Ars Technica is reporting that popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, is under attack from three separate lawsuits. One lawsuit is from a Swedish prosecuter, Hakan Roswall, who will be filing his charges before January 31st, 2008. Peter Sunde, one of The Pirate Bay administrators says, ‘I’m quite confident we’re gonna win and I was expecting this to happen…Roswall is also a very biased man, so I’m glad to take it to court instead of letting him dig around my personal life for no apparent reason. Actually, it’s kinda funny.’ The second suit is from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and third is from Prince…yes, as in Purple Rain.
Author - Jerry Paxton
Gizmodo is reporting that a nerd has finally given up his Star Wars collecting pursuits, selling his whole stash on eBay for $34,500 dollars. According to his eBay posting, ‘THIS IS A BIG STEP I’M TAKING IN ORDER TO MOVE ON AND ACOMPLISH A NEW PLAN I HAVE FOR MY FUTURE’. His collection consists of more than 1,100 figures and other toys.
I got dibs on his Bib Fortuna!
Wired Blog is posting on Raytheon’s recent purchase of Sarcos’ robotics business. Sarcos has been working on making the exo-suits of science fiction, science fact. And apparently they are doing very well….The video below is linked from a youtube vid of the Sarcos’ exo-skeleton in action. For further information, check out the Wired story too!
AICN has posted its official poster for their annual film festival, Butt-Numb-A-Thon (in it’s ninth year). I highly recommend taking a look at it. As a huge Big Trouble in Little China fan, I just am eating it up like pumpkin cheesecake.
Have you tried pumpkin cheesecake? It is like they wrapped up all the joy in the world and put it into morsels of pumpkin-goodness. I have to say that Marie Calendars’ pumpkin cheesecake is good, but for my money it is all about homemade from scratch. Mmmmmmm….
Wizard Universe has a very amusing story posted on the 50 greatest fictional weapons of all time. I wont spoil anything for you here, but instead I will leave you with a collection of Black Friday information. Nothing says ‘Capitalism’ more than Black Friday, and here is a great example in this video that looks like something more from ’28 Days Later’ than real life. Also, Happy Thanksgiving all!
Gamespot is reporting that Activision FPS, Soldier of Fortune: Payback has been ‘un-banned’ by the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC). In order to get it classified with a rating, Activision had to reduce violence all over the board: rag-doll physics, blood, dismemberment, etc.
From the article:
It seems Soldier of Fortune’s fortunes have been resurrected, however, with Activision Australia today releasing a statement saying a revised version of the game had been reclassified by the OFLC as MA15+ for strong violence, coarse language, and sexual references. MA15+ is the highest rating a game can be given in Australia.
Enjoy the gore:
AICN has broken a juicy news bite from a trusted source that says Christian Bale has been cast as John Conner in the upcomming film, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Quoting Harry for truth in his story, ‘THIS IS GOING TO KICK ASS’. Why? Because Bale is always great in his role, no matter what. Even in Breath of Fire, Bale did an amazing job. And lest we forget…American Psycho.
Gamespot has posted its review of Harmonix’ Rock Band for the Xbox 360, giving it a 9.0 out of 10 ‘Editor’s Choice’ rating.
From the article:
All told, Rock Band turns in an absolutely stellar performance. And much like any real band worth its salt, it’s not just because of one or two things that it does well while the rest fall by the wayside. Each individual component of the game is good on its own, but it’s when you put those things together into a collective whole that the game truly shines. Ultimately, the $170 investment is bound to be a sticking point for some, especially those who don’t have readily available friends who can come over and rock whenever the itch needs to be scratched. But even with that caveat in mind, Rock Band is easily one of the most ambitious music games ever produced, and that it is so successful in its ambition makes it something really special.
Joystiq is reporting that Super Mario Galaxy has sold a half million units in the US during it’s first week at retail! According to the article, ‘Super Mario Galaxy the strongest first week sales of any Mario game ever.’
For those that dont know:
Super Mario Galaxy is a 3D action-platformer game developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the third 3D platformer in the series after Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The game follows Mario on his quest through space to save Princess Peach from his nemesis Bowser. Levels take the form of galaxies filled with spherical planetoids, while gameplay is updated with a variety of gravity effects and new power-ups.
Gizmodo has posted an article on a very cool, 360 degree HUMVEE simulator by Mersive VR. The system uses 10 projectors and simulates weapons fire with amazing accuracy. In the article, they interview Mersive’s Sales and Marketing Manager Robert Bolen. Check out the videos in the Gizmodo story, makes you want to go out and buy one right now!
This vid is for their 220 degree unit: