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Atari greatest hits out for iOS, includes Missile Command, John Connor spotted playing it before the T1000 chased him into oblivion

Atari announced earlier this week that they'd be launching Atari's Greatest Hits, which is a collection of 18 arcade classics and 82 Atari 2600 console games for iOS-based devices. The app is free and includes the original 70's classic, Pong with the other 99 games available through an in-app purchase.

 

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The app runs on iPhones, iPod touches and iPads - the app is the first to support the iCade mini iPad arcade cabinet which is set to launch this June. The game includes access to arcade classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Missile Command, Crystal Castles, and Tempest. Also, users will have access to a selection of Atari 2600 titles like Combat, Adventure, Night Driver, Star Raiders, Outlaw, all the Real Sports titles, and Yars Revenge.

 

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FIFA 11 Ultimate Team Raises $500,000 For Japan Quake Relief

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If readers recall, we posted numerous different methods for gamers and techies to help out in the relief effort following the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami tragedy of March.

 

Electronic Arts proudly announced today on their blog that their
FIFA Ultimate Team Relief Effort
raised half a million dollars for the victims and survivors in Japan.

 

This is no small feat, considering the effort initiative only lasted 24 hours. (Virtual) Football (re: American Soccer) Players around the world united and bought lots of collectible player packs. I would be critical of the means used to mount this campaign if I weren't so damn proud.

 

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Minecraft Exceeds $33 Million In Paid Downloads

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According to a Reddit response that he posted earlier today, the indie game sensation that Markus Persson created is making him a boatload of money. This is not entirely surprising, as Minecraft won numerous awards at the GDC earlier this year and has met, in general, raving reviews from developers and gamers alike.

 

Much to Persson's surprise (pleasantly, I imagine), the game has reached around 1.8 million downloads altogether, tabulating purchases of both the beta version that was available for 15 euros, and the version out now which comes in at 10 euros. In the Reddit post, he responded:

 

It all ends up in an account somewhere, and I try not to look at it. I get a normal salary these days for day to day stuff, but there's a big pile somewhere. The game sold about 800,000 copies at 9.95 euro and then so far 1 million more at 14.95 euro. Paypal takes a cut, there are taxes, and such, but it's still a huge wad of money.

Yes Markus, yes it is. Congratulations on your success so far, and keep up the good work.

 

Capcom Celebrates 15 Years of Resident Evil With More Evil

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Hats off to Capcom for designing a game that would become a decade-plus franchise. I can still remember renting (back when there were places to rent games) the first title for my original PlayStation, only to have it scare the hell out of me. Looking back now, the graphics may seem laughable- but nostalgia is always more powerful than its actual referent.

 

Resident Evil has managed to spawn 5 films, 7 novels, numerous titles with 5 of them coming up in the near future. It's popular enough to have two (count 'em) playable characters in Capcom's most heralded fighting game.

 

There are longer running franchises, like everyone's favorite plumber duo- but God help them if they make another movie. Not that the Resident Evil movies have been that stellar, but they do have Milla Jovovich in them.

 

 

Ball Pit for iPhone 4: When Asteroids & Childhood Combine

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Remember ASteroids? Like, for Atari? How quickly things would devolve once you had blasted a few of the big ones and you were spinning wildly out of control? Imagine that in 3D environment, but with giant bouncing bright-hued balls reminiscent of grade school gym class. That's Terry Weissman's Ball Pit, available now, for free, for iPhone 4.

 

So 3D Asteroids for iPhone you say? "Eh", you say? This is not a platform game- you can actually move within the environment by moving in real life. If you take a few steps back, you'll move backwards in real time within the game. You're in a giant doorless and windowless room with a bunch of bouncy balls. And a bouncy ball gun. Stuff is going to bounce off the walls "behind" you and to the sides, so you're going to be aiming your iPhone 4 in various directions at a very rapid pace. I just played the game for about 10 minutes before falling over a chair, a table, and at least one person.

 

This app treads the line between Augmented and Virtual Reality, but I'll call it a win for AR because you can interact with the environment using your own. AR needs as many wins as it can get lately anyway.

 

Ball Pit also impressively demonstrates the iPhone's inner gyroscope, but more importantly answers the question of whether you, yourself, have one that is reliable.

 

Mine's so-so.

 

Not a game for the bus or the streets, kiddies.

 

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Max Payne 3 details, includes fat and balding Max, bullet-time and will most likely be a console port for PC gamers

Max Payne 3 information is finally being released, with some snippets of information now available. Max Payne is now residing in São Paulo, Brazil - balding, hairy and fat. Max has retired from the police department and is now working for politicians and property moguls.

 

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It's reported that Max Payne 3 will feature flashbacks to bridge the gap from the last two Max Payne games. Painkillers are still Max's requirement for health, but the comic book frames are not being featured, in their plac will be "an animated collage of action footage" - but Rockstar still maintains there will be a comic book approach.

 

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Battlefield 3 to be released on November 2? Severe blood rush to specific organs expected that day

Has EA's Download Manager slipped Battlefield 3's release date? If so, it looks as thought the upcoming Frostbite 2-powered first person shooter will be released on November 2nd, one week before the next Call of Duty.

 

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Although I think the next Call of Duty will be the end of the raping Activision has done to the franchise, Battlefield 3 will most likely be the FPS of 2011. The various trailers and teasers over the last month have caused quite the stir in the community and now that we have a possible release date, everyone has something to look forward to!

 

Super Mario Bros. x4 Beat SImultaneously

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Youtube user agwawaf has succeeded in "beating" Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 AND Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels at the same damn time.

 

How is this possible? agwawaf's run-through(s) is tool assisted, meaning that he used 4 different emulators running simultaneously to play all four games with only one device, be it a keyboard or controller. The emulator(s) allowed him to slow down the gameplay to frame-by-frame and/or rewind the action of all or each game individually, thus preventing little Mario from meeting any fateful demise, regardless of which game.

 

What you're watching is essentially 4 NES games being played to completion with the same list of commands. Pretty impressive, but be warned that this thing wreaks havoc on one's ADD. I think I started frothing from the mouth around minute 5.

 

Basically, agwawaf clearly had way too much time on his hands and this task would have been impossible to duplicate without emulators, macros, and other tools. But there's nothing wrong with absorbing 13 minutes of pure nostalgia. On crack.

 

 

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Sega Spiral Knights Launches On Everything, Everywhere

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Sega announced today on their blog that Spiral Knights is finally available for free download and play on pretty much everything, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux (Yay!- Linux users got something to play besides Super Tux!) The game was developed by San Francisco-based Three Rings of Puzzle Pirates fame, and features impressive visuals as well as immediate accessibility. Whether you're a longtime MMORPG gamer or just new to internet gaming altogether, you'll still very much enjoy Spiral Knights.

 

I briefly took it out for a spin (download was fast, 2-3 min) to check out the visuals and familiarize myself with the gameplay.

 

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Definitely going to revisit this one in the wee hours of the evening.

 

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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Full of Bugs In A Good Way

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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be available for the PS3 for the first time July 5th of this year. Hopefully you're not squeamish at all around bugs, especially gruesomely detailed ones rendered as large as your television- otherwise this might be one to skip.
Vicious Cycles released screenshots of the upcoming game introducing six very ugly giant insect classes: Wolf Spider, Tick (ew), Black Ant, Wasp, Daddy Long Legs, Bomber Spider, and Mantis. Despite what campy horror movies and the Japanese would have us believe, science and physics preclude building-sized insects from existing- but some of these screen shots made me shudder in revulsion, especially the ticks:

 

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Evidently they try to run at you so they can explode all over you with corrosive acid. Ew ew. EDF: Insect Armageddon boasts the chance to destroy swarms of alien insect creature and classy arcade-style action, with online multiplayer available too! Even if you're an arachnophobe, here's your chance to get back at those creatures that have been tormenting you for years.

 

EDF in 3 different titles enjoyed a fair amount of success in Japan, but will now be available in non-import form in a brand-new title for America, and more importantly, PlayStation.

 

The game will be available for the PS3 for the surprisingly not-wallet-busting price of 39.95. Thanks, Vicious...

 

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