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Wow - rumors are coming in thick and fast for this! Rumor is that the next Call of Duty title might be a prequel to the super-awesome Modern Warfare. According to the rumor, this new game will explore the backstory of the "Ghost" character and explain how he was recruited into Task Force 141.
Included in the rumor is the game will run on the Modern Warfare 2 engine, rather than new tech. The biggest bit of this rumor is that Raven Software may be taking the helm in this new title. There has recently been a job advert for a lead FX person mentioning that it requires driving the development of stunning visual effects for "an established console-based, realistic, first-person military shooter".
It's only been a week since fail0verflow revealed a hack to the PS3's near-impenetrable security. Another hacker who goes by the name "KaKaRoToKS" has gone a step further by delivering tools that will let you convert your standard PS3 firmware into some swish custom firmware.
This custom firmware is not about piracy though, with "KaKaRoToKS" saying "Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way."
ThinkGeek has some really cool products and accessories for all sorts of gadgets and gear in their line. The company is also famous for making things as jokes that have enough cool to them to be appealing and enough realism to fool people. If I had laid eyes on the Joystick-It a few months from now around April I would have called BS on this thing, it looks too cool to be a real product.
It's a shiny chrome joystick that claims to stick to your iPad screen and allow you to control games that use a virtual joystick with a real joystick in your hand. The thing has a thin stalk and a big ball on top that reminds me more than a bit of the arcade sticks I grew up playing at the arcade.
The Joystick-It has a patent pending and needs no batteries. It is shown with the iPad, but it will work with any capacitive touchscreen device. ThinkGeek will sell the controller for $24.95 with limited quantities available at the end of January.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition (Xbox 360) - $79.99.
Offer: Get Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition for the Xbox 360 for just $79.99. They're all out of stock online, but you can opt to pick it up in-store. This is a great price for the Prestige Edition. It wasn't worth the $149.99 MSRP, but at this discounted price, the RC-XD Video RC car w/ video transmitter seems like a good deal.
Some more details of Battlefield 3 on PC are emerging and it is becoming quite the love fest for PC gamers. Lead Designer at DICE, David Goldfarb, is laying rumors to rest of Battlefield 3 being a console port.
He says that while the game is not an exclusive to PC, the PC version is getting 'extra attention'. Battlefield 3 is designed to run with DirectX 11 and will not work on Windows XP at all - while this is not new as there are some games that already won't work on XP, it's a step in the right direction.
George Hotz, otherwise known as GeoHot has posted what he claims as the world's first PlayStation 3 root key, which is used for code signing games.
The root key enables the PS3 to know which is a genuine piece of software and which, is not. If other hackers start using it, the key will allow the use of custom software and pirated games. It will enable the use of homebrew without the need for PSjailbreak-type USB devices.
Leaked video and pictures of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS have arrived. The media shows that Nintendo have tweaked the final hardware by flattening the Start, Home and Select buttons so that they are flush with the device.
Other than those changes, it is relatively unchanged from the DS. The above leaked video shows it includes a 1,300 mAh battery (compared to the DSi XL's 1,050 mAh battery, the DSi's 840 mAh, the DS Lite's 1,000 mAh, and the DS's 850mAh). The video also shows the differences in size between the 3DS, DSi and DS Lite.
DICE had put a goal on their new Vietnam pack for Bad Company 2 when released. That a new map would be opened up when 69 million team actions had been completed.
Xbox 360 combatants are on around 36 million team actions, PlayStation 3 battlefielders are on 27 million while PC - have pushed past 69 million and now have the map unlocked to play!
Torrentfreak has 'awarded' COD: Black Ops the highest amount of illegal downloads for 2010 - sitting on 4.27 million copies dated to the 26th of December. Keep in mind the game has only been available for not even 2 months.
Other games that made the list were Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with nearly 4 million downloads, Mafia 2 with 3.55 million and Mass Effect 2 with 3.2 million. Obviously this amount looks like a lot and would add up to billions in 'lost sales'.
A hacking group named 'fail0verflow' have announced that they have deciphered the private key that Sony uses to authorise code to run on PlayStation 3 systems. Breaking this code means things can be launched, as if authorised by Sony.
The group made the announcement at the Chaos Communications Conference - saying it opened a huge number of options, such as being able to run linux on the console no matter which firmware is running. Of course this could be used for piracy, but they have said this was not their goal.