[Editor's Note: For some unknown reason this (popular) post disappeared from my site, so I'm reposting it. There are a couple of comments to the right which ended up getting re-categorized under "Apple Patent Suggests Notebook Docking Station". Sorry for any inconvenience and/or confusion.]

From the exciting world of public access television!

Dungeon Majesty follows the adventures of four girls who play Dungeons and Dragons, then act out exciting battles with big cheesey monsters.

Why isn’t this on TV all the time?

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Since its birth in the 1950s, the Guinness Book of World’s Records has ended many bar arguments and caused many people to do dumb thing in search of dubious fame. But gaming hasn’t been the focus of the tome. Until now.

Guinness is putting out a videogame edition of their famous book, and they want you to submit your game-related records.

It’s true. Go to the website and submit.

Gravity Interactive has just announced that they will release a horror-themed MMO titled Requiem: Bloodymare in early 2008. Set in the world of Ethegia, players take on the role of the Temperions, beings created through genetic engineering and arcane rites to engage in bloody combat with the walking nightmares that have been released upon the world from the misuse of science and magic. Sounds spine-tingly-dingly.

This one’s just coming across the wires, but apparently, Netflix is actually developing a movie set-top-box with LG Electronics. If you’ll recall, there was quite a buzz surrounding such a device years back, but rumblings had remained largely dormant until a few months back. Slated to launch sometime in Q2, the networked player would purportedly allow owners to stream in movies for viewing on their television, and it’s being reported that the feature would be “included in all of its various price plans… at no extra charge.” Pricing deets on the LG device have yet to be disclosed, but we’re told that the firm could “embed the receiver into its $799 dual-DVD player [likely the BH200].” According to Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings, the LG partnership will hopefully be “the first of many such deals” for the company, and he added that he’d love to “see a hundred Netflix-capable boxes,” suggesting that there could be deals struck with internet-connected gaming consoles as well as cable / satellite providers. We’ll be keeping an ear to the ground for further details.

The scuttlebutt on the digital streets is that Microsoft is planning to produce an “Ultimate” Xbox.

How ultimate? Try:

  • 1080p HDMI output
  • built in Wi-Fi
  • hi-def audio ouput
  • cooler hardware
  • extremely quiet fan
  • built in HD-DVD drive.
  • 320GB hard disk

We think this reads more like a wish-list than an actual product, and the source (U.K.’s Stuff magazine website) is a little shady as to whether they actually know something or are just guessing, but if it’s true… wow. The future 360 would then have the power of a PlayStation 3!

In an election with the impact of roughly a kindergarten straw poll, Barack Obama and Ron Paul have won the MySpace ‘primaries’ handily, beating out such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, and the “leave Britney alone” guy. Voters on the MySpace Impact political site were the voters, and many say they will actually vote in the real world.

Since a great majority of people on the internets are either hopeful, non-jaded youth, or crazy people, neither victory comes as a surprise. Oh, and also, the vote didn’t require people to be of a legal voting age, which explains the relatively strong showings of Zac Efron (6 percent) and Mike Huckabee (16 percent.)

Big TV wars have gone on for ages, but the Thin TV wars are just starting up. I just found out that Pioneer is making a 9mm thick HD Plasma TV which it planned to reveal at CES 2008, but was inadvertently leaked by the BBC earlier this week (story now down). Those dimensions mean the TV is thinner than a deck of cards and they’re claiming “world’s thinnest” although we’ve no idea of whether or not the Plasma will pack any of that top-line Kuro tech. Also the weird silent film above shows that much of the set does look 9mm thick but there is a large portion which does look thicker. Although 20mm thin LCDs from Sharp and thin-border Toshiba LCDs impressed last year, these could be the first to hit our shores. Sources close to the company confirmed the leak was real and not the result of some BBC intern dreaming up gadgets for fun and hitting “publish” by mistake.

According to Apple Insider, Apple has filed a patent for a dynamic, OLED-based keyboard that will allow on-the-fly keyboard layouts via software. Each key would have a matrix of OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) that display that key’s currently configured character.

Not only would this dynamic keyboard design be able to show you the effects of meta keys on standard keys, it would also allow for swappable language configurations.

As many of you (judging by the number of e-mail tips we have received) know, the latest Radiohead album, “In Rainbows” is now available on iTunes. The album is $9.99 in the US and released via iTunes Plus, meaning the files are DRM free. This is the first Radiohead album to appear on iTunes (though fans will note that frontman, Thom Yorke’s solo album, “The Eraser,” has been on iTunes since its debut in 2006), where Radiohead has remained one of an ever-shrinking group of high profile artists not to list their catalog with the digital service.

MacNN is reporting on a patent filed by Apple that describes a laptop docking station that looks a lot like a hollow iMac. According to images filed with the patent, a laptop is slid into a compartment on the side of the dock, leaving the laptop’s ports accessible.

There’s no indication as to how the display works. Perhaps the docking station itself has a display that’s powered by the laptop, though it seems silly to have two displays. It could be that the laptop in question is actually a tablet that docks with its own display facing the user.

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