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Police Officer Gets Caught Stealing PS3 Games Under His Vest

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246w ago - A police officer from the UK has been found guilty of stealing Sony PS3 games from a store that he was being paid to protect.

The thief allegedly snuck PS3 games in his hat and then transferred them under his stab vest to avoid setting off the alarms.

To quote: "Peter Cokell, 34, was found guilty of theft after he was caught on CCTV shoplifting from the store he was being paid to protect.

The damning footage, which was shown to magistrates in his trial, shows him stealing two PlayStation 3 games and then taking them to the rear of the shop in his police hat.

He can then be seen slipping the games - Call of Duty and Kill Zone - worth only £74.98, inside his stab vest before walking from the shop without setting off the alarms.

However, a security guard who witnessed the crime contacted police and Cokell was arrested and charged with theft."
 

Polk Undercover Drug Officers Caught Playing Wii During Raid

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253w ago - It appears the Nintendo Wii is hard to put down, even for law enforcement officials during a drug raid.

As a result, a drug-dealing case may collapse after the video catches police exercising "bad judgment."

To quote: "As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco's house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.

While some detectives hauled out evidence such as flat screen televisions and shotguns, others threw strikes, gutter balls and worked on picking up spares.

A Polk County sheriff's detective cataloging evidence repeatedly put down her work and picked up a Wii remote to bowl. When she hit two strikes in a row, she raised her arms above her head, jumping and kicking.

While a female detective lifted a nearby couch looking for evidence, another sheriff's detective focused on pin action.

But detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Auburndale, Lakeland and Winter Haven police departments did not know that a wireless security camera connected to a computer inside Difalco's home was recording their activity.

"Obviously, this is not the kind of behavior we condone," Lakeland...
 

Rumor: SCE to Confirm PS3 Price Drop, PS3 Slim Caught on Film?

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259w ago - A few rumors to kick off the new week... Portuguese site GamersTek.com (linked above) is reporting that SCE is allegedly going to confirm a PS3 price drop to €299.00 today, noting that Spanish retailers including [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] are already listing PlayStation 3 80GB + LittleBigPlanet bundles at a 25% drop.

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] is speculating on whether a recently uncovered YouTube 'Making of Batman' clip from the Rocksteady team contains a PS3 Slim at the 1:35 minute mark that was edited out.

A picture of it as well as the video are below, and to quote- roughly translated:





It was a worthy post in the forum NeoGAF and known who started the latest rumors about the declining price of the PlayStation 3.

According to the same, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will confirm today, Monday 10th of August, that the console will actually fall in price to € 299.00.

To give force to speculation, the chain of Spanish stores Alternate already put...
 

Drake's Fortune 160GB PlayStation 3 Bundle Caught in the Wild

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297w ago - Engadget (linked above) writes: Hey, pal - remember that 160GB PS3 Drake's Fortune bundle we told you about back in August?

Well thanks to the totally awesome skills of one intrepid reader, we now know that they're available for purchasing pleasure at your local Best Buy (and other spots, we like to imagine).

From what we can tell based on that extremely blurry photo you see, the package will sell for a holiday-destroying $499.99, so you'd better hope grandma drops a big check on you this season.
 

Ubisoft caught in a little Assassin's Creed scandal

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324w ago - Amidst talk that the PC's days as a major gaming platform could be counted blockbuster titles such as Assassin's Creed are welcome signs that show just the opposite.

Sadly, it is very likely that this game will be remembered for a controversy that dances around a strange decision to remove support for DirectX 10.1 and handed transferred an initial performance advantage for ATI's Radeon cards over to Nvidia. Did Nvidia have its hands in this one? We looked a bit closer to find out.

In the beginning, everything looked perfect. The DX10.1 API included in Assassin's Creed enabled Anti-Aliasing in a single pass, which allowed ATI Radeon HD 3000 hardware (which supports DX10.1) to flaunt a competitive advantage over Nvidia (which support only DX10.0).

But Assassin's Creed had problems. We noticed various reports citing stability issues such as widescreen scaling, camera loops and crashes - mostly on Nvidia hardware.

Ubisoft became aware of these complaints, which ultimately led to the announcement of a patch. According to Ubisoft Montreal, this patch will remove support for DX10.1 and exactly this result caused Internet forums to catch fire.

So, what is it that convinced Ubisoft to drop the DirectX 10.1 code path? Here is the official explanation:

"We're...
 
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