MCM Expo

On Saturday Along with thousands of other people I attended the London MCM comic con. The event featured comics, movies and Games. I was lucky enough to see a preview of gears of war 3, Deus EX Human Revolution, and Red Faction Armageddon. Gamespot UK had a stand and I was lucky enough to meet Gamespot UK editor Guy Cocker, he was a nice guy and even remembered my name after I bumped into him for a second time.  Gamespot had various game machines such as old arcade machines and an Xbox which allowed you to try kinect; they also had a competition to win a customised Xbox.  From What I saw of Deus Ex, it was very good the graphics looked good and the story looked good, I can’t wait to play the full game. Also I got to see the destruction mode of Red Faction; it looked like a lot of fun to play.  

me and a Johnny Depp look alike
Many attendees of the event chose to dress up, these people are known as “cos players” costumes ranged from amazing and cool, to frankly weird and bizarre. Many were gaming related, and others were film characters and some were anime related.  I had my picture Taken with several cos players my favourites have to be the Johnny Depp Look alike and the Storm Troopers who interrogated me. Another Highlight for me was the talk from the Futurama cast in the theatre area, there was an audience Q and A session with the cast, and they did most of the characters voices. I had a great day at the expo and I would definitely go again next year. Checkout my facebook page for pictures from the day.  
Me and Gamespot Uk's Guy Cocker       

iPhone 5 release date leaked

It has been revealed that the iPhone 5 will be available for purchase on the 21st November; this information was leaked by an anonymous Phones4U representative who was speaking to the technology website t3.  The Phones4U representative said “iPhone 5 has been delayed until November following an issue with the handset's software” he also said that “November 21st release, would "be pretty much the same as the iPhone 4 with new software” typical Apple.

By Robert Leat
(C) Robert Leat 2011
 Site Founder and Editor and Chief

Sony Begin Restoration of PlayStation services

Sony has begun restoring the Playstation network. The restoration will begin in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. This comes after a down time of 3 weeks due to a security breach.  Users will be required to change their password upon signing in.  
According to a press release services expected to return are:
  • sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
  • Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
  • Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
  • Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and
  • 'Friends' category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
    PlayStation Home
 See the press release here.

By Robert Leat
(C) Robert Leat 2011

Site founder and Editor and chief

Brink First Impressions

(C) Splash Damage

Brink is Bethesda and Splash Damage’s new Shooter. It was released yesterday (13/05/11) I bought it today (14/05/11) for Playstation 3. The game is set in the future on an island called the ark. The ark was built as a vision of green sustainable living. An environmental crisis became a reality, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, thousands have fled to the ark as a last hope. There is tension on the ark as forces fight for control of the Ark. 

At the start of the game you have to make a decision to escape the island and play as the resistance or save the island and play as the security forces, I chose to save the island which meant playing as the security forces.   You play as these people with very long faces, your characters are customisable and as you gain xp you unlock new outfits for your character. The graphics are pretty good, and the character animation is good. The game reminds me a lot of the splash damage game quake wars as the classes are the same, medic, engineer, soldier and operative also the fact that you can choose to wait for a medic or spawn with reinforcements.  There are 3 ways to play the game, play through campaign in order, or you can do free play where you play the levels in any order, and challenge mode where you complete challenges in order to gain xp to level up and to unlock costumes for your character.  However the control scheme isn’t great the controls  felt quite awkward but that’s just me if it’s not like the cod controls i have become used to it’s not right, also I found that I kept getting downed and when the medics came to rescue me they got killed , the ai isn’t great but until PSN comes back up I’m stuck playing with bots.

So far I am pretty impressed by brink; stay posted as I will have a full review to come soon.

By Robert Leat   
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site founder and Editor and chief, 

Decorah Eagles become Most Viewed Live Stream


Screen Shot of Decorah Eagles Stream

The Decorah Eagles are a family of eagles nesting in Decorah, Iowa. The Resource Project, an organization which specializes in the preservation of Falcons, Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks and Owls.  They created a Ustream channel, which featured live coverage of a pair of Bald Eagles and their off spring. In the last couple of months they eagles have become online stars, the stream was created back in 2010 but it wasn’t until February of this year when the pairs eggs started hatching that the traffic started coming. The Channel has attracted 25.6 million views today and in total it has had 95 million views.  It is the Most viewed Show in Ustream’s 5 year history, the previous record was 35 million views. Online Streaming is becoming more popular with the Royal wedding receiving 75 million viewers.  

Facebook Targets Google with Smear Campaign


(C) google rankings service

Evidence has come to light that reveals that Facebook Hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google in the media.  This was revealed by a blogger who was approached by the PR company and refused to take part in the scheme and instead revealed the operation to the public. Facebook hired top PR firm Burston- Marsteller   to target Google with negative stories about ant-privacy.  They accused Google of violating federal fair trade laws and the privacy rights of millions of people with their Gmail feature social circle. 

Microsoft Acquire Skype for $8.5 billion

(C) Skype

Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5billion (£5.2billion), this is Microsoft’s largest ever buy out. Following Speculation Microsoft has bought the instant messaging and Voice chat service as Directors from both Microsoft and Skype agreed a deal. Facebook and Google were also in talks with Skype. The service has 663 million users.     

Duke Nukem PC Spec Revealed

Gearbox ,a developer, revealed the Spec Your Computer will need to run Duke Nukem Forever. 

Minimum Specifications 
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz 
  • Memory: 1 Gb 
  • Hard Drive: 10 Gb free 
  • Video Memory: 256 MB 
  • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Specifications 

  • Windows XP/Vista/7 
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 Ghz 
  • Memory: 2 Gb 
  • Hard Drive: 10 Gb free 
  • Video Memory: 512 MB 
  • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850 
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

HTC Profits Rise by 200 percent

(C) HTC 

HTC‘s Profits have risen by a record 200 percent. They are certainly catching up with Apple’s dominance of the smart phone market; the company posted a record profit of £315 million. HTC’s Products are increasing in popularity, the question remains can HTC overtake Apple?  

Google Testing Voice Search on the Google website

(C) Google 

Google is testing voice search functionality on It will only be available to a few users; a small grey microphone appears at the end of the traditional search box. Voice search is already available on most android smart phones.

LTC Podcast episode 2


In this weeks podcast I interview my friend Joe and we talk about The PlayStation outage, Gaming and various other topics. subscribe to the show and follow @leatstechcorner on Twitter

PlayStation Network and Quirocity services will resume this week

Sony revealed on their blog that they would be rolling out PlayStation network and Quirocity services in the upcoming week. A press conference took place in Tokyo   this morning and a press release is being distributed worldwide. They went on to thank everyone for their patience; the roll out of services will begin regionally. Users will be greeted with a mandatory update which will require users to change their password. At the press conference Kaz Hirai offered his apologies for the outage and also said that the PlayStation store would not be up and instead would be back up within a month. Approximately 10 million credit card numbers may have fallen into the hands of the hackers, 1/10 of the people that use the PlayStation network.  The motive behind the attack is still unclear. 
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