Let's face it, this absurd term called "waiting" for
Modern Warfare 2 is enough to drive even the most casual FPS fan up the wall. What's that you say? You've got tenth prestige on Modern Warfare AND World at War, and more kills than the populations of some third world countries? Well rejoice FPS enthusiasts! Dice and EA team up to bring you something both cheap and easy to feed your addiction. No, not heroin, it's Battlefield 1943.
For this installment, you're thrown for another tour through the Pacific. Sprawling across three ground maps, Wake Island, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal, as well as one aerial map, Coral Sea, you and your team of eleven others fight in true Battlefield style. It's called Conquest Mode, an everything goes version of Capture the Flag, where the object is to capture and hold five strategic points on the map, known as bases. Holding a majority of these bases causes the opposing team's 'tickets' to decrease. The team whose tickets run out first loses the match. Add to that three job classes, tanks, jeeps, airplanes and nine different weapons and you've got the most cost effective multiplayer experience on the market. Running you 1200 Microsoft Points, or roughly 15 bucks if you're using the PlayStation Network, this is the perfect game to hold you over for the gunfest that is
Modern Warfare 2.
The game controls well enough overall, with the air controls being the only thing that really took a little getting used to. Driving feels easy and natural and can be done in either first or third person. Combat moves smooth with firefights that are slower paced than the trigger-happy fragfests of
Modern Warfare, but much quicker paced than Halo or Resistance 2. Battlefield leaves you satisfied with combat and maneuverability.
posted Saturday Sep 19, 2009 by
For those of you not familiar with this situation, Google has been trying to work a deal with authors and publishers that would let them create a gigantic online library. That sounds like a good idea but Google is finding there is a lot of red tape surrounding this. Back in 2005 many authors and publishers accused Google of copyright infringement because they scanned many libraries full of books. The big issue the government is concerned with is whether this is violating anti-trust laws. The investigation is still ongoing but Google released a statement saying:
The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers said the Department of Justice filing 'recognizes the value the settlement can provide by unlocking access to millions of books' in the United States... We are considering the points raised by the Department and look forward to addressing them as the court proceedings continue.
With competitors like Netflix and Redbox, Blockbuster appears to have fallen behind this year. Blockbuster set out to close all of its unprofitable stores. Out of over 7,000 stores, a shocking 18% were proven unprofitable. Their plan was to "improve four-wall profitability," and in order to achieve this goal, these stores had to be closed.
Blockbuster intends to close up to 960 stores by the end of next year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. This is in an attempt to make the company more financially stable. Even before this information was discovered, Blockbuster was planning "normal closures," which included anywhere between 280-300 locations. Also, an expected 300 or so stores will be considered "accelerated closures."
Next year looks a lot less gloomy for this chain, expecting to close only 100-125 locations that will be normal closures, and 130-150 that will be accelerated closures, according to the company's SEC filing. But overall, between 810-960 stores will be closed by the end of 2010.