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4. Forget About by Sibylle Baier
5. Hot Swap by Pablo Mandelbrot
6. In The Deep by T.Williams
7. The Leap Home Pt.2 by Radio People
8. For 12 by Other Lives

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Kobe plays shooting guard in new Call Of Duty ad

Activision is launching “Call of Duty: Black Ops” November 9. So it needs everyone to get very worked up about the idea of a new way to shoot the living daylights out of those who occasionally enjoy the sight of living daylight.

And when I say “everyone,” I mean every concierge, every mystery meat salesman, every businesswoman, every Best Buy salesperson, every sportsman, and every comedian. Well, they’re everymen too, you know.

So please rejoice in the sight of Kobe Bryant (reportedly a deeply committed “Call of Duty” player) appearing as if he’s wafting along the streets of Baghdad looking for a little action. And look, there’s Jimmy Kimmel, grabbing a grenade launcher and falling over backward with laughter. Your laughter, that is.

Many will find this spot so charming because it glorifies fabulously indiscriminate violence in a beautifully stylized manner. It captures the hungry eyes of soldier-gamers who suddenly find themselves clutching real weapons as opposed to the anodyne consoles with which they normally have to satisfy themselves.

Who cannot be hypnotized by the sight of the lady with the glasses and the puffy purple sleeves? She seems to reach some considerable level of excitement on grasping her gun and raiding a little house which was, no doubt, full of bad, or at least troublingly incomprehensible, people. Or recalcitrant customers of Best Buy, perhaps.

And in the middle of it all is Bryant, he whose jersey remains the top seller in the NBA. Feel his ecstasy as he wears his red Nike T-shirt, clutches a very large black gun with “Mamba” written on it (Kobe calls himself “The Black Mamba”), and shoots at some unknown target. No, I don’t think it’s Shaq.

Once this launch ad for a game rated M for Mature is done, some might experience one particularly mature thought: it’s just so boring being a concierge, working at Best Buy, sitting in meetings in a tight pencil skirt, or slogging through Philadelphia on the way to complete the 82 deadly dull games that comprise the regular NBA season.

Not when you can shoot, shoot, shoot your way through the day. Oh, did I fail to mention that everyone in this spot was shooting real guns? Not that it matters.

As the ad says, there is a soldier in all of us. Yes, indeed. Even in the kids. Even in the little kids.

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Car Tech Live 192: It’s all about swagger

We look at a real swagger wagon from Toyota, find some cool-looking Honda hybrids, sit in a new supercar from McLaren, and drive the lowest tech
car we’ve seen this year.

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• SEMA 2010

Toyota debuts Swagger Wagon Supreme

Honda CR-Z concepts and special editions

Sneak peek: McLaren’s most lust-worthy supercar

Aston Martin transponder watch

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Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner: TIE Fighter combat meets augmented reality

Think “Star Wars” games have been done to death? I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner. It’s like the PC classic “TIE Fighter” mixed with the ingenious UFO on Tape mixed with the Layar Reality Browser.

Confused? This video might help:

Millennium Falcon AR Test from Josh Shabtai on Vimeo.

As you can see, the game overlays itself on whatever appears in your
iPhone camera lens. Point it at the night sky and, presto, you’re blasting TIE fighters in outer space. Point it at the dog and, um, presto, you’re blasting TIE fighters coming from your dog.

Whether or not this turns out to be cool or just plain weird remains to be seen. Fortunately, Falcon Gunner also comes with rendered backgrounds, just in case you’re not into the whole augmented-reality thing.

According to Gizmodo, the game “will also feature other iconic moments from the Star Wars universe,” like the Battle of Hoth and escape from the Death Star. It’s due later this month for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and the fourth-gen
iPod Touch (the one with the camera, natch). Pricing has not yet been announced.

What do you think? Will Falcon Gunner rank alongside the terrific Star Wars: Trench Run or have all the one-trick-pony appeal of Star Wars: Cantina?

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Car Tech Live 191: We unleash the 2011 Corvette Z06 (podcast)

We’ll see where baby Teslas will be born…find out which
car is mostly likely to strand you — and get you a ticket! See why the 12V industry fears Apple, and put the hammer down on a 2011 Corvette Z06.

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