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Fallout 3 DLC Detailed 137

Posted by Soulskill
from the ninjas-out-of-nowhere dept.
Eurogamer spoke with Bethesda's Jeff Gardiner about the upcoming downloadable content for Fallout 3. The new gameplay will be bundled into three different segments, the first of which is due this month. The last segment will raise the game's level cap to 30. Gardiner had this to say about how the Strike Teams would work: "The player will be able to choose, from a limited resource pool, what type of team members will accompany him or her on several missions within the simulations. These choices include different troop types like snipers or heavy weapons troops. They'll also be able to make tactical decisions on how to deploy these troops in certain situations. The Chinese Stealth Suit was what I was hinting at last week — it works similar to stealth boy every time you crouch!"
Role Playing (Games)

Editor, DLC Coming To Fallout 3 98

Posted by Soulskill
from the that-was-quick dept.
Bethesda has announced that an editor for the Windows version of Fallout 3 will be coming in December. They also said the first additional downloadable content for the Windows and XBox 360 versions will follow in January. MTV's Multiplayer blog got a few more details from Bethesda's Pete Hines, who said additions to Fallout 3 will resemble the Oblivion expansion pack Knights of the Nine in size and scope. MTV then brought up the question of how early publishers should provide DLC, pointing to Fallout 3 and Fable II as examples of games for which the expansions were planned to go live only a few months after launch.
Communications

Arranging Electronic Access For Your Survivors? 335

Posted by timothy
from the leave-a-note-on-the-fridge dept.
smee2 writes "In the past, when a family member died, you could look through their files and address books to find all the people and businesses that should be notified that the person is deceased. Now the hard-copy address book is becoming a thing of the past. I keep some contact information in a spreadsheet, but I have many online friends that I only have contact with through web sites such as Flickr. My email accounts have many more people listed than my address book spreadsheet. I have no interest in collecting real world info from all my online contacts. The sites where I have social contact with people from around the world (obviously) require user names and passwords. Two questions: 1. How do you intend to let the executors of your estate or family members know which online sites/people you'd like them to notify of your demise? 2. How are you going to give access to the passwords, etc. needed to access those sites in a way that doesn't cause a security concern while you're still alive?"
Programming

(Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks? 516

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the hope-you-like-reading-lots-of-random-characters dept.
careysb writes to mention that in the same vein as '*nix tricks' and 'VIM tricks', it would be nice to see one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. What amazingly cool tricks have people discovered with respect to regular expressions in everyday life as a developer or power user?"
Google

MGM First To Post Full-Length Features To YouTube 116

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the users-finally-dictating-consumption? dept.
Lithal13 writes to tell us that MGM studios will soon be the first major movie studio to post a complete feature-length film on YouTube. Some credit commercial video site Hulu.com for the mended relationship between YouTube parent Google and Hollywood. "YouTube has developed systems that help keep pirated clips off the site and is developing video players that present clearer images than the site's standard player. When it comes to financial terms, Google has proven much more flexible than in the past, according to three studio sources. [...] The only obstacles to Google and YouTube getting more studios to post full-length movies is Google's insistence on a particular ad format, say the sources. They declined to say which ad unit Google prefers. The other hurdle is that some studios are skeptical that users will accept all the ads that need to accompany a feature film in order to make it profitable."
Music

+ - OiNK BitTorrent site raided, closed->

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Gossi writes "OiNK, one of the largest invitation only BitTorrent sites on the internet, has been raided by police in the UK and Amsterdam, reports the BBC. From the article — "A 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough was arrested on Tuesday morning. [..] At the same time his employer — a large multi-national company — and his father's home were also raided." Unsurprisingly, the site is now offline."
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Music

+ - Palestinian Rapper Talks about Video ripping US->

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culturevulture
culturevulture writes "BELLY'S ACHE: PALESTINIAN RAPPER'S VIDEO 'HISTORY OF VIOLENCE' TAKES ON IRAQ WAR — To assemble his anti-war song and video "History of Violence", Palestinian-born Belly AKA Rebellyus, has led hip-hop artists from around the world: Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Ghanaians, Haitians, Jamaicans, Somalis, Anglo and French Canadians, and Americans. The article on Culturekiosque.com provides a glimpse of the background of the video, the video itself, and exclusive comments from the artist."
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Sony

+ - Sony upset church by using cathedral in game

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clickclickdrone
clickclickdrone writes "Sony have fallen foul of the Church of England by using detailed images and interiors of Manchester Cathedral without their consent. The CofE claim Sony have used the images in the violent game "Resistance: Fall of Man" without their permission although Sony say all neccessary permissions were sought and granted. You can read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/6739 575.stm
Whilst the Church's lists of things it wants Sony to do to make up for the alleged error does smack slightly of cashing in on events, it does serve to highlight the issues involved with the increasing use of detailed real world places in games. Photographers have to be careful selling photos of certain buildings whose owners have copyrighted the image such as the Millenium Wheel in London so do game's publishers who feature well known cities and landmarks also need to be more careful, especially when multiple agencies may have an interest in certain places and how they are presented to the public?"

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