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Loaded: Watch your mouth
>> We've got a preview of some new holiday games from EA. Comcast wants to give you more broadband for free and Microsoft wants you to watch your mouth. It's Tuesday, October 21, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> Comcast maybe going to give away something for nothing -- sort of. DSL Report says that Comcast will be doubling their broadband speeds and not charging anymore for it. This change could come in the week or so. The company is deploying its Docsis 3.0 upgrades which will increase speed on standard tier services as well as offer new ones at 22 megabits per second and 50 megabits per second. Power users will be charged to $3 per month rental fee for the Docsis 3.0 modem. All other tiers will keep their same pricing which [inaudible] status probably a move to get more people to use more broadband. Comcast now charges by the usage for broadband for faster speeds means more usage. So in the end it's really not something for nothing. It looks as though LG has another touch screen phone on its way out. For now, we're calling this phone The Cookie which is cute, although certainly not something business users will really wanna take seriously. It's a 3G phone with a 3-megapixel camera and an FM radio and an accelerometer. It also records video, but only at QVGA resolution. The retail price is just over $200 which could end up costing consumers around $100 with the service contract. Not bad for a touch screen phone. CBS is trying to make online TV watching more social. Our parent company is integrating social viewing rooms into the online players that let users chat with one another, take quizzes and do things like throwing animated tomato at the screen while watching show like Survivor, CSI and Star Trek. Although, certainly, you wouldn't wanna throw tomatoes at CBS shows, right? Last week we stopped in at EA's holiday gaming preview where we got to demo some games for the Xbox 360 and PS 3. Our own Jeff Bakalar got to chat with EA about two highly anticipated games Dead Space and Mirror's Edge. Take a look.
>> A lot of games here. One of the coolest games to have on display is Mirror's Edge. Aaron, tell us a little bit about Mirror's Edge.
>> I'm glad you like it. Mirror's Edge is a brand new first person action adventure game from the studio at Dice. It's the guys who make the beloved battlefield series, so they really know first person shooters well. It's a first person action adventure starring Faith. And Faith is what's called a runner or a courier in a city where information is heavily restrictive and Faith's sister have been framed for a crime. There's - not only exciting chase, you're being hunted by the cops, but you've got puzzles to solve in the environment figuring out how to go, where you need to go as quick as you can and you've got come back, you can disarm your enemies, you can use their guns against them, but you don't have to use their guns at all.
>> So this is Dead Space. And what we're looking at is Chapter 2. So the first thing that you'll probably notice is that Isaac has absolutely no hood on the screen. All the information you need is off of his rig. You got the help bar down the spine, you have his stasis meter on the shoulder. If I pull off my gun, you can see the amo counter. Isaac's rig has been synched up with the ship. So it will actually give you tutorial elements and it will even point the way if you get lost towards your next objective.
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>> So you can see the strategic dismemberment, which is just a fancy way of saying you got a rip them apart limb from bloody limb. And if you go for the head shot they're just gonna get angry and come at you in a berserk or rage. You've got to take out their limbs, so they'll get slower, take off their bladed weapons, so they can't attack you with them. One of the other core components of the game play is zero gravity and as you can see, we've entered a section of the ship where gravity has been turned off. As an example of one of our zero gravity animes is you'll keep crawling along after you, until you take out all his limb.
>> Mirror's Edge comes out on November 11 and Dead Space is available now. If you're an online gamer known to follow up your killing spree with a salivatory F bomb. Microsoft will soon be silencing your profanity. The company has been granted a patent by the USPTO that will censor audio streams in real-time. Curse words and insults can often run rampant during online gaming, which can be kind of a damper if your six-year old is in the room. Microsoft's new patent will recognize inappropriate language and override it with bleeps or silence. The technology could also be applied to live television broadcast ante quieting the 7 second delay. Pretty cool if I do say so myself. We're just hours away from the T-Mobile G1 launch, but it won't be the only Android phone out for long. The word on the street is that Motorola is hot on the heels of HTC to be the next manufacturer to release an Android phone. So far the code name for this phone is Moto-droid. It may have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus a touch screen and the heavily geared towards social networking. We don't know anything about the carrier or pricing just yet, but we should expect to see it in the Spring or Summer of 2009. Colleges and universities are spending big bucks that they do not have on policing peer-to-peer networks. This is the result of a study called the Campus Computing Project, 321 IT administrators said that their institution was spending between 350 and $500,000 per year making sure that their students weren't stealing music, movies or software on P2P networks. Of course we all know that university budgets can be tight and all the more so these days. Colleges and universities want the honest of policing these networks off of them. They're using these data to lobby the congress not to impose new requirements on them to fight illegal file sharing, such as the higher education. Do you think it will work? I don't, but tell me what you think, write in at loaded.cnet.com. You still can't buy Beatles music on iTunes, but you can buy a Beatles themed iPod for $795. Only 2500 units of this collectors edition iPod will be released and it comes in a Psycho Bunny wooden box. It's a 120-gig black iPod with Beatles logo etching. It includes 13 original Beatles CDs in an engraved guitar pick. You can order it online now through Bloomingdales. Those are all your headlines for today, but before I go I wanna encourage you to watch Brian Tong's new show called Apple Byte. It just launched last week here on CNET TV and it's about all things Apple for all you fan boys and girls like me. Check it out, it's really great. Meanwhile I will see you tomorrow, thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded.
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