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In Defense of Pandora…er Pandarea

Posted by admin on Wednesday Oct 26, 2011.
10.26.11
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I’m gonna warn you: that this blog post will contain terribly crafted (yet clever) puns. If you hate these, please read on.

 

At Blizzcon, Blizzard announced their latest WoW expansion: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Nearly everyone in the WoW community was surprised by the decision to pursue this direction with the Lore, causing pandemonium in trade chat realms everywhere!

 

The Pandaren Empire started as an April Fool’s day joke in Warcraft III in 2002 with Blizzard creating an entire lore storyline complete with artwork and lore surrounding the Empire, “Blizzard is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Warcraft universe: the mighty Pandaren Empire. The pandaren, driven from their tranquil lands by the marauding centaurs, fight ceaselessly to find a new homeland amongst the warring civilizations of southern Kalimdor.”

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This Week in Gaming: 9/25-10/1

Posted by Teemo, Site Engineer on Saturday Oct 1, 2011.
10.1.11
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Reviews

 

Game Platform Release
Review AVG/Metascore
FIFA Soccer 12 Wii 9/26 CVG ★★★☆☆ (67)
FIFA Soccer 12 360, PS3, PC 9/27 1UP ★★★☆☆ (67)
X-Men: Destiny 360, PS3, Wii 9/27 Destructoid ★★★☆☆ (52)
Child of Eden PS3 9/27 GameSpot ★★★★☆ (79)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 360, PS3 9/27 Game Informer ★★★★☆ (79)
Driver: San Francisco PC 9/27 IGN ★★★★☆ (82)
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD PSN, XBLA 9/27 OXM ★★★☆☆ (67)
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection PS3 9/27 Guardian ★★★★★ (91)
Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD PS3 9/27 GameSpot ★★★☆☆ (68)
Rochard PSN 9/27 IGN ★★★★☆ (81)
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland PS3 9/27 RPGFan ★★★★☆ (76)

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Developing: 3 Million DiRT 3 Keys Leaked!

Posted by Teemo, Site Engineer on Tuesday Sep 6, 2011.
9.6.11
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We've gotten word from some keen tipsters that around 3 million DiRT 3 keys been leaked onto the net. There has been no official statement or acknowledgement from Steam or Codemasters on the issue, but you may recall that earlier this year (around June) – Codemasters was hacked, releasing the information of thousands of customers (as reported by IGN).

 

The hack was such a black eye that Codemasters took down their website, and now redirect Codemasters.com to their Facebook page.

 

Reports are sketchy at this time, but it appears that many of the keys were already in use, and were part of a joint ATI & Codemasters promotion. It's unclear whether ATI or Codemasters was the source of the leak.

 

 

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From Dust….A Game That Seems Well Worth...

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Tuesday Aug 2, 2011.
8.2.11
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From Dust is a game that has caught my attention and intrigued me since the get go with it's graphics alone. Overtime I began to watch for demos and trailers hoping to get a glimpse of what I was so excited about. The truth is I was both surprised and delighted at the direction and the content the designers had decided to put out there. 

 

In the game you are "god". We all know this has already been done quite successfully in the past and I'm sure you are wondering "what makes this game any different?" I'll tell you what is different…first off, the game has enough of a purpose that you can't just free mode it all the time. There is a strategy element to the game that forces you to act quick and efficiently to save the tribe of people that are at your disposal, and to make sure that you don't just dispose of them, the people in the game can impact the environment, make choices, and are directly effected by your decisions. Basically you can grow to like them and it will make you feel a whole lot worse when you watch them all drown in a tsunami. Additionally, the game plays like an RPG on some levels. Your decisions in the game effect the way you play the game and how people like you. This allows you to be a benevolent savior or a malicious deity to the poor village personnel…will you control them with compassion or fear? The choice is yours. In fact every single thing in the game with the exception of natural disasters is controlled by you. 

 

Overall the game looks beautiful and it seems to be a game that is worth pre-ordering. I already have. Oh yeah and if you pre-order through Steam, you get a free hat that looks really freaking cool. Just saying. 

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Diablo III: Real Currency Auction House, &...

Posted by Christian "Wolfkill-Shepard" Spring on Monday Aug 1, 2011.
8.1.11
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     Information on the Diablo III auction house has been released and boy does it look awesome. With the auction house Blizzard intends to link all players together over Battle.net and allow them to trade, buy, and sell loot to players in their region. Blizzard wants the market to be regulated by the players, so at first prices may be in accurate and high but over time it should level, much like in auction house of World of Warcraft.

 

     The will still be a gold based auction house to choose from but no real currency will be used in it, it is comparable to the WoW action house's buying and selling method of in-game currency. With the real money auction house you will be able to use the money as credit toward buying blizzard products or you may send you money through a third party and get it converted into real money for you bank account, however with this option a nominal fixed transaction fee will be deducted from the seller for each item listed in the auction house. Specific details for the fee will be announced in the future. In order to keep the market fair and fun there will be guidelines set to keep players from spamming worthless items no one would want and the will also be a strong lack of "soulbound" items, which prevent the trade and sell of items. Some items from quests and special situations will be soulbound to the player, but in most cases a player can buy, wear, then resell these items.

 

     Coming from someone who's favorite feature of WoW was the auction house, this addition to Diablo III sounds like a great idea and who knows, maybe Diablo III will end up paying for itself.

 

Christian "G+" Spring

 

Blizzard Entertainment

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Minecraft Update: New Mob *May Contain...

Posted by Christian "Wolfkill-Shepard" Spring on Friday Jul 29, 2011.
7.29.11
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Notch announce a new mob on his Minecraft blog today but I will warn you now it may be more fun to experience this mob first hand before you read about it, so before you continue on think about it for a moment.

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Will PlayStation Vita be Released in October...

Posted by Christian "Wolfkill-Shepard" Spring on Friday Jul 29, 2011.
7.29.11
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Will PlayStation Vita be Released in October 28th?

 

This update from IGN tells of a possible release date for the PlayStation Vita. The post talks of a Blockbuster advertisement in the UK that shows release dates for both versions of Vita (See Below)

 

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Deus Ex Finished Early

Posted by Christian "Wolfkill-Shepard" Spring on Wednesday Jul 27, 2011.
7.27.11
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     Today Square Enix announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution's development is complete! Now you can get your hands on it in the previously announced date of August 23rd in North America and the 26th of the same month for Europe.

 

     Deus Ex will be available in 2 versions; the normal and a special edition called Augmented Edition. Augmented addition (along with the game) will include a 40 page art book, a behind the scenes DVD, and a motion comic bonus disc. Players who preorder their Deus Ex will get a new mission featuring cameo from the original Deus Ex protagonist JC. The preorder also comes with some in-game toys such as a grenade launcher, explosives, and an automatic lock pick.

 

-Christian "G+" Spring


GameSpot

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