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5 Reasons Why Metal Gear Solid 4 is Staying PS3 Exclusive

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355w ago - I'm not a Playstation fanboy. I own neither a 360 nor a PS3. My reasoning is based purely on what I've gathered from sources and articles across the web. The people who ultimately decide if MGS4 becomes multi-platform are business minded and so I've considered this situation from a profit standpoint. Hit the jump to read my 5 reasons why MGS4 will never see the Xbox 360 platform.

1) Metal Gear and the Playstation go together like Salt and Pepper
A long time ago Kojima told Official Xbox Magazine that Metal Gear is "made for the Playstation Platform" The only Metal Gear title released on the Xbox was Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, which was also released on the PS2 and PC. Some complain that Substance was sub-par on the Xbox as it suffered from lag and clumsy controls. Metal Gear Solid 4 makes use of the PS3's sixaxis. Right now motion controls on the Xbox 360 are nothing more than rumors. Though Kojima has said that the 360 can run MGS4, certain distinctions between the two platforms make the port difficult if not unreasonable and most definitely costly.

2) MGS4 Will Reach Sales Goals
One of the points used to justify a 360 version of MGS4 is the fact that MGS4 must sell an incredible number of copies in a very short time to reconcile it's massive development budget. Some argue that since PS3...
 

Stargate Worlds trailer tonight, sweepstakes soon

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355w ago - Fans of Stargate will get a good taste of the Stargate Worlds MMO today. The first ever trailer for the game will be shown tonight as Stargate Atlantis has its mid-season premiere tonight at 10/9 p.m. EST/CST.

Rod Nakamoto, senior vice president of product development, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment: "The trailer will give gamers and fans a glimpse at what they can expect to find in Stargate Worlds. It's a mix of old and new elements that hint at the direction we are taking the franchise."

Stargate Worlds studio head Dan Elggren: "Stargate Worlds is about instant adventure in an epic, evolving universe. That's what fans and gamers are going to see in this trailer."

Travis J. Rutherford, executive vice president, MGM Consumer Products and Location Based Entertainment: "We have spent years looking for a quality gaming partner to extend the Stargate franchise beyond television and DVDs. This trailer is an exciting preview of that extension, and we are proud to have the opportunity to debut it as part of the Stargate Atlantis return. Our fans will jump at the chance to have their likeness incorporated in the MMORPG and become a part of Stargate history."

By watching Atlantis, you'll also get the chance to enter the Unlock the Gate Sweepstakes that will start on January...
 

PSP Solar Charger Misses the Point

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355w ago - When we first laid eyes on this PSP solar charger, we thought it looked pretty sweet. Seemingly attaching to the outside casing of your PSP, two solar panels could recharge our handhelds while we played endlessly on sunny days as we wasted our life away in hammock bliss.

For $28.76, that deal didn't sound bad at all.

And then we remembered. You can't play the PSP in the sun. The screen isn't bright enough to counteract all that unlimited free energy.
 

Recording Industry Says Ripping CDs To Computer Is Illegal

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355w ago - Washington (DC) - The Recording Industry Association of America has filed a landmark federal lawsuit in Arizona, claiming that it is illegal for users to make copies of CD tracks to their computer for personal use.

The RIAA is going after Jeffrey Howell of Scottsdale, AZ. The group alleges that Howell shared 54 music files over the peer-to-peer network Kazaa. This kind of complaint has become commonplace for the RIAA, but they added something different to this lawsuit.

Ira Schwartz, an Arizona-based lawyer for the trade group, says Howell is also guilty of making "unauthorized copies" of CD tracks by ripping them to his computer, even though he may never have shared them with anyone else.

"It is undisputed that Defendant possessed unauthorized copies of Plaintiffs' copyrighted sound recordings on his computer," said Schwartz in a legal brief. "Once Defendant converted Plaintiffs' recording into the compressed .mp3 format and they are in his shared folder, they are no longer the authorized copies distributed by Plaintiffs."

This means that the RIAA is saying it could actually come after anyone who has ever used a CD ripping program to transfer tracks from a disc to a computer, regardless of whether or not file sharing was involved. The organization's website makes this clearer by...
 

SONY OLED TV XEL 1 Review

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355w ago - Pros: This is one very sleek unit. In fact almost everything is irrelevant to the quality of the OLED panel and the sheer thin width of the screen. And for LCD TV and Plasma the writing could be on the wall with OLED.

Cons: The weakness of this early unit is the control buttons and the lack of flexibility in the arm that links the ulta thin screen with the base control unit.

Smart House today got an exclusive FIRST LOOK at the new OLED TV technology from Sony and it is impressive. The first thing one notice's is the dramatic improvement in OLED screen quality. It sharper the colours richer and there appears to be a smoother flow of the image across the screen.

The model that I reviewed was linked to a Sony PS3 Playstation and we were able to run a Blu ray movie as well as traditional DVD content to the device.

A single TV input also allowed for the testing of a traditional free to air Full HD signal and even that was impressive with colours appear to be a lot more balanced than with an LCD TV.

On the styling side the screen is wafer thin however the control buttons which are on the top of the base unit to which the screen is attached are a little old fashioned and not in keeping with the stylish screen.

The model that I had access to is about to...
 
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