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Japan Hit By Second Earthquake

Trak Lord | Current Affairs | Thu, Apr 7 2011 11:45 AM CDT
Japan Hit By Second Earthquake | TweakTown.com

Less than one hour ago, Japan was hit by a 7.4 magnitude off the coast of Miyagi in Northeastern Japan at around 730 AM PST, according to a report by CNN. So far no casualties have been reported, but authorities evacuated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was 113 km from the epicenter of the quake. Tokyo Electric Agency is reporting that the power is still on at the plant and there is little, if any damage to its structural integrity.

Japan issued a tsunami warning to inhabitants of the Miyagi prefecture and the surrounding coastal area as a precaution, but authorities claim that there is no imminent danger of a wide-scale massive Pacific Tsunami, especially not to Hawaii or California.

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SEGA Releases New Sonic Teaser Trailer

Trak Lord | Gaming | Thu, Apr 7 2011 11:11 AM CDT
SEGA Releases New Sonic Teaser Trailer | TweakTown.com

Almost 2,500 people "liked" the idea that there's a forthcoming Sonic game, according to the hedgehog's Facebook Fan Page this morning. There is very little information about the new game, but fans of the series will notice that both New and "Old" Sonic are featured in the teaser trailer, indicating the same will apply in the game itself.

Though some commenters were pretty pissed off about the game potentially not being available on the Wii, many an XBox 360 owner rejoiced to learn that he wouldn't have to borrow his girlfriend's Wii anymore to play Sonic. Many Facebook users speculated as to whether it was a reboot or a brand new title, but the trailer clearly opens with a "20th Anniversary Screen", leaving little wonder as to the anniversarial nature of the game.

Check out the trailer:

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Sony Says Japan Quake Won't Affect NGP Distribution

Trak Lord | Gaming | Thu, Apr 7 2011 1:27 AM CDT
Sony Says Japan Quake Won't Affect NGP Distribution | TweakTown.com

Despite a Bloomberg report saying otherwise, gamers should be happy to know that Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) starting in late 2011. The report had attributed the delay to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami tragedy of mid-March, but Sony Computer Entertainment spokesperson Satoshi Fukuoka flat out called the report "wrong".

Well that's a breath of fresh air, Fukuoka. He reportedly explained that the launch plan would not be affected at all, adding that even back in January when Sony first unveiled the NGP, that the plan was never to launch the device simultaneously in the US, Europe, and Asia. The Bloomberg report had attributed the separate regional launch to problems from the quake, but that was apparently erroneous.

My guess is that there's little chance that the disaster didn't in some way affect Sony's production capabilities, but the launch date of the 2011 holidays should give them time to fix everything up.

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AMD to discuss next-gen GPUs in June, expects to receive love letters from various fans

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Thu, Apr 7 2011 12:45 AM CDT

AMD has said that it will reveal some details of their next-generation GPUs at the AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS) that is set to start in mid-June. AMD are also looking to reveal trends about future directions of accelerated processing units (APUs) and software development.

AMD to discuss next-gen GPUs in June, expects to receive love letters from various fans | TweakTown.com

Eric Demers, AMD corporate vice president and chief technology officer is set to give a keynote at AFDS where he will recap the evolution of GPUs in the recent years, including the latest VLIW5 and VLIW4 core architectures and instruction sets. More specifically, he will present an overview of the next-generation AMD cores that are currently under development, which are going to throw forward new capabilities and continue the never-ending GPU evolution.

AMD is expected to release their 28nm-based GPUs codenamed Southern Islands, later this year. The Southern Island-based GPUs will support DirectX 11 functionality and should include architectural improvements and new features.

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Evil Dead iPhone Game Coming Soon: Groovy.

Trak Lord | Gaming | Thu, Apr 7 2011 12:43 AM CDT
Evil Dead iPhone Game Coming Soon: Groovy. | TweakTown.com

According to The Hollywood Reporter, fanboys all over the world will rejoice to learn of the upcoming Evil Dead Game for iPhone. Though it has been 30 years since the film's release in 1981, Evil Dead still has a both loyal and sizable fanbase. And unlike most adaptations of popular cultishly-followed media, this one's getting a nod from its creators, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

Sam, Bruce [Campbell] and I have always been interested in finding ways to bring our 1980's Evil Dead into the digital age. And taking this first step with Trigger has been a great experience.

Trigger is the company charged with developing the game, and one that has made successful mobile apps for many Hollywood movies in the past. This is a bit of a departure from their previous work, as Evil Dead is 30 years old and most of their subject matter deals with adaptations of (at the time of development) recently or to-be-shortly released films like The Green Hornet and the latest installment of The Karate Kid.

The app (release date TBA) will be available for $2.99 on the iPhone and $4.99 on the iPad. Seems kinda steep, but the game promises 30(!) chapters of gameplay as well as what looks like a Nintendo Mii of Bruce Campbell, who apparently wears...

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Atari greatest hits out for iOS, includes Missile Command, John Connor spotted playing it before the T1000 chased him into oblivion

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, Apr 6 2011 11:33 PM CDT

Atari announced earlier this week that they'd be launching Atari's Greatest Hits, which is a collection of 18 arcade classics and 82 Atari 2600 console games for iOS-based devices. The app is free and includes the original 70's classic, Pong with the other 99 games available through an in-app purchase.

Atari greatest hits out for iOS, includes Missile Command, John Connor spotted playing it before the T1000 chased him into oblivion | TweakTown.com

The app runs on iPhones, iPod touches and iPads - the app is the first to support the iCade mini iPad arcade cabinet which is set to launch this June. The game includes access to arcade classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Missile Command, Crystal Castles, and Tempest. Also, users will have access to a selection of Atari 2600 titles like Combat, Adventure, Night Driver, Star Raiders, Outlaw, all the Real Sports titles, and Yars Revenge.

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FIFA 11 Ultimate Team Raises $500,000 For Japan Quake Relief

Trak Lord | Gaming | Wed, Apr 6 2011 11:30 PM CDT
FIFA 11 Ultimate Team Raises $500,000 For Japan Quake Relief | TweakTown.com

If readers recall, we posted numerous different methods for gamers and techies to help out in the relief effort following the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami tragedy of March.

Electronic Arts proudly announced today on their blog that their

FIFA Ultimate Team Relief Effort raised half a million dollars for the victims and survivors in Japan.

This is no small feat, considering the effort initiative only lasted 24 hours. (Virtual) Football (re: American Soccer) Players around the world united and bought lots of collectible player packs. I would be critical of the means used to mount this campaign if I weren't so damn proud.

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Minecraft Exceeds $33 Million In Paid Downloads

Trak Lord | Gaming | Wed, Apr 6 2011 11:02 PM CDT
Minecraft Exceeds $33 Million In Paid Downloads | TweakTown.com

According to a Reddit response that he posted earlier today, the indie game sensation that Markus Persson created is making him a boatload of money. This is not entirely surprising, as Minecraft won numerous awards at the GDC earlier this year and has met, in general, raving reviews from developers and gamers alike.

Much to Persson's surprise (pleasantly, I imagine), the game has reached around 1.8 million downloads altogether, tabulating purchases of both the beta version that was available for 15 euros, and the version out now which comes in at 10 euros. In the Reddit post, he responded:

It all ends up in an account somewhere, and I try not to look at it. I get a normal salary these days for day to day stuff, but there's a big pile somewhere. The game sold about 800,000 copies at 9.95 euro and then so far 1 million more at 14.95 euro. Paypal takes a cut, there are taxes, and such, but it's still a huge wad of money.

Yes Markus, yes it is. Congratulations on your success so far, and keep up the good work.

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Google creating YouTube "channels", $100 million is being spent on original content

Anthony Garreffa | Online Video | Wed, Apr 6 2011 11:01 PM CDT

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that YouTube is looking to spend $100 million on original programming. It's a move that Google would obviously hope is successful, in a world of instant video, original programming is also still the way to go.

Google creating YouTube

Google is hoping to have YouTube compete with broadcast and cable television, with a goal to keep viewers on their site longer, and to convince advertisers that it will reach desirable customers.

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Apple set to deliver 4.5 million iPad 2's each month to customers

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Wed, Apr 6 2011 9:52 PM CDT

Apple have had a runaway success train with the iPad 2 so far, pushing 2.5 million units in March alone and they're looking to increase this number to over 4.5 million just to meet demand. Insiders are claiming that Apple need to meet demand for 12 million (!) iPad 2's in the second quarter if they want to fully maximise their sales.

Apple set to deliver 4.5 million iPad 2's each month to customers | TweakTown.com

Apple have reportedly made deals with various suppliers in Japan, paying 400-percent over the odds for specific components to ensure they would get priority over everyone else. Of course Japan has been going through one of the most severe disasters/events, but I'm sure those suppliers getting 400-percent over the odds are rubbing their hands together, I do hope they're donating some of it to the disaster relief efforts though.

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