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Unhackable? Maybe Not

by Tyler Treat Jan 6, 2010 1:35 AM CST
filed under news, ps3, rumors

The Xbox 360, Wii, DS and PSP all suffer from pretty severe piracy, but up to this point, the PS3 has seemed impenetrable to pirates. That very well might have just changed. Hackers claim to have found a way to play copied software on the PlayStation 3. Reports indicate that the method is tedious and elaborate, but it's still something that is unprecedented if true.

Apparently, the hack only works on older PS3 models, not the Slim. The pirates have allegedly been able to install third-party software, even Windows XP.

The exploit is met by significant skepticism within the hacker community, but if it is in fact true, it likely doesn't pose a large threat considering how expensive and time consuming it is.

[via MCV]

Get Yourself a PS3 Laptop for Chump Change

by Tyler Treat Jan 3, 2010 3:54 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, ps3

Get yourself a PS3 Slim laptop by Ben Heck on eBay. With two bids on it at the time of this writing, the laptop is currently going for $2,500.00. Chump change, right...

This is the one of a kind and first Playstation 3 Slim laptop custom made by Ben Heckendorn or Ben Heck for short. He is a well known person in the Video Game modding community. Take a look at his website to see his other work.

I won this in a giveaway at a local Business. Take a close look at the "Prizes" section for more info about this fantastic and unique item.

Also look here for more info regarding the making and contents of the unit. I have not used it for any more then making a You Tube video and am selling it because I have no interest in PlayStation 3 gaming. Thank you and good luck please serious bidders only.

More pictures after the jump.


Play Modern Warfare 2 on the Go

by Tyler Treat Dec 30, 2009 4:50 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, handhelds, ps3, videos

Thanks to the wireless PS3 transmitter, a modder by the name of techknott was able to create a device that plays Modern Warfare 2 portably. According to the modder, the device will soon be available for purchase, even though it's not exactly the prettiest thing we've seen. Still, it let's you play MW2 on the go (or any other PS3 game for that matter), so that's pretty sweet. It works by transmitting control signals to the PS3, which in turn sends the video feed to the device. Check it on in action below.

Rejoice, MechWarrior: Living Legends Beta Goes Live

by Tyler Treat Dec 29, 2009 2:41 AM CST
filed under cool stuff, news, pc

MechWarrior: Living Legends, the total conversion mod for Crysis by Wandering Samurai, has been in development for over three years. It launched the long-awaited beta recently. Accompanying the good news is a trailer for the mod, seen below.

[via MechWarrior: Living Legends]

New Black Mesa Model Renderings

by Tyler Treat Dec 28, 2009 7:56 PM CST
filed under pc, screenshots

Today we got a look at some new model renderings from Black Mesa, the source-ized Half-Life remake total conversion mod. The renderings show off a Xen Controller, armored grunt, a guard, and a scientist. Check them all out after the jump.


Will It Ever Release? Black Mesa Gets Delayed

by Tyler Treat Dec 12, 2009 3:39 PM CST
filed under news, pc


The complete recreation of the original Half-Life utilizing the Source engine, Black Mesa, is getting another painful delay. Initially scheduled to make a 2009 release, the game's sadly getting pushed into next year.

"Unfortunately, to our great disappointment, Black Mesa will not make a 2009 release," wrote the Black Mesa project leader in the game's forums. "Cynics may now rejoice, bets may be collected, and I think a mod team member has to eat his shoe, but we hope our loyal fans will forgive us and realize that the delay will translate into a better final product that's (hopefully) more easily available to everyone."

"Once again we apologize for what has to be very disappointing news. We placed a 2009 deadline on ourselves to motivate us and bring this 6 year project to a close. And while we didn't quite make it, we have come very close, and you can expect a complete, polished game to hit your hard drives in the near future. We'll be sure and update if anything changes. Until then, hang tight, it's coming!"

So there you have it, no Black Mesa this year. It sucks, I know, but it's probably for the better. This is Half-Life we're dealing with. Can't risk screwing this one up.

N64 Goes Portable

by Tyler Treat Dec 10, 2009 12:47 AM CST
filed under cool stuff, handhelds, nintendo

A modder who goes by the name of Zenloc has turned the almighty Nintendo 64 into a handheld, portable gaming system called the "N64Mini." It claims to be one of the smallest N64 mods in the world, measuring in at 120 x 200 x 50mm. Surprisingly, it uses the analog stick instead of the controller's D-pad. He's selling it on eBay, and it's already going for $555 with 45 bids at the time of this writing. Better act fast if you want to snag this. Here's a video of it in action. Full specs on the device after the jump.

Top 10 Half-Life Mods of All Time


by Tyler Treat Nov 20, 2009 1:07 AM CST
filed under editorials, features, pc, top 10


The Half-Life franchise has the biggest mod community of any game. We’ve seen some amazing mods created by independent developers, some of them have grown to become major titles themselves. Here’s our list of the top 10 best Half-Life/Half-Life 2 mods ever.


Roombas Made Useful by Programmers

by Tyler Treat Nov 10, 2009 10:28 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, hardware

A group of programmers turned the automatic vacuum cleaner "Roomba" into their own game of Pac Man. The Pac-Mac Roomba's real purpose is to showcase the Unmanned Aerial System software suite that the team been developing (and maybe a little for their own entertainment).  The group's website has a lot more information on the project with pictures, diagrams and other fancy stuff. Here's a video of the Roombas in action:

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