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Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Annihilation' Map Pack: Is it worth the $15?

"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?"

DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade for Crysis 2

"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.

Report: MSFT Working on Free-to-Play for Xbox

"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."

CommunicAsia / BroadcastAsia 2011: Booth Babes and Exhibitors

"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: Team Fortress 2 is free forever

"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."

Violent Games Credited With Reducing Crime Levels

"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!)"

360 & PS3 Battlefield 3 only support half PC frame rate

"DICE has confirmed that the console versions of Battlefield 3 will only support a frame rate of 30fps. That is right: both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will both only run at 30 frames per second, while the PC version will run at 60fps. The 30fps will be delivered on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at a resolution of 720p. The PC version, however, will run at full 1080p. Actually, a number of the most popular titles run at 720p, so the decision isn’t that surprising."

Can Microsoft use the DMCA to kill competing Xbox 360 accessories?

"Can Microsoft remotely disable third-party accessories from working with the Xbox 360 and get away with it?

The Redmond, Washington software- and console-maker did just that, and claims copyright law gave it the right. At issue is Microsoft’s 2009 remote disabling of Datel memory cards, which prompted an antitrust lawsuit that lives on today—litigation that has morphed into the latest test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Redbox game rentals are go

"Game rentals through Redbox are now on, starting today in about 21,000 Wal-Mart stores and gas station locations across the U.S. The cost will be $2 per day and the kiosks will feature Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 titles. Redbox is not commenting on how many game titles they are planning on loading into each kiosk. Those that rent a game from Redbox and keep the title for 30 days will be charged $60, and they can keep the game. From our understanding, there is no plan to send the box to those that end up purchasing a title."

Duke Nukem Forever... It Sucks?

"It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of gum.” Is only one of many great iconic lines that put the Duke Nukem games into our list of cult classics. Ever since Duke Nukem Forever was first announced by 3D Realms back in 1997 our anticipation of another boundless action packed video game has been high. Sadly this game has been riddled with an exceedingly great many delays, therefore after 13 years, was it worth the wait?

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