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Bethesda Softworks is prepping a new title in the Wolfenstein series that pits the franchise's hero, B.J. Blazkowicz, against an alternate-history version of the post World War II era in which the Nazis, not the Allies, were ultimately victorious. BJ, apparently on ice for more than a decade, awakens in this nightmare version of the future -- a nightmare that the trailer refers to as a "rewriting", implying that BJ, at least, is aware of what's happened. Some losses... are unthinkable Wolfenstein always delved heavily into the Nazi fascination with the occult; the last games in the series relied... Read more...
Here's a weird one. Doom, the first-person shooter we all grew up playing, hasn't been on sale in Germany ––  ever! A rather strange report has surfaced over the weekend, showing that the classic will finally be on sale after 17 years of being on a ban list. Yeah, 17 whole years! As it was, the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (Bundesprufstelle) had sentenced the title in the same restrictive category as pornography, which had kept it off of store shelves for nearly two whole decades. Of course, there were other means of acquiring it, but not on the straight-and-narrow.... Read more...
Is it really possible to play Doom...on a calculator? You may think that one would have just as good a chance at making that happen as ever seeing Duke Nukem Forever, but in the case of the former, it's a reality. Doom has found its way onto a Texas Instruments calculator, and the entire geek world is in a tizzy about it. The actual build is called nDoom, which is a modified version of the original that's designed to work on less powerful machines. The TI-Nspire is the calculator of choice, and while you may not expect such a device to have enough graphical power to truly pull this off, this whole... Read more...
Once upon a time, back when cavemen ruled the Earth and I was in college, the "in" thing to do (if you were a nerd, anyway), was to port Doom to various Windows mobile phones, PDAs, G3/G4-era Macs, graphing calculators, and other assorted devices with limited functionality and horsepower. Now, some 13 years later, porting Doom has apparently become too easy. Two separate Android developers have raised the ante and released functional ports of Quake II and III for the Motorola Droid. Perhaps a screen shot dropped on a phone render—but source code is available and functional.... Read more...
Apple has made no secret of its intentions to rival the likes of Sony and Nintendo in the handheld gaming market. They clearly feel that the iPod touch and iPhone 3GS have what it takes to make people think twice about shelling out for a dedicated gaming handheld and those $20-$40 games. But one phone player that has remained relatively quiet in the gaming space is Palm. Of course, you could say that Palm's just trying to nail the whole "calling and messaging" aspect before worrying over such extra matters, but leave it to the hacking/homebrew crowd to really demonstrate the Pre's potential. Over... Read more...
On the PC, first came Wolfenstein 3D, then came DOOM. Such is the way of iPhone gaming ports as well. We saw Wolf3D earlier, and now we see DOOM.To be honest, it's part of an ongoing trend. With faster CPUs on the iPhone 3G and particularly the iPhone 3GS, more first-person shooters (FPS) are ending up on the iPhone and iPod touch. You might ask, how much? When id Software first released Wolfenstein 3D, it was $4.99. Since then, it's dropped as low as $0.99 and currently sits at $1.99. DOOM, on the other hand, is a high-priced (for the App Store) $6.99. Ouch! Don't confuse this with the earlier... Read more...
The day many gamers have been waiting for has arrived: Classic first-person shooters have come to the iPhone.Sure, a jailbroken version of Quake came to the iPhone and iPod Touch last summer and there had been rumors of Doom making its way to the smartphone market for a while, but now it's official.Doom Resurrection became available for download in the App Store this week for $10. The art and story is from Doom 3, which was originally released in 2004.The game reset the Doom series and was set on Mars in 2145, in a scientific research facility where they were working on teleportation, biological... Read more...
The big daddy of all 3D FPS game studios, id Software, has been acquired by ZeniMax Media - the media company run by Jerry Bruckheimer (himself), Robert Altman (not that one) and Harry Sloan (CEO of MGM). As a result of being brought into the Zenimax fold, the id Software franchises will be published under the Bethesda Softworks label, and games development will be done under one roof, as John Carmack has put it. This means Fallout 3, Quake, Doom and Elder Scrolls IV as one big happy family. Activision will retain the Wolfenstein distribution, though. The sale isn't a fortuitous alignment of stars... Read more...
Not only did Id Games announce today that it is hard at work on the next installment of the first-person shooter DOOM series, DOOM 4, but the company is looking to hire designers, artists, animators, and programmers to develop the new title."DOOM is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry to bring the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software.  "It's critical for id Software to have the best creative minds in-house to develop games that meet the standards synonymous with our titles."No less... Read more...
We think it's a bit early to declare Amazon's new Star-Trek-esque reader as a flop just yet.  Sure it may not be the prettiest thing we've ever seen, and the price is a bit higher than what we were expecting, but all in all it could just be a glimpse of things yet to come.Not everybody shares our optimistic outlook on new hardware, especially Don Reisinger of CNet, who writes:“When bookstores are within driving distance and Amazon.com is a click away of most people, what's the impetus to use one of these?Everything I've heard from the proponents of this device attempt to glorify it as the... Read more...
Many of you have heard of the Doomsday Clock. The proximity of the minute hand to midnight has been the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' way of predicting the potential of nuclear war at first, and now doomsday for the human race in general terms.DogsinDanger.com has a similar idea, and hopes to promote adoption of shelter dogs.Each is tagged with a death date set by a shelter — and a countdown clock showing the days, or hours, until the animal is killed.Dogsindanger.com works with more than 120 shelters nationwide that destroy dogs. How much time the dogs get before death varies from state to... Read more...
A requirement for a new residence has always been, in our opinion, broadband of some type, either DSL or cable modem service.  Rural America is still pretty broadband-less, and may stay that way, because of the forever mighty profit margin. As population density drops outside of metropolitan areas, it's impossible for telecommunications companies or cable service providers to justify the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile it can cost to bring fiber to every rural community, let alone every home. The result: Today, just 17 percent of rural U.S. households subscribe to broadband... Read more...
IBM plans to place DRAM (dynamic random access memory) circuits right in their microprocessors starting next year. It's not a breakthrough, just a tweak. Soon you'll be able to eDRAM those Cacodemons and spreadsheets. Until now, IBM, Intel (NasdaqGS:INTC - News) and nearly all chipmakers used synchronous RAM, another type of memory. SRAM is faster that DRAM, but it has some limitations. As chips get smaller, chipmakers need something to replace SRAMs as on-chip memory. The solution, says IBM, is eDRAM. It is one-third the size of SRAM... Read more...
The Washington Post has just published an interesting article outlining the author's disappointment with Intel's VIIV campaign. Although there has been ample marketing dollars thrown at this campaign, there has been little no no innovation in terms of hardware to give consumers any compelling reason to opt for a VIIV certified system. Hopefully, the campaign will mature over time and we'll see some key hardware innovations come to the table to offer more features and functionality than a standard PC. Intel says Viiv will mean much more in the future. For example, the coming... Read more...
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