The E.U. may force Apple to allow Flash on the iPad as well as competitive devices to use iTunes. Like that'll happen. Also: Mario smacks iDrones, and Prince says the Web is over. So, see ya.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The Internet has suffered a premature death--or at least that's what aging rocker Prince believes has happened.
"The Internet [is] completely over," Prince told U.K. publication The Mirror, which published an interview with the music icon on Monday, the eve of the debut in that country of his latest CD, 20TEN. Perhaps not coincidentally The Mirror plans to soon give away copies of the disc with every purchase of the paper.
"The Internet [is] like MTV," Prince said later in the Interview. "At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.&… Read more
There's little disagreement regarding 2003's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as the series' best overall game of the modern era. The title was able to successfully combine gorgeous environments, intuitive gameplay, and innovative time-control elements that made for a truly memorable experience.
Since 2003, we've seen the franchise go in several different directions, most recently last year's self-titled Prince of Persia game where we were treated to a different art style and female companion.
This week Ubisoft released the latest game in the series, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Though it has absolutely no connection to the movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the game reminds us most of what the film was adapted from, The Sands of Time. In fact, The Forgotten Sands takes place during the seven-year gap between it and Warrior Within, so it's clear that the intention of the game was to revisit some of the franchise's earlier roots. We looked at the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the game; Wii, DS, and PSP have an alternate version.
Aside from just being able to manipulate time, the Prince is now able to use the power of the elements to make his way through the environments of The Forgotten Sands. He can use these core powers for special abilities like freezing flowing water in order to climb it.
In terms of gameplay, we found The Forgotten Sands to resemble a lot of what we loved about The Sands of Time: satisfying controls complemented by excellent puzzle designs that gradually increase in complexity, keeping the game moving along at a smooth pace. The combat system is different from games past, as it completely abandons any sort of blocking mechanic and instead opts for rewarding consecutive hits. The Prince can also use special moves (that will deplete a magic meter) that can be purchased and upgraded through gaining experience points.… Read more
This week on preGAME we rewind time, use the power of the elements, and take a ride on the first dinosaur in space as we demo two very special games. Tune in as we take a look at Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
There's a lot of gameplay on today's show, but first we take a look at trailers for two games hitting this summer. First, we screen the latest video for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Will this new Spidey game stand on its own, or will it fall into the bargain bin … Read more
Moon Audio claims the Signature Titan was designed to outperform any speaker system in the world. It's a strictly limited edition of three pairs, and each pair is hand-signed by the designer. Each pair will also be named after its buyer and once the third pair is built, the Signature Titan is history.
Even by high-end audio standards the pricing structure is a little unusual: Signature Titan #003 can be yours for $500,000 per pair, but the cost for #002 doubles to $1,000,000! Sounds crazy, but #001 has already been sold for $2,000,000!
I spoke with Moon Audio's founder, Chris Moon, yesterday about the Signature Titan, and learned the speaker grew out of Moon's dissatisfaction with the world's best production speakers. He went out and built the Signature Titan just to see how far he could take speaker design. Moon isn't your average high-end guy, he told me that he discovered, recorded, and produced Prince, along with Morris Day, Alexander O'Neal, Dez Dickerson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Moon wrote and produced music for companies such as Northwest Airlines, music scores for films and television.
Moon claims the designers of the 72-inch-tall speaker have been involved in the high-end audio industry for 25 years. Installation and setup in the customer's home anywhere in the world is included in the purchase price. They better have strong floors; the pair of speakers weighs 2,800 pounds!… Read more
This week on preGAME, hosts Jeff Bakalar and Mark Licea take a sneak peek at God of War III! Join us as we play it live on the show and talk to the game's lead designer, Todd Papy. We chat with Todd about wrapping up Kratos' epic saga, some of the new elements found in the game, and pushing the PlayStation 3 to its limits.
This week on preGAME, we're joined by CNET editor Scott Stein as we jump into a LIVE demo of Heavy Rain for PlayStation 3 a whole two weeks before the game hits stores! Joining us over the phone to talk us through the demo is Petro Piaseckyj, the game's managing producer.
Before we fire up our Heavy Rain demo, we discuss the reputation dogging movies adapted from video games. We thought the Prince of Persia Super Bowl ad looked decent, but we remain skeptical.
Want a first look at the new Fallout game? We've got the brand new trailer for Fallout: New Vegas. Watch with us as we examine it live!
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You guys filled up our voice mail box over the weekend with your thoughts on the new Apple iPad, but we have to spread the hate around with a quick chat about last night's Grammy Awards, PETA's robotic groundhogs, and high school reunions. We've also got plenty of your sticker pictures to show off, including one that might be NSFW....big surprise, 404!
The Grammy Awards are becoming less and less significant to our personal music tastes, but something has to be said about a show that nominates NICKELBACK for Best Hard Rock Performance. To make matters worse, the show paired together some of the worst collaborations in the history of live performance.
To quickly recap the night, all you need to know is that Lady Gaga won two well-deserved awards and performed Speechless with Sir Elton John, Green Day took the award for Best Rock Album, poor Stevie Nicks looked pissed to be singing about locker room romance with 16-year-old darling Taylor Swift, and the live studio audience got treated to a 3D clip from Michael Jackson's "This Is It" while the rest of us settled for 2Ds and a subsequent headache.
Speaking of bad news, we've got some bad news about the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the new Broadway musical coming soon to New York. We just found out that the entire musical soundtrack is composed by U2's Bono and The Edge. Don't get us wrong, the three of us all have a special place in our hearts for U2, but their music just doesn't evoke images of a masked web-crawler slinging his way about town snapping photos of criminals and taking down a few in the process.
Finally, much thanks to everyone for sending in their sticker pictures! We've sent out hundreds of envelopes so far, so keep them coming; send a photo of where you put the stickers and tattoos to the404(at)cnet(dot)com!EPISODE 509 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more