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It's Time to Return to a Simpler Time - the Days of the Disco, Hippies... and the First Cell Phone

posted Sunday Nov 8, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

It's Time to Return to a Simpler Time - the Days of the Disco, Hippies... and the First Cell Phone

There isn't anybody these days that owns a cell phone that can't send a text message, isn't able to get on the Internet, or is incapable of sending picture mail (well, the iPhone was a little late on that.) Bottom line, the mobile phone has evolved drastically in the last ten years alone, and even more so since the creation of the device.

Martin Cooper, one of the creators of the original mobile phone has announced that cell phones simply do too many things. Now eighty years old, he stated "Whenever you create a universal device that does all things for all people, it does not do any things well," at a privacy conference in Madrid this week. We may appreciate the convenience of having the whole world at the tip of our fingers, but Copper made one very good point, and that was criticizing the iPhone for being "overly complicated." Take that Apple!

Visually Impaired Gamer Demands Clarity

posted Sunday Nov 8, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Visually Impaired Gamer Demands Clarity

I know it sounds strange to think of a company like Sony being sued for violating The Americans with Disabilities Act that says,

No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation,

but it is a reality. Visually impaired gamer Brandon Cole is taking it to the next level after he wrote THQ with suggestions on how to make their games more friendly for visually impaired users and they responded with an e-mail thanking him for his appreciation of the games graphics. Brandon has also contacted Sony many times though postal mail and e-mail with these suggestions only to receive no response. The lawsuit states that Sony ignoring this issue is discrimination and the suit specifies other games that have made efforts to compensate impaired gamers.

According to the suit,

GT6 Won't Take So Long....We're Still Waiting for GT5

posted Sunday Nov 8, 2009 by Jon Wurm

GT6 Won't Take So Long....We're Still Waiting for GT5

Recently, Autoweek sat down with Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo series we have all grown to love and hate. Hardcore fans have been waiting for GT5 even before the PS3 released back on March 15th, 2006... and we are STILL waiting. There is some good news coming our way. The game is scheduled to release March 2010 in Japan and no one is sure when it's going to finally hit our shores because SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) is in charge of the marketing decisions.

Yamauchi gave up some other nifty little details, maybe in an effort to help tide us over (as if this wasn't already killing us). We can expect a whole new Gran Turismo since the development team did away with the legacy code from GT4. There will be more cars than ever since their goal is a whopping 1,000 cars with 20 full tracks and over 70 different layouts. NASCAR and WRC car are even making an appearance in the game. Another highlight is the fact that car will be fully customizable and take damage.

Xbox Updates for Adults Only

posted Saturday Nov 7, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Xbox Updates for Adults Only

The staff here at The UpStream, along with others, have been testing out the new Xbox Live enhancements for a few weeks now. The addition of Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm have been terrific. Thankfully, though, we are all over 18.

When these new features go live to the general public, they will only be available to Xbox Live gold subscribers who are 18 or older. Major Nelson, the only guy at Microsoft who seems to talk, said in his blog,

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Not Offered by Most Digital Distribution

posted Saturday Nov 7, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Not Offered by Most Digital Distribution

Everyone seems to be looking forward to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Everyone, that is, except the digital distribution companies. "Why is that," you might ask. I have the answer for you.

Infinity Ward has integrated Steamworks into the PC version of the game, meaning that you must install Steam in order to play. Steam, for those of you who don't know, is the digital distribution system from Valve. So, if you were to purchase the game through, say, Direct2Drive, you would be required to install their competitor's software.

In an official statement, Direct2Drive said,

Valve is Filled With Fanboys?

posted Saturday Nov 7, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Valve is Filled With Fanboys?

Ever since Valve started developing software for the new generation of gaming hardware, they have been very vocal about their dislike of the PS3. Their seemingly never ending list of one-line insults toward Sony hasn't slipped by us here at The UpStream, and it also hasn't slipped past Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of Gearbox Software.

Randy has done a lot of work with Valve, involved in a lot of the Half-Life titles, and felt he needed to speak up and bring even more attention to, what he believes is "childish and narrow minded" comments and views about the PS3. He said in an interview,

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