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Half-Life 2 Neotokyo Standalone Mod is Now Available

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284w 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.
 

Life With PlayStation Update 1.1 and Details Now Available

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293w ago - Today caliblue15 has posted (linked above) that Life with PlayStation Update 1.1 is now available, along with details as follows:

Just turned on my Life with PlayStation, and look what I found, Update 1.1.

Life with PlayStation Update 1.1 Changes:

• Added support for adding and removing channels dynamically
• Added a local time display in the LIVE CHANNEL.
• Updated Mood categories for auomatic music selection.
• Added support to enable Folding@Home Expert Mode which disables all other channels and features that may impact simulation performance.
• Folding@home Expert Mode can be activated by navigating to:
Options Menu > [Configuration] > [Folding@home].
• Expert Mode - Folding@homeâ„¢ is the only channel enabled. All application processing power is used exclusively for Folding@homeâ„¢ and no other channels can be browsed. Note: While in this mode, channel updates are also disabled.
• New Channel - United Village - United Village is a project designed to provide an experience of sharing a sense of community and culture from locations around the world. With each update, we will feature a visual series of moments and aspects of life from various locations. The United Village channel is provided by Frontier International, Inc.
 

Absurd, Strange, and Highly Improbable Life Goal: Will You Help?

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296w ago - So I recently came up with something I can do that would let me die accomplished: I want to play a game that was never programmed.

I've been thinking about it for about a week now, but haven't done much research on it but I came to these few conclusion so far:

• The game will essentially be "randomly" created
• The simplest "terminal" for the project would be NES
• The generated file should be between 5KB and 25KB, and follow the rules for zip compression. (This is the part that makes everything improbable -there are 7.4583407 E1125 possible files that could be produced (expanded example below) (25000^256))
• The production of the file will have a initial seed, and ideally keep a log of tested values
• Ideally a check on the NES ROM should also be performed.
• With the number of possibilities, the likelyhood of a game being produced is just as probable as a picture Pam Anderson loading up or even the first few lines of a Shakespeare play, or Beethoven's Symphony.
• A user in control of the produced random value can copy/paste, a known value, and easily load a game such TETRIS...(I can't quite understand if this would be violation of Copyright Law (I compare it to throwing a tomato on the ground and it coming out being just like Mario))
 

Sony Contemplating Lawsuit Over Change4Life Ad

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301w ago - If you haven't figured it out, the child is playing a video game with a controller similar to those of Sony's PlayStation brand.

Why is this such an issue? The company who was in charge of the ad, The Gate, did not seek permission from the gaming giant in order to utilize the obvious likeness of its controller.

The Change4Life ad campaign has been started by the British government in order to bring attention to the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. The image, which depicts a young child playing video games, gives off the impression that playing video games instead of going outside may lead to an early death.

A handful of other prominent companies in the gaming industry have already spoken out against this ad, including Sega, Atari, Future Publishing, TIGA, ELSPA and MCV.

It's not set in stone yet whether or not SCEE plans on going through with legal action against either The Gate or potentially the British government itself, but the image is definitely provocative from a gamer's point of view. That's not to say we don't value exercise - we love our sports and physical activities as much as everyone else - but gaming can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle.

We'll be sure to watch closely as this develops.
 

SCEE Boss Not Sure if PS3 Will Last its 10-Year Lifespan

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303w ago - One of Sony's main arguments to defend against the Xbox 360 is the PlayStation 3's longevity. They once even said that the console is future-proof, and will last longer than the PS2 will.

But now, even SCEE prez David Reeves isn't sure the console will go completely through its supposed 10-year lifespan, saying:

The competition will have new models on the market by the end of the PS3. I have no doubt and we'll have to be fast on our feet... I don't know whether the PS3 lifespan will be eight, nine or ten years.

He does add though, that the PlayStation 4 is not "on the horizon" yet. And it really shouldn't be - even Microsoft's Robbie Bachexpects this generation to last longer than previous ones.
 
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