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European Charts: GTA IV rules the continent!

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355w ago - With GTA IV smashing entertainment records to hit six million sales in its first week, it's little surprise that the title has taken the top spot in all formats charts in Spain, Germany and Sweden.

According to Next-gen.Biz, the PS3 version took the No. 1 spot in Spain and Germany for the nine day period ended May 7th, whilst the Xbox 360 version ruled the roost in Sweden.

The full charts read:

Spain

01. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
02. Wii Fit (Wii)
03. Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
04. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. Brain Training (DS)
06. More Brain Training (DS)
07. Wii Play (Wii)
08. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (PS3)
09. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PSP)
10. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (360)

Germany

01. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
02. Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
03. Wii Fit (Wii)
04. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. Assassin's Creed Director's Cut (PC)
06. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (360)
07. The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bathroom... Design Stuff (PC)
08. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (PS3)
09. Wii Play (Wii)
10. Brain Training (DS)

Sweden

01. Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
02....
 

New Max Payne Movie Pics available!

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355w ago - Photographs from the location shoot of the new Max Payne movie have emerged online, revealing Chris O'Donnell in character for the first time.

While Mark Wahlberg is the titular character, Chris O'Donnell plays an executive tied into the big conspiracy that led to the death of Payne's family. He's seen here walking along the snowy streets of New York, either asleep, annoyed or simply caught by the camera at the wrong moment.

Thanks to Film School Rejects for the shots, and there's another shot of Wahlberg as Payne (you can see the first one here).

Max Payne: The Movie is still due sometime this year.

A few more pics can be seen at the link up top of this story!
 

TorrentSpy ordered to pay $110 million in damages to MPAA

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355w ago - After a federal judge awarded the MPAA a summary judgment against former BitTorrent tracker TorrentSpy late last year, the only question left was how much it would end up costing TorrentSpy's admins.

We've got our answer, and it comes in the form of a staggering $110 million damage award, or $30,000 in statutory damages for each of the nearly 3,700 files in the MPAA's complaint.

The MPAA announced the award in a press release (PDF) earlier today.

"This substantial money judgment sends a strong message about the illegality of these sites," said Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA. "The demise of TorrentSpy is a clear victory for the studios and demonstrates that such pirate sites will not be allowed to continue to operate without facing relentless litigation by copyright holders."

In addition to the damage award, TorrentSpy is also permanently enjoined against any future copyright infringement, a moot point given the fact that all that remains of the site is a farewell message citing a "hostile" legal climate in the US when it comes to user privacy and copyright.

TorrentSpy was sued by the MPAA in February 2006 and fought back with a countersuit...
 

Is Video Game Violence Really a Problem?

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356w ago - Mike is a 15 year old gamer who just picked up a copy of Gears of War. His mom is very strict about keeping Mike from playing mature-rated games, but his best friend let him borrow it for the weekend. When Mike gets home, he locks his door and turns down the volume on his television.

He puts in the game disc and instantly he is drawn to the online game mode. He puts on his headset and joins a game. He and his teammates discuss a strategy and then get to work. Mike decides to go to the sniper tower and try his hand at sniping.

He picks up the Longshot rifle and spots an enemy. He puts his cross hairs on his head, pulls the trigger and is rewarded with a gush of blood on his screen and not to mention the feeling of being a better player than his opponent. After a few hours Mike realizes it is ten o' clock so he turns off his system and decides to call it a night.

Most kids would leave the killing virtual, like Mike, but there are many people who believe that extremely violent games lead to teen violence and school shootings.

With today's technology, video games are becoming much more lifelike and graphical. More often than not the description on the back of games includes: intense violence, sexual content, drug reference, and blood and gore. Obviously this would not be a very...
 

Blu-ray sales tank for good reasons

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356w ago - Blu-ray player sales are sucking wind as well they should. According to Cnet, sales of the DRM infected format players are dropping like rocks.

The not so bright people out there had expected sales to skyrocket once the format war was done, but it didn't. They thought was people would ignore the massive defects of Blu-ray and buy like the dumb sheep that they are, handcuffing themselves to the Sony bank account.

Surprise, it didn't happen. US consumers are still dumb sheep, but this time they are realizing what is being done to them and they aren't biting. Sony's hope of having 50% of disc sales this year be Blu-ray are more likely to happen because of falling DVD sales than rocketing Blu-ray.

The format has three problems, DRM infections, BD-J and greed. The greed part is obvious, Sony won the format war and are trying to charge people between 50 and 100% more for a product with marginally better quality. Sure, it looks better, and the 0.07% of people with 7.1 channel audio setups will be overjoyed, but for the rest, it is a small step at best over an upconverting DVD.

Are you going to buy the DVD version for $16.99 on new release sale or $29.99 for the BD? It doesn't take a genius to realize that the next iteration of Hollywood Formula #7 with Big Stars #3 and #8 isn't worth it....
 
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