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  • 11Jun

    Magic: the Gathering Rules Changes

    For the first time in 10 years, since the dawn of the Classic Sixth Edition, Magic: the Gathering is getting a rules update. These new rules and terminology will be debuted in Magic: 2010, the core set being released soon. Now before anyone starts freaking out about the new rules/terminology thing, it’s nothing major. Some little things like phrasing is being cleared up. This is to help new players get less confused. The rule changes are as follows: 1) Simultaneous Mulligans Most people, outside of tournaments, don’t follow the by-the-book rules for taking mulligans. So instead of the proper way where one player resolves all mulligans before the next, everyone will do it at the same time. It will start with everyone declaring if they will take a mulligan, then between those people, it will continue on until everyone is settled. If no one wants to take one, then the

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  • 11Jun

    PopCap’s Heavy Weapon comes to PSN

    PopCap Games is bringing Heavy Weapon to Playstation Network starting today for $9.99. Heavy Weapon brings classic arcade shooter fun including 19 stages all with difficult level bosses. It’s PopCap, so you know the game will be fun. There are trophies in the game as well as 6 secret upgradable weapons. The most unique trophy is the “Survive 12 Minutes” trophy players can work with friends to unlock the trophy. On Playstation blog, Michael Santora, associate producer from PopCap Games, says that Peggle and Feeding Frenzy 2 should both be out before the end of the year. Follow

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  • 11Jun

    Left 4 Dead updates still to continue

    In a conversation with G4, Gabe Newell assured gamers that Left 4 Dead will still be getting content updates even though a sequel is on it’s way. “From a customer’s perspective, we think that given the sort of insane popularity of Left 4 Dead, that people are going to be super excited about getting a sequel to that,” said the exec. “We’re going to continue to do Left 4 Dead updates and release more content for Left 4 Dead, and then also have Left 4 Dead 2 coming out as well.” Currently, more than 20,000 people have signed a petition saying they’ll boycott Left 4 Dead 2 due to a variety of reasons but mostly because of the lack of updates to the first Left 4 Dead. Mr. Newell also explains in the interview why they made Left 4 Dead 2 so quickly, “Well, there are a couple reasons for

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  • 11Jun

    Harmonix announces Rock Band Green Day

    Earlier this week, Billie Joe Armstrong leaked to KROQ that they were working on a Rock Band Green Day game. Today we get a press release from Harmonix announcing the release of Green Day music to Rock Band as downloadable content. The first set of Green Day songs will be a three-pack from their latest release, 21st Century Breakdown on July 7th. The songs are: 21 Guns, Know Your Enemy, East Jesus Nowhere. Additional Green Day songs and projects will be announced later. “Green Day not only rock hard, but are also epic storytellers,” said Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks, Music, LOGO and Film. “Their message and their music have been the voice and sound of this generation. The addition of Green Day is a huge victory for MTV and our audience, and marks another landmark in our efforts to bring the best artists to Rock Band.” “We are excited

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  • 11Jun

    Nintendo wins another Wii Patent Lawsuit

    A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nintendo brought by Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd. Guardian had alleged that Wii console infringed one of it’s patents. Judge Manuel Real of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ruled with Nintendo less than six months after the lawsuit was filed. “We are very pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of Legal and general counsel. “Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits. At the earliest stages of this case, Nintendo convinced the Court to dismiss this case as Guardian’s patent had nothing to do with Nintendo’s products.” Follow

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  • 11Jun

    Nintendo is unimpressed by rivals

    Reggie Fils-Aime is completely unimpressed with the rivals “whiz bang” technology that “might not even see the light of day.” In a recent GameSpot interview Reggie Fils-Aime pledged that Nintendo would keep working on its key franchises. Fils-Aime said, “In our view, we have to continuously disrupt the market. What I would suggest to you is that even in the competitive [E3] announcements, it highlights how different we are. “Our competitors chose to talk about technology and all of this ‘whiz bang’ stuff. We focus on entertainment. When we first showed off the Wii Remote, we did it in the context of Wii Sports, which millions upon millions of consumers have experienced.” He added: “We’re going to continue to disrupt and push this marketplace, but always with a smile on our face and a focus on entertainment, versus a focus on the technology – especially technology that may or may

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