Andreas "Sindwiller" Ratchev writes: Three days ago, the free as in freedom Ego-shooter Nexuiz released with 2.3 a new version. 2.3 features some fundamental changes to the engine, which quite speed up its network throughput and its general performance. 2.3 also has some balancing changes and adds a new gamemode called "Keyhunt" where multiple teams fight over keys for scoring.
Nexuiz is a for free software circumstances very popular game, played over the internet. The first official version, 1.0, which was released 2 years ago, was a general breakthrough for open source gaming — featuring high quality graphics, funny gameplay and a stable community for its times.
jasoncart writes: "Reports are growing across the web that many Xbox Live accounts linked to the new Windows Live service may have been stolen by hackers. Apparently, most of the hacked accounts are linked with Windows Live IDs, and sites like Xbox.com and others contain a number of complaints from gamers who believe their accounts have been hijacked."
An anonymous reader writes: XBox Live! has reportedly been hacked. According to one source, "... there is a group online called "Infamous Clan" brazenly offering to "jack" Xbox Live accounts and boasting about successful account theft...." MicroSoft's response? "... I just got off the phone with a Microsoft Tech for Xbox live that has confirmed this to with me and they have stated that accounts are being stolen and that "Hackers have control of Xbox live and there is nothing we can do about it."
deadmantyping writes: The first modchip for the Wii, dubbed "WiiNinja", allowing the playing of backups has been announced. This comes shortly after the announcement of a method to backup Wii games. Photos of the modchip and videos of it in action were also made available by the developers. Installation requires dismantling the Wii (of course) and soldering 5 wires to the Wii's motherboard. The WiiNinja modchip will be available soon for purchase according to the developers.
IZ Reloaded writes: "NASA's Meteoroid Environment Group monitored the night side of the Moon in Nov. 2005 and in 107 hours of observing, they tallied 20 lunar meteors + at least 60 Earth-orbiting satellites + one airplane + one terrestrial meteor = 82 in all. From the press release (with cool videos): This is the first systematic count of lunar night-side phenomena. "It gives astronomers an idea of what to expect when they undertake a lunar monitoring program from Earth." Cooke's prime target is lunar meteors — flashes of light that occur when meteoroids hit the Moon's surface. "Of the 20 lunar meteors we've seen so far, about half come from well-known meteor showers such as the Leonids and Geminids. The other half are random meteoroids that take us completely by surprise." NASA is preparing to send astronauts back to the Moon and the agency is understandably interested in how often this happens."