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Ghostbusters: The Game

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359w ago - The long awaited Ghostbusters III is here... and it's a game.

We might be a bit biased - after all we here at gameplayer are all children of the decade - but we reckon few would disagree that the 1980s was a pretty good era for movie trilogies. Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, The Karate Kid - all of these are absolute classics (well, except for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and basically all of The Karate Kid).

However, Ghostbusters is the classic '80s film trilogy that never was. By the time the excessive eighties gave way to the nondescript nineties, the franchise had only enjoyed two feature films (and a cartoon television series, The Real Ghostbusters). It was simply too late for a third movie to be made. Sigourney Weaver shaved her head and made Alien 3. Dan Ackroyd made Coneheads, and then subsequently made us throw-up with My Girl and My Girl 2. Rick Moranis shrunk some kids and then became a real estate agent, probably (or died, we're not sure). Harold Ramis focused more on writing and directing. And Bill Murray... well, Bill Murray continued to be one of the coolest guys on the planet (we love you, Bill!).

Now, through the wondrous medium that is videogames, the Ghostbusters are finally set to return. Ghostbusters: The Game is aiming to be a fully-fledged...
 

This Wii Is From The Distant Future

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359w ago - Were Tron able to pry himself away from more active pursuits like bike racing and eXtreme frisbee, pretty sure he'd be rocking this Wii.

The work of Acid Mods poster kypes, this mod gives the little console a new black coat of paint, winnowed side panels, an extra SD card slot, in-built GameCube memory card and, as a centrepiece, a whole bunch of soothing, flashing lights. Lovely- video below!




 

New Yakuza 3 Images from IGN

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359w ago - Some new screenshots has just been posted over at IGN of New Yakuza 3.

Many more screenshots can be seen at the link up top!
 

'Kill switch' dropped from Vista

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359w ago - Microsoft is to withdraw an anti-piracy tool from Windows Vista, which disables the operating system when invoked, following customer complaints.

The so-called "kill switch" is designed to prevent users with illegal copies of Vista from using certain features.

But the tool has suffered from glitches since it was introduced with many Windows users claiming that legal copies of Vista had been disabled.

Microsoft says its efforts have seen a drop in piracy of its software.

In a statement released by the company, Microsoft corporate vice president Mike Sievert, said: "Users whose systems are identified as counterfeit will be presented with clear and recurring notices about the status of their system and how to get genuine copies."

'Take action'

"They won't lose access to functionality or features, but it will be very clear to them that their copy of Window Vista is not genuine and they need to take action."

Microsoft has described the new approach as a "change of tactics". It said efforts to tackle piracy had seen numbers of fake copies of Vista at half the level of XP, the previous Windows operating system.

The change will take effect with the release of Service Pack 1, a major update to Windows Vista.

Customers...
 

Xbox 360 DivX/XviD Playback Tested: It's Almost Perfect

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359w ago - The Xbox 360 supports DivX and XviD as of today, which may make some of you with big file collections (like us) as giddy as a kid in store with puppies made of candy. We threw our entire collection of movies, TV shows and random clips at it and found that the 360 can play back pretty much anything. Here are some notes.

You can play files off of a CD/DVD. This feature wasn't listed on the Xbox Team's website as one of the supported locations for playing back content, but this is fantastic for homes that have wireless networks (or no network at all). In fact, reading off a disc is probably the best way to ensure your movie won't cut out in the middle due to network congestion (unlikely) or someone turning off the computer accidentally (fairly likely).

It supports almost all files. It played back all TV shows we threw at it, including My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Battlestar Galactica, and The Venture Bros.. Most of these, and most TV downloaded TV shows, are encoded in XviD format. As for DivX, that's supported back to version 5.0, but it's unlikely that you're going to find any DivX 3 or DivX 4 online, unless you're talking about old files you've saved for a couple years.

AC3 Audio is supported. Nice! AC3 support was added in the Spring Update, but it's nice to...
 
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