released another, all-new campaign for Left 4 Dead called "I Hate Mountains". The best part of it all? It's free for any owner of the PC version of the game.

World Cup 2010 South Africa Scores Big With The Internet

posted Saturday Jun 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

World Cup 2010 South Africa Scores Big With The Internet

June 11th marked the beginning of an event bigger than the Olympics, I mean the good Olympics, not the winter ones. The World Cup 2010 South Africa kicked off with 2 match ups between Mexico vs. South Africa, and France vs. Uruguay. Even though the games were heavily televised around the world the Internet wasn't taking the day off by any means. Starting at 6 a.m. ET traffic started increasing heavily for news sites and peaked at 12 a.m. ET with 12,078,868 visitors per minute according to measurements taken by Akamai. This breaks the previous record set on November 4th, 2008 when Barack Obama won the presidential election which registered 8,572,042 visitors per minute at its peak. At 5 p.m. ET traffic was still 130% above normal at 6.5 million visitors per minute. Looks like it's going to be a long and heavy flow this month for the Internet.

E3 2010 - Sneak Peek!

posted Saturday Jun 12, 2010 by Josh Henry

E3 2010 - Sneak Peek!

Saturday night we had the privilege to get a sneak peek of trailers that are going to be presented this year at E3. Ranging from the PS3 exclusive Killzone 3 to Bethesda's newest addition to the Fallout Universe, Fallout: New Vegas. We also got a small sneak peek of the game I've been following religiously... that's right Star Wars: The Old Republic. Unfortunately we got to hear a little bit about how Blur (the company who made last years trailer) goes about creating epic Star Wars scenes and a reveal that this years trailer will involve Princess Leia's home planet Alderaan. Another Star Wars related reveal was a new Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 trailer. I won't give away anything but I will say that it was awesome.

That isn't all we got to see however. We also got to take a look at some of the booths that will be at this years convention, and needless to say the booths are enough reason to follow the coverage of E3. The booths Warner Brothers have in store for E3 are awe-inspiring to say the least. Their Batman Arkham Asylum 2 makes you feel like you have been committed into Arkham. The Xbox 360 booth looks just as you would imagine: full of green circles, lots of white and... purple? Looks like Xbox is upgrading their pallets.

Hit the break for more previews of our upcoming E3 2010 coverage!

iPhone 4 Is Catching Up With The Present

posted Saturday Jun 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

iPhone 4 Is Catching Up With The Present

Apple claims to be changing the game again with their new iPhone 4 which recently made its debut at the 2010 World Wide Developers Conference that took place June 7th-11th. Jobs had a lot to say during his lengthy keynote where he first started off talking about the iPad before getting to the star of the show, the iPhone 4. Below are some notes that will help summarize the latest and greatest iPhone according to Steve Jobs.

Physical Architecture

- .37 in thick making it the thinnest smart phone ever.

- Two steel bands encompass the sides of the frame and serve to amplify the phone’s antennas enhancing Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GSM while providing structural support.

- The new design of the phone is a little squarer than the previous models, which makes it feel less like the previous iPhones. (I think it more closely resembles the G1 now, which is funny.)

- The external buttons consist of On/off, Sleep/wake, Volume up/down, Ring/silent, and Home.

Display

- The new "Retina display" is supposed to make viewing text and photos as clear to the eye as is possible.

- 800:1 contrast ratio.

- 3.5in. (diagonal)widescreen, Multi-Touch display.

- 960x640 pixels, 4 times more than 3GS.

Hit the break for the rest of the new and exciting features!

PLuGHiTz Live! 3.0

posted Saturday Jun 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

PLuGHiTz Live! 3.0

After months of rewriting and rethinking the way the site works and feels, we are pleased to announce a complete relaunch of PLuGHiTz Live! We have put a lot of work into this project and we hope it makes using the site easier and more enjoyable.

The biggest changes come in the Radio pages, where you will be able to see a lot more information about who we are and what we talk about and even listen to the episodes all in one convenient location. We have also added an Events section which contains all information about special events, such as International Consumer Electronics Show, Electronic Entertainment Expo and of course Florida SuperCon!

Also, check out the revamped site for The UpStream where you can follow the news as it happens on your phone, computer or iPod with a convenient RSS feed. We also encourage you to get involved and comment!

We would also like to welcome our new sponsors, the Microsoft Store and Sirius|XM Radio! We look forward to a long partnership with all 5 of our site sponsors!

We want to hear your thoughts and feelings on the new site. Feel free to comment here in the comments section or contact us through any of our Staff profiles. We hope that with this new site and your loyal support that we can make our upcoming Season 4 of PLuGHiTz Live! Radio a huge success!

PBS "Video Games Live" Airing

posted Sunday Jun 6, 2010 by Josh Henry

PBS

You may recall an article we wrote back in December stating that PBS, the people who brought you Reading Rainbow, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and Barney would be airing Video Games Live for 90 minutes, which will debut July 31. In case you aren't familiar with what VGL is, it is essentially an orchestra entirely dedicated to playing your favorite video game themes, with a classical twist.

If you're planning on tuning in, you can check out the trailer posted after the jump to see what you're in for, or read this press release to see what games the orchestra will be sampling during its performance.

Hit the break to see a video for the event and read part of the press release.

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