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25th Anniversary of Legend Of Zelda

By Newsgroup Usenet February 21st, 2011

One of the most iconic franchises in the business, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, celebrates its 25th anniversary today. This is the day that the original Zelda went on sale in Japan, kickstarting a series that would sell 59 million units worldwide

The series, which was released in Japan on February 21, 1986 on the NES (known as the Famicom over in Japan), ushered in a completely new era of adventure games with its unique expansive overworld that hadn’t been seen in any other games during the time. The series has become one of Nintendo’s most treasured properties with every one of their platforms having a title grace it, save the Virtual Boy.

Created by a legend himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, the game was and is still considered the  title to help start many conventions in action/adventure RPGs – a huge, non-linear overworld, an attack button with animated weapon, and even battery-based saving inside the cartridge to avoid the dreaded scribbling of passwords. The game also gave birth to many recurring elements – including the land of Hyrule itself, the powerful Triforce, Dodongos, Darknuts, Keese, Octorok and Leevers.

As of April 2010, The Legend of Zelda series has sold over 59 million copies since, and the original game ranks as fourth best selling out of any NES game.

Dedicated USENET newsgroups have followed Zelda since the very beginning, first starting in general Nintendo newsgroups and then migrating to individual newsgroups for each game and platform for many of the chapters of the series.

After 25 years, the Zelda universe has stayed around in numerous sequels, TV shows, and merchandise, and you can guarantee, that people aren’t forgetting about this game for a long time.

Nintendo will be continuing the brand with the Summer 2011 release of the Nintendo 3DS port of the classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Alongside the Wii release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword later this year.

Speaking of games, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is currently running a Game Giveaway for the month of February. Anyone can register to win a game for either the XBox 360, PS3, PC or Nintendo Wii.



Newsgroups Report 295 Exabytes Stored Online

By Newsgroup Usenet February 14th, 2011

According to the latest technology newsgroup postings, humankind has stored more than 295 billion gigabytes (or 295 exabytes) of data since 1986, according to a new report based on research by scientists at the University of Southern California.  And it comes out to 295 exabytes-  at least as of 2007.

In other words, the amount of data the world stored by 2007 is equal to 1.2 billion average hard drives.

The data doesn’t just take PCs into account, though. A total of 60 technologies, from DVDs to paper adverts and books, were included in the research. To provide a sense of scale, Dr Martin Hilbert of the University of Southern California, has been reported to state in cyber world newsgroups: ‘If we were to take all that information and store it in books, we could cover the entire area of the US or China in 13 layers of books.

The same information stored digitally on CDs would create a stack of discs that would reach beyond the moon, according to the researchers.

The researchers say humankind sent 1.9 zettabytes (1,000 exabytes) of information in 2007 through broadcast technology such as televisions and GPS, equivalent to every person in the world receiving 174 newspapers every day. For two-way communications, cell phones for instance, the 2007 total is 65 exabytes, about equal to every person on Earth relaying six newspapers worth of information per day.

The authors say we can consider 2002 the dawn of the digital age, when digital storage of information pulled ahead of analog storage. By 2007, nearly 94 percent of the world’s memory was in digital form.

To put those numbers in perspective, a zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes. An exabyte is 1,000 petabytes. A petabyte is 1,000 terabytes. A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes. And you should know what a gigabyte is. Even with an Unlimited USENET account with constant downloading, you’d be waiting a long, long time to complete that amount of data.

Even if you did, the figure will only have increased since the ’07 cut-off date, given that the researchers reckon the storage capacity of the world’s computers doubles every month.

And you thought you were killing it with your 2 terabyte hard drive.



Newsgroup Retention Upgrade to 860+ Days

By Newsgroup Usenet February 9th, 2011

Retention is on the rise again at NewsDemon.com Newsgroups. Another retention increase puts binary retention to 860 days and growing!

Our latest upgrades to our services now increases retention for all members to a staggering 860 days of binary retention. Retention rate increases allows members to now access articles that are over 860 days old. The increase in retention follows an earlier update of 810 days not so long ago.

The increase in retention affects all subscription and block plans offered by NewsDemon.com Newsgroups. For some existing members, an update of headers of subscribed newsgroups may be necessary to view the older articles.

New and existing users are automatically set to access the 860 day retention on all supported newsgroups. As another upgraded feature to our users, the increase in retention does not raise the cost to current or new members.  NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to be able to offer this upgrade to its existing line of premium features and services provided by NewsDemon.com Newsgroups.



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Giveaway Winner

By Newsgroup Usenet February 8th, 2011

The first NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway winner has been chosen!

Congratulations to Mr. Krizan for winning the Grand Prize!

Mr. Krizan has been sent out the game of choice, Civilization V for the PC.
We hope he enjoys the game and we thank all of you who had participated.

Don’t forget to enter in to the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway contest this month where we’ve selected four new games to choose from. Contest is live until midnight on February 28th. Read More Details Here



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Game Giveaway Contest 2

By Newsgroup Usenet February 2nd, 2011

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is doing it again! For the month of February, we’re running a contest to win a FREE GAME for either the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii!

Just like last month, the contest will allow you the opportunity to win one of four free games of your choosing for any of the supported gaming platforms. No purchase is necessary to enter! Just fill out our NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Ultimate Giveaway form and you’re automatically entered.

Although we will only accept one entry per day, you can come back each day to enter again to increase your chances of winning! No purchase necessary to enter.

For our selection process, we scoured through the vast amount of gaming newsgroups and picked out the most popular games on USENET for each system to giveaway.

Choose one of the following games for each platform that you want to win:

PS3 – Dead Space 2 – A favorite on Playstation 3 Newsgroups,  In Dead Space 2, Isaac brings the terror to space. Players will take on bigger, scarier and more epic battles that will keep them on the edge of their seats. Delivering a sensory overload of sound, visuals and action sequences, Dead Space 2 will bring the psychological thrills of deep space to a terrifying new level.

PC – DC Universe Online – A massively-multiplayer experience bringing together a host of PC Gaming Newsgroup enthusiasts, DC Universe Online brings high-energy action to the forefront with a combat system designed to deliver a fast-paced action experience with the extraordinary powers of your personally created heroes and villains at your disposal. Battle with or against their favorite DC Super Heroes and Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Joker. For the very first time, players and fans will be able to enter this fabled world as an active force for good or evil.

Xbox 360 –  Call of Duty: Black Ops – Hear the call of duty once again with this seventh entry in this blockbuster first-person shooter franchise that’s been top rated by Xbox 360 newsgroup subscribers. Call of Duty: Black Ops takes you deep behind enemy lines into the world of deniable operations as a member of an elite special forces unit engaging in covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts across the globe. With access to a variety of exclusive weaponry and equipment, your actions will tip the balance during the most dangerous time period mankind has ever known.

Wii – Donkey Kong Country Returns – Highly rated and discussed on Nintendo Wii Newsgroups, Retro Studios brings Donkey Kong back a side-scrolling adventure with familiar characters and amazing levels that reignite the passion players had for the Super NES original. And For the first time ever, the franchise features the ability for two people to play together at the same time – one as Donkey Kong, one as Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit. Diddy Kong can ride on Donkey Kong’s back and hop off whenever he pleases, allowing novice players to ride on Donkey Kong’s back through more challenging areas of the game.

The contest begins on February 1st and runs through the end of the month by February 28th at 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on or about March 1st.

Don’t delay! Enter today once, and come back each day to enter again.

ENTER NOW!



Intel Innovation Director on Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet January 27th, 2011

Verified from posts on USENET newsgroups, innovative musician and producer will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas will be bringing his creative talents to Intel Corp. where he will take on his new role of “Director of Creative Innovation” .

Will.i.am, whose real name is William James Adams Jr, is not joining the company as a full-time employee but he will be helping Intel “develop the next generation of smartphones and tablets, according to entermainment and technology newsgroups.

The Grammy Award-winning musician will be assisting with the development of devices including laptops, smart phones and tablets, Intel announced Tuesday at their internal sales and marketing conference.

What he’s got to offer to giant Intel is anyone’s guess, but their Vice President seems to think it’s a shrewd move.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, hopes to gain the attention of younger generations by incorporating both entertainment and technology, according to Deborah Conrad, the company’s head of marketing.

Deboran Conrad said: “We’re thrilled to tap into the limitless creativity Will.I.Am brings to the table. He’s not only a brilliant artist and producer, but also an innovator pushing the bounds of technology professionally and personally.

The company statement announcing the relationship said it will tie in “with Intel’s “compute continuum” vision, in which more and more devices will compute and connect to the Internet, and the company’s “visual life” initiative that explores how visual experiences such as photos, videos and movies are redefining the relationship consumers have with laptops, smart phones, tablets and other devices.”

“Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity,” Will said in a statement. “Teaming up with the scientists, researchers and computer programmers at Intel to collaborate and co-develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain is going to be amazing.”



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway

By Newsgroup Usenet January 20th, 2011


NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is offering a lucky winner a choice of one of four different games for either the PS3, XBox 360, Wii or PC platform in our Ultimate Game Giveaway.

To enter into NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway, simply fill out the Contest Entry Form by January 31st, 2011. No purchase necessary to enter. We will randomly pick the contest winner on February 1st from all of the eligible entries received.

In order to choose the hottest games to offer as part of our Ultimate Game Giveaway, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has scoured the many topics and discussions on gaming newsgroups to find the most talked about and best rated games selected by newsgroup subscribers.

The current line up of games available for this contest are:

PlayStation 3- Call of Duty Black Ops – Activision’s juggernaut first-person shooter returns for its annual assault on the bad guys with a focus on clandestine operations and deniable missions in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Developed by franchise veteran Treyarch, Black Ops marks a departure for the series, in that the action unfolds in neither WWII nor the nebulous “Modern” arena, but in the vast expanse of the Cold War. As one of the most discussed game on USENET newsgroups, the most popular version of the game has been on the PS3 and on the Playstation Newsgroups .

XBox 360 – Mass Effect 2 – Mass Effect 2 is a role-playing game with an outer space, science fiction setting and action-oriented, third-person shooter play. The game is released as the second in a planned trilogy from BioWare and designed for the Xbox 360. Players resume the role of Commander Shepard, the customizable protagonist of the first game, choosing the hero’s gender, appearance, skills, and abilities to match personal preferences and playing styles. A large number of newsgroup subscribers have followed the Mass Effect series and have rated this highly as one of the best games for the XBox 360.

Nintendo Wii – Just Dance – Ubisoft’s self-explanatory title Just Dance lets up to four music-loving gamers shake their bodies to the beat of more than 30 licensed dance songs. Players use their Wii Remote to mimic real dance moves as they swing their arms and move their legs to hits spanning multiple decades, including: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, ” Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite, and ” Hot N Cold (Rock Version)” by Katy Perry. This fun, interactive and award winning Wii game is among the favorites of Nintendo newsgroup subscribers.

Windows – Civilization V – The fifth original release in the quintessential computer game series, Sid Meier’s Civilization V introduces new concepts and conditions to the classic turn-based strategy play, along with presentational and computational refinements to take advantage of contemporary PC capabilities. PC Gaming newsgroup subscribers have fallen in love with Civilization again with this upgraded version of the ever popular Civ series.

Although you must be 18 and over to enter and can only enter once per day, you can increase your odds by returning daily and entering again up until the contest expires.

ENTER NOW TO WIN!

Good Luck!



NewsDemon Increases To 810 Day Binary Retention

By Newsgroup Usenet January 19th, 2011

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce that well over 2 years of high-quality binary retention is now available to  all of our members. The increase to 810 days of binary retention is yet another step forward to delivering the best possible USENET experience to users.

As part of a major upgrade to the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups service, the 810 day binary retention relates to the length of time that a binary or text file is available on USENET newsgroups. With this upgrade, users can now access binary files that had been posted to USENET newsgroups from much more than two years ago.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups offers access to over 107,000 uncensored newsgroups with up to 50 simultaneous blazing fast 256-BIT encrypted SSL connections. This provides the safest, fastest and most secure USENET access in the in the industry. The increase in newsgroup binary retention to 810 days represents another diligent effort by NewsDemon.com Newsgroups to provide the best premium USENET newsgroup access available.

As always, the expanded increase in newsgroup binary retention is provided to all of our members without any increase in price. The retention increase is immediately available for all members without any changes needed to be made to the account.



UK Top Games of 2010

By Newsgroup Usenet January 10th, 2011

Hey Gaming Newsgroup subscribers, the UKIE (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment)  have released charts for the best selling games of 2010, and you win absolutely zero TSA points if you guessed Call Of Duty: Black Ops shifted the most units!

Even just after its November release, the multiplatform first person shooter set sales records by grossing £113.8 million ($177.3 million) in one week and marking the all-time biggest grossing week for video games in the UK.

Electronic Arts’ ever-popular FIFA 11 found success across multiple platforms as well, falling just behind Black Ops on the 2010 all formats chart, the Xbox 360 chart, and the PlayStation 3 chart.

To make this more exciting, formulate your own predictions before reading any further. And let us know how many of these games you bought..


2010 All Gaming Formats Chart

01. Call of Duty: Black Ops

02. FIFA 11

03. Just Dance

04. Red Dead Redemption

05. Wii Fit Plus

06. Just Dance 2

07. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

08. Wii Sports Resort

09. Halo: Reach

10. Battlefield: Bad Company 2

2010 Xbox 360 Chart

01. Call Of Duty: Black Ops

02. FIFA 11

03. Halo: Reach

04. Red Dead Redemption

05. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

2010 PS3 Chart

01. Call Of Duty: Black Ops

02. FIFA 11

03. Gran Turismo 5

04. Red Dead Redemption

05. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

2010 Wii Chart

01. Just Dance

02. Wii Fit Plus

03. Just Dance 2

04. Wii Sports Resort

05. New Super Mario Bros Wii

2010 Nintendo DS Chart

01. Professor Layton And The Lost Future

02. New Super Mario Bros

03. Art Academy

04. Pokemon Soulsilver

05. Mario Kart DS

2010 Sony PSP Chart

01. FIFA 11

02. LittleBigPlanet

03. Gran Turismo

04. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines

05. FIFA 10

2010 PC Chart

01. Football Manager 2011

02. Football Manager 2010

03. The Sims 3

04. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

05. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Wii owners seem to be the most active with four out of the top five titles requiring you to get up and move rather than slouch on the sofa.

You can find out more about what’s going on with the latest and greatest console and PC games on a variety of newsgroups such as Computer – OS newsgroups, Cyberworld Newsgroups and Internet and Online Newsgroups



Online Impersonations Terminated In California

By Newsgroup Usenet January 3rd, 2011

Watch out, West Coast Newsgroupers, because a new California law prohibiting online impersonations officially went into effect this weekend. Violators of a new California law will face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail.

To summarize the bill, which was passed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, classifies electronic impersonation as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1k, and jail time of up to a year; in addition to the right of the impersonatee to sue the impersonator.  It offers no provisions for anyone who is pretending to be someone on the internet for comedic effect. Basically the state has created a new crime, and a new section is being added to the penal code. To be inacted you have to have the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud another person.

The text of the bill says it is now against the law in California to “falsely impersonate another in either his or her private or official capacity, as specified. Existing law also makes it a crime to knowingly access and, without permission, alter, damage, delete, destroy, or otherwise use any data, computer, computer system, or computer network in order to devise or execute any scheme or artifice to defraud, deceive, or extort, or wrongfully control or obtain money, property, or data. For a violation thereof, in addition to specified criminal penalties, existing law authorizes an aggrieved party to bring a civil action against the violator, as specified.”

While the law doesn’t explicitly address free speech concerns, it does specify that perpetrators must demonstrate a clear intent to harm, intimidate, or defraud the individual being impersonated — or, for that matter, anyone else.

How the law will play out is, of course, something only the courts and time will decide. For the time being, it would be better to be safe, rather than sorry.  Be yourself online.