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Runescape Tools: inc Auto Buyer,Auto Fighter,Auto Woodcutter in Gaming
login123 wrote:
okay i see most of yall have problem with auto woodcutting..ima tell u the step's
first wat u need:
1:any kind of axe..u got to wield
2:be near the tree's
3:not have anger isue goes this thing drope's ur log
4:and must be at runescape low detial world!
now the step's.
1:choose download.
2:then something will pop up..oh and wait for download to finish before u click anything else.
3:when pop up comes click run not save....goes cant be saved.
4:then u will have ur document's folder pop up
5:click on that autowoodcuter,fighter thing...so on and so on
6:then open auto woodcutter
7:then that thing that looks like a target symbol...yea drag it to runescape.if it dont work....then load that thing minerbase.if minerbase dont download good. redo the steps (MINER BASE IS A FILE THAT IS IN UR DOCUMENT AFTER U RUN THIS PROGRAM)and drag the target symbol to runesape.
8:if it does work for u then log into ur runescape acount.
9:BE LOGED IN WHILE DOING THIS!...DRAGON THE TREE COLER TUBE'S TO THE TREE.
10:THEN CLICK START.! BEFORE U START MAKE SURE U GOT UR AXE WILEDED NOT ON UR EVENTORY OR IT WILL BE DROPED.(AND MAKE SURE UR EVENTORY IS EMPTY BEFORE U START.)THEN SIT BACK WACTH UR FILE BOT..OR GO TO SLEEP...AND GET GOOD WOODCUTTING XP.TRUST ME ALL OF MY BOTS GOT 90WC OR OVER...!OH AND IF U HAVE ANYCOMPLIANTS EMAIL ME AT RAPHAEAL77@HOTMAIL.COM
Posted by login123 Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:05 am
Runescape Tools: inc Auto Buyer,Auto Fighter,Auto Woodcutter in Gaming
okay i see most of yall have problem with auto woodcutting..ima tell u the step's
first wat u need:
1:any kind of axe..u got to wield
2:be near the tree's
3:not have anger isue goes this thing drope's ur log
4:and must be at runescape low detial world!
now the step's.
1:choose download.
2:then something will pop up..oh and wait for download to finish before u click anything else.
3:when pop up comes click run not save....goes cant be saved.
4:then u will have ur document's folder pop up
5:click on that autowoodcuter,fighter thing...so on and so on
6:then open auto woodcutter
7:then that thing that looks like a target symbol...yea drag it to runescape.if it dont work....then load that thing minerbase.if minerbase dont download good. redo the steps (MINER BASE IS A FILE THAT IS IN UR DOCUMENT AFTER U RUN THIS PROGRAM)and drag the target symbol to runesape.
8:if it does work for u then log into ur runescape acount.
9:BE LOGED IN WHILE DOING THIS!...DRAGON THE TREE COLER TUBE'S TO THE TREE.
10:THEN CLICK START.! BEFORE U START MAKE SURE U GOT UR AXE WILEDED NOT ON UR EVENTORY OR IT WILL BE DROPED.(AND MAKE SURE UR EVENTORY IS EMPTY BEFORE U START.)THEN SIT BACK WACTH UR FILE BOT..OR GO TO SLEEP...AND GET GOOD WOODCUTTING XP.TRUST ME ALL OF MY BOTS GOT 90WC OR OVER...!OH AND IF U HAVE ANYCOMPLIANTS EMAIL ME AT RAPHAEAL77@HOTMAIL.COM
Posted by login123 Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:57 am
Runescape Tools: inc Auto Buyer,Auto Fighter,Auto Woodcutter in Gaming
yo guys im for real only install auto's from this site..becouse this progrom check's it's thing's for virusus.or other harmfull things..plus i try to download the same thing's in other site's...but they all gave me virusus,spyware,trojons.And not just that ty creater's of this site for makeing botting safer for us
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Posted by login123 Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:22 am
Runescape Tools: inc Auto Buyer,Auto Fighter,Auto Woodcutter in Gaming
EVERYTIME I TRY TRY TO:EVERYTIME I TRY TO DOWNLOAD IT DONT.IT JUST SAYS ERROR
Posted by login123 Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:42 am
Over 160 games for the iPhone, reveals Jobs in Gaming
Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, has revealed that over 160 games will beavailable to download for the iPhone upon launch of the devices AppStore, in a phone call with the New York Times.
Intotal 500 applications will be available when the store launches in theUS today, 25 per cent of which will be free, 90 per cent will be soldfor less than USD 9.99 and one third of the applications will be games.
Jobs also revealed that that Apple doesn't plan to make much money offof the applications, including games, by giving developers a 70 percent cut of the sales.
                   
"We are not trying to be business partners," said Jobs.
Posted by Editorial Team Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:33 pm
Runescape bot!!!! in Gaming
I finally got a bot that gives you anything you want in runescape! The bad thing about this bot is that you have to be over level 40 for me to download because if you are below that level, it will not work. The bot includes free membership, 99 skills, even millions and billions of GP! it is 100% non-detectable by jagex and the first 50 people that email me there username, pass and pin (if you have one) to run.escapemaster@hotmail.com, will get this amazing bot!

Enjoy!
Posted by lamchops9 Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:01 pm
Rock Band 2 to include every song DLC free from Rockband 1 in Gaming
There are differing leaks out there regarding the track list for Rock Band 2.Both are unattributed, one to a friend of a friend who got a look at anemail from Harmonix to MTV or something. But in the interest ofrumormongering, we'll repeat both with the caveat that there is no wayof knowing if this stuff is for real or not. But if, combined, they'rehalf right then this could be one hell of a track list, possibly thebest of any rhythm game.
Also, an IGN Insider interview (transcript provided by reader Max)let slip that buyers of Rock Band 2 will have access to all of thesongs off the original Rock Band disc, available as free DLC. Fulldetails on both after the jump.
                             
Says IGN 360 editor Nate Ahern:
Rock Band 2 and Guitar HeroWorld Tour create an interesting situation for gamers. If you boughtRock Band 1 then chances are you'll feel cheated by the release of RB2,thus you'd think that GHWT would be the way to go as it somewhatredefines the music gaming genre. However, if you didn't buy the firstRock Band then I would absolutely agree with notagoth. Immediately uponpurchasing Rock Band 2 you'll have the ability to download a hugelibrary of songs, as well as all of the songs off of the original discas a free download. Then again, Guitar Hero World Tour does allow usersto create and share their own songs, so it's really only a matter oftime until the Rock Band library is eclipsed. At the end of the day itcould come down to which series has earned your allegiance over thelast year since RB's original release."

And on to the leaked track lists. The first is from Demp, a commenter on 8bitfix, and he's got the FOAF who saw the email source. That's like fourth-hand hearsay, but whatever, this ain't court.
1 AC/DC Let There Be Rock
2 AFI Girl's Gone Grey
3 Alanis Morissette You Oughta Know
4 Alice in Chains Man in the Box
5 Allman Brothers Ramblin' Man
6 Avenged Sevenfold Almost Easy
7 Bad Company Shooting Star
8 Beastie Boys So Whatcha Want
9 Beck E-Pro
10 Bikini Kill Rebel Girl
11 Billy Idol White Wedding Pt I
12 Blondie One Way or Another
13 Bob Dylan Tangled Up in Blue
14 Bon Jovi Livin' on a Prayer
15 Cheap Trick Hello There
16 Devo Uncontrollable Urge
17 Dinosaur Jr Feel the Pain
18 Disturbed Down with the Sickness
19 Donnas, The New Kid in School
20 Dream Theater Panic Attack
21 Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf
22 Elvis Costello Pump it Up
23 Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
24 Foo Fighters Everlong
25 Go-Go's, The We Got the Beat
26 Grateful Dead, The Alabama Getaway
27 Guess Who, The American Woman
28 Guns N' Roses Shackler's Revenge
29 Interpol PDA
30 Jane's Addiction Mountain Song
31 Jethro Tull Aqualung
32 Jimmy Eat World The Middle
33 Joan Jett Bad Reputation
34 Journey Anyway You Want It
35 Judas Priest Painkiller
36 Kansas Carry On Wayward Son
37 L7 Pretend We're Dead
38 Lacuna Coil Our Truth
39 Linkin Park One Step Closer
40 Lit My Own Worst Enemy
41 Lush De-Luxe
42 Mastodon Colony of Birchmen
43 Megadeth Peace Sells
44 Metallica Battery
45 Mighty Mighty Bosstones Where'd You Go
46 Modest Mouse Float On
47 Motorhead Ace of Spades
48 Muffs, The Kids in America
49 Nirvana Drain You
50 Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the Sky
51 Offspring, The Come Out & Play (Keep 'em Seperated)
52 Panic at the Disco Nine in the Afternoon
53 Paramore That's What You Get
54 Pearl Jam Alive
55 Presidents of the USA Lump
56 Rage Against the Machine Testify
57 Ratt Round & Round
58 Red Hot Chili Peppers Give it Away
59 Replacements, The Alex Chilton
60 Rise Against Give it All
61 Rush The Trees
62 Silversun Pickups Lazy Eye
63 Smashing Pumpkins Today
64 Social Distortion I Was Wrong
65 Sonic Youth Teenage Riot
66 Soundgarden Spoonman
67 Squeeze Cool for Cats
68 Steely Dan Bodhitsattva
69 Steve Miller Band Rock'n Me
70 Survivor Eye of the Tiger
71 System of a Down Chop Suey
72 Talking Heads Psycho Killer
73 Tenacious D Master Exploder
74 Testament Souls of Black
75 Who, The Pinball Wizard
BONUS SONGS (all HMX bands)
76 Abnormality Visions
77 Anarchy Club Get Clean
78 Bang Camaro Night Lies
79 Breaking Wheel Shoulder to the Plow
80 Libyans, The Neighborhood
81 Main Drag, The A Jagged Georgeous Winter.
82 Speck Conventional Lover
83 Sterns, The Supreme Girl
84 That Handsome Devil Rob the Prez-O-Dent
And then from Loading Reality,which notes that this numbers only about 60. Some of the tracks are thesame as the list above, just in a different order. "Keep in mind, someof these could easily be DLC that's in the works," Loading Realitywrites. A wise caveat.
1) Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan)
2) Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)
3) We've Got the Beat (Go-Gos)
4) Bad Reputation (Joan Jett)
5) Pinball Wizard (The Who)
6) Dammit (Blink 182)
7) That's What You Get (Paramore)
The Trees (Rush)
9) Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
10) Chop Suey (System of a Down)
11) Testify (Rage Against the Machine)
12) Spirit In the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
13) Ramblin' Man (Allman Brothers)
14) Rebel Girl (Bikini Kill)
15) Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)
16) Panic Attack (Dream Theater)
17) Everlong (Foo Fighters)
1 One Step Closer (Linkin' Park)
19) Lump (Presidents of the USA)
20) Come Out and Play (Offspring)
21) Drain You (Nirvana)
22) Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas)
23) Peace Sells (Megadeath)
24) Souls of Black (Testament)
25) Livin' On a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
26) Round and Round (Ratt)
27) New Kid In School (The Donnas)
2 Alright Now (Free)
29) Today (Smashing Pumpkins)
30) Man In the Box (Alice In Chains)
31) Any Way You Want It (Journey)
32) Holiday In Cambodia (Dead Kennedys)
33) Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
34) White Wedding (Billy Idol)
35) Hello There (Cheap Trick)
36) Cool for Cats (Squeeze)
37) Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
3 ? (Devo)
39) One Way or Another (Blondie)
40) De-luxe (Lush) [dare to dream, shoegaze in Rock Band!]
41) Push It (Static-X)
42) Pump It Up (Elvis Costello)
43) Master Exploder (Tenacious D)
44) Bandages (Hot Hot Heat)
45) PDA (Interpol)
46) My Own Worst Enemy (Lit)
47) Float On (Modest Mouse)
4 Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
49) Spoonman (Soundgarden)
50) Bodhisattva (Steely Dan)
51) Suffer (Bad Religion)
52) I Was Wrong (Social Distortion)
53) American Woman (The Guess Who)
56) You Oughta Know (Alanis Morrissette)
57) Mountain Song (Jane's Addiction)
5 Stop! (Against Me)
59) Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran)
60) Alabama Getaway (Grateful Dead)
So there you have it. Could be real, could be bs, again that's thefun of rumors. But even if this is in-progress thinking, and not finalstuff, it shows Harmonix is not F-in around, and will move to counterGuitar Hero: World Tour's peripherals and custom song features withoutstanding content.
Rock Band Two Rumored Track List [8bitfix, in comments]
60 Rock Band 2 Tracks Leaked [Loading Reality, thanks Max]
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:54 am
Has the PC sports market has declined? in Business and Industry in Gaming, Media, Web, IT and Computing
Consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have lured sports gamersaway from a PC market already moving towards a download model and underthreat from piracy, forcing developers to prioritise other formats.
That's the view of Peter Moore, boss of EA Sports, who outlined his views on Peter Moore's Official Blog this week.
Next-generation consoles "with their high definition graphicsand 5.1 sound capabilities have attracted millions of consumers toeschew the 'lean in' PC sports gaming experience for the 'lean back'full room console experience," Moore wrote.
                   
"Businesses have to make hard trade offs for where toinvest for the best return, thus creating capital to make even moregames," he explained. "I know this concept touches a nerve with some ofyou, but our industry is founded on publishers that have driven forfinancially-successful games and then re-invested the proceeds indevelopment of even more content for gamers to enjoy.
"It's a simple financial premise, and an obligation forpublically-traded companies who answer to their shareholders. We arenot making games in garages or bedrooms any more."
But Moore reserved his harshest criticism for the people who steal games off the Internet. "Piracy is an issue," he wrote.
"Sorry, I know many of you disagree with me on this, but thenumbers don't lie. Companies spend millions developing content, anddeserve to see a return on investment for their risk. The employeesdeveloping the game design, writing code and creating art deserve toget paid for their work. Period."
Moore's comments are particularly interesting as they come just days after Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime told Eurogamer.netthat suggestions the PC games market is in decline are "just completelydead wrong". "PC is the gaming platform with the largest installed basearound the world. It's also the platform with the best margins,"Morhaime had said.
Morhaime was reacting somewhat to similarsentiments from Valve boss Gabe Newell, whose company flew journaliststo Seattle in May from around the world to evangelise the PC as aplatform.
Quote:
"We think the number of connected PC gamers we areselling our products to dwarf the current generation of consoles puttogether," Newell had told the press on that occasion. "There aretremendous opportunities in figuring out how to reach out to thosecustomers."

For his part, Moore added that EA Sports is stillexploring options on the PC. "In order to make fundamental shifts in anecosystem, you sometimes have to hit the reset button. That's what wehave done this year at EA Sports as regards some of our franchises onthe PC," he wrote.
"That does not mean that we aren't coming backnext year with new, innovative, maybe even less-expensive ways to playall of our franchises on the PC, but for right now we are assessing allof the options open to us to shift the current paradigm for our gameson this platform," he wrote.
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:52 am
2010: the 5TB 3.5in HDD cometh in Hardware, Internet, Networking, Comms and Security
Hitachi has pledged to release a 5TB 3.5in hard drive within twoyears, and it claims two of the drives will boast enough capacity tostore everything in your brain.
According to a report by Nikkei Net, Hitachi Global StorageTechnologies will use Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane GiantMagnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) magnetc read heads to achieve the aim.This, the firm claims, will allow its drives to store 1TB of data inevery square inch of the recording surface.
Hitachi’s announcement is a step on from a claim it made back inOctober 2007 that 4TB of storage could become a reality by 2011.
It’s worth noting though that Hitachi’s not the first storagecompany to promise super-capacity HDDs. Back in August 2007, rival Fujitsu announcedthat 2.5in disks were its proposed ‘patterned medium’ for such compactstorage. It too plans to have commercial models available by 2010.

Fujitsu's approach uses anodised aluminium to create a pattern of"nanoholes", each holding a portion of magnetic material used to storea single bit of data. The aluminium-oxide surrounding these so-called'nanoholes' helps magnetically insulate each bit from all the others,preventing one from affecting another, which might lead to datacorruption.
Nonetheless, Dr Yoshihiro Shiroishi from Hitachi has claimed thattwo of its 5TB will together “provide the same storage capacity as thehuman brain”.
So, if your memory’s not great, then just buy a couple of 5TB drivesfrom Hitachi and download all your thoughts and memories onto them,before wiping the slate clean and staring afresh with another 10TB ofbrain capacity.
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:48 am
The Princess Bride game has been released. It's odd.... in Gaming
The Princess Bride game - based on the much-loved Rob Reiner flick from 1987 - has finally been released:



Gosh, it looks like Dragon's Lair, doesn't it? It plays that way too- all clunky controls and really basic interaction. It's essentially 5minigame mechanics: 'Time Management' on the farm, 'InconceivableTrivia' with Fezzik, 'Puzzle Platformer' vs. the ROUSes in the FireSwamp, 'Hidden Objects and Potion Cooking' with Billy Crystal and CarolKane and 'Inventory Collection & Assembly' at the castle. A Flashgame in Princess Bride clothing. Meh. It doesn't feel much like it'saimed at me (an old skool fan of the film), which the new 'song' by atrio called Clique Girls is testament to. (Avril Lavigne has a wholelot to answer for)
But if you are sill compelled, you can download the free trial (PC only at the moment) from here.
As an addendum, I've been trying my darndest to figure out the bestplace to add this little bit of telly trivia. Did you know that Connections, the 1980s TV series in which science historian James Burke takes us on a personal journey along the pathways of innovation, was turned into a computer game?
Which other inconceivable game-media marriages have you seen? Do tell and I'll put them in a long post in the future.
Here are a couple of starters for ten:

  1. Beverly Hills Cop for the C64 and the Amiga
  2. Dirty Dancing for the PC.
  3. Little Britain for the PC and PS2
  4. Desperate Housewivesfor the PC
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:46 am
Spore Creature Creator tops US charts - have you got it? in Gaming
The NPD Group has released US PC software sales datafor the week ending June 21, with EA's Spore Creature Creator comingout on top.
Maxis reported that one millionSpore creatures were created and shared during the stand-aloneprogram's first week of availability. The full Spore game will bereleased in September.
Sales of Spore Creature Creator werestrong enough to place the game at number six on the All Categorieslist - the only game to appear alongside business, education andutility software.
                   
The Top Ten best-selling PC games in the US for the week ending June 21 were:

  • 1      Spore Creature Creator (EA)
  • 2 The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (EA)
  • 3 Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Eidos)
  • 4 World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack (Vivendi>
  • 5 World Of Warcraft (Vivendi)
  • 6 World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest (Vivendi)
  • 7 The Sims 2 FreeTime Expansion Pack (EA)
  • 8 The Sims 2 Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff Expansion Pack     (EA)
  • 9      Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare     (Activision)
  • 10 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (LucasArts)


The Spore Creature Creator was software that allowed players to create their own creatures with a standalone version of the Creature Editor from Spore; the software was one of the first aspects of the game to receive focused development, and had undergone ten rewrites since the start of development. It was rated E by the ESRB in early March 2008, indicating that the editor would be released separately well before the game's release as a utility program. Electronic Arts told MTV Asia that "EA Screen will provide visitors a chance to interact with EA's game producers hailing from the studios, and unveil the hugely anticipated SPORE Creature Creator demo version to gamers for the first time in Asia." Electronic Arts VP Mark Buechner stated on the Spore Facebook page that the editor would be released in June or July 2008, saying, "We are looking at releasing it two to three months before the launch of the full game."

The SimCity Box artwork showed a blurb stating that the creature editor would be included with it. IGN revealed that the Spore Creature Creator utility will be available in two different versions on June 18, 2008. There was a paid version (for $9.95) and a free demo that was downloadable from Spore.com and included for free, bundled with The SimCity Box. The free version of the editor only contained 25% of the available creature parts that were found within the full version.

The utility included a test environment for players to see their creatures go through animations and allow the player to import other user-created creatures through the Sporepedia at Spore.com. The utility included screen capture and video tools as well, including YouTube functionality.

The editor also gave the user the ability to create animated avatars,and output in RSS and embeddable HTML code to facilitate easy incorporation into such sites as MySpace and Facebook.

Shortly after its introduction, the Creature Creator was used to create creatures with oversized genitalia, either stand-alone or engaged in coitus (a phenomenon quickly dubbed 'sporn'). EA responded with e-mails sent to those who made pornographic machinima from its demo, and has flagged certain on-line accounts for "TOS violations". Furthermore, YouTube has pulled several such videos for violations of its own TOS.

By June 24, 2008, users had already created over one million creatures.

It has been noted by those using the Spore Creature Creator, that while the Social and Attack categories can reach a max score of 20 with enough parts on the creature, the Abilities category does not achieve a max in the Creature Creator. This has led to speculation from it being the brain levels to advanced sensory abilities to telekinesis.


Electronic Arts confirmed that Spore will be receiving post-release expansion packs. No other information is available as to what sort of content the packs will feature, but EA has hinted it will be similar to The Sims expansions.


In the news
Spore Creature Creator free in the UK Videogamer.com

A Wii spinoff of the game has been mentioned by Will Wright several times, such as in his October 26, 2007 interview with the Guardian.Buechner confirmed it, revealing that plans for a Wii version were underway, and that the game would be built from the ground up and would take advantage of the Wii Remote, stating, "We're not porting it over. You know, we're still so early in design and prototyping that I don't know where we're going to end up, so I don't want to lead you down one path. But suffice to say that it's being developed with the Wii controls and technology in mind."The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Spore are still under consideration.

Merchandising

There will be an iTunes-style "Spore Store" built into the game, allowing players to purchase external Spore licensed merchandise, such as t-shirts, posters, and future Spore expansion packs.There are also plans for the creation of a type of Spore collectible card game based on the Sporepedia cards of the creatures, buildings, vehicles, and planets that have been created by the players.There are also indications of plans for the creation of customized creature figurines; some of those who designed their own creatures at E3 2006 later received 3D printed models of the creatures they created. The Spore Store also allows people to put their creatures on such items as T-shirts, mugs and stickers.

The Spore team is working on a partnership with a comic creation software company to offer comic book versions of your own Spore story. Comic books with stylized pictures of various creatures, some whose creation has been shown in various presentations, can be seen on the walls of the Spore team's office.
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:13 am
Revealed: Sony's future plans for PS3, PSP and TV in Business and Industry in Gaming, Media, Web, IT and Computing
"This is not your father's Sony", sums up what Howard Stringer has done at Sony since taking over the reins in 2005.
TheWales-born CEO was underlining the challenge that the company now facesin the digital age, as he led the Japanese giant's corporate strategybriefing in Tokyo today.
In the absence of any attention-grabbingnew hardware announcements, most headlines are likely to go to Sony'spledge to increase revenues in the PC, Blu-ray-related and componentsbusinesses.
Game plan
Stringer said thatSony would build these into "trillion-yen businesses" by FY2010,putting them alongside the core business units of TVs, digital imaging,gaming and mobile phones. One trillion yen is currently worth around£4.7 billion.
Although gaming is a traditional Sony strength, thedivision is mired in red ink after the costly development and launch ofthe PlayStation 3. Addressing that, the CEO promised to bring it toprofit by March next year.
Stringer also outlined plans to investclose to £9 billion in new technology in a concerted drive to becomethe world leader in LCD televisions within three years. Beyond that,the assembled execs wouldn't be drawn on precise numbers or revenuetargets.
Mobile content
Although he didn't address recent speculation about the possibility of a PSP phone or the stability of the Sony Ericsson joint venturethat produces mobile phones, Stringer did emphasise that such handsetswould continue to be sold and that "Sony music and pictures content[would be] embedded in all key Sony Ericsson product lines."
As expected, there was no discussion on life after Blu-ray– the so-called 'death of disk'. However, a hint of how quickly onlinedistribution will move centre-stage came in the news that SonyPictures' summer blockbuster, Hancock, will be made available exclusively to all internet-connect Bravia televisions in the US before its DVD release.
Movie download service
The movie theme resurfaced in a presentation from Kaz Hirai, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment, with the news that the long-anticipated film download service would finally reach the online PlayStation Network this year.
Hiraiconfirmed that US users would get first crack at PS3 movie downloads inlate summer, with Europe and Japan to follow by year's end. He addedthat full details would be announced at E3 in LA next month and thatboth standard- and high-definition titles would be available.
       
Virtual world
Warmingto the theme, Hirai added, "Please expect more from our evolvingPlayStation business." That evolution will also include themuch-delayed PlayStation Home virtual world, which Hirai demonstrated,along with new dynamic in-game advertisements that change according tothe context.
The littlest PlayStation also featured prominently,with the PSP being positioned as an interactive extension of the PS3console, as well as a tool for accessing the PlayStation Store for gamedownloads and, possibly, feature films at some undisclosed point.
Hirai's presentation concluded with something of a surprise in a new network service called Life With PlayStation.The rough demo showed a view of the Earth from space, which rotated toreveal location-related news items, reminiscent of similar services onNintendo's Wii.
Innovator and creator
Returningto the podium to sum up, Stringer emphasised his firm's creative skillsand took aim at a company many see as having inherited the Sony mantleas innovator supreme.
"We have products to get excited about [including] OLED TVs, Rolly, CyberShot smile detection and the new Bravias.
"Appleis a boutique company, but we're a large conglomerate. We recently cameout number one in a poll by Incite on innovative companies, just aheadof Apple. I rest my case."
Whether or not that's overstating thecase, Stringer's confidence in the once-troubled company is almosttangible, leaving little room for doubt that Sony is back and that itmeans business.
Posted by Editorial Team Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:41 am
Nintendo DS centres open across UK - Download demos free in Business and Industry in Gaming, Media, Web, IT and Computing
It's hard to believe but there are still people wandering the streets who don't own a Nintendo DS.The console manufacturer is obviously keen to stamp this sort ofbehaviour out so its opened 30 DS centres in shops around Britain. Fromthe press release:

These new centres will offer anyone the opportunity tolearn more about Nintendo DS and its exciting range of software througha number of new and exciting ways including videos, TV commercials,demo games to play on the DS. Centre itself and most exciting of all,current DS owners will be able to download demo software to play ontheir own Nintendo DS.

Brain Training, Sight Training, More Brain Training, Big BrainAcademy, Mario Kart DS and 42 All Time Classics are the titlescurrently available for free demo downloads - the code stays on yourmachine until you switch it off. Stores currently housing the DSshowcases include Asda, Argos, HMV, Game and Zavvi - there's a list ofparticipating outlets here.
Each site will also offer free Nintendo Wi-Fi connection so if youalready own one, not only do you get free demos you also get to hangaround playing online games. It's like Apple Store for the hoi polloi.

Downloadable titles DS owners can playinclude Brain Training, Sight Training, More Brain Training, Big BrainAcademy, Mario Kart DS and 42 All Time Classics.

You can alsoplay in-store demos for games such as Sight Training, Nintendogs, BigBrain Academy, New Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda; PhantomHourglass and Animal Crossing: Wild World.

The full list of DS centres is as follows:



  • Basingstoke - GAME, Unit 15 Festival Place
  • Birmingham - Argos, Priory Sq Centre, 33 Priory Queensway
  • Brighton - HMV, 48-50, Churchill Square Shopping Centre
  • Cardiff - Argos, Units E & F, Cardiff Bay Retail Park, Ferry Road
  • Chelmsford - Woolworths, 40 - 41 High Street
  • Chippenham - Woolworths, 24-25 High Street
  • Croydon - Woolworths, 60-68 North End
  • Exeter - Zavvi, SU 20/21 Princesshay Shopping Centre
  • Glasgow - GAME, 146 Sauchiehall Street
  • Glasgow - Zavvi, 235 Buchanan St
  • Leeds - Asda, Crown Point Retail Park
  • Liverpool - Woolworths, 74-75 St Johns Way, St Johns Centre
  • London - GAME-Hamleys, 188-1 96 Regent Street
  • London - HMV, 360 Oxford Street
  • London - HMV, 150 Oxford Street
  • London - Zavvi, 14 Oxford Street
  • London - Zavvi,Piccadilly Circus,
  • London - Woolworths, 168-176 Edgware Road
  • London - Toys R Us, Tilling Road, Brent Cross
  • London - Argos, 30-36 Market Place, Romford
  • Manchester - Argos, Unit E Central Retail Park Gt Ancoats St
  • Manchester - Zavvi, Unit M, Lower mall, Arndale Centre
  • Milton Keynes - Argos, 700 Grafton Gate West
  • Northampton - Argos, 4-7 St. Peter's Square
  • Norwich - GAME, 2-10 Back of the Inns
  • Oxford - Argos, Botley Road
  • Portsmouth - Argos, 207-211 Commercial Road
  • Reading - HMV, 13 Holy Brook Walk, The Oracle
  • Reading - Zavvi, 1-5 Oxford Road
  • Slough - Argos, 4 The Observatory Centre, High Street
  • Swindon - Asda, Orbital Shopping Park, Thamesdown Drive
Posted by Editorial Team Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:33 pm
Microsoft's entire E3 leaked - new games, new media for 360 in Gaming
Remember that angry chief of police from Lethal Weapon? The one that's going absolutely mentalover Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's various screw ups? Well that's whatMicrosoft's PR boss must look like this morning, as online survey siteIntellisponse leaks its entire E3 line-up onto the internet. Someone's going to get sacked.

On the game front there's first word onForza Motorsport 3 (as if it wasn't coming), which according toIntellisponse will include over 100 tracks and 400 cars on a two-discset. Let's hope they sort out the walkover AI this time.

Evenbetter is the first video of Silicon Knights' The Crucible, which looksa bit like Eternal Darkness meets Diablo with lots of hack 'n slashing.Watch the video on You Tube before it gets pulled.

On the causal front there's the once mentioned but never seen Lips,which turns out (as expected) to be a Singstar-style game on Xbox 360.

According to the Intellisponse blurb, "Lips is a music and singing gamethat includes 30 songs, 2 wireless interactive microphones, the abilityto use and sing your own music or download songs from an onlineservice. Designed to have fun with friends, Lips scores you on yoursinging (pitch, rhythm and tune) and your overall performance." Nan'lllove it.

And of course we've also got our first look at Microsoft's long-rumoured 'Mii' avatar system, which will replace Gamerpics when it launches at the end of the year.

That's your lot then. Microsoft's press conference is going to be a lotless exciting now. We contacted the UK arm of the publisher whowouldn't comment on any of it.
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:29 am
Nokia opens Download Store - browse and buy software in Entertainment, Film and Music, Mobile devices and media
The PC Download Store was supposed to be the desktop equivalent ofthe "Download" application pre-installed on every S60 phone from Nokia.Download supposedly offers content from providers such as Amazon andJamster, though the former only features an application that loadstheir mobile home page, while the latter flaunts a range of items,though they're all just the first step onto their subscription service.
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In that context the Nokia Download Store is a comparable service.Originally envisaged as a PC application for downloading and managingapplications and tightly integrated with Nokia's PC Suitesynchronisation software, PC Download Store is now an online softwareemporium.

Or so it would appear, except that all the software on offer ismarked as "Try For Free", with no pricing information on the site atall. Even that would be tolerable if the software offered really wasavailable for trial, but try to download an application and as soon asit's installed you'll be asked to send a premium-rate text to pay forit.
So we now have N-Gage for games, Ovi for music and maps, forapplications and maps PC Download and MOSH for community stuff: whosays Nokia's on-line strategy is hopelessly confused?
Posted by Editorial Team Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:20 am
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