Hellgate London in Hell Apparently

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Guy Somberg is unhappy. Very unhappy. It seems the game he worked on as one of the original programmers isn’t doing so hot. Posting on his blog (the post having since been removed), Somberg explains his unhappiness:

“Work is depressing right now. Never mind the fact that Hellgate isn’t as popular as anybody had hoped. Never mind the fact that there exists a term ‘Flagshipped’, meaning where a company basically over-promises and then screws you. Never mind the fact that the forums are totally populated by people who do nothing but complain and talk about how much the game sucks. Never mind the fact that people do the same thing in the game itself.

Ouch. In other news on this FPSRPGMMO (phew), it seems most of the design team – including three of Flagship’s founders – have ditched the project as well to move onto other stuff. Those awaiting any future content are apparently going to be waiting… and waiting… and more than likely waiting.

HTC debuts new 4G phone at 2011 International CES.(HTC EVO Shift 4G )(Consumer Electronics Show)(Brief article)

Taiwan Economic News January 7, 2011 | Chuang, Steve Taipei, Jan. 7, 2011 (CENS) — The Taiwan-based High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC), a globally leading vendor of smartphones, has debuted its newest HTC EVO Shift 4G phone at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running from Jan. 6 to 9 in Las Vegas, in a bid to rivet global attention to its 4G phone business.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G runs on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, supports 3G and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) networks, and has a 3.6-ince touchscreen, 2GB memory capacity, 5-megapixel camera and a sliding QWERTY keypad. web site mytouch 4g review

The newest smartphone will be distributed by Sprint in the U.S., priced at only US$149 bundled with a 2-year telecom service contract. Sprint’s marketing vice president David Owens noted that the 4G phone’s comparatively low price can help quickly attract consumers and boost market shares. this web site mytouch 4g review

In fact, HTC has stepped up its business deployment in the segment for 4G phones recently. After launching two 4G phones, namely EVO 4G and Mytouch 4G, in 2010, the firm now is increasingly devoted to development of new smartphones operating on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) network , and has expanded its cooperation with related telecom operators in the U.S.

The firm will also launch LTE phones in other countries of the world starting in the second half of 2011, confirmed the CEO Peter Chou. Selling for higher unit prices than 3G phones, 4G models are expected to serve as a sales drive for the firm in the coming years.

In addition to LTE phones, HTC has also been engaged in tablet PCs, and already applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for registration of a new trademark, HTC Scribe, which is believed to be labeled on the firm’s new tablet in the future. Industry insiders opine that the firm’s first tablet will be debuted in Mobile World Congress 2011, slated for February 14 to 17 in Barcelona, Spain.

Chuang, Steve