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Flappy Bird creator is removing the game, 'cannot keep it anymore'

Flappy Bird burst onto the scene, addicted thousands, and is now disappearing behind the shadows once again. Creator of the game, Dong Nguyen, has tweeted that he plans to "take Flappy Bird down".

 

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He said he would take it down 22 hours after posting the tweet, which went live at 2:02pm EST. Nguyen clarified: "it's not anything related to legal issues," adding "I just can't keep it anymore". There's no exact reason behind Nguyen's reasoning for taking it down, as he also dismissed the idea of selling Flappy Bird, too.

Over 15 million copies of Diablo 3 have been sold

Activision Blizzard has announced that over 15 million copies of Diablo 3 have been sold. The news comes thanks to the company's latest financial report.

 

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The report also stated that World of Warcraft ended 2013 with 7.8 million subscribers, where it continues to be one of the world's most popular subscription-based MMORPG's. Shifting back to Diablo, Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick says that the high Diablo 3 sale numbers is great as we head closer to Diablo 3's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, which gets released next month.

Activision says Destiny will be its next billion dollar franchise

Destiny was one of the most talked about next-gen games of 2013 and as the games launch draws closer, Activision's CEO, Bobby Kotick, is speaking out about how successful he feels the franchise will be. Bungie, the company actually developing Destiny is working hard behind the scenes fine tuning Destiny to be this years best MMORPG/FPS on the next-gen consoles, and if the company can mold it into anything like it did with Halo, then Destiny's destiny may very well be a billion dollar franchise.

 

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"We expect Bungie's Destiny, an innovative shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision Publishing's next billion dollar franchise," said Kotick. "As we look to 2014 and beyond, we have the strongest and most diverse pipeline of games in our history." From the trailers, screen shots, and information I have seen on Destiny, I have to agree with Kotick. With Halo stalling out there is a huge gap to fill for the sci-fi shooter genera and I think Destiny can do it.

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Activision now has three studios working on Call of Duty games

Until now, Activision had Infinity Ward and Treyarch releasing Call of Duty games every year, but now the studio has asked for another studio to come in and help, with Sledgehammer Games joining in on the COD fun.

 

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The company has said that the three studios will be involved within the Call of Duty franchise, on a three-year schedule, in order to maintain quality while pumping that many differing Call of Duty games out. With Call of Duty: Ghosts coming nowhere near Battlefield 4 in terms of a leap to next-gen gaming, it'll be interesting to see what is in store for Call of Duty this year, and going into the future.

RIP World Cyber Games, a pro gaming league

The World Cyber Games professional gaming league will close up shop after being founded in 2000, despite being the largest global electronic sport tournament. WCG officials sent an e-mail that said no tournaments will be hosted in 2014, as the group declined in quality and frequency over the past few years.

 

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"There are many great moments based on your dedication," said Brad Lee, WCG CEO, in a statement to partners. "Although the brand has disappeared but WCG spirit will remain forever in the hearts of each player and fans. This moment is very difficult and painful for me. However, I must say good bye to the WCG."

 

Both PC and console gaming remain popular, but the lure for companies to jump into professional gaming, especially if trying to broadcast it, is difficult because they likely don't anticipate immediate return-on-investment. Instead, the WCG continued to host appealing events that largely flew under the radar to casual gamers and even most of the hardcore gaming community.

Titanfall beta drawing major interest from excited PC gamers

Respawn Entertainment isn't spilling the beans on how to get in on the Titanfall closed beta, only saying that details will be publicly shared in the near future. Beta testers will need to receive an access code before testing the game, and isn't solely for gamers that pre-ordered Titanfall.

 

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Titanfall will be available on the PC and Microsoft Xbox One game console in the immediate future. It's unknown when Respawn will begin the beta, though it's rumored to start on Friday, February 14.

 

Expect the game to be released on March 11 in the United States, and days later for the rest of the world.

 

Gamers might purchase a few different games that seem appealing, but Titanfall is one of the more anticipated PC titles of 2014. Publisher Electronic Arts needs the Titanfall game launch to go smoothly, as a few of its recent high-profile game launches had issues and frustrated gamers.

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World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor details outed in new report

World of Warcraft still holds the title of most popular MMORPG despite the game itself being a decade old, and today fans are getting a glimpse of what the next expansion will bring. Titled Warlords of Draenor, the fourth expansion takes WoW to the next level with upgrades in graphics in the form of much more detail being added to the character models as well as the actual game world.

 

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Unfortunately, Blizzard has decided to keep the same game engine it has been using for years, and while the improvements will make the game look much better, its graphics will still lag behind current gaming standards by a few years. In the image below, you can see some of the new facial expressions and overall added detail to the Orc model for Warlords of Draenor.

 

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As far as things go on the actual game-play side, this new expansion will be returning to WoW's roots and diving heavily into dungeon content to allow players to easily level up, and gearing up for those long raid sessions you have scheduled for Thursday night at 9pm. Additionally, a new Raid finder engine will be utilized so that raids can scale in difficulty based on the raids group size. Furthermore, a new Mythic level difficulty will be added which raids can participate in if they have 20 members.

Mac Pro used to play Crysis 3 with six 27-inch monitors at 7860x2880

Apple's new Mac Pro not only looks slick, but thanks to the AMD GPU inside of it, and AMD's multi-monitor Eyefinity technology, gaming can be quite amazing - although, it requires a Windows installation through Boot Camp.

 

 

YouTuber MrThaiBox123 used his step for the six-monitor setup, playing Crysis 3 at around 40-60FPS. MrThaiBox123 used six 27-inch displays, with performance at that resolution teased above. The resolution of the displays is 2560x1440 a piece, which provides an insane, retina-busting resolution of 7680x2880 - simply beautiful.

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Oculus VR co-publishing EVE: Valkyrie, will be a Rift exclusive

Well, well, well... Oculus VR has secured itself a major Oculus Rift exclusive title: EVE: Valkyrie. EVE: Valkyrie started off as an Oculus Rift tech demo built by a small team over at CCP, but turned into a full blown space VR experience.

 

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It took multiple awards at E3 2013, and is now being developed by CCP's Newcastle, UK-based studio. CCP CEO, Hilmar Veigar P├ętursson, said during his DICE 2014 talk: "The core purpose of CCP is to make virtual worlds more meaningful than real life". He expressed how excited the team at CCP is over Oculus Rift, too.

 

In regards to the implementation of Oculus Rift, the CCP CEO said: "It is much easier for people to accept as reality. It's a much shorter leap of faith to really accept that we really have the ability to create virtual worlds more meaningful than real life". I'm just excited to see Oculus racking up a serious game for the Rift when it launches, hopefully later this year.

Free-to-play mech game Hawken stomps onto Steam this month

Adhesive Games' free-to-play mech combat title, Hawken, is heading over to Steam very shortly. As of today, the developer will phase out its existing launcher and gameplay services, in favor of moving its current players to a pre-release version of the game on Steam.

 

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After that, Hawken will require Steam to play, with the game not being accessible outside of Valve's digital distribution client. All player progress won't be lost, with Adhesive Games shifting it all over to the new Steam version. Current Hawken players will receive early access to the Steam version, with Adhesive noting: "This patch will be missing some core content and you may run into some of our QA testers still working on final polish. Right now, we're aiming for a formal release of the update in the next couple of weeks".

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