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Activision to Release Three New COD Games Over Next Two Years

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 22, 2010 5:31 PM CST
filed under industry, news

In a herculean effort to squeeze every last drop of blood out of the Call of Duty stone, Activision's Dan Amrich revealed in a Facebook thread that the publisher is planning on releasing three more Call of Duty games before the earth has a chance to finish two consecutive revolutions around the sun.

As for COD, they've confirmed three games in the next two years. Seeing as how there is a pattern of one new COD game every year, this is one new COD game from one new developer, and in a different genre from the core games we've seen. I don't think that's comparable to what happened last year with Guitar Hero, but maybe you see it differently.

So there's Treyarch's COD coming out this year which is rumored to take place in Vietnam, Infinity Ward's COD game which is assumed to be Modern Warfare 3, and finally, this third COD game which is said to be an action/adventure title meant to broaden the series audience. That's a lot of Duty. We better start digging a hole next to Guitar Hero so we can get ready to drive this series into the ground.

[via VG247]

Firmware Update 3.30 “Preps” PS3 for 3D Gaming

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 22, 2010 4:47 PM CST
filed under news, ps3, sony

Sony has already released firmware update 3.30 for Playstation 3 and though it may not let you watch 3D Blu-ray movies you can look forward to some 3D gaming action...well, not yet anyways.

The update itself is said to "prep" the PS3 for 3D gaming which is a feature intended to be introduced in the future as in, you know, not now but later. At least this gives you some time to save up a few bucks for that brand new 3D TV you'll need to play your games with the added illusion of depth perception.

This is What Steam for Mac Looks Like

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 22, 2010 1:53 AM CST
filed under cool stuff, videos

Steam for Mac is moving right along if the embedded video above is any indication of its progress. Too bad we don't get to see actual gameplay footage or a list of supported games, but it's still nice to see what's in store for Mac users when Steam releases for OS X in the, hopefully, not too distant future.

[via macstories.net]

You Ask the Questions for Modnation Racer’s Lead Producer Vernon Mollette

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 21, 2010 11:52 PM CST
filed under psp

Brave New Gamer's Alex Rubens is going to get some one on one time with Modnation Racers (PSP) Lead Producer Vernon Mollette so if you have some questions for the man this is your chance to get them answered by posting them in the comments section. The interview is set to be held this Friday at 3:00 PM PST and we're going to be taking questions till midnight tomorrow so get 'em in.

Microsoft Thinking About Adding TV Channel to Xbox Live

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 21, 2010 9:19 PM CST
filed under microsoft, news, rumors

There have been some rumblings over at bloomberg.com that Microsoft, along with previous News Corp. President Peter Chernin, is considering adding a subscription based TV channel to Xbox Live that would feature reruns of original television programs for a $1 to $2 subscription premium on top of the Live's annual fee.

Microsoft has refused to comment on the proposition but the idea is being discussed internally according to an insider who broke the news to Bloomberg. Chernin has also approached popular entertainment icon Conan O'Brien before he was picked up by Time Warner's TBS. Whether or not this new channel would fill a niche that Netflix or Microsoft's current media offerings couldn't already fill is arguable, especially with internet sites like Hulu already providing essentially free programming. Provide the service sans any type of advertising and wemight turn our heads a little.

Deus Ex 1 and 2 Only Five Bucks on Steam

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 21, 2010 9:50 AM CST
filed under news, pc

Steam has another awesome sale on another great game. For a limited time you can get your hands on Ion Storm's innovative master piece Deus Ex (in addition to its less stellar sequel Invisible War) for the pittance of $5.

Featuring innovative gameplay and a deep, rich narrative Deus Ex is a masterpiece right up there with the likes of Half-Life. There are numerous ways you can play the game and so many distinct paths you can follow to make each playthrough unique and memorable. You'll have to deal with the game's somewhat fussy and antiquated Unreal engine but the experience is well worth the trouble so check it out.

No More Heroes: Wii vs. Xbox 360

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 20, 2010 2:01 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, wii, xbox 360

No More Heroes is heading over to the Xbox 360 and someone, somewhere (probably here or something) decided to show off what sort of extra visual flair would be added to a game originally developed for the Wii after being ported over to the Xbox 360. Here's a hint: More shaders. It's worth mentioning however that the Wii iteration holds up surprisingly well, thanks in part to the cel-shaded art style.

Rumor: Nintendo 3DS May Launch in October

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 20, 2010 1:40 PM CST
filed under 3ds, news, nintendo, rumors

There's word going about over at CVG that Nintendo will be releasing the 3DS, the 3D touch screen follow up to the DS, as early as October this year. This comes by way of "industry sources" who informed CVG that the company was prepping to launch the platform this October, putting it in line to directly compete with the launch of Natal this holiday season.

CVG mentioned that a long time news source noted how it was "... a surprise - we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people's minds nice and early."

If the information is true, it would put the launch of the 3DS around six months earlier than expected. Of course this could still just be nothing more than a rumor unless Nintendo announces something at this year's E3.

[via CVG]

Voice Actors Leak Names of Two Arkham Asylum 2 Villains

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 20, 2010 12:12 PM CST
filed under news, rumors

A pair of voice actors for Rocksteady's sequel to 2009 Game of the Year winning Batman Arkham Asylum let slip, almost concurrently, the name of the villains for which they were lending their voices. Thanks to this information we now know that both Mr. Freeze and Talia al Ghul will be among the villains  to make an appearance in Arkham Asylum 2.

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NPD: Red Steel 2 Sells 50,000 in Its First Twelve Days

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 19, 2010 2:08 PM CST
filed under news, nintendo, wii

Ubisoft's sword swinger Red Steel 2 is seeing some somewhat meager sales numbers for its first twelve days on the shelf. Kotaku provided the NPD numbers detailing the figures and as it stands now it doesn't look like a lot of people are sliding their plastic for the Wii-motion plus centered title, which is really a shame since the sword fighting mechanics of the game is something to be experienced.

Ubisoft commented on the matter making sure to mention that the figures only reflected twelve days worth of sales and that they would wait to see were the series stands in the long term. Hopefully some more substantial numbers will help bolster the game to success.

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