Engadget is reporting that Fabrik has made two announcements of note today.
First, they are starting to sell a new line of SimpleTech Pro / Duo Pro Drives ($229.99 to $799.99), which are aimed at digital media enthusiasts, prosumers and business users and come equipped with up to 2TB of storage space, eSATA and USB 2.0 connections.
Second is the announcement of ‘Ultimate Backup’, not to be confused with the ‘Ultimate Showdown’. UB is a web-based service of backup storage. For less than five dollars per month, Fabrik Ultimate Backup gives you unlimited capacity to securely store important files and media collections remotely and automatically. To keep your content private and confidential, all files are encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption while in transit, with an option for a private encryption key, to the company’s remote 448-bit Blowfish encrypted servers, to help ensure that content is safe and secure.
Linux.com has posted a review of Alien Arena 6.10, an independently produced FPS game.
From the review:
‘I wrote last year that ‘Tremulous is the best free software FPS game I’ve had the pleasure of playing.’ Alien Arena has changed my mind about that. They’re both great, and both stand on the shoulders of the free software Quake engine, but Alien Arena is now at the top of my list.’
Joystiq is reporting that Rock Band will be sold in a bundle only until 2008 and there will be NO individual guitars for sale until 2008 as well. It also seems the game will go retail with 40 to 50 songs for you to rock as you desire.
The G&H Community is in shock today as official word has come from Perpetual that the upcoming MMO Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising has been canceled.
From the official statement:
‘The Perpetual team is faced with a unique challenge of simultaneously developing both Gods & Heroes and Star Trek Online in addition to growing our Online Game Platform business. After assessing all of Perpetual’s opportunities, we have made the decision to put the development of Gods & Heroes on indefinite hold.’
Now that is a shame, the game looked very interesting!
1up is reporting on an IGN interview with Microsoft Regional Entertainment Director Neil Thompson in which he stated, ‘I don’t think it’s as binary now as it was with the previous generation. It really depends on your criteria of ‘winning’…If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, I think when people look back on this in the future they will see this as a very successful stepping stone in Microsoft’s broader entertainment vision.’
Joystiq reports that the Virtua Fighter 5 demo is available on Xbox Live.
‘Although Virtua Fighter 5 has been available on the PlayStation 3 for some time now, the Xbox 360 version looks set to be the definitive version. Because the game is based around the latest version of hardware in the arcades, it’s the most up-to-date home port of the game and therefore features improved artificial intelligence. If that weren’t enough to convince hardcore VF players to buy the game again, the Xbox 360 version’s improved, anti-aliased graphics should tip the balance.’
The game will be available retail on October 30th.
Gamespot has posted their review for Loki: Heroes of Mythology. The Diablo II meets Neverwinter Nights 2 style gameplay seems like it would be good fun for a boring evening.
From the article:
‘Somebody needs to tell Cyanide that it’s a little late in the day to be ripping off Diablo II. That seven-year-old action RPG provides the template for Loki: Heroes of Mythology, a derivative hack-and-slash that brings nothing new to the genre. Still, being late for the party is the only major strike against this game. Even though the Diablo formula may seem awfully ho-hum these days–especially in this case, since Titan Quest covered the mythological-heroes shtick over a year ago–good mechanics and great atmosphere make up for the lack of innovation.’
AICN is reporting that Simon Pegg has been cast as Engineer Scott in the next Star Trek film. It is only a matter of time before Kirk is officially announced. Personally, I think Pegg will do an amazing job.
GameSpot has posted their review of the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion, Mask of the Betryayer. Overall the expansion looks very good, and should be worth the purchase.
From the article:
‘Mask of the Betrayer is a much more mature expansion, both due to its content and because it demonstrates how Obsidian Entertainment is maturing as a developer. If you felt that NWN2 was a bit too action-focused, then you should definitely check out Mask of the Betrayer’s blend of combat, puzzles, and decision-making.’
Joystiq has posted the music list used in BioShock. Obviously these are standards used in the game, not the score masterfully crafted by Garry Schyman.
From the article:
’20th Century Blues — Noel Coward
Academy Award — Stanley Black
Avalon — Django Reinhardt
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (means you’re grand) — The Andrews Sisters
Best Things in Life Are Free — The Inkspots
Brother Can You spare a Dime — Bing Crosby
Danny Boy — Mario Lanza
God Bless the Child — Billie Holiday
How Much is that Doggie — Pattie Page
If I didn’t care — The Ink Spots
It Had to Be You — Django Reinhardt
It’s Bad For Me — Rosemary Clooney
Jitterbug Waltz — Django Reinhardt
Just One Of Those Things — Lee Morgan
Just Walkin’ in the Rain — Johnny Ray
La Mer (Beyond the Sea ) — Bobby Darin
La Mer (Beyond the Sea) — Django Reinhardt
Let’s Fly Away — Lee Wiley
Liza — Django Reinhardt
Night and Day — Billie Holiday
Papa Loves Mambo — Perry Como
Please Be Kind — Django Reinhardt
The Party’s Over Now — Noel Coward
The Waltz of the Flowers — Pytor Llyich Tchaikovsky
This Is A Changing World — Noel Coward
Wild Ride — Faux Frenchmen
World Weary — Noel Coward
Wrap your troubles in dreams — Bing Crosby
You’re Getting To Be A Habit — Harry Edison Bing Crosby
You’re the Top — Cole Porte’