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Crave Podcast 99: Game pirates must pay up

Crave has 99 problems, but a podcast ain't one. Hit us! That's a Jay-Z reference for anyone who isn't down with the kids -- the kids, this week, being Rory, Kate, Ian and Nate

It's official: Crave has 99 problems, but a podcast ain't one. Hit us! That's a Jay-Z reference for anyone who isn't down with the kids -- the kids this week being Rory, Kate, Ian and Nate.

We brought our A game for the 99th show, talking about some super-exciting subjects. For a start, games publishers are targeting 25,000 file sharers who've illegally shared games. They'll have to pay £300 or go to court.

In other gaming news, boffins at the American Psychological Association convention in Boston have said games can make you smarter. Not smart enough to avoid stealing titles via P2P, obviously, but they reckon World of Warcraft can improve scientific thinking. They say laparoscopic surgeons who play video games are 27 per cent faster at advanced surgical procedures and made 37 per cent fewer errors than non-gamers.

Elsewhere, Yahoo is planning a push for Net-enabled TVs, Microsoft has launched the amazing Photosynth for consumers, US police are inadvertently killing trees with their radio equipment, and Jeremy Clarkson is causing a YouTube-style kerfuffle with his bid to become prime minister.

The Year in Tech looks at 1999 -- a 365-day period which spawned The Matrix, the Dreamcast, Tony Hawks Pro Skater, and Descent. Oh, and that's when the BlackBerry first launched, too.

To finish things, we answer a few of your questions from the forums, and tell you the amazing story of a scientist who discovered a new species of insect... on eBay. Right click this link to download it instantly, get it automatically in your iTunes by clicking here, then go and talk about it with the other fans in the Crave Podcast Lounge.

Until episode 100, fools. -Rory Reid

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