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Turning Point: Fall of Liberty Preview

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356w ago - Craig Allen is passionate about history. So much so that the CEO of Spark Unlimited arranged to present his latest project at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms in Westminster. Not only that, but Allen was also encouraging the press to check out the Churchill Timeline - it's actually worth a read as well. I'm glad I took his advice.

Being behind Call of Duty: Finest Hour and leading a team that has been involved with the Medal of Honour franchise, I asked Allen what it was about historical events that excite him so much. "All good things come from life experiences, I believe. And I think it's important to keep learning and teaching about the life experiences of others who have made a difference, it's incredible to see what people have gone through in their lifetimes." In developing Turning Point, he reveals in his presentation that games based on history have the power to teach gamers about important events. "Once you've explored history however, you start to take that further and begin to ask 'What if?'"

It's this 'What if' concept that Turning Point adopts to give it a unique angle on the now familiar World War II FPS. The game is set in an alternate reality to our own, based on one pivotal moment in history - Winston Churchill, having been involved in a traffic accident...
 

Sony PlayStation sweeps multiple awards

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356w ago - MUMBAI: Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) bagged an array of awards under various categories by IGN Entertainment, an online provider of videogame, entertainment and lifestyle content, as well as community and interactive services. Bagging 25 awards Sony PlayStation serves to confirm their status as an undisputed leader in the realm of console gaming.

PSP, PS2 and PS3 won accolades under a range of genres including: Action Game, Racing, Graphics Tech, Sports, Original Score, Use of Sound, Best Story, Local Multiplayer, Biggest Surprise and Best Developer

Logan's Shadow on PSP, God of War II on PS2 and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune on PS3 swept away Game of the Year award.

Sony Computer Entertainment country manager Atindriya Bose said, "At SCE we singularly focus on providing enthusiasts the best of console gaming entertainment, with research and innovation being at the core of Playstation's mantra. We are extremely pleased that PSP's Logan's Shadow, PS2's God of War II and PS3's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune has been voted Game of the Year from IGN Entertainment, the web's leading videogame information destination. We are also thrilled that various PSP, PS2 and PS3 games have won under every category."
 

Microsoft Has a Broken Home

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356w ago - Microsoft has warned users of its new Windows Home Server that the device could corrupt data when saving files from certain applications. The results could ruin family photos, small-business records or anything else users save on the system. The problem is the latest of three significant quality-control fumbles Microsoft has committed this year, said analyst Michael Cherry.

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Consumers hoping to safeguard their holiday memories by storing pictures on their Windows Home Servers (WHS) may instead want to save those files on their PCs' hard drives. A post made on Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) WHS blog warns users that WHS contains a heretofore undiscovered file corruption bug.

Although engineers are busily trying to solve the problem, Microsoft said, users are advised not to edit and then save WHS stored files using any of several Microsoft and third-party software applications.

"A few people in the Community Forums have reported data corruption when saving files from applications including Windows...
 

Man arrested for stalking girls via Xbox Live

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356w ago - In Spokane, Washington, a 20-year-old man was arrested on felony stalking charges after chatting to a 15-year-old girl on Xbox Live and eventually threatening to rape the girl and her sister.

Joshua Stetar of Saratoga Springs, New York met the 15-year-old girl through chatting and playing Halo online since last year. He reportedly sent packages and flowers to her home, all of which her parents returned. He also began text messaging her several hundred times on her cell phone, forcing the girl's mother to change her daughter's number. However, Stetar was able to get her new number, and the he continued to text message the girl.

At around 9:00pm Friday, Stetar sent a text message saying that he was driving by her house at the moment. The girl's parents in fact saw his car drive by.

At 9:36pm, Stetar sent another text message stating, "Tell the cops that I'm gonna rape you and your sister."

The girl's father called police, and officers found the suspect staying at a nearby Econo Lodge motel.

During a police interview, the suspect admitted that he was able to obtain the girl's address and phone number by "Googling" her name. He also admitted to driving 40 hours straight to get from New York to Spokane.

Stetar was booked into Spokane County...
 

Software Notebook: Gates picks challenging year to leave Microsoft

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356w ago - As Microsoft's past year was characterized by launches, the next will be defined by a departure.

But even as Bill Gates leaves his full-time executive role, the company will be grappling with some of the biggest competitive challenges in its history, particularly on the Internet.

Here's our annual look at what to watch at the company in 2008.

GATES LEAVING, SORTA: The Microsoft co-founder is slated to end his day-to-day executive duties at the end of June, but he will remain chairman, and he's expected to continue working on selected projects.

Microsoft has been preparing for Gates' full-time shift to philanthropy since 2005, when the plan was announced, and it has already installed executives Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie to fill his roles in the business, working with Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

"I don't think the departure will be too disruptive -- it's not like it's a complete severing of the relationship," said Dwight Davis, an analyst with the Ovum research firm. "But nonetheless, that's going to be a notable milestone in the coming year for Microsoft -- one that will alter the company's profile in a fairly significant way."

ONLINE STRUGGLES: Microsoft tried to gain traction online in the past year, most notably through its $6 billion acquisition...
 
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