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Steam has just kicked off its highly anticipated annual Summer Sale. The event will last from July 11 through July 22 with new discounts on major titles every day. So now would be a good time to reassess your budget and what is really important to you and by that, I mean be prepared to buy lots of games.
Today's deals include MARS for $13.39, Defiance for $13.59, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, and many more discounted titles. Additionally, the Summer Sale includes flash sales that last for eight hours each. Right now you can pick up Dragon Age Orgins for $8.99, GRID 2 for $29.99, and Skyrim for just $20.99.
Steam is also letting the community vote on which games they would like to see highly discounted. Users can vote using the community choice box on the Steam main page for which game gets the biggest discount. At the moment, the three games in the running are Dishonored, Boarderlands 2, and Farcry 3. The Steam Store page can be accessed through the website, but the dedicated application appears to be experiencing technical difficulties.
Everybody's favorite running game that seemingly never ends has finally found its way onto mid-range Nokia Lumia devices. Previously, the game was only available on the high-end Lumias like the 920 but now it has been ported to the Lumia 720, 620, and 520.
Temple Run is the massively popular game in which you play and explore who has stolen an ancient artifact from the temple and must escape the evil demon monkeys who are in hot pursuit. And just like all true ancient temples, your path out is covered in many deadly obstacles.
Users use their fingers to make the player jump over, slide under, or turn left and right to dodge obstacles. The whole time you are being chased by a hoard of evil demons who would like nothing more than to get their hands on you. Users who wish to play the game can head over to the Windows App Store to pick up their copy today.
Peter Sunde, creator and co-founder of the infamous torrent sharing service The Pirate Bay, showed off his latest project today, a truly secure messaging app for mobile devices called Hemlis. The new app is currently in its early stages and is being developed alongside team members Leif Högberg and Linus Olsson.
At the moment, they are raising money through PayPal and BitCoin via the heml.is website to fund further development. Those who donate will receive a certain amount of unlock codes that will unlock the full app which will run on iOS and Android.
Sunde plans on offering the secure messaging app for free with a section for in-app purchases which will unlock additional features. The app aims to be the first truly secure messaging app with an encryption that will keep your conversation from prying eyes such as the NSA.
Fans first got a glimpse at the upcoming addition to its popular Splinter Cell franchise yesterday when NVIDIA announced that it would be bundling Splinter Cell Blacklist with its GeForce GTX video cards. Seizing the opportunity to further whet gamers' appetites, Ubisoft has just released a glimpse of the game's single player action.
In the trailer, we can see that the developers have retained the stealthy combat that Splinter Cell is famous for. The game's protagonist, Sam Fisher, is equipped with the usual array of technological weaponry and still retains the grace needed to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies.
Last year, we saw the end of an era come to pass as long time game publisher THQ closed up shop and bid the gaming world farewell forever. Unfortunately, there are some who feel that the now-defunct company still owes them a slice of the pie.
This morning, the once great gaming giant Sega has announced its intentions to sue the bankrupt publisher for almost $1 million over pre-orders of the game Company of Heroes 2. According to Sega, just over 20,750 pre-orders for the game were placed on Steam between September 2012 and January 2013. This equates to around $1.3 million in revenue from pre-order sales alone.
Website Eurogamer has pointed out that after Valve takes its one-third cut, Sega is left with a payout of $941,000 after THQ's filing. Sega claims they are owed this money because they purchased the developer of Company of Heroes 2, Relic Games, in late 2012 and is owed the revenue from those pre-orders taking place on Steam.
Pretty much every PC gamer on the planet was disappointed when they learned that Rockstar Games had no intentions of publishing its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V title on PC. The series began on the PC and has a following unlike any other game, not to mention an entire community based around modding the game on PC.
This morning it appears that there may be a little hope for those eagerly anticipating a GTA V PC launch. In a since-removed job advertisement, Rockstar appears to be seeking a graphics programmer to work at the company's Leeds studio "to help bring our latest titles to the PC platform." The advertisement was first spotted by fansite RockstarWatch.
The advertisement explained that the graphics programmer would be working with Rockstar Studios world-wide to port existing titles to the PC. With all of the company's previous titles being available on the PC, this can only mean that Grand Theft Auto as well as Red Dead Redemption will be coming to the PC in the future.
Pop Cap Games has announced this morning that it has soft-launched the long-awaited Plants vs Zombies 2 for iOS in both Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, it appears that the rollout stops there. Unlike traditional App Store launches, there will be no additional rollouts to other regions at midnight as the rest of the world will have to wait until later this summer to get their zombie killing on.
Electronic Arts, the parent company of PopCap, says that the reason for this delay is so that the company can test out all of the new systems and features that have been built into the game. Originally a global rollout was scheduled for July 18, but it appears that EA is not taking any chances and wants this launch to go better than some of the titles it has released earlier in the year.
In a statement EA had the following to say:
We've added a bunch of new features that allow us to take advantage of new technologies to make a better experience for our players, and those innovations require us to perform some large tests to make sure we are ready for our worldwide audience to play.
Square Enix announces special "Art Book" collectors edition for those who pre-order Final Fantasy X and X2 Remaster
Earlier today, Luke Icenhower of Square Enix announced that those who preorder the upcoming FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Remaster for the PlayStation 3 will receive a free upgrade to the limited-edition "Art Book" package.
This upgrade will land customers several pieces of original concept art from the early development phases of Final Fantasy X and X-2. Additionally, the book will contain closing commentary from several of the original members of the development team and a special message from producer Yoshinori Kitase. Everything will come in a beautiful 24-page art book package and will be bundled with the $39.99 FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Game Bundle.
NVIDIA announced today its latest plans to compete in the ongoing bundling war with graphics rival AMD. The company has partnered with Ubisoft to bundle Splinter Cell Blacklist with the company's GeForce GTX graphics cards. Additionally, the company will include a bonus copy of the 2010 release of Splinter Cell Conviction.
NVIDIA engineers are working closely with the Ubisoft Toronto development team to incorporate an array of cutting-edge gaming technologies for Splinter Cell Blacklist including DirectX tessellation, NVIDIA HBAO+, TXAA antialiasing, and surround technologies to ensure gamers can experience smooth frame rates and awesome visuals in all of their covert missions.
Due to launch on the August 23, the game is to be made free to anyone buying an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 760, GTX 770 or GTX 780 from the usual participating retail partners from now until December 31. In Splinter Cell Blacklist, Sam Fisher returns as leader of 4th Echelon, an elite counter-terrorism unit armed with a new mandate to hunt down the masterminds behind The Blacklist, a series of deadly escalating attacks on U.S. interests. To stop the Blacklist countdown, gamers will choose the best way to face any challenge by tapping into Sam's arsenal of lethal skills and training.
Earlier today, Steam updated the page for Dota 2 to reflect that its beta program has finally come to a close. The page directed players to check out various links which did not work and featured a graphic stating "The Beta Is Over." Also listed is a launch date of July 9 for the production version of the game.
Unfortunately, Steam has since removed the page but according to Valve, the disappearing act is the result of some technical difficulties. Below is a quote that can be found on the new Steam page:
Notice: Dota 2 is officially launching. In order to ensure the best possible experience for new and existing players, there may be a short wait for you to download the game. Visit the Dota 2 Launch page for more information about how the release process works.