"AMD is telling the world+dog that Microsoft’s next generation console will pack speedy graphics capable of delivering movie-like quality. AMD exec Neal Robinson says the new Xbox 720 will feature graphics on a par with James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, all powered by AMD."
"Three weeks ago, it was reported that Electronic Arts had stepped up to the plate to buy mobile/casual gaming publisher PopCap for a cool $1 billion. Today, Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has purchased PopCap for a final sum of $650 million and $100 million in shares of EA common stock. There's also the possibility for up to $550 million in earn-outs for hitting 2013 financial milestones."
"Valve issued a challenge to Left 4 Dead 2 players: if the community could earn the Stream Cross achievement 20,000 times, Valve would release the Cold Stream DLC pack for L4D2 early. The company was apparently surprised, but the L4D2 community was able to earn this achievement 20,000 times in about 4 hours. In fact, in 24 hours they passed 60,000+ and locked in the early release."
"Battlefield fans that were hopeful that DICE would provide mod tools for its upcoming release of Battlefield 3 are going to be sad to learn that, at least for right now, it isn’t in the cards. In an interview with German site GameStar EA Europe, VP Patrick Solderlund claims that the Frostbite 3 engine would “present too much of a challenge for people.”"
"Activision-Blizzard has released yet another DLC map pack for Call of Duty:Black Ops this week, as it continues to take advantage of the shooters enormous popularity. Considering that this is the third map pack to be released to the public, is “Annihilation” a way for the publisher to “milk” for profits, or is this a quality DLC that players should be willing to shell out fifteen dollars to play?"
"The DX11 Ultra Upgrade is a free visual improvement add-on introducing DirectX 11 support as well as a wealth of graphical improvements and performance optimization for both DX11 and DX9 API's. When using the new “Ultra” spec, DX9 platforms will benefit from real-time local reflections and contact shadows.
"Microsoft is reportedly working on a microtransactions service that would allow users to play games for free while charging for additional features. According to Develop, Redmond is calling on developers to discuss possible free-to-play game deals. Under the free-to-play price structure, players can play the game for free and Microsoft will make its money from in game purchases of different objects or upgrades."
"Today, we visited CommunicAsia 2011 with various indistries showcasing their products and technologies. However, It is no surprise that with every trade show or event, there is a certain warmth in the midst of cold hardware. And they are the booth babes and exhibitors of CommunicAsia 2011. They carry a lovely smile to to the attendees and visitors, bringing up the mood of the event."
"Valve has once again turned to Team Fortress 2 as the studio’s outlet for experimentation, this time with a daring move to make the triple-A game entirely free to play."
"According to a research paper produced from a collaboration between the University of Texas and the Centre for European Economic Research, violent video games may induce aggressive behavior, but the incapacitation effect outweighs this and produces a genuine reduction in violent crime. This paper was referenced in a BBC news story giving reasons why the US crime rates are falling (at least outside the prisons!)"
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