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Virtual Reality is Here

With devices like the VR Headset and the Oculus Rift Headset quietly edging their way onto the commercial tech scene, what does the near future hold for virtual reality?

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‘Virtual reality’ is one of those funny terms that can’t help but sound futuristic. Like hover cars and teleporters, it has long since formed a part of the sci-fi wallpaper, ever regarded as a mere twinkle in the eye of the world’s leading electronic engineers. Where virtual reality differs from hoverboards and teleportation in this day and age however, is that it’s here right now. Here, to get you up to speed, is some of the key information you need to know about virtual reality today, as well as some thoughts on the implications of this technology for our near future:

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Good Night at the BAFTA’s for Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain won 3 awards last night.  There were other winners but I am going to focus on this one as I have played it twice and currently started a third. Heavy Rain was written and directed by Quantic Dream’s chief executive, David De Gruttola.

Heavy Rain is an interactive game and you control the outcome. There are four main playable characters. This game is definitely a bite from film noir. Ethan Mars is one of the characters who is trying to find his son from a serial killer who uses extended rain storms to kill his victims.

The other three characters are:

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Crysis 2 Leaked

Crysis 2 was scheduled for release on the 22nd of March, but that doesn’t mean anything to people who want a game and will release a game into the gaming world for us heathens to play ahead of time.

So a late developement build of Crysis 2 has gone up on certain sites, it includes the full game, including multiplayer.  It also includes the DRM Solidshield master key files, which only handles the online activation. No one is sure where the leak came from, but it’s especially damaging because the game is near to being declared gold and shipping to retailers.

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PS3 Firmware 3.56 Includes a “Rootkit”

Well played Sony, you managed to put a root kit into your new firmeware update, that being if we actually updated our console. I myself will be staying on 3.41. It’s been reported that CFW disables your blu-ray play back.

Back to the rootkit though their own “rootkit” so to speak, which allows them, being Sony to execute remote code upon login. What code exactly? Well that can range from confirming system files, detecting custom firmware to searching for any installed homebrew that you may have put on. It’s rumoured that they will be able to “kill” your console but that has yet to be seen.

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Pixel Force Halo Released Today

As promised, Eric Ruth’s highly-anticipated Bungie-inspired demake, Pixel Force Halo, has now arrived! Originally announced back in December, Eric’s Contra-esque platformer is available on PC for free download now.

He has also created Left for Dead and DJ Hero in 8bit, which I am sure if you are like me and know how to use google you can find them all. Eric also has something coming out in the Spring but he wouldn’t say what it was but here’s a quote that is making me wonder what else he could mastermind in 8bit?

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The Grateful Dead Get A Videogame

I don’t know about y’all but this is the most exciting video game news I have heard in a year. You can tell I like the Grateful Dead already? Well I do, they play music like I play video games, with reckless abandonment and somehow it turns out in a positive light.

The surviving band members gave the project their blessing, but the agreement was brokered by Rhino Entertainment, the Warner Music Group subsidiary that has managed all of the band’s intellectual property since 2006.

“We can’t wait for everyone check out the fun new toys we are building,” said David Lemieux, the band’s longtime archivist, in a statement.

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Sony Takes Legal Action Against Infamous PS3 Hacker GeoHot

They mean business don’t they, and by they I mean Sony.  Geohot has been served papers and the charges include:

• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)(C) – Confidential Information On Computer
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(4) – Intent To Defraud And Obtain Value
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A) – Knowing Transmission of Code
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(B) and (C) – Intentional and Reckless Damage And Loss
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(6)(A) – Trafficking in Password
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(7)(B) – Intent to Extort

Oh but don’t think it ends there the papers were also served to 27C3 lecturers and fail0verflow members Marcan aka Hector Martin and sven aka Sven Peter and 100 John Does, as posted on IRC and his site.

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Geohot Releases PS3 Jailbreak for 3.55 Firmware

Happy New Year Sony! Okay maybe not quite. But it is for us Ps3 owners who didn’t fall for the ole update trick or for those of us who did! Geohot, the famous iPhone hacker has done it, he’s broken through firmware 3.55 and posted the code publicy on his website.

To jailbreak your console all you need to do is get the jailbreak.zip file from Geohot’s site and flash it with the official 3.55 PS3 firmware update.

Last week Sony PromiTo jailbreak your console all you need to do is get the jailbreak.zip file from Geohot’s site and flash it with the official 3.55 PS3 firmware update.

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The annoyances of being a ‘Girl Gamer’

 

Since joining up here and interacting with several other girl gamers, I have learnt that I’m not the only female who can sit and play a game for hours on end and enjoy that feeling of accomplishment when you finally finish a game.  It’s common knowledge that the gaming industry and all things game related is a mans world.  But what I’m writing about today is how being a girl gamer can sometimes cause problems when playing online.  I’ll also be sharing afew of my experiences of being a girl gamer. 

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