Hello fellow lovers of “NerdNews.” Here is the most interesting news surrounding the entertainment and technology industries to start the week.
Get More of Jack Bauer… Online!
Degree (yes, the deodorant) is sponsoring a website called DayZero. Beginning today, this website will feature a short flash animated adventure starring your favorite CTU operative and mine, Jack Bauer. Each Monday will feature a new episode to the story that takes place before the start of 24 Season One.
Buy Pirates Before You See Pirates
Disney’s third installment of high seas adventure featuring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End will hit theatres this week on Thursday, May 24. Prior to the release of the film, NECA will release the 12 inch and 18 inch Jack Sparrow action figures. The movie’s website provides some information as well as a link to some photographs of the figures in their packaging.
It’s Time to Diddy You Wii
That’s right Wii-players, Nintendo released Donkey Kong Country Two: Diddy Kong Quest today on Wii Play. Until the extremely good promised titles hit the console later this year, Wii owners will have to settle for releases of previous titles of glory through Nintendo’s online service. On a personal note, my favorite title released on Wii Play happens to be Ice Hockey.
Microsoft Says No to Mods
Until the most recent software update to the Xbox 360, Microsoft was unable to detect consoles that have been altered or “modded.” However, this recent update allows their online feature, known as Xbox Live, to recognize hacks that allow the consoles to play burned copies of video games. Microsoft released the following statement:
“We have stated in the past that customers can only enjoy access to the Xbox Live community through the use of a genuine, unmodified, Xbox console, and we will continue to enforce this rule to ensure the integrity of our service, the protection of our partners and the benefits of our users.”
Can The Internet Run Out of Space?
Information Week reports that there is an upcoming shortage of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. While over four billion addresses are currently possible, the site reports that all remaining addresses could be assigned by 2012 or 2013. Never fear though, because there is a newer version of Internet Protocol in the works which would allow for four times the current number of addresses. The downside is that the transition to new protocol may be difficult.
Blizzard Makes Mistake By Launching Starcraft 2 over CowboyCraft
The headline is a joke, and if you do not get it is because you have not been visiting this website nearly enough! That is likely because you have been locked away in a basement and forced to do several unmentionable things by a man named Buffalo Bill such as, “It rubs the lotion on its skin.” That also being the case, you may not know that Starcraft 2 has officially been announced by Blizzard with the tagline, “Hell, it’s about time.” The special Starcraft 2 website provides a lot of current information for fans of the genre. The three original races, Protoss, Terran, and Zerg will all be featured in the game and will have separate pages providing details about each faction. Some information is already available for the Protoss. The website also features a cinematic trailer, artwork, computer wallpapers, and game play videos.
That is all for now. Look for my next news rundown before the holiday weekend. Until then, enjoy some Jack Bauer, Diddy Kong, and Starcraft 2 videos. If you do not want to do any of that, please at least stop hanging out with people named Buffalo Bill.