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  • Blog Post: XBox 360 awarded Good Design Award... in Japan!

    This is surprising. I didn't know that the XBox 360 case was designed by a Japanese design lab. The machine was designed by Hers Experimental design lab. in Japan, lead by Mr. Chiaki Murata and Astro Studio in the US, under the direction of Microsoft's Jonathan Hayes. From the start of the project to...
  • Blog Post: Render yourself in XBox 360 games

    Lately, there are several 3D photo technologies coming from Microsoft like Photosynth and Photo Tourism . A new one is 3D facial mapping in XBox 360 games. How does it work? Upload a few photos of yourself (using the XBox Live Vision Camera ), and create a 3D model of your face. You can then use "yourself...
  • Blog Post: XBox 360 committed to HD-DVD

    There were some recent rumors that XBox 360 has some plans to offer a Blu-Ray external drive. However, I just read that the XBox team announced that they are fully commited to HD-DVD and have absolutely no backup plans for Blu-Ray. The question of whether Xbox 360 has the flexibility to adapt to consumers...
  • Blog Post: My top 10 tech predictions for 2006

    Let's see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more interesting stuff. I expect to be surprised. 2) Someone, probably Yahoo, will buy digg and memeorandum. These sites are hot. 3) In 2004, Google captured everyone's interest with GMail, GMaps, etc. In 2005, the tables...
  • Blog Post: Banned XBox 360 ad

    I saw this a while back and I thought it was a damn good ad. In case you haven't seen it, it's worth a click: http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/index.php/archives/2005/11/22/banned-xbox-360-ad-best-ad-ever/ P.S. By the way, while are on 360-related topics. Sega offers a free XBox faceplate bundled...
  • Blog Post: Pure Gold XBox 360 faceplate

    I am amazed too about the eBay XBox 360 mania (as noted in my previous post ). But I didn't thought that I've just barely scratched the surface here. How about a XBox face plate made from pure gold ? It's yours for only $36,000.00 on eBay . (yes, I correctly counted all the zeros) [via cozydozer...
  • Blog Post: Home-made XBox 360 auctioned on eBay for $611

    OK - this is getting out of hand... :-) "I never (actually) thought people would bid on this," wrote the seller, who goes by the eBay screen name "silentbarrel," in response to an e-mail inquiry Friday. "I thought most people that were spending any money on anything would read what they are buying...
  • Blog Post: Check the reality: What most gamers use as their gaming PC?

    I just got prompted today for a survey on what most gamers use as their gaming PC. Very interesting results: http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html A few notes: 1) Most peope are still in the ATI 9600/9800 ballpark. Hmmm... now this is interesting. I do not feel that outdated anymore with...
  • Blog Post: Day of Defeat: Source - released!

    A few hours ago (one hour later than expected, at 4.00 PM PDT), Day of Defeat: Source was released in the wild. This is the first product from Valve that benefits from the HDR technology. The Valve engineers went to interesting challenges to make HDR work on both ATI and NVIDIA cards, as described in...
  • Blog Post: Virtual disease affecting World of Warcraft characters

    We are living in interesting times. First, WoW created the possibility of virtual economies. Now we have virtual diseases... Players of Blizzard's incredibly popular World of Warcraft are reporting the outbreak of a virtual plague that is spreading across major cities in the virtual land of Azeroth...
  • Blog Post: Age of Empires III

    I can't wait to get it. In the meantime, interesting things on http://ageofempires3.com . AOE3 will use Havok physics engine, the same middleware component that powers Half-Life 2 (there is a link mentioning Havoc in this page , however, the link points to a "in construction" page). But in the introduction...
  • Blog Post: XBOX 360 Graphics Demystified

    Beyond3D has a very detailed article about Xenos, the GPU provided by ATI in XBox 360... http://www.beyond3d.com/articles/xenos/
  • Blog Post: Ageia's PhysX: Hype or Revolution?

    There is more and more excitement building up on an upcoming physics hardware acceleration engine . If this thing succeeds, it's going to be big. Anyone remembers 3dfx that revolutionized the game industry with their cards? But, anyway, I just read three consecutive articles in ExtremeTech about Ageia...
  • Blog Post: The Art of Viktor Antonov

    This type of art that leaves me in complete amazement. A fantastic place, an atmosphere close to what us, eastern-europeans were so used to. Viktor (who spent his childhood in Sofia, Bulgaria) is the art director/conceptual designer at Valve. His influence in Half-life 2 is very visible through the...
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