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Microsoft Pulls Out the Banhammer Again

posted Tuesday Nov 27, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Pulls Out the Banhammer Again

Microsoft is stepping up its fight against its own machines. Microsoft will now be looking at the discs themselves inside each console while connected to Live to detect if they are, in fact, exactly as they should be. If not, the console will be banned from the service, based on serial number, not gamertag. In other words, if you get caught, you get to buy a new console. Just don't buy it on eBay, as it is probably also banned already.

No Blood For Japanese Uncharted

posted Tuesday Nov 27, 2007 by Scott Ertz

No Blood For Japanese Uncharted

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean. That is why it only makes sense that there be no blood shown.

Wait. What?

That's right. Japan has decided that there will be no blood shown in the game. You can still shoot and fight, but there will be no visible response. Why would the consequences of our actions need to be shown to make the game more realistic? That would just be silly.

Romantics Sue Guitar Hero

posted Sunday Nov 25, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Romantics Sue Guitar Hero

The rock band The Romantics are suing Activision because of the song "What I Like About You," which has a cover version on Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s that sounds too much like them. If I'm not mistaken, the idea of a cover is to pay homage to the original artist, usually in the form of trying to mimic them down to the clothes they wear on stage.

The Romantics want the game pulled, we want the Romantics to get a life. Just be glad someone remembers you.

Sidekick Kicks Out

posted Monday Nov 19, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Sidekick Kicks Out

The Sidekick Slide, made by Motorola and released by T-Mobile, is having more problems than most other Sidekicks. When you flip out the screen, it has a tendency to turn off. That makes it a fearful experience just trying to use the phone.

Fortunately, T-Mobile has decided to try and do something right, and have stopped selling the phones until the problem can be isolated. If you already have one of the phones, you can go into a T-Mobile store and they have some options worked out.

Peavey Guitar Hero Controllers

posted Friday Nov 16, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Peavey Guitar Hero Controllers

Ever wanted a real Peavey guitar, but can't play? Well, now you can get a genuine Peavey guitar controller for Guitar Hero courtesy of ArtGuitar.com.

Says Steve Spurgeon, ArtGuitar CEO,

The AG RiffMaster Guitar Controller is ideal for anyone seeking the most realistic interaction with guitar-based music videogames. With the quality and value of a real guitar customized with iconic rock band artwork valued at $1,500 and up, the limited edition AG RiffMaster offered at $399 is an amazing value for music enthusiasts, collectors and gamers alike.

Lesbians Coming to Singapore

posted Friday Nov 16, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Lesbians Coming to Singapore

So, it turns out that Singapore doesn't hate lesbians as much as we thought. The ban on Mass Effect has been lifted, and the lucky people of Singapore will get to experience all of the wonders of inter-species lesbianism with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the game will be rated M18, but that is better than being banned all together.

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