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Bethesda have been very quick on patching their dragon-slaying, you-can-do-everything RPG, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They've released Patch 1.3 which brings general stability improvements, optimized performance for Intel's Core 2 Duo processors and resolves the following problems:
Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles
Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly
Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes
Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading
Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate
The fun doesn't stop there, though. Bethesda have also discussed another incoming patch coming next week which brings support for 4GB Turning (Large Address Aware). This let's Skyrim address up to 4GB of memory instead of the current cap of 2GB.
Say what you want about Call of Duty, but it's a near unstoppable juggernaut of a game. Graphically, Battlefield 3 may better it, but it doesn't stop the production of yet another COD game being thrown into production.
Even during the Infinity Ward drama, they managed to pump out a game - even if it may have included virtually the same graphics and even some buildings that were featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Through all of this, Treyarch have job offerings, which would lead us to believe there will be another COD game coming out in 2012.
A number of positions are open, including a Gameplay Combat Designer and a Scripter. During the production of COD: Black Ops, studio head Mark Lamia said the team is, "100-percent Call of Duty studio." There are no details on the new game, but expect it to be virtually the same as what we have now, but a new campaign, maybe some new modes and hopefully by then COD: Elite for PC is fully-featured and alive.
I could sum this news up in just four letters: ROFL. But, I'll explain what is going on here... the Red Cross are investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun.
Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised their concerts over the potential "International Humanitarian Law" violations, which can constitute war crimes - during a workshop in Geneva.
The Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin:
Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games. While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action.
By platform, I mean a dress. And by ported, I mean made into a dress for Rovio CMO's wife Teija. Rovio's CMO, Peter Vesterbacka, was invited to an event at the Finnish Presidential Palace (my invite was lost in the mail, obviously) where he required to dress up and not don his usual Angry Birds sweatshirt.
His wife looks quite the Bird in her dress, as one of the birds from the super successful game, Angry Birds. The eye is in the perfect position for her, uh, Janet Jackson legal issue area. For someone not familiar with Angry Birds, it would just look like a styled dress. But to anyone who has played the most awesome game, you'll instantly recognize it as soon as your eyes land on it.
It's a great move from Vesterbacka, the more marketing and PR this thing gets, the better for Rovio. I think she pulled it off pretty well, I'd just like to know if she was flung at a bunch of pigs later in the night...
Want to see a comparison of Strike at Karkand between Battlefield 2 and the current Battlefield 3 - Back to Karkand? Well, look no further. Sure, back when Battlefield 2 was out, the graphics were great... but a smartphone or tablet could do that now.
How does Frostbite 2 help? Well, a lot is an understatement. The video flicks between BF2 and BF3 and the differences are just mind blowing. It's not subtle, it's huge. Colors, particle effects, destruction, animation, body detail, gun detail, the atmosphere of the game is completely different.
Am I excited? Well, think of a little kid at Christmas and then multiply that by eleventy trillion.
Rockstar have just come out of nowhere it seems with the announcement of a Grand Theft Auto III re-release for iOS and Android-powered devices. The re-release is not just some thrown together release, it is a full re-release of the original game.
The game goes on sale on December 15 for $4.99 and is compatible with a bunch of smartphones and tablets which I have a list of below:
Apple iOS Devices: iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod touch 4th Generation
Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive
PC fans may miss out on Back to Karkand this week to PS3 gamers, but they gain a 2GB patch that fixes and balances so much of the game. The changelog includes the tactical lights which have been way OP (over-powered) and have now (with the patch) been scaled down at a medium distance.
The patch also includes most of the content for the upcoming Back to Karkand DLC, as well as dozens of other tweaks. The IRNV scope is now limited to close range, certain weapons are properly suppressed and conceal your minimap location, stealth air vehicles are less effective, firing a weapon on full auto is now less accurate, miniguns have been made weaker against jets and helicopters, and 12g FRAG ammo is now less effective and not so OP with auto and semi-auto shotguns.
[edited] - actually 3.9GB. Thank you Blair McClelland for pointing this out on the Facebook feed. Also, restart Origin for the update to intialize!
Good news PlayStation 3 Battlefield 3 gamers! Back to Karkand launches tomorrow for the PS3, a week ahead of when PC and Xbox 360 games will get the B2K love. Back to Karkand features four old-school Battlefield maps reimagined using the Frostbite 2 engine.
It also includes three new vehicles (the VSTOL fighter jet, Desert Buggy, and an APC), ten new weapons that you can bring back to the base game, and a new layer of persistence with DICE's all-new "Assignments" make this a must-have for any Battlefield fan. DICE have also included some of the best maps such as Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Strike at Karkand.
We knew it was coming, but wow has the time gone by fast. Tomorrow is the day Microsoft's new Metro-powered UI theme for the Xbox 360 goes live. Kinect is still a central part of the update, where users can now speak naturally to the Xbox, this will change the way a family or household uses the Xbox, instead of a clunky controller to navigate menus and such, a simple voice command is all that's required.
Let's say you want to run a search, if you're Kinect-powered, you could just say "Xbox: Bing, 'Fast and the Furious'", the results will show all of the content that matches the searched criteria across games, music, video and other categories.
The new Metro styling is instantly recognizable to anyone who has played with or owns a Windows Phone. This format will also be taken across to Windows 8. Microsoft are also trying to make the Xbox a set-top box, and is set to have a fair amount of live TV and movies on offer with companies such as Verizon FiOS, YouTube, HBO GO and Xfinity On Demand, TMZ, UFC, Wal-Mart's Vudu service and others lending a hand.
Fan of Minecraft? Fan of Super Mario? Get ready for your worlds to collide. Three guys have spent over 500 hours recreating the first two minutes and twenty four seconds of Super Mario Land. In their quest for insanity, they used more than 18 Minecraft blocks.
The above movie was made by carpenter James Wright, Joe Ciappa and a gamer known as Tempusmori, had the game running through an emulator and then replicating it pixel-for-wool-block-pixel inside a giant Minecraft Game Boy.