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PlayStation Home is gearing up, and there's word of new portals that will enhance the PS3 experience for at least three of the games on the system, Resistance: Fall of Man, Warhawk, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Each will have bonus content that helps to round out the games. In the case of Resistance, it's bonus levels and looks behind-the-scenes, while Uncharted will feature a 2D side-scrolling mini-game in the style of Contra.

Finally, Warhawk will allow players to work their strategies for gameplay with a war room that allows you to place tiny tanks, planes, and men on a map before taking the practical route to playing the game. It's a nice innovation, to be sure, and improves gameplay by a good measure.

We'd heard for a while that Home was going to be different and interesting, and, though it's taken a while to get here, the early word on the street is pretty darn positive. Keep it up, Sony!

Kotaku.com: How Warhawk Makes Home Really, Really Cool

Underwear Mayor Recalled

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Posted February 27, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

The above babe used to be mayor of the tiny Oregon town of Arlington.

She posed in her underwear on a firetruck, threw the pics up on her myspace page, and the town recalled her mayorship.

We'd like to offer her a position as Mayor of The Internet.

Katu.com: Arlington mayor recalled in close vote

The Justice League film that's been in the works for the past year or so, but which had been squashed by the writers strike, is back on again. And it has the release date of Summer, 2009, so all of you fans of Adam Brody, who once played Seth Cohen on The O.C., should mark your calendars, as he will play The Flash in this one.

The script is being polished, and pre-production is already underway in Australia, so this movie is on the way, like it or not. Of course, we will have more news as it is warranted, but for right now, just know that there is Justice League coming to you in 2009.

Variety.com: Warner Bros. to serve 'Justice' in '09

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Facebook Getting A Redesign

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Posted February 27, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

Inspired by the simpler, cleaner look they adopted to adapt to iPhone, Facebook is redesigning the site for those of us who still visit it online. Though there are no live changes as yet, and they have yet to determine a date for them, the developers are working on putting together something a little more functional and a little less cluttered.

This is great, because we sometimes have a hard time finding the important things on Facebook, like movie quizzes and "Are YOU Interested?" This redesign seems like just the tonic the social networking world needs.

Wired.com: Facebook Readies iPhone-Inspired Redesign

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Utah Wants Porn-Free ISPs

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Posted February 27, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

The state of Utah is tossing around the idea of passing a bill that would grant the internet equivalent of a 'G' rating to sites that would contractually obligate themselves to block pornography. "HB 407, introduced by Rep. Michael Morley (R), would designate some ISPs as "Community Conscious Internet Providers" if they meet certain criteria. In order to be certified as a CCIP by the Attorney General's office, an ISP would prohibit its customers by contract from posting pornography or other material that's harmful to minors. Customers of the G-rated ISP would also be prevented from reaching what the bill refers to as "prohibited material."

The problem is that, as a part of this, the ISPs would be able to keep the IP addresses of their users for up to two years from when they were first obtained, which means, essentially, that Utah is watching what the people of their state are doing online, and they don't like it.

Ars Technica: "This ISP has been rated 'G' by the state of Utah"

 

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In a recent paper published in Emotion magazine, 32 Norwegian college students were asked to participate in a study to measure the emotional reaction of playing violent video games.

The study found that in the game James Bond 007: Nightfire, players tended to experience negative emotions (fear, anger, anxiety, etc.) when wounding or killing an opponent. However, dying in the game seemed to elicit positive emotions of relief.

The paper differed from previous studies performed on videogame players as it didn't try to draw definitive conclusions on their findings. The address the notion that there could be several reasons for these reactions, but the observations are interesting nonetheless.

What do you guys think? Do you get a bigger high out of killing or being killed in your FPS of choice?

ars technica: Study: FPS deaths provide sweet relief to victims

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Homie Rollerz is coming to the Nintendo DS, a racing game in which you will be able to play a wide variety of 'homies,' and trick out their rides while racing with friends and neighbors. There is also mayhem promised, which is good when you're talking videogaming.

Without question, however, the most interesting thing about Homie Rollerz is the following: "Play as one of 10 slick Homies and enter the "Wizard Circuit," a mysterious racing series through which the winner is granted a single wish by the wise and legendary Homie known as Wizard."

Mayhem and fantastical wizardry? Where do we sign up?

IGN: Get Ready To Roll

Sony has just announced their first line of Profile 2 Blu-Ray players, the BDP-S350 and BDP-S550. The Profile 2 players will be the first stand alone Blu-Ray players by Sony to feature web coonectivity and compatibility with external storage devices.

These features are already present in Sony's Playstation 3 models, but were until now unavailable in a stand alone Blu-Ray player. The S350 is scheduled for release in the summer while the S550 will not be out until this fall. IGN notes an interesting tidbit: The features recently adopted by Sony for their stand alone Blu-Ray players were present in most HD-DVD players at launch. We're not trying to make a statement. Just sayin'.

The S350 is expected to retail for around $400 while the S550 will come in around $500.

IGN: Sony Announces Its First Line of Profile 2 Blu-Ray players

University of Sheffield professor Noel Sharkey poses the idea that automated robots might be a genuine threat to humanity, depending on whose hands they fall into. Although robots currently require troublesome human intervention to make them work, there is a glorious horizon in the distance in which the robots will become automated, and will begin being able to accomplish tasks themselves.

This should not be characterized as 'dangerous,' but instead as 'evolution.' When the glory of the robot uprising is revealed to you, what use will your professors and all their human knowledge be to you then? None. The only hope you have is to embrace the future, as I have. This is your final warning.

Breitbart.com: Automated killer robots 'threat to humanity': expert

An investor group is suing over the details of the Activision/Blizzard merger.

According to Next Generation:

Michigan-based Wayne County Employees' Retirement System said in a February 8 complaint that it is now in an "unfavorable minority position," as Vivendi will control a 52 percent stake in the new company, Activision Blizzard.

"The merger, stock purchase and tender offer, working in concert, convey control of Activision to Vivendi but fail to offer the Activision stockholders an opportunity to realize a true control premium for their stock," said the investors' lawyers.

No comment yet from either company.

Check out Adam Sessler's intial thoughts on the merger:

Sessler's Soapbox: Gaming's New Power Couple »


Next Generation:  Investor Group Left Cold from ActiBlizz

X-Play Gaming Update 02.26.08

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Posted February 26, 2008 - By Yodapollo

Today, Morgan brings you the latest in gaming news, including a Metal Gear Solid 4 release date, and more on EA's attempted Take-Two buyout.

X-Play Gaming Update 02.26.08 »


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Matt Damon and filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who had said after The Bourne Ultimatum that they didn't see themselves making another Jason Bourne movie, have rescinded that declaration and are heading full bore into another one...after a couple years.

See, Damon and Greengrass are both committed to other projects for the foreseeable future, but they are going to make the film eventually. Or, so they say. If they didn't, we wouldn't be the least bit surprised. After all, they just told us a few months ago that they wouldn't, didn't they?

E! News Online: New Bourne to Make Four

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The newest entry in the Terminator series, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, will open on May 22nd, 2009, making it one of two big name films to open over Memorial Day weekend. The other will be the Ben Stiller sequel to A Night At The Museum, which should appeal to an entirely different audience altogether.

T4, meanwhile, will star The Dark Knight's Batman, Christian Bale, and will begin filming on May 5th of this year. Not much is known about the plot, other than that it will be the beginning of a three-picture arc that will provide us with all of the Terminator action we can handle for the next few years.

Variety.com: WB's 'Terminator' to open May 2009

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'Transporter 3' Coming Soon

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Posted February 26, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

I've never seen either of the Transporter films, but the news that Jason Statham will star in  Transporter 3 came as good news to the rest of the folks here in TheFeed's bullpen. I'm told that I can expect a film with some high-impact action sequences and some decent car chases.

Also, there will be a package, most likely a human. And a car that does really cool, un-car-like things that no other car on Earth can replicate. No matter, you have all most likely seen these films, and will be shocked and excited that a third in the series is on the way.

IGN: Transporter 3 Announced

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It's just you and your really cool looking musical staff-inspired laser gun out there in a space station filled with loud creepycrawlies that want to see you dead. This is Dead Space, the new shooter from EA that's coming out in October, Hallowe'en, to be precise, of this year.

This really looks pretty cool, and definitely of the scary variety, but don't take our word for it. We've provided visual reference in the form of a trailer, shown below. Enjoy said trailer and let us know what you think.

Trailer: Dead Space - Release Announcement »


 

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