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Alison Beasley sends word that GaiKai, the cloud gaming service being developed by games industry vet Dave Perry, is about to begin beta testing in Europe. (Sign-up page.) GaiKai is a competitor to OnLive, which started beta tests of its own recently. IGN got a chance to try out GaiKai for themselves, and they’ve posted a video showing how it performed. From Perry’s announcement: “Our closed beta has two goals. #1 is to bring our servers to their knees so we can choose the final configuration before we start ordering large quantities of them. (We think we have it worked out, but you can be certain our staff will be swapping cards and testing different processors as each day goes by.) Goal #2 is to test older computers. We’ve had lots of emails from people describing their computers and 99% of them have ample performance. Remember you don’t even need a 3D card to see a 3D game run on our service. I know this is strangely counter to what people expect, but we actually want to get plenty of basic office-grade XP machines testing so we can make sure we can reach the widest audience possible. … After we choose the hardware configuration in Europe, our next phase will be our USA Nationwide Network Test, that will be using 8 Tier-1 Data Centers, getting hammered by Closed Beta testers. During that process, [we] will be identifying the other data centers we need to include to blanket the USA in a low latency array. Phase 2 of that is Europe, in exactly the same test.”

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The W3C Systeam’s blog has a hilarious item W3C’s Excessive DTD Traffic. Apparently, generic XML systems are trying to download the DTD using the DOCTYPE declaration system identifier (i.e. what it is for) on XHTML files, or downloading the schemas from the namespace URI (i.e. not what it is for) for documents with XHTML fragments. And it is a lot of bogus traffic. W3C does not want to cop having to serve dumb XHTML requests for DTDs and schemas. A different DOCTYPE and a lazy loading parser policy would help. But I think all the ISO/MathML special character public entity sets should be built into XML.
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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

by admin on September 9, 2009

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CWmike writes “Think you’re a Monopoly whiz? Remember running the board and shaming your property-less competitors when playing board games on the living room floor? Well, the age-old game of buying property and making your rivals pay big for landing on your Railroad is now going global. The new, free web game will use Google Maps and Street View to make the whole planet the game board. The online version of Monopoly is set to launch on Wednesday.”

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A Look Back At Star Raiders

September 9, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.blacklily8 writes “Gamasutra has just published our history of Doug Neubauer’s Star Raiders, a 1979 game for the Atari 8-bit that offered ‘high-speed first-person perspective through a fully navigable 3D-like environment in just 8K of RAM (memory) and 8K of ROM (storage).’ Designed by the creator of [...]

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The Future of Indie MMOGs

September 9, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.Karen Hertzberg writes “Ask any 10 gamers what constitutes an ‘indie MMO’ and you’ll probably get 10 different answers. But one definition that most can agree on is that an indie game lacks the financial support of a well-funded publisher. But do smaller budgets mean greater freedom? [...]

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Sega Dreamcast Turns 10

September 9, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.traycerb writes “It’s been 10 years since 9/9/1999, when the Dreamcast launched on American shores. The hardware was ahead of its time; online capability, web browser, a visual memory unit, and a controller that anticipated the much-loved Xbox 360 controller. The games were amazing: Jet Set Radio [...]

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Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

September 9, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.whisper_jeff writes “There’s been a confirmed outbreak of Swine Flu at PAX. Those who attended and are feeling under-the-weather after the con should not write it off as a typical convention cold and go see a doctor to make sure, just in case.” The linked post also [...]

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GameStop Reports Financial Results

August 21, 2009

In a press release related to its filing with the SEC, GameStop reported sales and earnings results for the second quarter ended August 1, 2009. Sales were $1.74 billion. This is a 3.7% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. Comparable store sales went down 14.1%. The company said this was due to lower [...]

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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

August 20, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment. This article about the Xbox failure rate reminds me of why we offer a guide for Xbox repair. Colonel Korn writes “The Seattle PI Blog is reporting that a soon to be published Game Informer survey finally shows the failure rate of XBOX 360s: 54%! The [...]

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Average Gamer Is 35, Fat and Bummed

August 19, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.kamapuaa writes “According to a study published in the upcoming October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the average US video game player is 35 years old, overweight, and tends toward depression. Specifically, female video game players tended towards depression, while males tended towards large [...]

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CCP Announces Console MMO Tie-In To the EVE Universe

August 19, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.Hork_Monkey writes “CCP Games, developer of the popular MMO EVE Online, has announced a new game called Dust 514. Building on the EVE universe, this game will provide planetary combat from an RTS and FPS perspective, with significant impact into the space combat aspects of EVE Online. [...]

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Fable III Announced For 2010

August 19, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment. Flea of Pain writes “Fable III is finally in the works! ‘Peter Molyneux revealed that his team is working on Fable III, which will arrive in late 2010, two years after the release of Fable II. The game will give you the primary task of becoming [...]

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First Age of Conan Expansion On the Way

August 19, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment. Funcom announced today that they are working on the first expansion to Age of Conan, titled Rise of the Godslayer. In addition to high-level content, it contains new objectives for lower levels as well, in an effort to fill out the leveling process. It also introduces [...]

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The Problems With Porting Games

August 18, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.mr_sifter writes “There’s a large lexicon of monosyllabic, four-letter words for describing something you don’t like — but only PC gamers use the word ‘port’ with such a fervent degree of repulsion. Common complaints about console ports include meager graphics options, dodgy third-person camera angles, poorly-thought-out controls [...]

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Sony Announces PS3 Slim, Price Cut, Improvements To Home

August 18, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.Sony’s press conference today at the Gamescom convention was full of announcements. They officially revealed the PS3 Slim, which will be 36% lighter and 33% smaller than the normal PS3. It will come with a 120 GB hard drive and list for $299 when it hits retail [...]

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StarCraft II Single-Player Details Revealed

August 18, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment. As Blizzcon approaches, a number of gaming sites were invited out to California to get an early look at the single-player campaign for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Kotaku has a detailed write-up (spoiler-free version), and 1Up summarizes one of the missions: “… you’re on a [...]

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Xbox 360 Homebrew Finally Arrives

August 18, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.Busshy writes “Tmbinc has posted a video showing Snes 9X as the first homebrew for the Xbox 360. This coincides with the upcoming release of the Free60 project, which will turn the 360 into the most powerful console for homebrew to date, hopefully with emulators for the [...]

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AMD Previews DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

August 17, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.An anonymous reader writes “AMD invited 100 people up to their private suite in the hotel that Quakecon 2009 is being hosted at for a first look at gaming on one of their upcoming DirectX 11 graphics cards. This card has not been officially named yet, but [...]

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Classifying Players For Unique Game Experiences

August 17, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.togelius writes “Whenever you play a game of Tomb Raider: Underworld, heaps of data about your playing style is collected at Eidos’ servers. Researchers at the Center for Computer Games Research have now mined this data to identify the different types of player behavior (PDF). Using self-organizing [...]

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EVE Online’s Fight Against Currency Farmers

August 17, 2009

News about video games you can leave a comment.Massively has a writeup discussing the way CCP Games is battling ISK-farmers in EVE Online (ISK is the game’s currency). The developers felt that merely banning sellers whenever they could was not enough, so they introduced a system where players could purchase game-time codes that could then [...]

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