I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is. Google has announced they have stopped development on Google Wave and will only maintain the servers through the end of the year. What? You don't know what Google Wave is? Well, therein lies the problem. For those who don't know, and I will assume that is everyone reading this, Google Wave was billed as "the future of communication."
It was designed to be somewhere between the most complex instant messenger on the planet and the simplest collaboration software ever. Unfortunately, it never seemed to gain much ground as either. Wave had its share of problems and one of these, or possibly a combination of several, seems to have ended "the future of communication" here in the present.
Find out what killed Google Wave after the break.
For those of you who played the second
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords you may remember a little moon known as Nar Shaddaa. One of the most vibrant and dangerous places in the galaxy, the place is a sprawling cityscape where nothing comes without a price. Dominated by a black market that caters to every indulgence, the moon has become the ultimate symbol of corruption. The upper levels present an endless parade of glittering neon towers and floating pleasure palaces; no greater concentration of wealth exists across the galaxy.
Well this week, BioWare decided to reveal yet ANOTHER planet, and this time it's something to get excited for, if you played the original KoTOR series that is. This newly announced planet gives us a total of 14 planets to explore. Just a little fun fact, this game alone has one less planet than the first two had combined, and we are still another year from release. This meaning that there are still even more planets to be revealed, as well as even more content for the players of the game to get their hands on.
To find out more about this content, hit the break.
While Marvel news was all over Comic-Con this week, one of the things that got swept under the rug was the announcement that Marvel Studios has regained rights to the
Punisher franchise from Lionsgate. While this might seem like a small victory, let me tell you why it is no small matter.
Marvel has been assembling a Marvel Universe in the film franchises to rival that of the actual comics, but several of their main names are out of their own control, mostly owned by Sony, such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men. The recapturing of the Punisher series brings another of its big-name titles back under its own control.
Hit the break for more on the Punisher story.
The University of Central Florida is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a rather interesting and strange project. $434,000 to be exact, to create a video game about real life situations with full-size avatars. The purpose? To teach pre-teen girls how to resist peer pressure when it comes to sex.
They have an opportunity to interact with the avatars and they'll earn points for particular social skills that they develop.
What is this all about? More after the break.
Before this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, there had been rumors of a reboot of
GoldenEye 007 and Nintendo put to bed speculation on whether it would be reviving the series, announcing that a reimaginging of Rare's Nintendo 64 classic would arrive for the Wii this November. However, Activision won't be limiting the game to just Nintendo's console.
As part of a grim earnings report this morning, Nintendo revealed that
GoldenEye 007 is also in development for its 132 million-unit-selling handheld, the DS. Activision also confirmed the listing to GameSpot, noting that Call of Duty: Black Ops is prepping the title for launch alongside the Eurocom-developed Wii version in November.
Details on what can be expected from the handheld version remain under wraps. The Wii version will be a fairly direct translation of the highly acclaimed 1997 shooter, though it will also feature updated visuals, four-player split-screen multiplayer, and new game modes.
GoldenEye 007 for the Wii will also include online multiplayer, a functionality its N64 cousin could not offer.
The thought that comes to my mind is why are they developing the game for the DS and not the new 3DS instead. We have already seen at E3 that the 3DS has a vast difference as far as quality of graphics, so why not do something right the FIRST time and make the game for the 3DS? Could you imagine playing through
GoldenEye 007 in 3D? I sure could and now that I know it's possible, I see it as the only viable option for a handheld version of the game.
YouTube's 10 minute limit on videos has expanded to 15 minutes this week, giving users 50 percent more time to upload more pointless and random crap to clog the Internet's series of tubes. The new limit is a reflection of audiences' growing demand for longer form content online. In the past, YouTube content partners have been able to publish longer videos, but the ability for regular user to do this now is pretty significant.
How famous can you get? Follow the break to find out.