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Ubisoft's DRM No Longer Requires Constant Internet Access on Some Titles

"Ubisoft has confirmed to Shacknews that the always-on DRM in a few of its PC titles has been patched out, including Assassin's Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction. The Ubisoft representative reminded us that this was done on a case-by-case basis and that from the beginning the company had said it might patch the DRM out at some point. New games, however, may still ship with the always-on DRM, Ubisoft confirmed to Shacknews." | more

EA Backing Away from In-Game Advertisements; Microtransactions More Successful

"In an interview with Edge Magazine, EA's general manager of free-to-play games Ben Cousins explained that EA isn't "getting much from ad revenue at all. The in-game advertising business hasn't grown as fast as people expected it to." Battlefield: Heroes, the group's previous game, used both in-game advertising and microtransactions. "We thought we'd do in-game advertising and virtual goods sales, and one of those took off really fast and the other hasn't really taken off at all," said Cousins.

Steam Daily Holiday Deals Bring Another 12 Discounts

Today's daily deals in the Steam Holiday Sale of 2010 bring some huge discounts to a good set of games. Immediate standouts are Burnout Paradise, The Witcher, and BioShock 2. These deals will last until tomorrow morning at 10AM PST, when we'll get a new set of discounts. Your deals for 12/21 are:

Call of Duty Black Ops Unlocked on Steam Around the Globe

"Here's your friendly reminder that Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available for sale--and to play if you own it--on Steam in all regions around the globe. Although some gamers are just now waking up after a marathon session of Cod Blops since picking the game up at midnight, PC users who purchased the game via Valve's digital distribution service were forced to wait until this morning." | more

Kinect Review

"You are the controller", promises Microsoft's Kinect ads. Hook it up to your Xbox 360, position it to scan the area in front of the TV, and play games simply by moving around. Its motion sensing capability also allows navigation of the Xbox 360's menus with swiping gestures and the built-in microphones work with voice recognition to enable voice command for basic functions." | more

Call of Duty: Black Ops PC Specs Released

The PC specifications for Call of Duty: Black Ops have been released by Direct2Drive (via Eurogramer). Is your PC up to the task?

* Minimum System Requirements OS: Windows Vista/XP/7
* Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 or better
* Memory: 2GB
* HDD: 12GB
* Video: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT/ATI Radeon X1950Pro or better
* Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
* DirectX: 9.0c

Call of Duty: Black Ops on Pace to Set GameStop Pre-order Record

"With four full weeks remaining until its November 9 release, Call of Duty: Black Ops is on pace to set a new record for pre-orders at GameStop. SVP of merchandizing Bob McKenzie noted that they are ahead of where the prior record holder, Modern Warfare 2, was last year. This revelation came in a press release from the retailer promoting its "Surprize Attack" sweepstakes aimed at driving even more pre-orders." | more

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Coming to iPhone

"Battlefield Bad Company 2 (iPhone & iPod Touch): Your iPhone or iPod Touch becomes the staging ground for the total Bad Company 2 experience, based on the best-selling console game from EA DICE. The console-level storyline tracks 14 single-player missions across 5 intensely detailed battle zones. Capture emplacements in jungle heat, winter snow, and desert dust. Feel the adrenaline-pumping intensity of room-to-room combat and also unleash devastation from the air.Utilize intuitive controls as you destroy enemies with tanks and choppers in state-of the-art vehicular combat.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare DLC Trailer

"No matter the era, rest assured that zombies want to eat your brains. Rockstar has just released the first trailer featuring the upcoming downloadable content pack for Red Dead Redemption featuring the brain-craving monsters, dubbed 'Undead Nightmare.'" | more

Dead Rising 2 Launch Trailer

Get your duct-tape and favorite weapons ready, it's zombie killing time!

"Dead Rising 2 will be released on September 28 in the US and on September 24 in Europe. While you wait, enjoy the following trailer, full of grindhouse influence and zombie killing. It also does a good job of setting up the game's story, which many of you may have already been exposed to in prologue form in the $5 'Case Zero' game." | more

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