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  • 01Nov

    140 Conference – Exploring the State of Now

    Last week I attended one day of the two day 140 Character Conference at the beautiful Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Many of the great talks were Tuesday, but Wednesday definitely had some highlights. What is the 140 conf? The #140Conf is an event that explores the effects of emerging real-time Internet on Business. The event specifically says it’s not about microblogging or where people share twitter “tips and techniques”. The conference was even set up to be fast paced like twitter. Individuals has 10 minutes, featured talks has 15-20 minutes and panels were set for 15-20 as well. Also in the Kodak theater were companies showcasing their products. Seesmic, Bing, Avaya, and Kodak all had booths on the outside of the room. I found the Kodak booth most interesting since they had all their products lined up with knowledgeable people there to discuss the different product lines. I had

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  • 01Nov

    Where you can save money this week

    Twenty-six new games out this week and more than half of them are recycled ideas we’ve seen before. Not sure how many times someone can take care of a baby or pretend to cook. But it seems game companies are still willing to put it out there. Sales are at the end of the article but remember what will save you the most this week if you are buying Wii games is Target’s Wii Sale. Games out this week: Rabbids Go Home (DS, Wii) Need for Speed: Nitro (DS,Wii) Style Savvy (DS) Sushi Academy (DS) My Baby First Steps (DS,Wii) Rock Band: LEGO (DS,PS3,360,Wii) Band Hero (Wii,PS3) Imagine: Babyz Fashion (DS) Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squad (PSP) Dora the Explorer: Dora Puppy Playtime (DS) Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PSP,PS2) Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year’s Celebration (DS) Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom (Wii) Dragon Age Origins

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  • 01Nov

    Doom Box, Don Ivan Punchatz, artist dies at 73

    On October 22, the artist Don Ivan Punchatz died of a heart attack. He was 73. Punchatz created the artwork on id Software’s Doom. Punchatz also did illustrations for Playboy, National Geographic, Boys Life and Penthouse. He suffered a heart attack on October 11 and never regained consciousness. After eleven days of tests the doctors concluded that there was no chance of recovery and the family took him off life support. “He never wanted to be kept alive like this,” Greg Punchatz, Don’s son, reported, “so we are respecting his wishes.” Punchatz is described as a humble and self-effacing man. He listened to others more than talk about himself. Spectrum Fantastic Art talks about how when he was hired to do the packaging for a new video game startup the owners offered to pay him a fee or give him a percentage of the profits. He took the fee. “So

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  • 01Nov

    First Look: Left 4 Dead 2

    Earlier in the year, after getting to play sneak peeks of Left 4 Dead 2 at PAX and the San Diego Comic Con, my snarky reaction to it was “it’s the same game as Left 4 Dead, hurr durr, look how nonchalant I am about it”. Well you know what? It’s not the same game, and curse my constant sardonic attitude! First of all, this game looks fraking sweet. Take the first installment, and add a mess of detail to EVERYTHING, like guns and characters. The demo took place mostly in the daylight, where you can obviously see clearer, which translates directly into way more blood. For gore hounds (like myself), this is a much appreciated addition. For those who don’t like drowning in blood but just like killing people without the mess, Valve has added a gore setting in the options screen. Cool. They also made the characters pretty

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