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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Sony to discontinue 80gb PS3 in North America (gamasutra.com) 1

RamblinLonghorn writes: "According to Gamasutra, Sony is planning to discontinue the 60gb model of the PS3, focusing instead on the 80gb model packaged with MotorStorm. This follows the price cut of the 60gb model announced before E3. According to a Sony Representative, "The US are currently transitioning from the 60GB to the 80GB mode of the PlayStation 3. When stock of the 60GB model runs out it will no longer be available in the U.S."

The previously announced 80gb version, will be left as the only North American model, with the 20gb model having previously been discontinued. The question we're left with is: What was the point of the 100$ price cut?"


Submission + - Site Archives First 15 Years of Nintendo Power (retromags.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Retromags.com has taken on the task of scanning the first 15 years worth of Nintendo Power Magazines, Not only have they almost achieved that goal, but they are also creating a wiki index that will let you search thru the contents of each issue. Also in the works is EGM, Gamepro, Next Generation, PSM and Sega Visions! Check them out at http://www.retromags.com/"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Woman trades sex for WOW gold

JTT writes: There are multiple sites reporting that in April a woman used craigslist to trade sex for WOW gold in order to purchase an 'Epic Flying Mount'. Aparent pictures of the craigslist ads can also be found floating around the net. The 'player' followed up with 'I got MY epic mount AND I got laid which is more than most of you failures can ever hope for.'
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - DEFCON for Linux Announced

dylan_- writes: UK indie game developer, Introversion, best known for the weirdly retro Darwinia have released the much-awaited Linux version of their latest hit title DEFCON. If you liked the film "Wargames" then maybe this is for you.

As the website says:
"It's Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe — just maybe — you can lose the least."
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - "King of Kong" documents excellence in Don

Carl Sable writes: "I saw the documentary "King of Kong" last night at the Tribeca Film Festival. This film concerns the rivalry between Billy Mitchell — a legend among the classic arcade game diehards — and Steve Wiebe — a newbie who is on a quest to take over the title of best Donkey Kong player in the world. Also documented are many of the key players of Twin Galaxies, the organization that keeps track of, and verifies, world records for classic arcade games. I went to see it figuring it would be a mildly amusing story, and instead saw what I consider to be a wonderful film on many different levels. It is vastly entertaining with great character development, and perhaps most surprising, it is exciting — the entire audience applauded at several points throughout the film. It looks like tickets are still available for Wed, May 2, at the time I am posting this, and if you're in the NY area, I highly recommend it."

Submission + - Windows Vista may be seen as a risk

netrarc writes: "Dell has polled its customers and decided that shipping all of their new systems with Vista may not be what the users want. According to 11,000 respondants on Dell's IdeaStorm site, XP should be kept around for a while longer.

Quote from the article: "In most cases people usually want the latest technology, but in the case of computers the vast majority of non-Geek, non-power users just want something they know they can use. Your typical family will have a Windows XP machine, and the parents have learned to use it. If they upgrade, the move to Windows Vista may be seen as a risk."

Feed Map Predicting Spread Of Avian Flu (sciencedaily.com)

Scientists examined data from the 2003 outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the Netherlands and produce a model which can predict the probability of infection from one farm to another: the "transmission kernel." They also identify high-risk areas in the Netherlands and analyze various control strategies, concluding that in these regions an epidemic can only be brought to an end by massive culling of susceptible farms.

Submission + - Bering Strait tunnel

igny writes: Russia considers plans to build the world's longest tunnel, a transport and pipeline link under the Bering Strait to Alaska, as part of a $65 billion US project to supply the U.S. with oil, natural gas and electricity from Siberia.

The proposed railroad would stretch about 6,000 kilometers, including 4,000 kilometers in Russia, and the tunnel would be 102 kilometers long. Ultimately, it would be able to carry 70 million tonnes per year. It could take nine to twelve years to build the railroad and 13 to 15 years to receive a return on the project.

However, a number of technical and environmental issues remain unresolved. Also there are risks of strong earthquakes which are relatively frequent in the region.

Submission + - Jack Thompson Blames Games for VA-Tech Shooting

Cheeziologist writes: In an interview on Fox News today, Jack Thompson, notorious critic of the supposed effects of video games on children and young adults, claimed that "he [the gunman] immersed himself in counter-strike [and] half-life" and that it was the influence of these video games that caused the gunman to open fire on the Virginia Tech campus, killing approximately 30 people.

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