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I'm sure some of you pulled out your Lightsabers for the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta weekend just gone, and I've been hearing nothing but great things about it, but now we have some news on just how successful it was. Bioware had invited practically everyone to play in their MMORPG, so that they could stress-test their servers to see how they went with hundreds of thousands online at once.
Most servers had queues on them all weekend, with a few of them with queues of over 1000 gamers waiting to get in. Other beta testers and Twitter posts indicated even higher numbers on the queue, so you would think that it would be a limited server issue, right?
The last day of the Steam Autumn Sale is upon us, and we have again, some great savings on popular games. First up we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 discounted to the tune of 50-percent taking its original pricing of $89.99 to $44.99.
Thief: Dark Shadows receives 75-percent off, taking its $19.99 price to $4.99, Demolition Inc. receives 75-percent off also, bringing its $9.99 price to just $2.49. Red Faction: Armageddon includes 66-percent off reducing its price from $49.99 to $16.99, one of my most favorite games ever, Dead Space 2 receives 75-percent off, bringing its $69.99 pricing down to just $17.49.
There are a few games left in this sale, such as Driver: San Francisco with 50-percent off, down from $49.99 to $24.99 and Fable III with 50-percent off also, down from $49.99 to $24.99.
The sale has another 17 hours left.
Sony could possibly introduce a firmware update to the Vita that would allow PS3 games to be played over Wi-Fi
Sony could reportedly release a firmware update to the next-generation portable of theirs, PlayStation Vita, that would allow the streaming of all PS3 games over a Wi-Fi connection possible.
Eurogamer claims that streamed games could be outputted on Vita's screen at 480p and developers will be able to work to that resolution so their games are Vita compatible to make the most out of the smaller display.
Vita is due in February, with Sony unveiling some more details on the launch earlier this week. Such as a full line-up and some details of its social-networking capabilities whilst revealing the next stage of its augmented reality gaming push.
Yesterday we reported that Ghost Recon: Future Soldier won't be coming to PC because "95-percent of PC gamers would pirate it." Think I'm joking? Check the article out. Today, we have news that I Am Alive won't see the light of day on PC, with the game's creative director Stanislas Mettra telling IncGamers the news in an interview.
The game will hit Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network sometime next year, but the PC version is doubtful as piracy makes profitably uncertain. Mettra is also aware that PC gamers have been quite vocal regarding the lack of official statement regarding a PC release. Mettra says:
We've heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them. But are these people just making noise just because there's no version or because it's a game they actually want to play? Would they buy it if we made it?
For a while now, casual games on mobiles have been thought of the death knell of console games. But, according to a survey run by 3DS Buzz, mobile games aren't hurting console games at all. 3DS Buzz conducted a survey to find out who owns the latest handheld gaming consoles would disagree with the idea that it is dying out.
3DS Buzz wanted to ask those who had been DS gamers, but they had turned their backs on the latest gaming system. They found out nearly 300 people who had bought a DS but not a 3DS so 3DS Buzz asked them why they didn't buy the new 3D portable system. 3DS Buzz provided 16 options on the survey, which allowed participants to pick as many reasons why they hadn't made the purchase they wanted.
Steam's Autumn Sales are in their third day and today bring some fan-favorites to the special rack. First up, we have Deus Ex: Human Revolution with 50-percent off, down from $69.99 to $34.99, Flight Control HD with 75-percent off, from $4.99 to just a paltry $1.24.
Serious Sam HD - Gold Edition has a crazy 90-percent off reducing its once $39.99 pricing down to just $3.99, Zombie-shooting FPS Dead Island receives 50-percent off, reducing its $49.99 price to just 24.99. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena receives 75-percent off reducing its $19.99 pricing down to $4.99.
That's not all, though. Grand Theft Auto IV drops 75-percent from $29.99 to $7.49, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic receives 50-percent off reducing its price from $9.99 to just $4.99.
Deal of the Day: Sony PlayStation 3 Bundle with LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for $199.99 with FREE Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - Sony PlayStation 3 Bundle with LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for $199.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Get one while you can. Includes a PlayStation 3 160GB console, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, and LittleBigPlanet 2.
It's EA's turn for some Black Friday/Thanksgiving sales. With 50-percent off over 200 games, on all platforms, inclusive of new releases. Battlefield 3 is available for just $29.99! Black Friday sales from EA also include 10-percent already reduced Collection Packs of the hottest EA SPORTS, The Sims and racing games.
$30 is discounted from Need for Speed: The Run, and there's plenty of other specials being run. The deals run until 25th of November, so if you want to get in on the Black Friday EA sales, get in now!
Bing have started the weekend's festivities by making Xbox LIVE Gold this Holiday weekend free. All you need to do is sign into Xbox LIVE from Thursday November 24 through to Sunday November 27 and you'll receive free access to movies, sports, music, online multiplayer gaming and more with Xbox LIVE Gold.
If you've cracked out the festive booze and plan on having a belly full of delicious food, you can throw up the Netflix app and check out some movies, or you could start up the ESPN app and hit up some sports channels.
After the 27th, you might be too used to it and sign up for some Gold access, surely that's not what Microsoft are after, though? It's good to see some free love from Microsoft, but what of those who already have Gold? Microsoft should add three free days onto your account, that's what I would do if it were my decision. But I'm cool like that, ya know.
This is something that would make quite a lot of sense, and actually be quite good for customers and gamers alike. Industry sources are pointing toward two new Xbox consoles being launched sometime in 2013, which should give Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plenty of time to get their 28nm manufacturing process working like a charm.
Microsoft is said to be working on an entry-level system as well as a true next-generation hardcore gaming console. Multiple price points aren't anything new for Microsoft, as that's what they do with the 360 with multiple packages. Different hard drive sizes, limited edition bundles, game and accessory bundles.