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Heavy Rain: destined to fail

Heavy Rain is the type of game that we claim to want more of: story-driven, high-concept, and emotionally affecting. We have played a lengthy demo for a preview, and have the final copy in our office right now, but have yet to tackle the final code as we approach the title's release on February 23. What we know about the game however, from interviews and our own hands-on time, leads us to believe that the title has a very rough time ahead of it both critically and at retail.

In many ways, Heavy Rain seems nearly designed to fail.

Star Trek Online (PC) Review

"Back in 2004 an announcement was made that Star Trek Online was in development and geeks around the world rejoiced (this reviewer included). News releases after that were sporadic at best until in January 2008 it was announced that the developer was closing its doors and the game development (not including code) was being passed to Cryptic Studios. Given their experience with MMO games, Cryptic seemed an ideal fit and just over two years after taking on the IP, we have the official release of Star Trek Online."

Diablo III Screenshots!

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Blizzard released some new screenshots, check then out!

PlayStation 3: Reality TV

Sony is announcing today that it will launch an original reality TV series on its PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable game devices.

The show is an eight-episode series called The Tester and it is about a bunch of gamers who compete to get a job as a game tester at Sony’s U.S. game division in San Diego, as well as a $5,000 signing bonus. It’s part of Sony’s push to create “original digital” content to make its games consoles more broadly appealing.

The series will air on the PlayStation Network from Feb. 18 to April 8.

Valve Boasts of 205% Steam Sales

Steam's unit sales increased by 205% in 2009 over 2008's figures, Valve has declared as part of an announcement detailing the digital distribution platform's growth last year.

According to the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead dev, this "extraordinary growth" marks "the fifth straight year the platform has realized over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales."

"Active accounts" also rose 25% to pass 25 million, of which ten million have Steam Community profiles--though Valve does not explain what constitutes an "active" account.

"The peak number of concurrent users eclipsed the 2.5 million

BioShock 2 multiplayer lacking

No dedicated server and LAN play. The news that BioShock 2 would feature at least some multiplayer was received with more questions than answers. Now we are learning that at least in this release, the multiplayer will not feature any dedicated servers or LAN play.

As many already know, the first BioShock did not offer any multiplayer modes at all. Adding the multiplayer to the existing game was a significant undertaking as one can imagine.

Command & Conquer 4 Public Beta

Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to one of gaming's most beloved and longest-running series, the 15-year Tiberium saga. Kane. GDI. Nod. Tiberium. How will it end? Find out in Command & Conquer 4, told through persistent player progression, trademark live-action cinematics, and a multitude of innovations to the classic fast and fluid Command & Conquer gameplay.

Now is your opportunity to be a part to the development of Command & Conquer 4 by participating in this exclusive Beta program!

ATI Catalyst 10.1 Driver Analysis

"Let's not kid ourselves. Just days before the end of the month comes to a close, ATI squeezes out a Catalyst driver, I think it's safe to say that this driver is more so to keep the flawless monthly release record than to bring massive improvements or new features.

The driver seems so rushed out that someone forgot to update the Catalyst Control Center to actually say 10.1. Instead it still says 9.12. Terry Makedon @ CatalystMaker even said on Twitter that this is just a standard release driver to fix some bugs."

God of War 3 Release Date

The ever-vengeful Kratos will continue his bloody campaign against mythological figures come March 16, as publisher Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed that's when the PlayStation 3 exclusive hits North America.

As previously reported, God of War III will come in two flavors--the standard $59.99 edition, and a goodie-packed $99.99 "Ultimate Edition" that comes with its own special chest.

$30M for Internet research

So you want to build a better Internet? The National Science Foundation today said it would spread $30 million over 2-4 projects that radically transform the "Net through new security, reliability and collaborative applications.

The NSF said its Future Internet Architectures (FIA) program wants: "Technological innovations and the requirements of emerging and yet to be discovered applications, the Internet of the future is likely to be different from that of today.

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