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2010/01/30

Video Game Deals on Amazon

Quite a few good deals on Amazon lately, especially on the PC. Check out Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War, the GOTY edition, as well as the Winter Assault Expansion.

PC

Depths Of Peril - $11.99 - Save $18.70
Tom Clancy's EndWar [Game Download] - $19.99 - Save $10.00
Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Game of the Year - $2.97 - Save $17.90
Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa - $5.50 - Save $14.00
Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Winter Assault Expansion Pack - $2.63 - Save $17.00

PS2

Battle Engine Aquila - $23.38 - Save $13.61
Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action - $9.15 - Save $9.00
Dance Dance Revolution X with Dance Mat - $19.52 - Save $8.00

PS3

Backbreaker - $49.99 - Save $10.00

360

Backbreaker - $49.99 - Save $10.00
World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions 2007 Edition - $21.33 - Save $8.66

PSP

Worms Open Warfare - $10.94 - Save $9.13
Samurai Warriors State of War - $13.94 - Save $9.47

DS

FIFA Street 2 - $21.33 - Save $8.16

Wii

Flip's Twisted World - $32.98 - Save $7.01

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Metro 2033 Release Date Confirmed, Limited Edition, No Pre-release Demo

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This is one of the games I’m looking forward to most in Q1 2010. On Metro 2033’s twitter account, it was revealed that the game would be released in the US on the 16th of March, the Oz version on the 18th, and the European version on the 19th.

I noticed something about March 16th. In addition to the whole of Q1 being crowded, March 16th also marks the date that the PC version of Assassin’s Creed II will be released, as well as God of War III.

There will also be a limited edition version of the game, which will include the automatic shotgun as an added weapon and as well as four art cards. but the bad news in all this is that there won’t be a demo for this title. But it looks as though it’s going to be good enough for your money anyhow, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

And they’ve also confirmed among other things on their twitter account that there is no multiplayer in Metro 2033.

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Source: Metro 2033 on Twitter


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NAG’s Cast Your Vote for Another DVD Vote

NAG Magazine is at a crossroads.

The important announcement hinted at on the NAG forums recently was in the middle (well, nearly) of the magazine with “Important Vote” printed in big bold letters on a yellow spread (as in two pages, not Melrose, numb nuts).

For a long time, people have been complaining about the fact that the cover DVD just doesn’t feature all the stuff that we want on there. Instead, all we get is a whole bunch of trailers, and some demos. But as NAG explains, the stuff  on there is all ready taking up a lot of space as it is. We all seem to forget (including me, perhaps) that game demos are gigabytes in size nowadays, and game trailers, particularly HD versions, are hundreds of megabytes. They don’t put YouTube quality stuff on the cover DVD for the most part, bless them.

Anyhow, this is what NAG had to say on the matter, if you haven’t picked up the February issue yet (available as of Thursday, the 28th).

Look, NAG is currently at about R42,00 per issue, and that includes the NAG cover DVD, which is 9 GB of stuff (usually trailers for the most part, but also some demos, drivers, patches, and stuff). So add R10 and it goes up to R52,00 per issue, but you get two cover DVDs with 18 GB of stuff. Probably one will have all the usual stuff, and the other will have all the awesome stuff, or maybe there will be some sort of order.

Remember when NAG was R18, and it came with one cover CD with about 750 MB of stuff? And then it went up to R24, and eventually it featured two cover CDs, and then along came the DVD, which was a regular DVD (4.7 GB), before being boosted up to a 9 GB dual layer or double layer. So it only makes sense that two DVDs is the next step, and eventually one day, it’ll probably be a Blu-ray disc.

So, come on: vote Yes and send it to 32541 and let’s get the bloody Dark Mod on one of the next two Cover DVDs. Or if you don’t want that, then let’s put something equally as big on one of them.

I mean, if you think about it, R52 is easier to shell out. R42 is two twenties or four tens and R2, where as R52 is just one note and R2. Okay, that was lame, but think about it. People often have fifties, and some small change, whereas if you ask them for smaller note denominations than that they start panicking, and ask if you have change for a fifty. It might even be better if they rounded it off and made it R50, but anyway…

Oh, and when you vote (I voted Yes, naturally), you get a little message in return:

“Thank you for voting, thereby helping us bring you the NAG you want!”

You’re welcome. Thank you.

By the way, in addition to voting, there’s a forum thread over at NAG’s website where you can discuss not only the February issue, but also there’s a poll where you can vote on the issue at hand: whether to have an extra DVD or not.

So, look, if you buy the magazine, or if you read it, even at the doctor’s office, just vote. I know how a lot of people don’t vote in the elections, but unlike that, this actually matters.


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Important Vote from NAG February 2010 Edition: Two Cover DVDs, or Not?

The below was part of another post, but I decided to feature it on it’s own seeing as it would have made the other post too big. Read this, and then move on the my original post. This was just copied from the February 2010 issue of NAG magazine.

“With game demos, patches, videos, DLC, toolsets, syndicated television shows, and modifications getting bigger each month, we’re always removing files we would have otherwise loved to see on the NAG DVD. So the situation is as flollows:

You get to vote for one of the two options:

Vote Yes. We increase the price of NAG by R10 and add a second DVD; or

Vote No. We don’t change anything.

Some Clarification:

  • The R10 is split down the middle with half of it going to our magazine-distribution company (yes, we know, the world isn’t fair) and the other half actually paying for the production of the DVD, the plastic sleeve, the paper insert, and finally the inserting of it into the plastic bag with NAG magazine.
  • We will run requests on the NAG website and via e-mail to ensure that we put what you want on the extra space.
  • We are looking for a very strong indication of what everyone wants, so each and every vote counts and is very important to us. Make sure you have your say…Please ask to borrow a parent’s cellphone if necessary.
  • The SMS price is the cheapest we’re allowed to have, and all SMS proceeds will go to charity (kids, animals, or the environment)

Further motivation:

When we had all the various files collected and collated and collaborated and convened for this month’s DVD, the total was somewhere over 21 GB. We then removed all the rubbish, unknown garbage, and ridiculous Japanese game trailers, and were left with 18 GB of decent content. This isn’t even counting all the various game modifications (too many too list), maps (a nice Left 4 Dead map based on a Zombie movie, at 1 GB), user-created videos (we had about six), large movie trailers like Iron Man 2 and Clash of the Titans, artwork and screenshots from making up this issue of NAG, and so on and so forth. Each issue we’re always reducing, removing, and limiting.

Vote Yes. We increase the price of NAG by R10 and add a second DVD; or

Vote No. We don’t change anything.

SMS Yes or No to 32541

SMSes charged at R1 each. Voting line closes on 24 February 2010.”


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2010/01/29

Aliens vs. Predator to be a Steamworks Title

avp (2) I dreaded this as soon as I read it, because remember the outcry when it came to Modern Warfare 2? The game in addition to the retail versions, will also be sold on Steam, but it doesn’t stop there. Like other Steamworks titles, the game’s achievements and saved games will all be stored online.

And just like with Modern Warfare 2, Direct2Drive, Impulse, and GamersGate, the main competitors of Steam in the digital distribution game, are not selling the game. They boycotted MW 2 mainly because of its use of Steamworks, which they claim is a further attempt to monopolize the digital download industry.

This explains why I haven’t seen it in D2D’s product line when doing searches. All that crops up is result after result on Aliens vs. Predator comics, which some may find cool, anyway.

Oh, by the way, another title by the name of Napoleon: Total War… yeah, that’s a Steamworks title too, right there.

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GamePro to get Exclusive on new Medal of Honor

Medal_of_Honor_2010_cover Medal of Honor, the reboot of the legendary series, is going to appear in a lucky magazine next month, and that magazine is GamePro. The issue will hit stands on the 2nd of February. GamePro got a tour of the studio at EALA. They even got to meet some real Tier One Operators, partly the inspiration behind the game.

Obviously I don’t buy the magazine, but surely the details of the ten page preview of the game will hit the net sooner rather than later.

Medal of Honor should hit sometime this year if not next year, and will take place in Afghanistan, with the player taking on the role of one of these Tier One Operators.

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Source: medalofhonor.com


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2010/01/28

Video Game Deals on Amazon

No PC deals this time, but quite a few good console games on specials. The recently released Dark Void has all ready gotten a price knock of more than $8 for both Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

G.I. JOE: TROC has a deal where you can save more than 50% on it for the PSP, and for the Wii, there’s a massive saving of $20 on Endless Ocean: Blue World.

Anyway, have a look, and the links will take you to each game’s detail page at Amazon.

PS2

G-Force - $19.96 - Save $5.01

PS3

Naughty Bear - $52.98 - Save $7.01
Dark Void - $46.77 - Save $8.19
Resident Evil 5 - $29.47 - Save $5.52

360

MotoGP 08 - $19.99 - Save $9.50
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $13.71 - Save $6.30
Dark Void - $46.77 - Save $8.19
Xbox 360 12 Month Live Gold Card - $34.99 - Save $5.00

PSP

G.I. JOE: The Rise of the Cobra - $13.99 - Save $15.23

DS

Scooby Doo! First Frights - $19.99 - Save $7.00

Wii

Endless Ocean: Blue World - $29.82 - Save $20.17
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $27.99 - Save $9.00
Where the Wild Things Are: The Videogame - $19.96 - Save $7.68

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Medal of Honor: Two Developers, Two Engines

So we’ve all known for some time that Medal of Honor will be essentially two different games. The singleplayer will be handled by EALA (EA Los Angeles), and the multiplayer will be done by DICE, the traditional Battlefield guys.

But it’s now been revealed that the two separate parts of the game will use different engines. The singleplayer will use the Unreal Engine 3, and the multiplayer will use the Frostbite engine, also used in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. You could argue that this is due to familiarity, but keep in mind that Mirror’s Edge, developed by DICE, used Unreal Engine 3.

Okay, so some say it stole the idea of taking place in the Middle East from Modern Warfare, but this may be the game that Modern Warfare 2 should have been. It’s either this, or Bad Company 2. One of them has to be. Unless the new Call of Duty makes its presence known this year, and it probably will, as history dictates.

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Source: That Videogame Blog - Big Download


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Game Maker 8 Available for Download

GM Not that I really dabble in this sort of thing anymore, but I was reading recently that the latest version of this little program is now up for download.

The last version I toyed with was version 6, 6.1, or something years ago while I was studying a course at college. I wasn’t very good with it. It’s okay for small, scrolling based games, but I actually preferred working in AGS (Adventure Game Studio). This program is great for making those classic point and click style games, and even a basic RPG if you know how.

Here’s the blurb from the site that explains what it’s all about, better than I could.

“Do you want to develop computer games without spending countless hours learning how to become a programmer?

Game Maker allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code. Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions, you can create professional looking games within very little time. You can make games with:

* Backgrounds, Sprites and Images
* Animated Graphics
* Basic sound functions, Special effects, 3D music, CD music
* Even 3d games!

And when you've become more experienced, there is a built-in programming language which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with Game Maker.

The Lite Edition is meant for those taking their first steps on the path of developing games. It can be used for free but is limited in its functionality. When you are using Game Maker regularly you are strongly recommended to upgrade it to the Pro Edition for $25.”

Along with this, I was checking out some of the website, and there’s a new Game Maker competition just starting.

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Game Maker 8 available for download

http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/


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Assassin’s Creed II Releasing Earlier in Europe

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Assassin’s Creed II will be released on the PC on March 16th, 2010 – in the US. That much I know, but Eurogamer recently learned that the title will arrive on PCs in Europe on March 5th. Nearly a whole two weeks earlier. Quite fitting, seeing as the game is set in Europe (Italy).

No? I thought it was pretty clever…

I don’t know about down here in SA, when we can expect to see it in stores, but I’m hoping that we go along with the European date, obviously.

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Source: Eurogamer


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2010/01/27

Dark Void Soundtrack Coming on 9th of February

Dark Void may have been a game that received mixed reviews, but the soundtrack is coming soon, on the 9th of next month. The music is composed by Bear McCreary (reminds me Bear Grylls, but it’s not), and it was the first game that he ever scored, according to Bear himself. Bear goes into detail about the OST on his blog.

I've tried to find a tracklist, but all I know is it’s about 80 minutes long in total, and includes a bonus track, “Theme from Dark Void”.

You can pick it up at Amazon.

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Source: Big Download


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Crysis 2 to Come out in Late 2010 or Early 2011

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Crysis 2 has been known about for some time, but since it made an appearance PlayStation: The Official Magazine recently, there’s been a lot of fanfare. We now know that the game will take place in an urban environment, namely New York City.

But the release date has been leaked for the game, and it suggests that it will be released in late 2010 or early 2011. Not too long ago they were saying “between April 1 2010, and March 31, 2011”.

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Source: That Videogame Blog


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February 2010 Issue of SA’s NAG Magazine out Tomorrow

The latest issue of NAG magazine, the February 2010 edition, is out tomorrow. So, for those of you who waited until the 7th of January to pick up the last issue, you only had three weeks to wait instead of four.

It looks like things are back to normal now that Christmas and New Year’s is officially over. Hooray.
Remember when NAG used to say: if you get the magazine on Friday, it’s a sure thing; if you get it on Thursday, then it’s common; if you get it on Wednesday, it’s uncommon; if you get it on Tuesday, it’s rare. And finally, if you get it on Monday, you’re a damned liar!

Actually it was supposed to be that it’s impossible, but anyway.

Nowadays, we’ve all figured out that it’s the last Thursday of every month, so I don’t waste time looking for it any earlier than that. So, in this case, the NAG should be in your local newsagent on the 28th (tomorrow).
They’re calling this one the “Sand Issue”, because it has features on Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Spec Ops: The Line, and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Reviews are on the Fiona Coyne lookalike, Bayonetta, Saboteur, Avatar, and the dismal Rogue Warrior.

I had a look at the forums where they’re discussing the issue, and one guy hit the nail on the head. He said that NAG has too many trailers and such on the cover DVD, and the moderator over there said:
“Seriously though, check out the mag, there's a very important spread in there that will change this type of complaint for a long time. Read it carefully.”
Oops. I remember no too long ago, I kind of had the same complaint, but that was only because we all wanted the Dark Mod on one of the next DVDs. I get to watch most of the cooler trailers on The Verge, because I have DSTV.
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NAG February 2010 issue
[NAG Magazine] February 2010 Issue [Forums]
Contents Page of February Issue [PDF]
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Limited Edition for Preorder

At the moment, places like Direct2Drive and Steam, among others, are taking preorders for the Bad Company 2, which will be released on the 2nd of March, 2010. And preordering gives you access to the multiplayer beta test which supposedly starts… today. And you’ll also get the added unlocks like weapons and such.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Limited Edition at Direct2Drive

You can also pick up the limited edition of BC 2 at Amazon, and it looks like it’s for all platforms, namely PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

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2010/01/26

Keen Dreams: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

The Keen Dreams series is all about video games in dreams. 

The other night I had one massive dream based on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of games (probably because Call of Pripyat is due out soon, for the US and other countries, and I want it badly).

So, this is how it went. I was sitting around a campfire along with some other stalkers, most of whom looked like regular people, sans kerchiefs and guns. They were more civilian in appearance and included women.

We got around to talking about my grandfather, Strelok, and how once he and his group (which included Ghost and Fang, and another name that I don’t recall hearing about before: Moronin) possessed a sled of sorts, except it was on wheels (more like a skateboard), which allowed a person to move around the Zone in a manner besides walking or running. I had a similar sort of craft, and I had arrived on it before meeting up with the others, but it just wasn’t the same.

So the story continued. I went in to detail about how there had been a massive explosion somewhere in the Zone and how Strelok had supposedly died atop a hill or mountain.

We set off to try and find the remains of Strelok, and find clues as to where the craft was kept; the vehicle which would allow speedy transport across the Zone’s vast landscape.

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We got to the point where the explosion was said to have taken place, and where Strelok’s body, or what was left of it, most likely was. However, one of the group called me over and pointed to a collection of objects lying by a rock. These included the skull of what we thought must have been Strelok’s. And so we realized that he must have survived the explosion, made it down to the ground below, and possibly died later on, maybe due to his wounds.

It was then, that two rival groups pitched up, led by a stalker who looked a hell of a lot like Joseph Stalin. And they were also after what we had come for, and so we all ended up in a massive firefight, as we fell back, covering one another as the bullets flew all around us.

I peaked out from behind a structure at one point and opened fire on someone running towards us, killing him instantly. It was then I realized that he was one of us. I’d accidentally shot a friendly. I hit the quick load button.

We were back at the beginning, before discovering the objects and Strelok’s skull. We went through the same scene of events, but this time, instead of opening fire on anybody, I grabbed the remains and trinkets and stashed them on my person while running for a boat in a river nearby. We all got in and started down the river.

That river must have been the river Styx or something, straight out of Greek mythology, because next thing I knew, it seemed as though I was in hell. There were flames all around, and stalkers, possibly zombified stalkers, and other creatures surrounded me, waiting at every corner, as I tried to find my way out of that place, all the while, cutting them all down with a hail of bullets from my assault rifle, lining up the shots, trying to execute them all with well-placed head shots…

And that was all a dream. I know. It sucks to end right there doesn’t it? That was one detailed dream I had, and they’re the best ones.


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Video Game Deals at Amazon: Band Hero, Where the Wild Things Are: The Videogame, The Beatles: Rock Band

There’ve been quite a few good deals on games popping up lately. This issue of VGDs brings you deals on Band Hero and The Beatles: Rock Band for consoles. Mini Ninjas is there too on multiple platforms. And just for fun, Max Payne 3, coming out later this year has dropped a little in price. I know, right?

There’s quite a few good deals here, so check them out.

PC

Mini Ninjas - $19.99 - Save $6.00

PS2

Band Hero Super Bundle - $129.99 - Save $13.50

PS3

Where the Wild Things Are: The Videogame - $19.96 - Save $16.69
The Beatles: Rock Band - Software Only - $39.99 - Save $9.50
Max Payne 3 - $56.99 - Save $3.00

360

Where the Wild Things Are: The Videogame - $19.99 - Save $17.54
The Beatles: Rock Band - Software Only - $36.99 - Save $12.50
Score International: BAJA 1000 - $11.12 - Save $8.48
Mini Ninjas - $39.99 - Save $7.00

PSP

Dirt 2 - $19.99 - Save $7.44

DS

LEGO: Battles - $19.96 - Save $8.00
Touchmaster 3 - $19.99 - Save $7.26
Overlord: Minions - $9.99 - Save $4.21

Wii

Astro Boy: The Video Game - $19.96 - Save $17.03
Overlord: Dark Legends - $19.99 - Save $7.50
Mini Ninjas - $19.99 - Save $5.00

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Assassin’s Creed II PC Details: Release Date, System Specifications, DLC Inclusive

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I don’t know why everyone’s making a fuss of this “new” release date for Assassin’s Creed II. The official word is that it’s March 16th, 2010. But I’ve known that for some time now, at least unofficially, and so have you, probably. If you didn’t, now you do.

Another interesting thing about the PC version of AC2 is that the DLC packs, “Battle of Forli” and “Bonfire of the Vanities”, which were cut out of the game and are being sold to console owners (which is low, low, low, as I’ve said before) are going to be included in the PC release! Just as I predicted, and it’s the right thing to do. So PC owners don’t have to pay for the DLC packs. They come included, just so you know.

The game will be sold as a retail and digital download version. The digital version’s price is quite steep, at $59.99. Also available for digital download only is the Black Edition, which is a few dollars extra. There’s supposedly no word on what’s included in the pack, but I have a feeling that because I’ve seen some mention of this Black Edition before, that it may well give you additional clothes for Ezio to play dress up in. I’m not sure, I just think it is.

As for the System Specifications:

Minimum Requirements:

OS: Windows XP (32-64 bits) /Windows Vista (32-64 bits)/Windows 7 (32-64 bits)Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
Memory: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista - Windows 7
Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 –compliant sound card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller

Recommended:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better
Sound: 5.1 sound card
Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

ATI RADEON X1950, HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series
NVIDIA GeForce 7/8/9/100/200 series

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TrailerBlazer: Aliens vs. Predator Heritage Trailer

Aliens vs. Predator: Heritage

On The Verge recently, they showed an Aliens vs. Predator dev diary of sorts which showed a lot of in-game footage. But not only was it in-game footage of the latest game by Rebellion, but there was also plenty of footage from 1999’s AvP, which some call “Aliens vs. Predator Classic” or “AvP Classic 2000” (this refers more to the Gold edition).

It was great seeing some of this, because at the time, more than ten years ago, it was considered to be cutting edge stuff, in graphics too. I once read that AvP could be compared to the id Tech 2, or Quake II, engine. I mean, the game featured beheading and dissection of enemies, and stuff, even before Soldier of Fortune came along and made it popular.

But seeing what the new AvP is like (what should we call this? AvP 2010?), graphics, technology, and gameplay wise, it looks as though it’s going to be a worthy addition to this popular series. Even though some say it’s been in development for just over two years, the one guy in the film claims that it was basically coming together, at least in their heads, since the last game (AvP Classic 2000).

By the way, I was reading the other day, that you can get AvP Classic or 2000 or AvP Classic 2000 (you get the idea) from Steam, the digital distribution kings. And it has widescreen support too. So, if you’ve tried getting the game to work on modern systems without much luck (I once read that nVidia was trying to sort out the problem with drivers), then this version should work on XP, Vista, and Windows 7.


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2010/01/25

Resurgence in Rickets in the U.K.: Games Blamed

I read this the other day and even talked about it to someone.

It’s been found that rickets, a disease chiefly caused by lack of Vitamin D, is making a comeback in the United Kingdom (England and other places for those of you who don’t know). It’s become increasingly common, and rickets was thought to have all but died out years ago.

Among the things that people do that can lead to rickets is lack of exercise, not getting out in the sun enough, and poor diet. And this can cause bow legs, cancer, and even diabetes.

Sitting inside all the time playing games and watching TV, surfing the internet. These are the things that doctors are saying are to blame. And they may be right. Remember kids, take a break every hour for at least fifteen minutes, go outside, eat your veggies, drink your milk and other stuff, you know. If you’re over 18, then dammit, you should know better by now.

Hell, where I am right now, I could never sit inside all day. It’s way too hot, so I go for a splash in the pool sometimes.

My dad has type 2 diabetes, and I reckon it’s in no small part due to his sitting around all day, and constant eating.

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Source: Industry Gamers


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The Sims 3 was the Top Selling PC Game of Last Year

screenshot321 Modern Warfare 2 may have racked up a lot of achievements, and been the all round best selling game of 2009, but as for the PC, it was something a little less violent.

EA says that The Sims 3 was the best selling PC game, retail wise, of 2009, but of course it had about five months more to do it in. The Sims 3 was released in June last year, while MW2 was in November. If it had been different, well, it might have been different.

EA even goes on to claim that The Sims 3 is one of the best selling PC games ever, and that the expansion, World Adventures, is one of the best selling expansions of 2009. And The Sims 3 is also part of another achievement: the sixth year that a Sims title has been a top best selling game. I guess that some of the other years would have been 2000 and 2004 when the prequels were released, respectively.

A lot of blowing-your-own-horn there.

And here I was thinking that nobody really played the game anymore. I do from time to time.

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Source: Big Download


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Video Game Deals on Amazon: Resident Evil 5, Army of Two: The 40th Day, Darksiders

There’s some good deals on newish games at the moment on Amazon. On PC there’s Resident Evil 5 which you can save $7.00 on. As for Army of Two: The 40th Day on PS3 and Xbox 360, you can save over $10 on each. Darksiders is nearly $10 off, for Xbox 360.

So, go ahead. The links all go to Amazon, to each game’s detail page where you pick them up and save.

PC

Resident Evil 5 - $36.99 - Save $7.00

PS2

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - $14.07 - Save $4.42
Flat Out 2 - $15.34 - Save $7.65

PS3

Army of Two: The 40th Day - $44.99 - Save $10.49

360

Army of Two: The 40th Day - $44.99 - Save $12.00
Darksiders - $42.99 - Save $9.78

DS

Astro Boy: The Movie - $19.96 - Save $8.03

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2010/01/24

1Up’s Dying to See Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4, Eidos gets Excited

1UP.com had a feature on their site recently titled “The Top Games We're Just Dying to See”, and the two mentioned titles, Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4, were mentioned. Eidos Montréal later tweeted on twitter:

'”1Up: "The top games we're just dying to see." Among them? Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4!”

It’s been ten years since Deus Ex, the first, and last good game in the series according to many, and it’s also been ten years since Thief II: The Metal Age, arguably the best game in that series. So, a lot of people, including me, are looking forward to those.

I was just reading the rest of Eidos Montréal’s tweets, and saw that they are helping with the relief efforts in Haiti.

“Eidos Montréal is assisting with the relief effort in Haiti”

I wonder how many other game development studios have chipped in?


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Video Games Coming Out This Week, 01/24 – 01/30, 2010: Mass Effect 2

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AAA’s Pick of the Week: Mass Effect 2

So, the drought is over, but I knew that anyway. This week is when one of the year’s biggest titles, according to many, will be released: Mass Effect 2. It might be too early to call it the game of the year, but I’m sure it will at least be called the game of the month. Mass Effect 2 will be released on the 26th for PC and Xbox 360. You can choose between the standard game, the collector’s edition, or even the Digital Deluxe Edition, which is for download only. This looks like it has quite a few bonus pieces, so it might be worth checking out.

For PS3 owners, there’s MAG or Massive Action Game, of which the main selling point is that up to 256 players can take part in a session. Apart from that though, it looks like any other Battlefield or Modern Warfare game, but I guess we’ll see.

Other games of interest include TNA iMPACT!: Cross the Line - a wrestling game, but it’s not a WWE title! No, it’s based on their main competitor: TNA or Total Non-Stop Action.

As usual, the links go to game detail pages at Amazon, Direct2Drive, et cetera, where you can pick up your game of choice.

PC

Blood Bowl
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans
Hotel Giant 2
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 Collector's Edition
Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition (Available at Direct2Drive)

Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition with Prima Guide (Available at Direct2Drive)

The Legend of Vraz
The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 (Digital - Legacy Games)

Xbox 360

Blood Bowl
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 Collector's Edition

PlayStation 3

MAG

PSP

Shadow of Destiny
TNA iMPACT!: Cross the Line

Nintendo Wii

"Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game (WiiWare)
bittos+ (WiiWare)
Fast Food Panic
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans
Marines: Modern Urban Combat
Monsteca Corral
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

Nintendo DS

Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans
Imagine: Party Planner
Legend of Kay
Number Battle
Personal Fitness Men
Personal Fitness Women
Playmobil Knights

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Sources: Shacknews - Gamespot


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Apocalypse Then: AAA’s One Year Anniversary

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That’s right. Today marks one year since AAA, this blog, was started. It was Saturday, the 24th of January, 2009.

I’m still trying to figure out what the hell it is. It’s like a blog about video games, entertainment, and other stuff that interests me. Basically anything to do with entertainment of the virtual sort has some place on here. I’m constantly coming up with new types of posts, and widgets and stuff to add to the blog, and some of them are just plain crazy – hence the term random madness (or magic), but they hopefully entertain and inform, or just get some sort of reaction from whoever comes across it.

Some of the information on here is news that’s going around, and original posts that have been taken out of my demented mind (like Keen Dreams). It’s just about putting what’s in my mind on the internet. I’ve started other blogs as well, and plan on starting more this year. I’ve joined Facebook, Twitter, and the game-less madness that is Digg, but AAA was my first blog on the internet, apart from my two HubPages profiles that have been up for a while. They were my part of my first presence on the internet, and they will celebrate their two year anniversaries later on in the year. As I’ve read time and time again: hubs are not blogs!

So, as for the next year and beyond, I hope to convey more of the latest big interesting news stories, rumours, and original stuff that somehow ties in with my love of video games, movies, music, TV, and more.

And if you don’t like, I’ve only got two words for ya!

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