"Since Emerald City Comicon took place during the last weekend, I decided to scour flickr for some CC cosplay photography of the event, and while there was not as many pictures as with similar conventions in bigger cities, I was able to find a decent amount of good pictures. [GAS] reader and cosplayer Ani-Mia (The Sexy Wampa Lady above) also let me post some of the pictures her boyfriend took (Non CC) during the weekend. Check these out!.."
"GameStop could ban the PlayStation 4 if it blocks the use of pre-owned games.
We already know that publishers and developers despise the second-hand market. They claim they're losing money because these consumers aren't purchasing the pricy, mint copies. Only the retailers are generating revenue from these used games and thus are driving prices of the retail versions upwards.
But some of us on the consumer side say we flock to used versions because new copies are just too damn expensive. We bought the hardware, and we should have the right to play second-hand copies..."
"The beta versions of Mac OS X (code-named Mountain Lion) and Windows 8 are now being tested worldwide, and although they are quite different from one another, they share one characteristic: Both take designs and features built for smartphones and tablets and tack them onto desktops and laptops. Does that mean that Apple and Microsoft believe that your computer is really just a big smartphone? And what do these new upgrades mean for IT?" - Read More
"At the Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, the French game studio Quantic Dream showcased “Kara”, a tech demo of their latest performance capture and graphical rendering engine. As well as creating formally innovative video games, Quantic Dream also provides performance capture services for the film industry. Therefore, it is not particularly surprising that they wanted to highlight their ability to push the envelope on creating realistic digital actors.
"A team of Utah Valley University boffins has established that regular Facebook users tend to be a bit more sad than non-users. The reason? Well, it all seems to boil down to envy. Facebook simply offers a quick glance into the lives of others, much like the East German Stasi, and in the end many users simply don’t like what they see.
"SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., but lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With the Canadian DMCA back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA style rules.
"Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late."
"[GAS] Reader Ani-Mia recently sent me a few pictures of her cosplaying as Lulu from Final Fantasy X, and I must say, the costume looks very authentic! I’ve also included a few other pictures I stumbled on while stalking looking through her Facebook page."
Enjoy TechwareLabs Coverage of the booth and party babes for Day 1 of CES 2012!
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