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Duke Nukem Forever to be released May 31st. Preorder available on Amazon.

Submitted by: Dumpy Dooby @ 09:37 AM | Friday, January 7, 2011 | (url: http://www.amazon...)

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over? Duke Nukem Has A Release Date?

The video game Duke Nukem Forever has been a perpetual joke in video game circles. A decade ago it was already being mocked as Vaporware. At some point, Wired had to "retire" it from its annual vaporware list, giving it a "lifetime achievement award." But that was back in 2003, and after strong demand, it was added back to the list later. Finally, in 2009, we thought it had gone into permanent vaporware mode, after the developer, 3D Realms, shut down. There was a fascinating post mortem of the effort, which talked about the rather perfectionist views of 3D Realms boss, George Broussard, who kept having the team effectively start over to avoid being "behind" the state of the art.

However, Take Two got into a bit of a legal fight with what was left of 3D Realms, and finally cleared the way for Take Two to release a game called Duke Nukem Forever, though I imagine many won't feel it's the "real" Duke Nukem Forever (because that game is a myth). Either way, Peter Suderman noticed that Duke Nukem Forever actually appears to have a release date on Amazon of May 31st of this year. I'm not sure I really believe it, but considering it's not the old team involved any more, perhaps it can actually happen. Either way, in my head, Duke Nukem Forever will always be vaporware.

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Legions: Overdrive RELEASED

Submitted by: Trashman @ 04:04 PM | Monday, December 20, 2010 | (url: http://www.legion...)

Legions: Overdrive has officially been released.

link:
http://www.legionsoverdrive.com/blog/2010/12/20/legions-overdrive-officially-launched/


Assange walks free from high court

Submitted by: Dumpy Dooby @ 12:03 PM | Thursday, December 16, 2010 | (url: http://www.guardi...)

'It's great to smell fresh air again,' says WikiLeaks founder after judge's decision to dismiss appeal against bail.


Comcast Internet Outage in 4 States

Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 08:55 AM | Monday, December 6, 2010 | (url: http://www.suntim...)

Subscribers in a four state area including; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota lost Internet connection last night at about 7:30 p.m.

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Microsofts new studio working on halo 1 remake

Submitted by: Cik @ 02:22 PM | Saturday, December 4, 2010 | (url: http://gamer.blor...)

f you have been wondering what in the world 343 Industries have been working on, you may be in for a surprise. According to reports, the newly formed Microsoft studio has been remaking the very first Halo game.

The first Halo game titled Combat Evolved, came out on the original Xbox in all its polygon glory. Nearly a decade later it seems that Microsoft will be remaking the classic game that started it all.

This was first posted by CVG, which was reported by Games Master magazine. According to the report, the new remake could run on the Halo: Reach engine and arrive late 2012.

Previously, Microsoft indicated desires to crank out a Halo game every year similarly to the Call of Duty franchise. 343 Industries have been aggressively hiring people with recent reports of picking up 20 ex-Pandemic employees.

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InstantAction winding down operations...

Submitted by: SINep @ 11:40 PM | Friday, November 12, 2010 | (url: http://www.torque...)


November Update

by Eric Preisz 11/11/2010 (1:00 pm)
Today, InstantAction informed employees that it will be winding down operations. While we are shutting down the InstantAction.com website and Instant Jam game, Torquepowered.com will continue to operate while InstantAction explores opportunities with potential buyers for Torque. We thank all of our past and current customers for their support.

- Torque Management


From Dust Tech Demo

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:48 PM | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | (url: http://www.ign.co...)

http://www.ign.com/videos/2010/08/18/from-dust-x360-gamescom-tech-demo?show=hi


First Official interview with HiRez about Tribes Universe

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 11:53 AM | Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | (url: http://www.massiv...)

Erez Goren of HiRez Studios gives the first details about Tribes Universe to Massively. Topics include monthly subscriptions, skiing, which Tribes game this is being modeled after, and more.


tribes mmo announced

Submitted by: WildKnight @ 08:16 PM | Saturday, October 23, 2010 | (url: http://www.massiv...)

The developers of Global Agenda have been taking a long look at player feedback over the past months, particularly that regarding Warzones in the game, and they've come to a decision. It's certainly not one that players were expecting, though.

Hi-Rez Studios CEO Erez Goren announced today that the company is the "proud new owner of the Tribes franchise." The company now has two teams in the studio, one devoted to Tribes Universe, which is expected to enter alpha testing at the beginning of 2011.


Internet Explorer 9 Beta released

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:43 AM | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | (url: http://windows.mi...)

The improvements to Internet Explorer are as much about what you don't see as what you do see. Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined design, fewer dialog boxes to click through, more intuitive navigation, and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience. Features like Pinned Sites let you pin your favorite website directly to the taskbar for one-click access. Other features, like hardware acceleration, deliver an all-around faster browsing experience. With Internet Explorer 9, websites perform and feel more like the programs you use every day on your PC.


Company of Heroes Lead Designer Killed in Car Accident

Submitted by: SINep @ 09:40 PM | Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | (url: http://www.gamesp...)

The videogame industry has lost one of its young stars. Brian Wood, a lead designer on Relic Entertainment's universally acclaimed WWII RTS, Company of Heroes, was killed in a Seattle-area car accident on Friday night.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Wood, 33, and his 31-year-old pregnant wife were driving on Highway 20 in Oak Harbor, Washington just before 9 p.m. on Friday night when their Subaru Outback was struck head-on by a Chevy Blazer that swerved into their lane. Wood's wife suffered minor injuries and her unborn child is not in danger. Two passengers in the Blazer were also killed.

"A Washington State Patrol spokesperson said Saturday that the driver of the Blazer, Jordyn B. Weichert, 21, of Oak Harbor, was believed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident," the Post-Intelligencer reports. "According to the spokesperson, the crash was triggered when Weichert decided to take off her sweater or jacket as she was driving north along the two-lane highway."

Wood broke into the industry with TimeGate Studios in the early 2000s, working as a designer on Axis & Allies and Kohan II: Kings of War (both published in 2004).

Company of Heroes, the 2006 RTS that earned a Metacritic score of 94%, became one of the most critically and commercially well-received strategy games in history. Wood was working on Company of Heroes Online at the time of his death.


Torchlight II Gamescom 2010 Trailer

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:03 AM | Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | (url: http://www.youtub...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejqCZw4Mua4


200,000 Android Phones Sold a Day

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:01 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

About 200,000 smartphones based on Google's (GOOG.O) Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone.

Schmidt told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Lake Tahoe that Android -- a mobile software launched just over a year ago -- was gaining momentum in a fiercely competitive tech arena.

Smartphones running the fledgling software topped the list among U.S. consumers in the second quarter, industry tracker NPD said on Wednesday. The operating system powered a third of all smartphones sold from April to June, with Research in Motion's (RIM.TO) (RIMM.O) BlackBerry sliding to second place for the first time since 2007. [ID:nN04255464]

BlackBerry lost 9 percentage points of market share, diving to 28 percent. The iPhone came in third with 22 percent.

Android is now on smartphones made by a number of different manufacturers, including a revitalized Motorola's (MOT.N) Droid -- the best-selling Android handset in the second quarter among U.S. consumers -- and Taiwan's HTC (2498.TW).

Google said recently that 160,000 Android phones had been activated each day during the second quarter, up from 65,000 in the first quarter.

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Google drops support for "Wave"

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:59 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://googleblog...)


We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we werent quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication. The use cases weve seen show the power of this technology: sharing images and other media in real time; improving spell-checking by understanding not just an individual word, but also the context of each word; and enabling third-party developers to build new tools like consumer gadgets for travel, or robots to check code.

But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We dont plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Waves innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily liberate their content from Wave.

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Cancer cells love high fructose corn syrup s

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:53 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

- Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.

Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found.

They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types.

"These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation," Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote.

Heaney said his team found otherwise. They grew pancreatic cancer cells in lab dishes and fed them both glucose and fructose.

Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate. "Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different," Heaney's team wrote.