Archive:  May, 2011

Xbox Live Marketplace Deals of the Week: May 31st

By Aaron Ludington, May 31, 2011 0

This week’s deals are all Rock Band 3 related with several song packs on sale from Ozzy to Judas Priest. Also hitting On-Demand today are 3 Kinect titles as well as Overlord II. These sales are 30% off, available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers and are good until June 6th.

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Call of Duty Elite Subscription Service Confirmed by WSJ

By Trevor Magnani, May 31, 2011 0

If you remember the image to the left of this text but had no context to pit it in, prepare yourself.¬† From what we’re gathering, the service will offer enhanced stat tracking, and deep social networking aspects. Here are some chunks from the WSJ interview that we found particularly interesting:

“Jamie Berger, Activision’s vice president of digital for “Call of Duty,” said the company has about seven million daily players of the game who spend, on average, about seven full days a year playing the game against others online.”

 

For those at home keeping score, that’s 168 hours or about 1337 games (at approximately 7:30/game)

“Bobby Kotick said he isn’t worried about pushback from gamers about the Call of Duty Elite fee because players will still be able to compete against each other online without subscribing to the service. While he is coy about many of the offerings that will be included in the service, Mr. Kotick said Call of Duty Elite, and the customer-service operation that will be needed to support it, wouldn’t be possible if the service was free. “This is an enormous investment,”"

This conflicts directly with Robert Bowling’s tweet “COD ELITE is free, for all players, some paid aspects TBD. Absolutely NO fee to play #MW3 multiplayer. Detailed reveal coming tomorrow AM.”.

The general consensus of the staff at GenGAME seems to think that a subscription service for Call of Duty is not worth it regardless of additional features. I think it might be worth it if the service provides significant features, free DLC, and a price tag less than $40/year.  We will see the details tomorrow morning, so keep it locked here for the latest in this development.

Source: WSJ

Welcome To (GE)NGAME.tv

By Trevor Magnani, May 30, 2011 8

It’s official, we’ve moved from our home on Justin.tv. ¬†before we go into the cool new things we’re doing with our swanky new channel we would like to air a few grievences that we had with JTV that ultimately led us to a new platform.

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We know that JTV needs to pay the bills to keep their service running, but the fact that our viewers faced obnoxiously long pre-roll ads and foreign pop-overs troubled us.  We want to provide a seamless experience when you watch one of our streams and the team at NGAME.tv sees eye to eye with us on that front.

Differentiation

It’s tough to stand out in a crowd–especially when everyone is trying to do essentially the same thing. ¬†NGAME (so far) has provided us excellent exposure (right on their front page) something that JTV will¬†never give us. ¬†Another thing NGAME provides us is the ability to stream in any quality, at any resolution–all the way up to 1080p/60 (It works, but you need a very fast computer/connection to watch) So the street is two way, we get great good exposure, you get the highest quality stream possible.

New Shows

We will be launching more than 10 shows on this network in the next 4 months, the GenGAMEcast being one, with plenty more to be announced soon.  Our team of streamers is stronger than ever so expect to see live content from the team more often than ever.

One More Thing…
We will be celebrating our launch on NGAME with a (minimum) 36 hour marathon from the team at GenGAME.  Want to know when we kick it off? keep checking back at the home page or our live streams to get the details.

So Join us over at http://NGAME.tv/GenGAME (Our live page is currently under construction :) )

Star Wars: The Old Republic- New Trooper Video

By Kevin O'Rourke, May 28, 2011 0

The swtor website dropped a new video today. This time it shows the progression of the Trooper class. The video shows off the Trooper’s prowess and even shows the Trooper taking on a Sith at the end. It will be interesting to see how the Trooper balances with the other classes in the game. Until the game launches, we’ll just have to go by what we see in these videos. To find the video on swtor.com click here.
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Sony Details Identity Theft Offer For PSN and Qriocity Users

By Trevor Magnani, May 27, 2011 0

Sony just emailed it’s users the details for it’s identity protection offer.¬† Users who wish to opt into the protection (we recommend it) must submit their email address by June 28 2011 by 11:59:59 to receive All Clear ID Plus by Debix. Check out past the break to see the whole email.

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Full Minecraft 1.6 Patch

By Andy Pugh, May 26, 2011 0

 

Today, darling indie game, Minecraft, received its 6th major title update since hitting Beta status earlier this year. While a few new features were included to extend the games playing options, most of the work is behind the scenes bug fixes. The patch includes over 100 bug fixes for single and multiplayer versions of the game. Markus “Notch” Persson, dedicated his work schedule to going through the long list of bugs and fixing as many as possible for this release. But, he still found time to add in some long-requested new features that fans have been asking for.

  • New items, such as a craft-able Map, changes as the player explores their world, updating with detailed schematics of the terrain around them. When a map is crafted, it marks the center of the map as the spot in which it was created. So, players can easily find their way back home. The maps only unveil small areas of the world, thus requiring the player to make multiple maps for different areas. In multiplayer mode, the map serves as a social piece as well. Players with the same map can combine the results of their exploration by a method of ‚Äúcloning‚Äù. Maps can be traded as well, keeping their data, so new players can get a feel for an area based on a friends exploration.
  • The second major new item added is a hatch, or trap-door. The hatch works the same way a normal door does, but on a horizontal plane, as to be expected. It prevents liquids/precipitation from passing through as well, so you don‚Äôt have to worry about flooding your cave if it rains. Multiple hatches can be linked together to form a drawbridge. This opens a whole new area of possibilities for traps, secret hiding spots and player protection from mobs. Similar to regular doors, hatches can be operated via redstone with switches and buttons.
  • A few minor features were included in the patch as well. Such as, ‚Äútall grass‚Äù appearing in a few biomes, and mushrooms spreading automatically.
  • Since the initial patch was released early this morning, several minor patches have been also released to address small bugs brought on by the large patch. The current release number is 1.6.4.

To read more about the fixes in the patch, read more!
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Sony Estimates 171 Million Dollar Loss due to PSN Hack

By Trevor Magnani, May 25, 2011 0

And this is the good news. ¬†The worse news is that Sony is projecting an overall 3.2 billion dollar loss. ¬†Most of the issues causing Sony to sieve so much money are directly related to the massive earthquakes and devastating tsunami. ¬†If Engadget’s math is to be trusted, the 171 million dollar loss from PSN turns out to less than 2 dollars per user. ¬†This could be just lost revenue from PSN purchases and not including the identity protection, re-building of PSN, or the free games they are giving away. ¬†What we know this number does not include is what the lawyers want to get out of Sony on behalf of the compromised PSN users.

 

Via Engadget
Source Sony [Warning: PDF link]

Sonic Generations Coming to Nintendo 3DS

By George Pekar, May 25, 2011 0

 

Sonic Generations is now confirmed as a new 3DS title thanks to an upcoming cover of Nintendo Power. According to Nintendo Power we do finally get to see our favorite blue blur in 3D. Other than this, no other details have been leaked but we hope to hear more about it at E3 next month. Here is a picture of the cover via IGN. Last week, the 3DS version of the game popped up in SEGA’s latest financial report, and was originally announced as a PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 title around 1 month ago. Although this may not be the most exciting news, it is definitely one more thing to get people excited for E3 on June 7th-9th.

Source: IGN

Second Chance to Buy BlizzCon Tickets Tonight

By George Pekar, May 25, 2011 0

 

Did you miss your chance to buy BlizzCon tickets during the last sale? Well you’re in luck! The second batch has arrived, and will be going on sale tonight on the official BlizzCon website. The tickets will go up for sale at 7.00pm PST/10.00pm EST for $175 each. Expect them to go very quickly.¬†The 1st group of online queues reached up to 15,000 people deep.

If you have never seen/been to BlizzCon you will quickly understand why this is the case. It is not just a gaming convention, it is an¬†experience¬†like no other. The $175.00 price tag may seem a little steep, but you¬†definitely¬†do¬†receive¬†quite some bang for your buck. Fans who attend can expect hands-on playing time with the latest version of Blizzard’s games, discussion panels with the developer’s key personnel and casual and competitive tournaments to showcase their talents for great prizes. There will also be commemorative merchandise based on the World Of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft universes of Blizzard’s games on sale.¬†From the “swag bag,” (various items and goodies such as in-game pets/betas) to musical performances, (last year was¬†Tenacious¬†D) and¬†of course beautiful
women–BlizzCon has you covered.

Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, with admission to BlizzCon, will be priced at $500. This takes place Thursday, October 20. Benefit tickets will be numbered at 200 and go up for sale this Saturday, May 28 at 10.00am PST/1.00pm EST.

If you aren’t from the West Coast/can’t make it to California for the 2 day event–which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center on¬†October 21st-22nd, you can buy a virtual ticket¬†through DIRECTV for $39.99 here. Go to your browser settings, enable cookies, and get ready to buy buy buy! Good luck!

Xbox Live Marketplace Deals of the Week May 24th

By Aaron Ludington, May 24, 2011 0

This week its a Bethsda bonaza of deals on DLC for the games Fallout 3 and Oblivion. There are also 3 new games available for On-Demand, with 2 of them being the first Kinect games to hit On-Demand. All sales are 50% off, available only to Xbox Live Gold Subscribers, and are good until May 30th.

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Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold

By Kevin O'Rourke, May 24, 2011 0


Way back in January, the Duke Nukem trailer was teased by Gearbox Software. Now the fabled promise of a June 14th 2011 release date is even more solidified. Via engadget, we’ve learned that Duke Nukem Forever is in production and hard copies of the game are being made. Here is the press release that dropped this info:

Media Advisory

2K Games and Gearbox Software Announce Duke Nukem Forever¬Æ Has “Gone Gold”

Vaporware no more! Gaming’s most legendary hero makes his triumphant return this June

New York, NY ‚Äì May 24, 2011 ‚Äì 2K Games and Gearbox Software are proud to announce that Duke Nukem Forever¬Æ, one of the most anticipated entertainment properties of all time, has “gone gold” and will be available at retailers on June 10, 2011 internationally and on June 14, 2011 in North America. The road to gold was paved over the course of 15 years and its legendary path climaxes on the Xbox 360¬Æ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation¬Æ3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Gamers who pre-order the title from select outlets will ensure that they are among the first to experience this legendary piece of gaming history when the demo* launches on June 3, 2011 for all platforms, exclusively for Duke Nukem First Access Club Members.

“Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshipppable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Today marks an amazing day in the annals of gaming lore, the day where the legend of Duke Nukem Forever is finally complete and it takes that final step towards becoming a reality.”
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GenGAMEcast 012: Free Xbox 360′s Galore

By Aaron Ludington, May 22, 2011 0

Here is this week’s GenGAMEcast: Episode 012, with host’s Trevor and Kevin. Joining them in the Skype Box is Rigs and George.

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