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Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising prepare you for Zombie Apocalypse

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341w ago - Ask any zombie buff - the possibility of a world overrun by the living dead looms like a dark cloud over humanity. Are you ready? Will you know what to do when well-meaning scientists unleash a brain-rotting plague or when a curse causes long deceased loved ones to claw their way out of earthen pits?

Of course not - contending with the constant demands of today's society doesn't leave most of us with time to think about things like whether a raid on an abandoned grocery store is best done alone, with a group, at night... or not at all. So here are a few study aides to help you defend yourself against a necrotizing neighbor in the ensuing chaos.

First on our list is Left 4 Dead, a multi-player co-op zombie shooter that forces you to rely on your fellow survivors to make it through a campaign. Left 4 Dead differs from other zombie games in its dynamic enemy dispersal, meaning when the dead rise - there will be no way to predict where they will lurk. Unfortunatey, Left 4 Dead is also currently unavailable, having been pushed back to November for release. (So should the unthinkable happen before then, you have my humblest apologies.)

Up next: Resident Evil. Early games focused on the conservation of items and ammunition because of limited carrying capacity. With Resident Evil 4, the focus on conservation...
 

Report: Customer Service, RRoD, Pirates kill Xbox 360 in India

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344w ago - Microsoft is now winding up operations in several cities in India, as trouble seems to be brewing over the performance of its Xbox 360 console, according to a report from CNBC-TV18.

The report, which cited anonymous sources, concludes that Microsoft has withdrawn from several Tier-I cities due to lackluster sales. Its Entertainment and Devices Division has also reportedly withdrawn the marketing budget for the current fiscal.

The Xbox 360, which launched in India in September of 2006, has been facing dismal sales already due to sloppy customer support, high hardware failure, and pirated games, the report said. Games are easily available in the grey market for Rs 100, while official titles cost upwards of Rs 2,500.

Microsoft has already repeatedly refused to share its India sales numbers.

"The Microsoft Entertainment Devices Division is very much on track with its targeted business plans," a Microsoft India spokesperson told CNBC.

This comes as Microsoft's gaming division took a hit back in March of this year, as Mohit Anand, Country Manager, Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division, put in his papers.

Ashim Mathur, Marketing Head, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft India, is also slated to leave the company. However, when contacted...
 

Konami Replacing Bad MGO BETA Codes

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348w ago - According to reports, some of you who have placed a pre-order for Metal Gear Solid 4 are receiving incomplete Metal Gear Online UPVC codes.

Don't fret, though, as Konami is on top of the issue. To receive the full code, you'll have to send a message over to their support team with your partial code and a return e-mail address.

To quote: To start, we have been getting reports that some of you are receiving partial digit UPVC's Metal Gear Online Beta on the "Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2? DVD inserts. We are aware of this issue and are working hard to remedy.

If you've been affected by this issue, please contact us at http://www.konami-data.com/support/. Please be sure to include your partial code, and any other pertinent details (like a return email address, etc).

We thank you for your patience.
 

Self-healing rubber bounces back

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356w ago - A material that is able to self-repair even when it is sliced in two has been invented by French researchers.

The as-yet-unnamed material - a form of artificial rubber - is made from vegetable oil and a component of urine.

The substance, described in the journal Nature, produces surfaces when cut that retain a strong chemical attraction to each other.

Pieces of the material join together again as if never parted without the need for glue or a special treatment.

This remarkable property comes from careful engineering of the molecules in the material.

The French researchers are already making kilogramme quantities in their Paris laboratories and say the process is almost completely green, and could be completely so with a few adjustments.

'Tiny hands'

The secret of the substance lies in how the molecules are held together.

A piece of normal rubber, says Dr Ludwik Leibler, who headed the research, is actually a single molecule with billion upon billions of smaller units chemically welded together to form a giant tangled network.

The elasticity comes from the fact that the strands within the network are buckled like a concertina: pull on them and they straighten and elongate; let go and the buckles reappear.
 

PSW: Konami rep confirmed MGS 4 demo may hit in February

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361w ago - Update: I e-mailed the editor of PSW and asked him to confirm that this is true, and he replied that a Konami Rep confirmed that the build they played will be on PSN sometime in relation to the games release. If the game stays on track as Konami has said so far then it should arrive around Feb as the magazine states.

A journalist decided to e-mail the PSW magazine editor who indicated that a MGS 4 demo will hit PSN next month. The editor replied by stating that at the time of writing the article a Konami rep told PSW that the demo they played in the office would be appearing on the PSN store.

However the release of the demo could depend on the game's actual final sale date but February is very possible.

To quote: At the time of writing the article a Konami rep told us a demo, the demo we played in our office for the magazine article, would be on the PSN Store.

It's finished, we played it, so something should be appearing this month. It could all depend on the game's final on sale date, if it has moved to May then a demo could appear later, possibly February.
 
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