After a high hype and anticipation level, iD Software's Rage game called Mutant Bash TV finally hit the App Store this week. The creators of the original Doom and Quake games showcased the full Rage for consoles many times in the past, and promised to provide a graphically rich companion for the iPhone. Now that the game is out, is it worthy of all that wait?
First, the game is available in two different versions. Yet, unlike most apps, they aren't limited to iPhone and iPad. Both apps are universal, with the difference being the quality of textures. Rage, at $0.99, has regular graphics, while Rage HD, at $1.99, has high definition graphics, and is aimed at iPhone 4 and the iPad. This is a fairly large app, weighing in at over 700 MB, so it may take a while to download.
If you have an odd name, you may get locked out of Facebook. Now that the social networking site has over 200 million users, they constantly update a blacklist of names that people cannot use, such as those are obviously fake, like Batman, or some that relate to current events, like Susan Boyle. Even though Facebook was set up to use real names, it sometimes makes mistakes, as in the case of Alicia Istanbul, who got up one day and found her account temporarily canceled. Unfortunately, it may take time and a faxed ID as proof to get your account back if you become a casualty.
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IdentityPal is yet another terrific USB idea shoved into a flash memory stick. Get it for your dog, grandma, child, or even yourself if you are planning to climb Mt. Everest. The gadget will hold contact information including medical condition, medication, insurance, as much or as little as you want. It can also be password encrypted for security and works with any IBM PC USB port. Both water and shockproof, attach it to a key chain, neck lanyard, backpack, or pet collar for $39.95.
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Motorola and T-Mobile have announced that there are some serious issues with some of their Sidekick Slides. Apparently when the feature is activated, the device may reboot or turn off. No need to worry if you own an LX or iD model, but anyone trying to purchase one of the faulty ones will find a “temporarily available” on T-Mobile’s site. Contact T-Mobile online or hit your nearest retail store if you are having any problems with your Sidekick.
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It’s great enough to see the rumors come true of id’s games getting up on Steam – after all, id is the company that was behind Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein and Commander Keen(!), among others. Many of these classic games (from Doom and Wolfenstein on up to Doom 3 and Quake III) are now available for purchase on Steam. Or, if you’re into super-awesome-sweet deals, you can buy the id Super Pack and get all of the id games on Steam for $62.95 (for a limited time, then the price will bump up to $69.95). That includes a ton of content, to say the least, which would otherwise cost $213.90 to pick it all up on Steam individually.
The list of id content on Steam and in the Super Deal includes:
- Commander Keen
- DOOM 3
- DOOM 3 Resurrection of Evil
- DOOM II
- Final DOOM
- Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
- HeXen II
- HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
- Master Levels for Doom II
- QUAKE II
- QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
- QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning
- Quake III Arena
- QUAKE III: Team Arena
- QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon
- QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein
- Spear of Destiny
- Ultimate DOOM
- Wolfenstein 3D
Tom Bihn recently released an update to their mid-sized messenger bag, the ID. The updated ID has several notable improvements and makes for a great everyday bag for anyone with lots of stuff to cart around. Gear Live took it for a spin and compares it to the Imago which we recently reviewed. Click through for the full review.