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RockBand Site Info

posted Sunday Nov 4, 2007 by Scott Ertz

RockBand Site Info

We knew there was going to be a full featured site for RockBand, but we got more than we expected. Here's the gist:

  • A personal page where your game character is loaded automatically to keep you current. Play with skins and backgrounds, just like a real social networking site!
  • Search for new band members
  • Top artists and bands
  • Blogs and Forums
  • Create a band photo with your characters, pick a background, lighting and you're off and running

Valve Deactivates Games

posted Sunday Nov 4, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Valve Deactivates Games

Where did you buy your Orange Box? Game Stop? Wal*Mart? Online? If you answered yes to #3, you might be in trouble. Many people who purchased their games online are now having some difficulty:

Many of us bought the product (and hence, the serial numbers) legitimately online via well known international game stores, as they sell them significantly cheaper than American stores.

We were able to activate the products without a problem. One week later, Valve, via the Steam program, inactivated all Orange Box games (after they had already been active for some time), stating that they are in the "incorrect territory." There was no warning or anything, just completely inactivated.

Uh oh. That'll teach you for legally purchasing products from a reputable source! Think about it...

Animal Crossing to Become MMO

posted Sunday Nov 4, 2007 by Scott Ertz

So the really cute DS game Animal Crossing will be joining the Wii lineup, but taking on a new market: social networking. Right from the beginning, this game seemed like it could easily become an MMO, and almost should.

Right now, Nintendo is still not commenting, but a designer for the new game confirmed the MMO rumors, unofficially. Also, a Nintendo official recently made a comment about competition for Home for the PlayStation.

All this comes together to make us really excited to see what happens.

Spore Almost Ready!

posted Sunday Nov 4, 2007 by Scott Ertz

The epic SIM Spore is only about 6 months from being done! The legendary Will Wright, game designer, says the game is not fully playable and is in final testing.

Spore is a game designed for general audiences. Will Wright said "I want the people who have played The Sims to be able to play Spore - I don't want it to be some thing just hardcore gamers play."

We really are looking forward to this game, especially since we have been teased forever now. 6 months is very exciting!

Rockstar Attacks Simpsons Game Again

posted Saturday Nov 3, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Rockstar Attacks Simpsons Game Again

Remember a few weeks ago on the show we talked about a poster being taken down in Germany for the Grand Theft Scratchy level of the Simpsons game? Remember how we said it was probably a nutso lawyer speaking on their own? Well, we were wrong.

Apparently this was part of an official project for Rockstar to protect their copyright of incredibly parodying content from being parodied.

Ironic, eh?

Because of this, the level, once called Grand Theft Scratchy is now called Mob Rules. So, from cool to blah goes the level name. The important thing, however, is that the game is amazing. So, there, Rockstar!

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