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Dice and Battlefield Building

posted Sunday Mar 14, 2010 by Josh Henry

Dice and Battlefield Building

EA DICE has been a fairly prolific developer during the current console generation, developing both a high-profile title based on original IP (Mirror's Edge), as well as ones based on established franchises like Battlefield. EA was searching for a way to capitalize on the downtime between these blockbuster releases - a game which would be relatively quick and painless to create - while still standing up to the quality standards set by their previous releases. So mommy and daddy loved each other very much and the idea for Battlefield 1943 was born.

Battlefield 1943 producer Patrick Liu explained the studio's unique design philosophy while making the game, which boiled down to "make the game as long as resources last." They maximized the amount of content they produced under this strategy by settling on the somewhat smaller scope of the game early and focusing on recreating the Battlefield experience to adhere to that scope.

Sony Reintroduces PlayStation Motion Controller at GDC with More Tech Demos

posted Sunday Mar 14, 2010 by Josh Henry

Sony Reintroduces PlayStation Motion Controller at GDC with More Tech Demos

Sony's GDC panel "Introducing the PlayStation Motion Controller" (E3, Part 2) was exactly what you would think it is: An introduction to the newly named Move peripheral. David Coombes, Kirk Bender and Anton Mikhailov showcased impressive tech demos, tech demos, and more tech demos - many of which demonstrated the Move's incredible precision along with its low latency. One of the more eye-capturing demos showcased full body tracking using an on-screen body puppet, similar to one of Project Natal's tech demos.

Thanks to the panel we learned that body tracking is made possible by combining the Move and PS3's head tracking capability. According to the presentation, the PS3 can also detect faces, going so far as to identify individuals through face contour and feature recognition. The software will be able to recognize gender, age, smiles and when eyes open and close.

Nintendo Breaks a New Record...Their Own

posted Sunday Mar 14, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Nintendo Breaks a New Record...Their Own

February didn't look too bad for Nintendo according to a recent NPD report. Although Nintendo wasn't sure if the numbers we're good (yes, we went there), the 1.9 million combined DS handheld and Wii consoles sold through February was impressive, to say the least.

Not only did Nintendo hold its own in console sales, but they also broke their own record! Compared to February of last year, Nintendo's all time high for DS sales, 597,000 units sold was nothing. This year in February alone, 613,000 DS handheld consoles were sold, a big increase from last year. This is surprising considering the DSi XL is set to be released in a few weeks. But, with this upcoming release, Nintendo hopes to break their record once again. Looks like the console, which has now been out for six years, is running strong.

Corporate IT Policies Violated on Purpose

posted Sunday Mar 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Corporate IT Policies Violated on Purpose

We are well aware that the largest problem in IT security is the employees in the company trying to work around established security protocols. We can safely accredit that fact to ID 10 T errors, not knowing the standards or IT admins not enforcing the policies. Well, that seems to not be the case as a poll has shown that 12% of corporate employees are well aware they violate IT rules and regulations in order to accomplish their jobs.

Fiberlink, a company who tries to "help enterprises connect, control and secure laptops and mobile devices," surveyed 1,347 employees for this poll, and we can't say the results surprised us. We know several people who has sent personal emails or instant messages on a work computer without permission or even used proxies to get to forbidden websites.

Fiblerlink's CEO Jim Sheward had this to say:

It Only Took Four Tries: iPhone Finally Getting Multitasking?

posted Sunday Mar 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

It Only Took Four Tries: iPhone Finally Getting Multitasking?

I was always curious as to why Apple lived seven years in the past when it comes to ideas (like getting MMS to work on a mobile device) but I think I have found the reason! It must be either they have a broken hot tub time machine, or they live in dog years. Either way, an exciting rumor has come from sources for AppleInsider, and it is that Apple is finally planning to include a task manager into the iPhone OS for version 4.0!

I know, you thought from all these new commercials that you already could multitask! Not so, my friend, as you can only do those things while you're on a call. Want to post a picture to Facebook while checking your mail? Sorry, no can do.

Privacy Pounced On, Considered Privilege Once Again

posted Saturday Mar 13, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Privacy Pounced On, Considered Privilege Once Again

Once again, consumers are outraged by issues regarding invasion of privacy. Google stepped on some Gmail user's toes recently, and apparently they are not the only ones. A lawsuit, filed against Netflix, claimed that the company had not done enough to make sure their customer's information remained anonymous in a recent contest.

The contest was established to formulate a better system of suggesting movies based on the films the user has already viewed. Seems like a good idea right?

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