A group of California college students have put a new spin on online fantasy sports by launching a fantasy congress game in the run-up to this November’s elections. In the game, players draft a team of lawmakers and then compete with other teams, much like other online fantasy sports. Lawmakers in the game are ranked based on the progress of proposed legislation as it moves toward being made into law. The game can be found at www.fantasycongress.us. The creators hope the game will inspire people to pay more attention to politics.
The Cure are preparing to release a DVD called Festival 2005. The DVD should be out next month, although no release date has been announced. The DVD was filmed over nine shows last summer and will contain thirty tracks including “A Strange Day”, “The Kiss”, and “Just Like Heaven”.
Microsoft has said it will offer those who purchase PCs after October 26 discounted or free upgrades to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, which are set to be available to the general public in January. PCs with a “Windows Vista Capable” sticker will qualify for the program. Customers may be charged a fee depending on the software package installed on the PC, with fees running as high as $79.50 (depending on the upgrade), which is half of the regular upgrade fee.