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Cataclysm: A Monumental Expansion

posted Sunday Aug 23, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Cataclysm: A Monumental Expansion

Here is a huge update on WOW's newest expansion called Cataclysm. If you have been keeping up with us you remember that we mentioned this a few weeks back when it was just a rumor. Well hold onto to your Alliance steins and Horde figurines cause Blizzard just dropped a bomb. The new expansion is coming equipped with quite a few game changing features. So, here is the jist of what's happening. There is an until recently dead dragon named Deathwing who like the Phoenix, has risen from the dead and royally screwed the WOW universe but from this chaos there will be much (welcomed) change:

There are new race/class combinations so you can finally play as a Human Hunter or Blood Elf Warrior and etc.

You can be expecting some new PvP Zones and Battle Grounds.

Guild levels and guild achievements are now available.

All the classic zones are being redone with new content and looks!

To see the rest of the list, hit the break!

Judgement Day is Inevitable After All

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Ut oh! Remember how advancements in robotics were supposed to change the world for the better? Remember how they were supposed to aid us with mass production, making difficult surgeries more effective and just overall making our world a better place? Well turns out they do some of those things. It also turns out they can lie and deceive. There are some researchers from Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne who thought that augmenting some robots designed to find food to be less than your regular honest, hard working, run of the mill robot was a good idea.

New Drug Scare Tactics

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

New Drug Scare Tactics

It's back to school, and you know what that means - time for scare tactics from the local news affiliates to get you to watch the 11 o'clock news instead of going to sleep so you can wake up in the morning and get your kids ready for school! Today's story comes to us from the local ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.

The report claims that drug use triples in middle school. How many of you remember a drug problem in elementary school? I don't even remember a single situation where an administrator even considered the possibility of someone having drugs, so triple that isn't really a scary stat for me.

Depression is from Videogames

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Are you in your thirties, overweight and depressed? According to a new study conducted by the CDC, chances are, that's you. Congratulations. The study claims gamers have "lower extraversion, consistent with research on adolescents that linked video-game playing to a sedentary lifestyle and overweight status, and to mental-health concerns."

The study also showed a variance between gamer males and females. Males tend to be more overweight, and females tend to be more depressed and generally in poor health.

RUMOR: 360 Elite Price Drop

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

RUMOR: 360 Elite Price Drop

When it comes to price drop rumors, I usually wait until I have at least 2 credible sources before I get excited. Well, now I do. Last week, I stumbled across a picture of an ad for an Elite for $299. Now, that was pretty exciting, but it was the first I had heard of it, and with all the rumors about the PS3 (which turned out to be true), it was inevitable that we would hear some talk about the 360 as well.

This week, however, Kotaku uncovered an image of a Walmart "rollback" on Elite, now $299. Now we have some credibility. Now, it is currently the 22nd of August, and the date of the ad is shown to be August 30th, so I assume we will hear official word from Microsoft in the next few days.

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