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WRUP: Hello, ought-nine edition

Posted by Ross Miller
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Welcome to 2009, ladies and gentlemen. The world has changed very much in the last 24 hours — we hear Zunes work again, for example.

  • Alexander Sliwinski: Despite GameFly allegedly having sent Prince of Persia on Monday, it’s still not here. Hopefully, I’ll get it tomorrow. The main weekend plan was to explore the Wasteland in Fallout 3 more. My second foray into the game is going much smoother and hours just melt away playing it.
  • Christopher Grant: Need to wrap up some of 2008, before I start my “To Be Played In 2009″ pile. Got a little left of Mirror’s Edge, about half of Far Cry 2, and the majority of Prince of Persia. Still, I’d rather be playing Fable 2 … some more … but there’s almost nothing left for me to do in Albion. Where’s that DLC, Lionhead?
  • Griffin McElroy: I’m going to either try to finish Metal Gear Solid 4, or instead download the Metal Gear Solid DLC for LittleBigPlanet, which I imagine will create a remarkably similar experience. When away from my beloved home consoles, I imagine I’ll spend a great deal of time Triggering my Chronos.
  • Kevin Kelly: I’m still living in the non-electronic realm and itching for my consoles bigtime. I did tour Game Over Games in Austin thanks to a reader tip (thanks Adrian! Photos and report forthcoming) and it was awesome. Been playing a lot of Electronic Catch Phrase and tomorrow is board game night with some peeps - Power Grid and Agricola. Then Sunday… back to gaming bliss on my systems. Whew.
  • James Ransom-Wiley: Post-Christmas shopping spree! I got Microsoft Points, PSN bucks and *gulp* Wii Points to redeem … suggestions? (I’m thinking save my Wii Points for Cave Story.)
  • Jason Dobson: Writing our “Best of the Rest” posts reminded me that I still have a few races to complete in GRiD, so I’ll be getting back behind the wheel and trying to take the checkered flag.
  • Justin McElroy: I’m going to be playing some more Killzone 2 and finally trying to finish the last gasps for Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
  • Ludwig Kietzmann: is in the future and not willing to look back.
  • Randy Nelson: I’m already going through my fellow Joystiqers’ “Best of the Best” lists for ideas on what to play next. I’ll definitely be playing more Far Cry 2 – my current addcitionbut really want to catch up on some of the less high-profile gems I inadvertently passed by: BoomBlox, GRiD, and, on Alexander’s recommendation, Sins of a Solar Empire.
  • Ross Miller: Just got a shiny new 24-inch monitor for my PC, so it’s time to play catch-up. Too bad I just missed the Steam sale, it seems. Also, I’ve got 1600 MS points and am not sure what to get. Help!

WRUP: Hello, ought-nine edition originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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The Wii Balance Board may be all well and good if you want to play things safe, but those looking to up the danger level a tad will no doubt want to give this new SKIGYM simulator some serious consideration, with it promising to improve your skiing ability and give you a workout in the process. Apparently, you can either hook the fully-motorized device up to your PC and play the included Alpine Ski Racing game, or simply use it on its own as a piece of exercise equipment — we’re guessing it’s also only a matter of time before someone uses it to control a robot. Not surprisingly, this piece of living room clutter will also put quite a dent in the old bank account, with it running 1,649, or roughly $2,300.

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SKIGYM simulator lets you break a hip from the comfort of your living room originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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If you’ve ever wondered “Does anyone actually browse the web on consoles?,” Market Share has an answer for you: yes, but not very many people. The firm reports that .04% of all web browsing is performed on PS3, compared to the .01% of Wii, the only other current-gen console with a browser.

Of course, PS3’s browser is built-in; Wii’s particular version of Opera costs 500 Wii Points ($5) and, well, people have to seek it out among the other WiiWare offerings. So, tell us, are you reading Joystiq on a console, and if so, which one?

Report: PS3 leads Wii … in web browsing originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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More VAIO P specs leak out

Posted by Nilay Patel
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2Jan 09

Sony’s not playing it too coy with the upcoming VAIO P — some more detailed specs on the widescreen netbook have leaked out, and they’re just about what we expected: a 1.33GHz Atom Z520, 2GB of RAM, standard HDD with optional SSD, GPS, and a 3G WWAN card, all for about €700 ($974). No word on that crazy rumored 1600 x 768 display resolution, but apparently that sexy Photoshopped VAIO TT pic we saw is close to the real thing, trackstick and all. We’ll see — for close to $1000, this guy had better run Vista a hell of a lot better than the similarly-spec’d ASUS R50A UMPC Portal just trashed in a review.

[Via UMPC Portal, image from Pocketables]

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More VAIO P specs leak out originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More VAIO P specs leak out

Posted by Nilay Patel
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2Jan 09

Sony’s not playing it too coy with the upcoming VAIO P — some more detailed specs on the widescreen netbook have leaked out, and they’re just about what we expected: a 1.33GHz Atom Z520, 2GB of RAM, standard HDD with optional SSD, GPS, and a 3G WWAN card, all for about €700 ($974). No word on that crazy rumored 1600 x 768 display resolution, but apparently that sexy Photoshopped VAIO TT pic we saw is close to the real thing, trackstick and all. We’ll see — for close to $1000, this guy had better run Vista a hell of a lot better than the similarly-spec’d ASUS R50A UMPC Portal just trashed in a review.

[Via UMPC Portal, image from Pocketables]

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More VAIO P specs leak out originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Best of the Rest: Ludwig’s Picks of 2008

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Prince of Persia
Wait … really? This is in my personal list and not our main top ten? Look, I love my coworkers, but I’m going to punch them all in their stupid, stupid faces for this disgrace. Prince of Persia is one of this year’s most elegantly designed games, one that does away with disruptive deaths and punishing repetition. While I’ll concede that the difficulty posed to veteran platforming fans (myself included) is minor, I think it’s naive to believe that every game is — or should be — designed with a similar, player-opposed intent and structure. This game and its seamless expression of motion isn’t meant to be beaten, but enjoyed and absorbed. It’s inspired, poetic and even funny. So what if it was easy?

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Best of the Rest: Ludwig’s Picks of 2008 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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TUAW Macworld 2009 Keynote Predictions

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Even though Steve Jobs has opted out of giving the keynote at this year’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, and Apple will not be attending another Macworld after this one, there will still be a keynote presentation — it will just be given by Phil Schiller instead. Of course, since the keynote must go on, even without Mr. Jobs, there will also be speculation and predictions as to what Apple will announce during the keynote.

We at TUAW are not immune to this phenomenon and even though we will be liveblogging the keynote to provide you with the news as soon as it’s actually announced, that won’t stop us from engaging in a favorite pastime of the tech press: Macworld Expo keynote predictions. Of course, when considering this event and the impending announcements, especially in light of this being the last time Apple will take part, these questions, and many others, come to mind.

Will Phil be as entertaining as Steve? How long will Phil talk about the success of iTunes and the iPod before moving on to the other more exciting announcements? Who will be the musical guest? Will Phil be wearing a black turtleneck and jeans or will he try to start a new fashion trend of his own? Will Phil and Apple do anything “special” to commemorate the last keynote? What will be the “one more thing”? And, most importantly, will Phil talk about where Steve Jobs is and why he isn’t doing the keynote?

Your intrepid TUAW writers have considered those very questions, and many more, through long days and nights of deliberation, discussion and discourse. In so doing, we have come up with some interesting, perhaps even controversial, prognostications, pre-visualizations and predictions of what new products and services will be announced at this this year’s keynote. Read on for all our (at least partly serious) expectations.

For full Macworld Expo coverage, bookmark the TUAW Macworld Expo 2009 landing page.

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TUAWTUAW Macworld 2009 Keynote Predictions originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lotus powersliding into the hybrid car marketIf you want to make a car handle — and handle well — you call Lotus. Just ask Tesla; without the help of the gearheads in Hethel, the US’s hottest electric vehicle would probably still be just a concept. Perhaps dissatisfied with the relatively minimal PR love it’s been receiving from the Tesla relationship, Lotus has announced plans to develop its own battery-powered car. However, unlike the all-electric Roadster, this new offering will include a Volt-like supplementary fuel-burning engine to add a bit more range and, one would figure, rather a lot more mass. That’s not exactly good news for those who worship the Lotus mantra of “to add speed, add lightness,” but at this point we don’t have any idea about what the thing will weigh, cost, or indeed look like. If all goes according to plan we should get some answers when those international automotive powerhouses who are still alive bum a ride to the Geneva Auto Show in March.

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Lotus powersliding into the hybrid car market originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Just like you, we get all sorts of gifts around the holidays here at Joystiq HQ. Probably unlike you, we don’t keep any of them (even the good ones!). With that in mind, we’ve got five days of regift giveaways planned, where you get some free stuff (and we get some of our HQ real estate back).

Today, we’re offering up this silver PSP-3000 Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack. Why do they call it the PSP-300 Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack? Well, it’s tricky … but we’re professionals, so here goes. First, it contains a PSP-3000. Not a 1000 (they don’t even make those anymore!) or a 2000, but an honestogoodness PSP-3000 (”better” screen and all). The Ratchet & Clank part? Well, it comes with Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters on UMD, so pretty self explanatory there. But the Entertainment part, yes … this is a bit tougher. First, a copy of National Treasure 2 on UMD and nothing screams “entertainment” like Nicholas Cage tracking down history. Next, a download code for Echochrome, and a 1GB Memory Stick to hold it - if bending your mind sounds like a good time, this has your name all over it.

Here’s how you win:

  • Leave a comment pondering what new features the inevitable PSP-4000 will introduce (internal memory!).
  • You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Limit 1 entry per person
  • This entry period ends at 8:30 pm ET on Monday, January 5th. We’ll randomly select 1 winner at that time to receive a Silver PSP-3000 Limited Edition Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Pack (ARV: $200). Please check your e-mail!
  • For a list of complete rules, click here

Joyswag regift giveaway: PSP-3000 Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Click above for a high-res image gallery of the Huet Brothers Special

They don’t build ‘em like they used to. At least, most of ‘em don’t. But “most” doesn’t include the Huet Brothers. The Dutch duo operates classic rallies and tours across Europe. But having grown up around vintage Alfas and Bugattis, Paul and Tino Huet wanted to recreate something special. The result is the HB Special, a neo-classic roadster with a modern twist inspired by events like the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Le Mans, which hosted competitors like the Aston Martin DBR1, Maserati 300 S and Ferrari 412 S.

Based on a Triumph TR6, the HB Special uses carbon-fiber and aluminum to keep the weight down to just 750 kg (1650 lbs). The car is motivated by a simple inline-six engine, tuned to produce a modest 180 horsepower. But outright speed isn’t the point: The HB Special, like the Creative Workshop’s Sport Speciale, is a modern exercise in classic design. The Huet Brothers plan to produce 12 examples, but they won’t be for sale; they’ll be used for hire in their exclusive HB Experience tours. To complement the car and the experience, the Huet Brothers have crafted a selection of classic motoring accessories, all of which you can check out on their website, or click the images below to see the car in all its high-resolution glory.

[Source: Huet Brothers via Autogespot]

Huet Brothers Special: A classic roadster for epic journeys originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Jan 2009 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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