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IGN Provides Rift Statistics 28 Days Later

Are we still saying things are "28 days later"? Is that even a topical reference anymore?

 

Regardless, IGN's Brian Altano, Arthur Gies and Nick Kolan put together a nifty info-graphic to explain some stuff about what over 1,000,000 users have been up to in the land of Telara since Rift's launch 28 days ago. Whether it's dealing more damage than healing, looting 44 billion total in coins, or just collecting over 9 million souls, Rift users have been making the most out of the first MMORG in a long time that has had the balls to compete with World of Warcraft. If you're not convinced, see their advertising tagline:

 

We're not in Azeroth anymore.

 

Booyah.

 

 

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Microsoft's "updated Xbox 360 disc format" to add one extra GB to discs?

A new disc format is being beta tested by Microsoft in a new dashboard upgrade that is set to increase the storage of an Xbox 360 game disc by 1GB. Currently the maximum available space allocated to game data on the current disc format is 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual-layer DVD , iwth over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors.

 

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Beta testers of the new dashboard upgrade get a free copy of Halo: Reach once they are accepted into the new preview programme. This is most likely not just a free gift, but the disc probably uses the new format.

 

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Valve: "We're not done with Gordon Freeman", possible Half Life teaser in Portal 2?

Valve have been very quiet about any future Half Life titles, with Half Life 2: Episode 3 eventually coming out or possibly skipping it and going directly to Half Life 3. But, Valve Software's Doug Lambardi has said that the team at Valve are not done with the Half Life world or Gordon Freeman.

 

You will ever see it, yes. We are not done with Gordon Freeman's adventures. I have nothing other than that to tell you today, but hang in there with us.

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There we have it, confirmation from Valve that there is something to look forward to with the Half Life series - when we get it will be the biggest question. I personally think Valve are working on Source 2.0 and will unveil this with Half Life 3.

 

Max Payne 3 images released, "he's coming"

Rockstar have just listed the lid on some Max Payne 3 images... they're not in-game shots but at least it's something. The first shot shows Max as though he's running along near a window and shooting his pistol with the second shot being a glamor shot with guns akimbo.

 

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Whatever the hell these shots mean, I can't wait - as a huge fan of the original titles, I'm thoroughly excited for this one. Looking forward to getting my slow-mo on!

 

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Super Mega Worm Eats People, Tanks, Your Free Time

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Super Mega Worm is as fun as it sounds. Download it here for FREE, but it's only for a limited time!

 

The game is a retro-style side scrolling free-for-all. There's only one level, but the difficulty gradually escalates as your Snake-style worm grows and grows with each passing accomplishment. After just a short time of playing, you'll have a 14-segment monstrosity that can eat, crush, EMP or otherwise destroy rednecks, tanks, helicopters, jumbo jetliners, women with children, cheating husbands, and a veritable kindgom of critters.

 

Warning: this will eat your time as much your worm eats everything.

 

Brought to you by the fine people at Deceased Pixel.

 

Angry Birds Gets Political Satire Treatment

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YouTube user egorzhun has re-imagined Rovio's popular mobile game Angry Birds as a political farce, touching on recent geo-political events as lightly as a Bomb Bird on a concrete wall.

 

The short video uses audio from the famous Disney short, "The Three Little Pigs"- and features similarities to the nostalgically poor-quality cartoons of "back in the day."

 

The story features satirical representations of Tunisian Ex-President Ben Ali, the now deposed "President" Mubarak of Egypt, and everyone's favorite dictator to lampoon, Omar Gaddafi of Libya- all of whose houses get destroyed by reduplicating (re: retweeting) Twitter birds (and a couple of other familiar faces as well). If you wanted to catch up on either Angry Birds or the state of affairs in the Middle East, well...you're probably out of luck. But if you're in the slightest familiar with either of them, you'll probably enjoy the clip.

 

 

This is not the first time that someone has creatively framed Angry Birds in a political context- the clip below contextualizes the swine vs. fowl struggle suspiciously similar to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Very amusing. And NFSW (language).

 

 

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Battlefield 3 Fault Line Gameplay Trailer Episode III - Get that Wire Cut!

The latest gameplay video for Battlefield 3 is out for everyone to lose a pair of underwear over, this one is named "Get that Wire Cut!" and is explained with some text from DICE/EA as:

 

 

"Get that Wire Cut!" refers to the fact that Sgt. Black in this episode needs to disarm a bomb. Episode III starts with Sgt. Black crawling through a ventilation shaft, melee fighting an enemy in a basement, disarming a bomb, then exiting onto the streets for a massive shootout with multiple enemies and supporting friendly troops.

AMD want Fusion in next-gen consoles

This is actually good, just after my editorial are consoles holding back gaming tech, we have AMD saying Fusion would be great in consoles. I see this as a double-edged sword.

 

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Consoles with 10 year life cycles just cannot sustain a single GPU/CPU combo. If the APU selected for a next-gen console is shipped with lets say 40-percent of its performance unlocked and future firmware/updates to the console unlock more and more power, it would allow a much better life cycle to games.

 

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City announced

Capcom confirmed yesterday that they will ship the new Resident Evil title, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City this Winter. The game will ship on all three major platforms, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

 

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Operation Raccoon City is being developed by Vancouver-based Slant Six Games, Capcom have said that the new Resident Evil title will take the series in a "completely new direction" and is set to offer a style of gameplay "yet to be seen from the franchise". Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will be a third-person, squad-based shooter set in the year 1998, during the events of the Resident Evil 2 and 3 titles.

 

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"Color" Commentary: $41 Million, Angry Reviews

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The internet is very, very angry.

 

An media sharing application named Color that just received $41 million in funding is pissing everybody off. Color promises the user the ability to share photos and videos with everyone in the general area. The caveat is that everyone has to also be using Color, one of the many sources of complaints on the user reviews on the App Store. Users are also very unhappy about the user interface, which they claim is very counter-intuitive and does not have any sort of tutorial explaining its various functions.

 

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