This Tuesday Jon and I were sitting in our homes waiting in anticipation to finally get our hands on Final Fantasy XIV. The good people at Square Enix, however, had other plans in mind. They had decided that the game needed to undergo "emergency maintenance" and postponed open beta until the following day at 10PM ET. This came as no surprise to me as the majority of open betas end up getting pushed back for the same reason.
The next day we watched our clocks once again and found that Square Enix apparently didn't plan for such a big turn out for their new MMO's open beta. I say this because as Jon and I tried to apply for the open beta, the traffic was so heavy that it brought the Square Enix servers to their proverbial knees, begging for mercy. Attempt after attempt to try and sign into our accounts ended in failure and if we were lucky enough to log in, we still had error messages of every sort crowding the space of our monitors.
Even so, we persisted and tried getting my hands on an open beta key all night, getting as close as having the terms of agreement page right before our eyes, to have the submit button on the page not work. But worry not my friends, after hours upon hours of trying to not only get my key but also downloading the game at the same time, I, or we, rather, arose victorious.
About a month ago Google waved Good-bye to Google Wave, but it hasn't actually gone anywhere, until now. They seem to have taken the Microsoft approach to product development here by emphasizing on developers, developers, developers, developers. Google is counting on future developer contributions to define a new generation of communication and collaboration tools partially by riding the wave from the clouds, into a box.
Hit the break to find out what's really going on!
We have talked before about how Apple has security problems and aren't interested in fixing them. Our newest example of this is Apple's new social networking venture, Ping. Ping is a social network built into iTunes 10 that is designed to connect you with your favorite artists. According to Apple,
True fans know it all: What their favorite artists are playing — and when and where they’re playing it. Set your inner groupie free by following your favorite artists on Ping.
However, because of Apple's lack of security or forethought about security, the only thing you can really do through Ping is get scammed.
How can you get scammed through Ping? Hit the break.
This week, Microsoft was in the news a lot, as another announcement came out of the Xbox 360 camp that we knew was coming for a long time. November 1st, 2010 marks the date where Xbox LIVE Gold subscription prices will be going up. This will affect users in Canada, Mexico, the UK and the US. The new prices for here in the States will be $9.99/month, $24.99/3 months and $59.99 for the year. Not all plans were affected, however, as the UK one-year package remains the same price.
Why the hike in price? Find out after the break.
Announcement: This week BioWare decided to give the fans of Knights of the Old Republic a little teaser about one of the franchise's most popular characters. Witty Reveal: Yes, you guessed it, HK-47 is going to play some sort of role in The Old Republic! A video was posted this Friday showcasing what looks like a "flashpoint" for people who decide to role a character alligned with the Empire.
The video also hinted at another one of the fan favorites, Darth Revan! From what can be gathered from the video, it looks like Imperial players will be able to enter a facility that was actually built by Revan himself. There is also some really interesting dialouge that says "Before Revan's rebirth." Much has been speculated about this statement but the fact of the matter is that we will just have to wait and see what lies in Revans facility.
For more on the big news, hit the break.
Major Nelson's blog was busy this week, as he announced that there will be a brand new version of the Xbox 360 Wireless controller. The slightly altered newest edition will showcase a transforming D-pad that can go from a "plus to a disc with the twist of the wrist." Not only that, but the controller will sport a matte silver body, concave analog sticks and gray A,B,X,Y buttons for that extra flavor.
The good news is that these will ship November 9th and are available for pre-order right now over on Amazon. The bad news is that you have to pay $64.99 for it as it comes with the Play & Charge Kit. That's okay though, because you were at PAX Prime and got a free one, right? No? Oh. Well, then go get the pre-order!
Video with Major Nelson showing off the new hardware after the break.