Archive for August 5th, 2012

Modded Sega Genesis does what Nintendon’t: administers electric shocks

Dyak and Furrtek, for reasons unknown, decided to mod a Sega Genesis with parts of a shock collar meant for dogs. The result is the Genezap, which delivers an electric charge of a modifiable intensity whenever the player takes damage in Sonic, Mega Bomberman, or other games.

They did this on purpose.

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Way of the Samurai 4 comes overseas to PS3 August 21

Way of the Samurai 4 will let you create a ronin and explore post-isolationist Japan starting August 21 in North America. The PSN-exclusive PS3 game will be available for $39.99.

While the premise is all about joining up with the shogunate, the isolationists, or the new immigrants, and experiencing the power struggles between the three groups, we’re fairly confident the moment-to-moment gameplay is going to have more to do with swordin’.

Speaking of which, you’ll be able to upload your created character for distribution in others’ games, as a wandering, AI-controlled assassin. Other players’ characters will roam your game, offering up items to anyone who can defeat them.

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Dragon Quest X to offer ten years of DLC

While some Wii owners have all but abandoned the platform, others (in Japan) just bought an MMO for the thing this week. Luckily for those new Dragon Quest X owners, Square Enix has pledged longterm support.

Square Enix told Nikkei that it plans to release “version up” patches every ten weeks. More significantly, the developer’s plan calls for additional downloadable content to be created for ten years.

The game is currently only out on Wii, but a Wii U version is also planned. It supports USB keyboards, which we note only to point out the official one

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Google should pay $750 a book, say authors

NEW YORK: Authors suing Google over the digitization of their books have asked a New York court to order the Internet company to pay $750 for each book it copied, distributed or displayed.

The authors’ filing was lodged in federal court in the Southern District of New York last month, but was only made public on Friday. In the filing, the Authors Guild, whose president is novelist-lawyer Scott Thurow, urged the court to rule that Google’s digitization project does not constitute “fair use” under copyright law.

Litigation over Google’s digitization project began seven years ago after Google began copying millions of books thanks to an agreement with libraries, including those at Harvard University, Oxford University and Stanford University.

Google has said it has scanned more than 20 million books since the agreement was made in 2004.

In March 2011, a federal judge rejected a $125 million settlement in the case. In May, the authors were granted class action status.

The named plaintiffs in the case include former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Jim Boulton, who wrote “Ball Four.”

Google was not immediately available for comment.

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