In January we talked about some
casting announcements and rumors for the Avengers movie franchise. One of those rumors was that Jeremy Renner was in talks to play Hawkeye, the purple-masked archer of the team. Since then, his career has changed a little bit and he is now a much bigger name than he was even 4 months ago.
This is because of the success of his last film,
The Hurt Locker for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. The fact that he didn't win does not change the fact that his nomination brought his name into the public consciousness. It also helps that the film itself won several awards, including Picture of the Year.
Everyone here at the show can agree on two things: Foursquare is the coolest application ever and China's government is always looking for new things to ban their country's residents from. I guess they figured since Google gave up on them, they needed a new target, so this week, China has blocked access to Foursquare, due to too many people checking in at Tiananmen Square. This ban, however, does come during the week of the 21st anniversary of the massacre at that location.
Ever since that day, June 4th, 1989, when over 3,000 protestors and students were killed by the Chinese government for protesting against communism, the Chinese government has forbidden any talk or postings about the occurrence. This does extend to the Internet.
For those of you that have an Xbox 360 and like to watch the segments they have from time to time called "Inside Xbox" you would have found out this week that Xbox 360 and Cirque Du Soleil are teaming up at E3 this year! For what exactly? Nobody really knows, but we do know that it involves Project Natal.
We here at PLuGHiTz Live! have a few predictions of our own. The first being that Microsoft build a GIANT Natal that will capture the entire cast of Cirque Du Soleil, which then would lead to the whole cast painting elephants, giraffes and any other animals French-Canadians like (maybe a few moose.)
What have we learned from AT&T this week (other than
an easy way to kill a good thing)? Not all CEOs are as fun loving as Steve Jobs.
Steve loves to receive emails from people and respond personally. Sometimes they are nice, sometimes not so much. The other thing you can almost guarantee, though, is if you have a valid point, he will respond. AT&T's CEO, Randall Stephenson, apparently doesn't feel the same way.
June is a big month of change for AT&T. On the 1st we saw a change in the early termination fees for smartphones, almost doubling. Tomorrow we will see a change in the way data works. We didn't think AT&T would change their data pricing strategy until they were closer to a 4G network launch, but here it is anyway.
DataPlus and DataPro
If you have a smartphone and only use it for texting or some light Internet browsing, then you are in luck. The $30 unlimited plan is going the way of the dinosaur and being replaced by two limited plans: $15 for 200MB (DataPlus) and $25 for 2GB (DataPro). If you actually use your smartphone for what it was intended for, AT&T will not be forcing you to switch, so you are welcome to stay on the $30 unlimited plan.
The biggest change comes in the form of overages. Instead of $50 per gig on their laptop connect plans, the overages will be much more manageable: $15 for 200MB on DataPlus and $10 for 1GB on DataPro. Now, if you go over, you won't have to take out a second mortgage on the house. Luckily, you will be able to change the data plan at any time during a month and even retroactively fix a month halfway through.
Hit the break for the rest of the big changes.
For all you Doom fans out there who just can't deal with Zelda as a side-scroller, good news:
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has been remade in 3D! Credit goes to Michael A. Johnston, who designed this fan remake as a Unity-based game that you can play right in your browser. is an impressive feat, combining authentic 8-bit textures with brand new 3D models of all the creatures and environments.
Zelda II FPS
A word to the wise this game is not for that faint-hearted and those prone to frustration. Remember the little slimes that use to be so easy to rip to shreds? Well now even those slimy devils are deadly, since you can't tell when there are three of them right behind you. So if you enjoy becoming frustrated due to being defeated by weak enemies, you better hurry up and try the game out before Nintendo catches wind of this project -- which it will, now that people like us are telling everybody -- and likely shuts it down. Sorry!