Business, Entertainment

Drive a Volvo S60 Concept car for free!

Fusion between two things, a beautiful Volvo S60 Concept car and world’s top racing simulation manufacturer could result only with one thing: a free game that gives you a chance to drive the car. Volvo is known as a conservative car manufacturer, but in the past 10 years worked hard on softening its image. The latest concept car raised a lot of "ooohs" around our offices, and we already have a person that would buy a car outright, if it looks like the prototype. A cockpit of Volvo S60 Concept car – who wants one? Yes, Volvo S60 concept is a beautiful car and we

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Business, Entertainment

Former Blizzard employee talks about Activision-Blizzard

Once the news of Activision’s merger with Vivendi Games got out, a lot of Blizzard fans didn’t exactly welcome the news. The general opinion is that no matter how it is sugarcoated – the merging of two companies that have nothing in common is generally a bad thing. Especially a merger of Activision and Vivendi Games, and then with a company whose Blizzard Entertainment division is known for ingenious and highly popular games franchises; Diablo, WarCraft and StarCraft (the best Real Time Strategy game of all times – no discussion). According to their own statement, Activision Blizzard is "the world’s largest and most profitable pure-play

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Entertainment, Graphics

Museums do it again: first with Virtual, first with Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality stands to be the next great thing for museums and archeological sites. After years of researching, it looks like the power of graphics chips is finally in a position where 3D models could be glued onto the real world and enhance our visual experience. Allard Pierson Museum chose to use Augmented Reality during its latest exhibition, "A Future for the Past". In order to use Augmented Reality, exhibition organizers decided to rely on two 24" iMac computers powered by nVidia GeForce GT130 GPUs [9600GSO or castrated 8800GT for those that can’t stand nVidia’s renaming schemes]. If you have a minute, we would advise

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Entertainment, Software Programs

City of Heroes/Villains: The Architect has arrived

NCSoft’s unique and most importantly casual friendly MMO has hit the jackpot with a new addition to its content. One of them being players’ gleefully awaited mission editor, named Architect has arrived. Announced by devs for Issue 13 it suffered a delay and finally came to us now with Issue 14. Once inside the game players can find it in newly emerged Architect Entertainment facilities that are now in every street and corner of Paragon City and Rogue Isles. Upon logging into your character, a game tip pops out showing some hairless guy who has all the information you need to learn to be able

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Graphics, Hardware

Buyer-beware: Samsung 3D LCD requires two people assembly?

Recently, EVGA launched ELP [EVGA Loaner Program], which is an interesting scheme that allows someone to test-drive a particular technology before deciding on purchase. Under this program, a member of EVGA forums [free sign-up, Ed.] can receive a part for two weeks, submit a review and send the part to the next evaluator. We participated in a program that allowed us to test out a pair of GeForce 3D Vision glasses as well as a 22" 120 Hz Samsung monitor. Just like the program, we had two weeks to test this out and after that, send it out to the next one – expect a

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Entertainment, Hardware

Third Laptop Hunters ad: 11-year old kid gets a $1500 laptop

Since I spend my time flying around the Globe and sleeping in California and Croatia, it is interesting to see that the differences between numerous countries are actually really small. When I write about the differences, I mean kids. It would be dishonest of us to say that we can completely understand a generation that is growing in inter-connected world – when my parents and grandparents took me to countries such as West Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, USSR, China etc – it took days to go from point A to point B. Today, we can go online and buy a ticket to Sydney, Australia, and

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Entertainment

Sam & Max celebrate Eisner nomination of 20th Anniversary Edition

The Eisner Award comitee has nominated the  20th Anniversary Edition of Surfin’ the Highway, the complete Sam & Max comic collection for the Eisner award in the Best Graphic Album – Reprint Category. To celebrate this, Telltale is offering three special price bundles that include Surfin’ the Highway and other Sam & Max merchandise. Telltale’s Sam & Max games are currently available for PC and Wii but are expected to come to Xbox Live Arcade this year. The canine version of Humphrey Bogart  Sam and always pissed off rabbit maniac Max are detectives from a bit different New York City where they solve crimes and

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Entertainment

MySpace & Couch gag for the Simpsons

If you’ve ever watched The Simpsons (at least once in the past 20 years) you would notice that the beginning of intro is always the same except in the last part of it. So now on the series’ 20th birthday, FOX, MySpace and the producers of "The Simpsons" are inviting you to create and share your very own original live-action Couch Gag video. If you decide to enter the contest you can use the official theme song [MP3 file download]. The contest is open till May 18th and the winner will be announced on June 22nd. The prize includes a trip to L.A., an invitation

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Entertainment

The whole Internet is a train… a Tokyo one

Information Architects is a respectable web-site in the world of architecture… but, members of iA are also known for their Web Trend Map, described as the "ultimate form of geekness". We would actually disagree with this explanation, and rather state that this is a really good overview of 333 most popular sites on the Internet and that it is the ultimate form of trend-awareness. The project is now in its fourth year, and the WTM4 is going into print this coming Friday. But, the authors already published a beta version of it, so that they could generate feedback and fix any omissions before it hits

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Entertainment

Fallout Online is in the works

We received great news for fans of Interplay’s Fallout series and haters of Bethesda’s version – generally players who are craving for a good sci-fi catastrophic MMO. No offense to great games like Anarchy Online, but it is a bit too old or EVE Online, where you have to use mouse to control spaceships [for crying out loud, give us reason to own a joystick, Ed.]. The creation of massive multiplayer online game set in the Fallout universe was whispered about when the original crew from Interplay retained their rights to creation of Fallout MMO while Bethesda got those for singleplayer games. Still very few

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Entertainment, Software Programs

Age of Conan finally gets a free trial, about time

Players of Funcom’s notoriously weak MMO Age of Conan have finally gained a free trial option. Funcom, Fileplanet and Ausgamers have teamed up to give them this option. "This is the chance to experience the brutal, savage and sexy world of Conan where you can live, fight and explore in the world of Hyboria together with thousands of people from across the globe." As we can see from their free trial promotion Funcom still claims that Age of Conan is a brutal, savage and sexy world despite the fact it is neither savage nor sexy or an good representation of Hyboria in any shape or

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Entertainment

"Did You Know?" resurfaces courtesy of GM Volt

Youtube channel "GMVolt" released quite an interesting video in which it explains how the technology made an impact on human civilization. If you have 4min 55sec of free time, and have an affection for Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now song,  this video will lead you on a course how the technology changed and how is still affecting our lives. We know that this is the third version of the popular "Did You Know?" series, released last year – but you never know, you might have skipped that. For those interested, video was researched and designed by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Jeff Bronman.

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Entertainment

EA caves in, removes on-line activation DRM

Electronic Arts decided today to remove its five on-line activation policies and offer a tool that will de-authorize games released after May 2008. After going through a painful PR disaster called Spore, a game that received numerous number of "1 of 5" stars on on-line stores, sales of the game died down as the marketing campaign stopped. Secondary buyers usually buy the game that is out between 6-12 months old, and they don’t care about online reviews. EA’s CEO went as far as stating that "99.8% of gamers don’t care about Spore DRM"… but now, half a year later, seeing the secondary sales are ending

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Entertainment

The legacy of WoW: Simplification of the MMO genre

While some, myself included, would probably argue that World of Warcraft actually is the best massively multiplayer online game out there – it is definitely the most popular one. It has a huge following of hardcore fans ready to happily rip out the tongues of unbelievers, bash on any new online game and bathe Blizzard in ungodly amounts of money. Parents let their kids starve, guys get dumped by their girlfriends, students leave colleges, the fat get fatter, the thin even thinner and that weird guy you used to know is even crazier than before. You hear about it in school, on work, in traffic

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Entertainment, Graphics

Modern Warfare 2 Release Date Announced With a Stunning Teaser

Infinity Ward, the masterminds behind the Call of Duty series, has announced the follow on for the highly popular Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – simply titled Modern Warfare 2. Their method for announcement is pretty standard with a two minute teaser, but that is where the standard stops. The teaser starts off looking very much like a simple acoustical oscilloscope. You can see the green line of the oscilloscope move in the usual wave pattern in response to what seem like ordinary office or perhaps railway station sounds, occasionally you see ghostly outlines of people walking by. Everything changes after you hear the

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Entertainment

Fallout 3 DLC: The Pitt – Another pack, another fail

Second in Bethesda’s line of downloadable content packs for Fallout 3 has arrived. After that Crysis inspired, commie Chinese snuffing trash Operation Anchorage – one would hope this pack is better. At least it takes place in Fallout setting and not some military simulation. Regardless of that, this DLC pack is actually worse than the one before due to some oopsies. It costs 10$ or 800 Games for Windows Live points. Games for Windows Live a.k.a. We’re Microsoft, buy Xbox 360 Forcing anyone to use something so hostile to players as Games for Windows Live system to download is quite irritating. When you finally manage

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Entertainment

Review: Wallace and Gromit sting the honey business

Folks from Telltale Games just released the first episode of their new game series based on Nick Park’s popular Wallace and Gromit characters. Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures is a series of four downloadable episodic games that will be delivered monthly after buying the package for $29.95 at launch week and $34.95 later on. This is a price if you buy the game regardless of living in US, Europe, Timbuktu or wherever… unlike certain digital distributors that bleed their own customers. When you don’t like your mail, send the dog to read it… Games follow the adventures of absent-minded inventor Wallace and his clearly smarter

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Audio/Video, Entertainment

MMO Industry or "The plague of NERFS"

In the massive multiplayer online gaming community there is nothing as hated but at the same time asked for as "nerfs". They have plagued MMOs [Massive Multiplayer Online] since they first appeared and continue to do so even to this day. It is said that online games have the tendency to bring out the worst qualities in people and nerfs are the perfect example of this. The story is always the same – one player class, ability or game feature becomes perceived as overpowered or game breaking from someone’s point of view and needs to be severely weakened. Pretty soon the rage caused by this

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