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You have your salt ready? Good. Throw a bit over your shoulder and keep on reading. Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to launch something called the Xbox Lite for $100 before it launches its next-generation console. This is all according to MSnerd, someone well known for leaking Microsoft plans. So, when will this launch and what will it feature?
Unfortunately, it's not clear exactly when it will launch, but the rumor places it around Christmas 2013. This means it will end up launching close to the rumored launch date of the Xbox Next/720 which is in 2014. Also, there is no say of how they are reducing the price. It will still run the games and media apps that all of the current Xbox 360s do.
It could be that Microsoft is just taking a profit loss on it. They will need something to keep Nintendo's WiiU from taking over. Additionally, it is rumored that Kinect will see a major refresh in 2015, which this could coincide with the launch of the new Xbox Next/720. If this is the case, launching this at Christmas 2013 makes a little more sense.
Blizzard on their unstoppable path of MMORPG success have teased the world with news that they are in the early stages of development of their fifth expansion for their super-successful World of Warcraft, which will be the successor to the as-yet-released Mists of Pandaria, and this is all from Blizzard's COO, Paul Sams.
Right now, the stage that the fifth expansion in is just the development of ideas and lore that end up shaping the landscape, classes and various other puzzle pieces that go into game development. Blizzard are so far into this, that they are already teasing ideas of a sixth expansion for World of Warcraft.
Blizzard had previously admitted that fellow MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, had bitten a bunch of their subscriber numbers away, but they are hoping that their panda-based expansion will claw those members back. The teasing of future titles works two ways: keeping players interested, excited and wanting the new titles as soon as they hit, and providing confidence that WoW is not losing its grip on the MMORPG market.
Before we get into this news, I'd like to ask you to take a pinch of any salt you have near you. Thank you. Now, we have a poster over on the GameSpot forums, that has reportedly posted a bunch of unreleased information on Rockstar's upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. The details came from someone called "Gloggle", who was fired from Rockstar due to "misconduct". His quote, and info (along with spoilers for both GTA IV and V):
I am a friend of someone who recently got sacked from RockStar North for general misconduct. Because one contract to RockStar covered everything, including secrecy, and his contractual obligaton was now removed, he was legally allowed to spill the beans on Rockstar's upcoming GTA V. And he is making damn sure everyone knows about it.
Here is the info you really want:
1. The protagonist will be one character, and one character alone. His name is (as some rumours said) Albert De Silva. He's a half hispanic man who was once part of a crime family in Vice City. He decided to settle down and have kids in Los Santos. He has one son called Kevin De Silva who is your stereotypical CoD player. He's lazy, useless and shouts racial abuse online and is really into FPS games. Kevin does admire his Dad though.
GameStop fully believes that the Xbox 720/NEXT and Playstation 4 will not implement a system to block used games. This belief could be based on hope simply because GameStop relies on the used game market for around half of its profits. GameStop controls somewhere around 60-70% of first-week sales. This means that the game manufacturers need GameStop to stay around in order to market their goods.
"We think it's unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn't been proven to work. Remember that used video games have a residual value. Remember that GameStop generates $1.2 billion of trade credits around the world with our used games model," said Raines. "So consider taking used games out of that, you'd have to find new ways to sell the games, and our partners at the console companies have great relationships with us."
However, when used games are sold, publishers don't see a dime. Hence they have started using online passes in the past two years to try to make some money off of the used game sales. So, while you may have to pay for a new online pass for a used game, the game itself is not going anywhere for the time being.
Microsoft's XBLA 'Arcade NEXT' sports Minecraft, drops on May 9 - possible hint of the next-generation Xbox NEXT?
Microsoft have celebrated gaming with "House Party", which was followed by "Summer of Arcade", but what follows this? Well, "Arcade NEXT", does. You're sitting there thinking "yeah, so what, Arcade NEXT", well did you know it includes Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition? Yeah, didn't think so!
The promotion starts on April 18 with Trials Evolution, April 25 brings Bloodforge, May 2 gives us Fable Heroes and then Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition drops on May 9. Minecraft will set you back 1600 Microsoft Points, Fable Heroes will set you back 800, while the rest are 1200 each ($15). All of them come with the new 400 Gamerscore ceiling.
You know what this does? Fuel rumors of the next-generation Xbox being called Xbox NEXT. It would truly make sense, wouldn't it? Arcade NEXT, in caps... Xbox NEXT in caps... I can see it now. The dots are being connected, Microsoft.
I was a huge Angry Birds fan, I played it at the dinner table on the iPad, at my day job, in bed, on the lounge, on the beanbag, on the toilet (I admit it), I played it everywhere. I was obsessed. I had to give up, but now that Angry Birds Space is here... well, I'm so tempted to swing back into things again.
Angry Birds Space is now available for a bunch of platforms: iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Android devices, PC and Mac-based systems. The new version brings a bunch of changes, the biggest change of all: gravity. This allows players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on those nasty pigs.
Angry Birds Space sports 60 brand new levels, with more content available through in-app purchases, which is limited to the iOS variants of the game for now. Space also includes hidden goodies and secret levels, with Rovio promising regular free updates in the future.
Best of all, Apple's latest Retina Display-powered iPad gets full support with Angry Birds Space, so it should look super pretty and that has just confirmed a purchase from yours truly. Let's do this!
I've never gotten into any of these Lego-themed games, but it looks like I just might have to play this one as it features my favorite superhero of all-time: Superman. The new game has a brand new reveal trailer, where it reveals part of the story, which characters will appear, and more.
The new game definitely looks the goods, but what gets me most is when Superman appears on screen, and the John Williams theme cranks up - goosebumps, pure goosebumps. That alone will make me purchase the game, I swear.
The graphics don't look too bad, and the villains should hopefully be very interesting. We can also see that Robin is wearing multiple puzzle-solving costumes, or there could be actual multiple Robin's. You'll have to play to find out, I guess. I just want to play as Superman, or help Superman in the game - let me listen to that Superman theme music!
To me, the best part of mobile games is being able to play them on the run. But according to a new study, many people play mobile games when they are at home. The study surveyed around 15000 US consumers and found some pretty incredible numbers. 96 percent of respondents said they played mobile games at home at least once a day. The most common place to play them at home is in bed, where 53 percent of those at home play. 52 percent play for over an hour and a whopping 32 percent play for more than 3 hours a day.
But mobile games aren't just played at home. The study revealed some other locations that have similarly high uses. 83 percent said they played mobile games while waiting for an appointment and 72 percent while commuting. 64 percent said they play while at work or with friends and 46 percent in class. Social games were most popular, with over 62 percent of people preferring them to other types. What this study reveals is that games that have a more in-depth time requirement can be developed, because many people play at least an hour a day at a stationary location.
If you haven't gotten into Star Wars: The Old Republic yet, this may be your chance. The SWTOR team writes:
we are excited to announce that individuals who did not take part in the first Weekend Pass Free Trial will have another opportunity to live out their very own Star Wars saga, for free, with the second Star Wars: The Old Republic Weekend Pass Free Trial! Participants in the previous Weekend Pass Free Trial and any other free trials are not eligible for this upcoming Weekend Pass Free Trial period.
If you want to get in on the action, the free weekend starts on Thursday 22nd March at 12:01AM CDT or 5:01AM GMT, through until Monday 26th March at 2:00AM CDT or 7:00AM GMT. The same limitations as the first free weekend still apply, level caps and chat exclusions. But, it makes up for it by being FREE.
If you want to know more about the free weekend, check out this link.
The new trailer for Far Cry 3 is here, and it does not look too bad at all. The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but they're not crap either. It looks like some Michael Bay-style fun, where you can roam the island just seriously effing things up as you go.
The new trailer shows off a fair amount of new stuff, which I don't really want to spoil. Ah, let's do it anyway. The video is above, so spoiler territory from here on out: we see some cool action set pieces with hang gliders, helicopter trips where a rocket slams into you and takes you down, a fair amount of jet-skiing with sharks swimming around you. It looks luscious, it looks like Far Cry.
We are starting to see some serious limitations of technology here, where bloom is used heavily, as well as low-res textures. Imagine a next-gen Far Cry, with a truly next-gen engine and next-gen tech/console. Oh boy. Far Cry 3 drops on September 7th on multiple platforms.