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Microsoft tease us with the future of video gaming

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Microsoft have shown off its goal for its next-generation gaming platform, the video below is dated from May 2010 so it's quite a bit old now but it shows the direction Microsoft have in mind for their ever-growing gaming platforms. The video shows off some concepts and principals of what the WGX (Windows Gaming Experience) team hopes to achieve. We see a blend of Windows, Xbox and mobile platforms being merged into one.

 

 

The video shows off some Kinect action and gives a bit of hugging action toward PC too, remember Microsoft being quoted as "doubling down" on PC gaming. The companies WGX team which is comprised of all gaming-related attempts between Microsoft platforms has been quite hard at work, obviously. Let's hope that this work goes toward something new and exciting.

 

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Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer: Good Effect on Target shows off insane graphics and environmental destruction

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Another two minutes of in-game footage from the single player campaign of Battlefield 3 has hit the tubes of the internet. The footage shows a squad of US Marines on a rooftop moving from cover to cover trying to escape rounds being fired from a Sniper on a building opposite them.

 

 

The footage shows off the prone movement (yay!) and the extreme attention to detail the graphics provide to the realism of the Battlefield 3 world. The destruction is once again shown off with a soldier (from the players point-of-view) firing a rocket into the building, eliminating the sniper. I'm more pumped for this game than anything else in 2011.

 

Sony Implements Direct Donation In PlayStation Store

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An hour ago, Sony announced they were joining the relief effort in Japan through a direct contribution interface within their PlayStation Network.

 

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PSN users can find the donation page under "Aid Japan", listed under New Releases on the PlayStation Store. For your donation in the amount of $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50, Sony is offering a free PlayStation 3 Theme (around $3 value). All of the donations go directly to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund via the American Red Cross.

 

With a multitude of ways to get involved, there is no reason you shouldn't take advantage of at least one of them.

 

Full text of the blog post is below:

 

It's been over a week since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, inflicting serious loss of life and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The Japanese people, together with support and compassion from the global community, are beginning what will be a long recovery process.

Sony Computer Entertainment's headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we've heard firsthand of the disaster's impact from our colleagues and friends. As we here in America watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, "Is there any way I can help?"

Sony Group is aiding the recovery through financial contributions and donations of radios, batteries and other equipment that can be used in the relief efforts...

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EA Modifies In-Game Transactions to Aid Japan

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Electronic Arts announced yesterday that they would be pitching in to the relief effort in a very big way. '

 

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All of our compassion goes out to the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging time, and EA is mobilizing to support people living through this incredibly devastating situation.

EA claims they have modified in-game transactions allow users to connect directly to fundraising and contribution efforts for Japan. Though they weren't specific on which games, the post mentioned Battlefield Heroes, Playfish, Pogo, The Sims, Ultima Online and Fifa Ultimate Team as games that were developing fundraising solutions.

 

This seems to imply that players making in-game transactions will, instead of paying EA, will contribute to the Japan relief effort, and still net their virtual good. In exchange for contributing directly to Japan, EA will double the value of whatever item/good/benefit the player purchase and match the donation (up to $50k) to the American Red Cross.

 

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Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo Now Available for PS3

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Crysis 2, the mega-visual FPS, is the first of the two installments to be released on consoles. A lot of people said Crysis 2 would never stack up to the PC versions, and that the PS3 version was underwhelming, but I had a hands-on look at Crysis 2 during the GDC in San Francisco, and didn't have a single complaint about the visuals, especially not the Passive 3D engine. A new multiplayer demo is now available on the PlayStation Network, so if you are one of the 41 million people that owns a PS3, you really can't miss out on this.

 

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PlayStation Blog interviewed Nathan Camarillo, the Executive Producer of Crysis 2, who shared many insights on the upcoming game. As I had written before, one of the greatest things about Crysis 2 is the lack of 3D gimmickry in the game design, as Camarillo clearly states in the interview:

 

(Video and Full text of the Interview in the Full Story)

 

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Sega to Donate Sonic Sales to Red Cross to Aid Quake Survivors

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Much like the article we posted yesterday about Capcom, SEGA is donating to the Red Cross all of its proceeds from its Sonic iOS titles and the Football Manager Handheld game starting yesterday and continuing all throughout the week.

 

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Like the Street Fighter IV iOS download, SEGA is reducing their prices for the following games, all available on the App Store. The prices and links are below:

 

Sonic the Hedgehog 1 - 1.99

 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 2.99

 

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - 3.99

 

Sonic Spinball - 0.99

 

Football Manager Handheld - 9.99

 

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Download Street Fighter IV to Give Aid to Japan

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The reccent and tragic events of the 8.9 Japanese Earthquake hit very close to home for revered gaming giant Capcom. Though they have offices in bth Tokyo and Osaka, Capcom reported today that their employees are "safe and well", and that they very much appreciated all of the kind wishes and support in the aftermath of Japan's largest earthquake on record:

 

Thank you to everyone who has sent inquiries and wished us well during this crisis. We want to reiterate that all of our employees in the Osaka and Toyko regions are safe and well, and we thank everyone for their support.In response to recent events, Capcom will immediately donate 100 million yen to help victims of the earthquake and communities recover from this tragedy. For one week from today, March 15, Street Fighter IV on iPhone will be available for 99cents/115yen, and all sales of the title during this period will be donated to support earthquake relief activities. Capcom will also suspend operations or shorten operating hours as necessary at amusement arcades and other business sites that are located in areas served by Tohoku Electric Power and Tokyo Electric Power. In addition, Capcom will refrain from holding special events. Again, thanks to everyone who has supported Japan during this difficult time, and please help to spread the news about relief efforts.

You hear that people? Download Street Fighter IV RIGHT NOW

 

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Zynga gamers raise $1 million for Tsunami relief in Japan

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Zynga has joined tsunami relief efforts by giving gamers the option to donate through in-game donations through virtual goods in their Zynga games such as FrontierVille, FarmVille and CityVille.

 

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In 36 hours, Zynga gamers have donated more than $1 million toward relief efforts. Zynga chose to partner with Save the Children to raise money for its Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children Emergency Fund. Zynga representatives said that the campaign was created in less than 24 hours and is the largest charitable campaign in company history.

 

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Twitter Turns 5 on 3/21/11

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Five years ago this week, what would be the very successful Social Media site Twitter blossomed into existence. March 21, 2006 saw the world's first tweet.

 

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You only get one!

 

To commemorate Twitter's fifth birthday (5 years in this social media ecosystem is an eternity), Twitter posted a plethora of interesting stats regarding then and now:

 

[From Twitter's Blog]

 

#tweets
3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.
1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.
50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year's Day.

 

#accounts
572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.
460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.
182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.

 

#employees
8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.

 

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