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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.
Mario is celebrating a birthday this year and Sonic the Hedgehog is as well. Sega is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Sonic in its own way, which is not as overt and out there as Nintendo is doing with the party for Mario. Sega is licensing Sonic for some interesting gear though like this new product from Mad Catz.
The product is an inductive charging stand with rechargeable batteries that you only have to sit on the stand to power up. Mad Catz is selling the limited edition Sonic inductive charger for about $50 and that price gets you the rechargeable batteries as well. Sonic appears to be warning you that only two remotes can be put on his little patch of charger.
The device uses magnets to align the controllers for optimum charging and it appears that it can charge the remote through the plastic sleeves that protect your TV from certain death. The design also will work with controllers that have the Motion Plus accessory installed. You should, be able to order one of these chargers right now if you want.
If you are a fan of the Nintendo DS and a fan of Pokemon, you have probably been following the coming title for the DS called Pokemon Black and Pokemon white. The games are basically the same under the specialized cover and the titles will be offered for the Wii and the DS. The only difference in the game versions is that each color pack has a special creature that can only be caught in that game.
Nintendo has announced that the games will hit store shelves on March 6 and that each of them will bring 150 new Pokemon and a new area for players to explore. The Black version of the game will have a special metro area called Black City and the white version will have a lush forest area called White Forrest on in that version.
The Black version of the game also gets an exclusive Pokemon called Reshiram and the White version gets Zekrom. I bet hardcore fans will be buying both versions and that is exactly what Nintendo wants. The games will sell for $34.99 each and can be pre-ordered right now.
I have three words for this one - Only. In. Japan. Seriously - I love some of the games they get and this one is no different. Konami have recently announced "Project Loveplus".
Project Loveplus is a dating simulator which is 3D-capable, but that's not it's selling point. It's selling point would be the "boyfriend lock" which uses facial recognition to prevent any "virtual cheating". If someone else picks up your 3DS and tries to play the game, your virtual girlfriend (yeah, that sounds normal) will act confused and ask "who are you".
Any fan of music games will know the Harmonix name. This is the company that is behind the cool Rock Band franchise that has branched out from consoles and ended up on portable devices and more. You would think with the success of the Rock Band franchise Harmonix would be something that owner Viacom would want to keep a hold of.
You would be wrong. Viacom has announced that it has sold Harmonix off. Viacom has sold Harmonix to Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of Columbus Nova LLC. Columbus Nova LLS is an investment firm.
Harmonix apparently intends to continue supporting games it has on the market already. With MTV as part of the Viacom family, I wonder if the sale will affect the ability to get musicians to provide songs for the game.
Well, the title is deceiving, isn't it. A funny "FPS IRL" video from Freddie Wong of "Behind the Scenes" fame. Give it a watch below:
It's a well done video, surprisingly made in just a week! The ending is actually quite good and I enjoyed the kill cam shots - they've done a good job.
Everyone talks about this - PC Gaming is dead/dying. It will always be here, but whether we get AAA+ titles that can only be played on PC and are not gimped or cut down because of console hardware limitations and their ports is the main argument.
Microsoft are stuck - they have on one hand the super successful Xbox 360, on the other, 100's of millions of Windows-based users. Windows 8 is meant to be a push in the right direction for gamers.
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have given a release date for their highly-anticipated MMO based in the DC Universe, DC Universe Online. The game has reached gold master status and will be available at retail outlets for PC and PlayStation 3 on January 11, 2011.
DC Universe Online will cost $50 for PC and $60 for PS3 in the US - this will give you a 30-day game membership with monthly subscriptions costing $15 per month afterwards. SOE have said they will update the game regularly with new episodes featuring DC Comics characters, new instances and major "in-game events".
Patent infringement suits are common in the tech world and are often used as a means to get other companies to the negotiating table for a license deal. Other times the suits are used to get a product banned from being imported into the US. Motorola and Microsoft are both no strangers to both sides of a patent suit.
Motorola recently filed a complaint with the ITC that the Xbox 360 from Microsoft infringed on some patents it holds relating to video streaming. The suit was a bit of tit for tat with Microsoft having filed its own company against Motorola back in October over Android smartphones. The USITC announced today that it had voted to initiate an investigation into the allegations made by Motorola.
The investigation is set to kick off soon, the first steps will be an evidentiary hearing, and then the ITC will decide if the case should be pursued further. Motorola's complaint alleges that the Xbox 360 violates section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and seeks a cease and desist order ruling. No decision on the merits of the case has been made at this point.