Mass Effect falls into the ‘Orgasm’ catagory of game engines

Along with the likes of Crysis and ET: Quake Wars, Mass effect definitely joins the next gen orgasm inducing game engines, as shown by a recent video, comprising of entirely in game engine footage. Bioware are kings of the RPG genre as shown by the excellent Knights of the Old Republic. Allot of classic RPG components are seen to be present here, multiple choice dialogues (now more interactive seeming than ever), customizable weapons and equipment and a huge amount of realistic locations to visit, however it is clear that Mass Effect also introduces many elements of other genres most noticeably the Sci Fi and FPS aspects of the game come across clearly and looking sublime and impressive. Definitely the RPG for all sci fi fans to be looking out for.

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Firefly resurrected as MMO title!

The Sci Fi series famous for being butchered by fox, cancelled, and then succeeding so well on DVD that it warranted a good feature length film, is now in development as an MMO! Firefly is the collision of the trains from sci-fiville and weasternburg at awesome speed. Fans of the series should be rather excited about now, but to us, the game is critically dependant on series creator Joss Whedon and his involvement. I’m sure the firefly universe is big enough for an MMO and god knows how many expansions, but expanding the universe wont work unless the firefly feeling is kept.

My first question about the game now is; Will Reavers be playable? 😀

Haitus

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Also with full DEFCON review, Company of Heros review, Frets of Fire feature and more news you read yeasterday! …but opinionated!

If I had a thousand cars…

Heres a video youve probably seen on joystiq or CAD earlier in the week. I post it now because its a great reminderof how some games are just. plain. fun. Trackmania has always been one of those games. theres a great demo out there so give it a whirl. [Linky]
theres something about this video which is inherently fascinating, like watching a school of fish or a waterfall… of cars…

One last thing…

You can’t get any more true or funny than this, so 1337ist.

Pirate Insurance

After the Piratebays big show of how the swedish piracy laws are utter pants, another Swed thought it would be a good idea to sell insurance just in case someone ever did get busted for file sharing. Thats right, for only $19 a year you can be protected from the FAA and other movie giants around the globe – you even get your own T-Shirt! (reading “I got convicted for file-sharing and all I got was this lousy T-shirt”). The maker, Braath says that he started the business to make a statement at the Swedish government for making filesharing a criminal activity under a new law, and that low that since no one is getting conviced he could probably keep going with it.

Pirate Bay Back Up

[Update]

Its seems that TPB are seeking compensation for the downtime, suing the government. Full article here.

After 4 days of being offline after the 50 policeman raid, The Pirate Bay is back online however it doesn't appear to have this latest attack under any such news post on the main site or its blog. I'll keep you updated on what happens when it becomes apparent.

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Pirate Bay sinks

It is a rather sad day for bit torrent fans everywhere. Swedish purveyor of torrent files, (the largest in the world) The Pirate Bay, was raided by Police last night who seized all servers in the building and arrested two members of the network. This also included servers from Piratbyran, who merely defend the rights of the Pirate Bay in public debate. Policed seized servers to examine for any illegalities. TPB will remain down at least until the police investigation is complete. beyond that is unknown…

The problem here is that TPB has only hosted torrent files, files that contain the necessary information to direct a bit torrent client to locate a desired file – this means that TPB is not actually hosting any copyrighted material. However constant pressure from the entertainment industry has encourage Swedish authorities to move against TBP, weather or not TPB can be prosecuted is debatable, but seemingly unlikely due to Sweden's relaxed copyright laws.

Another interesting part of this event is that TPB holds a certain degree of political power in Sweden. The Pirate Party is a party that aims to reform copyright law in Sweden and remove the current patent system. The Pirate Party is currently making a bid for parliamentary representation in the upcoming elections this September.

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