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Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) will cease to exist as of February 7, 2012, but fear not, the service isn't going belly up. It is, however, being renamed Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) which, along with a name change, will bring about changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement, as well as tweaks to the Privacy Policy, all of which are mandatory if you wish to continue using your merged account. Sony highlighted what it feels are the most important additions and changes to the above mentioned agreements, and they include: New terms for parents of minor, subaccount holders regarding the limitations of chat parental controls. Your reacceptance of the Terms of Service and User Agreement... Read more...
Someone must have spiked Valve's water cooler with energy drinks, which would explain how it made quick work of finalizing its Steam Mobile application for iOS and Android devices. Valve launched its mobile Steam application as a closed beta last week, and now just five days later, it's been polished and made available to download for gamers around the globe. If you're a fan of Steam, this is a must-have app that allows you check in and chat with your Steam buddies, browse community groups and user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content, view special deals and promotions, keep abreast of the latest gaming news, append your Wishlist, and more while on-the-go using your iPhone, iPod... Read more...
You may have played Super Mario Bros. on a 65-inch television before, and you might have even collected coins on an HDTV much larger. But have you ever chucked fireballs at Bowser using a 12-foot wide Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller? Sure it's insanity, but it's also possible on the world's largest game controller, a massive NES control pad that weighs 265 pounds and is fully functional! To celebrate the release of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2012 in the U.K., gamers will have a chance to play with the 12-foot NES controller this Wednesday in London. For those of you, like us, live in the States, it's almost worth the trip, and we suppose you could even squeeze in some... Read more...
What a difference a couple of weeks make. About this time two weeks ago, U.K. games retailer GamePlay was listing Diablo III's release date as February 3, 2012, and there was at least one Best Buy brick and mortar location with a Diablo III advert announcing availability on February 1, 2012, plenty of time to get your hack and slash on before switching gears into Mr. (or Ms.) romantic for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like either of those release dates will pan out. "While working on Diablo III we've been called out for messing around with systems too much, that the game is good as-is and we should just release it," game director Jay Wilson said on in a blog post on Battle.net.... Read more...
It's been a long time since Amazon simply sold books, and these days you can get everything from diapers in bulk to videogames for all platforms through the online shopping site. And lest anyone think game sales are merely an afterthought for Amazon, it's become quite the booming business, both for physical and digital downloads. So what were the best selling titles of 2011 on Amazon? That depends on the distribution method. In terms of physical disc sales, it breaks down like this: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Just Dance 3 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Battlefield 3 Batman: Arkham City Madden NFL 12 Portal 2 Just Dance 2 Gears of Wars 3 FIFA Soccer 12 Not a lot of surprises there, except for the... Read more...
Diablo fans were equally disappointed and miffed when Blizzard announced back in September 2011 that it was delaying the release of the franchise's third major installment, Diablo III, into "early 2012." Blizzard was apologetic about the delay, though said in a statement that despite hoping to launch the game in 2011, the publisher "never committed to it." Fair enough, but Blizzard did commit to early 2012, and it looks as though everything is on track. U.K. games retailer GamePlay lists Diablo III being released on February 3, 2012, shipping in plenty of time for Valentine's Day, assuming your significant other would prefer a PC game to a box of candy hearts. Granted, we wouldn't want to bet... Read more...
When an advance copy of Crysis 2 leaked to the Internet a full month before the game's scheduled release, Crytek and Electronic Arts (EA) were understandably miffed and, as it turns out, justified in their fears of mass piracy. As 2011 comes to a close, Crysis 2 holds rank as the most pirated game of the year on any platform, according to data released by TorrentFreak. Crysis 2 was illegally download on the PC platform 3,920,000 times, 'beating out' Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with 3,650,000 illegal downloads. Numbers like these don't bode well for PC gamers and will only serve to encourage even more draconian DRM measures than we've seen in the past. Credit: Torrentfreak.com Given the ease... Read more...
Nobody likes getting a lump of coal for Christmas, even though being naughty can have its perks. But almost everyone we know likes getting free things, and if you collect enough coal, you can trade it in for free gifts, or use it as a lottery piece to potentially win every single game on Steam. Wait, what? That's right, Steam is awarding one lucky person every single game it has as a grand prize in this year's Epic Holiday Giveaway. Let's back up a moment. Steam's annual Holiday Sale is going on right now, which means deep discounts on a variety of games. There are new deals posted every day through January 1st, such as 75 percent off Metro 2033 ($4.99) and 11 other titles, as well as various... Read more...
The Xbox 360 is six years old, granted, and in the realm of technology, that's pretty ancient. Be that as it may, we can't help but get a little excited about a Star Wars themed 360 console decked out in R2D2 trim and accompanied by a C3PO inspired controller. Throw in a white Kinect bar and our geek senses start to go into overload. We've actually known about the themed console for quite some time, and we were hoping it would be out by now. Obviously that isn't the case, but according to Kotaku, it will likely launch in April 2012. Kotaku says the themed console is being used on the set of a popular network television show, which will air in February. "Rumblings have the console itself hitting... Read more...
It's still just the beginning of December, but now that we've made it past Thanksgiving and have had time to let all that turkey settle in our bellies, it's time to go shopping for gifts. And just in time for the holiday shopping season, ThinkGeek just announced the availability of nine officially licensed Portal 2 products, including a Portal Companion Cube Cooke Jar and a Portal 2 Plus Turret with Sound. Those are rad, and so are some of the other items up for grabs, including: Aperture Laboratories Shower Curtain Portal Cookie Cutters Portal Bookends Wheatley LED Flashlight Portal 2 PotatOS Science Kit Portal 2 Cave Johnson Talking Portrait You can view the full lineup of Portal products on... Read more...
If you've been on the fence about whether or not to spring for a Nintendo 3DS console, this might make you jump off. At least one retailer, and possibly two or more, are going to carry a special edition themed 3DS console commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The Zelda bundle will include a themed 3DS console and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time game. GameStop is already advertising the bundle in its flyer as part of its Black Friday bonanza. If you have a DSi XL to trade in, you can pick up the bundle for as little as $100 (a Mario 3D Land bundle will also be available), $120 with a DSi trade-in, and $130 if you swap your DS Lite. Otherwise, the regular price is $200.... Read more...
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but could playing Battlefield 3 turn little Gustaf into a sadistic rat killer? Depends on who you ask. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Germany is taking issue with the fact that you can kill rats in a "sadistic manner." This, along with any killing of virtual animals, can have a "brutalizing effect" on impressionable young males, according to a Google translated press release. The animal rights organization isn't happy about the fact that players can stab a rat in the back with a combat knife, pick up the dead rodent by the tail, and toss the carcass aside. According to PETA, repeated cases of animal cruelty in Germany are... Read more...
Game publishers are in love with DRM, even the Draconian kind that every once in awhile causes an uproar in the gaming community. Remember Spore? It initially shipped with a three-activation limit, and like baseball, three strikes and you're out. This limit was later relaxed by Electronic Arts, who upped it to five activations and made it possible to de-authorize machines, but only after it became a huge controversy. Anti-DRM advocates even went so far as to trash Spore's rating on Amazon with negative reviews and 1-star votes without having purchased the game, and to this day, Spore is only rated 1.5/5 stars. Three years later, a little title called The Witcher 2 is said to have notched 250,000... Read more...
If you're reading this, it's only because you're stuck at work. Otherwise, you'd be home in your man cave slaying dragons in Skyrim or shooting up your buddies in Battlefield 3. It's a good thing we caught you too, because before you check out for the day and get ready to blow your weekend playing either of the aforementioned games, there's something you should know. If you own an Nvidia graphics card and are willing to roll the dice with beta drivers, you can squeeze out better performance out of either game with the newly released GeForce 285.79 drivers. These beta drivers are supposed to squash several bugs in Battlefield 3 and make the game run better. The fix applies to both DX10 and DX11... Read more...
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