Details About Diablo III

I’ve been a fan of the Diablo Series since they came out back in ’96 and really, up to Diablo 2, they did very good. Yea, they kind of messed everything up in Diablo 2 when you could travel between realms, but it was still okay… I was quite happy with Deckard Cain keeping me a while to listen to his stories or visiting Akara hoping for the best in the small town of Tristram, but things changed and unfortunately, they didn’t change for the best in Diablo 3.

Trust me when I say, you will NOT like the new changes, for starters, the game requires a constant internet connection. This is to prevent game modifications and hacks, and other things of the like… but it’s also to take some of your money. In the previous Diablo games, we could go out and beat the living life out of a Scavenger and collect their loot to purchase weapons. In Diablo 3, we now have trade houses where we need to use our credit card to purchase weapons and items. Here is what Blizzard had to say about the matter:

“We think it’s really going to add a lot of depth to the game. If I have more money than time I can purchase items, or if I’m leet in the game I can get benefits out of it. The players really want it. This is something that we know people are going to do either way. We can provide them a really safe, awesome, fun experience, or they’ll find ways of doing it elsewhere.” Blizzard will take a small cut, but they’re not expecting to make too much of a profit out of it themselves. They also say there’ll be level caps on items, so you can’t immediately shortcut to a high-level sword with a level-1 character, not matter how rich you are, plus there will also be an additional auction house that uses in-game gold. So this element of the game can, at least, be dodged entirely.”

The game play will be a little different as well, since you constantly have to be connected to the internet, there will be no actual Single Player game mode. You will have to learn how to do just about everything online with other players… overall… I think they just about ruined the fun of Diablo.. but we’ll have to see when they come out.

Via: Rock Paper Shotgun

Star Wars Xbox 360 Slim: The Best Xbox Design Ever!

I’ve never been a big enough fan of Star Wars to buy any Star Wars designed products, but this one might be worth it. Specially since my 20 GB X-Box 360 is older than the world, I could go for a nice upgrade. This is a limited edition Xbox 360 slim that is being produced by Microsoft in cooperation with LucasArts. The bundle was released with the upcoming kinect star wars game during the ComicCon last week.

The X-box was given a finished look of R2D2 while the controller was painted gold like C3PO and the Kinect controller is going to be white to match the x-box.

This new bundle is going to include the Xbox Star Wars Design with a 320 GB hard drive, the kinect sensor, and the kinect Star Wars game for about $450 bucks, which roughly adds up to the components being bought separately. You can line up at the store this holiday season to get this new set up, the x-box is also available for pre-order over at Amazon now.

Soon Farmville and Other Social Games will Flood Google+

One of the main problems with facebook, is that after you pass the 300 friend mark, at least half of those friends begin to spam your news feed with multiple invitations to start your own farm or help them raise a Mafia war  against other virtual bosses. MySpace had a problem with pedophiles, Facebook has a problem with security issues and annoying social games.

When I came to Google+ I felt relived at how clean and smooth it was… yea it might look boring and plain, but it’s not annoying. That is, until the announcement was made that Google+ is going to get Google+ Games… You guessed it, Farmville Mafia Wars, Super City, and other absurd games will be joining your stream in a matter of months.

There is one good thing though, Google+ Stream will have it’s own tab called “Games Stream” so the notifications will not OVER populate your home feed. This is all “rumors” as of right now and the main reason that people found out about it is because of the Code Snoopers, you know, the people that read codes of websites to see what features they have hidden. The source code on Google+ has just recently changed to “Game Invites” where I suspect will be the portal for sending and receiving game invites.

I hope that Google doesn’t become another facebook with all the spam, this programer already created a robot to automatically send out circle invites, so I’m just hoping this doesn’t have the same problem. Some games that might actually stand a chance on Google might be the all popular “Angry Birds” now I can destroy those weird castles while I sit at home, drive to the office, and work from my desk… talk about controlling the video game market.

Slashgear, via TheNextWeb

Nintendo 3DS Gets Netflix 3D Movies!

Netflix announced yesterday that Nintendo 3DS owners across the United States and Canada would be able to download a free application that would allow a Netflix Member to watch Movies and TV episodes as long as they had an active internet connection. They said that very “soon” 3DS owners will have the ability to watch “select movies” on 3D via their system. As long as the movies are not “Battle OF Los Angeles” which is different than “Battle: Los Angeles” or “Transmorphers ” this should be pretty good.

According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fills-Aime “the new Netflix application looks great, plays great, and is a fantastic consumer experience!” Currently you can only see the movies in 2D, so while this is awesome news for 3DS users, it’s not fully developed yet… If you own a 3DS you can download the application for free from the Nintendo eShop just so you can be ready when the movie library opens up.

If  you have a 3DS but don’t have Netflix, remember that the prices just recently went up, the streaming membership starts at $7.99 a month. So, while this is awesome news, it’s a little early to celebrate.

Some Guy Collected all 1,850 PS2 Games

There were 1,850 different Play Station 2 video games created. The Image above, has all 1,850 of them, for some reason this guy collected everyone of them. He decided to not only collect them all, but to keep them sealed, unplayed, and untouched. That’s a little crazy if you ask me, I don’t think I could go a day without wanting to play them all.

Think about all the money this cost him, at an average of $20 per game, he probably spent 37,000 in the collection. I’m guessing having the collection unopened is going to be worth much more in the future, like that guy from 40 year old Virgin and his toys. I understand collections are worth a lot of money, like unopened NES Games, or NES Systems. But, PS2?  I find it very difficult that the PS2 will ever be as Iconic as the Original Nintendo Regardless of how many games you have… I guess we’ll find out what he really has in his hands when a bigger collector comes along for the purchase.

Source: Playstation Collecting via Technabob

Bill S.978: You Could be Jailed for Streaming Video Game Footage

By now, I hope you have heard of the “fantastic” Bill the US Senate is trying to pass. The Bill called S.978 is trying to “amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright,” you guys might know it as “The Anti-Streaming Bill” or … the bill that will effectively kill fan made video game movies… like Machinima, Red v/s Blue, or any other video game fan who uploads walk through videos, video game documentaries, game commentaries, “epic” gun fights, or simple “this is how you pass this portion of the game” videos.

The main part that I am interested in is the video game community. But, as the writers at TechDirt point out, under this bill you could go to jail for posting video of your friends singing karaoke:

The entertainment industry is freaking out about sites that embed and stream infringing content, and want law enforcement to put people in jail over it, rather than filing civil lawsuits…. We already pointed to one possibility: that people embedding YouTube videos could face five years in jail. Now, others are pointing out that it could also put kids who lip sync to popular songs, and post the resulting videos on YouTube, in jail as well.

So, good bye future Justin Bs, or any other musician who does a cover of a song on YouTube or any other site who is trying to get found by the big record labels. Parents, you too can say good bye to your child who is having fun imitating a singer…

The way the bill is written will completely change the phase of the internet, and possibly destroy gaming communities and internet industries. Read the bill here ->S.978 <- it calls for the following changes in Copyright Laws:

(you/me) shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years, fined in the amount set forth in this title ($150,000), or both, if–

‘(A) the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works; and

‘(B)(i) the total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500; or

‘(ii) the total fair market value of licenses to offer performances of those works would exceed $5,000;

‘(2) the terms ‘reproduction’, ‘distribution’, and ‘public performance’ refer to the exclusive rights of a copyright owner

If you put up “video game performances by electronic means” 10 or more times over the period of 180 days, you could be arrested, and put in jail for 5 years, or you could be fined with $150 THOUSAND dollars per infringement. Also, if the performances exceed $2500 you can suffer the same consequences. UNLESS you have express permission for the copyright license holder.

So, let me give you an example: IF you ever play a video game and decide that “hey that was an awesome flag capture, I need to upload this to youtube so all my other friends can enjoy it!” you only have 9 chances to do that, but, if you upload 10 videos to youtube, or anyother website, then you go to jail… for 5 year… or have to pay a $150k fine. Unless you have the UNREALISTIC license from Blizzard, EA Games, etc. I say unrealistic, because how many e-mails do you think they receive per day?

Think about it, if you e-mail any video game company right now, and ask, “Hey can I upload this video please” you will go a couple of months before they respond with a yes or a no, if you are lucky. I own an actual company outside of the blog sphere, and on any given day I have to sort through 50 or so different e-mails. Sometimes I get an email and i don’t see it until 5 or 6 days later, now think about a company as big as Blizzard, or EA, they may never get to your e-mail.

The whole purpose of the Bill is to generate more money to the video game companies, apparently they are “losing” so much money on all these gamers uploading their videos to youtube that they need to find a way to regulate what is going on. Instead of bringing up simple law suits against each one of us, they might as well throw out a blanket law and cover everyone, including the ones who aren’t doing anything. Here is the whole deal, I am Against people who upload the “intro scene” to video games so they can generate income by claiming it as their own. I believe the video game companies own that video, but when it comes to doing a commentary on a video game, that’s a completely different ball game. Heck, even if you do upload the intro scene but start talking about why the video game intro sucks so much, or why it’s such a great intro and review it, that would be okay since you are adding 100% content.

The mere act of playing a video game, changes the video game’s outcome, if I record myself playing Mortal Kombat against a friend of mine, I can ALMOST guarantee that no one else is going to make a video that looks the exact same way. Every. Video. Game. Play. Is. Unique… I might be using your video game characters to make movie, but the idea, the actual story line, the language, and the commentary, belongs to me as an individual.

A video game character is a TOOL to create movies, or other types of media. For Example, vehicles are designed as a way of transportation, if you buy one, the companies like Ford, Chevy, or Dodge, etc. expect you to travel in the vehicle… Now if you make a movie using that vehicle do they have the right to sue you because you are not using the vehicle the way it was intended? No… that’s stupid… video games are the same way. If I buy a video game and decide to make a movie out of it that is my choice. If I make a commentary of the video, I automatically create a new type of content that belongs to me, the characters and art may not belong to me, but my commentary, and actions do. I’m not running blizzard out of business, they won’t even know who I am, their $150 Million video game release sale, won’t even freaking compare to my $1.50, not even enough to super size a burger at McDonald’s.

In reality, instead of “helping the economy” what this bill is going to do is damage the gaming companies, I don’t go out to get the newest game before actually knowing what I’ll be buying with my $60 bucks.

How many times have you gone on youtube to search for a game review to see if you are going to like it enough to buy it? We do it all the time… I also go online to search for the newest video game commentary, which will now be illegal, or when I’m trying to get tips on how to defeat a “Boss,” also illegal, or how to pass a hard level.

The internet created a whole new type of industry, and this bill is going to end that industry. Hundreds of websites will have to shut down because their videos will be breaking laws. Blogs will seize to exist, the basic act of delivering news about upcoming films, video games, songs, will be a gamble on whether or not you will be in jail.

Every time I write a story about XYZ Video game, or BXY Company coming up with their new movie, it’s not me stealing their revenue, I’m not going to put them out of business, for every one of my readers that decide to check them out, it’s a potential customer, I make .001 cent for one reader, they make 100 + bucks if that reader is convinced into buying something.

What’s going to happen to companies who make video game reviews? Or video game films like Machinima, Red vs. Blue, G4’s X-Play? They will all need to get licenses, and if they can’t get them they will be forced to go under. Once they are taken down, we’ll have to go back to the pre-internet era of calling your friends for their review about the game. Or. calling your friend to describe how to pass a video game zone.

I’m not saying that I’m pro piracy. I’m 100% against streaming movies, or TV Shows, or videos that don’t belong to you. But I am against this bill, and I believe that modifying and taking small bits of video should be legal. If I make a movie that is 3 hours long, but I have a

3 second segment of a TV show, I can guarantee you that my viewers will be watching my movie for MY MOVIE, and not to see that stupid 3 second segment, because if they were in it for the 3 second segment, I’d be doing something wrong. They need to either modify or change this bill. Because as it is right now, half of YouTube will be in jail. And I’m not going to pay for all that tax money to keep them there. No one is going to have $150K so they will more than likely take the 5 year sentence in super high security gaming prison.

If you want to stop this you need to visit this site and e-mail your politician because this is just stupid.  Yes, this is a rant, it is in no way a news article, but seriously, someone needs to know what the heck is going on before the US Senate screws everything up.

Here is a video that I found online while I was writing this article, He pretty much has the same belief as me… I might want to play it safe though so here we go:

DSPGaming, OWNS 110% NOT 90% not 100% but 110% of this video, HE is the SOLE OWNER! I’m merely borrowing it! DSP Gaming, should you want for me to take this video down, message me and I will…

By now, I hope you have heard of the “fantastic” Bill the US Senate is trying to pass. The Bill called S.978 is trying to “amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright,” you guys might know it as “The Anti-Streaming Bill” or … the bill that will effectively kill fan made video game movies… like Machinima, Red v/s Blue, or any other video game fan who uploads walk through videos, video game documentaries, game commentaries, “epic” gun fights, or simple “this is how you pass this portion of the game” videos.

The main part that I am interested in is the video game community.

But, as the writers at TechDirt point out, under this bill you could go to jail for posting video of your friends singing karaoke:

The entertainment industry is freaking out about sites that embed and stream infringing content, and want law enforcement to put people in jail over it, rather than filing civil lawsuits…. We already pointed to one possibility: that people embedding YouTube videos could face five years in jail. Now, others are pointing out that it could also put kids who lip sync to popular songs, and post the resulting videos on YouTube, in jail as well.

So, good bye Justin B., or any other musician who does a cover of a song on YouTube or any other site.

The way the bill is written will completely change the phase of the internet, and possibly destroy gaming communities. Read the bill here

-> S.978 <- it calls for the following changes in Copyright Laws:

(you/me) shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years, fined in the amount set forth in this title ($150,000), or both, if–

‘(A) the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works; and

‘(B)(i) the total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500; or

‘(ii) the total fair market value of licenses to offer performances of those works would exceed $5,000;

‘(2) the terms ‘reproduction’, ‘distribution’, and ‘public performance’ refer to the exclusive rights of a copyright owner If you put up “video game performances by electronic means” 10 or more times over the period of 180 days, you could be arrested, and put in jail for 5 years, or you could be fined with $150 THOUSAND dollars per infringement. Also, if the performances exceed $2500 you can suffer the same consequences. UNLESS you have express permission for the copyright license holder.

So, let me give you an example: IF you ever play a video game and decide that “hey that was an awesome flag capture, I need to upload this to youtube so all my other friends can enjoy it!” you only have 9 chances to do that, but, if you upload 10 videos to youtube, or anyother website, then you go to jail… for 5 year… or have to pay a $150k fine. Unless you have the UNREALISTIC license from Blizzard, EA Games, etc. I say unrealistic, because how many e-mails do you think they receive per day?

Think about it, if you e-mail any video game company right now, and ask, “Hey can I upload this video please” you will go a couple of months before they respond with a yes or a no, if you are lucky. I own an actual company outside of the blog sphere, and on any given day I have to sort through 50 or so different e-mails. Sometimes I get an email and i don’t see it until 5 or 6 days later, now think about a company as big as Blizzard, or EA, they may never get to your e-mail.

The whole purpose of the Bill is to generate more money to the video game companies, apparently they are “losing” so much money on all these gamers uploading their videos to youtube that they need to find a way to regulate what is going on. Here is the whole deal, I am Against people who upload the “intro scene” to video games so they can generate income. I believe the video game companies own that video, but when it comes to doing a commentary on a video game, that’s a completely different ball game. The mere act of playing a video game changes the video game’s outcome, if I record myself playing Mortal Kombat against a friend of mine, I can ALMOST guarantee that no one else is going to make a video that looks the exact same way. Every.

Video. Game. Play. Is. Unique… I might be using your video game characters to make movie, but the idea, the actual story line, the language, and the commentary, belongs to me as an individual.

A video game character is a TOOL to create movies, or other types of media. For Example, vehicles are designed as a way of transportation, if you buy one, the companies like Ford, Chevy, or Dodge, etc. expect you to travel in the vehicle… Now if you make a movie using that vehicle do they have the right to sue you because you are not using the vehicle the way it was intended? No… that’s stupid… video games are the same way. If I buy a video game and decide to make a movie out of it that is my choice. If I make a commentary of the video, I automatically create a new type of content that belongs to me, the characters and art may not belong to me, but my commentary, and actions do. I’m not running blizzard out of business, they won’t even know who I am, their $150 Million video game release sale, won’t even freaking compare to my $1.50, not even enough to super size a burger at McDonald’s.

In reality, instead of “helping the economy” what this bill is going to do is damage the gaming companies, I don’t go out to get the newest game before actually knowing what I’ll be buying with my $60 bucks.

How many times have you gone on youtube to search for a game review to see if you are going to like it enough to buy it? We do it all the time… I also go online to search for the newest video game commentary, which will now be illegal, or when I’m trying to get tips on how to defeat a “Boss,” also illegal, or how to pass a hard level.

The internet created a whole new type of industry, and this bill is going to end that industry. Hundreds of websites will have to shut down because their videos will be breaking laws. Blogs will seize to exist, the basic act of delivering news about upcoming films, video games, songs, will be a gamble on whether or not you will be in jail.

Every time I write a story about XYZ Video game, or BXY Company coming up with their new movie, it’s not me stealing their revenue, I’m not going to put them out of business, for every one of my readers that decide to check them out, it’s a potential customer, I make .001 cent for one reader, they make 100 + bucks if that reader is convinced into buying something.

What’s going to happen to companies who make video game reviews? Or video game films like Machinima, Red vs. Blue, G4’s X-Play? They will all need to get licenses, and if they can’t get them they will be forced to go under. Once they are taken down, we’ll have to go back to the pre-internet era of calling your friends for their review about the game. Or. calling your friend to describe how to pass a video game zone.

I’m not saying that I’m pro piracy. I’m 100% against streaming movies, or TV Shows, or videos that don’t belong to you. But I am against this bill, and I believe that modifying and taking small bits of video should be legal. If I make a movie that is 3 hours long, but I have a

3 second segment of a TV show, I can guarantee you that my viewers will be watching my movie for MY MOVIE, and not to see that stupid 3 second segment, because if they were in it for the 3 second segment, I’d be doing something wrong. They need to either modify or change this bill. Because as it is right now, half of YouTube will be in jail. And I’m not going to pay for all that tax money to keep them there. No one is going to have $150K so they will more than likely take the 5 year sentence in super high security gaming prison.

If you want to stop this you need to visit this site and e-mail your politician, because this is just stupid. Yes, this is a rant more than news. But, seriously, someone needs to know what the heck is going on.

Here is a video that I found online while I was writing this article.

He pretty much has the same belief as me… I might want to play it safe though so here we go:

DSPGaming, OWNS 110% NOT 90% not 100% but 110% of this video, HE is the SOLE OWNER! I’m merely borrowing it! DSP Gaming, should you want for me to take this video down, message me and I will…

Your gaming controllers can do more than you think

Have you ever stopped to consider that your Wii controller, Xbox 360 Kinect, or PS Move could be used for things other than gaming? Well several groups of technologically savvy gamers are doing just that. Known as hacks, these modifications use the built-in components of the hardware to do things they were never designed to do.  Having started with the Wiimote, these hackers have now started to incorporate the newer 360 Kinect and PSMove into their creative process. Sadly, there is significantly less support for PS Move hacks compared to the Wiimote or 360 Kinect, and it isn’t surprising considering Sony doesn’t like people modifying their system.

I recently had the opportunity to interact with a Wiimote that operated a remote controlled submarine. After being placed in a fish tank, the minature sub was switched on and the wiimote was handed to me. As I lifted the wiimote up, the submarine surfaced, as I lowered it, it submerged. I could also control the speed of the motor by using the trigger on the controller.

This is just the beginning of what is possible. The technology is relatively new and is just now becoming accessible and affordable to the average technology enthusiast. I look forward to what else is in store, the possibilities are endless. Check out kinecthacks.net, wiihacks.com, and ps3.dashhacks.com to discover what incredible things people are creating .

New Facebook App Lets You Sell Weed?

Facebook games keep on getting better, and better, each year, now they have this game, a combination between Sims and Farmville. We all know you are getting tired of playing “THE” farmer in your Farm Town. The game just doesn’t have enough swag, plus even Oregon Trail had more action than Farmville… OH SNAP! MY POTATOES ARE DONE!!! So… are you ready to live life on the edge? then you might consider  joining the criminal world! The choice is yours, you can become a hip farmer, or you can become the king ping you’ve always wanted to be!

According to Mashable, Weeds Social Club launched Monday in closed beta, it’s a game that allows you to grow and sell weed from your home— although the first 50 people to click here gain access — from Ecko|Code. The game will not be fully launched until August.

So what’s so special about this game? well, once you download the application you are given one task, to raise money by selling pot so you can save your house. Now this game doesn’t show you how to grow it, instead it just tells you when you need to sell it, and when you need to pay your organized crime taxes, it also lets you decide your run-ins with the police and other similar acts associated with this illusive business.

You will play as Nancy Botwin, and if you play your cards right, you will be able to play out the full show via your social character. I can only assume that your friends will also be able to play along by becoming your customers, but I guess we’ll have to wait until August to see what Ecko has in store for this game.

Via: Mashable