TechTV Lives Alternatively

TechTV has been long replaced by G4, the syndicated cable network for gaming. The Screen Savers has been replaced by Attack of the Show, replacing intelligence and valued information with spoof and technical sloppiness. Call for Help has not been replaced by an equivalent substitute at all, which enabled everyday people to call in and ask for general help questions live on the air. From Wikipedia: TechTV (May 11, 1998 – May 28, 2004) was broadcast in 70 countries, reached 43 million households, and claimed 1.9 million unique visitors monthly to its website.

While many of the TechTV fans have restrained from finding any interests in G4 at all, they still follow the former anchors as they have ventured other projects on their own without support of any major network. In fact, the major support for all of the TechTV evolutions comes from the fans and the anchors themselves. While mostly Leo Laporte comes to mind, other TechTV leaders have also ventured successfully as freelance internet geeks promoting their efforts via podcasting, websites, communities, technologies, and more.

Leo Laporte has founded the TwIT Network that homes his weekly podcasts including The Tech Guy, This Week in Tech, Security Now, Windows Weekly, Mac Break, and more. TwIT is survived by several former TechTV hosts, and the community themselves. All episodes are owned through the Creative Commons License as noncommercial, meaning there is total liberty in opinion without the politics of commercial sponsorship.

TwIT has won several awards including #9 in Time Magazines Top Podcasts of The Year in 2006. TwIT has also been ranked as the #1 Podcast on iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts, and Podcast Alley. Laporte also hosts The Lab on G4TechTV Canada and hopes to market the title to an American network in HD.

Former TechTV anchorman Kevin Rose has also evolved in other projects, most specifically development in Digg: the social bookmarking website. This has spawned Diggnation, a weekly podcast disscussing the top rated stories from the Digg network.

Not Just Gaming .com Launched!

Techtronic has been replaced by Not Just Gaming (

NJG features all of the great posts from Techtrionic, as well as articles, blogs, community, social profiles, forums, downloads, videos, and more!

FF XIII Coming to the 360

For those of you yet unaware, Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the Xbox 360.

Check out high resolution images, trailers, and character bios from the official site (

Fallout 3 to Recieve 3 Expansions

Fallout 3 is slated for 3 DLC packs on Xbox Live in the coming weeks.

Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage is the first downloadable expansion for Fallout 3. Operation: Anchorage follows the story of Anchorage Alaska liberating from its Chinese Communist captors. Available for download in January 2009.

Fallout 3: The Pitt is the second downloadable expansion planned for Fallout 3. Players journey through the industrial raider town located in the remains of Pittsburgh. Available for download in February 2009

Fallout 3: Broken Steel is the third downloadable expansion for Fallout 3. Players join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and vanquish the Enclave remnants from the Capital Wasteland. Broken Steel will take allow players to adventure past the main story quest. Available for download in March 2009

Windows 7 Comes Friday

from Download Squad

During his keynote address at CES tonight, Steve Ballmer made it official. The Windows 7 public beta will be made available for download on Friday, January 9th, 2009.

If you’ve been leery of downloading the version that’s been all over the torrent trackers since last week, get your download manager ready and keep your browser tuned to Microsoft’s Windows 7 page for the genuine article. Technet, MSDN, and TechBeta members have already been given access.

I’ve had my share of problems with the leaked version and am hoping that the official release is either a slightly newer build or at least free of the issues that I’ve had so far. Internet Explorer 8 hasn’t been working 100%, and Explorer itself has stopped responding repeatedly when I’ve tried to extract large zip archive or move multiple large files onto my flash drive.

News: Godfather, Halo, Ghostbusters

Compiled from various sources, here are the latest breaking game news stories from the CES 2009 convention:

The Godather 2 has a release date of February 27, for the PC, PS 3, and the 360. The second game based on the classic Mafia films will incorporate both top-down strategy and Grand Theft Auto-style street-level action.

Players who pre-order will receive an exclusive crew member, named Tommy Cipolla, to hire into their family. While the other soldiers start equipped with one specialty and level-one firearms, Tommy will possess two specialties – arsonist and medic – as well as carry a level-two double-barreled shotgun. With Tommy in your family, players will have a strategic advantage in the game, using his advanced skills either directly in battle, or sending him to take over and defend rackets on his own.


Microsoft announced that Halo Wars has been pushed forward to February 28, 2009. Furthermore, the publisher announced it will release a playable demo on February 5.

Unlike first person shooters like Halo, and Quake Wars: Enemy Territory, Halo Wars is an RTS, controlling armies and territories in an overhead view, very similar to the Command and Conquer series. Much of this is contributed by the development team at Ensemble Studios, whom brought the Age of Empires series to the real time strategy genre.


  Although we would have expected Atari to make the announcement, it was Sony Pictures that just revealed when Ghostbusters: The Video Game will be released June 16 for the PS3, and the 360.

For those of you that have been living in a cave, Ghostbusters has had a rough history of developer and publisher conflicts. The game itself is written by Harold Ramis, and Dan Akroyd, whom wrote the original two films. Bill Murray, Akroyd, and Ramis will reprise their talented vocal roles to the game, making it the closest we will ever see to a Hollywood adaption of Ghostbusters 3.


Jumper: the 360’s Worst of 2008

While Grand Theft Auto IV received the top game award of 2008 (at no surprise by countless sources), Meta Critic has also decided on the worst game of 2008. And the loser is:

Jumper: Griffen’s Story

JGS currently has a generous critic score of 2.9 and user score of 3.0 on Gamespot.

JGS has received countless bad reviews from all over the net and gamers alike. It is also the only game that shows up twice on Meta Critics worst games of 2008: one for the Wii, and one for the 360.

Of course we are used to great movies bombing in to terrible game adoptions. However, Jumper received bad reviews and scores for the movie itself as well… Lets pray there may never be a sequel.