Would-be demon slays ran into a big problem during Diablo III's opening week; nasty errors and server issues forced many first-day buyers into involuntarily sheathing their swords. The congestion highlighted concerns about the game's always-on DRM, but it turns out there was a good reason for the bad server woes: Blizzard claims Diablo III is the fastest selling game in PC history. Wait! Isn't PC gaming supposed to be dead?
Recently, a correspondent with more attitude than common sense excoriated me for having no taste. He could be right, but I doubt it.
I had mentioned in passing that I have thousands of CDs in my music collection, enough to fill a 3-terabyte hard drive. This particular adversary’s argument was that because taste is the product of a thousand distastes, obviously I had none because I had failed to winnow my collection. It doesn’t take a lot of smarts to realize that this is an inaccurate application of Sturgeon’s Law.
Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! Actually, the former King Kong record holder isn't dead, but he has been dethroned by Hank Chien, a 35-year-old doctor from Queens, New York, according to Twin Galaxies.
Chien scored 1,068,000 points in less than three hours, enough to reclaim the high score after losing the title of King of Kong to Billy Mitchell, who himself was ousted by Steve Wiebe.
"Although I was excited to reclaim [the high score], nothing beats the first time," Chien said in an interview with Twin Galaxies, the self-proclaimed world authority on player rankings, gaming statistics, and championship tournaments. "Of course it was harder this time, however I have gotten better since last time so relatively speaking it was a bit easier."
If any of these names sound familiar, then you probably watched the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." The flick follows Wiebe as he tries to get the high score in Donkey Kong, while also illuminating viewers on the whole culture of arcade games and Twin Galaxies.
For now at least, Chien can celebrate his achievement, but he knows it probably long last long.
"I know that the current score still has much room for improvement, so it is likely that this back and forth will continue for a while longer," Chien said.
It's a bit late for a Father's Day gift, but if your dad also happens to be a geek -- or owns a computer -- you can add new life to his vinyl records with the Crosley Radio Revolution CR6002 travel turntable.
Crosley's built a product line of nostalgic looking devices, but this portable turntable is anything but. Sure, it plays those old 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records, but it doesn't look anything like the record players you've seen back in the day. In addition to a modern look and USB connectivity, the CR6002 also comes with few modern amenities. Take a peek:
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