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Indian Police Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers 130

New Delhi police have a new weapon in the battle against bad drivers, Facebook. Two months ago the police created a Facebook page that allowed people to inform on others breaking traffic laws, and upload pictures of the violations. The page has more than 17,000 fans, and 3,000 pictures currently. From the article: "The online rap sheet was impressive. There are photos of people on motorcycles without helmets, cars stopped in crosswalks, drivers on cellphones, drivers in the middle of illegal turns and improperly parked vehicles. Using the pictures, the Delhi Traffic Police have issued 665 tickets, using the license plate numbers shown in the photos to track vehicle owners, said the city’s joint commissioner of traffic, Satyendra Garg."

Submission + - Crytek thinks demos will soon be extinct (develop-online.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Pretty sure there won't be a Crysis 2 demo, unless it's an EA premium one.

News story:

"The CEO of indie studio Crytek has defended EA's divisive 'premium downloadable content' strategy, while also predicting the extinction of free game demos.

In an interview with Develop, Crytek's co-founder Cevat Yerli said he wasn't sure that a demo of Crysis 2 was going to be released. He also said demos are "a luxury" that becomes "prohibitively expensive" for game studios to make.

He said: "A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don't have in other industries such as film. Because we've had this free luxury for so long, now there are plans to change this people are complaining about it. The reality is that we might not see any free game demos in the long term."

Crysis 2 publisher EA was recently the subject of much controversy for plans to release premium demos "for $10 or $15" before a game's final release.

That strategy was coarsely criticised across message boards, forums and social networks, yet Yerli believes it has many benefits."

Games

Submission + - Why Blu-ray and DLC don’t see eye to eye in (mcvuk.com)

BanjoTed writes: Are you enjoying Dragon Age: Origins Awakening on PS3 in America? Well in Europe we're not. Sony has told MCV that the cost of producing Blu-ray SKUs is the reason behind why many of the boxed expansion packs that get released on Xbox 360 and PC only get a PSN release on PS3 on this side of the Atlantic. A number of games — including Dragon Age, Borderlands and Fallout 3 — have seen their post-release DLC get bundled onto disc and sold at retail on Microsoft's machines, but the exact reason behind their failure to do the same on PS3 has until now been a bit of a mystery. The truth? It all boils down to the cost of producing Blu-ray discs.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - In Search of the RPG of the Decade (rpgcodex.net)

An anonymous reader writes: RPG Codex takes a look back at the notable titles and trends of the last ten years, featuring commentary by a number of developers from the RPG and strategy worlds, including Tim Cain, Jeff Vogel, Soren Johnson, Brian Mitsoda, and more.

Comment Re:Copyright and Plagarism (Score 1) 94

Well that depends. Is this game going to have a demo? If I'm interested in the game and it does, the demo will give me a good idea whether or not I would enjoy more of the game. If not and I'm interested, I just might look for a pirate version to evaluate your game, then buy it if I find the game worth it.

I mean, its not like I can buy a game, find I dont like it, then return it for a refund, can I? Oh no! That would promote piracy!

I have many games that sit collecting dust because they weren't worth the CDs they were stamped on. I'm tired of being burned.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock PC is defective by design 4

ringbarer writes: Kotaku reports that the long-awaited spiritual successor to System Shock has a few shocks for any PC gamers who want to buy it. Customers are discovering that the 'SecuROM' anti-copying technology will only permit them to install the game twice, after which the DVD becomes nothing more than an expensive coaster. As PC Gamers are renowned for rebuilding and reinstalling their machines on a regular basis, it is clear that this will only hurt legitimate players.
Censorship

Submission + - Economic censorship blocks adult-rated games (wired.com)

death metal black metal writes: "Sometime this year you might be putting a disc labeled Manhunt 2 into your Wii or PlayStation 2, but it won't be the game the creators originally intended.

The developer, Rockstar Games, was forced to slam on the brakes when the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, gave Manhunt 2 a rating of Adults Only, or AO.

Neither Sony nor Nintendo allow AO-rated titles to be released on their hardware, and most major retailers refuse to stock the games. As a result, creators whose games get an adult rating usually trim back the content or decline to release the product.

http://www.wired.com/gaming/gamingreviews/news/200 7/08/esrb"

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock online activation limits you to two

Phanatic1a writes: Word on the tech support forums at 2K is that the good folks at SecuROM are limiting you to two online activations of that PC version of Bioshock you just bought. If you're one of those folks in the habit of regularly formatting your hard drive or upgrading your PC, you might want to keep that in mind before you find yourself with a $50 drink coaster. Oh well, this is sure to deter piracy, isn't it?
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - A WoW Junkie Kicks The Habit - A True Story (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I feel free — like an alcoholic experiencing the clarity of sobriety, or a drug user finally kicking the junk (perhaps the more fitting analogy), I'm already confident that giving up World of Warcraft is shaping up to be one of the most rewarding decisions I've ever made.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - BatMUD; The Age of Exiles to renew MUD Community

Anonymous Coward writes: "21-Aug-2007 BatMUD (http://www.bat.org/), the now 17-year old online Fantasy game Veteran has renewed its strategies in order to respond to the Commercial onslaught of MMORPGs of the later date; and has turned partially graphical. By providing an up-to-date Java-based lightweight Game Client (Linux/Windows/Mac compatible), it shifts the whole MUD Community towards the younger MMORPG generation. In their prime, text-based hack & slash MUDs were thought as the most advanced multiplayer online games feature-wise, already having implemented with such features as City ownership and very deeply customizable guild, skill and spell paths; and by utilizing the 'most powerful graphics engine' of all time — your own imagination. BatMUD has lived up to its promise, by still being one of the most diverse games available on the Internet, with constant development during its 17-years of existence. Generally, back in the day, MUDs were thought as terribly hard to adapt to due to the text-based playing style, but BatMUD's new Game Client shifts the odds on this and does its job remarkably well without losing the old magic feeling of playing a true MUD. Screenshots and feature list available at http://www.bat.org/batclient/, the Client is a Free download and playing includes no hidden charges. Take a look at this ancient game, which truly re-introduces the word newbie into your consciousness, properly written."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360 Hardware Downfall (theweeklypixel.com)

fusiongt writes: "Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox 360 will be getting price cuts in North America. Effective August 8th, the Xbox 360 price cuts will be the following: Xbox 360 Elite Model: $449 Xbox 360 Standard: $349 Xbox 360 Core: $279. These price cuts have been rumored over the past few weeks so Im glad its finally out and officially announced. The price cuts are good news but instead of just announcing that, I wanted to inform people about what kind of product the 360 really is. I have some serious issues with the Xbox 360. My biggest problem with the 360 is that it isnt built very good and Microsoft seems extremely reluctant to do anything about it.

Read more here: http://www.theweeklypixel.com/editorials/xbox360/3 60-hardware-downfall.html"

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