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Diablo III beta demo on ASUS ROG system at BlizzCon 2011

BlizzCon 2011 - The ASUS booth at BlizzCon 2011 was getting a lot of attention with plenty of ROG based systems on display running popular Blizzard gaming titles.



One of the most popular systems setup was running Diablo III on a large screen with an ASUS system running an Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard and MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum video card. D3 was running very smoothly on this system.


We'll be back with more BlizzCon 2011 tech coverage real soon.

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Uncharted 3's launch trailer, looking to be a GOTY title

Fan or not of Uncharted 3, it looks bloody impressive. I loved the first two games and I fondly remember two Christmas's ago sitting there for an entire day bashing through the Uncharted 2, finishing it over the Christmas break. It was such an amazing game. It's almost like playing a movie, but better than most actual Hollywood movies. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception continues Nathan Drake's story and without spoiling the game, if you haven't played the previous two, I highly suggest you do.



This is my most anticipated console game of the year, and the trailer really pumps me up for the full thing. As you can see in the above trailer (don't read any further for spoilers), it shines in its character development, action set pieces, graphics, and charisma. Uncharted 3 is less than two weeks away, arriving on the PlayStation 3 on November 1.

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Battlefield 3 on the Xbox 360 is 'Standard Def' without High-Res texture installation

Executive Producer at DICE, Patrick Bach, has said that the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 is running the game without the high-resolution texture pack (which is found on the second disc) by default, and is the "standard def" version of the game. What the texture pack does, is bring the Xbox 360 version up to the same standards of that found on the PS3 and PC. Bach elaborates:




So what it does is it gives you the same abilities, kind of, as the PC and PS3. You can actually stream information from the hard drive. That's new for Xbox 360, but it's not a new idea for the gaming industry as a whole. No one has really tried to do it properly, so us doing it will create question marks.

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New Battlefield 3 multiplayer trailer - tonnes of new footage, 'splosions, and pant-moving action

Oh my god. First up, there's not even a damn week until the beast itself, Battlefield 3, is released and secondly, EA and DICE have just released another change-your-underwear worthy trailer that shows off footage from all nine of the multiplayer maps in Battlefield 3, including Back to Karkand. The new footage shows off some totally insane action, and makes me (and I'm sure, you) want it just that bit more.



I still can't believe were within a week of release... but here we are. I definitely suggest checking out the above trailer: it really is just pure 1min 42sec of awesomeness. I do apologise for the short news post, but theres not much more I can say but watch this video, now!

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Contents & pricing on Microsoft Xbox 360 Holiday Bundles confirmed

Microsoft has confirmed what the Xbox 360 Holiday bundle for the North American market will come with. The bundle will be priced at $299 which includes a 250GB 360 Slim, wireless controller, wired headset, three months of Xbox live and a couple of games - those being Halo Reach and Fable III. It's been indicated that Fable III will be included on a disc, while Halo Reach will be provided via a download token.




A Kinect bundle will also be on offer throughout the holiday season costing $399. It will include a 250GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, wired headset and of course, Kinect. Games wise, it includes Kinect Adventures and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do. There's three months of Xbox Live with this one as well.


Not much of a price drop there, but analysts have said that the console is still selling well enough at the current pricing that Microsoft is confident it will see continued strong sales of its console well into the holiday season.

Angry Birds flies past 400 million downloads, new Bird introduced, movie is confirmed

400 million. Just think about that number, its huge. Absolutely, huge. Today at the Web 2.0, Rovio's GM Andrew Stalbow took the stage, shooting off some Angry Birds stats that has given us an idea at the growth of the [now] franchise over the past few months. At Disrupt, Stalbow stated that Angry Birds has pushed past 350 million cumulative downloads across platforms (and was selling 1 million t-shirts and plush toys each and every month - myself included), and today, Angry Birds has ballooned out to more than 400 million downloads.




If that number wasn't impressive enough, heres some more: Angry Birds is seeing 130 million monthly users, 30 million daily active users, and 300 million minutes of game play... wait for it, each and every day. That's not per month, thats 300 million minutes of game play every single day. Wow, wow, wow. On the scale side of things, we've had up to 400 million, but what would $0 give us? That's Rovio's total marketing budget. $0. Yes, nothing.

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PlayStation Vita: priced and dated in Australia

Waiting anxiously for the NGP from Sony; the PlayStation Vita? Well, wait no longer. There's finally some details today with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand confirming today that the PlayStation Vita will launch on February 23, 2012. This follows an announcement made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today confirming that the PlayStation Vita will launch through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australisia from February 22, 2012.


The Wi-Fi model will be available in Australia from AUD $349.95 and New Zealand from NZD $449.95. If you're after a 3G model it will set you back $100 more than the stock models at AUD $449.95 and NZD $549.95.




This pricing is a bit of a kick in the nuts, at roughly $150 more than it is priced in the US, even though our dollar is doing very, very well at the moment. I suspect sales on the Vita will be quite low in Australia, with people importing them. $150 more is a bit rich, and this isn't the 90s anymore, Sony. Give it a $50 premium and I'm sure you'll keep your Vita customers much happier.

Battlefield 3 open beta stats - over 8 million people participated

EA and DICE have revealed some interesting stats regarding the open beta of Battlefield 3 with some impressive numbers indeed. Over 47 billion shots were fired, 2.2 billion regenerated health contributed by Assault players.


19 million people "lost their dog tags at the end of a knife" (I think I only took two people down with a knife, boo), 21 million M-Com stations were destroyed, 635.6 meters was the longest recorded headshot (I did one at around 550m, so I was close!), 1.5 billion kills were registered and finally, 8,125,310 users participated in the Battlefield 3 open beta.




Impressive numbers to say the least. I'm very surprised at the number of players though, over 8 million! That is a huge chunk of gamers. I would love to know the split on what platforms they used too... was it more on PC? Xbox or PS3?

Ultimate FPS Simulator, sports Battlefield 3 and will be shown off on 'The Gadget Show'.

Well, my dear wife: I have now found what I want for Christmas. One of these, please. Fan of Battlefield 3? Want some 360-degree, almost real life FPS simulation? Well, on Monday the 24th of October, watch The Gadget Show at 8PM on Channel 5.


This is a [truly] unique FPS simulator in which it turns gaming to near reality as you move, aim, fire and get shot within a 360-degree immersive environment. The team used a pre-release copy of Battlefield 3 and poached a team of top technology experts from across Europe to built a true one-of-a-kind simulator.


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EB Games Expo 2011, Gold Coast, Australia wrap-up

While Australians have generally been jealous of the expos around the world such as E3 in the US and GamesCom in Europe, we now have had our taste of a Games Expo in the form of EB Game Expo 2011. Gaming is a huge deal these days, with the industry worth a crazy $74 billion, with the industry generating more incoming that Hollywood does making movies - if that's not big enough, I don't know what is!




13,000 tickets were sold to EB Games Expo 2011, this was even before the event had started! The only way to get in after that was to line up at the door and see if you could try your luck there. Tickets were available to Australian gamers months before the event itself, with general admission tickets purchased online setting you back $29.95. VIP experience tickets were available (limited to 400 per session) at $99.95. The VIP tickets gave you access to the "VIP-only" lines to try out games.


Which FPS was more popular? Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3? Well, if you guessed MW3, you were wrong. Activision's queue, while long (wrapping around their huge stand) was just no match for EA Games' queue for Battlefield 3. Another huge line was seen, which was for, of course, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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