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First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - User-created content on consoles

gamer4Life writes: Gamasutra sat down with Marc Rein of Epic Games and discussed Epics future plans with the Unreal Engine on consoles. He talks about everything from using the Unreal Engine for a game on XBLA as well as creating mods on the PC and porting it over to the PS3. Some interesting comments were made, such as blacklisting questionable content, to selling a mod.
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - Mark Rein talks about Unreal Tournament 3

gamer4Life writes: Epic Games Vice President, Mark Rein, talks about Unreal Tournament 3 which came out on the PC in the past month and is slated to come to the PS3 this December. In this interview, Mark gives his insight into opening up consoles to play mods created on the PC, as well as online gaming in general. He gets particularly annoyed when the interviewer asks why all "Unreal games look the same". All in all, a good interview, both informative and entertaining.
United States

+ - Supreme Court rules for environmental regulation

gamer4Life writes: News sources everywhere are reporting that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled 5-4 in favor of giving authority to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases coming from automotive vehicles. From the article:

The states and environmental groups who brought the case said the US government had a legal duty, under the Clean Air Act, to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA had argued that the 1970 Act did not give it the powers to impose limits because CO2 was not deemed to be a pollutant.
The Bush administration has consistently rejected capping greenhouse gas emissions, saying such a move would be bad for business.
Biotech

+ - Drug Firm excludes new drugs from Thailand.

gamer4Life writes: According to U.S. drugs giant Abbott Laboratories said it would stop launching new medicines in Thailand in protest at the army-backed government's move to override international drug patents. From the article:

"Thailand has chosen to break patents on numerous medicines, ignoring the patent system. As such, we've elected not to introduce new medicines there," Abbott spokeswoman Jennifer Smoter told Reuters.
Abbott is believed to be the first pharmaceutical maker to withhold new drugs from Thailand since the government shocked drug makers late last year with its first compulsory license, for Efavirenz, an HIV-AIDS treatment made by Merck & Co.
Sony

+ - Sony brings rumble to Playstation 3

gamer4Life writes: According to IGN, Sony Computer Entertainment and Immersion announced that both companies have agreed to put an end to their ongoing legal dispute and enter into a business agreement to incorporate Immersion's patented force feedback technology into future "PlayStation format products." From the article:

As part of the agreement reached between the two companies, Immersion will be granted the full amount dictated by the District Court — this includes damages, pre-judgment interest, and legal fees. The agreement also provides Sony with expanded rights with respect to Immersion's patents.
While it is unfortunate that Sony gave into a patent troll company (vibrating cellphones, pagers, rumblepak anyone?), this should benefit all PS3 owners and should give developers the go-ahead to incorporate rumble into their games.
Businesses

+ - US bans sales of iPods to North Korea

gamer4Life writes: According to Yahoo!, the United States has created their list of banned products from being exported to North Korea. This list includes iPods, plasma televisions and Segway electric scooters. U.S. intelligence officials who helped produce the Bush administration's list said Kim prefers Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac cars; Japanese and Harley Davidson motorcycles; Hennessy XO cognac from France and Johnny Walker Scotch whisky; Sony cameras and Japanese air conditioners.

According to the article, it would seem that he's ignoring his doctor's advice:

Kim is reportedly under his physician's orders to avoid hard liquor and prefers French wines.
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Hack a PS3 web server to win one

gamer4Life writes: LinuxWorld reports that the web host Shimpinomori is holding a challenge for everyone to hack into their web site hosted by a Sony PlayStation 3. According to the web site, the hack must be "clean" (no DDOS attacks). The operator of the site, Augustin Vidovic, expects the PS3 to be "much harder to crack" because it uses the Cell processor which protects against buffer overflows. The first person to do the job wins the PS3 which includes a 160 GB hard drive, Fedora Core 5, and Resistance Fall of Man.
PC Games (Games)

+ - Grey goo attack forces Second Life offline

gamer4Life writes: CBC reports that Second Life has been taken offline by attackers using a method known as a "Grey goo attack — inserting self-replicating objects whose rate of growth forces the system's computers to spend most of their time creating the items. The attack leaves little to no processing power to handle normal operations, such as drawing people's characters and updating their movements through the three-dimensional world.

According to the official Second Life blog, log-ins will be closed to all except Linden staff while they finish cleaning up the aftermath of the grey goo attack.
Sony

+ - PS3 allows hard drive upgrade

anonymous writes: Daily Tech reports that the PS3 will allow their owners to upgrade their hard drive. From the article:

Sony is making things a bit easier for gamers with its PlayStation 3. Sony encourages its customers to upgrade their hard drives and even gives them instructions on how to do so in the PS3 user manual. The HDD used in the PS3 is a standard 2.5" SATA unit, so just about any drive should work should you crave more storage space.
Seems like good design decision on Sony's part. With the ability to run Yellow Dog Linux, the PS3 really seems a lot like a PC. Perhaps we can write it off as a business expense?
Sony

+ - Linux available for PS3 immediately

gamer4Life writes: Terra Soft Solutions says it will be shipping a version of its Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution for the Sony Playstation 3. The first release will be based off the Linux 2.6.16 kernel, and key components include gcc 3.4.4 and glibc 2.4, Cell SDK 1.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, FireFox 1.5.0 and Thunderbird 1.5.0. According to LinuxDevices.com, the PS3 is also expected to be available with various Linux-based productivity packs that will allow for special applications such as digital video editing.

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