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Another Story of Unnecessary Government Spending...

posted Thursday Nov 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Another Story of Unnecessary Government Spending...

Once again, billions of American dollars wasted. Unesscessary government spending is at an all time high in the United States, and the reasons for this misuse are apalling. You would think with all the debt we have already piled up, the government would stop acting as if there were an endless supply of cash right? Wrong. In 2009, the government made a shocking $98 billion in improper payments! I guess wasting $72 billion last year just wasn't enough, the "leaders" of our country really wanted to outdo themselves in 2009.

We all know that doctor's signatures have always been difficult to read, but you never thought that would be the cause of your wasted tax dollars. That's right, misdirected reinbursements from the illegible signatures along with utter fraud are two leading causes of this big bucks being flushed down the drain, according to figures provided by the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag.

GameStop Wants to Sell Fake Stuff

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

GameStop Wants to Sell Fake Stuff

In August GameStop announced that they had hired a new executive to be in charge of digital distribution. The industry was confused, as it is difficult for a retailer to sell things not retail. This week, GameStop announced their plans for the digital space - selling DLC in their stores.

Now, how effective could this possibility be? I suppose you could trade in a game in the store and use the full store credit to purchase the DLC through the store instead of losing some of the value trading in the credit for cash. The other possibility is that you could use the store credit to purchase Xbox Live points to purchase the DLC yourself from the comfort of your own couch. If you have a PlayStation 3, I suppose that might work.

Perhaps they will have exclusive DLC, like they have exclusive DLC that comes with pre-orders. Maybe even sell the exclusives they already have, like the baseball bat for L4D2.

Would you purchase DLC not in DLC manner?

Xbox Live is Huge!

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Xbox Live is Huge!

It is a good thing Microsoft can see the future. They somehow anticipated that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might be a big game. Because of this information beamed to them from the cosmos, they decided to bunker down the Xbox Live staff and prepare for what they knew was going to be a big day of online gaming.

What they didn't know was that Tuesday was going to become the largest day Xbox Live has ever had. They recorded more than 2 million gamers on the service at the same time. Dennis Durkin, COO of Microsoft entertainment said, "Tuesday was the biggest day we've ever seen on Live. {It's a} landmark event for our industry."

Have you played COD:MW2 yet? If so, did you play online on opening day?

YouTube Gets a Larger HD

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube Gets a Larger HD

We absolutely love YouTube already, but it's getting even better! In the upcoming week, the most popular broadcasting site on the web will allow you to post and view high definition videos in 1080p resolution, compared to its current capacity of only 720p.

1080p resolution will allow you to see your videos in a much higher quality on a larger monitor. With most cameras on the market increasing in resolution, YouTube hopes to be remain the leading choice for video hosting, especially after implementing these new features.

Something that makes YouTube even more fantastic, those of you who have already uploaded 1080p videos, will have you videos re-encoded by the YouTube team very soon. Now we can put out HD camera to use!

Droid Does, Droid Eris Might

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Droid Does, Droid Eris Might

Can a $100 Android phone from Verizon really be all that? Here's the skinny on the phone that might:

The good:

1. $100 price tag.

2. The least expensive Android phone.

3. Pebble like feel in the palm.

4. HTC's custom UI can dress up the OS.

5. The Sense UI does a good job in certain applications like the internet browser in regards to zoom in, out etc.

6. 5MP camera.

The could be better:

1. The least expensive Android phone.

2. 3.2in. touch screen with 320x480 resolution.

3. Android 1.5 instead of 2.0 means no Google Maps Turn by Turn.

Hit the break to see The ugly.

Activision Promises to Not Work So Hard in 2010

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Activision Promises to Not Work So Hard in 2010

The Guitar Hero CEO, Dan Rosenweig, said in an interview with MCV that they will not be releasing as many games in 2010. "We're working on our 2010 slate now. You will probably see fewer SKUs from us, but the focus on making the best-selling, most fun to play, best-reviewed games will continue. Those are the things that are constant."

I suppose this theory might be based on the sales numbers of their music titles this year. DJ Hero released to amazingly lackluster sales last month, selling only 123,300 units between all 4 consoles. An epic fail like that could really force a manufacturer to reconsider its release schedule to prevent losing their asses.

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