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Too Japanese for You

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The studio that developed the beloved Persona series has yet another over-the-top, super Japanese title up their sleeves. Atlus will be releasing a game simply called “Catherine”. It will be the Japanese developer’s first HD title that will be touching down in BOTH Sony and Microsoft’s camp.

The story follows a man named Vincent who keeps having recurring nightmares once the mysterious title character Catherine shows up in his life. Every night since their first “encounter”, the dreams get progressively worse as he finds himself constantly fighting for a way out of his nightmarish limbo.

It seems to stay in line with the Persona series by completely reveling in it’s strong sense of Japanese culture and just oozes with an almost eastern Guy Ritchie style. While Atlus is normally known for their compelling RPGs, “Catherine” is set to be the developer’s first interesting foray into the horror genre.

As of right now, it is slated for release in Japan on February 17th, 2011. No official dates have been set for other regions… boo 😦

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Categories: Video Games, WTF?

Netflix Update to Arrive on PS3

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Sony’s Vice President of Network Operations Eric Lempel, has announced that the PS3 will be able to stream movies and shows via Netflix – WITHOUT a disc.

Besides not needing the little red disc to watch your favorite movies and shows, there’s also an updated interface that is much easier on the eyes. Users can navigate using just the Dualshock 3 controller as well as utilize the new search feature to stream any desired movies the service provides.

The improvements aren’t just cosmetic either. Netflix and Dolby have also stated that full 1080p HD content and booming Dolby 5.1 will be invading the home of movie buffs. Not too shabby…

Netflix members that own a PS3 can expect to get their improved movie viewing experience when the update goes live on October 18th.

Categories: Movies, Video Games

Man Constructs Computer Within Game

October 2, 2010 Leave a comment

A YouTube user appropriately named, “TheInternetFTW” has constructed what is technically a working computer within the sandbox world “Minecraft”. For those not familiar with Minecraft, it could be categorized as a new-age development tool or creative suite; but it is actually marketed as a game. It allows players to manage and produce pixelated 8-bit tiles to literally create the world around them.

Other users have reportedly made cities that hang in the skies along with full-scale space stations, but TheInternetFTW has constructed a city-sized ALU or arithmetic logic unit. The ALU plays an integral role in any CPU, it is what makes a computer… well… a computer. It allows it to compute (roll eyes).

The creator demonstrates his contraption’s capabilities of performing simple math within the world. By throwing a couple of switches and careful placement of some torches, he was able to get the correct answer in due time.

The creator has gone on to say that construction, debugging, AND testing has gone on simultaneously within the game world. He went on to admit that the entire unit isn’t optimized thoroughly enough but is pleased that it functions accurately and properly. He also has plans to add memory and RAM, thus making it a legit computer. Creepy.

So what does all of this mean? Why the fuss? Essentially… because inside a machine, a human made ANOTHER machine. Something severely meta about that. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. Just to think, a human can create an environment suited to their specific needs in territory as intangible as the internet.

Watch the video below. If your mind isn’t blown, you should be getting shivers down your spine.