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SimCity V will require the Internet in order to launch, always-on Internet connection fears have been confirmed

Rather depressing news about SimCity V has found its way out of the cracks of the Internet, and EA. EA issued a clarification to Gamespy, where they have confirmed that whilst you'll require an Internet connection to launch SimCity, you won't get booted from the game if your connection drops.

 

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This is kind of a let down, as it just simply means you require the Internet to play. Yes, you won't get kicked if your connection drops, but what if you want to have a quick 30-minute bash when you're on the train, or a plane? What if you're on holiday and want to crank out some city-building goodness but don't have an Internet connection?

 

It's a shame that EA have gone down this route, but maybe with enough talk about it, they'll change their ways? We can only hope, but I'm personally not happy with requiring an Internet connection to play a game like SimCity. I didn't in the 90s and I shouldn't now.

New Battlefield 3 patch hits today, includes tweaks, updated Commo Rose and more

The latest Battlefield 3 patch gets unleashed today, and has some great tweaks as well as "shortcut items" which lets players buy items rather than putting in the hours to unlock them. This is explained as "if you're new to the game, this is the perfect way to gain some ground on the veterans online". Really, DICE?

 

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There's bundles that include a bunch of gear, and other bundles that just have smaller collections inside. I don't really like the idea of someone being able to just dump their digits online and jump right up to where you are, equipment-wise, after you've spent countless hours working your way up the proverbial ladder.

 

There's an updated Commo Rose which should keep players happy, and has been designed specifically for the PC (or just ctrl+c, ctrl+v from BF2), using the keyboard and mouse in a more intelligent way. Improved mini maps are also included, where we have "map", "satellite", and "hybrid" views. Definitely looks the goods!

 

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New Max Payne 3 video shows off bullet time in multiplayer

The original two Max Payne games were amazingly awesome single-player games, but didn't feature any form of multiplayer. For years, fans like myself have wanted a multiplayer Max Payne game, and it seems like the team over at Rockstar are delivering the goods for Max Payne 3. The video below shows off a bunch of different multiplayer modes, as well as the famous bullet time, now in multiplayer games.

 

 

Everyone has always wondered and theorized how bullet time would work in a multiplayer game, would it slow down time for the entire server? How would it look on another persons screen? Well, in Max Payne 3, the bullet time only affects the players that are in the players field of vision who are using bullet time. Very nice.

 

We'll also see some cool game modes such as Gang Wars, where the storyline and objectives will change based on the outcome of each round. We also have Payne Killer mode, which throws a well-armed Max Payne and his sidekick against everyone else, in a sort of Max Payne plus Sidekick versus the world, in a game of next-gen Max Payne tag.

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RumorTT: Sony PS4 may be codenamed Orbis, use AMD chip and 4K video

A new rumor has hit the streets regarding the upcoming PS4. The rumor details its code name, chip maker, and some other curious details. So let's begin. First off, its codename is believed to be Obris, or "circle," possibly to make it part of a "circle of life" with the PS Vita. The cell procaphessor is rumored to be dropped completely along with the Nvidia graphics.

 

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In its place its rumored to use a 64-bit, x86-based AMD processor as well as graphics based on AMD's Southern Island core, which powers the 7700 series and up. Likely, the performance would be towards the upper spectrum of gaming performance. It should be able to play 3D games at 1080p but probably only regular games at 4K (4096x2160).

 

Switching to the x86 processor would cause the new PS4 not to be backward compatible with PS3 games. It also is rumored that the PS4 would block used games, at least to some extent. They may take a step like selling an online pass, but this step will still anger companies like GameStop.

Epic to license Unreal Engine 3 for FBI sim, other government 'serious games'

Epic's Unreal Engine 3 powers some pretty great games, such as Gears of War 3 and Mass Effect 3. But now, some lucky FBI cadets are going to be getting to use it for a new crime scene sim as part of their training. This is coming about through a newly launched Unreal Government Network. Today Epic announced a long-term licensing agreement with Virtual Heroes.

 

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Virtual Heroes is a interactive learning simulation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of this licensing agreement sees other agencies and units of the United States, and its allies, using the technology. Already, several games are in the works. The FBI has their multiplayer crime scene simulator and a "top-five defense contractor" and a "national laboratory" are using Epic's tech for custom-made model "integrations and visualization."

 

Additionally, Virtual Heroes and Duke University are developing an anesthesiology training application for Army physicians. Along these same lines, a HumanSim platform, which is aimed at medical education and training, is also in development.

Good Old Games renames themselves to just 'GOG', now offers newer titles, as well as a new site design

Good Old Games offer some insanely cool stuff, and in this post-PC world (let's face it, consoles and casual gaming are the dominant force now), and have thrown a bunch of new things into the mix. First up we have Good Old Games renaming themselves to just 'GOG', which makes sense really... GOG are now offering newer titles instead of just the older titles we all know and love.

 

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This means that we will see AAA new titles, as well as more partners for GOG, with new partners and developers joining every month. GOG have also just rolled out a new website layout, which sports a more modern look, which I think looks quite swish. It's very clean, and very easy to navigate. GOG now offer their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts at the footer of each page so you can get your social networking fix with GOG anytime you like.

 

GOG are also offering a new, faster than ever GOG.com downloader - this is only a good thing, folks! The new downloader integrates support for downloading game patches, goodies, and notifications to keep all of the GOG users up-to-date on changes on the games they've purchased, replies to forum threads, or PMs.

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EVE Online in-game currency can now buy you a GeForce GTX 560 GPU

An experimentation through EVE Online will allow players to trade in-game currency for real-life gear, such as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560. Players can use 20 PLEX (Pilot License Extension, an in-game item that gamers can earn and use to pay for monthly subscriptions for EVE Online) to purchase a GeForce GTX 560.

 

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PLEX can be purchased using in-game currency called Interstellar Kredits, and can be traded amongst players. A single PLEX is equivalent to 500 million Interstellar Kredits, which can be purchased for roughly $10 in real-life money. This means 20 PLEX is roughly equal to $200, slightly less than what a decent GTX 560 retails for. But, for a game like EVE Online, how long would it take you to build up 500 million Kredits in order to purchase a single PLEX?

 

A long time. Any hardcore EVE Online player might have built up a bunch of Kredits, but for newbies, it might take a while. But instead of grinding away for nothing - a GeForce GTX 560 as a light at the end of a tunnel is a goal many cash-strapped gamers would love. At the moment, the deal will be initially limited to just 100 GPUs, one card per account, to test the market. Just as this news was hitting the Internet, the value of a single PLEX went up, substantially.

Angry Birds Space floats past 10 million downloads, only took 72 hours

Angry Birds Space is something I only just got into, and something I really wanted on the new iPad. It looks absolutely gorgeous on the new Retina Display-powered 2048x1536 iPad, especially when compared next to the iPad 2. This is why I've pushed my review back from last weekend to this weekend on the new iPad, so I can give all of you a side-by-side review of some of the games, load times, and graphics.

 

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Angry Birds Space has been great for Rovio, with the company announcing that the new Space-based game has passed the 10 million downloads mark, all within 72 hours. Just three days. Insane.

 

Rovio have a continuous stream of green from these little birds and pigs, and it doesn't look like the craziness will stop anytime soon. Have you picked up Angry Birds Space yet? Got a new iPad? If so, I highly suggest that you tap your fingers to the App Store, and grab it right now! It's insanely fun, addictive, and gorgeous.

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