Electronic Arts announced today that they will be broadcasting their press conference, live from, ah, Spike TV of all places. You all remember Spike TV, right? It used to be called TNN and only showed reruns and the Grand Ol' Opry? And then it turned into something resembling a bastard child of the NASCAR channel and G4? Yeah, well, that's where EA's press conference is going to be, June 6th, 12:30PM PDT.
EA has already stated they're going to be showing a new Battlefield 3 Demo, gameplay from Mass Effect 3 (sick!) and "news on unannounced projects." So if you have American cable, tune your Tivo to Spike- otherwise...well, I'm sorry you don't have Spike TV?
Also, kids: please don't confuse Spike TV with the Spice Channel (not a food network).
The next installment of tickets for this sure-to-be insanely fun conference goes on sale 5/25 7PM PDT, so if you're located in the US you'll have plenty of time to get home from work only to post up on your computer, eagerly awaiting the the clock striking sevenfold. Or something. Either way, you'll get another chance, and tickets are actually a very decent $175- though if you miss out on those, you'll have the opportunity to spend $500 to go to a dinner with the Blizzard / Activision Execs. Oh, c'mon, it's for charity.
Readers will recall that BlizzCon tickets first went on sale the same day as the prophesied Rapture, which we believed had the potential to drastically interfere. The event however weathered the End of Days (I refuse to repost the trailer, go watch it yourselves) without a hitch, as the allotted tickets for that round sold out in less than 24 hours.
Check out more information at Blizzard's BlizzCon site or check out the posts below.
The initial allotment of tickets for BlizzCon 2011 has now been sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets this time, you'll have another chance on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, when a second batch goes on sale.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 24th, 2011
- Gateway DX4850-45 @ TechReviewSource
- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s @ TechreviewSource
- Gigabyte Z68X UD7 B3 Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) @ Techpowerup
- ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ECS Elitegroup H67H2-I LGA1155 Mini-ITX Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Futurelooks
- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-17000 CL9D 2133MHz Memory Kit @ eTeknix
- Patriot Division2 Viper Xtreme 4GB DDR3 RAM kit @ Techwarelabs
Boo yah! If you're not making the trek to this year's E3 (or paying for the horrendously expensive passes), you'll at least be able to catch Nintendo's presentation at 9AM PDT, Tuesday June 7. Also, bonus if you're a Wii player: exclusive Wii-only content following the presentation. Make sure to watch, as Nintendo will be announcing their brand new system, which is basically SNES controllers with touchscreens in them. Awesome.
Nintendo did something similar for this past winter's Game Developer's Conference here in San Francisco- gotta say, I really wish more tech and game firms would do this type of thing, as those conferences never get any cheaper! Press release to follow, or check out the blog post.
Video game fans around the globe are invited to bookmark http://e3.nintendo.com in their browsers as Nintendo prepares to offer a virtual front-row seat at this year's E3 Expo in Los Angeles. A live webcast of Nintendo's E3 Expo 2011 media presentation will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 7. Immediately following the presentation, fans can enjoy additional Nintendo Network coverage on the site, including interviews, game trailers and special video segments.
Explosions rocked Foxconn Chengdu iPad 2 production plant last week, resulting in the death of three employees and injuring at least 15 others according to early reports on Friday. Despite the tragic consequences of the event, many seemed focus on speculating on how the disaster would affect the iPad 2 production line, which manufactures the A5 chip for the popular tablet.
Though the cause is still unknown, suspension in production at the plant enduring more than a month may cause Apple to fall short of the projected 7.4 million iPad 2 shipments intended to close out this quarter, even if a neighboring Shenzhen Foxconn plant were to try to pick up the slack. Analysts from research firms like ISuppli and RBC Capital Markets have predicted a loss of up to 2.8 million iPads.
According to Bloomberg, the speculations may be just that- in a report today, an analyst from San Francisco-based Sterne Agee wrote in a report that concerns are evidently "overdone".
I'm still curious about what was the original cause of the explosion- but Steve Dowling, Apple Spokesperson, already stated that they were working with their partners in Shenzhen to figure out that very issue.
ASUS has announced local pricing for the upcoming Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer, are you ready for this? It's $200 more than the $399 US-based price, at AU$599. Even with the stronger than ever AU dollar, we're still being ripped when it comes to local pricing. Although, the Transformer looks like a bloody good tablet and I'm sure it will still sell like Eee Hotcakes when it is finally on Australian shelves.
The Transformer will be available tomorrow (!) at retailers including Harvey Norman and JB Hifi, with the 16GB Wi-Fi model setting you back $599 and for $799 you can grab the 32GB Wi-Fo model with optional keyboard and dock included. The keyboard dock accessory has not got a separate pricing yet, but it should receive a pricing of $199.
If you haven't seen the Transformer, I suggest you check it out - it is an amazing-looking tablet, relatively cheap (even at AU$599) and if you get the optional keyboard dock, it turns itself into a great portal touchscreen tablet/netbook.
Ballmer is on a roll today, at the 2011 Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum in Tokyo, Japan, Baller announced the first details about the next major release of Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5. The upcoming release dubbed "Mango" is set to feature over 500 new features added to Windows Phone 7.
Ballmer goes on to say:
We have a big launch event to talk about the next release of Windows Phone tomorrow, so that information will be forthcoming, including some of the particulars about who is going to be building Windows Phones and which carriers are going to be offering them here in Japan.
Details of what is included in Mango are sparse, but speculation is leading toward opening up multi-tasking for all third-party apps, connectivity with their motion-based Kinect sensor and Mobile Internet Explorer 9.
Steve Ballmer has done the world a great honor, he has announced (officially) that Microsoft are not only working on Windows 8, but we should expect to hear a lot about Windows 8 and Windows 8-based slates, tablets, PCs and a variety of different form factors. Great!
Ballmer also announced that Windows 7 PCs are expected to hit the 350 million units this year which is an amazing achievement in such a short amount of time and versus Apple, it's not even competition. But we are of course, comparing Apples... to oranges here. Haw, haw. The speech Ballmer gave was at the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan just yesterday. It's quite long; if you'd like to take a look at it, try this link.
Really, Activision? This is all you could do with a reported $200 million? No in-game footage, no next-gen graphics engine. Shown off on an Xbox 360. Looks like someone is after sales numbers and to not push the genre like EA/DICE with Battlefield 3. Below is the trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
It looks okay, but it seems like yet another outing in the COD universe and nothing to make me want the game on release like BF3 does. I'm sure the game will sell a bazillion copies, Activision will most likely lavish game reviewers with first-class flights and five-star hotels and expect great reviews, but I'm just not impressed by this trailer one bit!
Our Download of the Day today is PowerArchiver 12.00 RC4.
PowerArchiver offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.
Here is a brief list of some of the key features found in PowerArchiver:
Full Windows Vista Support
Superior ZIP Support
Multiple Formats Support Including ISO
New Queue System (Add/Extract/Backup) and PowerArchiver Starter
Guaranteed Compatibility and Explorer Integration