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Raw Rant 14: Google Skynet….is here!

Posted 19 Oct 2010 in Geek Speak, Podcast, The Media Pimps
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Why Warhammer Online Failed

An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: ‘We shouldn’t have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn’t done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It’s ‘stable’ now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima cialis en francais have more subs than we have.  How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project.” The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company’s excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.

UK Police Force Posts All Its Calls On Twitter

One of the largest police forces in the UK is posting every incident reported to it today on Twitter. Greater Manchester Police began its 24-hour experiment this morning at 05:00 BST, tweeting all incident reports in the hope of highlighting the complexity of modern policing. ‘Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up,’ Chief Constable Peter Fahy said in a statement. ‘However the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work they have to deal with.

Huge Shocker? 3D TVs Not Selling

It comes as no surprise to the vast majority of us who haven’t rushed out to buy a 3D TV, but according to a Display Search report consumers aren’t doing their part to make 2010 the year of 3D TV, says blogger Peter Smith. And the stats are even worse than Smith imagined they’d be: DisplaySearch estimates that 3.2 million 3D TVs will be shipped in 2010. Note, that’s shipped, not sold. 3.2 million equates to 2% of all flat panel displays shipped (as far as I can ascertain, that’s worldwide shipments). So yeah, there are not many 3D TVs being shipped this year. But wait, that’s not the end of the bad news. In Western Europe (the only region where they offered this data point) sales of 3D glasses are less than 1 per 3D set sold. In other words, a lot of Western Europeans who buy a TV with 3D capability don’t even bother to buy the glasses to use that feature.

Government Admits Spying Via Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg famously said that the age of privacy is over. And the government wants to ensure that,it seems. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s FOIA request has revealed government memos encouraging agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share and to spy on them. Thanks to this request, the government released handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), and one revealing how the DHS monitored social media during the Obama inauguration.”

Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

The scale of the challenge facing Android developers has been laid bare by Twitter client TweetDeck. During beta testing of its new software, [0]TweetDeck encountered more than 36,000 testers using an enormous pool of 244 different handsets. Not only was hardware for the platform fragmented, but Tweetdeck had to contend with more than a hundred different versions of Android, highlighting just how muddled the market is for the open-source platform. The splintering of Android is making life difficult for app developers. ‘It’s not particularly harder to develop for Android over iPhone (from a programming standpoint),’ said Christopher Pabon, a developer who writes apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms. ‘Except when it comes to final quality assurance and testing. Then it can be a nightmare (a manageable nightmare, mind you).

Google Maps Adds Drone Imagery

Google Maps has now added new non-satellite imagery when you zoom in close enough. Google has purchased a few Drones. Mystery solved! The public would like to see Google’s explanation for the close-up images. No explanation has been given by Google….hmmmm.

Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

A Finnish secular web site that facilitates electronic resignation from the Finnish state church gained wide attention in the media this week. A gay rights TV panel discussion was followed by thousands resigning from the church. On Wednesday, 2633 people resigned through the web site, which is more than all the resignations in July. The Internet is secularizing the Finnish with increasing speed; over 90% of resignations in Finland go through the site administered and marketed by hobbyists driving Finland towards a secular, non-religious state.

Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

The rise of mainstream tablets is proving to have unforeseen benefits for children with speech and communication problems and may disrupt a business where specialized devices can cost thousands of dollars. iPad apps like Proloquo2Go ($189) aim to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, ALS, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, apraxia, and more. Even Steve Jobs didn’t see this one coming: ‘We take no credit for this, and that’s not our intention,’ said Jobs, who’s been touched by email he gets from parents of special needs kids for whom the iPad is proving to be a life-changer. ‘Our intention is to say something is going on here,’ Jobs added, suggesting that researchers should ‘take a look at this.’ Even though they might cost significantly less than dedicated devices, SUNY speech pathologist Andrea Abramovich explained Medicare doesn’t cover consumer tablets because they could be used for non-medical purposes.

Raw Rant 13: Gaming @ 3am

Posted 18 Oct 2010 in Podcast, The Media Pimps
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Hosts Don and Brian talk about games and random shiznit

1. Late Arrivals by Developers!

Many Game Fans are upset about Sony’s announcement to delay shipping of Gran Turismo 5. Yes this game has been a long time in the making but there have been plenty other developers that have kept Game Fans waiting. Prime examples of this is the HUGE awaited 15 year Star Craft II by Blizzard. This has been one of the most await anticipated games even though it was a huge wait they still delivered. The same goes for Marvel Vs cialis jelly Capcom 3 by Capcom, Final Fantasy XIII by Square Enix, and Stargate Worlds by Cheyenne Mountain which was never even released. The point of this article is that Gran Turismo 5 fans shouldn’t bitch to much because there have been plenty of fans that have waited for other games. Just deal with it!!

2. Medal of Honor Review after last Tuesday’s release.

Medal of Honor holds up to the anticipation and hype but still doesn’t compare to the multiplayer and campaign mode of Modern Warfare 2. The Medal of Honor is more realistic and violent in nature compared to MW2.

3. Microsoft’s Huge Marketing Campaign for Christmas!

Microsoft is ramping up for a huge marketing blitz this Xmas to push the controller free Wii Killer launching on November 4th! Microsoft is reporting that they will be allotting a half-billion dollars towards a movie style campaign to promote the Kinect. These commercials have been directed by Steven Spielberg. Microsoft wants to make sure that they remain a major player in the video game console market due to failure to keep up in the smart phone and tablet wars. Microsoft have already struck promotional partnerships with Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Burger King, YouTube, ABC and Nickelodeon to mention a few. I really feel this is going to be Huge for the Xbox which keep them in running for the console wars.

4. Current Game Scores just released by Game Informer

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 – 7.75 / 7.5

Rock Band 3 – 9.25

Dead Rising 2 – 9.5 / 9.0

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – 9.0

Medal of Honor – 7.0

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock – 8.0

Vanquish – 7.75

Enslaved – 7.0 / 8.0

NBA 2K11 – 8.75

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 – 8.0

Plants vs. Zombies – 9.0

NBA Jam – 8.25

Wii Party – 4.5

Civilization V – 9.75

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – 9.25

Super Scribblenauts – 8.75

Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light – 6.0

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future – 8.25

5. If you haven’t seen the Live Action Trailers for Halo Reach, we have put them up on the site for your viewing enjoyment. But this is a Raw Rant edit!!

6. Video Game Design as popular career choice

The video game industry continues to gain traction as software developers are looking for new video game designers to help with new projects. A list of accredited colleges for video game design are Devry University, Westwood College, The Art Institute, and Kaplan University. Submit your application if this is seems like a career path for you!

7. Hideo Kojima’s different philosophy of Video Game Design

Fans are currently awaiting Hideo Kojima’s release of Metal Gear Solid: Rising but he has another project that his team is working on and will most likely be releasing prior to MGS: Rising. In the article provided by Siliconera, they discuss Kojima’s views on the difference between Japan and Western styles on developing and designing video games.

Kojima: “The differences between the creators in Japan and the West in this industry… Japanese creators try to express the game’s environment through beautiful artwork, but western developers use technology to draw out the environment. The Japanese make the models and textures carefully to create a world. The West use shaders, lighting, shadows, effects, and programming to create their world.”

Please click on the link below to view the full article on Kojima’s views. It’s pretty interesting! http://www.siliconera.com/2010/10/17/metal-gear-solid-rising-isnt-the-next-hideo-kojima-game/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+siliconera/IEWr+(Siliconera)

8. 3D Gaming Guide

With 3D technology being reintroduced into the homes with new advancements from to the home theater experience continues the experience into the gaming arena. The current console platforms that support 3D Gaming is Playstation 3 and the XBox; unfortunately the Wii console is not currently supporting the 3D market even though Nintendo has released announcements about the 3D DS. PC Gamers of course have the biggest advantage over console’s when it comes to 3D Gaming due to the optimization options one can build on a computer. A gamer will need either a TV or monitor that supports 2D-3D, and 3D Glasses that is supported by the game console or PC Video Card. For a more in depth guide to 3D Gaming please read the article at IGN: http://gear.ign.com/articles/112/1126407p1.html

Raw Rant 12: Poetic Tragedy

Posted 14 Oct 2010 in Podcast, The Point Blank Show
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Guest: Matt Lopez (Poetic Tragedy)

Featured Upcoming Movie: RED

Current Events: Burning the Koran

(Freedom of Speech or not? A new goverment plan to shut us up?)

Top 5 Most Disapointing Films

Greenlight Segment: (would you greenlight and why or why not)

1. average cost of cialis I Am Number Four
2. True Grit
3. The Way Back
4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
5. The Four-Faced Liar

Rants: Over the Top Facebook Friends

Raw Rant 11: Artsy Douchebags and Bad Music

Posted 12 Oct 2010 in Geek Speak, Podcast
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Hosts: Neil and Brian

Rants On Deck

Artsy MetroSex iPhone Using Douchebags
Bad Music and the Chicks that Love it
Bad Art made by retarded monkeys with colored poop

“Hey Jerry, shut the fuck up you douche!”

PSP2 Phone:

“The PSP2 is already in the hands of developers, but will Sony take the right direction in the portable sector? Following a recent op-ed on fixing the PSP business, leading game industry analysts came to the consensus that the best avenue for Sony to take is to offer a PlayStation Phone, and a strong partner like Google would do just the trick. ‘Sony has the opportunity to redefine the portable games category. I think the best move would be to get out in front of Microsoft’s inevitable Xbox LIVE Arcade Mobile and take on street value of cialis the App Store and carrier deck portals. … They could put out a proper PlayStation Phone (and a PlayStation Pad) but these should compete with smartphones and tablets, not dedicated gaming devices. To do this quickly, Sony could partner with Google and take advantage of Android’s considerable momentum,’ said Billy Pidgeon of M2 Research.”

Doomsday: October 12th 2010

“A small asteroid will pass very close to Earth this Tuesday. Astronomers are still tracking the object, now designated as 2010 TD54, and various estimates say it should come within anywhere from 52,000 km (33,000 miles) to 64,000 km (40,000 miles) on October 12, with closest approach at approximately 11:25 UT.”

ATT U-Verse Comes to Xbox 360

U-verse subscribers soon gaining the ability to use an Xbox 360 as a set-top box: “A so-called Wired Release will roll out to AT&T U-verse customers next Sunday, and it’ll bring the long awaited feature with it (though you’ll have to wait until November 7th for that particular aspect). This means an AT&T U-verse customer’s Xbox 360 will have a Dashboard app, and when launched, it’ll let it function exactly like any other U-verse set-top. The only major catch is that it can’t be the only set-top â?” you’ll need at least one DVR at another TV in the house to enjoy one of the four HD streams that could be funneled into your home.”

Google Cancels Free 411

After three years of providing free directory assistance in exchange for voice samples, Google has announced plans to shut down the GOOG-411 service, in order to focus on ‘speech-enabling the next generation of Google products and services across a multitude of languages.’ The service will close on November 12th.”

Raw Rant 10: Smack that Game!

Posted 11 Oct 2010 in Podcast, The Media Pimps
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Hosts: Don and Brian

NY Comic Con was this weekend.

Huge and amazing turn out. I think this was the 1st time it was held in NY. Glad to see it gained a lot of tranction

Will the PS3 ever out sell the Xbox or Wii now that they have the new Move and price cuts.

PS3 is a great machine but of course still has a couple of flaws such as the 80G version is only backwards compatible which only backwards compatible for a few games. The 40 and 60G are not backwards compatible

Online community is not that large compared to the Xbox Live Community.

Listeners I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please comment on our site. Rawrant.com

Sony’s Move is now available in most countries. Micro Soft is set to release the Kinect next month. We will have to wait and see which console gains the most momentum and sales over these several months for Xmas.

Medal of Honor is set to be released this Tues Oct 12.

It looks really amazing…really looking forward to this game. Definitely going to be a contender for Modern Warfare 2. But Blacks Ops is coming out next month as well. 2 Great FPS games coming out.

The video interviews that they created is pretty awesome for the marketing of this game. Developers EA mentioned the they consulted with real special ops team members for the creation of the game.

Force Unleashed 2 is scheduled to be released this month on October 25

New video released by Sony on how to choose the right HDTV

Information is brief but could be useful if you are in the market for purchasing a TV right now.

Vivox

Has specializing in integrated voice chat for MMO’s since 2006. This is similar to the other popular services such as Ventrilo and Team Speak. Vivox has just announced that they have successfully implanted the system to the PS3 Platform. This service will be able to link the voice system between PC and PS3 users. They are currently beta testing this for the new game DC Universe Online. This is  great for cross-platform communication.

Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2: Opening Cinematic…Looks amazing!!

I’m excited about this because the game play finally has the same feel and look as watching the fighting sequences in the anime.

Problem with the past Dragon Ball Z games is that the game play was horrible and didn’t feel anything like the anime.

I really hope this one holds true!

Will Call of Duty: Black Ops out beat Modern Fare 2.

MW2 is developed by Infinity Ward and BO is developed by Treyarch. Both under the Call of Duty Franchise but different developers. I’m excited to see what Treyarch can bring to this franchise.

MMO News:

WoW’s new expansion Cataclysm is scheduled to be released this December 7th. As a former WoW addict, I am very curious on how this new expansion is going to be with the new races. The Horde will be gaining the Goblins and the Alliance will be gaining the Worgen which is like a werewolf race. The expansion will be taking place in the old world of Azeroth.

Rants:

Big Boobs on Big Bitches: Wrong!
Numnut Kids bitch about games being to expensive? WTF!

Plugs:

www.sunstonegardenart.com
www.greenlifeescrow.com   (714) 442 0299
www.exmmedia.com   (714) 277 4597

Deals of the Week:

PS3 Deals

Best Buy:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is $39.99.

Walmart:

Medal of Honor: Limited Edition is $59.96. Includes access to MP7 weapon, early unlocks, and invitation to Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Beta. Also includes $10 Walmart Gift Card.

Toys R Us:

Buy any two video games, video game accessories, game guides, or t-shirts, and get the third free.

360 Deals

Best Buy:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is $39.99.

Toys R Us:

Buy any two video games, video game accessories, game guides, or t-shirts, and get the third free.

Get a free $10 gift card with the purchase of an Xbox 360 4GB game system.

PC Deals:

Online:

Get Bejeweled 2 for FREE! Available for download at the PopCap Games website.

Wii Deals

Big Lots!:

Buy any Wii game for $18.88 and get the second game 50% off. The list includes Carnival MiniGolf, The Bigs 2, Iron Man 2, Big League Sports, and Cosmic Bowling.

Toys R Us:

Buy any two video games, video game accessories, game guides, or t-shirts, and get the third free.

PSP Deals

Toys R Us:

Buy any two video games, video game accessories, game guides, or t-shirts, and get the third free.

DS Deals

Big Lots!:

Buy any DS game for $13.88 and get the second game 50% off. The list includes Imagine Fashion Designer: New York, Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams, Family Feud, My Farm: Around the World, and Chaotic: Shadow Warriors.

Toys R Us:

Buy any two video games, video game accessories, game guides, or t-shirts, and get the third free.

Get a free $10 gift card with the purchase of a DSi XL game system.

Weekly Wrap: Always Sunny in Philadelphia Podcast

Posted 10 Oct 2010 in Podcast, Raw Rant Show
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Brian wraps up the week with Dee Dennis and Frank on this very special, always sunny podcast.

Enjoy and join us Sunday with Don & Brian for the Gaming Podcast.

Warcraft 3 Classic Live is up for DL today for all those who are waiting for it!!

Here is is: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12155937/Warcraft3Live.rar cialis in usa

Raw Rant 9: Bishup off da heezie!

Posted 07 Oct 2010 in Podcast, The Point Blank Show
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Host: Brian, Jason, and Kristyn

Segments:
* Fall/Winter Coming Soon
* Top 5 Movies
* Top 2 Music
* Rants

Guest:

Bishup “The Traveling Salesmen”
www.bishup.com (coming soon)
http://www.youtube.com/user/bishupstlmo
http://youtube.com/bishupstlmo
http://myspace.com/bishupstlmo
http://twitter.com/bishupstlmo

Coming Soon:

Harry Potter
Captian America
Green Lantern
Pirates of the Caribbean

Top 5 Movies:

Buddy Films

Top 2 Music:

Mixed Genre (ie: red hot chili peppers)

Rants:

Movie Studio Madness
Artist “selling out”

Random:

Best Robin Hood
The Human Centipede
TheAsylum.cc
DVD Releases
Lil Wayne releases another car crash from Jail!

Raw Rant 8: Tech Pr0n with Neil

Posted 05 Oct 2010 in Geek Speak, Podcast
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Host:

Brian Montgomery
Neil Cirbus

News:

*66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP
*Twitter To Start Selling Followers
*Facebook and Skype: Lovers?
*Microsoft Sues Motorolla on the eve of its windows 7 phone (neil)

Twitter To Start Selling Followers

“While not quite as bad as it sounds, Twitter will soon be identifying followers with certain interests based on the content of their Twitter usage, and then [1]providing this info to advertisers. Twitter is already selling sponsored Tweets for $100K or more. These reader comments captured the disquieting feeling I have: ‘Twitter selling followers? Will that be the same as Google selling top position in SERP?’ and ‘I wonder when Facebook will start to sell friends.’ Advertisers will be allowed to purchase placement in lists of ‘who to follow’ recommendations targeted to users with particular interests on Twitter.”

66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

“Almost one year after the introduction of Windows 7 it appears that the hype surrounding it has faded. The overall market share of Windows has turned into a slight decline again. Windows 7 is gaining share, but cannot keep pace with the loss of Windows XP and Vista. Especially Windows XP users seem to be happy with what they have and appear to be rather resistant to Microsoft’s pitches that it is time to upgrade to Windows 7.”

Google TV News

HBO, Netflix, Pandora and the NBA are just a few of the big-name brands teaming up with Google for the rollout of Google TV.

The web giant’s “multimillion-channel TV” system is expected to launch some time this fall. Run by Google’s Android operating system, it will let users view all kinds of Web content on their televisions.

*Facebook and Skype: Lovers?

According to All Things D’s Kara Swisher, Facebook and Skype are about to announce a partnership that includes “integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect.”

It’s not clear exactly what this deal would entail, but possibilities include Facebook Chat over a browser to cell phones, and video chat among Facebook friends.

New Tech:

*Windows 7 Phone
*Nintendo 3ds
*google short URL

Microsoft is scheduled to announce its first line of Windows Phone 7 products in a New York press conference next week.

Reporters this morning received an invitation to an October 11 event, where Microsoft will announce which carriers and manufacturers will be making and selling handsets based on Microsoft’s next mobile operating system. The company will also preview the first line of Windows Phone 7 hardware.

HOW TO:

*Send SMS over Email
*Get Paid What You Are Worth

Rants:

*Political AD Campains
*Mac heads piss me off:

People that buy macs think there power users and that is a oxymoron, the old PC vs MAC issue has been around for a long time, listen to the podcast to see Brian and Neils PC “bios” view on the subject.

Raw Rant 7: Gamecast Pimps

Posted 04 Oct 2010 in Podcast, The Media Pimps
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Host: Brian and Don

Five News Topics

  1. Sonic 4
  2. PS3 losing ground as # 1 Blu-Ray Player
  3. Modern Warfare 2: Black Ops – Mod Ability
  4. Spider-Man: Shatter Dimensions –  Compared to Batman- 4 Gameplay
  5. Grand Turismo 5: Amazing
  6. Blizzard Busts 5K Cheaters have been banned or suspended

Top 12 Games for Christmas

  1. Modern Warfare 2: Black Ops
  2. Fable 3
  3. Rock Band 3
  4. Football Manager 2011
  5. Just Dance 2
  6. Medal of Honor
  7. Sim3: Late Night
  8. Fifa 11
  9. Halo Reach
  10. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  11. Fall Out: New Vegas
  12. Grand Turismo 5
  13. Other Must Haves: MMO’s
    1. DC Universe Online
    2. Stars Galaxy
    3. Final Fantasy 14 Online MMO

Weekly Wrap it up

Posted 02 Oct 2010 in Podcast, Raw Rant Show
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Max & Online Brian Wrap it up: See you next week!

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