Gotham City Impostors to launch in February

posted by Chris Sweda

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment confirmed that the launch of Gotham City Impostors has been moved to February.

Gotham City Impostors is a download only title that will be available in the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network and Windows PC. Fans can go to http://www.GothamCityImpostors.com for updates and news.

Gotham City Impostors is an original download-only first-person shooter where up to 12 players battle for control of an unhinged Gotham City overrun by Impostors inspired by the DC Comics characters Batman and The Joker. Gotham City Impostors is an online multiplayer game unlike any other, giving players the opportunity to engage in unconventional urban warfare as they personalize their own Impostors. Gamers will create their very own version of the Bats or the Jokerz characters using unprecedented customization options including insane costumes, homemade gadgets and a wide range of traditional and inventive weapons. The game will feature maps and modes inspired by DC Comics’ Batman license.

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EA AND BIOWARE UNVEIL MASS EFFECT 3 IN-GAME PRE-ORDER GEAR

posted by Chris Sweda

Gear up and take Earth back in the Action RPG, Mass Effect™ 3! On March 6, Earth is ground zero in a battle to save the galaxy, and EA and BioWare are giving gamers an opportunity to arm themselves with cutting edge weapons and armor to prepare for the upcoming war.

Starting today, with each pre-order purchase of Mass Effect 3 at participating retailers, fans will receive the M55 Argus Assault Rifle*. Deadly at any range, the Argus boasts quick burst-fire to ensure ammo conservation and maximum accuracy on the battlefield.

Additionally, fans who pre-order at select retailers in U.S. and Canada will receive the following items:
•N7 Warfare Gear, exclusive to fans who pre-order at GameStop and EB Games*, which includes:

N7 Valkyrie Assault Rifle – Deliver two rounds per shot with deadly accuracy and stop the opposition dead in their tracks with superior high caliber rounds.

N7 Defender Armor – Improved shields and health, players can survive even the most punishing of battles and withstand sustained enemy fire. The N7 Defender Armor also offers:

– Increased ammo capacity. Additional ammunition compartments to ensure players are always battle-ready.

– Amplified weapon damage. Built-in power cells provide an additional punch to weapon fire.
•AT-12 Raider Shotgun – Available to PC players who pre-order through EA’s Origin service*, the AT-12 Raider Shotgun fires a large pellet spread, ensuring maximum coverage for close-range targets. Designed for superior rapid fire, the AT-12 allows for optimal recovery time between shots.

The Mass Effect franchise is set in a science fiction universe blending world-class shooter combat with interactive and cinematic storytelling and space exploration. It is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 200 international awards including the 2011 AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Game of the Year for Mass Effect 2. Recently announced as the winner of Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards Most Anticipated Game of 2012, Mass Effect 3 enhances all elements of gameplay from its critically acclaimed predecessors and tells the beginning and end of the epic war against a highly advanced alien race, and Commander Shepard’s desperate struggle to take Earth back.

Delve into the Secret World

By David Burrola

As a smaller but still informative pique, i’d like to bring to your attention an upcoming MMORPG called The Secret  World. Its developed by Funcom, and its an MMO set in modern day, with a supernatural feel to it, and a very unique system to it.

There are no levels in the game. Its all about what kind of skills you want to develop, in a way like Skyrim  has done recently, but with far more options(if that’s possible). There are several categories, and each will allow you to play a character that’s entirely of your creation. Gear is also not specific to a look. You can have your character look and dress any way you want. So there’s that bit of fun for you.

I’ve been interested in this for a while, and i’m a bit bummed that I don’t have a PC right now, as its only on PC so far. If you want more information you can go to Funcom’s site and check out all the dark modern crazy for yourself.

Being a WoW player, I do like to see what other MMO’s have to bring out and what new kinds of games will emerge in the market with this giant around. But also, being a table top gamer and a fan of World of Darkness, i’m really curious and a little excited about it.

So go on and start following this game, it looks to be pretty different from what we’ve seen before, more in its structure than most others.

Excellent Optical Illusionist

By Sean McQuillan

From Youtube: “Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara spends much of his time in a world where up is down and three dimensions are really only two. Professor Sugihara is one of the world’s leading exponents of optical illusion, a mathematical art-form that he says could have application in the real world.”  Studying optical illusions can lead to developing safer roads and other areas where visual misjudgments have dire consequences.

There is no spoon.....

Source: ThePostFamily

A Steam Holiday

By David Burrola

By now most people who are PC gamers have gotten Steam, Valves fantastic online game vendor and service for playing games. But for those of you who haven’t, now’s the time you want to get in on it. Right now as most times Steam does, they have several daily deals going on for games that you can gift to other people you know on Steam. You can do this all year round, but you don’t get deals such as ones going on now. So head here and check it out. Its the season for giving, so give someone a stea-I think i’ll stop that one there…

Give the Gift of Warcraft!

By Sean McQuillan

As an avid World of Warcraft Player, it’s increasingly hard with each new expansion to get my friends who don’t play to consider getting the game.  To do so means they would have to purchase the original game, and 3 expansions, totaling at an uncomfortable $100.  Well Blizzard has tapped into my mind and has the perfect holiday sale.  There’s never been a better time to give the gift of WoW.    It’s a game that can bring family and friends together, as I have many friends who play with their entire families.  It’s a bonding experience and can really strengthen bonds and allow you to hang out and play with friends or relatives all over the world.

Here’s the Skinny on the deal and why it’s so awesome:

 

 

World of Warcraft Battlechest.

Normally $20

On Sale for $5

Even without gettingthe expansions, this is an excellent place to start.  It includes the first expansion, The Burning Crusade, and has everything you need to get the ball rolling on your adventures in Azeroth.

Burning Crusade allows characters to reach level 70, and introduces the Draenei and Blood Elf Races.  Explore the Shattered Realm of Outland!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Normally $40

On Sale for $10

This expansion allows your character to explore Northrend and reach a max level of 80, and grants access to the Hero Class: Death Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Normally $40

On Sale for $20

Deathwing has returned, and has sundered the world!  Collect your allies and venture into a whole new Azeroth as you reach level 85 and gain access to the Worgen and Goblin Races!

 

 

 

 

Now you can get WoW and ALL of it’s current expansions for only $35, saving $65!  There’s never been a better time to gift WoW, or get into it yourself.

Already a loyal player?  Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about you either.

Celestial Steed

Normally $25

On Sale for $10

This mount acts both as a ground mount and a flying mount, and is automatically mailed to every character you have, even ones you make in the future on that account!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandaran Monk (Vanity Pet)

Normally $10

On Sale for $5

Just like the Celestial Steed, if you purchase this little guy he’s yours for every character, current or future.  He’s adorable, and makes kung fu noises!  Get one today, and pretend you’d showing your son around when the Mists of Pandaria is released and you can play a a Full size Pandaran Monk!

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, A Family that plays together, stays together!

Source: Blizzard

Intel Doubles Capacity of Flash Storage Devices

By Sean McQuillan

Intel and Micron have introduced new NAND flash storage technology that doubles the capacity of their current flash drives. The new technology allows for storing a terabit of data in a package the size of your fingertip.   In addition to the size upgrade, and most assuredly a price drop, their transfer speeds can now reach 333 megatransfers per second.

While this sort of advance in technology is not unexpected, it is certainly more spurred by the growing field of digital media.  Just in time for the holidays?  Sadly no, as samples of the 128Gb device won’t be available until January, closely followed by mass production in the first half of 2012.   Giving Gift Cards, with an insightful note, might be an excellent way to get some excellent tech in the hands of your friends and families this season.

Source: Intel

 

Samsung Pokes Fun at Apple Fans

By Sean McQuillan

With their new commercial, “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here,” Samsung ribs Apple fans waiting in line for the new Apple product.  With lines like “If it looks the same, how will people know I’ve upgraded?” it’s clear they’re mocking the Hipsteresque personal some Apple fans seem to portray.  See for yourself.

Are you an Apple Fan?  Are you offended or persuaded?

Source: Mashable

World of Warcraft patch 4.3 Preview

By Sean McQuillan

Okay WoW fans, patch 4.3 “Hour of Twilight” is fixing to introduce loads of new content. and to get things rolling the have released a 10 minute preview of the new dungeons and Raids.  It seems that the battle for Azeroth with Deathwing rages on, and this time crashing into Northrend.  We see Dragonblight seeing carnage and destruction well beyond what we’ve seen at the Wrathgate.  This preview shows us the faces of Deathwing’s allies that we must fight through, and a preview of the epic battles.  We see the re-emergence of the Infinite Dragonflight, who has been trying to destroy all existence by unraveling time itself.  We see Sylvanas’ return to Northrend, and with her increased power with the fall of Arthas, we may see a hint at her attempt to expand her dominion over the damned.  Fight along side the other Dragon Aspects as Wyrmrest Temple is shaken to it’s very foundation.  Fight to the bitter end and see the true face of Deathwing’s corruption and deterioration as you fight on his own back peeling away his adamantite armor.  Truly one of the most epic patches Blizzard has released to Date.  My words don’t do it justice, just give it a watch!

In addition to all this wonderful content, 4.3 will be introducing plenty of new features:

Raid Finder– Players can quickly and easily form a raid for a specifically tuned version of the Dragon Soul raid; works much like the Dungeon Finder feature.  This feature is a godsend for any who don’t have the time or the patience for a large raiding guild. Just like the regular Dungeon finder, this is likely to feature it’s share of morons and leeches.  I’m hoping that there’s a gear matching system to pair players with similarly geared allies.

Transmogrification – Customize the appearance of your weapons and armor.  While people have been asking for GuildWars style Armor Dye bottles, Transmogrification is above and beyond.  Being able to change your armor’s model to any other piece you’ve acquired will certainly lead to farming of old dungeons, or worse: Warcraft Hipsters.

Void Storage – Players of all levels can now open up 80 slots of long-term storage space.  While I’ve never really had storage problems, I’m never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.  I’m just excited to see more Ethereals.  They were the coolest looking part of Burning Crusade and it’s nice to see them relevant again.

Fangs of the Father – Legendary rogue quest line.  Full info on that is here. It’s looks like a new legendary dagger for rogues that will mirror the decent into madness and corruption that Deathwing suffered.  The coolest part?  You can get WINGS.

Note pictured: Stable full of lonely mounts.

·         The all-new Darkmoon Faire – Darkmoon Faire has been completely redesigned and offers all-new games and rewards for players to experience.  Full info on that here.  As an avid mount collector I can’t wait for the new mounts and pets available. 

What are you looking forward to most?  Let us know in the comments below!

Call of Duty ELITE’s Friday Night Fights Premieres November 25

Friday Night Fights, the first original entertainment program to air on Call of Duty® ELITE will debut this Friday, November 25th. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s RSA Films, and director RJ Cutler, Friday Night Fights lets real life rivals settle their differences Call of Duty® style via epic multiplayer battles in Call of Duty®:
Modern Warfare® 3. The inaugural episode features one of the greatest rivalries of all, pitting teams from the U.S. Army vs. U.S. Navy.
The new weekly series
is being produced from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and is available exclusively to premium members of Activision’s new digital service, Call of Duty ELITE.

“From the beginning, our goal with Call of Duty ELITE has been to bring the Call of Duty community together in new ways. Fans of Call of Duty spend as much time playing the game, as sports fans spend following their favorite teams—if not more. So we figured, if sports fans get all kinds of shows outside of the games to feed their passion, why not do the same thing for Call of Duty fans?” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing. “When you’re working with the likes of executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, the production values don’t get any higher.
And the Call of Duty community deserves nothing less. We want to give people new ways to connect with the game they love. That’s what Call of Duty ELITE is about, and Friday Night Fights is just the beginning.”

Friday Night Fights will premiere this Friday, November 25th at noon PST on Call of Duty ELITE as part of ELITE’s program guide, which is available to premium members.

Following each initial broadcast, Friday Night Fights will be available for replay via streaming. Users can register for Call of Duty ELITE by going to http://www.callofduty.com/elite.