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Vaporware 2008: Crushing Disappointments, False Promises and Plain Old BS

Posted by Andy

The Wired’s 11th annual Vaporware Awards are the annual roundup of the tech industry’s biggest, brashest and most baffling unfulfilled promises.

Wired staff selected from readers’ submissions the top 10 products that were supposed to ship in 2008 but ended up delayed, derailed or otherwise rendered in absentia. Hardware, software, games and vehicles were all fair game. Beta releases count, but as in years past, we gave Gmail a pass β€” it’s branded “beta,” but it’s widely used by millions. Like “Google” and “Twitter,” “Gmail” has even become a verb.

A surprisingly high percentage of last year’s winners actually shipped this year (Chinese Democracy, the Tesla Roadster and the world’s most expensive and useless keyboard among them), clearing the decks for a whole new stack of suckage.

So here it is: Vaporware 2008. Prepare to taste the waste.

10. Sony PlayStation Home

Sony’s virtual world for PlayStation 3 users, Home, earns a top slot, even though the service finally launched as an open beta in early December. But beta ain’t shrinkwrapped β€” so it’s fair game.

Home was originally announced in March 2007, but was repeatedly sidelined. And now that it’s kinda here, it’s woefully incomplete. Promised features like video sharing are absent, Sony has removed voice chat until further notice, and users from different countries can’t interact with one another β€” a major problem for an international platform.

Home doesn’t even succeed as a Second Life rip-off, owing to the fact that there simply isn’t much to do. You can walk around in the mall and spend real money on virtual clothes branded with advertisements, or you can hang out at the bowling alley and play crappy video games. That’s about it. Even the avatar creation system is incredibly scaled-down.

Sony keeps promising Home will get more features later, relying on the “it’s only a beta” line whenever somebody points out that it is a completely useless piece of crap that no one would ever use.

“There is of course no place like Home,” quipped reader Bob Krupinski. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Online Games Help Relieve Stress

Posted by Andy

Author: Gen Wright

It’s true that online games can help relieve stress. But there are many types of online games available on the Internet. These range from freely available massively multiplayer role playing game (MMOPRG) to tiny Flash games.

Role playing games are very fun. You can interact with others online, and there are entire virtual worlds out there. These worlds are actually a duplication of the real world, except that you can do a lot of fantasy stuff like killing monsters or casting spells. In these worlds, there are usually active economies. That means trading, buying and selling are taking place every day. Virtual currency is used for trading. They are commonly known as gold or platinum. “Money” is usually in the name of some precious stones.

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Capcom: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Coming ‘Very Soon’

Posted by Andy


Capcom seems to realize just how patiently we’ve all been waiting for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and though their latest communique on the title only says it’s coming “very soon,” they’ve offered some new screenshots to dissuade any of you from keying their cars.

In case you missed Capcom’s April 2007 announcement, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is a gorgeously re-imagined Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo that includes new, high-resolution artwork courtesy of UDON Entertainment (the people who created the gorgeous Street Fighter comic book series).

Hopefully Capcom’s definition of “very soon” means sometime before Christmas, but after a year and a half of waiting, we’ve stopped holding our breath.



Images courtesy Capcom

[Source: http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/10/capcom-super-st.html]