October 2007 Archive
Portal, Half-Life 2: Episode Two Pre-Loading Now
Posted on: 07:25:09 PM on October 3, 2007
The Orange Box will be available via Steam and at retail outlets beginning next Wednesday, October 10th. In preparation for launch, Valve has begun pre-loading both Portal and Half-Life 2: Episode Two to those who have pre-purchased The Orange Box. The pre-purchase campaign, available via Steam and at participating retailers, grants gamers access to the Team Fortress 2 beta and extends a 10% discount off the regular price of $49.95.
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Japanese Airplanes Ban Next-Gen Handheld Gamers
Posted on: 09:56:16 AM on October 2, 2007
Playing wireless hand-held video games on Japanese airplanes no longer will be allowed after a revised law enforcing an earlier ban went into effect Monday. This includes PSP and the DS (but not Laptops) Also wireless computer mice and headphones that are not provided by the airlines have also been banned aboard flights. Battery chargers and toys that give off electronic sounds canít be used during take-offs and landings, the ministry said.
Hold on here is the Good stuff - The law also has been relaxed to now allow the use of electric razors, calculators and cassette players. (Give me an F-ing break here!! Cassette players, Does anybody even still own one?)
Previously, passengers were only asked by the airlines to refrain from using gaming systems with built-in wireless functions, like Nintendoís popular DS or Sonyís PSP.
It seems the problem lies with the handheldsí built-in wireless functions, which, Japanís transport minister has declared, have the ability to interfere with aircraft navigation systems and well that could be bad. Passengers will still be allowed to play game devices which donít have wireless functions, so break out your old Game Boy because thatís about all your going to get to play.
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