"According to a research paper produced from a collaboration between the University of Texas and the Centre for European Economic Research, violent video games may induce aggressive behavior, but the incapacitation effect outweighs this and produces a genuine reduction in violent crime. This paper was referenced in a BBC news story giving reasons why the US crime rates are falling (at least outside the prisons!)"
"DICE has confirmed that the console versions of Battlefield 3 will only support a frame rate of 30fps. That is right: both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will both only run at 30 frames per second, while the PC version will run at 60fps. The 30fps will be delivered on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at a resolution of 720p. The PC version, however, will run at full 1080p. Actually, a number of the most popular titles run at 720p, so the decision isn’t that surprising."
"Can Microsoft remotely disable third-party accessories from working with the Xbox 360 and get away with it?
The Redmond, Washington software- and console-maker did just that, and claims copyright law gave it the right. At issue is Microsoft’s 2009 remote disabling of Datel memory cards, which prompted an antitrust lawsuit that lives on today—litigation that has morphed into the latest test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
"Game rentals through Redbox are now on, starting today in about 21,000 Wal-Mart stores and gas station locations across the U.S. The cost will be $2 per day and the kiosks will feature Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 titles. Redbox is not commenting on how many game titles they are planning on loading into each kiosk. Those that rent a game from Redbox and keep the title for 30 days will be charged $60, and they can keep the game. From our understanding, there is no plan to send the box to those that end up purchasing a title."
"It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of gum.” Is only one of many great iconic lines that put the Duke Nukem games into our list of cult classics. Ever since Duke Nukem Forever was first announced by 3D Realms back in 1997 our anticipation of another boundless action packed video game has been high. Sadly this game has been riddled with an exceedingly great many delays, therefore after 13 years, was it worth the wait?
"This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™ 11.6. This particular software suite updates both the AMD display driver, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated to provide enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability."
"Despite previously insisting that dedicated servers were not the direction that Infinity Ward was going with upcoming release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, we are hearing that Infinity Ward is doing some serious back pedaling; and at least having discussions about dedicated servers for the PC community, and what it might look like if they were going to do it.
"So, PS Vita will go for $249 for the WiFi-only model whereas the 3G one will cost $299. They will be available through AT&T exclusively. As we’ve grown to expect, Europeans will pay the same price, although in euros. The PS Vita has a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, rear multi-touch pad, two analog sticks as well as front and rear facing cameras. It will also include preinstalled app dubbed “Party”, which will enable users to do voice and text chat. Hirai confirmed that the device will ship globally starting from the holiday season 2011."
"LulzSec, the hacker group behind the Fox and PBS breaches, has struck again. This time the target was SonyPictures.com. It resulted in the compromise of over one million user accounts, complete with usernames, passwords, email addresses, birth dates and home addresses, and all the other data required by Sony when signing up for the service, as well as the Sony BMG databases with details of Belgian and Dutch customers.
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