This is a story that starts out weird, and gets a whole lot weirder.
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One of the big benefits of online shopping is that you can avoid the Australia tax and buy goods at a lower price. But what happens when a manufacturer tries to cut off access to those overseas sites? Over at Kotaku, Mark has a great feature on how tabletop gaming company Games Workshop is trying to eliminate online sales from anywhere other than its own site, and the nasty side effects that is having on local bricks-and-mortar retailers. Worth a read.
I've written a rambling piece over on Kotaku Australia regarding my first week as an independent game developer. Funny thing is, I didn't actually do any coding on the game itself. What follows is a brief tale of my transition from office to home and the initial tentative steps I've taken. It involves WordPress and Apache, among other non-game making activities.
At the end of March, when the Nintendo 3DS launched, the official price for the device was $349.95 and the cheapest standalone price was $288. Barely four months later, Nintendo has hacked the price rather dramatically, reducing the list price to $249.95.
If you've ever suspected that the way big companies behave has absolutely nothing to do with making life better for consumers, the analysis of what happened this week with the release date for the 3DS version of Ocarina Of Time by Mark at our sibling site Kotaku will confirm your worst suspicions. It's a great read and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Anyone who has ever lived in the same space as another human being or, more specifically, shared a single television with a loved one, understands the situation. A brand new game comes out. You want to play that game. Your partner/sibling/parents want to watch TV. All hell breaks loose. I'm here to tell you I have a solution - and that solution is 'banking'.
According to reports on Nyleveia.com, Eurogamer, and NeoGAF, Sony's PlayStation Network password reset system -- the one just put in place after the PSN hack -- has been compromised, allowing hackers to change a PSN password if they know your email and date of birth. Exactly the sort of information that was released in the original hack.
Over at Kotaku, Mark has posted a guide to chucking the perfect sickie for people who want to play Portal 2 (or any other major new game release). While it's very tongue in cheek (and arguably not needed when many of us are looking forward to a five-day weekend), it does raise some useful points worth remembering if you plan to take a day off work that isn't entirely due to sickness.
In my review of the Xperia Play last week, I mentioned that Mark from our sibling gaming site Kotaku was not at all keen on the device. Given that the Xperia Play represents a relatively rare moment when the subject matter for Kotaku and Lifehacker collide, we figured it was worth going head-to-head to discuss the merits of what happens when an Android phone meets a Sony controller. Here's what went down.
Our post yesterday about when readers feel piracy is justified sparked a range of responses, but one of the most common reactions was "when I can't use a product because of region coding". Over on our sibling site Kotaku, editor Mark Serrels has an extensive exploration of the legal issues surrounding region coding in Australia which is well worth a read.
Web site Can You Run It determines whether or not your PC can run any of a number of popular video games by checking your computer's specs against the minimum and recommended requirements of said games. Just browse to the homepage, pick the game you want to check, and click the Can You Run It button. The site will require you to install a Java applet to run the test (presumably so it can determine your hardware configuration) and then quickly returns the results. If you fail a test, Can You Run It offers hardware recommendations for upgrading your system so it can handle those games.Can You Run It
So your router and Xbox 360 are on completely opposite sides of your home, running a long, ugly wire along the floor is out of the question, and you don't feel like dropping $100 on an Xbox Wi-Fi adapter? If you've got a laptop with Wi-Fi, Instructables details how to use it as an Xbox 360 wireless adapter. In all its a really simple process involving sharing your laptop's wireless internet connection with your Xbox through an ethernet cable. It's not as good as a wired connection, but if you don't regularly rely on the connection, it's a good workaround. If you want a slightly more permanent solution, you can also build an Xbox Wi-Fi adapter on the cheap. Thanks Graham!Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "wireless adapter"