“I hate you guys!” “You people have no life!” – When
it comes to being hated, World of Warcraft multiboxers are in their own
league. These players, who control more than one character at a time,
face criticism heaped upon them from online forums to slurs uttered in
person. How do these multiboxers deal with the criticism? Quite
easily actually and many of them simply don’t care. And after having
dinner with the multiboxers from the dual-boxing.net forums, I can
happily report that these people do indeed have lives, heck they even
If you missed this past weekend’s Blizzcon convention in
Anaheim, then you not only missed out on a great show, but also an
awesome goodie bag. Unlike other conventions, you don’t get a
worthless backpack and carrying back at Blizzcon, in fact the show is
known for giving out perhaps the best and most valuable attendee bags
around. Want to know what was inside? Take a look in our picture
SteelSeries demoed its upcoming World of Warcraft mouse at this past
weekend’s Blizzcon convention in Anaheim. The rugged-looking, scaly,
mouse has more than a dozen buttons and can pulse light in more than 16
million colors. Hard-core WoW players can create macros of up to 160
characters for each button. To ease macro creation, SteelSeries has
included 130 predefined commands.
Female night elves, an orc warrior and even Rick Astley
couldn’t defeat a very blue Draenei female and her motorized turtle at
the 2008 Blizzcon costume contest. Dozens of attendees competed for a
replica Frostmourne sword and the costumes were impressive. Most of
the contestants tried to replicate their favorite World of Warcraft
characters by manufacturing their own clothes and weapons, but in the
end a huge green turtle named, “Speedy” stole the show.
In the most recent attempt to squeeze money out of YouTube traffic,
Google unveiled full-length episodes of some fan favorite TV shows. "We
are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with
some fan favorites requested by you," the YouTube blog announced.
More than 15000 crazed Blizzard Entertainment fans
packed will pack into the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for
the 3rd Blizzcon convention. Attendees braved long lines to grab their
badges, but they didn’t seem to mind as a playable demo of Diablo 3
awaited them inside. Content teases of the upcoming Starcraft II and
World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King also soothed the savage fans.
Apple TV could be in big trouble when Microsoft unveils its new Xbox
LIVE service in six weeks - with a revamped UI and a much broader focus
on Hollywood. The software maker is betting on entertainment content in
an effort to push Xbox 360 sales. And it seems that the Xbox 360 is the
currently best-positioned gadget to become an all purpose gaming and
entertainment platform for the living room.
Feature - The holiday season is approaching quickly: If you have children or if
you are an avid gamer yourself then you know there are tons of video
games you could buy. This Christmas season is jam-packed with a few
very interesting titles and sequels to some of the most popular games
already on the market for both the PC and console game systems. Here
are our recommendations as a guideline which games you can expect to
appear on most wishlists of gamers. Be sure to check out our slideshow
to see screenshots of the games listed below.
Sony will begin offering the 80 GB Playstation 3 with a rumble pack
wireless controller this month in Japan. The 40 GB version will be
transitioned into “open” pricing.
By now, most of us are used to surcharges that are often justified to
“make up for extra cost” caused by external factors. Netflix has been
talking about potential price increases for Blu-ray rentals for some
time and revealed today that it will be charging customers who want
access to Blu-ray movies an extra $1 per month – which translates into
an increase of at least 6% for subscribers who choose this option.
EA/Mythic’s General Manager Mark Jacobs says gold
farmers aren’t welcome in Warhammer Online and adds quite forcefully
that they can, “go to hell”. Jacobs recently posted in a blog that
he’s instructed his staff to immediately and publically ban all gold
farmers. To add insult to injury, he says Warhammer Online has a
strike team devoted to exterminating gold farmers from the game.
a developer of wearable bio-sensors, is showing off a
brainwave-controlled video game as a concept being jointly developed
with Square Enix. It is being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show 2008 in
Makuhari, Japan, on October 9 and 10.
With the new National Basketball Association (NBA) upon us it also
means it is time for another round of NBA basketball games to light up
our video game consoles.
Video game accessories manufacturer dreamGear has unveiled a new
lightsaber accessory for Star Wars fans who own a Nintendo Wii. It is
called Dual Glow Sabers and you'll find it pricing around around $25 for a pair.
Music industry giants show more and more effort in supporting digital
music download services that compete with Apple’s iTunes. Universal
Music Group this morning announced that it will be supplying its music
catalog to Dada.net, which plans to be offering over-the-air DRM-free
MP3 tracks. The cost per song is well below iTunes pricing: A 15 song
package is sold for $10.
1080p is yesterday: Sony gets more aggressive in promoting
next-generation movie theater technologies, including 4K resolution
movies as well as a new 3D adaptor for its high-end 4K projectors,
which should provide crystal clear 3D movie experiences.
There has been lots of activity in the ebook reader segment lately.
Following Amazon’s Kindle, we recently saw the Plastic Logic’s stunning
device and it appears that Sony will also try to take another shot at
this market. The company will soon be selling an updated version of its
Reader Digital Book, which now includes a touchscreen.
Apple today updated MobileMe, the iTunes jukebox software and the Apple
TV firmware. The updates fix several annoying bugs and bring new
features like Genius and On-The-Go playlists for Apple TV, in addition
to a new standby mode, performance and reliability improvements in
iTunes 8 and support for syncing more than 2000 contacts in MobileMe.
Game consoles are not just for gaming anymore. If we look at devices
such as the iPhone, which also wants a share of the gigantic mobile
gaming market, it is clear that mobile devices will have to become
universal entertainment devices with much more functionality of current
devices: Nintendo made a huge step into that direction with the
unveiling of the new DSi today. The new console merges gaming with some
practical applications (web browsing, shopping) and entertainment
(camera and image editing). Extra: SLIDESHOW
Following on the heels of Sony’s recently announced update for the
Playstation Portable, Nintendo said it will be refreshing its DS mobile
gaming console. The pimped DS is scheduled to be introduced this
Thursday in Japan and wills port a camera, a music player capabilities
and enhanced wireless connectivity.