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Microsoft Kinect Accelerator Program will offer startups money, Xbox Dev Kits

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Nov 22 2011 2:24 AM CST

Microsoft really wants to see what startups can do with their motion-based Kinect camera. Selling 8 million in 60 days wasn't enough, and Microsoft sees the future of gaming (and technology) as a huge part of Kinect. Microsoft is now preparing to help teach developers around the US what it takes to make the Kinect work for products on the Xbox or Windows PCs.

Microsoft Kinect Accelerator Program will offer startups money, Xbox Dev Kits | TweakTown.com

Microsoft is choosing ten different developer firms and individuals to come to Seattle for three months to learn the Kinect system inside-out. The ten people or startups will participate in what Microsoft call the "Kinect Accelerator program" and will work out of the Kinect Accelerator office.

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Rockstar announce Max Payne 3 Special Edition, includes 10-inch Max Payne Statue

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Nov 22 2011 12:54 AM CST

Rockstar have just released the first details of the Max Payne 3 Special Edition which will be made available on all three platforms including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The Special Edition is available for pre-order starting immediately and only available until January 15th, 2012 while supplies last.

Rockstar announce Max Payne 3 Special Edition, includes 10-inch Max Payne Statue | TweakTown.com

Max Payne 3 Special Edition will cost $99.99 and features digital multi-player character and weapon packs not found anywhere else. The Special Edition of Max Payne 3 includes:

A copy of Max Payne 3.

10" tall Collectible Max Payne Statue created in a collaboration between TriForce and Rockstar Games.

Series of game-inspired Original Still Life Art Prints that depict some of Max Payne's inner demons and vices.

Copper and brass-plated iron, bullet-shaped Bullet Keychain featuring a screw-off back.

Classic Multiplayer Character Pack of eight playable multiplayer characters for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, including fan favorites from the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2 like Max Payne from Max Payne 2, Mona Sax and Vladimir Lem.

Disorderly Conduct Multiplayer Weapons Pack for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer that includes the Hammerhead Auto Shotgun, G9 Grenade Launcher and Molotov cocktail.

Max Payne 3 Official Soundtrack featuring the game's instrumental score.

Continue reading: Rockstar announce Max Payne 3 Special Edition, includes 10-inch Max Payne Statue (full post)

DICE are close to releasing a patch for the PC version of Battlefield 3

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Nov 21 2011 8:23 PM CST

Whilst most people are enjoying Battlefield 3, there are some issues. Usually I hate issues on big AAA titles, but I forgive DICE for this. Battlefield 3 really pushes most boundaries of games these days, scale, graphics, audio, detail, etc. It's hard to release a game that looks this good, on consoles too, without some bugs.

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But, DICE are preparing a major PC patch full of tweaks and improvements. A post on the EA blog explains it a bit more:

So what's in the PC patch? You'll see improved polish, stability, weapons balancing, squad control functionality, user interface enhancements, and several feature enhancements that address feedback the community has provided to date - plus we're removing the so called "negative mouse acceleration" that some of you have experienced.

Continue reading: DICE are close to releasing a patch for the PC version of Battlefield 3 (full post)

Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer of Strike at Karkand

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Nov 20 2011 11:26 PM CST

I've been playing Battlefield 3 a few hours here and there and I just love it. It's an amazing achievement from DICE and the new DLC pack Back to Karkand is set to kick some serious ass. A new gameplay trailer is out and it looks like it's been done on PC this time.

In the video above, Strike at Karkand is shown off, with the streets recognizable from the fan-favorite Battlefield 2. If you pre-ordered Battlefield 3, you'll get Back to Karkand for free, if not, it will set you back $15. Back to Karkand DLC includes four maps, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula, Strike at Karkand and my personal favorite, Wake Island. New weapons, vehicles and special assignments are also featured.

Continue reading: Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer of Strike at Karkand (full post)

Nintendo builds real-life Mario Kart, has help from West Coast Customs

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Nov 20 2011 10:21 PM CST

Nintendo has a grand PR stunt for the launch of Mario Kart 7 which launches on December 4 on the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console; real-life replicas of the classic Mario Kart and Luigi Bumble V Kart. Yes, real-life replicas!

The replicas were built by West Coast Customs, who are known for their awesome work on the MTV series "Pimp My Ride." Mario's shiny red go-kart comes complete with its glider attachment for flying. Luigi's go-kart includes a cool rear propeller that's used for underwater navigation. In the below picture is Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America:

Nintendo builds real-life Mario Kart, has help from West Coast Customs 4 | TweakTown.com

The karts will sit on display at the LA Auto Show, November 18-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But, there's a really good thing coming from Gamespot here. A competition for the chance to take one of these bad-ass looking go-karts home! The competition is through GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program, where a PowerUp member must make a purchase or trade in a game at GameStop in the month of December.

Continue reading: Nintendo builds real-life Mario Kart, has help from West Coast Customs (full post)

GOG will eventually offer newer games, wants to combat against Steam

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Nov 17 2011 11:21 PM CST

Good Old Games (GOG) have been a great pillar in the PC community for offering those old games we used to absolutely love and adore, and selling them at a decent price with a no-fuss, DRM-free digital platform which is also set to get that much better.

GOG will eventually offer newer games, wants to combat against Steam | TweakTown.com

GOG managing director Guillaume Rambourg revealed at the CD Projekt Red Investor's Day conference in Poland today that their business plans for 2012 and 2013 were to include the addition of not-so-dated games. GOG's goal is to become the number two digital game dealer. Did you notice EA's Origin wasn't even thought of there?

Continue reading: GOG will eventually offer newer games, wants to combat against Steam (full post)

The PlayStation 3 turns five today, no cake smash pictures unfortunately

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Nov 17 2011 9:19 PM CST

Cake smashes at kids birthday parties look so awesome. My daughter turns one in March next year and we're going to have one. I'm so excited. Why didn't Sony do this with the 5-year anniversary of the PS3? A giant PS3 cake and have various devs and management smash it up. I need to work for their PR department, ha. This week is definitely the week of anniversaries and birthdays! First up we had the Xbox's 10-year anniversary, and Intel's 40-year anniversary of their first microprocessor, the Intel 4004. Today, Sony stands on the podium with the PlayStation 3 turning five today.

The PlayStation 3 turns five today, no cake smash pictures unfortunately | TweakTown.com

Five years since the PlayStation 3 launch. I still remember the pre-launch buzz, dual-HDMI, 1080p, this, that. Then it launched and people were selling PS3 consoles on eBay for ridiculous prices, or selling just the empty box and getting suckers to purchase it in the craze of the launch.

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RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to arrive in 2012, will pop its head up at CES

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Nov 16 2011 7:34 PM CST

I know, I know. I've posted a few rumors on the next-gen Xbox a few times now, but it seems there's just more news on it lately and especially today. Today's rumor is a bit more specific, though. Ubisoft Montreal are reportedly hard at work on 'target boxes' based on the intended specifications of the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft.

RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to arrive in 2012, will pop its head up at CES | TweakTown.com

Delivery of the first iteration of genuine devkits, running custom hardware, are expected to reach studios before Christmas, which is pointing to a finalized console arriving in late 2012. Ubisoft's teams are reportedly working on PCs containing off-the-shelf components provided by Microsoft, and several other major developers such as EA are also in possession of these target boxes.

AMD is rumored to be providing Microsoft with the GPU goodness inside of the new consoles (and their target boxes).

Continue reading: RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to arrive in 2012, will pop its head up at CES (full post)

Frostbite 2.0-powered NFS: The Run is locked at 30fps

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Nov 16 2011 4:46 AM CST

Another console game, port, rape of series has happened in front of our eyes. From Electronic Arts' and Black Box, we have Need for Speed: The Run. NFS: The Run is powered by Battlefield 3's gorgeous, pant-swellingly beautiful, make-you-call-out-mom-in-your-dreams amazing graphics engine, Frostbite 2.0.

Frostbite 2.0-powered NFS: The Run is locked at 30fps | TweakTown.com

Even though the game is powered by that amazing engine, the game is locked to 30fps. What? Am I joking? No. The Run is locked to just 30fps. Now, this may work for other titles, but for a game capable of oh-so-much more on the PC, it's still locked. Locked frame rates on consoles can work, but what if you've just dumped your hard earned cash on a new X79-based system with Quad SLI GeForce GTX 580's?

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Microsoft's Xbox celebrates its 10-year anniversary today

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Nov 16 2011 3:37 AM CST

Wow. It was 10 years ago today that Microsoft unleashed the Xbox onto the gaming world. 100,000 units were shipped to retailers in the first week after its launch, and 1.5 million were sold before the end of 2001. This made the Xbox the best-selling video game console launch on record, and quite the achievement [unlocked?] for Microsoft. The picture below shows Edward Glucksman, where Bill Gates hands over the very first Xbox video game system to him.

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10 years later, Microsoft have quite the collection of additions to the Xbox brand such as the current Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Kinect for 360. Xbox LIVE boasts 35 million members worldwide who spend 2.1 billion hours per month on the service. Kinect for 360 set a Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling consumer electronic device, selling 8 million in just 60 days.

I still personally remember the original Xbox, Halo looked stunning. Absolutely stunning. Project Gotham Racing saw me pouring unlimited amounts of hours into it. Since then, Microsoft seem to have concentrated more on their Xbox products than PC, which is disappointing for PC owners, but great for console gamers. Let's hope we don't have to wait 3 - 4 more years for another Xbox, launch one next year, Microsoft. We all need the push for games.

Continue reading: Microsoft's Xbox celebrates its 10-year anniversary today (full post)

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