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Actual Reality > Alternate Reality

posted Saturday Oct 10, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Actual Reality > Alternate Reality

Britain has finally done it. They have completely lost their minds. Launching soon will be a new Internet-based game in which you watch people remotely and report crimes. For every suspected crime reported, you will earn one point. For every legitimate crime reported, you will earn three points. For really good tips, there could be cash prizes of up to 1000 euros.

Now, this certainly sounds like a terrible videogame, doesn't it? Well, good news - it's not a videogame. This will be a 100% real online game. The government has taken the concept of Alternate Reality Games and gone one step farther. The actual basis of the game is that you will have access to the country's infrastructure of traffic and city cams and you are encouraged to snitch on your fellow citizens. Clearly the British don't have the expression "no snitching."

Florida's Animation SuperCon 2009

posted Tuesday Oct 6, 2009 by Scott Ertz

If you missed anything from Animation SuperCon, you can get your fill right here. From the opening cereminies to interviews with some of the biggest voice actors in the business like Billy West (Futurama's Fry), Phil LaMarr (Futurama's Hermes Conrad), John DiMaggio (Futurama's Bender) and Rob Paulsen (Pinky of Pinky and the Brain).

Check it out after the break!

PLuGHiTz Live! at Animation SuperCon

posted Thursday Oct 1, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Hey guys. Don't forget that PLuGHiTz Live! will be at Florida's Animation SuperCon this weekend. If you're planning on being there, come see us at our booth in the podcasters' area and meet the voices you hear on the show!

If you're not able to make it to the show, keep checking out our convention coverage all weekend, where you can see interviews with some of the biggest names in gaming, comics and of course animation, including the cast of Futurama!

We'll also be broadcasting the radio show live from the convention center Sunday night at PM, so check that out, too!

Twitter Is Worth One Billion? Why?

posted Saturday Sep 26, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Twitter Is Worth One Billion? Why?

This just boggles my mind. Twitter is 3 years old now and hasn't even generated any revenue let alone profit so WTF? Recently however founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have managed to procure another cool $100,000,000 to finance its opperations over the next year. They had $55 million from one investor and just raised another $35 million from another although the identity of the investors is unknown but their two newest share holders are Insight Venture Partners and T. Rowe Price. I wonder if they had anything to do with it? The good news for twitter is that they won't have to sell out to a corporation and now have the ability to expand their employee base of 60, get more computers and work on their outage problems.

Ken Marlin, a technology investment banker in New York with Marlin & Associates, said,

This is a smart move by Twitter because it buys them more time to capitalize on their momentum and come up with a business plan.

Sprint CEO Hesse: Phone Exclusivity "a Fair Question"

posted Saturday Sep 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sprint CEO Hesse: Phone Exclusivity

Head of Sprint Nextel Corporation, Dan Hesse, has changed his mind. Originally against the idea, he now believes that phone exclusivity limits may not be such a bad thing.

Thursday, the Sprint Chief Executive stated that it is fair for the United States government to regulate whether a handset can be exclusive on a particular network. But how long will each exclusivity period be, is the question on every one's mind?

Hesse believes that exclusive carrier deals with handset vendors are crucial in drawing new customers and promoting competition in the mobile industry, but does think there should be a time limit on it. He, presumably along with most other competitors, hopes to lose less contract customers than last year, and having the latest, greatest product on the market is critical. In the upcoming months, we will see if more regulation is actually more beneficial to corporations like Sprint.

Sony PS3 Slim Numbers Are In: 1 Million In 3 Weeks!

posted Saturday Sep 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony PS3 Slim Numbers Are In: 1 Million In 3 Weeks!

You know we're big on numbers here at PLuGHiTz Live! so we just had to inform you of the huge success of this slightly tweaked, three-year old console!

After hitting the shelves on the 1st of September, Sony achieved 1 million total sales worldwide of the PS3 Slim. They go on to say in their press release that the new PS3 is available at a "highly attractive recommended retail price of ... US$299 and €299, with an extremely streamlined form factor and a pre-installed 120GB Hard Disk Drive. Furthermore, the reduction of power consumption and fan noise as well as the casual appearance have also become drivers in attracting a larger and broader range of users."

Whenever there's good news in SonyLand, we feel we need to share it with you -- you know, considering there is a love/hate relationship between Sony and Jon. But in all fairness, I think this a huge step for Sony. They may have finally hit their stride on the next-gen product. With the further implementations of the PlayStation Home, this could be a very good thing. What do you guys think?

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