eBay sues Craigslist ad Web site

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312w ago - The online auction giant eBay is suing the popular internet community ad site Craigslist to "safeguard its four-year financial investment".

In a statement, eBay claimed that in January, Craigslist executives took actions that "unfairly diluted eBay's economic interest by more than 10%". No details of those actions were given by eBay.

In its company blog, Craigslist said it was surprised and disappointed by eBay's "unfounded allegations". The company said eBay's legal action "came to us out of the blue".

The case, which is sealed, has been filed in a court in Delaware, where Craigslist is registered. In a press statement, eBay claims that Craigslist's founder Craig Newmark and its chief executive Jim Buckmaster adopted unspecified measures in January that have disadvantaged eBay and its investment.

Preserve our investment

EBay's general counsel Mike Jacobson said: "Since negotiating our investment with Craigslist's board in 2004, we have acted openly and in good faith as a minority shareholder, so we were surprised by these recent unilateral actions.

He continues: "We are asking the Delaware court to rescind these recent actions in order to protect eBay's stockholders and preserve our investment."

Craigslist, the seventh most popular...
 

The Top 10 Most Underrated Game Consoles List!

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313w ago - The road to modern videogames is littered with the corpses of noble game consoles who flew too high to the sun.

Here are the 10 best under-achievers of all-time:

Commodore 64:

Forget a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii - the Commodore 64 was literally the first living-room computer. At one point, the TV-enabled desktop held 40% share of the PC market, more than IBM and Apple. But it also doubled as a nifty game console, so much in fact that its library and third-party support rivaled that of the NES at one time, this despite being released three years earlier. Good times!

Must-play games: Boulderdash, Defender of the Crown, Impossible Mission, Hardball, Ghosts & Goblins, Commando, Spy Hunter, Mrs. Pacman, Donkey Kong

Sega Saturn:

Though the short-lived Saturn would mark the beginning of Sega's hardware downfall, it was the system of choice for arcade junkies hoping to play Sega's stellar first-party efforts at home. It was also the first fifth-generation console to introduce gamers to true 32-bit graphics. While lacking the third-party support that both the PlayStation and N64 enjoyed, it was an imaginative system all the same.

Must-play games: Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally, Panzer Dragoon, Nights

TurboGrafx-16:
 

The Top 10 Best Console Logos List!

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313w ago - When building a console, you'd better make sure it has a sweet logo. Here are the 10 greatest:

10. TurboGrafx-16

NEC wanted to drive home the point that its console packed 16 bits of fury. Thus, we have this beauty, which successfully communicates the system's power over its NES competitor. The machine didn't perform well in the States, but that's perfectly fine, since you can relive its best and worst offerings via Wii's Virtual Console.

9. Sega Saturn

Companies ballsy enough to name their system after a planet also need an out of this world logo. So Sega snatched Saturn from the heavens and then wrapped an S around it, just in case you assumed Nintendo was responsible for the machine. Too bad the Saturn died an early death. At least it gave us Panzer Dragoon Saga and Radiant Silvergun.

8. Xbox 360

The last thing Microsoft ever wants (aside from losing another billion) is for you to forget that its machines begin with X. There are three in the Xbox 360 logo, and while some may call them out for being silly, we appreciate the green and grey set against the white background, especially when we line up all of our 360 games on the bookshelf. And with the guide button, front and center, we're always reminded of the console's immediate accessibility.
 

The Top 10 Most Difficult Games List!

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313w ago - Below is a list compiling the Top 10 Most Difficult Games I found on the Internet, althouh I don't completely agree with the list personally, it's still a good article. Anyway, on the the show...

10) Alien Hominid HD

What began as a tough flash game became a legitimate phenomenon on several consoles, staying very difficult throughout.

9) Ikaruga by TREASURE Co., Ltd.

In a nod to classic top-down shooters, Ikaruga brings in all of the elements that has made the genre popular, including the steep difficulty.

8) R-Type by Hudson

The original shooter in the beloved franchise, the first R-Type is extremely difficult for all but the most hardcore fans.

7) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nintendo

The first game that helped make the turtles a household game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is tough from the get-go, with overly precise jumping puzzles and tons of enemies.

6) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos by Tecmo

The sequel to the NES smash hit is also one of the toughest of the bunch, which is a feat considering how they're all nearly impossible.

5) Shinobi by SEGA

SEGA's ninja franchise stormed the PS2 with a fury when Shinobi launched, easily one of the hardest...
 

Twenty-five Things Every Gamer Should Do Before They Die

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313w ago - Twenty-five Things Every Gamer Should Do Before They Die:

1. Beat Portal
Finishing Valve's mind-bending strategy game is necessary for two reasons. 1. It's more compelling to find out on your own that the cake is, in fact, a lie. 2. "Still Alive" rocks.

2. Buy a dedicated MAME cabinet -- or build your own.
There's a guilty pleasure in owning your own arcade unit, so why not treat yourself to a MAME arcade cabinet? You get bonus points if you build your own, creating the ultimate Bubble Bobble machine, complete with dedicated Bub and Bob artwork.

3. Get into a press conference
Even if you're not a member of the video game industry, you owe it to yourself to try to get into some kind of press conference. It's an experience, and if you're lucky, you learn something amazing before the rest of the world does -- like the Gears of War 2 announcement at GDC.

4. Visit an arcade in Japan
You NEED to see Japan arcades. Some are several floors tall, loaded with Street Fighter and Tekken machines. If you ever make it to the Land of the Rising Sun, wander around Lost In Translation-style and stop into one of these places. You'll be glad you did, even if you drop a few hundred yen in the process.

5. Dress up like a video game character and walk around in public
 







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