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It's EA's turn for some Black Friday/Thanksgiving sales. With 50-percent off over 200 games, on all platforms, inclusive of new releases. Battlefield 3 is available for just $29.99! Black Friday sales from EA also include 10-percent already reduced Collection Packs of the hottest EA SPORTS, The Sims and racing games.
$30 is discounted from Need for Speed: The Run, and there's plenty of other specials being run. The deals run until 25th of November, so if you want to get in on the Black Friday EA sales, get in now!
Bing have started the weekend's festivities by making Xbox LIVE Gold this Holiday weekend free. All you need to do is sign into Xbox LIVE from Thursday November 24 through to Sunday November 27 and you'll receive free access to movies, sports, music, online multiplayer gaming and more with Xbox LIVE Gold.
If you've cracked out the festive booze and plan on having a belly full of delicious food, you can throw up the Netflix app and check out some movies, or you could start up the ESPN app and hit up some sports channels.
After the 27th, you might be too used to it and sign up for some Gold access, surely that's not what Microsoft are after, though? It's good to see some free love from Microsoft, but what of those who already have Gold? Microsoft should add three free days onto your account, that's what I would do if it were my decision. But I'm cool like that, ya know.
This is something that would make quite a lot of sense, and actually be quite good for customers and gamers alike. Industry sources are pointing toward two new Xbox consoles being launched sometime in 2013, which should give Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plenty of time to get their 28nm manufacturing process working like a charm.
Microsoft is said to be working on an entry-level system as well as a true next-generation hardcore gaming console. Multiple price points aren't anything new for Microsoft, as that's what they do with the 360 with multiple packages. Different hard drive sizes, limited edition bundles, game and accessory bundles.
Today is the second day in Steam's Autumn Sale, which games like Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle, Red Orchestra 2, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum, Fallout: New Vegas, Rift and more on special. Let's start with Monkey Island SE Bundle, 66-percent off from $14.99 to $5.09.
Red Orchestra 2 is 50-percent off down from $39.99 to an impressive $19.99, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum with 66-percent off, down from $29.99 to $10.19, Fallout: New Vegas has an impressive 75-percent off marking it down from $39.99 to just $9.99.
There are a few other games on special, Rift has 75-percent off bringing it down from $29.99 to $7.49 and lastly, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition which only launched last week has an amazing 50-percent off taking its original price of $89.99 to $44.99!
Is this the change we're seeing in console development? They do a sloppy job on the PC version, sales are bad and they just blame piracy? Surely a stable-minded developer wouldn't think that way, well, think again. Ghost Recon Online is set to be a free-to-play game, and is a 'response' to piracy and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that has plagued previous Ubisoft games.
Ghost Recon Online producer, Sebastien Arnoult has said:
We are giving away most of the content for free because there's no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, 'Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you're asking for. We've listened to you - we're giving you this experience. It's easy to download, there's no DRM that will pollute your experience.'
We're adapting the offer to the PC market. I don't like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be 60's worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we're adapting our model to the demand.
Before id Software sold themselves [and their souls] to consoles, id Tech 4 engine was great. It powered Doom 3, and by 2007 it went on to become the most successful project by id Software to date. It also powered other games such as Quake 4, Prey, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Wolfenstein and Brink.
John Carmack has now confirmed that the source code for Doom 3 is now available, only after some delays due to legal issues. Those legal issues arise from the use of "Carmack's Reverse" algoritm which has to do with a method of rendering shadow volumes using a stencil buffer.
Steam have started their Autumn Sale which will run until the end of the weekend, with today's sale including Portal 2, Men of War: Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Duke Nukem Forever, Test Drive Unlimited 2 and many, many more.
As for savings, how's this for some great pricing? Portal 2 is 66-percent off, $29.99 down to $10.19, COD: Black Ops has 50-percent off, $89.99 down to $44.99, Duke Nukem Forever includes 66-percent off, down from $49.99 to $16.99 and TDU2 has an amazing 75-percent off, from $19.99 to just $4.99.
Mass Effect 2 has 75-percent off, from $19.99 down to $4.99 and the Sam and Max Complete Pack also has 75-percent off, slashing the original $49.99 price down to $12.49. More sales are obviously on, and I'll continue to post some of the stand-out games for you. Black Friday sales are here already, it seems!
Big Fish sells subscriptions of its games on the iPad, offers dozens of titles for just $6.99 a month
Apple have just allowed a video-game company to offer their titles on a subscription for the iPad, something they've only thus far allowed magazine and newspaper publishers. Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based publisher, won approval from Apple to become the first to offer access to dozens of titles for $6.99 per month.
Until today, games have only been made available as a one-time purchase, requiring users to download individual applications. Apple introduced their subscription feature earlier this year, where the founder of Big Fish, Paul Thelen, seeing an opportunity to offer an "all-you-can-eat" service. This is great as it allows players to go into one game, then into another, without having to download separate games.
Game-subscription services have not had a perfect track record, but mix the popularity of the iPad, with easy payment methods provided by Apple's App Store, makes this a much better step in the right direction. Thelen says:
This is the first time that the technology has matched the business model.
Well, it feels like this is a game of tug-of-war, one day we hear rumors of a next-generation Xbox coming out in 2012, then a day flips past and it is not coming. Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities says that the Xbox 720 won't launch next year and probably won't even see the light of day in 2013, either.
He believes that Microsoft might launch an updated version of the Xbox 360 instead. He said:
Those [2012 launch] rumors are silly. Microsoft is still selling a ton of Xbox 360s, and they won't replace the existing one until sales begin to slow. I think the rumors are based upon leaks about modifying the current Xbox 360 to allow it to operate Windows 8.
The PC version of Battlefield 3 received its patch last night, weighing in at roughly 450MB. The patch has a huge change log/fix list, which fixes a bunch of issues people were experiencing, also while balance and gameplay adjustments have been made.
My triple-monitor, SLI system is still having issues. Even thought the patch includes "fixed multiple problems when using multiple monitors (Eyefinity/Surround)", this is my beef with DICE. There are countless people across Battlelog, and various other forums who are experiencing severe issues with multiple monitors. Did DICE not consult NVIDIA or AMD with this game? Did NVIDIA and AMD not test it on their setups? Did no-one at DICE, NVIDIA, or AMD, during testing, think to try it out on multi-monitor setups? Triple 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 30-inch setups would take me less than a few days of tinkering around. Yet, with all those teams and power, DICE couldn't do it?
This is why I'm so strongly opposed to consoles, and the development going to consoles for AAA titles. NVIDIA and AMD have all these new technologies like Eyefinity, Vision Surround, 3D Vision Surround, yet half the games either don't work on them, or have huge amounts of issues like BF3 does.
[I do apologise for the whinge, but hey, it kind of acts as a warning to the community about triple-monitor setups and Battlefield 3, something other sites aren't covering - if you want to discuss it with me, hit my e-mail up for a chat.]