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Brain in Vat Happy to Test All Day

Introducing the PS4.Introducing the PS4.It's Friday! Let's see what's in the queue.

Not so good news for Sony fans. Apparently, Sony will be slashing budgets for its next-gen PlayStation. Did they really invest that much in the PS3? Hm. So what do you call a half-step between generations? An upgrade? Maybe they're releasing some type of add-on expansion type thing instead of a standalone console? Perhaps this isn't really a headline at all, and it's a very slow news day? Speculation!

Now this is cool: Test chamber music: Valve offers free Portal 2 soundtrack downloads. Go ahead and grab it. I played Portal 2 a few weeks ago, and man, was it awesome! The music is great, too. Hm. What the hell is that orange goo gushing from my speakers???

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Matt's Queue: Everybody Loves DRM

It's Matt's queue. Hey, all. Everybody settle down now. Geez, quit clapping already...La la la. Okay, thank you, thank you. Now let's get started.

All Age Verification Tests Should Be Like This. This is even less effective than the age verification employed in the Leisure Suit Larry games. Still, at least you gotta give them kudos for at least trying to weed out junior. I'm trying to think of other images of things kids wouldn't recognize--perhaps their parents?

PSN breach and restoration to cost $171M, Sony estimates. New "Welcome Back" program features free subscription to XLA.

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Playing Pac-Man with Living Beings

This is a pretty weird but potentially cool experiment: Pac-Mecium. As you can see in the video, the idea is to super-impose a gameboard over a collection of paramecium, who you can move around to play the games. I'm not sure whether this is cool or sick! What's next, one where you shock rats and inject them with drugs? Anyway, check it out below.

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Playing Videogames DOES make you smarter! (New scientific evidence)

Well, this is certainly nothing new for those of us who spend a lot of time indulging in our favorite hobby, but some cognitive scientists at the University of Rochester have finally confirmed it: "playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster." Here are some of the skills you'll pick up playing videogames:

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Matt Chat 60: X-Com, UFO Defense

Hi, Armchair Arcaders! Kick back in those armchairs and watch a new episode of Matt Chat on the Armchair Arcade Television Network (AATN for short). Even on Antsy the Aardvark would like this one. Remember him? Okay, enough silliness. Here's the eppie!

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A Reflection on Hero Worship (Danger, One of My Occasional Off Topic Musings!)

With the mashup video for Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot making the rounds on the Internet today - much to my delight - I was reflecting a bit on who I viewed throughout the years as what might be referred to as my "heroes" or "idols", or, as a more mature - and certainly more accurate - way of looking at it, people I've genuinely admired over the years and how and why they've influenced me.

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Close-Up Look at Mercury

Here's some pretty incredible news for space buffs--close-ups of Mercury, one of the most puzzling objects in our solar system. You can learn more at Space.com and of course Nasa.gov. I guess it'd be dumb to call anything associated with Mercury "cool," but when I see stuff like this movie I get excited. Good to know NASA isn't just sitting on its laurels, though I'm still bitter that we haven't got a colony on Mars yet. At this rate, we'll be hit by a giant asteroid and extinct before we get self-sustaining colonies started anywhere else.


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R.I.P. Mr Wizard

I'm sure I'm not the only Armchair Arcader mourning the loss of Mr. Wizard today. Though his early shows were before my time, I did watch him frequently on Nickelodeon, and was always fascinated to think about how many magical things you could do with common household items.

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Thinking about the Ultimate Controller

Although Nintendo fanboys like to act like the Wii's new remote controller is only a wee bit short of a revolution (sorry, couldn't resist), the real future seems to lie in something a bit more radical: Say, controlling a game of Space Invaders with nothing but your brain. Some clever spudboys at the Washington University of St. Louis decided that the best way to help them treat a severe case of epilepsy in a 14-year old was to hook his brain up to the game and watch what happened. In no time at all, the kid was clearing whole levels just by thinking about where he wanted the ship to move and fire--as easily as moving a hand! You've got to see this video!

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Pluto is No Longer a Planet - Commodore Needs to Issue an Update!

Visible Solar System (Commodore, 1982) for the C-64: Screenshot from www.lemon64.comVisible Solar System (Commodore, 1982) for the C-64: Screenshot from www.lemon64.comWell, the final decision has been handed down and Pluto is no longer a planet to the chagrin of many and to the relief of others. It was an exciting several days in the world of anstronomy and science when we could have had as many as 12 planets, but in actuality ended up losing one of the 9 we've known for roughly the last century. It actually saddens me that the 12 planet resolution didn't pass, as it seemed to make the solar system a bit more interesting, but based on the science of it all, it's better to reclassify Pluto and its pivotal twin, Charon. Full story here. A rather agressive blog entry here (8/24/2006 entry).

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