The Daily Word 02.23.11: The Amazonian Guard, Hipster Princesses, The Honey Badger Takes What It Wants
State Rep. James Smith wants to repeal the medical marijuana program.
vigilante dirtbag gets the death penalty.
Judge upholds health-care reform law.
Republican governors may be busy trying to crush unions, but no too busy to be pranked.
Researches link cellphone use to changes in brain activity.
Rahm Emanuel will be Chicago's next foul-mouthed mayor.
Comedian Rush Limbaugh calls Michelle Obama fat.
Determined researcher discovers large order of fries doesn't have many more than the medium size.
R.I.P. comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.
Banksy won't be at the Oscars this weekend.
US troops in Afghanistan finally get their shitty Pizza Hut pizza back.
I was into the Hipster Disney Princesses before they were cool.
Scuba inventor dead at the age of 93.
Netflix signs a deal with CBS to stream shows like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.
After initially condemning Kinect hackers, Microsoft announces a official SDK for the device.
Explore the secrets of spider anatomy.
I miss the 80s: here's list of rated R movies that got cartoon spin-offs.
Chinese gamer dies after three-day bender.
This Week In Games 9.19.10
Also, Team Ico's The Last Guardian finally got more love - a holiday 2011 release was floated out there, though it still seems to be in "when it's done" mode.
Microsoft showed a lot of Kinect, but also its new line of Xbox panties.
Lord of The Rings Online (LOTRO) is now free to play. Plus, check the super hokey ad on the homepage.
Quake Live got some tiered pricing, but "Premium" is free until Sept 26th, if you feel like taking a 10 year step backwards (into awesomeness).
PC gamers rejoice! Relic will be dumping GFW Live and replacing it with Steamworks for their upcoming Dawn of War 2: Retribution (Orkz!).
For those few who may care at all, (the outstanding) Heavy Rain is getting Playstation Move support on 9/22. Looks a little ... dirty.
The sad cost of shoe-horning in Move support is all that DLC they promised. Lame.
The Wii is getting a Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary collection next month. In Japan. No US date has been announced.
Demon's Souls developer, From Software, has a new game coming in 2011 to PS3 and 360. Project Dark.
Biggest MMO flameout EVAR - Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds' latest game, APB, shuts down after only 3 months. Sad.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam got another trailer this week at TGS. And it's weird. The trailer plays it like there's some narrative, but it's a multiplayer expansion.
Peter Shows Milo At TED
Today's TED talk is from Peter Molyneux, Creative director for Microsoft Game Studios Europe and famed developer of the Fable series of games. When the Microsoft's Project Natal was first announced (now called Kinect), Molyneux showed off Milo, a virtual 11 year-old boy you could interact with via Natal's unique controller-free interface. At the time, Milo's job was really to help evangelize the Natal and the potential of such an interface, but Molyneux's studio has continued to develop the software, and Milo has begun to form up as something approaching an actual product. The demo is really worth watching, partly just to see the thing in motion, but mostly to hear Molyneux talk about the bits of Milo's design (including his mind) that are literally out of the box.
Natal No Longer
Project Natal, Microsoft's upcoming no-controller-needed motion sensing camera for the Xbox 360 has finally got its ready for market name, Xbox Kinect. Kinda sounds like the Kin, eh? Those clever marketeers. The name was revealed Sunday night at a pre-E3 event featuring Cirque du Soleil with plenty of fanfare. The whole event should turn up on MTV and Nickelodeon in the near future, but until then we'll have to content ourselves with this.