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Microsoft to open retail stores

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:42 AM | Friday, February 13, 2009 | (url: http://news.cnet....)

After years of brushing off the notion, Microsoft said on Thursday that it will open up its own line of retail stores.

Without detailing the plans, Microsoft said it has hired David Porter, a 25-year Wal-Mart veteran, to lead the effort. Sources say that Porter's mission will be to develop the company's retail plans and that the effort is likely to start small with just a few locations.

Although Microsoft has generally relied on others to sell its wares, it's not Microsoft's first foray into retail.

Back in the dot-com days, Microsoft had one retail outlet, at the San Francisco Metreon mall. However, it never expanded the effort and closed that location in November 2001.

Category: Technology | 1 Comments
Tags: microsoft

Houston Vehicles Returns to T2

Submitted by: skywalkerjel @ 02:58 AM | Friday, February 13, 2009 | (url: http://hvelite.com/)

Houston Vehicles elite Where Machines Of War Blaze Paths Of Bloody Fury The epicenter for team based combat, on an epic scale, returns to the Tribes 2 universe. Houston Vehicles elite would like to invite all |HV| members, friends and cannon fodder to stop by and say Hi! (vgh). Mark your calendars for Friday February 13, 2009. Fly a shrike or drop some bombs, attack those generators, it's up to you. We're in full production and open for business, thanks to our hard working admins. The Houston Vehicles elite server you knew and loved is back. All previous maps and scripts have been re-installed by our scripting guru, Wembly. He even has some ideas for new features. So let's populate the server.

Category: Console Gaming | 11 Comments
Tags: 2 tribes

Midway Games Files for Chapter 11

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:46 PM | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | (url: http://www.midway...)

idway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY) today announced that the company and its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filing does not include the company's non-U.S. operations, which will continue business as normal.

In its filing with the Bankruptcy Court, the company cited that the November 28, 2008, change in ownership triggered accelerated repurchase obligations relating to two classes of Midway debt, which Midway anticipated it would be unable to satisfy.

"This was a difficult but necessary decision," said Midway Chairman, President and CEO Matt Booty.


Training Site

Submitted by: Bloodsong @ 11:16 AM | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | (url: http://www.gamerd...)

There are people on the internet who wish to keep the Shifter Tribes alive. They are providing a training site for the noobs, returning players, and players from other mods who wish to play Tribes. The perspective trainee should be instructed to read through the site, or at the very least watch all the video's 1st.
Then they can request Tribes, Ventrilo, and personal Training, etc..... at the web site providing the training.

Category: Console Gaming | 6 Comments
Tags: tribes

Ghostbusters 'Trap' HD Trailer

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 03:19 PM | Friday, February 6, 2009 | (url: http://gamevideos...)

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is based on the popular movies from the 80s. The game's story is written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. They along with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson are lending their likenesses and voices to the game. This trailer goes over Ghostbuster Rule #2: Don't look directly into the trap! Ray really means it!


Valve Announces First Left 4 Dead DLC

Submitted by: willisan @ 02:47 PM | Thursday, February 5, 2009 | (url: http://blog.wired...)

L4d

The runaway success of Left 4 Dead made a downloadable add-on something of a foregone conclusion, but only this morning did creator Valve officially announce downloadable content for the zombie shooter title.


Gamefly Buys Shacknews

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:44 PM | Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Online rental hub GameFly today announced that it has acquired independent video game website Shacknews.

As part of the deal, GameFly has purchased all related Shacknews destinations, including FileShack. The company plans to maintain the Shacknews editorial staff and direction, and pledged to bolster the site with additional resources.

"GameFly has demonstrated a true understanding of and commitment to Shacknews' gaming culture," said Shacknews founder Steve Gibson, who added that the decision to sell the company was not based on financial problems.


Details on Windows 7 SKUs

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:35 PM | Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | (url: http://www.winsup...)

Unlike with Vista, where Microsoft crowded the market with too many mainstream product editions, Windows 7 will ship in just a handful of common-sense product editions. And also unlike with Vista, these product editions are all true supersets of each other, so there are no overlapping feature sets (which is good) and upgrades will be much simpler (which is even better).

"As we moved to Windows 7, we looked back on the key learnings we had with Windows Vista and the conversations we've had with partners and customers," Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte told me in a recent briefing. "Everyone was looking for simplicity and clarity. They don't want to compromise capabilities as they stepped up."


Google Explains "Harmful Site" Glitch

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:54 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://googleblog...)

We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.

We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file.


Max Payne 2 MOD, Mona: The Assassin

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:19 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://monatheass...)

Mona: The Assassin is an unofficial Max Payne 2 expansion featuring 5 original, action-packed levels.

Mona Sax is a contract-killer, a job at which she excels. When a Mafia boss sends his army of mobsters after her, assaulting her hideout and forcing her to flee through the city streets, it gets personal and real nasty.

From an abandoned asylum, through the suburban streets of the Big Apple, to the Mafia social club, unleash her destructive power and make them regret to have ever messed with Mona: The Assassin.


New Star Wars: The Old Republic development video

Submitted by: Brontez @ 09:21 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://www.swtor....)

Join us for our first Developer Dispatch: The Making of Tython, with developer interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and breathtaking, never-before-seen concept art. Journey through Tython, the planet where the first Force users assembled and the Jedi Order was established. Discover how writers, artists, designers, and other developers came together to create one of the most essential planets in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

For more SW:TOR info visit our very own TribalWar TOR forum at:http://www.tribalwar.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=418


Project Reality v0.85 Released!

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:23 AM | Friday, January 30, 2009 | (url: http://www.realit...)


I know Battlefield 2 is pretty much a dead horse, but this free mod can breathe some life into it once again. This Mod is not for the masses, due to the fact that it has a much higher learning curve then your classic arcade game. This is the real deal.


DRM Shuts Down PC Version of Gears of War

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:22 AM | Friday, January 30, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

It seems that the DRM on Gears of War came with a built-in shut off date: the digital certificate for the game was only good until January 28, 2009. Now that the game fails to work unless you adjust your system's clock, what's Epic's response? "We're working on it."

Did Epic assume no one would be playing the title once 2009 came around? It's hard to understand why there would be an end-date hard-coded into the title's DRM, especially one that came less than three years after the game was released. Many PC gamers are leery of any kind of DRM that must dial into a central server to authenticate, wondering what happens if those servers are shut down. Now we knowin this case, the game shipped with DRM that was essentially counting down until the game would cease to work.


Dual World Record for x86 Clock Speed and 3d Mark 05 Score

Submitted by: Beren @ 09:25 PM | Saturday, January 24, 2009 | (url: http://au.youtube...)

During CES there were two teams (one from AMD, one from Finland) using Helium basud cooling to set OC records. Using a Phenom 2 the highest clock speed for a x86 chip was set, along with the record score for 3d mark 05.

Category: Hardware | 2 Comments
Tags: overclocking

Cooler Master Sniper Case Review

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 07:33 PM | Thursday, January 22, 2009 | (url: http://www.bit-te...)

Were you looking for a PC case to fit in with your collection of FPS-style crates and exploding barrels? Well, look no further than the eXtremely well-named Cooler Master Sniper. Just make sure you don't let any space marines see your new possession, or they might try shooting it to get at the stim packs and ammo contained within.