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Call of Duty: Strike Team is now available for iOS devices

Activision has announced it is going to release Call of Duty: Strike Team for iOS, a mobile-exclusive first-person shooter set in the Call of Duty world for $7.49. Call of Duty: Strike Team offers a full story campaign that takes place in 2010, as well as a survival game mode with leaderboards.


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Where Strike Team does things differently is by offering the usual first-person feel, but it also offers a tactical top-down view, too. The top-down view gives you a much better look at the map, which lets you control your squad mates better. Call of Duty: Strike Team also offers up the usual leveling up system, which lets you access new weapons, perks and armor.


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In-app purchases are also here, which can let you skip past the levelling process, which gets your hands on better equipment, faster.

NVIDIA's SHIELD gets a unique tear down, the results are explosive

I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we all enjoy a good hardware teardown video, but I really believe that we all enjoy a destruction video even more. The stars of the video you're about to watch do something magical and combine the two to show us what NVIDIA's SHIELD is really made of.



After drilling some holes with a cordless drill, this demolition team packs an ordinary NVIDIA SHIELD handheld console with explosives, lights the fuse, and films the resulting explosion with a high-speed camera. As the bits and pieces of the SHIELD are flying through the air, the guys do their best to name all of the individual components.


While this is not as technical as a teardown from someone like iFixIt, I think that everyone will have just as much fun watching it take place. If you want to see a more comprehensive and detailed teardown, head over to the iFixit source below to see images of the inner workings of an NVIDIA SHIELD.

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Steam's 'Trade Offers' feature is online, trade til you drop

Valve continue to refine its digital distribution platform, Steam, by introducing a new feature called Trade Offers. Trade Offers allows gamers to suggest trade deals for inventory items, which can be accepted, countered or completely declined.


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Trade Offers can be done without both friends being online at the same time, and it's also accessible through web browsers, so you're not just limited to being on your PC and in Steam. Trade Offers can be used only between Steam friends, but it could reach further than that in the future. Users who set their inventories to "private" will not be eligible to receive trade offers.

Battlefield 4 will feature vehicle test range and server options

We've all played Battlefield 3 (or previous titles in the franchise) with novice gamers hopping into a helicopter, taking it into the air, and flying you and your teammates into a building, killing you all.


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But, it looks like DICE is trying to get out of this issue by training up potential Battlefield 4 soldiers. Creative director Lars Gustavsson said during an interview with IGN: "We've definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that's not our intent. We've added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you."


This means that gamers can test our their flying chops before getting into a real battle, which is a nice touch from DICE. The developer is also working on the Battlefield 4 server system, with the new setup offering "pre-defined scales" with gradual levels of rule sets separating official servers (normal settings), ranked servers (some tweaked settings) and unranked servers (completely customized settings).

Ubisoft unleashes 14-minute Watch Dogs gameplay video

Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games coming out this year, so to add onto this excitement Ubisoft has released a 14-minute developer walkthrough of the game.



The video shows off how gamers can hack into each others games, where we see Aiden Pierce takes control of a district by hacking into its central operating system's control room. You can do this by hacking into security cameras to check out the terrain, reading access code panels to discover passwords, sneaking, shooting and using forklifts to operate remotely.


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Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

First Minecraft "Mashup Pack" released, based on Mass Effect

Tomorrow, the makers of Minecraft will launch a new DLC pack for the Xbox 360 called the Mass Effect Mash-up pack. The DLC will cost $3.99 and will add a custom, Mars-themed map to the game. Users will also be given Mass Effect theme skins, textures, music, and several interface tweaks.


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Unlike the original Mass Effect games, this version will feature all of your favorite Minecraft goodness such as chickens, creepers, skeleton archers, and Even Herobrine may even make an appearance to hit you with a bolt of lightning or two. Head over to the PlayXBLA source listed below for the full breakdown of the new DLC pack.

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Microsoft's IllumiRoom tech looks like it won't reach consumers

Microsoft is in the news today for at least half of the right reasons, where the Redmond-based software giant just acquired Nokia's Devices and Services Division. This news on the other hand, is all about its IllumiRoom technology.



It looks like the proof-of-concept technology won't be making it to the consumer market, as it has been deemed too expensive. The let down happened during Gamescom 2013, where Xbox One director of product planning Albert Penello said that he wouldn't expect gamers to see IllumiRoom. He said that it was awesome if you're in the lab and have Microsoft money to have it all setup, but this would cost thousands of dollars for the average consumer to set it up.


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While it wouldn't sell in the millions, there would still be some high-end gamers that would kill for this technology. Kinect isn't really the expensive part either, it's mostly the investment that needs to be put into the projector setup. Boo.

Minecraft has sold over 12 million copies on the PC

Minecraft is huge, and now it's even bigger, where the game has become one of the best-selling PC games of all time. Minecraft has sold over 12 million copies on the PC, which is a gigantic milestone.


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In the past 24 hours alone, over 14,000 people have purchased the game. With over 12 million copies sold on the PC, it has surpassed some of the best-selling PC games of all time, such as Half-Life (!), Battlefield 2 and StarCraft. At the rate it's going, it's going to slam right into Half-Life 2 and Diablo II in the near future.


The only games after a smash-hit like Half-Life 2 or Diablo are the Sims games, with The Sims and The Sims 2 becoming Minecraft's next target. Minecraft is most likely going to end up as the best-selling PC game, of all time.

Gearbox Software working on two new IPs for next-gen platforms

Gearbox Software has quite the following now, with the smash-hit Borderlands franchise, but where are they going into the future? Well, in front of a crowd of PAX Prime 2013 attendees, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford announced his company is working on two new original games for next-generation platforms.


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There is no information behind that one sentence, but if you want to get into the betas of these upcoming titles, you can do so through a promotion for its upcoming Gearbox Community Day event. This is the developer's annual community event that will be streamed online through Twitch, with viewers who purchase the "digital bonus pack" will secure themselves a place in the future closed beta test.


The digital bonus pack also includes a high-definition stream of Gearbox Community Day 2013, Shift codes for Borderlands 2 and a free copy of Homeworld HD. Gearbox Community Day happens on September 14, with more information available at Gearbox's official site.

Sony creates new division for third-party games for its consoles

Sony announced during its PAX Prime 2013 panel a new division of the company dubbed Third-Party Production, which is a new division that will work on porting and localizing games for the PS4, PS3 and Vita.


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The division was founded as a result of the Borderlands 2 port for the Vita, with former lead producer at LucasArts and executive producer on the now-defunct Star Wars 1313 coming on-board to run the operation. Most people will skip past this news, but this is a gigantic step for the Japanese giant. This means that we might see more games that don't come to US shores, released in the US and vica versa.


It also means that the portable gaming device, the PS Vita, will see more games released on it, which is definitely not a bad thing.

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