donweel writes: Looks like the boom has been lowered on Zediva, as anticipated. Have to see how this plays out. Here is the mail I received: "Dear Zediva Member,
You may have heard by now that we're having to lay off our DVD-changing monkeys...:-)
A couple of years ago we came up with an idea for the next generation of DVD rentals. It seemed to us logical and evolutionary that if a customer was able to rent and play a DVD in his home, there should be no reason why he or she could not do that from the Internet cloud. After all, you can do that with a DVR, so why not with a DVD player?
Well, it turns out to have been a little more complicated than that... We are suspending Zediva's operations to comply with an order by the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
While we hope to be back online soon, we don't know when (or whether) that will happen. We are disappointed by this turn of events, and that we are not permitted to serve you.
We are quite aware that some of you have unused credits with us and appreciate your patience as we figure out our next steps. Stay tuned for more information via email.
Thank you again for your great support. It has been a blast serving you. Regards, The Zediva Team"
donweel writes: "Dungeons and Dragons Online pc MMO goes free to play today. They just added a MyDDO player blog and char viewer Looks like the Turbine people have worked really hard to make this happen. An Online store will sell in-game items and dungeons. Also VIP membership subscription is available which includes store points and many other features such as a shared bank and access to extra characters and races. A combination of micro-transaction and subscription will keep the game alive."
donweel writes: Courthouse News article states Turbine claims Atari acted unreasonably in its efforts to promote and distribute "DDO: Stormreach. Also claims Atari breached the agreements by accepting payments, including future royalty payments, in return for extending their relationship and paving the way for the launch of Turbine's free-to-play "DDO: Unlimited" service, though Atari knew it would not perform its obligations under the agreements. Turbine claims that Atari's purported "termination" was part of a strategy it conceived prior to the May 13 agreements that it would either terminate Turbine as part of a shakedown, or proceed with termination in bad faith to benefit from its own competing product at Turbine's expense. This is probably referring to the likely release of a NeverWinter Nights MMO by Atari, and that they took Turbines money while also planning a competing product.
donweel writes: Psyko Audio Labs has a surround sound gaming headset for pre-order.
http://www.psykoaudio.com/ Has little windows that tilt open to hear what is going on in real life. Sound is generated at the top and ducted down to the ears. Also has a subwoofer. Price is around $300 range. Supposed to give a gaming advantage by alerting you to what is creeping up behind you. If you are into bleeding edge gaming and don't mind something rather large on your head this is for you.