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Weekend Deals and Discounts on PC & Mac

Once again, the weekend is upon us, meaning that, once again, various digital distribution outlets have discounted some downloadable PC and Mac games.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Reveal Trailer' Released

Following up on the snippets of footage glimpsed in the teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops, publisher Activision has now released what it calls the "Reveal Trailer." Set during the Cold War, the latest Treyarch-developed entry in the popular shooting series is due out on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii come November 9, 2010.

Mafia 2 Trailer

The second developer diary video for 2K Games' Mafia II has been released, exploring such interesting topics as gun fights, car chases, and melee combat.

Mafia II will be released on August 24 in the US and on the 27th elsewhere for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

About 35 Have Left Infinity Ward, Says Activision

"Approximately thirty-five others" have left Call of Duty series creator and Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward since owner Activision fired the studio's two lead executives, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said today, with more expected to follow.

4 More Quit Infinity Ward; At Least 17 Out

Kotaku brings word of four more resignations at Modern Warfare 2 studio Infinity Ward, which has already lost most of its lead developers. The new departures are:

Blood Splashes Onto GOG

Monolith's ultra-gory Build Engine shooter Blood has been digitally re-released on PC by virtual vendor Good Old Games, continuing its run of Atari additions as promised.

Shack PSA: Deus Ex Bundle $5 on Steam

If you fancy yourself a die-hard gamer but don't own Ion Storm's classic Deus Ex or its less-beloved sequel Deus Ex: Invisible War, don't fret. Steam has you covered.

Battlefield Heroes Gets Jetpacks

Developer DICE has updated its free-to-play web-based multiplayer shooter Battlefield Heroes with a new gameplay mode, an accompanying new map, and yes, jetpacks.

Dubbed "V2 Vengeance," the mode instructs players to "capture and hold the rocket and keep it from enemy hands in the new "Midnight Mayhem" arena. As for how the jetpacks factor in, check out the trailer:

Scaleform Being Added to Unreal Engine

According to a report earlier today by industry magazine Develop, Epic Games and the middleware group Scaleform are going to begin offering Scaleform Gfx user-interface tools to Unreal Engine 3 licensees later this year, free of charge.

In a pleasantly surprising follow-up announcement, the companies also revealed a deal that will bundle the tools into Epic's free-to-use Unreal Development Kit.

No Doubt Lawsuit Against Activision

Last November, band No Doubt sued Activision over the use of the band's likeness in the form of in-game avatars being used in non-No Doubt songs.

The LA Times reports that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kenji Machida ruled in favor of the band and denied Activision's claim that it could use First Amendment freedom-of-speech rights to cover the use of the band's images for general use.

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