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Time Travel With City of Heroes

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Time Travel With City of Heroes

A new patch will give you some cool enhancements for your City of Heroes account.

The "flashback" ability will allow you to go back in time and "participate in exciting events from the history of Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. Heroes and villains can also use this feature to play or replay hundreds of missions from earlier in the game," according to Matt Miller, lead developer for both City of Heroes and City of Villains.

In addition to flashback, there is also a new weapon customization tool. All of this in a free update!

Metallica on Rock Band?

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Metallica on Rock Band?

Rolling Stone is reporting that Metallica might be debuting their new single through our new favorite game.

"There are a couple of things we've committed to, one of them with Metallica for example. They've reserved the right to give us their first single from their new album for the game," said MTV SVP Paul DeGooyer.

This should be a lot of fun if we start seeing new music debut through rhythm games. We've come a long way from the days of DDR 2nd Mix, and not knowing any of the music.

Star Trek Online Loses Direction

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Star Trek Online Loses Direction

The exciting prospect of Star Trek Online is now over. The developer of the game, Perpetual Entertainment, was recently purchased, and the new owners want to take the game in a new direction. That direction? Casual.

Now, do you know any Trek fans that are casual fans? Not I. Therefore, can you imagine a successful casual Trek game? I'll guess it's the same answer.

Unfortunately, most of the people working on the game have quit because they can see the stupidity. Oh well.

Verizon to Go Open

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Verizon to Go Open

In a move that isn't fooling anyone, Verizon is jumping on the open bandwagon. They have followed the lead of Sprint, and will allow any CDMA handset to join their network by the end of 2008.

Most proponents believe this move will be a first step in the road to having networks like the UK or Japan. However, those networks are more similar to one another than the networks here in the US. Handsets will not really work cross-network as easily as our Japanese counterparts, but we'll see where this goes.

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