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Undertow team creating Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game's game {Joystiq}

Jan 29th 2008 10:40AM I am fearful of how this will turn out. Please do not destroy this great saga (and then hold on to the game rights so nobody can correct the mistake later).

Here is to hoping for a miracle. :D

Live at the Jack Thompson debate in Philadelphia {Joystiq}

Nov 4th 2007 11:32PM Would it be possible to get an actual transcript of this debate? The live-blog is cute, but..

US Character Transfer Offline {WoW}

Jul 10th 2006 5:24AM Not sure how online it is, but I just now (4:15am CST July 10th, 2006) put a same realm Account-to-Account transfer in queue with a supposed '4 day approval time'.

-Z

Undocumented Changes in Patch 1.11 {WoW}

Jun 26th 2006 9:43PM I don't feel like registering for that site, but the one thing I had been hoping would be in the 1.11 patch were 'engineering bags'. Not only are there no new bags, but the 'engineering bags' category has been removed from the AH search interface.

I guess they assume the bottomless bags are good enough, as everyone must have that much money.

Breakfast Topic: Certain death {WoW}

Jun 15th 2006 4:47PM I have a fetish for hard to get to engineering schematics. However, as lowbie with a 30 mage as my main, I end up dying 10-20 times a trip to pick them up from the oddball locations the vendors exist at. It is a test of patience for sure, but I have an almost complete engineering portfolio to show for my time. And between my dying and the auction house, there are only a couple schems I still need. As I level up, I figure I will do just as much dying to get the remaining few.

Do I like dying? Nah, but for me it has its rewards.

I also have every single alliance/neutral flight path in my book, both continents. That took some dying too.. but I had fun doing it.

Xbox 360 releases for the week of June 12th {Joystiq Xbox}

Jun 14th 2006 12:03AM Picked up my pre-ordered copy of MotoGP '06 today. What can I say, it shows some improvement in the tracks (elevation changes, camber in turns, overall feel) and the bikes feel better (sensation of speed, pulling hard like they really do), but graphically it is a shame. It stutters and tears all over the place and the track detail is ugly and jagged outside of a small circle around the bike. It lags going around some turns, even when you are in first place with no other bikes on the screen. The bike cockpit is nothing more than a non-functional overcompressed texture, very lame. The bike appears to be floating with both wheels not contacting the ground when viewed from the side in parts of the replays.

The loading times are insane; I'm soo sick of that screen.

The extreme mode is a waste of developer time and it shows in the fit and polish of the rest of the game. Who cares about generic unlicensed bikes on generic courses, that is such a hack. I paid (too much money in hindsight) for a MotoGP game, not some smalltime generic bike game. Even little things are overlooked, like when you change your controls, all of the prescripted 'training' still references the default config (granted this has been a problem in almost all games, and the motogp series from the start).

I wish they would have given us backwards compatibility with the original xbox version of MotoGP2/3 and spent more time on MotoGP '07, instead of releasing what feels like an unrefined port of a poorly implemented PC game.

Dear THQ: Buy a copy of Tourist Trophy for the PS2. Pay attention to the details and learn! Lose the extreme mode and focus on MotoGP. If you insist on extreme mode, take a look at Test Drive Unlimited and how they are licensing real bikes. Generic is bad mmm'kay, it feels small time and cheap, a hack at best. Also, if you need to, hire a team that understands the 360 and 720p, make the game perform more 'next gen' and less like a port. I want a partial refund for an unfinished product.

If only the PS2/3 had proper triggers like the xbox, then they would be viable for racing games, until then it seems like we have to settle for this crap.

Bleh, more 360, less xbox 2.0 please.

DS Lite launches in the US {Joystiq}

Jun 12th 2006 4:15PM As an update:

I mentioned that the DS Lite I picked up Sunday had a stuck pixel that stayed blue when the top screen went black. Well, I took it up to GameStop to exchange it. No problem at all. They were more than happy to trade it out for another one. They even reassured me that even though I just took the last one they had, if it had any problems, just bring it back when they had more in stock and they would take care of it.

The new DSLite I got today is perfect! No dead or stuck pixels at all. I also picked up some screen protectors (generic gamestop/pelican repackage) and Brain Age. (yeah, I know about the BB/CC coupons)

GameStop was great about exchanging the dead/stuck pixel DSL for a new one. And I am overall very impressed with the Lite. Well worth the money, especially after how much I dumped into the PSP vs how much I actually play it.

So far everyone I have exposed the DSL to has given it two thumbs up. NewSMB seems to be quite the hit as well.

Brain Age is neat too. I wish I would have had it when I was in school as a kid. I would recommend parents check it out if they are looking for an excuse to pick up a DS Lite for their teens, if not for themselves.

Oklahoma guv signs violent games bill into law {Joystiq}

Jun 12th 2006 12:59PM When I was growing up I didn't play violent video games as a young child. Why? Because my parents said 'no'. And because I respect my parents (notice the plural in the word), I did as they said. After a short while they let me play whatever I wanted and watch whatever movies I wanted (short of porn). They took part in my life, played the games I played, watched the movies I watched. And answered all of my questions with complete honesty. They didn't try to protect me by sheltering me from LIFE. They protected me by educating me about the things I saw and encountered. I grew up on the internet, both its light and dark sides. There is little I haven't been exposed to. But does any of it make me want to kill, steal, rape, pillage, cheat, torture, or do otherwise terrible things? No. My parents raised me to understand that these things are wrong. That I wouldn't want them done to me. Basic concepts of acceptable behavior and the difference between right and wrong.

I find it troubling that parent(s) these day's have stopped parenting their children. They use the TV as a baby sitter and wonder why their brat's won't behave and show no respect for them. They seem to think that raising their children is the governments job and that they need laws in place to protect their children from a subject that they don't want to cover with their kids. They also aren't perfect, they forgot what it was like to be a child and the things they did growing up. Kids need somebody to be there for them, not to pretend the situation doesn't exist. Parents need to prepare their kids for life. Educate them. Be there for them. Be honest with them.

Don't want to parent your kids? It wasn't the governments fault you had sex. Maybe if your parent(s) had prepared you better, you might have used a condom.

Take some responsibility for your life, and for futures sake, the lives of your kids.

DS Lite launches in the US {Joystiq}

Jun 12th 2006 12:21PM Got mine on sunday from FuncoEBGamestopland (the receipt shows a different shop name depending on which register you get rung up on). I wish I would have bought it from BB or CC and got brain age, and used my pre-order from gamestop to get a game instead. It has a stuck pixel in the middle of the top lcd that stays blue when the screen goes black; rather annoying. I'm going to try to exchange it today. Other than the defect in the LCD, I couldn't be happier with it. I never bought the DSBrick, but I own an original gameboy (1989?) and a GBA. It is amazing how far the handheld nintendo has come over the years. I was really kind of blown away by the sound quality after owning a PSP. Nintendo put the speakers in the right spot (as compared to the PSP and my samsung a900 cell phone) and they sound great. The screens are bright and clear and the touch screen is awesome. I find the build quality to be great and hope it holds up to heavy use, though I do wish the screen would lock closed. I also purchased NewSMB and love it. The mini games are great, though I wonder how long they will stay fun. When I exchange the DSL today I think I will pick up another game and at minimum some screen protectors, if not a hard case for it. I agree with the above posters about the restart vs exit/return to menu quirk and having to touch past the warning on boot, really really annoying. Is that a litigious american thing or does the thing nag you all over the world?

Did everyone with dead/stuck pixels experience a smooth exchange/return? If so where and how did it go?

Any recommendations for fun minigame like action that uses the touchscreen?

360 driving peripherals: feedback wanted {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 1st 2006 9:36AM It should be embarassing for Microsoft that they do not support force feedback. They should cower in shame every time a racing game is released with 'realistic vibration feedback'. It is amazing that a company that sells force feedback hardware and supports force feedback software, does not have a GAMING console that has force feedback.

Even more embarassing is the fact that they failed on this issue with the original xbox and did not fix the problem when they rushed to market with the 360.

What demographic do they speak to when they research these decisions? I mean, who seriously says 'This steering wheel keeps jerking every time I hit the wall and fighting me throughout the race, can you make it just vibrate like a cell phone instead? Oh, and how about replacing the wheel and shifter with a thumbstick and buttons?'.

Is there some medical warning about force feedback that MS is scared of or something?

They OWE us for releasing a second console without force feedback.. but at least it can be updated through live.. (hint hint MS..)

Geez..