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Cortana as seen recently in the upcoming video game Mass Effect


In a recent revelation that's sure to rock the gaming world Cortana, known as the popular A.I. in the famed Halo series, has announced her split from Master Chief in favor of a new beau, Commander Shepard of the game Mass Effect.

"Honestly, we just grew apart" said Cortana describing the demise of her relationship with Master Chief in a candid interview with video game fashion magazine Pixel Purrrfect. "It was always Covenant is attacking this, Covenant is attacking that. Corrupted mainframe this, corrupted mainframe that. It started to drive me crazy! That's when I knew the relationship wasn't going to last. I really needed some peace and stability and being with Master Chief didn't seem to offer that for me."

Sources around the Halo 3 production had reported that Cortana had been under 'increasing stress' for months and had suffered numerous 'extreme emotional breakdowns' during the production of the final installment to the Halo trilogy. Many had believed it was only a matter of time till she left Master Chief and the whole Halo universe for good.

"Commander Shepard has given me the stability I've been searching for", Cortana further explained. "Frankly, exploring the universe with Sheppard was a lot more appealing to me than spending another night listening to Master Chief and the Arbitrator go on about who's gonna win the next all-Grunt sticky-grenade championship".

No word as of yet as to how Master Chief is dealing with the separation though sources say he's been spending a lot of time with Miranda Keyes and appeared content.
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Pains me to be the bearer of bad news alas here it is: Colin McRae, the British rally car driver who many of you will no doubt recognize as the name behind a series of rally car games published by Codemasters, died yesterday in a helicopter crash near his home in Lanark, Scotland. It was confirmed by his manager that he had been piloting the Squirrel helicopter that was carrying him and three other passengers. It is believed that one of the passengers was McRae's five year old son, Johnny who is also feared dead although this has yet to be confirmed. The identity of the other passengers is still unknown due to extensive fire damage. Colin McRae was Britain's first World Rally Champion in 1995, and was championship runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001, and third in 1998.

Follow Up:

Codemasters recently released a letter to the press expressing their sadness over the news of Colin McRae's death and offering condolences to the family. You can read the letter below:


Colin McRae, 1968 – 2007

Everyone at Codemasters, especially those who worked directly with Colin McRae, is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events of this weekend.

The loss of Colin McRae is deeply distressing. That it involved his son and another so young makes it even more tragic. Our thoughts are with his family and those closest to him and we share in their pain.

For over ten years, Colin was part of the Codemasters family and it was a privilege to have a man recognised as a true legend on the team. He always took a keen interest in the game experience, wanting to make sure it was without equal in its portrayal of the sport.

His contribution was inspirational and brought his technical expertise and passion for rally driving to each and every McRae game. Through the popularity of those games, he brought a whole new audience to the sport itself.

Codemasters’ relationship with Colin began through Jim, David and Richard Darling and their condolences, along with ours, are passed to Colin’s family. We are heavy of heart at his passing but we are also brimming with pride at knowing him and to have played a small role in his life.

He will never be forgotten by all at Codemasters.


Colin McRae’s website – Main Website – Messages of Condolences Condolences Link
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Amongst the slew of emails I get from game developers, publisher, PR agents and some guy from Nigeria who needs me to help get 50 million dollars out of his country I found a download link to some...ASSets for the online game Kwari. If you haven't herd Kwari is an upcoming online FPS that gives you the opportunity to earn real money by fragging others. Or should I say, Kwari is a game that gives you the opportunity to run up a credit card debt while being repeatedly humiliated by 14 wankers.

Mixed in with a bunch of screenshots of the game was this little gem of pic:



The gun toting avatar you are seeing here has a special ability known as "Booty". This unique ability (only available for female avatars) temporarily stuns other players who happen to feast their eyes upon it, thus leaving them completely vulnerable to attack. "Booty" is a powerful ability in Kwari only accessible to high level players who have spent a considerable amount of money in the game.

Those who are tempted can go sign up for the beta on the Kwari website.
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