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Microsoft is said to be using an AMD processor in its upcoming Xbox 720, according to a Bloomberg report. News of the upcoming product has boosted AMD's stock by over 13 percent, or up $0.30, to $2.59. Meanwhile, Competitor NVIDIA's stock fell a quarter of a percent to $12.43.
AMD is already confirmed to be powering the next-gen PlayStation 4 from Sony, so it will be a major win if AMD is inside the Xbox 720. Microsoft's logic in switching to AMD could include lowering production price and trying to entice more developers to produce games for the platform. By adapting a PC architecture, both are achieved.
Neither AMD nor Microsoft would comment on the report. Microsoft is said to be aiming for a May or June unveiling, possibly at E3. Other sources have pegged May 21 as the day that Microsoft will unveil the Xbox 720.
Lego Batman is one of the biggest hits on the Wii console ranking right up there with the Lego Star Wars titles. Fans of the game have already seen the sequel arrive on the Wii and Nintendo DS, but Wii U owners have been left wondering when they will get a taste of Gotham City love.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will blast onto the scene for Wii U on the 21st of May, which is just over a month from now. The date has not been confirmed through Nintendo, but it is listed on both Amazon and GameStop's website as going on sale that day.
Gaming site Joystiq has also confirmed through GameStop that this date is indeed the official launch date for Lego Batman 2 for the Wii U.
It looks like the next-generation Xbox could be unveiled next month, with The Verge reporting that Microsoft are hosting an event next month for such a thing. Paul Thurrott has said that Microsoft has an event planned for May 21, with The Verge confirming this, saying "as we understand this date is accurate".
The Verge's sources have said that the event will be at a small venue, which will concentrate on the first details of the next-generation Xbox. There's not much else to report on right now, but you should pull that pencil out of your bag, and jot down that May 21 date - I'll be waiting with some seriously powerful enthusiasm.
More than 10 million copes of Minecraft have been sold on the PC making it the 7th best-selling PC game ever
Indie superstar, Minecraft, has sold more than 10 million copies according to Mojang customer support manager Marc Watson. Watson tweeted the news, with the milestone including just copies from PC, Mac and Linux - making it the seventh best-selling PC game of all time - a huge, huge milestone.
The game is also available on Android, Xbox 360 and iOS, so these numbers would be much higher if the extra platforms were counted. The developer has said that the Xbox 360 version alone has sold more than six million copies as of last month. Developer Jens Bergensten believes that across all platforms, sale numbers on Minecraft was around 20 million in January of this year.
What was originally thought of as a huge April Fool's Day joke has turned into an actual serious tease of the upcoming Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon from Ubisoft. A bunch of screenshots have made their way to the official Xbox.com website, which has gamers talking.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon goes down a very different path to the usual DLC, where we should expect some seriously fun first-person shooter fun. Here is the official synopsis from the game's website:
The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.
Nintendo has officially issued an apology for low supply numbers for its most popular WiiU game to date. The rehashed Monster Hunter Ultimate is one of the highest rated games available on the console, and Nintendo just cannot keep it in stock.
"I'd like to apologize for the current stock shortage due to high demand of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at retail. New #MH3U stock will hopefully be available in shops next week for Wii U and mid-April for Nintendo 3DS", read the tweet on the Nintendo UK Twitter account.
The shortage is only affecting physical copies of the game. Users can still visit the Nintendo eShop and purchase a digital copy of the game. They will need to have an external HDD though as the fully HD game is quite large.
Microsoft's Adam Orth goes on the offensive regarding always on DRM on Twitter, in regards to next-gen Xbox
Microsoft's next generation Xbox has long been rumored to feature Always On DRM protection, and after recent events with SimCity and Diablo 3, many gamers are seeking to put an end to that sort of DRM. Yesterday Microsoft Employee Adam Orth took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the anti-DRM crowd.
Orth, a Creative Director at Microsoft, went on a tirade blasting opponents of Always On DRM saying "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an "always on" console. Every device is now "always on" that is the world we live in, ending the tweet with the hashtag, #dealwithit. This led some people to point out the debacle that EA recently went through with SimCity and asking what happens when the internet goes out.
Orth replied, "Electricity goes out too." This led to a follow up reminding Orth that some locales such as rural areas are often not well connected and do not have internet connections at all. One tweeter said: "You've lived in LA, SF, Seattle... Very Connected places. Try living in Janesville, WI or Blackberg VA." This prompted a kind of insulting reply from Orth of, Why on earth would I live there? He then set his Twitter account to private.
The developers of the vastly popular Star Wars game Jedi Outcast, have released its source code in the wake of yesterday's closure of LucasArts. The development company has also released the source code to the games sequel, Jedi Academy, as well.
In a statement Raven said:
"Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years. We wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry. We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with.
Those interested can hit up the Source #2 and #3 links below to download the source code. Users should note that there is no documentation, support or direction given with either download. If you do happen to create something awesome from the code, please let us know and you just might see it on the front page of TweakTown.
Around six years ago, a rumored sequel to Doom was talked about, but it didn't excite id and Bethesda envisioned according to Bethesda vice president of marketing and publications, Pete Hines.
Kotaku have reported that the game was then thrown in the bin, with Hines backing up this claim stating that id Software refocused their efforts into a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the uber high expectations of the game and the Doom franchise. Hines has said that when they're ready to talk about it, they'll let people know.
The problems reportedly lie within id Software itself, which is described as a company that was once full of the world's best talent, but lacks direction. Politics and mismanagement all played a negative role at the company, with executives more focused on getting Rage shipped in 2011 rather than pay attention to what was happening with Doom 4 - how that happens, I just don't know.
SimCity has a new DLC available for free that adds the Nissian LEAF and LEAF charging station to the game. But nothing in life is ever free--the DLC essentially comes at the cost of having advertising inside of your SimCity gaming experience. We're pretty sure Nissan is paying Maxis/EA to provide this DLC.
For users who install a Nissan LEAF charging station, nearby businesses get a onetime increase of happiness and Sims who use the charging station gain happiness.
In-game advertising isn't anything new. Looking back, the first examples of in-game advertisements showed up as early as 1991. Of course, over the years, some in-game advertising has been done better than others. What are your thoughts on this DLC sponsored by Nissan? Will you download and use it?