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  • 30Jun

    Uncharted 2 to get another demo before launch

    Playstation.blog had a live chat today with Naughty Dog’s Creative Director Amy Hennig and Co-President Evan Wells. The live chat discussed everything from multiplayer, to the beta to the upcoming movie. Players that missed the first beta are in luck as Evan mentions that there will be another demo. “Yes, we’re going to have another multiplayer demo before the game hits shelves. The exact timing isn’t finalized yet, but it should be available to an even wider group this time, so if you missed the last one I don’t think you’ll have any problem getting in this one.” Read the rest of the chat here. Follow

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  • 30Jun

    “Jacinto’s Remnant” to continue the Gears of War story

    Karen Traviss, author of the first Gears of War novel Aspho Fields, will be continuing the story after the end of Gears of War 2 with her new novel Jacinto’s Remnant. Her novel picks up after the surviving humans evacuate and destroy their last city, Jacinto, and flee into the unknown to fight against the remaining Locust. It’s up to Marcus, Dom and the rest of the gears to help humanity survive the new land that they now find themselves in with not only the Locust, but other desperate humans to contend with. “Karen Traviss has outdone herself once again,” said Rod Fergusson, executive producer, Epic Games. “Jacinto’s Remnant not only answers the question of what happens after the events of Gears 2, it also provides greater insight into the Gears of War universe and a deeper understanding of its characters. We hope players of the games and discerning readers

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  • 30Jun

    Thousands sign pro-LAN Starcraft II petition

    Yesterday, we reported about Starcraft II not having LAN support. Today, the internet is already moving. Over 3,000 people have signed a petition against the decision. “While many of your fans might have internet access with the required speed to play without lag, there are still many that don’t, or would like to play with a friend or sibling residing in the same house,” said the plea. “LAN is NOT an expensive upgrade, and once you have it, it’s yours. Internet is something that you have to pay for every month, and in a bad month you might choose to buy groceries instead of paying for the internet. “LAN is what birthed SC popularity in the first place. Please don’t ignore the heritage of the original game.” Follow

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  • 30Jun

    Disney Interactive creates novels based on Spectrobes video game

    Disney Press has announced that they will make four Spectrobe junior novels based on the Spectrobes video game franchise. The first Wii game of the series, Spectrobes: Origins, will be out this fall. More than 1.6 million units of the two Spectrobes DS games have shipped worldwide. “The Spectrobes video game franchise has been incredibly successful with the handheld releases the past two years and the anticipation of the first Wii game, Spectrobes: Origins, this fall,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “As an original video game property, Spectrobes is expanding to excite audiences in new ways. The four junior novels are the perfect initial step in growing the Spectrobes franchise.” The Spectrobes books feature original stories with characters from the video game. They will cover new and exclusive stories. All the titles are set for a fall release. Here is a detail list

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  • 30Jun

    Buyers want to make Pirate Bay a legal site

    The Pirate Bay that most people know of will no longer be the same Swedish software firm and internet cafe network, Global Gaming Factory X is reported to have paid around $7.8m for the website. The new owners pledge that the entire way it operates will change. “The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited internet sites in the world,” GGF boss Hans Pandeya stated. “However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary. “We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site.” The site’s founders are moving on to create a new video streaming service, The Video Bay, blogged about the new site. “If the

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  • 30Jun

    Worms 2: Armageddon on Xbox Live arcade tomorrow

    Worms 2: Armageddon is launching on Xbox Live Arcade on the 10th anniversary of the release of Worms Armageddon. Team17 have included cult weapons, new weapons, customization of worms, persistent fire, and more. Here’s a list of the new weapons: • Sentry Gun! Defend your position with this deadly guardian. • Electro Magnet! Attract or repel deadly metallic explosives with this unique item. • Bunker Buster! Use this vertical missile to dig out enemy Worms that have snuck away! • Buffalo Of Lies! The Donkey’s nemesis, this Trojan Buffalo will cause havoc! • Super Bunker Buster! Devastating below ground charge! And a sample of the new game features: • All new high definition, widescreen artwork based on the original Armageddon artwork. • Reworked audio-visuals throughout, including all new sound-fx. • Fire! Persistent fire eats and burns away the landscape. Hot stuff! • Crazy Crates! Start with basic weapons and shop

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  • 30Jun

    Mastertronic starts Great Indie Games

    Mastertronic Group has announced that they are launching a new label to bring Indie developed games to a wider audience. The new label is called Great Indie Games. Andy Payne, Managing Director of Mastertronic Group commented, “We have always wanted to work more closely with developers and we believe we can add real value to Indie games by getting them in front of a mainstream retail audience and shouting from the rooftops about the fruits of their considerable labour. With the many and varied PC games offerings out there, casual or otherwise, there is a place for great games that have been produced on a lower budget than normal by small development teams. Every other creative art has Indies, indeed the games industry grew out of Indie pioneers, so it is about time we helped them get back to where they belong. Great Indie Games is a vehicle to make

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  • 30Jun

    Dream Chronicles Review

    Platform: PC ESRB: Everyone Genre: Puzzle Number of players: 1 Publisher: PlayFirst Buy Graphics: The graphics are really nice. This is a good thing, since most of the game involves the finding of objects hidden in the scene. The backgrounds have a really beautiful style to them. The lighting in some scenes just adds a little more of a challenge to the game itself. Really, there’s very little to complain about here. Controls: The controls are simple enough. Everything is done with the mouse. The player clicks on things to interact with them. If the object can’t be used, then nothing happens. There is also a journal that keeps track of important events, shows how many dream jewels you have filled up, and a map that has all of the locations the player has visited. The crystal ball is the biggest help. When it is clicked on, the man in

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  • 30Jun

    Kuros

    Platform: PC ESRB: E Genre: Hidden Object Number of Players: 1 Publisher: Sandlot Games Release Date: 06/27/2009 Official Website Give it a Go Kuros Basic Idea as I See it: Kuros is a multifaceted hidden object game in which players play as Katya, who starts somewhat amnesiatic due to teleportation, to help restore the balance of the elements, heal the glyphstones that lend their power to the land, and save the world of Kuros. There are things to find everywhere, and multiple diverse mini games woven throughout. Graphics:: I was drawn to this game when I saw the artwork. It has a very mystical feel and holds true to the elemental magic theme throughout. Each realm looks unique and represents their respective elements extremely well. Though there isn’t character movement, there is some water and sky and air movement. Light and sheen and metal are well done, though occasionally the

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  • 30Jun

    Capcom opens UK’s first ever dedicated Monster Hunter gaming centre.

    Monster Hunter has long been dominating Japanese social gaming since it’s arrival on the PSP, outselling Pokemon and the Wii Fit to carve itself into a social gaming phenomenon. Players connect for mutual hunting in tube compartments, cafes and eateries; festivals have been held for it and even specific package holidays can now be booked, if a warrior ever wants to don on their virtual armour and get a taste of the monster wild. Now, with the opening of the Gathering Hall, this Friday the 4th of July, Capcom is offering a solid sample of this environment to the UK audience. Located at 121 Charing Cross Road, London, the Gathering Hall is hoping to provide people with the social gaming interaction that is so prevalent in Japan. It offers the chance for gamers to meet, enjoy committed tutorial nights, exclusive quest downloads as well as the opportunity for meet and

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