Dear ladies and gentlegeeks, I’m happy to report that Microsoft has changed its position on the XBox One DRM policy, meaning that you will be able to trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today on your 360. The console also no longer requires a 24-hour online check-in to play games, which will now be region-free. The only time you’ll need to connect is at system set-up. That’s it! Yay!
Microsoft, thank you so much for listening to your fans.
-Pre-Order the Xbox One on Amazon.com.
Think there’s someone else in the room with her? Nope:
From Vimeo user Jenner:
Bored of being in a dark room, she flips on the light, opens the door and bails.
This particular episode takes place at 1am.
This is why we keep doors locked with her around. We don’t need her harassing the neighbors.
[Jenner | Via Buzzfeed]
This kickstarter project features a line of drinkware based upon the iconic look of laboratory glass. These are absolutely beautiful. I especially like the martini glasses.
[Help Kickstart this project here: Periodic TableWare]
Sony has confirmed its latest system update for the PS3 has created a fault with some consoles. It says a fix will be ready as soon as possible.
The issue is with version 4.45, released on Tuesday. Ironically it was billed as bringing “improved system stability.”
Although the problem doesn’t technically brick the console, it does mean the XMB navigation system — the main menu of the PS3 — no longer appears, which makes the console pretty close to useless.
There’s no concrete explanation as to which consoles are affected, though Forbes notes that a breakdown of people who’ve complained online about the issue and listed details of their system suggests it’s far more likely to affect people who’ve replaced the original hard drive.
Some users report getting their system working again by putting the original drive back in place, though the consensus view seems to be that you are better off sucking it up and leaving the console untouched until Sony releases a fix.
A Sony press statement reads:
We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.
The good news is that if you haven’t already updated to the faulty version, you shouldn’t need to worry about your system doing so automatically, or being forced to do so to access apps such as Netflix.
The bad news is that it’s not immediately obvious how Sony will roll out the fix to people who can’t access the XMB. The most likely option seems to be issuing it as a downloadable file to put on a USB stick or hard drive, then asking people to boot into safe mode. Given some users are less tech-savvy than others, Sony’s going to need to write some very clear instructions and work hard to get the message out online.
Just a quick post to let you guys know that until tomorrow, you can get Tochlight, the 2009 action RPG hit, for free, no strings attached. And it comes DRM-Free as well!
[Download Torchlight for Free | Via]
JJ Abrams’ Star Trek retold in 90 seconds via old-school 8-bit game tech.
[8-Bit Cinema | Via LS]
For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Square Enix Gamer’s Bundle for just $19.99. That’s 81% off the bundle’s list price of $106.95.
The Square Enix Gamer’s Bundle includes the following titles:
-Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Augmented Edition
-Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition
-Just Cause 2
-Just Cause 2: Black Market Aerial Pack DLC
-Square Enix Gamer’s Bundle (5 Games) –
$106.95 $19.99 (81% Off)
Ok geeks, let’s now learn a few important grammar lessons with the help of yummy, delicious food.
Your You’re welcome.
A real, official LEGO movie! WOOT! Coming to the big screen in early 2014.
The LEGO Movie Teaser Trailer. Starring Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt and Will Arnett.
[ENTV | Via Korben.info]
Remember the double rainbow guy? Of course you do! Well geeks, Paul “Yosemite Bear” Vasquez is back, but this time, he looks like he’s in a bit of trouble. Apparently, the fire you see above shoots flames that are higher than a 100-foot tall. Also, the view we’re getting from his camera is the same as the one we saw a few years back in his memorable double rainbow video (see below.)
This fire started yesterday Fathers Day June 16, 2013 around noon. I noticed it immediately and started filming. This footage was shot today Monday June 17, 2013 3 PM. I was on the phone with a CNN reporter when the flames started shooting up and this video starts. I was ordered to evacuate last night but refused the order because I have been planning for this for decades. My 2,500 gallon water tank went online two days before this fire. My well puts out a good water hose stream and my water tank puts out 2 streams and my hot tub another. I have 4 potential water hose lines, if only I had somebody here to help me man them. All the people who live here ran away like chickens. Ha. I fear nothing, I see it all as exciting, interesting and amazing!