Archive for January 28th, 2009



We’re not quite sure what the folks at Projectiondesign consider to be a “harsh environment,” but it seems a pretty safe bet that their new F32 projector should at least be able to hold up in even the dustiest conference rooms, and deliver a full 1080p image to boot. If that’s a bit more than you need, the company has also just rolled out similar SXGA+ or WUXGA models, which boast 4100 or 3800 ANSI lumens, a 7,500:1 contrast ratio, and the usual full complement of ports, including dual HDMI inputs. Just don’t plan on lugging any of ‘em around too far, as they each weigh in at close to 30 pounds. Pricing, as you may have guessed, appears to be on a need to know basis, though all three are apparently shipping now.[Via About Projectors]

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Projectiondesign debuts F32 1080p projector for “harsh environments” originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 23:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Could Apple possibly be working on another iPhone? Well, yes, of course — but Mac Rumors may have stumbled upon the first solid evidence that there’s a major hardware revision in the works (and no, we’re not necessarily talking about the nano). Seems that the latest firmware revisions have some juicy metadata buried deep within that refers to a product code of “iPhone2,1″ — a decidedly higher number than the “iPhone1,2″ representing the current iPhone 3G. What’s more, an ad network is reporting web hits from an iPhone2,1, so it looks like this is very much the real deal; only question is, just what the heck is it?

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Next-gen iPhone evidence lurking in latest firmware? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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If you’re looking for proof that PopCap’s stash is still the most potent you can find, look no further. While PC sales took a 14% hit in 2008, PopCap Games has announced its year-over-year revenue has jumped 85%. Citing data from NPD Group, which does not take online sales into account, PopCap stated the biggest needle in the vein came in the form of Bejeweled Twist — a franchise that has already hit the $300 million mark. According to our dealer PopCap, this boost in sales puts the developer within the top 20 video game retail publishers by dollar value, a first in the company’s history. We’d continue writing this post, but we need to sell our computers to get more-of-that Pop.

JoystiqPopCap sales up 85%, drug cartel revenues down originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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People, we spent a lot of money on video games last year. Hey, just because we’re blogging all serious like doesn’t mean we don’t buy our fair share of games. We’re as responsible for this as you are! How much of that money do you think belongs to Nintendo?

The ESA was kind enough to break down the data further, showing us that we spent $11.7 billion on software alone, a 22.9% jump year-over-year. A lot of the sales, both on the hardware and software side, can be traced back to December, where consumers spent $5.3 billion, breaking the coveted $5 billion mark in a single month for the first time.

Gaming is becoming more and more popular (seriously?), and we’re all for it. Do us a favor, though. When it’s 7 o’clock and it’s time for your grandma to watch Wheel of Fortune, instead ask her if she wants to shoot some Covenant in the face with you. You just might be surprised at how well she handles a Battle Rifle.

JoystiqGaming industry worth $22 billion in 2008 originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Digital Illusions made a design choice to make their recent action game Mirror’s Edge a first-person game, But in the PC version of the title there does exist a way to experience the game in a third person viewpoint, a perspective that maybe should have been tried in the first place.

The hack to enable the feature comes from the message boards of the fan site On-Mirror’s-Edge. If you want the exact procedure for it we got it right here:

go to “DocumentsEA GamesMirror’s EdgeTdGameConfig”

open the file “TDInput” with notepad.

add this line to the “bindings” list:
Bindings=(Name=”F4″,Command=”FreeFlightCamera”,Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)

press F4 a few times. first you get the free cam (noclip) and later the third person cam.

The Youtube video above gives some idea of what the game will look like with the hack enabled. It’s not perfect (you can’t move the camera up or down, there are clipping issues and the animations of the legs don’t look right) but if you have played the game and not been happy with its first person perspective this might be an improvement.

[Via Shacknews]

Check out Mirror’s Edge on the PC in third person originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ever wonder what Faith from Mirror’s Edge dreams about? Tom Farrer, producer of Mirror’s Edge, answered this question on the PlayStation.Blog: “She apparently dreams about enormous abstract sculptures floating above an endless sea!”

The upcoming time trial DLC pack for Mirror’s Edge was originally scheduled for release tomorrow. However, Big Download reports that these additional races will come in February. The delay should give fans a bit more time to practice their skills — the DLC adds new Trophies that only the most hardcore players will be able to achieve.

While the premium maps won’t be available until next month, PS3 owners will still be able to download a system-exclusive map on the PlayStation Store tomorrow. “Synethesia” will be free to all owners of the PS3 version of Mirror’s Edge. A trailer can be seen after the break.

Continue reading Mirror’s Edge Time Trial DLC delayed to February; PS3 exclusive map on 1/29

JoystiqMirror’s Edge Time Trial DLC delayed to February; PS3 exclusive map on 1/29 originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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And so, we arrive at the post-reboot Knight Rider era, also known as garbage time, wherein the leftover players run out the clock to cancellation. Tonight’s episode, written and directed by showrunner Gary Scott Thompson, the architect of this disaster, is called “Exit Light, Enter Knight.” Metallica’s lawyers are on line two, Gary.

The synopsis, via KR Online:

BAIT AND SWITCH–Mike jumps into the thick of a bank heist and tries to stop it, but instead becomes one of the robbers’ hostages. Oddly, the robbers do not seem interested in the bank’s money. Apparently, they have a specific plan that includes the safe deposit boxes and the husband of one of their hostages. Unable to communicate with KITT and his team, Mike tries to enlist the help of the other hostages to stop the robbers from escaping. Unfortunately, one of the so-called hostages is one of the robbers, which makes Mike’s job even more difficult.

The drama. I can barely contain myself.

Continue reading Knight Rider: The Liveblog - Season 1, Episode 13

Knight Rider: The Liveblog - Season 1, Episode 13 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Get pumped: New Legend of Chun Li trailer

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28Jan 09

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Not since the great Christopher Lambert’s powerful, moving portrayal of Raiden the thunder god in the film adaptation of Mortal Kombat have we been this excited for a new movie based on a fighting game. Having seen the latest trailer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, we think we can safely say that it will leave Mortal Kombat in the dust. It’s really got everything, including characters that look absolutely nothing like their in-game counterparts, powerfully cheesy music, wildly exaggerated sound effects and spectacular explosions. And did you see the key chain advertised at the end for only ¥1,300? We are so getting one of those.

If you think you can handle this level of excitement, watch the trailer after the break.

[Via C3]

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JoystiqGet pumped: New Legend of Chun Li trailer originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sometimes we get the impression that somewhere out there is a community of ultra-wealthy individuals that live lives of unimagined excess and opulence. And when they get together to do whatever it is that they do — think of ways to take over the world, perhaps — they can be recognized by the fact that all of their belongings are encrusted in Swarovski crystal. From cameras to coffee makers, they live in a world of such rarefied elegance that any non-Swarovskified gadget is a blight, an eyesore. Even if you think we’re a bit off base, it appears that someone at Yubz might know where we’re coming from. The company is known for its plug-in handsets for cellphone users who want to kick it old school (like, “bakelite” old school). These things are usually available in cool colors like “Russian Red” and “Regal Gold” for somewhere around $45 ($75 if you want Bluetooth support). According to Chip Chick, the company has announced their newest handset line: beginning with “Lust” and working its way up through the Seven Deadly Sins, these guys will feature Bluetooth, a hell of a lot of Swarovskis, and an $1,800 price tag. Should be hitting the streets in the spring, if you can wait that long. And we’ve included a couple pictures of the standard device after the break, so you could see what all the fuss is about. You’re welcome.

Continue reading Yubz Swarovski-covered cellphone handset plunges us into a sea of despair

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Yubz Swarovski-covered cellphone handset plunges us into a sea of despair originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In this currently tough economic situation some companies are dying while a few are thriving. One of them is PopCap Games, the casual PC game developer and publisher. Today the company announced that in 2008 revenues from selling their games at retail stores jumped a massive 85.3 percent. That was enough to put the company on the list of the top 20 highest earning game publishers (Specific revenue numbers were not revealed).

Popcap has, of course, sold many of its casual games like Peggle (seen above) and Bejeweled via online download but they have had recent success with publishing games in stores, particularly their recent Bejeweled Twist puzzle game.Popcap currently has 15 of their games on store shelves compared to 10 in 2007.

PopCap’s games are selling well in stores, thank you originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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