88NoSoup4U88 writes "Nearly two months ago, Google introduced the Google Elections Video Search gadget on iGoogle, a tool that transcribes and indexes the spoken content on YouTube's Politicians channels. Now it's possible to enjoy this technology in a bigger way: They just launched Google Audio Indexing (aka GAudi) in Google Labs. The dedicated site offers more features, such as "search within video" and "sharing," and a more robust user interface." Link to Original Source top
88NoSoup4U88 writes "Over the past decade and a half, a revolution in recording technology has changed the way albums are produced, mixed and mastered — almost always for the worse. Producers and engineers call this "the loudness war", and it has changed the way almost every new pop and rock album sounds. By applying dynamic range compression, which reduces the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in a song, the engineers can make the music louder to grab the listeners' attention." Link to Original Source top
88NoSoup4U88 writes "The highly anticipated Enemy Territory: Quake Wars has just gone gold, according to a post by Lead Gamedesigner Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood on the Splashdamage forums. "Back in 2003, we started exchanging design ideas with id Software for what started out as a fairly modest attempt to evolve the team-play in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Now, four years later, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars has officially gone GOLD!"" Link to Original Source top
88NoSoup4U88 writes "From October 11th, Valve will start to weekly update the prices you pay for weapons/equipment based on the market demand in Counter-Strike: Source. This is the first time a FPS tries to simulate the prices through an algorithm, instead of using static (playtested) prices.
I wonder how the (overly critical) CS community will react to this, but I think it will be a good experiment to see if 'virtual markets' like this will add to the gameplay."