Daily Archives: March 7, 2012
(CNN) — “Mass Effect 3,” the final installment in the tale of Commander Shepard and his fight to save the universe, brings the series to a resounding and satisfying crescendo with tight combat, excellent storytelling and majestic visual effects.
Released in the United States on Tuesday, the game finds Shepard once again facing off against the Reapers, a race of sentient machines bent on eliminating all intelligent life in the universe. This time, the Reapers have come for Earth and Shepard must rally alien races from around the Milky Way to destroy this mechanical menace once and for all.
As in other “Mass Effect” games, players take on the role of Shepard and have many options to craft him (or her) any way they want. Six different classes, from soldier to sentinel, allow players
(CNN) — You probably heard the story. It is, after all, so last week.
A wealthy banker goes out to lunch with a colleague. The banker disdainfully leaves a 1% tip on a $133 bill with the message, “Get a real job.” The colleague, who runs a blog called “Future Ex-Banker,” takes a picture of the receipt, which then goes viral — first on Eater.com, then on Twitter and Facebook, soon everywhere (including CNN).
It was a hoax, however, though it took a few days before the restaurant found proof the original receipt had been Photoshopped. By that time, despite some disclaimers along the way, the bill had become water-cooler gospel and left outrage in its wake.
Given its penchant for “iproducts,” Apple’s current troubles in China over the iPad trademark are not its first, and are unlikely to be its last. China’s importance as a major consumer market is bringing fresh headaches for companies, and even celebrities, seeking to protect and claim brand names. That’s apart from the usual problems with piracy and other infringements.
Financially troubled Proview Electronics Co., a computer monitor and LED light maker, says it registered the iPad trademark in China and elsewhere more than a decade ago and wants Apple to stop selling or making the popular tablet computers under that name. Apple says Proview sold it worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 2009, though in China the registration was never transferred.
The number and variety of such disputes is rising as Chinese companies seek to leverage trademarks to their advantage, either for the sake of acquiring attractive brand
Electronic Arts has confirmed it is bringing back its metropolis-building simulation SimCity for PCs in 2013.
The publisher made the announcement during their Game Changers event during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Studio Maxis, who has worked on previous SimCity games as well as Spore, will develop the game.
“SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind,” says Lucy Bradshaw of Maxis in a statement. “We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.”
SimCity, first appearing in 1989, will transition to three-dimensional visuals and feature social elements, including building cities and placing alongside a friend’s metropolis.
Players will also have to combat global challenges such as climate change, natural disasters and the search for