Consoles are rad and all, but c'mon, the PC is where it's at. PCs bring several advantages to the table, such as larger and faster storage devices, better graphics, and superior controls for certain genres, to name just a few. That said, sports titles seem destined for consoles, but that isn't a free pass for publishers to push lazy ports over to the PC, as EA is finding out.
According to a NSFW article in The Sun, 26-year-old gamer Jo Eley claims she spent a long time customizing her character in EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to resemble herself using face-mapping technology. Pleased with the result, Eley took to the fairway only to discover that her in-game character was strutting around topless. Another Hot Coffee-esque mod, perhaps?
No way, says EA. In a statement to the U.K. paper, EA said there's no hidden nudity code in the game and that hackers are to blame.
"We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game," EA said. "The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking."
A naughty Easter egg of sorts allowed gamers to unlock explicit scenes in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game, which was known as the Hot Coffee mod. The assertion here is that this is the same type of thing, but we tend to side with EA on this one. It's a little bit suspect that this is an exclusive story to The Sun without any public posting of a supposed nudity mod, and given the much publicized events surrounding Tiger Woods' personal life off the golf course, the timing seems suspect.
A number of high profile events have been streamed live on YouTube, including Tiger Woods' “the State of Promiscuity Address.” The world's leading video streaming site is yet to open live streaming to the general public, though. Now, a screenshot discovered on a help page for Google Moderator on YouTube suggests that live streaming may just be on the site's agenda.
The screenshot, which was first sighted by Techcrunch's Erick Schonfeld, clearly depicts a “Live Stream” button on the channel settings page. According to Livestream CEO Max Haot, the screenshot seems to suggest that YouTube is close to adding some sort of live streaming functionality.
Live streaming would add a whole new dimension to the internet's leading video repository. Live video feeds have the ability to keep viewer's glued for long durations, which is something YouTube won't mind.
With Tiger Woods making his comeback, it would be hard for another headline to steal the thunder from this year's Master Tournament, but Comcast is trying to do just that. The cable company has begun airing portions of the tournament in 3D.
"The 3D experience gives viewers a player's perspective of Augusta National, like they're looking through a window onto one of the most beautiful and scenic venues in the world," Comcast senior VP Derek Harrar said in a press statement. "We can't imagine a better setting than the Masters Tournament to give a glimpse of the future of 3D television."
The remaining 3D schedule breaks down like this:
April 8 and 9: (4-6PM ET) - Holes 14, 16, and 18 with rotating coverage of holes 10 through 13 and 17
April 10 and 11: (5-7PM ET) - Holes 14, 16, and 18 with rotating coverage of holes 10 through 13 and 17
Viewers must own a 3D-capable television and glasses, and will need to find out if their cable provider carries a separate 3D channel. Alternately, Comcast is also making available a live stream for 3D capable computers.
A little less than three weeks ago, technology and services outsourcing firm Accenture took a took a mulligan on Tiger Woods and pulled its sponsorship of the adulterous golfer. Now AT&T, along with at least two other companies, are doing the same, Bloomberg.com reports.
"We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well," Michael Coe, a spokesman for the biggest U.S. phone company, said in an email.
Investors in Woods' sponsors are said to have lost as much as $12 billion since reports of the scandal broke, according to researchers at the University of California at Davis. But unlike Accenture, which built its marketing around Woods before ending its six-year relationship, AT&T had only been planting its logo on Woods' golf bag since last February, as well as had sponsored his annual Tiger Jam benefit concerts.
Tiger Woods isn't hurting for sponsors, but one he'll have to do without is Accenture, a technology services and outsourcing firm. The IT company is the first of Tiger Woods' sponsors to drop him ever since his personal life became one of the biggest topics in sports.
"For the past six years, Accenture and Tiger Woods have had a very successful sponsorship arrangement and his achievements on the golf course have been a powerful metaphor for business success in Accenture’s advertising. However, given the circumstances of the last two weeks, after careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising. Accenture said that it wishes only the best for Tiger Woods and his family," Accenture wrote in a statement posted on its website.
The company added that it will "immediately transition to a new advertising campaign," one which will launch later in 2010 and without Tiger Woods.