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IndieGames.com have posted their top 20 best freeware platformers of 2007. Because there are free, you can try them all! So if you are feeling sad because you don't have anything to play, try these out!

Best Freeware Platformers 2007

1. Knytt Stories
2. The Underside
3. Plasma Warrior
4. Paroxysm
5. Valdis Story
6. Hurrican
7. Kaipuu
8. Deo Dorant
9. Muon
10. Streambolt Desero
11. GoldenEye 2D
12. Once in Space
13. A Mini Falafel Adventure
14. Alex Adventure
15. Polarity
16. Punishment: The Punishing
17. Ninjah
18. Joe Gunn
19. Polychromatic Funk Monkey
20. Lost in the Static








The Sierra Club is the latest group to propose a tax on video games and televisions with the procceds going to programs that encourage families to get off the couch and hike in the mountains.

Mike Casaus from the Sierra Club says, "What we would do with this excise tax on tvs and video games and this type of equipment is to tax part of the problem to fund the solution."

The Sierra Club believes that the bill would bring in about $4 million to be used on programs. The story is reported from KOB.com in New Mexico.It is unclear if the tax is being proposed in other states.

I have written the Sierra Club to give them a chance to show the reasons behind the tax. Lawmakers did kill the same idea last year, but it looks like the Sierra Club is going to give it another go.

Reason 9999999999999 to register and get out there and vote gamers!








Pocket-lint.co.uk found what looks like to be Steve Jobs' keynote speech leaked via Wikipedia. If it's true, it actually is not a bad keynote.

Highlights are a 16GB iPhone for $499. The details and release of a SDK for the device. Which means now people can release applications and widgets for the iPhone. Of course I'll be making Widgets for it. Also a 13-inch, 0.8 inch think MacBook the thinnest and lightest so far. And last, direct YouTube access for Apple TV.

The actual keynote will be tomorrow at 9am and I can't wait to see if this is close to the news that we will hear. Until then, check the list out below and let me know what you are excited about.

MacWorld January 2008 Keynote
Rough Outline; draft 5

Greetings! Welcome to Moscone Center
Quick Overview: iPod/iTunes
- iPod has been extremely profitable for us this holiday season
- Sales figures, market share
- Our new models are doing better than ever
- 3 iPod games released last month accidentally (supposed to be for today)
- Another new game today: Chess
- iTunes doing extremely well (sales figures/market share)
- Today: 30 indie labels releasing their entire catalogs in iTunes Plus
- Many more to follow in the next few months

iPhone
- Best iPod ever
- Sales figures, market share
- Sales beyond our wildest dreams
- Much more than the 1% market share we asked for in January
- Starting today: 8GB $399, 16GB $499
- Four times the memory as original iPhone for the same price
- iPhone is coming to Japan in March with NTT DoCoMo
- SDK is unveiled!

iPhone/iPod Touch SDK
- Apps and Widgets
- Using Cocoa with Objective-C
- Developers submit programs as source code, not executable
- Specify iPhone or both iPhone/Touch (certain features iPhone only)
- Set your own price: Apps $0-$6.99, Widgets $0-$2.99
- Users buy/download in iTunes Wi-Fi Store / iTunes Store (Mac/PC)
- Automatic updating wirelessly or docked

- Demonstration of exporting from XCode 3 to iTunes Store
- Submits source code to Apple for validation (make sure that people aren't abusing the system, prevent malware and viruses)
- If using microphone or GSM, iPhone only; otherwise, available for both iPhone and iPod Touch
- Apps can be free or up to $6.99; Widgets free or up to $2.99
- Developers recieve 70% of revenue for their products
- Licensed under Apple Mobile Software License
- Can download wirelessly from iTunes Wi-Fi Store or docked to computer from iTunes Store
- Demonstration of wirelessly downloading (and running) the app submitted earlier
- Apps and widgets can be rearranged on front screen; front screen scrolls to show all apps/widgets
- Resubmit updated versions of apps; when added to store, iPhone/Touch will ask you to update it next time you use it (or next time you dock the iPhone/Touch)
- Developers can get their hands on a beta version of the SDK tomorrow on ADC and start developing; final version due early February
- iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch Software update 1.3 allowing for Apps mid-February

Example apps/widgets
Apps:
- iChat (coming with 1.3 update) (AIM, Jabber/Google Talk)
-- Quick demonstration
- RSS Feed Reader (coming with 1.3 update) (read feeds online or off)
- One of our partners made something cool: Last.fm (scrobble tracks played on iPhone/touch wirelessly without syncing w/ computer)
Widgets:
- Dictionary (coming with 1.3 update) (quickly look up words, translate, use wikipedia)
-- Quick demonstration
- Yellow/White Book (coming with 1.3 update) (search for contacts, add them to your address book directly from the app, will sync back with address book on your Mac/PC)
- Sports Ticker (coming with 1.3 update) (choose your sports and teams, get updates on their progress)
- Another partner: Twitter (update your Twitter on the fly, see your friends tweets)
- Try these out on the show floor today

Mac
- Sales are getting better and better every day
- Hardware sales figures/market share
- Leopard released October; doing spectacularly
- Sales figures/market share
- Selling extremely well; estimated to overtake Tiger in terms of marketshare by June if you only count the new Macs that come with it preinstalled; even quicker if you include boxed copies
- 10.5.2 out today - many bug fixes, also addressing a lot of issues and complaints users had such as list view with stacks and certain HIG non-compliance issues

New MacBooks!
- What would MacWorld be without a new Mac? (sorry about last year)
- Completely redesigned MacBook
- Completely aluminum body like MacBook Pro
- 13" screen at 1440x900
- Two colors: Black and Silver
- Looks gorgeous at 0.8" thin
- A major feat of engineering - patents abound
- DVD drive pops open on side when eject button is pressed
- New on all notebooks and iMac: iSight HD (720p)
- New backlit keyboard based on recent Apple Keyboard revisions (keys slightly lighter than that of laptop casing, colorwise)
- New matching MagSafe cable (Aluminum ends, cord color matches that of keyboard)
- New matching Apple Remote (slightly smaller with larger overall buttons)
- Intel GMA X3100 graphics
- 3 models
- Completely phasing out the combo drive on all product lines today
- BTO models can upgrade all the way to 2.6GHz/4GB Memory/320GB hard drive
- 4.5 hours of battery life
- Starting at $1199

Product Refreshes
- Refreshing Mac Pro and Mac mini today
- Mac Pro now with Penryn!
- Base model 2x2.8GHz dual-core/1GB/NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB/250GB(1x250GB)/1x16x double-layer SuperDrive
- Upgradeable to 2x3.2GHz quad-core/16GB/NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB/4TB(4x1TB)/2x16x double-layer SuperDrives
- Starting at $2,499
- Mac mini gets slight speed bumps and double-layer SuperDrive in all models
- Base model 2.0GHz IC2D/1GB/100GB
- BTO Upgradeable to 2.4GHz IC2D/4GB/320GB
- Starting at $599

One More Thing
- Been brewing for a while
- YouTube's been in Apple TV and iPhone/iPod touch: now it's in iTunes
- Download YouTube videos straight to iTunes or from iPhone/iPod Touch for later offline viewing (sync back to computer)
- Coming in iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch 1.3 updates

Thanks for coming, and enjoy the expo!


[source Pocket-lint.co.uk]








Today is a holiday in Japan to celebrate the Seijin No Hi or "Coming of Age Day". It's a public holiday to celebrate that some of the teenagers can now legally smoke, drink alcohol and other "adult" things.

Some Japanese teenagers get a bit drunk, and others...well they'll have quite the hangover in the morning. In the meantime, this Stormtrooper got to dance in Shibuya with a Japanese Celebrity, Nikk.

This video is too funny to miss.








In walking around CES, attending Press Conferences and Keynotes, there is a clear winner at CES and they aren't even here officially. Present during the Bill Gates Conference, at most of the booths on the floor, being used to showcase hardware and peripherals, Activision is everywhere at CES without actually physically having a booth.

Call of Duty 4 is being used to show off monitors, video cards, processor power, and any company that is showcasing a new rig for gamers. Call of Duty 4 is also being used to showcase various keyboards, mice and gamer headsets. It's the premier first person shooter on the floor.

Guitar Hero III is at every booth that wants to draw a crowd. Almost regardless on if Guitar Hero has anything to do with what they are offering. Intel is showcasing Guitar Hero on the PC. Peripheral companies that are selling gaming chairs, video headsets and speakers are all using Guitar Hero III to sell their wares. The crowds keep coming too.

It's amazing. People of all ages, in business suits are lining up to showoff their rockstar skills.

Last night at Showstoppers a vendor was showcasing a Guitar Hero "air guitar" amp. A player wears the amp and can literally play "air guitar" with the music. The booth was not only loud, but a complete hit with the media the whole night.

Yes, Guitar Hero III fever has hit. Everyone wants to be a rockstar. The true rockstar here though is Activision. As they are the clear winner of CES.