Apparently movies are a thing of the past, at least in the UK. While wrapping up 2009, the UK discovered that video games actually outsold movies this year. It may not seem like a lot, that is if the numbers only included movies in theaters, but these statistics actually include both movie ticket and DVD sales. Wow!
In 2009, approximately 1.73 billion British pounds went towards video game purchases, while the British only spent 1 billion pounds in the movie theatres, and 198 million British pounds on DVD and Blu-Ray disks. That's about a 30% difference! Not only were more video games sold, A LOT more video games were sold. But the UK certainly can't live up to the United States though, selling $2.7 billion dollars worth of video games, just in November this year.
Not only did video game sale increase numerously, console sales have almost doubled this past year. A whopping nine out of every ten households in the UK now own a video game console. With video games becoming more and more life like, looks the the movie industry is going to get a run for its money.
Obama has made it pretty clear in the past that he is not a fan of videogames. This week, just in time to ruin Christmas for a bunch of under-privileged kids, our president made a stop at a Boys & Girls Club in Washington DC. While there, he asked the children what they wanted for Christmas. Guess what they wanted - socks and underwear.
No, of course they wanted videogames. Just like any good Santa, Obama insulted the children for their choice of gifts. He said, "Now let me ask you a question here guys. What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?"
Come on, Obama. Is your head so big from pushing government healthcare through Congress despite no one really wanting it that you feel attacking random children about being children is an acceptable action? What do you guys think? Acceptable or not?
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Comcast has been tied up in a lawsuit since 2007 when they were caught throttling peer-to-peer traffic throughout it's network (opps). Fast forward two years later and things still aren't settled but Comcast has agreed to shell out up to a cool $16 million which is about but not more than $16 per share to customers in Pennsylvania to make this lawsuit go away and not incur anymore legal fees. Of course by doing so Comcast is not admitting to any wrong doing whatsoever. Thankfully, the FCC thinks otherwise as it has found Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent traffic to be against the law as well. This also marks the first time that a broadband provider has violated
Net neutrality rules (more opps). The FCC now requires that they not do any of that anymore and must disclose their methods of network regulation to customers.
James Cameron? 3-D? What more could you ask for? Sales were through the roof opening weekend for his new movie, "Avatar," selling $73 million worth of tickets in the United States and Canada. This is a new record for 3-D movies and may potentially allow the 3-D to expand, opening doors for future directors.
Spending $230 million dollars to create it, "Avatar" is one of the most expensive movies ever made. But that's nothing compared to the $800 million it's expected to make worldwide. That's astounding considering this is Cameron's first movie since "Titantic."
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You would think by 2009, racism would be outdated, but apparently not. It was recently discovered that motion tacking webcams made by Hewlett-Packard may not be able to detect black people. All I have to say is...wow!
The video, currently on YouTube, shows two people, a white woman and a black man, taking turns in the in front of the camera. As the woman moves back and forth the camera tracks her every move, but the man does not receive the same result. They discovered this while just messing around with the computer at work and were surprised, to say the least.
I guess it's time for us to move on from insulting the blind, to the next leg of the disabled - diabetics. You may not be able to eat sugar, but you will soon be able to have color changing contacts. Pretty exciting, huh?
You're probably wondering what the correlation between the two are. Glucose monitoring contacts aren't necessarily a new idea, but this could be a breakthrough. After receiving over $200,000 for research in this area, those at the University of Western Ontario, may finally be able to make these a reality.