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  • 09Nov

    Blizzard adds more account safety with a single phone call

    You know how important it is to keep your account information safe, especially if you don’t want your WoW or other Blizzard accounts hacked. That’s a lot of work down the drain unless you’re incredibly careful, right? Well, Blizzard understands, and they’re offering another authentication method to users in the United States who aren’t down with keychains or smartphone apps – dialing in. The Battle.net Dial-in Authenticator is an opt-in service that monitors account log-ins for you and only requires additional authentication before a possible account breach. So there’s no more plugging in numbers every time you log in to anything. If you’re using your computer on your usual IP address, you might not even need to make the call that often. However, if you’re accessing your account from a new location or if any other variables are slightly outside the norm, you may have to make a call to

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  • 09Nov

    “Boulder Dash-XL” in development for Xbox LIVE

    Kalypso Media, Catnip Games and First Star Software announced Boulder Dash-XL for Xbox LIVE Arcade today. The puzzle game, which debuted in the 1980s, is getting an HD upgrade (as indicated by the XL). “Boulder Dash® has always held a special place in the hearts of retro-gamers, and now, we’re very pleased to be bringing a modernized version to Xbox LIVE Arcade and Windows PC,” said Simon Hellwig, Global Managing Director of Kalypso Media. “First Star Software and Catnip Games are great partners, and we expect gamers will definitely love their modernized take on a beloved classic.” The game’s features include: An updated HD look and feel, featuring 720p graphics 4 new game modes (“Arcade”, plus all new “Puzzle”, “Zen” and “Time Challenge”) A Retro Mode offering 25 “retro” Caves for a total of five game modes in all New scoring mechanism adding new excitement and challenges for High Score

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  • 09Nov

    “Epic Mickey” has a Disneyland-scape

    You just got Epic Mickey – what are you going to do next? If you just answered, “I’m going to Disneyland,” you don’t know how right you are. And the best part about it is that you won’t even need to leave your couch. The latest video for Disney’s Epic Mickey shows off the game’s landscape, which should look pretty familiar if you’ve been to Anaheim. In addition to showing off some long-lost classics, the Disneyland design also makes for a great game. Enjoy the video. Follow

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  • 09Nov

    COD Black Ops players win from Raptr

    Did you go to a midnight release for Call of Duty Black Ops? Maybe you started logging in the hours right away? Well make sure to set up a Raptr account because all gamers that are Raptr members and play Call of Duty Black Ops have a chance to win $5,000 in prizes. The contest starts today and lasts through Sunday,November 21 at midnight PST. This time the community works together to unlock prizes. For every 250,000 hours that Raptr tracks for Call of Duty: Black Ops in play time (for PC and Xbox 360 only) a new prize will unlock. Then a random eligible entrant will be picked. To enter register at http://raptr.com/contest/codbo. Follow

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  • 09Nov

    Review: Hydrophobia

    Rating: M (for Mature) Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Developer: Dark Energy Digital & Blade Interactive Genre: Survival-Horror Release Date: September 29, 2010 BUY I had high hopes for this game after discovering Dark Energy Digital in Edge Magazine a while back. I was intrigued by the use of Blade Interactive’s middleware, InfiniteWorlds and HydroEngine. InfiniteWorlds allows designers to create large games while keeping the file size relatively small. Hydrophobia was made specifically for XBLA so hard-drive space is often an issue, especially when dealing with older systems (like mine). The fact that the developers managed to cram a beautifully rendered game into a 1.1GB file size still has me geeking out.  A lot of great things can be said about this game. A lot of not so great things can be said as well. I went back and forth a lot before determining that in spite of its various pain

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  • 09Nov

    Turning Japanese Holiday Guide

    The Holiday season is now upon us, and it’s never too early to begin shopping for the anime/Japanese culture fan in your life. Two of my personal favorite sites for this are; Play Asia and the official Square Enix Shop. You can find a variety of wonderful gifts here, and many for an affordable price. (Square Enix also features a nice line of expensive jewelry themed after many of their successful games.) Square Enix Shop Bleach Play Arts Kai, Volume 1; $42.99 (each) The newly released Bleach Play Arts Kai, Volume 1 were released this fall and would be the perfect present for any Bleach fans, like myself. Play Arts Kai are some of the best articulated figures on the market, and look wonderful on display or simply left in their box. Volume 1 includes Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and Toshiro Hitsugaya, each complete with their Zanpakuto. I’m personally hoping

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