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Gamers Turn to Piracy and Boycotting Efforts Against Activision

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273w ago - With the recent (very understandable) anger with Activision and their CEO Bobby Kotick over the company's seemingly callous and arrogant stance lately toward gamers, and even other companies, gamers are in the process of figuring out how to make their statement.

The obvious choice would be the [Register or Login to view links] that is beginning to make headway. But such things are only as reliable as the honor of the person who agrees. Someone who is angry now, might not be as angry a few months from now when his buddies are playing Modern Warfare 2 or Guitar Hero 5 and he isn't.

For those who are angry but plan to play Activision's games anyway, it seems that their plan of attack is piracy. Below are some things to keep in mind if your plans include going this route, to quote:

All over the message boards of the gaming community, in private conversations, and the like, apparently this is the intent of many.

Activision is a business, and a business as its bottom line is to make as much profit as possible.

Part of making as much profit as possible obviously includes not enraging your customers to stand against you. And obviously...
 

Rumor: French Web site Reports a PS3 Price Cut and New Model

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274w ago - Popular French Web site JeuxVideo (linked above) is reporting that they have received confirmation of a PS3 price cut to 299 Euros in early September.

Additionally, they have reaffirmed the rumor from two days ago in stating that a new, cheaper PS3 model (likely the long-awaited PS3 Slim) will be announced at Sony's Gamescom press conference held in Cologne on August 18, 2009.

To quote, roughly translated: For many months that the most fanciful rumors circulating on the net about a price drop of the PlayStation 3.

But this time it seems to be confirmed as contacted by us, some wholesalers say that the price of the console Sony will soon drop. And even better, since we can announce that a new version of the console that goes out!

The official announcement of the new cheaper version of the PS3 would be made at the press conference that the Japanese giant held in Cologne at the gamescom Tuesday 18 August at 18h French time, we will cover the show and of course We also...
 

PS3 TOOL DECR-1400A First Look - Dual LAN Ports & More!

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274w ago - We all heard about this back in March, that Sony was releasing a new model PS3 TOOL, the DECR-1400A. I have been anxiously waiting (as well as about 4 other people on the planet) for the release of the new TOOL.

Questions buzzed through my head, does it have one NIC or two? We know that since it was in the original PS3 form factor it would have only one HDD, of unknown size, as the other HDD, which is used for BD emulation can now be done via USB.

But, back to the NIC issue - on a TOOL, it has multiple Network Interfaces, one for the PS3 side (or three, for the really old TOOL's), and one for the Communication Processor (the DEBUG side).

The Communication Processor helps facilitate LV2 (kernel) debugging as it is a pure hardware interface, and does not totally rely on software to capture data.

So, the CP Debugging is quite a bit more "low level" than that of a PS3 TEST. Now, the CP is useful when debugging your game, as if it crashes the kernel- one can see why.

Hense our dilemma - a TOOL really needs a CP to do its job, and it would be hard to squeeze that in. However, with the decrease in size of the PS3's motherboard, it is now quite possible to add in...
 

Pirate Bay Acquisition by Global Gaming Factory Starts to Sink

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274w ago - Not long ago it was reported that The Pirate Bay was sold for approximately $8 million USD to the Global Gaming Factory.

According to FastCompany.com (linked above), Global Gaming Factory has failed to acquire the millions of dollars in funding necessary.

Furthermore, [Register or Login to view links] is reporting that Wayne Rosso, the former CEO of Grokster who was involved with Global Gaming Factory recently, said it's unlikely to happen and as a result The Pirate Bay is giving them a week before cancelling the deal.

To quote: "I don't think there's going to be any money raised with GGF's current (lack of) plans," Rosso told TorrentFreak. Besides Rosso and his partners, the people who were supposed to finance the acquisition were also misinformed.

When confronted with the news, a Pirate Bay insider said they would give GGF a week to get insurance from the investors, otherwise the deal is off. Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde told us that he doesn't know what will happen to the Pirate Bay in the future, when the deal is off the table.
 

Nintendo Releases First DSi System Update, Blocks Flash Carts

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274w ago - Update: According to [Register or Login to view links], the new DSi Firmware v1.4 has reportedly blocked all flash carts but adds Facebook functionality. Some flash carts are updatable for the DSi, but as of yet there is apparently no work-around.

Today German site PlanetDS.de (linked above) is reporting that Nintendo's DSi handheld has received its first System Update.

There is currently no word yet on whether this targets Nintendo DSi Homebrew.

To quote, roughly translated: Nintendo has released the first system update for the Nintendo DSi. In version 1.4 the DSi Shop comes out with a new version and an update of the Nintendo DSi Browser can be downloaded.

The improvements that have been made, are a slightly better browsing speed and some security updates.

In addition, in Japan the Flipnote Studio received an updated as well. For now the US and Europe are still waiting for this free DSiWare opportunity to come.
 
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