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Games

Submission + - Humble Bundle 6 Released (humblebundle.com)

gentryx writes: "The next incarnation of the indie games Humble Bundle has been released. Games included are
  • Rochard, a sci-fi platformer
  • Shatter, a reloaded breakout clone
  • Space Pirates and Zombies, 2d, top-down spaceship arcade action
  • Torchlight, an RPG in a fantasy setting
  • Vessel, a puzzle/platform hybrid
  • Dustforce, another take on wiping the dust of the platformer genre
"

Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Hidden Palace releases hundreds of SEGA prototypes (hidden-palace.org) 1

QJimbo writes: "The man, simply known as drx, has released a huge archive of prototype games over BitTorrent, allowing us to have a facinating inside into the game development patterns of the 1990s.
'Quick numbers: 155 Sega 32x prototypes, 300 Game Gear prototypes, 464 Mega Drive prototypes, 94 Pico prototypes, 6 Gamecube prototypes — 1024 prototype overall (what a nice round number!), making this the biggest prototype release in history (and probably ever to come). Just multiply this by $100 (which is the average price of these things, and many of them are MUCH more valuable) and you'll see how lucky you are to get them free of charge. There is lots of stuff here — Sonic, Ristar, and many other high-profile, hard-to-find game prototypes which many of us played years back and miss. Many with different features, levels, hidden data.'"

Sony

Submission + - Another (Big) nail in HD-DVDs coffin. (nytimes.com) 5

Binkleyz writes: Netflix has decided to abandon the HD-DVD format in favor of BluRay. Up to now, Netflix had been supplying both formats to its customers, but with this latest decision by the predominant online movie rental outfit, many of the adherents to HD-DVD have lost their primary source of content.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Writers strike could be over! (cnbc.com)

BlueshiftVFX writes: A deal has been struck between the major media companies and the Writers Guild of America to end the writers' strike, former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner revealed on CNBC.

"It's over," Eisner said. "They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. It's going on Saturday to the writers in general."

"A deal has been made, and they'll be back to work very soon," Eisner said, adding, "I know a deal's been made. I know it's over."

Now Battlestar Galactica can have it's proper finale.

Enlightenment

Submission + - Secret Scientology documents published (indymedia.org)

hansguckindieluft writes: de.indymedia.org reports:
The internet group Anonymous that recently declared war on Scientology has published documents and instruction videos (Link to the german newssite with downloads (in english)) reserved for high ranking Scientologists. This has reportedly been made possible by the hack of a scientology server a week ago.
Translated from german:
"The documents include handbooks for the highest OT-levels that normally require investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars into scientology"
"Furthermore CD's for selfindoctrination at 900$ a piece have been 'liberated'"
"Other 'hot stuff' are the OECs (Organization Executive Courses). That tell Org-leaders how to keep, acquire and financially exploit followers"

Other documents contained in the download bear titles like "All about radiation", "Child Dianetics", "The OT Levels" (800 pages), "The Axioms of Scientology" (6 pages), "Advanced Procedures and Axioms" (58p).

Windows

Submission + - Vista SP1 due Monday

headkase writes: "Tech ARP brings word that the long awaited Service Pack 1 Final for Windows Vista is due to be released on Monday, February 4th, 2008. Initially it will only be available in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. Another version will be release one to two weeks later that supports all 36 basic languages."

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