The once-popular game is suffering from boring grandmasters and controversial leadership.
Today, Anand, the current world champion, plays Boris Gelfand, an Israeli grandmaster, in the first game of the World Chess Federation (commonly known as FIDE for its French acronym) championship match in Moscow. While in India Anand is a national figure and in parts of Europe both players are relatively well-recognized, in the United States they are virtually unknown outside chess clubs or circles of enthusiasts. In part because of this, no one in America seems to be paying much attention to the title that once represented one of the Cold War's many battlefields. Chess has seemingly lost its cultural significance, abdicating its once revered spot to games like poker.
A lot of game previews and trailers are cropping up with the E3 2011 conference just around the corner. One of the much anticipated games is a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise that features a re-imagined Lara Croft. The preview trailer will certainly ramp up excitement, but the game isn’t due until fall of 2012.
The companies behind the game, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, chose to reboot the series by going back to the roots. The story goes back to when Lara Croft was younger and portrays a much tougher and grittier image.
The trailer kicks off with Croft embarking on an adventure but then ending up shipwrecked on an island somewhere near Japan. When she washes ashore, she has to tend to her own wounds and is covered in blood.
However, the trailer is all about being cinematic and does not show any gameplay. Hopefully, there will be some demoes at the E3 conference next week. Let us know if you’re digging this reboot.
LulzSecurity (LulzSec), a group of hackers that recently gained notoriety for hacking PBS.org’s home page with an image of NyanCat, announced Thursday that it has stolen data from Sony. It’s yet another in a seemingly endless string of embarrassing security incidents for the company, but what’s shocking is just how exposed the data was to begin with.
In a press release posted to their Web site, LulzSec claims to have broken into SonyPictures.com and “compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts.”
The theft included 75,000 “music codes” and 3.5 million “music coupons,” according to the group. LulzSec has posted segments of data they claim to have taken from Sony’s server to serve as proof of their accomplishment.
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] More details about the highly secretive "Cell" ] processor--slated to power the upcoming Sony PlayStation ] 3 game console--emerged Monday. ... This puts the earliest ] date of release of the PlayStation 3 at late 2005, or more ] likely 2006, considering the amount of time needed to ] develop the process technology and mass-produce the new chip.
Looks like the PS2 is going to be around for a couple more years.
] Monica Lewinsky, the former presidential mistress who ] alternately runs from and toward celebrity, has signed to ] host Fox's next reality series, "Mr. Personality." ] ] The show gets the coveted "Joe Millionaire" Monday time ] slot, starting April 21. ] ] In "Mr. Personality," a young, beautiful single woman ] will court several eligible men who must rely strictly on ] their personalities to captivate her. That's because each ] man will have some sort of mask or hood on throughout the ] "dating" process.
] Unfortunately, trying to control Dirk is a game in itself. ] And not a fun one. ... ] There are other problems -- including repetitive game ] play and Daphne's overly annoying voice -- but there's no ] need to drive the point home any further. "Dragon's Lair ] 3D" is not worth your time or money, and it's certainly a ] shame for fans of this once-groundbreaking series.