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Sony's Life With PlayStation Gets 'World Heritage' Channel Added

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267w ago - Today Sony has updated Life with PlayStation by adding a completely new channel titled 'World Heritage' to it.

It's a simple update, as the channel includes information from various Web sites (including Wikipedia) from multiple areas around the world.

To quote: If you leave your controller for a long enough time, it automatically begins spinning the globe (like the other channels) and displays hi-res pictures from the areas you're hovering above about.

If you would like to see a picture from a designated area, then you can hover the country, hit 'X' and then press the 'start' button.

An overall nice addition to the free application, allowing many Life with PlayStation fans to do even more while helping the common good.
 

Valve Researching Sign Language for Use in Half-Life 2: Episode 3

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267w ago - Valve's Gabe Newell appears to have recently conducted a focus group with deaf individuals in order to learn more about sign language and how it can be applied to games, notably the upcoming Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

Why? To help develop Alyx's character, and further the animation technology implemented in the Half-Life games.

Newell explains, to quote: "[Alyx] had a crush on someone who was hearing impaired, so she taught Dog how to sign so she could practice. Something happened, maybe, the person is off fighting the Combine someplace else, but that's why she and Dog would start signing with each other when they wanted to communicate without making noise, or communicate without other people knowing ... It gave us the excuse to build the technology for signing."

The focus group responds by noting the importance of facial expression whilst signing. While the Half-Life franchise has been known for its believable facial animation, it might take even more to fully realize the nuances necessary for authentic signing. It'll be interesting to see if Valve is up to the challenge.
 

Revised Alyx Model is in Half-Life 2 Cinematic Mod 10 Beta 3

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268w ago - The infamous Half-Life 2 mod Cinematic Mod 10 is getting into Beta 3 stage. The most important changes: The Adriana Lima style Alyx model is now revised and looking even more realistic.

Modder Fakefactory has [Register or Login to view links] the third Beta of the Cinematic Mod 10. The modification for Half-Life 2 offers several improvements.

The most important changes applied with Cienmtaic Mod 10 Beta 3:

• Certain maps in Half-Life 2, episode 1 and Episode 2 have been overhauled in order to increase the visual quality as well as the performance
• Some new textures
• New HD model V50 of Alyx (Adriana Lima based)
• New dialogues for citizens
 

Casting Call: Who Should Play Who in Resident Evil: Afterlife

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268w ago - TheBBPS nominates who they want to play who in the coming fourth installment of the popular Resident Evil film franchsie, entitled Resident Evil: Afterlife, as follows:

Alice

Whether or not you like her character, this one's already been confirmed. The sultry Milla Jovovich will be reprising her role as the sexy asskicking genetically engineered supersoldier, Alice.

Since as of now Alice has been the only confirmed returning character, everyone from here on is either rumored or made up by yours truly.

Jill Valentine

Fans of the films may have noticed that Jill Valentine was surprisingly absent from Resident Evil: Extinction. In fact, it was like she never even existed. Apparently, due to scheduling conflicts with the dreadful Eragon film, Sienna had to decline when asked to reprise her role as Jill.

For Extinction, the writers completely left Jill out of the story to make it possible to bring her back in later films. And since I think it's safe to assume that we won't be seeing more Eragon in the near future, there's a good chance Sienna will be returning in Afterlife.

Leon S. Kennedy

Rumors have been circulating for awhile now that Resident Evil 4's main protagonist may be appearing in the fourth Resident...
 

Half-Life 2 Neotokyo Standalone Mod is Now Available

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271w ago - The NT team has announced the release of their FPS Neotokyo, now available for download.

The game is a Half-Life 2 standalone mod that offers "a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting."

The title is said to be heavily influenced by Ghost in the Shell and Akira.

The client and server downloads are available via the game's [Register or Login to view links], you'll need Steam along with The Orange Box, Half-Life 2 or any other game that includes the Source SDK.

To quote, from the description: NEOTOKYO is a first person shooter that provides a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting.

It is greatly influenced by our admiration for Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL) and Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA), and has been in production since October 2004.

To play NEOTOKYO you will need to have a STEAM account, and own the game HALFLIFE 2 or any game that gives you the Source SDK.
 
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