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Warning on e-government 'risks'

356w ago - Governments need to do more to ensure they preserve trust as they put more services online, says a report.

Emerging from a European Commission project, it warns that technology could lessen the trust governments have instilled in citizens before now.

Officials must move beyond security measures to reassure people about how they are being treated, it said.

The report comes as the UK government tries to reassure Britons after losing data records for 25 million people.

Trust network

The report was written by a research body, bankrolled by the EC's Information and Society Unit, that is looking at "citizen-centric" e-government.

The cc:eGov unit points out that increasingly technology, often in the form of websites, is the means by which citizens encounter local and central government.

Frank Harris, author of the report, wrote: "People learn to trust others through experience, and through judgement based on both direct and referred experience."

The danger, he warned, was that these interfaces did not engender the same feelings of trust that have emerged via more traditional routes.

He added that to engender trust in electronic channels required much more than the basic requirements of security.

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Dead or Alive 3 joins Xbox download list

356w ago - Dead or Alive 3 seems set to be one the first original Xbox games to be made available to download over Xbox Live, according to the PEGI website.

According to the latest ratings published by the pan-European age rating board, Team Ninja's beat-'em-up has been listed as an online game (essentially, one that requires an internet connection in order to access it - which includes downloadable games), and has been cleared for ages 16 and above.

Last week, Microsoft announced that as of 5 December, Xbox Live users would be able to download original Xbox games from the Marketplace. Although neither Microsoft nor Tecmo have confirmed that Dead or Alive 3 will be one of these games, the fact it's been rated by PEGI alongside Fuzion Frenzy (which will be among the first wave of downloadable Xbox titles) is a very strong indicator that it's coming very soon.

Despite not being in quite the same league as Virtua Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 3 was still a decent beat-'em-up. Better still, asides from some ropey FMV, there are few compatibility issues on the 360.

Whether you'd want to spend the equivalent of a tenner in Microsoft points on it when you could probably fish it out of a bargain bin for a fraction of that is another matter, but either way, you'll at least have the option.

MS giving away XBLA games

356w ago - Microsoft has said you can get 10 free Live Arcade titles if you convince a friend to buy an Xbox 360.

If you have a chum who fits the bill, then pop over to the official site and fill out a festive form together. Just provide the serial number on both of your consoles and a sales receipt to show that your friend splashed out between 1st October and 14th December and you win.

Both of you will be given Every Extend Extra Extreme, Sonic The Hedgehog, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, Bomberman Live, Marble Blast Ultra, Spyglass Boardgames, 3D Mini Golf Adventures, Small Arms, Assault Heroes and Zuma Deluxe.

Given the Christmas line-up it shouldn't be too difficult to persuade them, either, but then we are WILDLY BIAS so don't listen to us.

Japanese Titles Come to Xbox Originals

357w ago - Can Jet Set and Panzer be far behind?

Coinciding with announcements made in America today, Microsoft Japan has unveiled its lineup of titles for the Japanese version of Xbox Originals.

In Japan, the new service will be called Xbox Classics, and will start off with five titles: Halo, Crimson Sky: High Road to Revenge, Magatama, Fable, and Puyo Puyo Fever. Pricing for these games is set at 1,200 Microsoft Points.

Of the five, the first four are from Microsoft, with the last, Puyo Puyo, coming our way from Sega. With Sega on board, perhaps we can look forward to big titles like Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio in the future.

The Japanese service kicks off on 12/5.

Tekken 5 Online available in EU from PSN

358w ago - Tomorrow - woo hoo - and about time too!

It states that "If bought as a complete package (game and online component), it will cost you £14.99 BUT ".." buy the original Dark Resurrection PSN title for £6.99 today and add the Online Component for £3.49 tomorrow. Voila!"

Enjoy - and see you in the tournament!
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