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Magnext MMORPG

Posted by cody
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7Jan 09

Want to give your kids the opportunity to build, build, build!  But low on cash? 
MagNext are amazing building and learning tools for your kids to learn about both construction, and magnetism… but of course sometimes your kids creativity exceeds your funding capabilities.  That’s why it’s awesome that MagNext has come out with an MMORPG that allows your kids to build with MagNext all day long, and it doesn’t cost you a dime! Then of course buy some MagNext and let them build and learn with a more hands on experience ;-)

The game is a browser based MMORPG so most anybody can play it… I’d say you should probably have at least a dual core processor though as my Quad Core AMD 9850 was running at about 50% the entire time I was in game… that’s one thing that I really don’t like about flash based or any browser based game since all the 3D graphics need to be processed by your processor rather than your graphics card it takes quite a bit of processing power to run it. It is advantageous to MagNext for them to have it browser based, and I understand the decision, it also opens the game up to a lot of people who don’t have graphics cards of any kind.

Beyond the physical aspects of the game it is actually quite entertaining. There’s not as much building and assembly as I would of expected but there’s enough to keep a kid entertained for a few hours. Compared to other browser based MMORPG games like Runescape, the world is minuscule, with only 4 real points of attraction… more to come, but I don’t see this as one of those games a kid sits around and plays forever, or gets too addicted to. Of course things may change when there are more people in game to chat with, and battle!

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LGJ: Here comes the FTC

Posted by Mark Methenitis
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7Jan 09

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Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq (”LGJ”), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games:

GamePolitics is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is ready to look into “consumer protection” related to digital rights management tools. To many people, this may seem like a great idea. In general, it’s not. It would be nice to give consumers some protection from some of the most draconian or horribly flawed DRM systems that have been put into use. On the other hand, those of us who have been around the “government regulation” block know that these protections rarely solve the problem they set out to resolve, and in turn, generally put more hurdles in the way of those who want to get a product into the marketplace, which raises the cost of production and usually the consumer price, too.

Consumer protection regulations do just what they sound like: they protect consumers. There are hundreds of these regulations at both the state and federal level in the U.S., and most are targeted at an industry level. There are consumer protections related to everything from debt collecting to auto repair to purchasing a franchised business. Many of these laws were enacted in response to a perceived or actual abuse by producers toward consumers. So, the government set out to level the playing field and to give consumers a way to deal with their grievances. All in all, the intent was good.

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LGJ: Here comes the FTC originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 23:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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More Xbox 360 news coming from CES, Microsoft has just announced that the long delayed New Xbox Experience feature Primetime will be releasing to the masses sometime this Spring. Microsoft’s Robbie Bach demoed Primetime on stage, showing off Primetime’s gameshow 1 vs. 100 all while showing what the experience will look and feel like. Primetime is the live, social and fully interactive Xbox Live channel that lets the community come together, play games and win prizes.

Xbox 360 FanboyCES 09: MS solidifies Primetime’s launch this Spring originally appeared on Xbox 360 Fanboy on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Coupon: $10 off BioShock PS3, other 2K games

Posted by James Ransom-Wiley
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7Jan 09

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In case you’re not in the habit of scouring 2K Game’s site for coupons, might we direct you to the company’s latest promotion? This coupon is valid through January 31, 2009 and good for $10 off the 2K games pictured — more specifically, BioShock (PS3) and others. Just print out the coupon, multiple times if you’d like, and present it to a cashier at one of these local retailers:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Kmart
  • GameStop
  • Game Crazy
  • Virgin
  • Hastings
  • Meijer
  • f.y.e.
  • Fred Meyer

And no, this coupon is not valid for Go, Diego, Go! Great Dinosaur Rescue. So stop asking!

Coupon: $10 off BioShock PS3, other 2K games originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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On stage, during this year’s CES keynote, Microsoft’ Robbie Bach announced the new game building playground that’s coming to the Community Games channel later this year. It’s called Kodu (formerly known as Boku) and allows anyone to pick up a 360 controller and build their own game. It’s sorta like Little Big Planet, but more open, free and targeted towards all age groups. With a simplified control scheme, over 200 building block options and possibilities galore, Kodu is an interesting lil project.

Though, from Bach’s Kodu on-stage demo, we were quickly overwhelmed by the amount of menu navigation that was going on. It’s supposed to be intuitive, but to us, it seems a bit overwhelming. We’ll see.

Xbox 360 FanboyCES 09: Game making made easy with Kodu originally appeared on Xbox 360 Fanboy on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Microsoft’s entertainment and devices boss, Robbie Bach, revealed during the company’s CES 2009 keynote that a demo of Ensemble Studios’ Halo Wars will hit Xbox Live Marketplace on February 5. Additionally, Bach announced a February 28 ship date for the full game, which fits nicely with what MS had previously announced. If the demo is anything like most others — i.e. the earliest parts of the game — it will likely contain a lot of what we played just a couple of months back.

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CES 2009: Halo Wars demo coming to Live on Feb. 5 originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Just moments ago Microsoft’s Robbie Bach announced a playable demo for Halo Wars will be available on February 5 over Xbox Live. According to Major Nelson, the upcoming real-time strategy game will release exclusively for the Xbox 360 on February 28. Previous reports had seen the final Ensemble Studios release slide into an early March time frame but it looks like the first ‘T’ rated game in the Halo universe is back to making a February shipping date, as originally promised.

Xbox 360 FanboyCES 09: Halo Wars releases Feb. 28, demo available Feb. 5 originally appeared on Xbox 360 Fanboy on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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With a little more than a month left before Street Fighter IV hurricane kicks its way to retail, the peripheral mystics at Mad Catz have announced a bevy of SFIV-themed accessories. Now, even if you don’t know your sonic boom from your yoga flame you’ll at least look like you do.

Set for release alongside the anticipated fighter’s February debut, the lineup includes an official Street Fighter IV controller and arcade stick for the Xbox 360 and PS3, each adorned with the game’s unique art style. Additionally, those pining for a more authentic arcade experience can pick up the stick’s ‘Tournament Edition,’ which will feature “arcade quality” components and a design overseen by SFIV producer Yoshinori Ono. Not enough? A wall scroll, console stickies and faceplates are also on the way, though we expect true fans to dye their skin green or comb their blond hair to preposterous heights before they stand a chance to defeat Sheng Long.

Mad Catz reveals Street Fighter IV controllers, accessories originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Nissan GT-R SpecV unveiled!

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7Jan 09

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan GT-R SpecV

After nearly a year of speculation and spy shots, it’s official: the Nissan GT-R SpecV has arrived. The limited edition GT-R is a subtle evolution of the super coupe that’s set the world on fire after its introduction last year, and Nissan claims that it offers race car-levels of performance in a street-legal vehicle.

The body mods consist of a carbon fiber rear spoiler, grille and brake ducts, along with an exclusive Ultimate Black Opal paint job. On the inside, a set of carbon fiber Recaro buckets are fitted up front, while the rear seats have been nixed to save a few pounds. Carbon fiber also adorns the center storage box, instrument panel and replaces the majority of the interior trim.

The only substantive engine modification is a new high gear boost controller that increases the amount of compressed oxygen entering the twin-turbo’d 3.8-liter V6 to deliver more torque in mid- to high-range revs. A titanium-coated exhaust and a reworked suspension is fitted underneath, and carbon ceramic brakes hide behind 20-inch NISMO wheels that conspire to reduce unsprung mass and improve braking performance.

Sales begin in Japan at seven pre-selected dealers, with pricing set at 15,750,000 yen. There’s no word on whether the GT-R SpecV will make the trek across the Pacific, but we’re not holding our breath just yet.

UPDATE: 30 more images added to the gallery below.

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Nissan GT-R SpecV unveiled! originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 21:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Macworld Expo booth photos, part two

Posted by Michael Rose
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7Jan 09

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For your overnight viewing pleasure: More images from the show floor at Macworld Expo.

TUAWMacworld Expo booth photos, part two originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 21:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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