Today, we talk about Valentine Day's best and worst dates with ace reporter Caroline McCarthy. Also, Time Warner and Viacom are coming to Hulu, Spielberg's new video game Boom Blox, and EA's GameShow. We also hear from some our loyal listeners about Optimash Prime.
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All of you out there who are eagerly awaiting the fantastical creature-creating delights of Spore will want to get a gander at the latest images from the forthcoming evolution game.
EA on Wednesday made available its broadest set of shots yet of the highly anticipated title, including screenshots from every level, as well as images of the tools used to conjure creatures, buildings, vehicles, and UFOs. This game is clearly a playground for fertile imaginations--your vision will be the only thing standing between you and the giant, triple-eyed, snaggle-toothed purple spider that roams your dreams.
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At long last, there's a ship date for Spore.
Electronic Arts announced Tuesday that the much-anticipated new game from The Sims creator Will Wright will ship on September 7.
The company announced that the game--which tasks players with advancing a character progressively from primordial ooze to small tribes to cities to civilizations and into space--will launch worldwide on PCs, Macs, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones.
With this year's presidential race in full swing, it's easy to forget about alleged electronic voting glitches that snarled at least one congressional contest in 2006.
But a report issued by government auditors this week is drawing new attention to what many computer scientists view as the perils of touch-screen machines that don't produce a paper record.
It all goes back to the November 2006 election in Sarasota County, Fla., where more than 18,000 of the county's ballots--or, put another way, 1 in 7 voters--didn't register a pick in the U.S. House of … Read more
It's not just broadcast quality or resolution that needs improvement, but the level of "telepresence": the sense of increased situational awareness that allows a robot driver to shoot and move and make fast decisions.
One possible upgrade is the three-axis Head-Aimed Remote Viewer (HARV), a dome enclosed, three-axel gimbal-mounted camera that slews around to match operator head movement. Wherever the soldier/operator looks, the unit … Read more
You're block captain of the neighborhood watch, a hurricane is barreling through your ward, and FEMA is still looking for its waders. But this time you're prepared.
That's because you're packing the Base X Suitcase Operations Center, a set-up for a 4- to 10-person emergency response team that puts you immediately in charge. The SOC is a self-contained wireless visual information powerhouse, according to Base X.
The system can be completely contained in three rugged cases and deployed anywhere, holding everything you need to access the Internet via Ku satellite or a commercial wireless card. Keep … Read more
It's been a long time coming, but we finally have some actual details about the first game to emerge from the partnership between Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts.
Known as Boom Blox, the game, which will be available in May only on the Wii, is from EA's casual games unit.
It will have more than 300 levels, "a cast of over thirty wacky characters" and seems to be built around letting players take on "Blox-laying chickens or...baseball-throwing monkeys" or cartoonlike grim reapers in tiki, medieval, frontier, or haunted themed settings.
EA has never … Read more
We thought it might be a joke when it started making the rounds a few days ago, but Boing Boing has found a site that's selling it, albeit in Italian. (At least it's not in Latin.) It provided this direct translation of the description for the digital artifact, which is made by an Italian company called Prex: "The Saint rosary is recited by a feminine voice and a chorus … Read more