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EA Server Shutdowns Announced

A dozen EA games are scheduled to lose online multiplayer support over March and April when their servers are shut down, the video games colossus has revealed, including The Godfather on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and Mercenaries 2 on PC.

EA states that the games on the hitlist "represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles"--no doubt seeking to avoid a repeat of the upset following the last round of shutdowns, which hit Madden NFL 09 and Facebreaker among others.

Parenting 101: It’s Hammer Time

Kids fighting over the family video game console? Won’t do chores or homework? Grounding the kids away from video games not working? Well, [H] forum member "TheBluePill" says it’s hammer time!

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1496149

*editors note* While the Xbox 360 is used in this example, it is important to note that this tactic works on the Wii, PS3, cell phone or any other offending device.

A Look at ATI's Catalyst 10.2 & 10.3 Drivers

"With its upcoming 10.2 and 10.3 Catalyst graphics drivers, AMD is making sure it goes well beyond the hardware to deliver the ultimate PC experience, whether or not it includes gaming. We're taking a look at all of the features on the horizon, including game profiles, CrossFireX and Eyefinity improvements, mobile drivers and more."

Shattered Horizon Free Weekend

HELSINKI, FINLAND – February 17, 2010 – Futuremark® Games Studio today announced that Shattered Horizon™, their PC exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter, will be free to play and 50 percent off to buy on Steam this weekend. Shattered Horizon's innovative zero gravity gameplay has recently been enhanced by the Moonrise content pack which added four new levels and a major update which included many features requested by players.

"This weekend PC gamers everywhere can play Shattered Horizon for free," said Jaakko Haapasalo, producer at Futuremark Games Studio.

Alan Wake No Longer Coming to PC

With the Xbox 360 version of Remedy's Alan Wake now sporting a May 18 release date, publisher Microsoft has confirmed that the "pyschological action thriller" will not hit PC.

Alan Wake was originally announced for PC and "next generation consoles" back in 2005.

Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta Begins May3

The Halo: Reach multiplayer beta open to those that bought Halo 3: ODST will launch on May 3, Microsoft revealed today during its X10 celebration of all things Xbox.

Said beta will provide "the opportunity to drive the latest advancements in multiplayer gameplay," according to the company. Among those advancements is the addition of Call of Duty-style perks, with players unlocking new abilities as they gain experience.

"Halo: Reach beta will require a hard drive and Gold membership," noted Microsoft.

Series creator Bungie pulled a similar promotion with Halo 3--offering beta access to those who purchased Crackdown--with Reach, an Xbox 360-exclusive, due this fall.

Fable III has no experience, health bar

Presenting at Fable III at X10 in San Francisco, Peter Molyneux has revealed that the RPG - if you can still call it that - has no experience points or health bar.

Health is represented by the screen-colouring effects common in action and FPS games - Fable III has no HUD most of the time - while your character grows in power according to how many followers he or she has in the game's world of Albion.

Supernanny takes on violent video games

So did you see it? On last night's opening episode of Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance (a title that responsibly portrays the delicate practice of family counselling as some sort of dangerous sport), the straight-talking presenter tackled the problem of violent video games.

Together with Dr Doug Gentile she orchestrated an experiment in which 40 boys were asked to play games for 20 minutes – half played a football sim, the other half "a first-person war game". They then had to view some violent news footage. Throughout, each participant had their heart rate monitored.

LEGO Universe Beta Signups Open

Developer NetDevil has opened beta registration for LEGO Universe (PC), providing the opportunity to help test the block-buster MMO before it launches sometime this year.

While some signups are a rather detailed affair, this one is relatively simple--after signing in with a LEGO ID, one simply states if they have no, some, or much experience testing online games.

Review: Dante’s Inferno Commits Sin

Gloomy new hack-and-slash action game Dante’s Inferno meticulously reinterprets its influential source material: With perfect reverence, it replicates every nuance, every glorious note, from Sony’s God of War.

Oh, and there’s also some plot stuff in there based on some poem by a dead Italian guy.

The story line of Electronic Arts’ latest PlayStation 3 (reviewed) and Xbox 360 game comes from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. At first blush, it might seem silly to create an action game around a 14th-century epic poem.

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