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Spore Almost Ready!

posted Sunday Nov 4, 2007 by Scott Ertz

The epic SIM Spore is only about 6 months from being done! The legendary Will Wright, game designer, says the game is not fully playable and is in final testing.

Spore is a game designed for general audiences. Will Wright said "I want the people who have played The Sims to be able to play Spore - I don't want it to be some thing just hardcore gamers play."

We really are looking forward to this game, especially since we have been teased forever now. 6 months is very exciting!

Rockstar Attacks Simpsons Game Again

posted Saturday Nov 3, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Rockstar Attacks Simpsons Game Again

Remember a few weeks ago on the show we talked about a poster being taken down in Germany for the Grand Theft Scratchy level of the Simpsons game? Remember how we said it was probably a nutso lawyer speaking on their own? Well, we were wrong.

Apparently this was part of an official project for Rockstar to protect their copyright of incredibly parodying content from being parodied.

Ironic, eh?

Because of this, the level, once called Grand Theft Scratchy is now called Mob Rules. So, from cool to blah goes the level name. The important thing, however, is that the game is amazing. So, there, Rockstar!

MySpace: A Place for Lots of Crap

posted Saturday Nov 3, 2007 by Scott Ertz

MySpace: A Place for Lots of Crap

MySpace has joined forces with Oberon Media to add gaming to the ever decreasingly popular website. This will allow emo kids to play games with their imaginary friends and porn stars, or allow them to add games to their profiles.

This is exactly what the waining network needs: a way for kids who are socially isolated to have one more reason to not even leave the MySpace domain to do anything! So, enjoy kids!

Nintendo Hates Pirates

posted Saturday Nov 3, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo Hates Pirates

We all know that Adam likes pirates (for an example, listen to the tease on Episode 22). However, not everyone is as excited by them as we are. Nintendo, for example.

Nintendo has asked the Hong Kong High Court to help them stop international piracy by allowing the ceasing of game copiers and mod chips.

Jodi Daugherty, directory of anti-piracy for Nintendo North America said "Piracy affects the entire video game industry, from large companies to independent developers. It can destroy years of hard work by a team of very talented software developers, who strive to create games consumers enjoy playing. Copying the developers' work and spreading the game files globally is blatant stealing."

We thought pirates were drunk, girl-crazy loons, like Captain Jack. Who knew!

Apple's Makin' Money

posted Saturday Nov 3, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Apple's Makin' Money

The numbers are in, and Apple is making money, hand-over-fist. Last year, they made $542 million in the third quarter. This year it was $904 million. Yikes!

Interestingly, it had very little to do with the iPhone (probably because it sucks?), and everything to do with increases in sales of computers and iPods (it is possible to sell MORE of those?).

This should prove interesting to watch as we enter the fourth quarter with Mac OS X Leopard launching, which sold over 2 million copies opening weekend.

Congratulations, Apple, for pissing off consumers and having them come back for more!

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