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Google Is Grooming Chrome As a Game Platform

"On Friday I noticed that Google is heavily pushing New Game, a game developer conference that is focused on HTML5-based gaming content — and, of course, content that runs in web browsers.

GameStop Pulls PC Deus Ex: Human Revolution From Shelves Following OnLive Debacle

"After getting into hot water earlier today for opening new PC copies of Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution and removing codes for a free OnLive version of the game prior to sale, video game retailer GameStop has pulled the games from its shelves pending recall. According to an email forwarded to Kotaku from an anonymous source and confirmed via GameStop retail employees, the company instructs employees to remove any retail copies of the PC version of the game to the back room of the store pending recall at a later date.

EA’s Origin EULA Proves Even More Sinister

"As spotted by the canny denizens of the Escapist forum, there is a quite extraordinary clause in the EULA of EA’s new game service, Origin. One that may well make you think twice about letting the software on your PC.

Blizzard: Diablo 3 Internet Requirement Prevents Hacking

"Despite recent talk that Diablo 3's required Internet connection was all about the player's character and Battle.net's feature set, game director Jay Wilson made it clear that the requirement is also to prevent the same amount of hacking as seen with Diablo 2. The revelation was made while explaining why it's a bad idea to have an offline mode for the upcoming action-RPG game..."

Review: Deus Ex Human Revolution (VIDEO)

"Is there any way Deus Ex: Human Revolution can live up the groundbreaking orignal?"

Why most people don't finish video games

"But you wouldn't know it by how often players finish their games. In fact, the attrition (or bounce rate) of video games is pretty pathetic. "What I've been told as a blanket expectation is that 90% of players who start your game will never see the end of it unless they watch a clip on YouTube," says Keith Fuller, a longtime production contractor for Activision."

Introducing Steam Trading Beta

"As we all know, Jonas Salk invented money in 1955 so he would have a way to earn a living from his polio vaccine. Before that, people just traded things they found for things that other people had found. So you might "sell" somebody a scrap of carpet, say, in exchange for an old bottle. It was a perfect system with only one drawback: people spent their lives bartering for piles of garbage before dying of polio.

Spoilers don't spoil anything

"I've always assumed that this reading style is a perverse personal habit, a symptom of a flawed literary intelligence. It turns out, though, that I was just ahead of the curve, because spoilers don't spoil anything. In fact, a new study suggests that spoilers can actually increase our enjoyment of literature. Although we've long assumed that the suspense makes the story—we keep on reading because we don't know what happens next—this new research suggests that the tension actually detracts from our enjoyment..."

WoW is dying out

"While it has been the most successful MMORPG of all-time, World of Warcraft is slowly dying. The publishers of the game, Blizzard said that the numbers are down by 600,000 players in the last seven months. Blizzard reported another loss in the second quarter. Subtracting another 300,000 players from the game. This means that WoW has lost nearly a million users in about nine months. The reason that the decline might have slowed by Blizzard bringing in a free-to-play model. Players can play for an unlimited amount of time for free until a character hits level 20.

Battlefield 3 is not coming to Steam, but EA has a real reason

"Gamers have been worried for some time about their ability to buy Battlefield 3 from Steam, and EA has now provided an official statement on the matter: until Valve changes its policies, the game won't be available on the most popular digital distribution service in the United States. According to EA, this isn't their call; it's due to the fact that Valve has placed restrictions on how content can be shared on the games sold via Steam."

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