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Portal 2 Delayed November 19, 2010

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Valve Software has delayed their highly anticipated game Portal 2 again.

Portal 2 has currently been delayed twice.  This is seriously nothing new for Valve, they’ve been known to delay their games all the time, starting back to the original Half-LifeHalf-Life 2 was famously delayed over a year after it’s inital release date announcement.

Portal 2 will be released April 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Slight Site Update November 19, 2010

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I’m noticing some modifications are in place for the tools I use to update and manage the site.  I wish with those updates came the needed updates to the settings and themes I use for what you guys are seeing, but I guess that is just not to be (yet).

Until then I noticed the color system for the site was just simply not working on things like the calendar function, so I changed it.  Hopefully now you can see the site a bit better.

Rage is out…on iPhone November 18, 2010

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The first game in what is expected to be the next major IP of famed developer id Software has been released…on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

As initially promised by programmer John Carmack, Rage iPhone has been released in two seperate versions.  The HD version of Rage (Rage HD) will only work on the iPad, iPhone 4 and current generation iPod Touch.  It supports a higher game resolution and a higher framerate.  It retails for $1.99 US.  The second version, intended for older iPhones and iPod Touch devices, simply called Rage, boasts a lower framerate but also a lower price, which is $.99US.  If you want to check if your device will support the HD version, iPods and iPhones which do not meet the hardware requirements will not be able to buy the HD version.  Due to the enormous filesize, you will not be able to download the game through a 3G connection.

The full version of Rage is expected to launch next year for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Pre-Order Halo Reach’s First DLC, Get a Flaming Helmet November 18, 2010

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GameStop just notified me that they are now taking preorders for the first DLC map pack for Halo Reach.  I have no idea why they’d bother taking pre-orders for something you can just buy directly from your console, but I digress.  As an incentive to pre-order the DLC at GameStop (instead of just waiting for it to come out and buying it on your Xbox) GameStop is offering a special extra DLC item for your Xbox Live Avatar, the Mark V Flaming Helmet.

Halo Reach’s first Map Pack will be released at the end of November for 800 MS points.  You can pre-order it at GameStop right now.

How to Make Your Sony Receiver 3D Compliant November 16, 2010

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For all my surround sound needs, I use a Sony STR-DH810 7.1 reciever.  My father uses it’s little brother, the STR-DH710.  However, the flaw with these units that was always in the back of my head (even when I bought them) was that these receivers would have to be replaced if I ever upgraded my HDTV to support 3D.  I don’t have that concern anymore.

Sony released a fix for their current line of receivers on their official support site.  But what puzzled me was how can you update one of these receivers?  There are no USB, Ethernet or WiFi connections on the units, pushing data into them (I believed) would be impossible.  I was surprised by the solution.

In a blast to the past the likes of even Steven “The Woz” Wozniak did not see coming, the receivers update themselves through a pre-programed set of sound tones which have to be burned to an audio CD and played through a very specific input.  Take a look for yourself what I had to do to get mine running.

Sound tones to create programs is not unheard of.  The early Apple II, since disk drives were so expensive, would use cassette tapes (the ones your car plays) you would have to play entirely to get your program to load.  If there was a jam or error, you’d have to play it through all over again.

Enslaved DLC to bring 3D HDTV Support November 16, 2010

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has been considered by many gamers and reviewers to be the sleeper hit of October 2010.  In fact, you could probably pick it up right now from most retailers for $40US, a very fair price for a game released within the last month.  When I went to check out the official website for any DLC news I noticed that a whole DLC mission is being prepped for release revolving around the secondary character Pigsy.  What makes this DLC special is it will add 3D support to Enslaved, and it will be fully compatable with both native 3D HDTVs and 2D HDTVs using a technology called INFINICOLOR by a company called TriOviz.  Once the DLC goes live you can buy 3D glasses on TriOviz’s official website, or just use the ones that come with your 3D HDTV.

Enslaved and it’s DLC can be played on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  The DLC is coming Winter 2010.

Gran Turismo 5 Coming November 24th November 16, 2010

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I might have mentioned Gran Turismo 5’s release date in the past…yeah it didn’t happen.  Gran Turismo 5, the long awaited and much delayed PS3 racing game has been delayed until a bit later this month.

On a side note, the game is fully compatable with 3D HDTVs, if you have such a system in place.  Pre-ordering the game at various retailers will score you an exclusive DLC car, and for each retailer it will be a different one.  Also, the previously mentioned Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition will still be sold for $100US.

Gran Turismo 5 is coming November 24th, 2010 exlcusive to the Playstation 3.

Heavy Rain Move Demo November 14, 2010

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You’ve been promised it for about four days now, and I was only now FINALLY able to get the entire video up on YouTube.  You really can’t see how different the Playstation Move is as a control system unless you see someone actually physically playing and using it.  Take a look and enjoy!

Who Are the Patriots? November 14, 2010

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As a thank you for your regular patience, I decided to dust off one of my full sized research articles dating back 5 years and give it a little update.  It was originally written for my College US Government class, and the subject matter was who the true rulers of the country were, Metal Gear Solid 2’s Patriots.  The article discussed their origins (Pre MGS-4), how they came to be, and what they were responsible for.

Well, now that MGS4 was out, I knew I had to give it an update with the new information provided by the game and post it up for you guys to read.  Since it’s far too long to post on the main page, I have given it it’s own tab on the main site.  I am considering if I have to create a new one to just create one major tab and post all of my longer articles on a subdivision of that.  You can read it here or just click on the tab on the top of the screen.

So if you need any help understanding the history given in Metal Gear Solid 3, or need to know just what the heck the ending of Metal Gear Solid 2 was trying to say, give it a read!

What’s With the Slow Updates? November 14, 2010

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My apologies for the slow upload of a regular amount of content to the site.  I can assure you it is entirely YouTube’s fault.  I have a steady pipeline of about four or so more videos ready to upload, as well as at least three more in the process of being edited.  However, the bottleneck on this appears to be uploading these 2 gb 1080p files to YouTube, which individually can take about half a day a piece and in one or two cases longer to encode.

The solution to this would be just record, edit, and upload everything in 720p and be done with it, but I’d like to think that my site guests deserve better than that, espessially since the problem is over once I can get them online.