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EA and DICE are currently running through alpha/beta testing of their soon-to-be-awesome Battlefield 3. The testing is for the Battlelog service in which a number of third-party testers have been given access to the alpha version of Battlefield 3 for the sole purpose of testing Battlelog. The map in the screenshots is what we saw from E3 which is Operation Metro.
The screenshots don't reveal much apart from we now get a decent look at the HUD as well as the server browser. Enjoy!
Well this came out of nowhere, I was looking through my Twitter feed when Logan Decker, Editor-in-Chef of PC Gamer Magazine tweeted about a new PC-exclusive FPS, Hard Reset. Polish-based developer, Flying Wild Hog, have released a teaser for their upcoming PC-exclusive, Hard Reset. Hard Reset is a cyberpunk, first-person shooter like no other, set for release in September 2011. Not much more is known about it, but it definitely looks cool. Being a PC-exclusive doesn't hurt either. Could this be the next Far Cry? Could Flying Wild Hog be the next Crytek?
We'll have to wait and see, but for now check out the official teaser!
I actually saw this yesterday and thought it was just a trick, but behold; visiting http://www.modernwarfare3.com actually leads you to Battlefield 3's website. The two battling shooters is set to be the biggest in history, and this is the latest warning shot in BF3's favor.
Modernwarfare3.com is a domain one would think Activision would've scooped up, but the redirect to BF3's website just went live yesterday. ModernWarfare3.com was registered by GoDaddy in 2009. Some people have speculated that EA itself is behind this amazing move, but it is more likely that a devoted Battlefield fan (or possible Activision hater) registered the domain before Acitivion thought of it and put this into place just to piss them off.
After numerous rumors and hearsay, EA have announced an agreement to acquire PopCap Games. The transaction is expected to close next month subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The deal includes EA pay approximately $650 million in cash and $100 million in shares of EA common stock to be issued to certain stockholders of PopCap.
PopCap employees roughly 400 people and makes casual digital games for mobile phones, tablets, PCs and social networking sites. Their games include smash-hit titles such as Plants Vs. Zombies, Bejeweled and Zuma. PopCap Games is a Seattle-based company which has more than 150 million games installed and played worldwide on a range of platforms: the Web, PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Zeebo, Cell Phones, PDAs, iPod Classic, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android.
I was going to post this yesterday but the sources for this news were not what I would deem trustworthy. The news has popped up again that Microsoft might be including Xbox 360 compatibility in Windows 8. This would mean that anyone who purchases Windows 8 (and has a minimum requirement in hardware) should be capable of running Xbox 360 games! This is obviously a very, very bold move by Microsoft and if true, could really shake up the entire gaming industry.
As you can see from the above picture, in the Windows 8 source code is a line with "XBOX360_SYSTEM_CRASH", gee, I wonder what that could be for. If you look at the source (Engadget) and its comments, most people don't understand why this would be beneficial. Well, let's look at it this way. Microsoft have 400 million Windows 7 licenses out in the wild, 50 million plus Xbox 360 users and hundreds of millions of other customers who may not yet be on either platform.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Sony DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 3 (Blue) - $35.99.
Offer: Get the Sony DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for just $35.99, which is WAY cheaper than retail. Pick it up in-store to save on shipping.
The Nintendo Wii U will make its way to your hands [literally] after April 1st, 2012. It's looking to have a Q2 2012 release and whilst the Wii U is Nintendo's next-gen console, the current-gen Wii will not be disappearing off store shelves anytime soon. The two consoles will be sold side by side for a while yet, how long exactly, no one knows. Also announced is games will be entirely playable on the controller itself, bu technologically, there's nothing stopping the controller from displaying other things like media, NetFlix, etc.
With Nintendo releasing their next-generation console next year in the form of the Wii U, it must be making Sony and Microsoft shake in their boots. Their consoles are getting old, cannot handle AAA titles in 1080p and are beginning to age, fast. With the underdog (in terms of hardware) coming out with a next-gen solution, it seems Sony are already looking at the PS4 for a possible 2012 release.
Taiwanese component makers have told DigiTimes that Sony are prepping a new home console for a 2012 release, which will feature body-movement controls ala Microsoft's Kinect. Unexpected? Well, yes... after the time, sweat, tears and money into their Move technology, it's a strange move indeed. The report states that both Foxconn and Pegatron Technology will assemble the PS4 for Sony, as they did with the PS3.
The latest game to get thrown onto torrent sites [way] ahead of release is Gears of War 3. Not due until September 20 (!) and considered by many as the biggest Xbox 360-exclusive title of the year, a leak this early of a game this big is very surprising. The build is near-final and a poster on the website NeoGAF says that it includes the full single-player campaign and all of the multiplayer options and adds "Buggy as hell, but it seems like it's all there."
Of course, Epic are doing damage control and are trying to contain the leak and go after those who are responsible, claiming they are working with their security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. Epic have said that the leak does not represent the final experience players will have with the real thing.
The leak whilst bad, can also be good for Epic. First, it's not the final build so it does not represent retail quality, secondly it's only playable on the Xbox 360. Gameplay videos have made their way to YouTube and other streaming video sites, so fans of Gears of War 3, start looking for some gameplay footage!
Jaap is a 66 year old Grandpa who still cranks online gaming and since his retirement at 59 years of age has gotten himself into the world of online FPS gaming in the form of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PS3. His YouTube video has seen what Borat would call "great success" with half a million views in the first week alone! His wife thinks he spends a little too much time playing games whilst his two sons are actually part of the BF:BC2 squad he is part of and are proud of him.
When Jaap retired at 59 he first stated playing Call of Duty and has now evolved up to BC2 on the PS3. His normal day consists of 2-3 hours of gaming and since the video has gone viral he spends most of his day playing games because of all the supportive attention he has received.