The following link will take you to the gallery where the full open records request for the GamesRadar Story from last week is held. This is a big case for all of the gaming industry... I suggest very highly all of you that are interested in the future of gaming news and reporting give this document a very serious look...
Phone calls to Pamela Perkins of the TX Attorney General's Office were not returned as of this posting. Check back or click "Read More" for some of the interesting insights into the case from my personal perspective (coming soon).
We at the site (and I'm sure several other press sites) have recieved a holiday E-Card from the folks at CD Projekt creators of The Witcher. =)
For those of you who troll various gaming sites GamesRadar should ring a bell for you. Apparently in Texas the Attorney General has filed suit against the site for failing to protect the privacy and safety of children.
This suit apparently comes from an alleged breach of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act specifically GamesRadar is being charged with 'unlawfully collecting personal information such as names, ages, and home addresses from children (under 13)'.
This obviously should raise eyebrows around the gaming community as almost every major site collects such data. Later this morning we at BlueAlien.org will be calling GamesRadar's parent company Future US, Inc. for more information.
UPDATE (2007-12-19 16:50:10): A statement from Future US Inc. recieved by us at BlueAlien.org reads as follows:
"Future US, Inc., was named in a formal complaint filed on December 5th, 2007, by the Attorney General in Texas regarding games information website GamesRadar.
"That was the first contact we had from the Texas Attorney General on this matter and we are urgently reviewing the complaint.
"As a matter of course and at a minimum, Future US strictly adheres to all laws and guidelines regarding content on our websites.
"We will provide a more detailed response to the specific elements of this case in due course."
The following is the press release from the ESA (Electronic Software Association) regarding E3 2008. I hope everyone starts looking at dates and prepping their calendars. =) Click "Read More" for the full press release… and in case you were wondering, yes, they’re still "keeping it small."
Unfortunately I'm stuck in my office at work and can't test this theory... but it has been said on the Playstation boards that I was browsing today after reading the firmware update info (PS3 Firmware update 2.10) that someone discovered that ALL of the downloadable PS1 games (like Twisted Metal and the like) are now accessable via remote play on the PSP (with firmware 3.80)! The RUMOR is that there are some parts built into the new remote play that allow you to play ALL PS1 Original Disc games in your PS3 with remote play also but we at BlueAlien.org have not gotten a chance to test this theory yet.
Read the thread about all this wildness here:
Playstation Board Post Here!
Update: Here is video proof a forum user at the Playstation Board has taken and put on GameTrailers. It appears that this is no longer a myth... PS1 games ARE INDEED playable on the PSP via PS3 Remote Play!
Yes, you heard it here... straight from the Playstation Blog to you. Sony PSP 3.8 Firmware is live (they haven't updated the official PSP Firmware site yet however). Click "Read More" for the official word from John Koller Senior Marketing Manager for the PSP...
The following is a press release from GameStop's corporate headquarters regarding the shortages of Wii's this holiday season. The idea is that ANYONE AND EVERYONE that reserves a Wii on Friday December 21, 2007 will be guaranteed a Wii by January 25, 2008. Nintendo is working with GameStop to make sure they are able to meet the demand with ample amounts of supply but I worry this time both companies may have bitten off more than they can chew… Regardless of my pessimism it’s a great way to keep kids happy this holiday season and to get Nintendo’s holiday numbers as far in the black as they can be. Now they just have to make good on all those reserves… Read the full press release from GameStop here.
It's not done how you might think... This is very impressive.
The Dreamcast was a great console. It was released on a cool date in the US, 9/9/99, and even though one hasn't been produced since 2001, it still has a devote fan base. Too bad Sega stopped developing consoles... or have they?