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The first video game bar in Australia, Mana Bar, opened its doors to the public in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane back in early March of this year and clearly it's been attracting big crowds with plans today coming out that the owners are expanding not only to Sydney and Melbourne, but also internationally.
"After only four months of being open, I can confirm that we will be expanding and opening up Mana Bars in metro Sydney and Melbourne, as well as internationally" said owner Guy "Yug" Blomberg earlier today.
"It's all kicking into gear within months ... very very very f***ing exciting. People like to drink cocktails and play video games, and now we get to prove that all across the world."
The PC game StarCraft II launched recently and was one of the most anticipated PC games in a long time. The game has now set day one sales records according to Blizzard.
The game sold more than 1 million copies around the world making it the best selling game of 2010 within the first 24 hours on the market. In the first 48 hours the game was available it sold 1.5 million copies.
Fans of the StarCraft franchise are undoubtedly excited today with the StarCraft II game hitting the market. The downside is that the game lacks support for a basic graphics element to prevent jaggies in the game.
Blizzard chose to not implement anti-aliasing in the game for some reason. The lack of AA in the game gets a work around via NVIDIA drivers for those using NV hardware.
Around 2,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you what type of gamer are you?
Who was it that said PC gaming was dead or dying? A massive 83% of TweakTown readers claim to be PC gamers, while only 8% voted to be console gaming. You would probably expect that from a website that has a strong and rich history in delivering mostly PC based tech content, but it's still an impressive number.
Only 1% said that they are portable console gamers and phone or mobile device gaming scored a very lowly 0% of the votes. 2% said they play old school games such as cards and 5% said they don't have time to play games.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know who makes the best quality computer speakers? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Saitek is a big name in the computer peripherals market. The company has all manner of controllers and keyboard as well as some of the best flight sim gear out there.
Saitek has unveiled several new flight simulation items that will significantly add to a hard core enthusiast's realism. The new gear includes a multi panel with LED display, a backlit information panel, and a radio panel.
We already saw most of the sweet Razer Tron branded peripherals a while back when they were first unveiled. What we didn't have a good indication of was when we could buy the gear.
Razer has announced that its full line of Tron peripherals will land in the US and around the globe in Q4 2010. My money says that the gear lands in October so we have plenty of time to buy for the holidays.
The folks over at InsiderX have gotten the scoop on an upcoming Xbox 360 bundle hitting Aussie shelves on September 15 which looks real decent.
This is dubbed the Limited Edition Halo Reach bundle, sporting not only the Halo Reach game title, but a LCE silver Halo Reach themed console, two LCE silver Halo Reach wireless controllers, a headset and a 250GB hard drive.
Another nice touch that was mentioned is when you first turn the console on, it makes a Halo-themed sound and also the shield power-up sound is made when you press Eject.
Price? Microsoft are looking to launch it at $549RRP.
I have long said that I will not play shooters on a console because I don't like playing with a controller. I prefer to control my games with a mouse and keyboard. You might recall that a while back Microsoft was talking about a new system that would let Windows and Xbox 360 gamers play head to head.
I have often wondered what happened to that plan after such along time with no word from Microsoft. Raul Sood from Voodoo PC claims that he hears that the reason it was cancelled is that console gamers were massively powned by their PC brethren.
Kinect is the talk of the town for Xbox 360 owners and families looking to enhance their in-home entertainment experience. As many of you would have seen, it was demonstrated at E3 not very long ago and since then it's been confirmed it'll be hitting the U.S. market on November 4.
However, while us aussies haven't been told by Microsoft's Aus Xbox division what date exactly it will hit shelves down under, they have said it will be available 'around Christmas time'. It will go on sale locally for $199 which includes one supporting game title, Kinect Adventures.
Microsoft has made the rumored $149 USD price tag official in an announcement today. Rumors had the price swirling anywhere from $80 to $200, but this announcement solidifies the price for all the preorder jumpers out there.
An Xbox 360 bundle with the Kinect, Xbox 360, and Kinect Adventures game will be available for $299. This Xbox 360 will be replacing the original Arcade console; sporting 4GB of Flash memory and a matte finish to differentiate the console from the glossy new Xbox 360 unit. All other specs will remain the same including the front and back USB ports, a Kinect-specific I/O port, and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi.