Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
E3 2010 attendance hits 45,600 (Gamesindustry.biz) - A total of approximately 300 exhibitors and 45,600 attendees from 90 different countries visited the recently concluded E3 2010 event in Los Angeles, according to organisers the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
The figure is a small increase on the 41,000 who attended last year's event, which was the first since E3 returned to a format similar to that seen in the early 2000s. For the 2007 and 2008 events the expo was significantly downsized following concern over costs from exhibitors, with the number of visitors purposefully decreased.
The new format proved unpopular with both the trade and media, and the 2009 and 2010 events have seen a return to many of the excesses of previous years, in terms of extravagant stands and "booth babes". The highest ever attendance for E3 was 70,000 in 2005, when very few limitations were placed on attendees.
Xbox 360's red ring of death is dead (Gamesindustry.biz) - The so-called red ring of death, the infamous sign of a permanent hardware failure in an Xbox 360, is no more. Microsoft has elected not to include the warning feature in its new slimline version of the console.
No doubt Microsoft is hoping the 17% slimmer and cooler-running new model spells an end to the notorious fault that has seen thousands of Xbox 360s returned and replaced.
"Obviously if you look at the success rate of the original 360s, we're very proud of both the way the company stepped up to support the customers that we had as well as the success rate we have with the box today," said Microsoft Game Studios’ corporate VP Phil Spencer in an interview with IGN. "I think we've learned a lot. That learning has gone into the development of this new box.
Sins of a Solar Empire Publisher Produces Free Vuvuzela-Buster (kotaku.com) - We're two weeks into the World Cup and the obnoxious drone of the vuvuzela hasn't abated. Fear not, Stardock, which published Sins of a Solar Empire, made a free app that strips the horn's noise from streaming broadcasts.
World Cup fans have no doubt seen other vuvuzela filters and how-tos for driving down the range at which this toy horn drones on your high-end TV's equalizer. This free app, built by Jeff Bargmann, Stardock's chief technology architect, in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, covers anything coming over your PC - BBC, ESPN3 or other video source. It runs on any Windows system operating XP or better.
But if you have a Mac, worry not, there are devuvuzelinators for that, too.