Lost is lost.

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The TV series Lost has lost the plot. Warning *** the following article contains spoilers ***. Warning 2 *** the spoilers about to be revealed are really stupid ***.

 

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Review: Brain Challenge

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What is GOOP?

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What is GOOP? - It is Gwyneth Paltrow's website where she gives practical every day advice.

What is GOOP really? - It is a tribute to Gwyneth Paltrow by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Here is an incredibly funny article in Vanity Fair making fun of GOOP:
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/09/vanities-paltrow200909

Since when did Vanity Fair starting making fun of people?
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A tale of two New York cities (Part two)

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Last week a described the hell that is New York, in ‘A tale of two New York Cities’ when I reviewed Alone in the Dark. At any moment in New York there is a monster waiting to kill you. In Prototype it is the same, living in New York is a death sentence.

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A tale of two New York cities (Part one)

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I imagine that the people of New York live their lives in absolute fear. They spend their lives running from cover to cover because at any given moment there is some monster mercilessly hunting them down.

 

Alone in the Dark and Prototype are both set in the city of New York. In both games you wake up after being experimented on. In both games the experiment goes wrong and the citizens of New York get butchered.

 

In part one of this article, I will review Alone in the Dark. Next week in part two, I will take a look at Prototype.

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Are you a gigantic geek? You might be if you…

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Review:Star Wars - The Force Unleashed

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Star Wars is different from all the other N-Gage games because they use a new technology called Cell Weaver. You use your normal directions keys to ‘weave’ patterns. For instance, to use the Jedi power of Heal you would type: up, right, down, left. It is a real nice novelty and great to play with. Really makes Star Wars stand out from all the other N-Gage games.

The graphics are great and so is the sound. So where are the problems?

The 7 commandments of video games were written by David Wong for Cracked magazine. The fifth commandment states that: Thou shalt not force repetition on the player. That is exactly what they do in the Star Wars game.

Just before a boss battle there is always a little cut scene. The scene is always about the hero meeting the boss, they have some dialogue and then they fight. If you die during the fight, you have to watch the entire scene again. The scene can not be skipped. If you die 5 times you have to watch the scene 5 times. If you die 10 times, you have to watch the scene 10 times. Luckily the scenes are short enough not to kill the game play.

The biggest reason I would say not to buy  this game, it is very short. After playing for just an hour I completed the game, but one of the N-Gage point pick ups is only unlocked after playing 20 hours. So now I have to play a game, I already finished, for another 19 hours just so I can get the last pick up. (N-Gage pickups are like X-Box achievements, they are unlocked when you perform a certain feat inside the game, showing the whole world that you pwned the game.)

Playing the game for 19 hours is not an achievement, its just torture.

Verdict - Don't Buy
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The Recession might be good for myDL.

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Everybody knows that the Recession is a bad thing but funny enough, it might be a good thing for myDL.

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Since we are on the subject of ID theft...

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Normally when I watch Carte Blanch, I am emotionally detached from the stories they show. It is stuff that happens to other people. However Sunday evening’s Carte Blanch episode struck a cord with me – identity theft. It happened to a friend of mine and it destroyed his business and he nearly faced criminal charges.

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In the spirit of Audio Visual month - NVidia 3D Vision

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In the spirit of Audio / Visual month I will take a look at a new development in Visual technology:
 

 
NVidia recently announced their new 3D technology. I could not personally test because it is not available in S-A yet (you can import it for a lot of $$$ but I do not have a lot of $$$). However people that have tested it say it is – well, um, ok-ish.
 
All it is, is a pair of 3D glasses that work together with a NVidia graphic card to produce very life like 3D images while you are playing games.

People that have personally experienced games with this new tech say that the 3D is really good. It is a lot better than previous attempts where the 3D were just red and green shadows that looked more 2D that 3D. If you have recently seen the movie Coraline in 3D you would know what I mean. Objects appear to float in front of the screen and sometimes seem to come right at you.
 
Setting up the whole system is very easy. A wizard guides you through most of the installation and technical stuff. After the installation is done, the user can tweak a few of the settings on their own.
 
If the 3D is so good and it is so easy to use, why would they just give it a so-so rating? It is the fact that the overall experience is not very good.
 
First of all, prolonged used could give you headaches. Second it will only work with Windows Vista. The third reason, there is only a very limited amount of games that really work with this technology and than there is the price tag.
 
You need to buy –
  • the glasses;
  • a graphic card that can support the glasses;
  • a screen that can support the card and the glasses.
  • (and of course a game that will work with all of the above)
 It is by far the best attempt yet to bring 3D to computer games and although there are a few snags, it is definitely a technology to keep your eye on.
 
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