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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