Fake guitarplayers everywhere are mourning today as Activision released that they are discontinuing their popular Guitar Hero franchise after a six year run. Slipping sales are the most likely culprit, with the latest release "Warriors of Rock" setting a new low in sales for the $2 billion gaming franchise.
While it may be the first game people think of when you're naming music-based video games, new competition from the likes of Rock Band and others have severely bitten into Guitar Hero's fanbase. Activision said in a statement that "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011." Well, it's easy to make millions when you're the only game in town but when the competition comes you've got to step it up and Guitar Hero just wasn't able to do it. Reports are stating that Activision may continue to make new downloadable content available for current Guitar Hero games; although there is no timetable on how often or how long it will continue.
Thermaltake's Toughpower line of power supplies have been a big hit for high end PC owners. The folks at Thermaltake are looking to keep the momentum going as they release three new flavors of their Toughpower Grand line, complete with 80 Plus Gold certification for maximum efficiency.
The new Toughpower Grans PSUs will be available in 850W, 1050W and 1200W Models. Dual 12V rails provide most of the juice that your PC needs and an ultra durable 3 oz PCB design provides a solid base. A flower shaped 140mm fan keeps the unit cool and the FanDelayCool feature keeps the fan running for 15 to 30 seconds after shutdown for added cooling after long gaming or benching sessions. No prices or relase dates were released at this time.
Owners of PS3 consoles and PCs have been licking their chops to get their hands on the release of First Strike, the new downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops since it was released for Xbox 360 owners. The folks at Sony have some news for the console side; a firm release date.
Black Ops fans with a PS3 will be able to get their hands on First Strike on March 3rd, which is around the end of the 30 day window that Microsoft owns for exclusive rights for the DLC. Berlin Wall, Discovery, Stadium, and Kowloon are the four new multiplayer maps that will be included as well as Ascension to continue the Zombies saga. The expansion will cost $15. No word on an arrival date for the PC as of yet.
Deal of the Day: Brother HL-2270DW Wireless Duplex Monochrome Laser Printer for $99.99 with FREE Delivery
Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - Brother HL-2270DW Wireless Duplex Monochrome Laser Printer for $99.99 with FREE Delivery!.
Offer: $99.99 with FREE shipping gets you this Brother HL-2270DW monochrome laser printer with 802.11b/g wireless printing, duplex capabilities, and up to 2400 x 600 resolution, at up to 27 pages per minute. Good until 2/12/11.
Flash Player 10.2 has hit the scene, and those who are expecting just a few bug fixes need to take a second look. Adobe's thrown in a couple extra useful goodies for us.
Not only does the new Flash Player play very nicely with AMD Fusion, but efficiency has been increased with the inclusion of Stage Video which according to Adobe "can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer." Websites have to integrate Stage Video for it to work, but the speedup of delivery that it provides should help those that have stuttering issues.
The other major addition is the ability to watch a Flash video in all its fullscreen glory on a second monitor while working on the first for those with multimonitor setups. This will be a boon for multitaskers, or maybe even those who just want a fun video playing while they work on something else. This will definitely become a new test for your focus.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 10th, 2011
- HP EliteBook 8740w @ TechReviewSource
- Aria Dominator 560Ti System Gaming PC @ Overclock3D
- HIS HD6970 Turbo Edition @ Kitguru
- ASUS HD 6970 DirectCU II Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven
- EVGA Geforce GTX 560Ti SuperClocked DirectX 11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
- OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series Power Supply @ Techwarelabs
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 500 W Power Supply @ Hardware Secrets
2K hosted an awesome Duke Nukem Forever press event at a high end strip club in Las Vegas this past Monday. 2K flew in editors from outlets around the world to get some hands dirty with some Duke Nukem Forever goodness.
Because of this, there are now a huge amount of sites showing off previews, thoughts and impressions on the famously overdue, close-to-vaporware Duke Nukem Forever. Some of them seem impressed, some not. Some say the graphics and levels seem dated but the game is "fun". Check out the below links to see for yourself. I do ask 2K, where was my invite! :(
Apple's iPad 2 has not even been announced yet and there's news floating out there of the iPad 3. Earlier today HP held an event in San Fransisco to until their latest bag of goodies based around the webOS software in which they acquired through the purchase of Palm last year. One of these devices is a tablet, called TouchPad. The TouchPad looks like an iPad, but is better specced. Some are already wondering if it's a possible "iPad-killer".
Daring Fireball's John Gruber has said "Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they're not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And not only did they announce this with a distant ship date, they did it with no word on pricing."
Microsoft has announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has gone Release to Manufacturing (RTM). SP1 includes minor updates such as RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. The usual consolidation of security and stability updates are rolled in, so most people already have what makes up SP1, from their current Windows Updates.
Although Service Pack 1 has hit Release to Manufacturing status today, the actual download won't be able until next week. Volume license customers as well as Technet and MSDN subscribers will have access to it from February 16. Windows Update and pre-install availability should start on February 22.
Facebook has been rumored for a while now to have their own themed phone but, INQ have been getting jiggy with Facebook as of late and have created an Android 2.2-powered that is heavily focused on Facebook integration. The below pictured device, INQ Cloud Touch and also another device named Cloud Q - which includes a QWERTY keypad.
Both devices feature triband HSPA, 3.5-inch capactive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel autofocus camera, Exchange support, insane-looking Facebook integration and Spotify for your music loving needs. INQ's devices are the first mobiles to have Facebook Social Graph API, which lets you see your most important Facebook content on your homescreen.