Archive for January 14th, 2009



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Despite having few ultra-violent titles in its library (most notably Manhunt 2 and No More Heroes), the Wii can’t seem to shake its “kiddie” moniker. MadWorld producer Atsushi Inaba hopes to change that, telling play.tm, “it would be great if MadWorld can really kick off [a trend of mature titles].” He also opined that the console’s hardware capacity is not a problem so long as you can “correctly communicate the concept or features of the game.” Seeing as we are able to envision waggling the remote and producing lots of virtual blood, we think he might be onto something.

Inaba also said that they’re (gasp!) considering a sequel should the game be successful. If that’s not enough of a non-surprise for you, he reminds us that there will be mini-games — known here as Blood Bath Challenges. This is a Wii title, after all.

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MadWorld producer talks mature Wii titles, sequels, mini-games originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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New technology may help LED lighting inch closer to market

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Let’s face it — it’s hard to connect with kids these days, but Sirtified clearly knows what’s up. The outfit’s forthcoming line of Hand USB Sticks include 2GB of storage space and arrive in three street-approved models: Rock, West Side and a version that looks awfully similar to the Engadget logo. Hold the hand of your choice next month for $35.

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Sirtified throws up hand USB flash drives originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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As promised by Valve team members in emails to gamers earlier this week, the first major patch release for their hit zombie co-op shooter Left 4 Dead has now been released and is available via Valve’s Steam service. For those of you who happen to own an Xbox 360 version of the game a patch for that port is still in the works.

The Steam web site has a list of all of the changes and bug fixes in this release. Some of the fixes include dealing with several map exploits, improving load times, dealing with several issues in the Versus gameplay mode and changes and fixes for each of the four boss zombie types. Again this is mainly a bug fix patch; the first content update for Left 4 Dead is still in the works. And for those of you who have been waiting for this news, the PC version of Digital Illusions’ first person action game Mirror’s Edge is also now available to download via Steam.

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Promised Left 4 Dead patch released; Mirror’s Edge now on Steam originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spike Video Game Awards ratings down 26%

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14Jan 09

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Now that the Spike Video Game Awards are a faint recollection, Variety reports that the quality piece of programming was way down in the ratings. This year’s event sideshow was down 26%, with about 680,000 viewers, says the high lord of television ratings, Nielsen. It’s the second lowest (a little above 2006’s 618k) rated year since the show started in 2004, which was its most impressive with 1.23 million viewers.

It gets worse: Spike caters to the key 18-34 male demographic, which was down 29% from the prior year, with its lowest ever figures of 229,000 viewers.* Boys 12-17 were up by 30% to 199k. Variety does note that this year’s show did go against some program called the Cowboys-Giants football game on NBC, which was the highest rated Sunday Night Football game ever. Still, those Spike numbers aren’t too hot in a year that could become the biggest sales year in gaming history.

*Fun fact: 34,000 women aged 18-34 watched.

Spike Video Game Awards ratings down 26% originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Hitachi may be out of the picture (if it was ever actually in the picture to begin with), but it looks like Toshiba is now very close to buying Fujitsu’s hard drive business in a deal that’s reported to be worth between 30 and 40 billion yen, or anywhere from $335 to $447 million. That would make Toshiba the world’s largest supplier of hard drives for laptops and, according to Reuters, it could be all but a done deal by the end of the month, if a supposed meeting between company execs planned for this week goes as expected. The deal wouldn’t include Fujitsu’s plant in Nagano Prefecture, however, or the hard drive operations of its Yamagata Fujitsu subsidiary — those would apparently be sold off separately for some extra cash if Fujitsu decides to exit the hard drive business altogether.

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Toshiba said to be nearing deal to buy Fujitsu’s hard drive business originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Judge Dismisses Amazon Suit Over Sales Tax

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14Jan 09

Amazon loses a New York court case that has been ongoing for around nine months

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Ricardo Montalban, RIP

Posted by Alex Nunez
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Earlier today, Ricardo Montalban, the excellent veteran actor, passed away in his home at the age of 88. His massive body of work reads like a history of 20th-century filmed entertainment, with appearances in everything from Bonanza to Hawaii Five-O to even Dora the Explorer. His role as Fantasy Island’s Mr. Rourke from 1978 to 1984 made him a household name, and his role as Kahn Noonien Singh in the 1967 Star Trek episode, “Space Seed,” would be reprised on the silver screen 15 years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn — arguably the best Star Trek film, due in large part to Montalban’s mesmerizing performance. But for those of us of a certain age, he’ll also be forever remembered for making the phrase “Corinthian Leather” part of the lexicon. And as you’ll see after the jump, he did it with style. Rest in peace, Ricardo.

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Ricardo Montalban, RIP originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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First, a confession: our original headline for this post was “Shane turns down Sony PR job, goes with smaller publisher” - that is, until we heard the kids at Rebel FM jokingly suggest that blogs would use exactly that as a headline. Oh yeah, smart guys? Well, we didn’t!

Moving on. So, 1UP’s Shane Bettenhausen did turn down a Sony PR job … several years ago. Right now, the recently laid-off Bettenhausen has taken a gig as Director of Business Development (we call that BizDev, folks) at “smaller publisher” Ignition Entertainment. Says Bettenhausen: “they’re not on the map as much as other big publishers.” Then why take the position, when fellow 1UP alums have moved onto places like Bungie and 2K Boston? At Ignition, Bettenhausen would get to “choose which games to publish” - in other words, he’d rather be a big fish in a smaller pond. Not a bad plan. Up next from Ignition: Blue Dragon Plus for the DS.

To get the full story straight from Shane himself, tune into the latest Rebel FM podcast at around the one hour 21 minute mark. (Bonus: Listen for Shane’s comment that the “rise of blogs - Kotaku and Joystiq - completely reshaped the landscape.” Great! Now we can add “landscaper” to the old CV).

1UP’s Shane Bettenhausen heads to Ignition Entertainment originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Send an audio get-well card to Steve

Posted by Michael Rose
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14Jan 09

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We’ll have more coverage and reactions tomorrow to Apple’s announcement this afternoon of Steve Jobs’ leave of absence while he tends to his health. While we may have different takes on what the news means for Apple’s immediate and long-term prospects, I believe we can all join in wishing Steve a full and speedy recuperation. I’m sure we also all send Tim Cook our hopes for Apple’s continued success.

To that end, TUAW wants to give you a voice as part of our audio get-well card to Steve. You can call in your message to our voicemail hotline at (917) 512-7398 x41469, or record it yourself and upload the MP3 or AAC file to our dropbox at http://tr.im/getwell — we’ll edit the messages together for next week’s podcast. Be sure to identify yourself on the call.

If you want to do a photo or illustrated card, you can upload it to the same dropbox, or simply tag it with ‘tuaw’ on Flickr to add it to our pool, and we’ll highlight the best in a gallery later this week.

If you’re blogging your thoughts on today’s announcement and Steve’s health as it relates to Apple, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

TUAWSend an audio get-well card to Steve originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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