Grand Theft Auto 4 has a release date: The much-awaited game is dropping on April 29th, 2008.

Put on your waiting shoes, folks.

“We are so excited to be releasing Grand Theft Auto IV,” Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games said in a press release. “We’ve pushed ourselves very hard to make something incredible and hope the game sets a new benchmark for interactive entertainment.”


Rockstar Games Announces Release Date for Grand Theft Auto IV

Next-generation Console Debut of the Grand Theft Auto Franchise Set for April 29, 2008

Hey, check out Xbox Live and you will find three downloadable Guitar Hero 3 tracks! All are of the classic rock variety:

  • Journey’s “Any Way You Want It”
  • Foreigner’s “Jukebox Hero”
  • Boston’s “Peace of Mind”

All three are, sadly, covers, but covers with fantastic guitar solos. Right now they’re only available on Xbox, but we’ll bet you they’ll be on PSN before you know it.

Big fans of Buffy may want to head to the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood for this year’s Paley Fest. Paley Fest is produced by The Paley Center for Media and according to their web site it, “leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.”

Wow! Anyway, the cast of Buffy has been scheduled as part of the lineup in what is only being called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion.” We’re not sure what this is or how it’s going to go down, but full details of the festival’s schedule are said to be announced February 4th.
The festival is set for March 14-27, 2008.

paleycenter.org

Good news for fake rock stars: Harmonix and MTV have announced the imminent release of Rock Band standalone instruments. And the guitar is wireless. Finally, a bass player!

The Rock Band drum set will ship on Feb. 12, for $79.99. The wireless Stratocaster guitar will ship April 1 and will cost $59.99. The PlayStation version of the game will be playable on both the PS2 and the PS3. Also on tap: A game-only version, so players can build their band ala carte.

Netflix is going in for the kill, threatened by Apple’s recent announcement that they will be providing streaming video via iTunes. So, they’re broadening their horizons, and that may well include streaming video to gaming systems in the not-too-distant future. First, they are changing their service structure to allow you to get all the online rental you can handle for $8.99 a month, and they’re also working it so that you can get their service on the Mac sometime in 2008.

Look! It’s the Echo Park Time Travel Mart! Where products can be purchased from all periods in time. Including:

Robot Milk

…and mammoth Chunks

and ism-wines:

The artsy (but not overly fartsy) storefront was designed by clever designer Stephan Bucher, and serves as the entrance to impossibly hipster-riffic non-profit literacy project 826LA, where students can get tutoring, make ‘zines and learn about publishing.

As if Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii wasn’t enough, the game will be packaged with a bunch of demo versions of virtual console titles…at least in Japan.

Nintendo confirmed that demos of:

  • Super Mario Bros.,
  • Ice Climber,
  • Legend of Zelda,
  • Kid Icarus,
  • Hoshi no Kirby,
  • Fire Emblem,
  • Super Metroid,
  • Mother 2,
  • Star Fox 64.

will be included in the game when it comes out on January 31st, and others titles may be hidden away as well. The games will run for a short time before returning players to SSBB.

lolcats on the iPhone

Looking for a cheezburger to go with your iPhone? You’re in luck. The goofballs (and I say that with fondest affection) over at ICanHasCheezburger have created an official iPhone app so you can cart the cats around with you wherever you go. Just bookmark this on your phone’s Safari browser and whenever you visit you’ll be greeted by the 30 most recent lolcat pictures. It even updates every time there’s a new post. Of course, with firmware 1.1.3 you can just add lolcats as a home screen icon for easy access!

Figure 17D from the Illuminate touch screen patent

An Apple patent application under the name “Illuminated touch pad” has been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office. There are several innovations detailed in the application, but it pertains primarily to touch sensitive inputs that provide light-based visual feedback. Among the variations included is a system that provides feedback with variable intensity (or color) based on direction and speed of the object in the sensing field. It’s a possible indicator of some future advancements in the interface of the iPod classic.

DiskWarrior, my personal favorite disk repair utility (especially if the problem drive is the startup disk) has just been updated to Version 4.1. The new version is now fully compatible with Leopard (there were some issues with repairing disk permissions on a Leopard startup volume), so if you rely on DiskWarrior as an essential part of your Mac Toolkit arsenal (as I do), you can rest easy.

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