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Star Wars: The Old Republic has sold 2 million copies, has 1.7 million subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 6:22 am

BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has enjoyed some decent launch numbers, and now its time to find out just how many subscribers the reportedly $200 million MMO has.

 

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Since launching in December last year, SW:TOR has sold over 2 million copies, and now has a very nice 1.7 million subscribers. Compared to World of Warcraft's launch, this is nearly twice as strong for launch numbers. But, we all know WoW has really taken off since then, it's latest expansion, Cataclysm sold more than 3.3 million copies in just 24 hours.

 

EA CEO John Riccitiello has said:

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic is developing a committed community of players with more than 1.7 million active subscribers and growing.

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Half-Life 2 protest didn't go too badly, more than 13,000 participants

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 5:19 am

We reported about the Half-Life 2 protest that was going on over the weekend, so that Valve would hopefully take notice, step up and release some information on Half-Life 3. How did this go?

 

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Well, Half-Life 2's numbers went from the 3000-mark, to over 13,000 during the protest. This pushed Half-Life 2 into the top 20, and just short of the top 10. At its peak, it sat at number 11. Very nice for a protest.

 

Of course, 30,000+ members were touted to take part in this protest. The organiser has said:

 

I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today. We're nowhere near done - in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities; this was only our first attempt, and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone.

Anonymous eavesdrops FBI conference call, releases audio recording online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 4:20 am

Anonymous have had an eventful 2012 thus far, with news today that they've intercepted and recorded a conference call that took place between the FBI and the British police cybercrime division of Scotland Yard on January 17.

 

 

Anonymous have now released an audio recording of the nearly 15 minutes of conversation online. During the call, the two parties discussed something quite important, a hacker plot called "Project Mayhem". What is Project Mayhem you ask? Well, it's only a strategy for bringing down Anonymous, you can now understand why this is of importance for Anonymous.

 

The two parties specifically talk about back arrests of members known as "Kayla" and "Tee-flow", as well as getting Ryan Cleary's indecent images which were found by the USAF who examined his hard drive and 15-year-old "Tehwongz" who has claimed to of hacked 32,000 Steam user names, logins and credit card details.

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Crytek's Cevat Yerli launches GFACE social networking beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 3:20 am

GFACE launched back in 2007, and until now it has been in "MAXIMUM STEALTH" mode. GFACE has been formed as a separate company headed by Crytek chief, Cevat Yerli. GFACE is designed to offer gamers a social networking site where they can communicate, collaborate, and play. GFACE's motto? 'Play. Together. Live.'

 

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GFACE doesn't really bring anything new to the table, and it has some seriously hard competition in the form of Facebook, Google+, Steam, etc. Members do have the ability to view ongoing games live within their browser, all while they chat in both voice and text modes.

 

GFACE will be a freemium business model, where the core functionality of the new social networking service to remain free.

 

Yerli has explained in a statement:

 

GFACE enables its users to discover and experience entertainment together in real time. "Play. Together. Live" encompasses our mission to re-imagine the way we play, the way we interact with each other - live in an entirely new way. We want everybody to play everywhere for free

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Micron CEO, Steve Appleton, has been killed in a plane crash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 2:18 am

Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc. died over the weekend in a small plane crash in Boise. He was just 51 years old. Appleton was due to retire in August, which makes the news of his death even sadder.

 

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Steve was "an avid pilot who flew in airshows and was also an offroad car racer." Steve first joinced Micron in 1983, working the night shift, he rose to the CEO role in 1994 and has been there ever since.

 

Steve leaves behind his wife, Dalynn, his children, family and friends. On top of this, the technology community. It's a sad day for Micron, and Steve's family. TweakTown's thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Metro: Last Light delayed, won't see the light of day until 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 1:12 am

THQ are going through some rough times, and those tough times are now pushing back to sequel to Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light. The game has been pushed back to an early-2013 release.

 

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Developer, 4A games has said in a statement:

 

[The release] may be a little later than you were expecting, but trust us - the wait will be worth it! You'll be hearing a lot more about Metro: Last Light closer to E3, so please be patient. We can't wait to show you what we've been up to.

 

Are you mad? It would've been nice to have a Metro game this year, but waiting until next year might anger some fans. On top of this, if there's a next-gen console release next year, like it has been rumored, then this game might look dated by the time the game comes out. This is going to be something most game developers/companies are going to have to remember.

Taipei Game Show 2012 Booth Babes (and some gaming) Video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 4, 2012 1:15 pm

For our final piece from the Taipei Game Show we leave you with our video of the lovely Taiwanese booth babes from the show.

 

We managed to squeeze a bit of gaming in, but are you even going to pay attention to it?

 

 

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Enjoy! There are a bunch of pictures in the gallery if you go to the full version of this story.

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Thermaltake Level 10 GT COD case mod video at Taipei Game Show 2012

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 4, 2012 1:05 pm

We hunted high and low for hardware at the Taipei Game Show earlier today when we were there, but being a game show, it was obviously dominated with a strong gaming focus. Along side the Razer Blade eyes-on video we just posted, one of the other really hot bits of hardware was the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case mod by Brian Carter.

 

 

Brian named it the "COD" and it follows a really kick-ass Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 theme with a motorized and spinning gun at the front of the case, a rocket launcher at the top and on the side panel you'll find the medic kit for your war wounds as well as an ammo pack to keep on killing.

 

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Back in the day we would just had some neon lights to our cases and call it a day when it came to case modding, nowadays they are doing crazy good stuff like this. I love it!

Eyes-on video with Razer Blade in StarCraft II at Taipei Game Show 2012

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 4, 2012 12:50 pm

And it's not the sort you shave with. Even MS Word wants to change my "typo" to Razor instead of Razer. Razer will soon be bringing the Blade onto the market, promoted as the world's first true gaming laptop.

 

 

We managed to get some eyes-on time with the Razer Blade earlier today at the Taipei Game Show. Some young Taiwanese gamers were crowded around the laptop, waiting to get their turn on this so-called first true gaming notebook.

 

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Razer had StarCraft II installed on it, probably one of if not the most popular games in Asia. We didn't provide any commentary in the video above, but you do get a good look at the system if you're interested in buying one when they come onto the market soon, for a hefty price.

Friday Morning Roundup for February 3, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 3, 2012 12:26 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 3rd, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

AMD Radeon HD 7950 CrossFire & TriFire - Neoseeker

XFX R7970 Double Dissipation - ocaholic

 

Peripherals & Misc:

 

Cyborg GLIDE 7 Gaming Surface - eTeknix

ROCCAT Alumic Mouse Pad - techPowerUp!

Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse - Overclock3D

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