Blizzard Entertainment updates Employment Opportunities section of its website to include mention of a ‘top secret MMO’. Seconds later the Blizzard fansites went into speculation overdrive about what the project could be.
The experts over at BlizzPlanet reckon we could be looking at a few things:
“A Starcraft MMO after Starcraft II? Look at World of Warcraft MMO … it was launched a year after Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (RTS).”
“We might be facing the return of Starcraft: Ghost as a Next-Gen MMO” — Rob Pardo revealed on August 2007 to Gamasutra and GameDaily that Blizzard planned to return to Starcraft: Ghost.
“A Diablo MMO isn’t too far-fetched unleashing an all-out Heaven vs. Hell war where you must choose sides.”
A new IP altogether? No chance, they won’t make WOW-tastic amounts of money. Will they?
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Following a swift withdrawal by film studios Fox and Universal, Microsoft is already in talks with other distribution projects to continue development of the Halo film, says Peter Jackson’s representative Ken Kamins.
Prep work on the Halo film continues, Kamins tells Variety, mostly thanks to the involvement of exec producers Jackson and Walsh. Most of the pre-production is being done at their visual effects studios in New Zealand, Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, so there will be no stalling.
Both of the studios who backed the flick abruptly pulled out. Rumours say the studios were concerned over a budget rising above $135 million, but Kamins says disputes came after Fox and Universal tried to lower Microsoft’s profit margines.
“What happened was this: Universal, on behalf of both studios, asked for a meeting with the filmmakers just prior to the due date of a significant payment,” says Kamins.
“Basically, they said that in order to move forward with the film, the filmmakers had to significantly reduce their deals. They waited until the last minute to have this conversation. Peter and Fran, after speaking with their producing partners and with Microsoft and Bungie, respectfully declined.”
Speculation also centered around the Halo film’s newcomer director Neill Blomkamp, who’s already filmed several Halo 3 shorts.
“Everybody is supremely confident in Neal,” Kamins said. “Part of what excited Peter and Fran was Neal’s vision. We’re very confident this film will move forward with the creative partners intact, who will take the film to production.”
The Halo shorts looked bloody great to us, and who knows, maybe they’ll help the Microsoft’s flick actually come to life this time. It’d be a shame to waste those real life Warthogs.
NVIDIA today is set to launch its newest midrange graphics card part, the GeForce 8800 GT, previously known by its codename G92. NVIDIA guidance states that its newest graphics card will be sold at a retail price in the $199 and $249 price range.
Development around the G92 processor revolved around reducing the thermal and power draw on the GeForce 8800 GTX (G80) processor.Â G80 was manufactured on TSMC’s 90nm process node while the G92 is manufactured on TSMC’s 65nm node.Â This shrink allows a single 8800 GT to operate on a 105 Watt draw, almost 80 Watts less than the 8800 GTX during heavy operation.
Top-to-bottom, the GeForce 8800 GT fits snugly between NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB, which NVIDIA sets at a retail price of $349, and NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600 GTS, which is sold for $149.
The GeForce 8800 GT sports a 100 MHz speed bump over the 8800 GTS, and comes factory clocked at 600 MHz. The 600 MHz clock speed of the 8800 GT is actually 15 MHz higher than the 8800 GTX’s default GPU clock, which is set at 575 MHz. The 8800 GT’s clock speed also comes within striking distance of the GeForce 8800 Ultra’s 612 MHz GPU clock speed.
The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT features 112 stream processors, 6 less than the 128 stream processors found on the ultra high-end 8800 GTX and 16 more than the 96 stream processors found on NVIDIA’s 8800 GTS.
The stream processors of the 8800 GT come clocked at 1500 MHz, the same speed as the stream processors of the GeForce 8800 Ultra. Comparatively, the GeForce 8800 GTX comes with its stream processors clocked at 1350 MHz while the 8800 GTS’ stream processors are clocked at 1200 MHz.
The GeForce 8800 GTS features up to 1024MB of GDDR3 memory, which is based on a 256-bit memory interface. According to NVIDIA, total memory bandwidth rings in at 57.6 GBps, and the texture fill rate is 33.6 billion/second. Naturally, the two preceding figures are only theoretical values; actual values are bound to be quite different.
The GDDR3 memory of the GeForce 8800 GT comes clocked at 900 MHz — equal to the memory frequency of the GeForce 8800 GTX. However, the 8800 GT falls short of the 8800 Ultra’s memory speed, which is 1080 MHz (2160 MHz effective).
NVIDIA guidance states that the GeForce 8800 GT supports the new PCIe 2.0 bus standard. The PCI-Express Special Interest Group claims that the new bus standard yield improvements in bandwidth.
High-definition video fans will be glad to hear that the GeForce 8800 GTS comes integrated with support for NVIDIA’s 2nd generation PureVideo HD engine, which allows for H.264 video decoding to be offloaded from the processor and on to the video card.Â HDCP support is also present on all reference designs.
NVIDIA guidance promises a hard launch with its GeForce 8800 GT cards, however, so far only Gigabyte, Palit and Zotac have 8800 GT-based offerings.Â Newegg independently confirmed with DailyTech that the card will be available online after the 6AM embargo lift.
The US Senate last night passed a bill that would extend the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prohibits local governments from taxing Internet connections, for seven years. About two weeks ago the House of Representatives passed a similar measure that would extend the act for four years. Barring an unlikely presidential veto, this will be the third time the bill has been extended since it was passed into law.The extension of the tax moratorium has broad support, reports Ars Technica. Most ISPs and the National Governors Association would like to see the tax ban extended at least 4 years. It is commonly thought that the law will eventually be made permanent (perhaps the next time it comes up for extension?). According to Reuters, ISPs claim service costs might jump by as much as 17% if the tax ban were to expire.
Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens was especially happy about the extension of the Internet tube tax moratorium. “By keeping Internet access tax-free and affordable, Congress can encourage Internet use for distance learning, telemedicine, commerce and other important services,” he said in a statement.
The bill will now go to a joint committee where the Senate and House will hash out the differences between the two versions of the legislation that were passed. A revised bill is expected to be signed into law by President Bush once it has passed both houses of congress.
Microsoft installed a resource hungry search application on thousands of PCs Wednesday, bringing them to a standstill, according to The Register on Thursday. It happened even though administrators had configured their systems not to use the search tool.
The incident is the second in as many months where administrators thought they had locked down their machines and had obtained configuration control.
The problem starts when the search software starts to index the PC. It’s particularly bad when it happens on a server. “The admins at my place were in a flap this morning because Windows Desktop Search 3.01 had suddenly started installing itself on desktops throughout the company,” one administrator said.
“I’m slightly pissed of at Microsoft right now,” said another administrator of 3,000 PCs responding to the problem on the Internet. “All the clients have slowed to a crawl, and the file servers are having problems with the load.”
Microsoft provided an unfathomable explanation of the problem.
“The revelation that Microsoft is pushing yet more installations not explicitly agreed to by administrators is not likely to sit well with this same vocal contingent,” Dan Goodin reported.
Source: The Mac Observer