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Brink Get SMART Series: Classes

Another day gone means another Brink video from their Get SMART series, todays video is titled "Classes" and covers the various classes from Brink. These videos are making me want the game now, where before I was hesitant. One thing that is getting on my nerves is the console-centric point of view. It looks way too "IN YOUR FACE" with a setting of 60 or so, give me the option to change it to 85 or above please.

 

 

Nintendo Wii drops to $150, now includes Mario Kart Wii and Wii Wheel

Nintendo has just announced a change in their Wii bundles, a $50 price drop is now included on the package that sits on store shelves and a change is coming for the bundled game. Starting May 15, the new price goes into effect and the package will start to include Mario Kart Wii and the Wii Wheel racing accessory - but that's not all. Nintendo are also throwing in a standard Wii Remote Plus controller and a Nunchuk!

 

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Nintendo is hoping this will reignite the Wii sales which were previously unbeatable quarter after quarter but with Microsoft and Sony having launched their motion-based controller systems in the form of Kinect and Move, Nintendo's Wii is getting a bit stale.

 

Nintendo is also launching a new "Nintendo Selects" series if budget-priced Wii games starting May 15. Nintendo Selects will offer four hit titles for $20 each including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; Mario Super Sluggers; Animal Crossing: City Folk; and Wii Sports which is no longer bundled with the console. Wii Sports Resorts has also been removed from the hardware bundle and is available separately for $39.99.

 

Steam's EA week, todays deal? The Sims!

Steam's EA week is steaming along nicely with yesterdays sales with the Need for Speed series, today we have sales with the Sim's series. The sales are significant with it starting with The Sims 3, original price at $79.99, 40-percent off brings it down to $47.99.

 

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The Sims 3: World Adventures has 50-percent off taking the original price from $39.99 down to $19.99. Finally we have The Sims 3: Ambitions which also has 50-percent off taking it's original price of $29.99 down to a very appealing $14.99.

 

Grab the games here.

 

Duke Nukem Forever system requirements revealed, doesn't require bubblegum

Duke Nukem Forever is not far from release and now that were close to the end of the rainbow, some system requirement specs have been released from none other than NVIDIA. I'm guessing because the game is most likely run on a graphics engine that is relatively old, the requirements are pretty slack, check them out for yourself:

 

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DC Universe MMO Makes Up For SOE Issues

AS we all know, Sony has had a tough few weeks. Whether it's their PlayStation Network being attacked by a hacker and subsequently shut down, or essentially shutting down their Sony Online Entertainment network for fear that there had been an intrusion- this is starting to have some pretty serious ramifications, for instance the numerous DC Universe MMO users currently unable to access their beloved game.

 

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Which is why Sony is giving all DCU players some cool Batman SWAG. The above Batman-inspired mask (players use custom created characters as opposed to the actual characters, hence the "inspired") comes in both male and female versions, the coolest headgear that, well, everyone will be wearing when the SOE is back online.

 

Speaking of which, Sony is offering current subscribers an automatic 30-day credit for their troubles, and on top of all of that, one free day for every day that the DC Universe Online was down and out.

 

Please bear with us as the complexities of the subscription server dictate how and when this will be available along with pertinent details. We will be releasing more information this week. Thanks again for your patience!

No, Sony. Thank you.

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 being worked on, $200m to make

We all knew this was coming but waiting for 100-percent confirmation is hard and now we're seeing a leak from a voice actor for the current two Modern Warfare titles, Craig Fairbrass. He did an interview with a UK radio station talkSPORT. Craig does the voice of Ghost and Gaz and has let slip that he's currently working on a big game that is costing $200 million to make.

 

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That rounds it down to, well, just one title. Craig said during his interview:

 

I did Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Gaz and then I did Ghost in Modern Warfare 2, which has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of computer games, which is great. And I've just been out in LA doing something that's going to be announced in May...I've just been out there doing some bits and pieces and one of it's to do with...I can't say too much.

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Brink Get SMART Series: The HUD

These Brink videos are bringing us very close to release, only a week to go folks! The latest video in the Get SMART series shows off the HUD (Heads Up Display for those who didn't already know). It's looking better and better with each video!

 

 

Steam running EA sales - an EA deal, every day, all week long

Steam are running EA specials this week and today is Need for Speed day! You can grab 3 NFS titles with a minimum of 50-percent off, insane! The deal starts with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, normal price is $19.99, NFS Day special with 50-percent off brings this down to $9.99.

 

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Next up we have Need for Speed: Shift with an original price of $19.99 an an impressive 66-percent off bringing the price down to $6.80. Finally, we have Need for Speed Undercover and it's original price of $9.99 with an insane 75-percent off which results in a price of just $2.50.

 

I wonder what tomorrow will bring!

 

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Sony Entertainment Network Now Offline

Sony has had a rough few weeks. After repeated outages and system troubles with its PlayStation Network (PSN) and Qrocity services, evidently the target of an online intrusion that revealed secure data like credit card numbers and other user information, Sony is no experiencing issues with its Online Entertainment network (SOE).

 

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A Sony spokesperson told IGN the following:

 

We had to temporarily take down SOE services during the night. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion of our systems, we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern. We will provide an update later today.

I can only imagine that "an issue that warrants concern" is related to more credit card and user information being at risk. Sony is not at this time providing a timetable for how long the service will be down, but the action affects all players of DC Universe Online, the EverQuest series of MMO's, Freerealms, Star Wars Galaxies, and Planetside, which are all effectively offline until further notice. We might see an update later, so we'll keep you posted.

 

Portal 2 Gameplay + Insane Cube Tricks

Well I'll be damned. This was more enjoyable that most of those crazy trick shot videos you see on YouTube all the time. In my opinion, that's because this stuff would be harder to fake (I know that seems counter-intuitive, but just think about it for a second). For all of you that haven't gotten the chance to try out Valve's new installation of the puzzle-solving, viusally-mesmerizing Portal franchise, then this video is a great way to get hooked.

 

 

YouTube user Schrobotindisguise posted this video after he, well, got bored (note: this is a very rare occurrence and I cannot even fathom the amount of time one would need to play Portal 2 before actually getting bored. This dude must be a pro. With a lot of spare time):

 

While i'm waiting for the inevitable challenge chambers and leaderboards, i thought i'd set my own challenges to increase the re-playability of Portal 2......turns out chucking cubes about was sufficient!

As you can see in the video, Schrobot has found a very inventive way of solving the Portal 2 puzzles, trying to ensure that each time he uses one of the stock cubes in the game. Also, don't forget about this summer's DLC, mentioned above!

 

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