E310: Simply the Best, or What Thrilled Us at E3

With another E3 in the books, Peter and I took some time to compile a list of what surprised us the most at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. This year’s show boasted over 100 exhibitors and many more hundreds of titles to see and play, all split between the South and West halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center. After …

E310: Warren Spector Talks About Why Epic Mickey Will Live Up to Its Name

The cool thing about Disney Epic Mickey is that it puts you in a living breathing cartoon world and gives you the power to change the way it looks and behaves. The upcoming game merges action, role-playing and platforming elements and takes place in the Wasteland, a sort of limbo for obscure and forgotten Disney characters of the past. …

E310: The New Xbox 360 S Consumes 50% Less Power

That didn’t take long.

Microsoft’s latest Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 S, has been torn down and tested. With a new 45nm chipset that houses the CPU, GPU and eDRAM, the Xbox 360 S consumes half the power of previous generation Xbox 360 consoles.

Idling, the 360 S consumes roughly 70.4 watts while previous gen 360 consoles have …

E310: The New Xbox 360 S Can’t RROD

While the new Xbox 360 S technically cannot RROD, it doesn’t mean it’s incapable of breaking down. The slimmed down version is ~17% smaller than the previous generation Xbox 360. Overall dimensions and weight are as follows:

Xbox 360: 310 x 80 x 260mm at 3.5kg (7.7lbs)
Xbox 360 S: 270 x 75 x 264mm at 2.9kg (6.4lbs)

According …

PSA: MobileMe Mail Out of Beta

Are you a MobileMe subscriber? MobileMe Mail is out of beta and available to anyone who has signed up for the service. Looks like the iPad mail client, no?

Widescreen and compact views. When reading your mail at, the new widescreen view lets you see more of each message with less scrolling. Choose compact view to hide your

E310: Xbox 360 S vs PlayStation 3

On Monday, Microsoft revealed a radically different, slimmed down “whisper quiet” Xbox 360. How does the new Xbox 360 S stack up compared to Sony’s almost 1-year-old PS3 Slim?

(More on Techland: E3 2010: Unboxing The New Xbox 360 S)

Xbox 360 S: 270 x 75 x 264mm/2.9 kg

PS3: 290 × 65 × 290mm/3.5kg.

Xbox …

E3 2010: 2K Games Shows Glimpse of 1950s Sci-Fi Paranoia in XCOM

Announced a few months ago, 2K’s reimagining of the classic PC strategy game changes genres to become a first-person shooter. But the 2K Marin dev studio insists there’ll still be strategy involved. The game takes its title from an organization gathering disparate pieces of info regarding a secret alien invasion. The demo we saw …

E310: Death Match: PlayStation Plus x Xbox Live Gold

Since the PS3’s launch in 2006, Sony has touted the value of the third generation console’s bevy of free features compared to that of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscription membership. Well, that doesn’t matter anymore now that Sony has their own paid subscription model that is set to roll out on June 29.

Here’s how …

The Daily Dose

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Here’s what else is going on in nerd news around the web:

Up Front:

Photos From The Grand Opening Of The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter [via Slash Film]


Apple Stock Hits All Time High [via NewsFeed]
Federal Officials Continue AT&T iPad Investigation [via NYT]
Five Months Later, No Room For …

E310: In Which Wil Wheaton Spends The Day With Us

While running from our Square Enix meeting to LucasArts (since, you know, we don’t have the luxury or budget to send more than two people to the largest video games expo in North America, so we literally have to run from meeting to meeting), Evan and I ran into Wil Wheaton. Actually, I didn’t even see Wil until Evan stopped me and …

Boy Scouts Announce ‘Inventing’ Merit Badge

The Boy Scouts of America took the wraps of their newest merit badge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s EurekaFest invention fair today. I live near MIT, so I’m here at EurekaFest just like a real-life reporter.

The Boy Scouts have been working to revamp the merit badge process, streamlining the amount of time it takes to …

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