SailorSpork writes "Shunned by the White House, the Death Star has turned to Kickstarter to fund its evil ambitions. At £20,000,000, it will be funded and be allowed to move forward to drawing up plans and finding chicken wire to cover up that vent. If it reaches its stretch goal of £543,000,000,000,000,00 ($850,000,000,000,000,000), full construction can commence.
While clearly a joke (from TFA: "The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible"), crazier things have happened, and funding is already over £230,000." Link to Original Source top
US District Court drops charges against Aaron Swartz
SailorSpork writes ""The US District Court in Boston has dropped the charges against Aaron Swartz, a web entrepreneur and political activist who committed suicide Friday, according to a court document filed this morning.
In July 2011, Swartz was charged in US District Court in Boston for hacking into the JSTOR archive system on MIT's network in 2010. He allegedly downloaded more than 4 million articles, some of which were behind a paywall." This has been talked about numeroustimeshere." Link to Original Source top
Super Mario Bros. was almost a beat 'em up shooter
SailorSpork writes "IGN has the scoop on the content of the Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary set released last week in Japan. On the bonus disc were never-before-seen design documents, dated 9 months before it hit shelves in Japan in 1985, that had Mario using kicks, ray guns and rocket launchers with the A button (rather than the now famous Jump, which would have been Up on the D-pad). This puts the original Mario game closer to Contra or Streets of Rage, and that changes were made very close to launch to make it the classic game we know and love today." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes ""Megan Walker was mauled by Saracen, a bull mastiff, while playing the game at a friend's house. The dog dragged Megan from the sofa and sank its teeth into the girl's face, removing her lip.
[British Tabloid] The Daily Mail attributes the attack to the sounds of barking emanating from Megan's DS "game station" during a bout of Nintendogs.
The girl's grandmother, Jean Taylor, told the paper, "I think this game should carry some kind of warning. People should be told not to play it when there are dogs in the room. I blame the game for what happened to Megan. If they hadn't been playing it I don't think the dog would have gone for her."
The mastiff was later destroyed. Unfortunately, the true culprit in the crime (the idiot parent that allowed a young child in the same house as a face-eating mastiff) was not." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes ""Owners of popular Pokemon fansites such as Serebii.net, Bulbagarden and Pokeranch opened their email inboxes this weekend to find a "Cease and Desist" letter from Nintendo's legal department.... The issue seems to reside in the use of screenshots of Pokemon Black and White, two games that have just shipped in Japan. Fansites have generally had free reign with "fair use" content of Pokemon media (including in-game screenshots), and while Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have been restrictive and protective of the Pokemon license by unlicensed third parties, this Cease and Desist takes it to a new level."" Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "Remember The case of DVD Copy Control Association vs. RealNetworks about the RealDVD product, software which would have allowed copying movies to your hard drive and playing them back without a DVD? The judge ruled this week that the software maker broke it's CSS contract with the DVD CCA by not following certain security requirements, and that in addition, it's attempts to circumvent ARccOS and RipGuard errors violated the DCMA. The judge also noted that the backups themselves are not illegal, just the tools that make them. RealNetworks said they are reviewing the detailed ruling before commenting on the possibility of appeal." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "Kotaku has the scoop on Club Nintendo US's eagerly awaited bonuses. Club Nintendo has been around a long time in Japan, and finally opened up in the US last year. "Platinum Members can get downloadable title Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, which allows players to fight Little Mac's coach, Doc Louis. Also available is replica Mario hat. Gold Members get a calendar. Yes, a calender."
Past Club Nintendo Japan bonuses have included a Wii Classic controller shaped like an SNES pad, a Mario Galaxy soundtrack, and a gold Wii Wheel. For perspective, to get to Platinum status in the US one would need to buy and register about $600 worth of Nintendo hardware & first-party games." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "BBC Reports: "China is delaying a controversial plan requiring all new computers sold in the country to be equipped with an internet filtering software, state media says. The filter, called Green Dam Youth Escort, was to have been required from Wednesday, but the ministry of industry said computer makers needed more time." Except of course for Sony, who as reported earlier lacked the moral fiber to hold off installing the spyware, which reportedly is ridden with security holes and uses stolen code. Sony actually managed to ship ahead of the schedule." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "You're reading that right, from TFA: "Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that TT Games and Harmonix are developing a Lego version of Rock Band for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, with an additional version scheduled for release on the Nintendo DS. Players will be able to rock out in true Lego style, complete with customized avatars and LEGO themed venues. So far the only songs confirmed for this version are Blur's Song 2, Carl Douglas' Kung Fu Fighting and Europe's The Final Countdown."
People in the comments section said it best — it might look like the franchise is jumping the shark, but what a way to do it!" Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "Manygamingwebsites" are reporting that Hugo and Nebula award winning sci-fi author Greg Bear will be writing a 100,000 year prequel trilogy to the Halo series, focusing on the Forerunners and presumably the construction of the Larry Niven knock-offs. Will he be able to balance the needs of his hard sci-fi fanbase with the Halo fan's need for a soft introduction to "chapter books"?
Despite my sarcasm, as someone who considers both as guilty pleasures, I am actually really looking forward to seeing how he handles this..." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "Fans of furries and anime-style cat girls will be disappointed by the news that attempts to create human animal hybrids have failed. Experiments by British scientists to create embryonic stem cells by putting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs had raised ethical concerns, but the question of how we would treat sub-humans will have to wait until we actually figure out how to make them." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "According to the linked thread on the forums of AnimeSuki, a popular anime bittorent index site, Comcast has begun sending DCMA letters to customers downloading unlicensed (meaning that no english language company has the rights to) fan-subtitled anime shows via bittorrent. The letters are claiming that the copyright holder or an authorized agent are making the infringement claims, though usually these requests are also sent to the site itself rather that individual downloaders.
My question is have they really been in contact with Japanese anime companies, or is this another scare tactic by Comcast to try and reduce the bandwidth use of their heavier customers now that their previous tactics have come under legalfire?" Link to Original Source top
Former Yahoo CMO Joins Nintendo to Fill Reggie's S
SailorSpork writes "Advertising Age reports "Nintendo has a new top marketing executive. Cammie Dunaway, who announced she would be leaving Yahoo as its chief marketing officer just last week, will join Nintendo of America on Nov. 5 as exec VP-sales and marketing. That position has been empty since last May when Reggie Fils-Aime was promoted to president and chief operating officer." She has some big Reggie-sized shoes to fill, good luck to her!" Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes "The Japanese government has formally asked the American government for their help in stopping the distribution of fan-subtitled anime, specifically via P2P networks like Bittorrent and video sharing sites such as YouTube. The full document (in Japanese) is available here, a Google translation of an article on a Japanese website summarizing the request is available here, and a short article is available in english here. In a nutshell, the Japanese government blames rampant filesharing with the recent decline of the industry both at home and abroad. While individual companies have made similar, targeted requests before to stop a few specific projects, this is the first time the Japanese government has asked for help in enforcing its international copyrights across the board.
Ironically, Geneon Entertainment, an anime distributor that had an agreement with Azureus to digitally distribute its titles via Bittorrent, has recently withdrawn from the American market." top
SailorSpork writes "This article from Advertising Age presents data saying that 6-8 year olds are gaming much more than the previous year's research (75% more), and that an increase in easily accessible casual games is helping this growth. Marketers are calling this young demographic a "critical age at which to capture the future gamers of the world." The article also states that the results are troubling for those concerned about the link between video game marketing and the increasing trend in obese children (when I was that age, we — err, they were called "fat kids"), but says that more research is called for." Link to Original Source top
SailorSpork writes ""NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In much the way Apple made music aficionados out of mere music buyers, Nintendo via its Wii system has created a passionate group of devotees out of people who previously couldn't have cared less about video games. Wii broke open a market long confined predominantly to young men and welcomed in the rest of the family."
SailorSpork writes "It's been long speculated and hoped for and finally confirmed: the blue speedy spiny former long-time nemesis to the pudgy plumber will show up as a rival in the latest generation Smash Brothers game for Wii coming out in December. The official Smash Brothers homepage has pictures and videos of Sonic and Mario in action together, showing off a few early shots of his speedy moves. Now that Snake isn't the only non-Nintendo exclusive character in the game, what other surprises are in store? Don't hold your breath if you were hoping for Master Chief and Sephiroth."