"Looks like cross game voice chat on the PlayStation 3 has been confirmed. A Naughty Dog developer going by the name "ReklissAbandon" accidentally confirmed the feature on the official PlayStation message boards
) Asked why it's possible to spectate on an opponent when it might give one side who uses Skype an unfair advantage during an Uncharted 2
clan battle, ReklissAbandon wrote, "I think they wanted people to have fun and ejoy [sic] the show since all dead players can talk to each other no matter what team you are on."
"But I will suggest it anyway. Not to mention that the next PS3 firmware update is going to allow cross game chat. So if players use that instead of in-game communication then they would also be able to communicate enemies [sic] positions..."
The original story is here : http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3176495
Alex's take - That's embarrassing. I wonder if the guy even knew it was supposed to be kept under wraps. I don't think it's an earthshattering addition, but it'll be one more tool for organizing communication assuming it's used correctly
" Not long after a rumor
emerged that ATI had already won the rights to supply Microsoft with the graphics processor for the next-gen Xbox, rival nVidia now has their own videogame hardware bid to tout... and also in unconfirmed rumor form. As BSN reports
, "confidential sources" have told them nVidia has won the contract to supply Nintendo with their Tegra chips to power the next DS handheld. According to BSN's report, nVidia's Tegra "System-on-a-Chip" processor will supply a single-chip solution for powering the next DS (the current DS uses two "ARM" chips), and will still allow for backward compatibility with current DS games and applications. It's still unclear exactly which Tegra chip Nintendo will supposedly be using, as the second generation of chips will debut in February 2010. More interestingly, BSN's report states that Nintendo's announcement of the next-gen DS is planned to be made in late 2010, possibly at next year's Tokyo Game Show (which would make it a lot more interesting than this year's was, that's for sure)."
The original story can be found here : http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3176493
Alex's take - Well. This is somewhat unexpected. What with Nvidia generally known for aiming for the higher end enthusiasts with money to burn and Nintendo trying to sell with as cheap and low powered hardware as possible. However, it does make sense to integrate the functionality to a single chip, which might also be able to boost the graphics and gameplay at the same time. If this turns out to be true it'll be nice to see Nintendo getting more current with their hardware, although in my mind unless they really play catch up with the psp's hardware it still falls under too little too late. Only time will tell
"It seems that the Left 4 Dead 2
boycott has officially come to an end. The Escapist
is reporting that forrmerly unhappy fans Agent of Chaos and Walking_Target are apparently satisfied with what they've seen, and have decided to move on. "We have accomplished everything we can on our manifesto," Agent of Chaos wrote on the L4D2 Boycott Steam Community
"We've been dealing with Valve ever since our group started, then we met them in-person and now we're at the point of concluding our discussions. Our goal wasn't to steer people away from L4D2, it was to get Valve's attention and have them support original L4D. We succeeded and that's where our mission ends."
1up has more on the story here : http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3176490
Alex's take - A lot of people have been cautious about Left 4 Dead 2. Personally it reminds me of the whole Halo 3/Halo 2.5 debacle. There's still reason to be skeptical, I don't believe they actually said anything specific about what they saw when they played the game. But I still have some hope whatever they saw behind closed doors and probably non-disclosure agreements had enough original content to be worthy of plopping down more hard earned cash. We'll see the true end to this once the reviews finally start rolling in
"ATI cards have been fueling consoles for quite a long time now, having most recently been included in both the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. And apparently Microsoft is happy, because it appears that ATI will be providing the GPU for the next generation as well. Fudzilla
is reporting that Microsoft is happy with the Xenos GPU and want to continue using it, particularly because it will enable them to maintain compatibility with older games. Based on the delivery timeline, the site speculates that it will be a 28 nm part."
1up has the story here : http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3176484
Alex's take - What with the recent launch of the HD 5800 series and the track record with the 4800 series it's no surprise that Microsoft would want to stick with ATI over Nvidia from a buisness standpoint. ATI parts tend to be more cost effective, and when making thousands upon thousands of consoles, the premium generally put on Nvidia parts adds up. This, along with Nvidia supposedly focusing on the workstation environment makes ATI, who has been focusing on the gaming and htpc portion a much more favorable choice. Particularly with consoles being used to play streamed media over home networks. Let's just hope they focus on making the rest of the console of higher quality too, another red ring fiasco would be pushing it
If you were like me and your childhood was in the late 80's then you know that not only was he a great wrestler but also one of the recognizable people dressed up as mario during the mario tv shows. news come from 1up.com that he has passed away this past weekend at the age of 76 due to a natural causes. (from 1up) "In his time as a star, he managed more than 50 WWE champions, acted as Cyndi Lauper's father in various music videos, and portrayed Mario in the Super Mario Bros Super Show from 1989-1990. Albano is only credited for 16 episodes, but for those of us over the age of 25, it easily placed him as the most memorable live-action Mario." we are going to miss you buddy and miss your mario acting.
Well, after sort of looking forward to watching Left4Dead2, I finally went and saws it at 5ish today. (10/3/09)
It's pretty basic from to finish, Zombies have taken over and infected basically the entire earth. So a rag tag team of survivors (which you don't see at first but eventually comes up) gears up and plans to go to California in hopes that an amusement park is zombie-free. However, trust issues rise many times, causing them to split a few times. After a while they just stick together. You've got your awkward kid, your all-american badass, your kinda hot kinda bitchy chick, and a little girl. Oh and a cameo appearance. BM. That's all I'm saying. Lots of comedy, lots of zomedy, lots of romedy. ZomComRoms are quite fun. (IE: Shaun of the Dead) Basically, come in expecting an American version of SoTD. The music fits, the scenery is great, the Hummer endures a trip on one tank of gas across the US, and the action is sexy-fun. While it doesn't quite scare, it's just meant to be a good zomcom. Worth your money and time. Its only 1 1/2 hours. (Just like SoTD.)
My final verdict? 7/10
Oh and catch the scene after the credits. Apparently you won't regret it.