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Bushing Reports on Returning Modified Wii Consoles for Repair

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282w ago - It seems that Nintendo is now charging almost to full price for a Nintendo Wii if you've installed unsigned code on the machine that resulted in a 'bricked' console.

To quote: I've been asked whether installing the Homebrew Channel (or Twilight Hack or whatever) will void the warranty on a Wii. I've generally said something like "Technically, yes, but I doubt they will enforce that."

This seemed reasonable, given some of the anecdotes I've heard – stories of people ruining their drives with a soldering iron and still getting free repair work done under warranty, etc. I've also said that if a Wii is bricked (and won't boot), then they have no way of actually checking to see what is installed on the Wii – and I still believe that to be true, at least most of the time.

I'll be the first to admit that was wrong, given some recent evidence. My German's pretty bad, but I see ".... Softwarehack ... EUR 210″. That seems awfully excessive, given that the price of a new Wii is EUR 250, no?

I would write this off as an isolated incident – maybe someone installed some truly awful warezloading hack. However, I was sent the following email through an anonymous remailer last month, and it would seem to support the invoice above:

From: (deleted)
 

Rumor: Police Cars are Returning to Burnout Paradise via DLC

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294w ago - Update: Take a look at the split second footage around the 19 second mark. Police cars confirmed? And is the license plate suggesting a July 31st release?

In a trailer [Register or Login to view links] recently for Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Criterion has hinted that police will be returning to Burnout in a future DLC pack.

At the sixty second mark the trailer, which we've embedded below, shows Burnout Paradise's new 'Burnout Store' with a mouse hovering over a button marked with a PCPD badge, which we presume to be an abbreviation of Paradise City Police Department. Underneath the button are the words 'Coming Soon'.





Police last appeared in the Burnout series way back in Burnout 2: Point of Impact where the game's Pursuit mode allowed players to chase after criminal's and take them down. The mode transformed into Road Rage for future iterations.

Criterion has stated that there is lots more downloadable content to come for Burnout Paradise, but could a police pack be one of them... ?
 

Rumor: Angelina Jolie returning for darker Tomb Raider Movie

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311w ago - According to ShowBizSpy (linked above), Hollywood is trying to persuade Angelina Jolie to again play Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider movie.

To quote: And, with the release of the eighth game, Tomb Raider: Underworld, due this winter, movie bosses are keen to explore the possibility of Angelina bringing the character back to the big screen.

A source says, "Lara is such a fantastic character and the games lend themselves to movies so well.

"Even though the first two movies were not very well received, there is still a lot of confidence in Lara and Tomb Raider as a franchise.

"The producers would dearly love to get Angelina back in the role and the door is being left open to her. This would be a far darker movie with a lot more emphasis on storyline."
 
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