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June 04, 2010

Lord of the Rings mmo going free-to-play

I played a free trial of this last year and found it utterly charming but not utterly charming enough to spend $15 a month plus box fees on. This is following Turbine's other mmo D&D Online, which went free-to-play and increased its revenue fourfold or so. The Escapist : News : Lord of the Rings Online Going Free-to-Play
Lord of the Rings Online, the MMOG set in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary fantasy world, will become a free-to-play game later this year. Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: A Turbine MMOG based on a popular fantasy property makes a grab for some World of Warcraft pie but ends up with nothing but a fork in its hand for its trouble. After sulking (and bleeding) for awhile, it heads for a nearby soup kitchen for some free grub and discovers to its amazement that the food there is actually pretty damn good and there's lots of it, too.

May 30, 2010

mc chris prefers Resident Evil 4 over Kingdom Hearts II

YouTube - Mc Chris rants on KHII and RE4

May 29, 2010

BP has failed. Nuke the hole.

Energy expert: Nuking oil leak ‘only thing we can do’ | Raw Story
As the latest effort to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico meets with failure, the idea of nuking the immediate area to seal the oil underground is gaining steam among some energy experts and researchers. One prominent energy expert known for predicting the oil price spike of 2008 says sending a small nuclear bomb down the leaking well is "probably the only thing we can do" to stop the leak. Matt Simmons, founder of energy investment bank Simmons & Company, also says that there is evidence of a second oil leak about five to seven miles from the initial leak that BP has focused on fixing. That second leak, he says, is so large that the initial one is "minor" in comparison.

May 28, 2010

Once-Deaf Baby Hears For The First Time

We need a "Fuc(k)in' Awesome!" category. Once-Deaf Baby Hears For The First Time
In this video making the rounds today, 8-month-old Jonathan's cochlear implant is activated for the first time. After hearing mom's voice he drops his pacifier and smiles, and we dissolve into a weepy mess. [Village Voice]

Apple reveals new $99 Apple TV

The next Apple TV revealed: cloud storage and iPhone OS on tap... and a $99 price tag -- Engadget
According to our sources, this project has been in the works long before Google announced its TV solution, and it ties much more closely into Apple's mobile offerings. The new architecture of the device will be based directly on the iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage -- 16GB to be exact -- though it will be capable of full 1080p HD (!). The device is said to be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and video out), and has been described to some as "an iPhone without a screen." Are you ready for the real shocker? According to our sources, the price-point for the device will be $99. One more time -- a hundred bucks. Not only will this be priced to sell (like hotcakes), it seems that Apple is moving away from the model of local storage, and will be focusing the new ATV on cloud-based storage (not unlike Amazon's streaming scheme, though we're talking instant-on 1080p, a la Microsoft). For those still interested in keeping their content close, there will be an option to utilize a Time Capsule as an external storage component, but the main course will be all about streaming. The new ATV will do away with its current OS X-lite variation as a operating system, and will instead adopt the iPhone OS for the underlying experience. There's no word at this point on whether apps and the App Store will be coming along for the ride, but it makes sense given the shared platform. Of course, scaling iPhone apps to that 52-inch plasma in your living room isn't exactly a no-brainer.