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Left 4 Dead Hunter & Tank plushes shipping December 27

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 10 hours, 57 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:31:36 AM GMT
The Left 4 Dead 2-themed Hunter and Tank plushes will just make their planned "late December" arrival on the Valve Store. The new additions to this line of frighteningly inappropriate stuffed "animals" will begin shipping to pre-purchasers on Monday, December 27, ensuring that Christmas will not be ruined for any young recipients of these special ... Infected. (more)
category: xbox360 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: hunter, Left 4 Dead, left-4-dead-2, microsoft, pc, plushes, tank, toys, valve, valve store, XboX
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 'First Strike' map pack strikes Xbox Live first on Feb. 1

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:30:13 AM GMT
The Major Nelson podcast brings the first details of the initial, inevitable Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack. "First Strike" will be released on Xbox Live on February 1, 2011 -- as a timed exclusive, so give it about a month if you want it on another platform. The pack includes four competitive maps: "Discovery," based on the Reznov mission and taking place in an Antarctic research station; "Kowloon" set in, of course, Kowloon, this time on rooftops; "Berlin Wall," a fight at Checkpoint Charlie; and "St... (more)
category: xbox360 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: activision, call-of-duty-black-ops, DLC, first-strike, map pack, microsoft, treyarch, XboX
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Square Enix decides to release Dissidia 012 in Japan March 3

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 3 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:25:33 AM GMT
In an announcement coinciding with the Jump Festa convention in Tokyo, Square Enix announced the Japanese release date for the pompously-named PSP fighter, DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] FINAL FANTASY: March 3, 2011. The North American date has not been announced yet, but we know it's next year. (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: bundle, dissidia 012 final fantasy, dissidia duodecim final fantasy, japan, Playstation, PSP, release date, sony, square enix
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12 Days of Joyswag: StarCraft 2 Collector's Edition, t-shirt, Razer Abyssus mouse and Vespula mousepad

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 4 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:24:14 AM GMT
To celebrate the holidays, we're having twelve straight days of giveaways up through Christmas day. And while we say it's to celebrate, really ... we're simply getting rid of some of the larger packages around the ol' office. (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: 12 days of joyswag 2010, joyswag, Starcraft 2
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The Bling'd Out Swarovski Crystal Xbox 360 Kinect

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:22:54 AM GMT
With all the hacks that have emerged in the short time it's been available to the public, Kinect is really starting to shine. It seems we learn a new use for the peripheral every single day. However, one thing it's missing is a shiny, shiny, needlessly expensive and properly ugly Swarovski crystal exterior. (more)
category: xbox360 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.tomsguide.com
tags: kinect, swarovski, Xbox 360
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Blizzard Confirms Titan MMOG

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 7 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:21:36 AM GMT
Earlier this month, a document revealing Blizzard's product slate was leaked, revealing quite a number of things the company would rather keep under wraps. Since it's release, Blizzard China general manager Ye WeiLun was reportedly fired over the leak while Blizzard HQ "reshuffled" the Chinese staff. (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.tomshardware.com
tags: activision, blizzard, diablo, MMOG, starcraft, titan, Warcraft
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PlayStation 3 SSD Upgrade Makes it Load Faster

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 8 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:20:15 AM GMT
We all know that an SSD is one of the most effective upgrades for a computer system, but what about for a console? It turns out that putting an SSD inside a PlayStation 3 has similar performance benefits too! (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.tomshardware.com
tags: Build Your Own, loading, Playstation, ps3, Sony Computer Entertainment, ssd, SSD Storage, storage, upgrade
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Microsoft seeking to quadruple Kinect accuracy?

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 11 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:17:27 AM GMT
Hacked your Kinect recently? Then you probably know something most regular Xbox 360 gamers don't -- namely, that the Kinect's infrared camera is actually capable of higher resolution than the game console itself supports. Though Microsoft originally told us it ran at 320 x 240, you'll find both color and depth cameras display 640 x 480 images if you hook the peripheral up to a PC (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.engadget.com
tags: MotionSensing, peripheral, peripherals, resolution, rumor, rumors, XboX, Xbox 360, xbox360
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Dungeon Defenders: First Wave brings Unreal Engine to Android this month

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2322 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes ago
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:16:08 AM GMT
Along with Rage HD, Infinity Blade has been one of the titles to really solidify iOS' position as the leader in mobile gaming right now, but that's not to say Android isn't in hot pursuit: besides this Zeus we have on the horizon, Gingerbread improves gaming support on the API level -- and now we're seeing our first Unreal Engine 3-based title make the leap. Dungeon Defenders: First Wave, which just launched on iOS, is coming to Android 2.1 and above on December 23rd bringing with it an online, multiplay... (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.engadget.com
tags: google, unreal, unreal engine, Unreal Engine 3, UnrealEngine, UnrealEngine3, video calling
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Recording Alan Wake audio was just as scary as listening to it

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 22 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 9:06:06 AM GMT
In a recent interview with Designing Sound, the audio team behind Alan Wake revealed much about their process creating the game's creepy soundscape. One of the more interesting bits in the interview involves the field recording that was done to capture some of the nature sounds of the forest. Pete Comley, a freelance sound designer hired for the project, actually lives in Washington and recorded sounds in many of the forests on which Alan Wake's environments are based. (more)
category: xbox360 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: Alan Wake, audio, designing sound, microsoft, microsoft-game-studios, pete comley, remedy, sound, XboX
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ESRB: Ubisoft working out 'Fit in Six' exercise game for Wii and PS3

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 23 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 9:05:02 AM GMT
Ubisoft may not have said anything officially, but the ESRB seems to think that the publisher is coming out with another piece of exercise software to keep the various Your Shape and Gold's Gym titles company, this one entitled Fit in Six. (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: Fit In Six, nintendo, Playstation, ps3, WII, Your Shape Fitness Evolved
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Steam discounts: Amnesia, The UnderGarden, and AaAaAA!!!

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 37 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:50:58 AM GMT
Since last checking in, Steam has added a few more deals. Every time any of us have ever mentioned PC games getting discounted, inevitably someone mentions how they want Amnesia: The Dark Descent to not cost twenty bones in the comments. Well, today's your lucky day: (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.destructoid.com
tags: Puzzle Games, sale, Steam, survival horror
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Civilization V gets Spain and Inca next week

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:49:56 AM GMT
On December 16, Civilization V will get its next batch of paid downloadable content: Spain (Isabella), Inca (Pachacuti), and a new scenario, all bundled together for $7.49. (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.destructoid.com
tags: apple, civilization, DLC, pc, Strategy games
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November NPD: Best month ever for retail, Xbox

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:44:36 AM GMT
November is traditionally a big, big month for games, thanks to the impending holidays and the temporary financial insanity bestowed upon Americans by the Black Friday Effect. This November may have been the biggest. The NPD reports that last month was the "best November on record in terms of new physical retail sales," ahead of November 2008 by around $30 million. Call of Duty: Black Ops had the biggest first month of any game ever, with 8.4 million copies. (more)
category: xbox360 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: Playstation, ps3, PSP, Sales, sony, WII, XboX
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Mass Effect 2 lands on PS3 Jan. 18 in US, Jan. 21 in Europe

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 45 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:43:01 AM GMT
Speaking exclusively to IGN, Electronic Arts has given Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3 a solid release date of January 21 18 in North America and January 21 in Europe (that's in twenty eleven, folks). As previously revealed, BioWare is including a gaggle of bonus content with the Blu-ray version, not to mention a brand new "interactive comic" that fills players in on the story of Mass Effect 1. (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: Bioware, ea, electronic arts, mass-effect-2, Playstation, ps3, q1 2011, release date
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PlayStation Phone prototype video reveals 3D benchmark results

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 46 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:41:58 AM GMT
Given that the PlayStation Phone has yet to be officially announced -- though, ya know, come on -- you probably shouldn't look disappointed that Qualcomm's Neocore benchmark app only showed the phone averaging 24.4 frames per second. As Engadget points out, the hardware is likely not final and neither is that software. (more)
category: technology | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: benchmark, frames per second, mobile, Playstation, playstation phone, PSP, qualcomm, qualcomm benchmark app, sony
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Rumor: PlanetSide Next launching in March

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 48 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:40:56 AM GMT
A PlanetSide sequel is sort of like the long-in-development third Ghostbusters movie. We've been hearing it's on the way for so long that we're starting to suspect the whole thing's a long con, a grift, if you will, designed to bilk us out of ... something. First Sony hinted it was in development in September of '09, then SOE's John Smedley called it "PlanetSide Next" a month later. (more)
category: industry | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.joystiq.com
tags: john smedley, MMO, pc, planetside, planetside 2, planetside next, soe, sony, vga 2010
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PlayStation Plus subscribers get DC Universe beta

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 49 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:39:54 AM GMT
Coming soon for you PlayStation Plus subscribers is a free download of the beta for Sony Online Entertainment’s newest MMO, DC Universe Online. It'll pop up on the PlayStation Plus section in the PlayStation Store. You'll be able to get all up in DC's universe as a hero or villan very soon. The PS Blog says that the exact timing hasn't been worked out yet, but they'll announce it there when they know more. (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.destructoid.com
tags: MMO, playstation-store, ps3
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Costume Quest DLC coming to PSN December 21

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 51 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:37:52 AM GMT
As of yesterday, Xbox 360 owners can further explore the world of Double Fine's Costume Quest with the game's "Grubbins on Ice" downloadable content. PlayStation 3 trick or treaters will have to wait a bit longer for this downloadable delight -- the content will hit PlayStation Network on December 21. (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.destructoid.com
tags: Double Fine, ps3, PSN
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Homefront dev: Multiplayer is critical to product success

posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2332 days, 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
Friday, December 10, 2010 8:34:53 AM GMT
Homefront's "speculative future" narrative about a Korea-occupied America is interesting, but with a heavy focus on multiplayer, there's always the risk of the story campaign falling by the wayside. In speaking with Kaos Studios' Dave Votypka, we asked just how much effort is being put into both sections of the game. (more)
category: ps3 | clicked: 0 | comment | | source: www.destructoid.com
tags: First-person shooter, Interview, Online, pc, ps3, thq, Xbox 360
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