Archive for May, 2011

Call of Duty:Elite and the Monthly Subscription Fee

May 31st, 2011 No comments

    Acitivision Blizzarc Inc. is out to charge a monthly subscription fee for the upcoming online service called Call of Duty: Elite. This service will work with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and future installments of the franchise. CoD:E will provide extra content that isn’t available for regular customers and it will be available for paying and non-paying multiplayer fans.

    Players will primarily access CoD:E through web browsers though Activision is planning to offer apps for Android and iOS devices. Elite will let players track their stats, participate in competitions for real and virtual prizes, and provide a lot of social-networking options reminiscent of e-sports. Apparently, stats-tracking and social grouping features will be free for everyone.

    Premium Elite subscribers will receive a constant flow of Call of Duty content, like map packs. Campaign, co-op and multiplayer modes can still be had for no charge, so going for the premium membership isn’t strictly necessary. Unfortunately, details regarding the service are still very scarce. The guys over at Kotaku at least scored some information on how the service looks like.

    In short, Call of Duty:Elite is divided into four sections: Career, Connect, Theater, and Compete. The first section is loaded with stats, the second one offers social-networking options. Theater allows users to host their favorite Call of Duty videos and Compete will allow players to win lots of prizes by letting players engage in short-term challenges and long-term tournaments.

    No word on pricing yet but according to the Wall Street Journal Activision executives expect the cost to be less than Netflix monthly movie subscription. That could mean something in the range of $5-7 a month. Not quite pricey, right? Well, as long as we don’t know what to expect from becoming a premium subscriber that sounds like buying a pig in a poke.

    Call of Duty: Elite will launch on the same day as the Modern Warfare 3November 8, 2011. If you’d like to test it before then, try to get an invite to the closed beta which will start later this summer.

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    Userscript Update: Keepass Autotype Enhancer

    May 31st, 2011 No comments

      I finally got around to updating my favorite userscript: Keepass Autotype Enhancer. There were a few things that needed ironing out but I think I finally nailed it. In short, the script adds the domain to title bar if it’s not already there and puts the focus on the username input field so that you can speed up inserting your credentials via KeePass. It has a few options that can be changed by editing the first lines of the JavaScript code.

      This time around I only did some finetuning but it still may not work on all sites. For instance, there is a known issue with pages like the Miranda IM Forums. They use an INPUT tag of type text to display a password hint so the userscript will fail the first time. On these sites manually running the script a second time via CTRL+ALT+S will put the focus on the username field.

      Future plans include some clean-up and optimizations as well as creating a nice graphical user interface to change the settings. I don’t know when I’m going to find the time to do all that, though. In the meantime, enjoy the updated version of a useful Greasemonkey userscript. BTW, I’m not sure about it but I think this script just might work with Opera too.

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