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Rovio's Angry Birds just can't keep out of the news! Angry Birds is just over 12 months old and has hit the 50-million download mark which is quite the achievement.
It sits up there with a select few gaming franchises that have hit this mark such as Bejeweled (50 million) and Legend of Zelda (59 million). So to be at 50 million within a year, this is something only a few companies can brag about.
I would be willing to bet that any gamer that was around when the Super Nintendo game system came out way back in the day spent time playing Super Mario Bros. That was the game to have and probably the title I spent most of my summers playing as a kid. It's hard to get away from the fact that Mario is turning 25 this year and to celebrate Nintendo has been offering up some special titles.
The latest of the special titles is called Super Mario All-Stars. The game is for the Wii and is a limited edition package that has four classic Mario games that you can play on the Wii console. Along with the games, the special bundle also has a soundtrack CD and a commemorative book with illustrations from the game.
Crytek have shown off some pre-alpha footage of the free-to-play CryEngine 3 based Warface. Crytek have teamed up with Tencent for the Chinese market release of Warface.
Warface will offer co-op multiplayer missions and a PvP system with different classes. Crytek are promising to continuously review the game with updates. The game is slated for the Asian market at the moment with no planned release date for the Western markets.
Want some free performance increases for WoW: Cataclysm? Don't want to buy anymore hardware? Own a DX11-capable card? Well, look no further! Blizzard has added some experimental support for DX11 in Cataclysm, it doesn't add to the eye candy but it's added for increased performance.
If you're an owner of DX11 hardware (AMD Radeon HD5000/6000 series or NVIDIA's GeForce 400/500 series) then you're in luck. To enable the DX11 performance increases, you'll need to do a bit of shortcut editing.
Elder Scrolls V has been rumored to use id's Tech 5 engine but this has proven false with the news that Bethesda will be using an in-house "all-new" engine.
There's no details of what the engine is capable of, but it will surely be great. There's not much else known about the game other than the teaser video above, but it will be launching on all 3 platforms - PC, PS3 and 360.
Activision Blizzard's latest game has gone crazy - selling 3.3 million copies in 24 hours! This has broken the previous record of 2.8 million units sold in 24 hours by non other than, Wrath of the Lich King.
Even though the product is digital, brick-and-mortar stores saw gamers lining up for hours before launch to get their grubby little hands on a copy. Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Gamestop, Bob McKenzie said "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm delivered even bigger day-one sales than we experienced with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in July, making this a record year for Blizzard Entertainment at GameStop."
Mass Effect 3. Yes, it's coming. When? Holiday 2011 - it seems like a long time from now, but I promise it'll go fast. ME3 was revealed at the 2010 Video Game Awards with a teaser without gameplay (like all the rest of the teases).
Before the awards show, EA briefly listed the game on it's site with the following spiel:
iOS and Android based games are getting far more popular and with that popularity is coming profits - in large bags of money. Epic's first foray into iOS gaming comes in the form of Infinity Blade which was released last week.
Infinity Blade generated $1.6 million in the first four days on the App Store. The game sells for $5.99 and currently has 271, 424 users. Infinity Blade has pushed the great Angry Birds Seasons HD and Angry Birds HD to second and third spots for paid apps on the iPad.
Whoever is behind this is a huge fan of Quake 3 or the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Eraser. The Navy has been doing some serious upgrades to it's hardware, 3 years ago they were pushing 8 megajoule blasts and now, that number has improved somewhat to 33 megajoules accelerating them using magnets (as you do).
With this power, it can push at speeds of up to Mach 7 for the slug and a current range of 100 miles - with the hope of doubling that by the time these Rail Guns get mounted on decks of battleships by 2025. By that time they won't have such a large power draw and the dangers of exploding shells.
Zynga's new game, CityVille is officially the fastest growing game in the company's history. It had just on 300, 000 users in the first 24 hours and 3 million daily in it's first week.
Thought that was impressive? Well, two days after it broke through the 3 million user mark it is hitting the 6 million daily active users, a fact that Zynga is proud of. To put this into perspective - this achievement is four times quicker than FrontierVille and more than five times faster than FarmVille.
A break down in the games hitting the 6 million daily active users:
FarmVille: 46 days
FrontierVille: 32 days
CityVille: 8 days
Why is CityVille so big? It was the first game Zynga did an international launch of in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian) and also included a large marketing push and localized games in different countries.