Take-Two is in some heated times. They’re going into their annual meeting tonight with the cloud of EA’s hostile takeover looming. But more still, they’ve got a new lawsuit filed against them from one of their own shareholders, who calls their recent conduct with board members a “breach of fiduciary duty.” Now that term, fiduciary duty, sounds funny, but its actually serious business.

Namco announced a cheerleading game for the Wii this morning.

We Cheer features Wii-Motes acting like pom-poms, utilizes full-motion based controls, has multi- and single-player modes, and lets players dance to the music of 30 licensed songs from artists like Hilary Duff, Aly & AJ, The Plain White T’s and Natasha Bedingfield.

Remember hearing about the music and movie industries were scrambling to stop file-sharing and shut down P2P sites? About how the RIAA has targeted individual P2P users with lawsuits while the IFPI, while the MPAA have chosen to go after BitTorrent sites?

Well, it turns out that it all might be big waste of time, because all the publicity these lawsuits gave torrent sites like Sweden’s The Pirate Bay have generated record high traffic for these bootleg portals and have resulted in a increase in BitTorrent sites in general.

All may not be well in Hulk-land….

Actor Edward Norton, who plays Hulky David Banner in the upcoming film The Incredible Hulk , is refusing to do press and interviews for the film

Generally that means the film sucks and the lead is embarrassed.

Turns out the star of the $150 million adaptation of the Marvel comic-book series (and followup to Ang Lee’s flop) has indeed declined interview requests following a disagreement he had with his producers over the final cut of the flick. According to EW.com, “in recent months, Norton and the film’s director, Louis Leterrier (The Transporter), campaigned for a longer, more detailed film. Marvel Studios wanted a faster, leaner one. Marvel won.”

Ever noticed that the NBC Universal and News Corp owned site Hulu, a site for watching entertainment TV shows on the Web, doesn’t offer downloads or support mobile devices?

Kinda blows, huh?

Ya see, Hulu was designed to fight online piracy and compete with Apple’s iTunes, who NBC yanked content from over piracy and pricing concerns. But Hulu ain’t doing so well and iTunes is flourishing, so NBC would like to have its TV shows distributed once again through Apple’s service…but are calling for antipiracy measures to help protect its business’ revenue.

A post from CraigsList:

Dearest GameStop Girl,

When I walked into your store that fateful Tuesday, I expected only to find a smattering of half-decent titles tucked back there amongst the used 360 games. Instead I found you, surrounded by a beam of light, halfway between Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty 3. Your gorgeous dark hair was radiant in contrast with the rainbow of colors on the deluxe Bioshock behind you. The Game of the Year held no interest for me when I saw you look up and smile, even though both could hold me in Rapture.

UC San Diego computer scientists have created a fog and smoke machine for computer graphics that cuts the computational cost of making realistic smoky and foggy 3-D images, such as beams of light from a lighthouse piercing thick fog.

By cutting the computing cost for creating highly realistic imagery from scratch, the UCSD computer scientists are helping to pull cutting edge graphics techniques out of research labs and into movies and eventually video games and beyond.

You think the guys that cook up all that magic that animates a film must have a snazzy office. You couldn’t be closer to the truth.

The moment you step into the brand new office of Imageworks India, you have the feeling you are interrupting the shooting of a sci-fi movie. Imageworks India — a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Culver City, California — is a digital production studio dedicated to the art of visual effects and character animation. The teams in India and California have worked together on the final part of the popular Spider Man triology and the Will Smith-starrer I am Legend.

How long do you play a game before you decide if you like it?

An hour, two, a day? Try 15 minutes.

The first fifteen is all the time a developer gets to convince a gamer that what they’re playing is worth the price of admission, or so believes NetDevil’s Scott Brown.

Following in the footsteps of the masters of the MMO, Blizzard, NetDevil is breaking away from the norm of game development for their latest pet project, Jumpgate: Evolution. Instead of trying to sketch out a complete world and then going back and filling in the details, giving the game its luster and heart in a soul-killing, deadline-pushing crunch, NetDevil is crafting their space flight massively multiplayer game one gleaming section at a time.

(Source: bjp.rcpsych.org)           Judging whether we can trust other people is central to social interaction, despite being error-prone. A fear of others can be instilled by the contemporary political and social climate. Unfounded mistrust is called paranoia, and in severe forms is a central symptom of schizophrenia.

To demonstrate that individuals without severe mental illness in the general population experience unfounded paranoid thoughts, and to determine factors predictive of paranoia using the first laboratory method of capturing the experience.

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