Author - Jerry Paxton

Best Buy Ends Sale of Analog Televisions

MSNBC reports (rather late) that Bestbuy corporate has instructed its stores to stop selling analog televisions effective October 1.

If you’re thinking about rushing to the store to pick up a big screen on clearance, you’re also out of luck because all remaining stock has been pulled from the shelves.

Most network television companies are already broadcasting digital signals along with their analog counterpart. On February 18, 2009, television companies will cease broadcasting the analog signal.

Tears of Joy or Grief?

MSN reports (via the AP) that George Lucas is moving forward with his plan for a live action television series based on the Star Wars universe.  

George has confirmed that it will not involve any of the ‘main characters’ focusing more on the development and lives of the minor players.  

On a personal note, I hope the writers take a cue from the masses and base their stories on some of the expanded universe books out there.  I’d love to see the X-wing series of books integrated into the show, for example.

Bionic Commando Returns!

GameSpot has the premier announcement that Capcom is creating a new Bionic Commando game for next-gen systems.

From the premier:
‘Where the original Bionic Commando followed players on a mission to rescue a fellow agent named Super Joe, the new game’s storyline appears to carry a more cynical edge. After serving his country honorably in conflict with the Imperials, technologically enhanced agent Nathan Spencer is framed for a number of crimes by his superiors and sentenced for execution. Fate intervenes, as an experimental terrorist weapon is detonated in Ascension City on the day Spencer is to be executed. With the city in ruins and Spencer uniquely equipped to handle the many skyscrapers, monorails, and suspended roadways, the government reluctantly turns to its imprisoned bionic commando for help.’

For those of you that don’t remember:

James Kirk Cast!

AICN is reporting that Chris Pine has been cast in the role of James T. Kirk. Personally I think he makes a better Christopher Pike based on looks alone, but whatever.

Eye of Judgement Review

Joystiq has posted it’s review of Eye of Judgement for the PS3. The rather ingenious game uses physical playing cards placed on a special gameboard. The Eye Toy camera scans the cards and superimposes 3d effects around them on your screen.

YouTube Copyright Protection System Unveiled

YouTube has unveiled it’s new attempt at copyright protection today. YouTube requires that content owners send in a master copy of all their
copyrighted content so they can cross reference it against
uploads. Any data that matches the reference data can be deleted
automatically, but only if the content owner says so.

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Preview

Joystiq has posted a ‘hands-on’ of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin for the Nintendo DS.

From the article:
‘We recently played a few levels of the new title, and we’re looking forward to an Advance Wars game again. We never liked the dual-screen battles, and the CO powers seemed to have gotten out of control in the previous version. Days of Ruin felt like a much needed course-correction for the series. Features like Wi-Fi play with voice chat, and map creation and sharing, remake the title while keeping its addictive strategy gameplay.’

I am looking forward to this one, seems to be shaping up nicely.

Link’s Crossbow Training Preview

GameSpot has posted their preview of the upcoming Wii shooter, Link’s Crossbow Training.

From the preview:
‘Based on what we played, Link’s Crossbow Training looks set to be a solid companion to the Wii Zapper. The game has a decent amount of variety and keeps the action brief, engaging, and challenging. Link’s Crossbow Training will ship this fall for the Wii, packed in with the Wii Zapper peripheral.’

Video from YouTube:

‘Second Earth’ Found 20 Lightyears Away

The Guardian is reporting that scientists have discovered a planet roughly 20 lightyears away that is the most earth-like ever discovered.

From the article:
‘The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life. Researchers detected the planet orbiting one of Earth’s nearest stars, a cool red dwarf called Gliese 581, 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra.’