Today: Israel imposes sanctions on the PA, PS3 really expensive, BF: 2142?

The major headlines in my world today are as follows:

Israel imposes sanctions on the now Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority (BBC). This means that a lot of the funding for the PA will be cut off. That happened a little too fast, I think. Wouldn’t allowing Hamas, the PA and the Palestinians a little more time to adjust to this new situation be a better idea?

On the technology side of things, Merrill Lynch (PDF file) (by way of Kotaku) is concerned about the cost of building the PlayStation 3. They believe it’s going to cost $800 to $900 to make, in large part owing to the Cell chip and the Blu-Ray drive. That’s a big loss for each console you sell if you price it at $400 or even $500. Consequently, an analyst cited by Merrill Lynch believes the PS3 launch may be postponed to allow Sony to reduce manufacturing costs. Meaning, the worst case is? Fall 2006 launch in Japan, Spring 07 in the US. Of course, this is just educated guesswork, but interesting nonetheless.

In gaming, the producer of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for the Xbox360 dropped a hint about future Battlefield products in a Shacknews interview . To quote from their interview:

Shacknews: What can we expect for the future of the Battlefield franchise?

Dan Blackstone: We’re about to announce something very big, so stay tuned. One other interviewer asked this and I gave him a hint, so it’s only fair that I do the same for you: 3213/3X2. Or said another way: S.R. 4588164.

Bright minds quickly figured out that this can be calculated (S.R. being square root) and equals 2142. This would fit well with the naming of the first BF game, Battlefield 1942, and I guess it’s only natural to go from the forties, to the sixties, to the present day and into the future. I’m not convinced this means they’ll make noteworthy advances in the core gameplay, which is what’s makes the games interesting, 1942 or 2142. However, the squad and the commander mode really is what makes BF2 so interesting, and I’m hoping that they can come up with even more stuff to encourage cooperative play.

With that said, I’m not going to comment on today’s rather disappointing Norwegian results in the winter olympics, but do my schoolwork so time can be cleared for Battlefield later on.

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