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Christian game companies Left Behind, Digital Praise plan holy merger

by Brian Allen on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:50 PM

Digital Praise, the company responsible for the music games Dance Praise and Guitar Praise , has announced a planned merger with Left Behind Games Inc, most well-known for games based on the Left Behind best-selling series of books.

The two companies have had a friendly working relationship in recent months, as in December 2009 Left Behind gave Digital Praise a no-interest short term loan of $50,000.

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MAG patch v1.03 fixes weapons, gameplay

by Brian Allen on Feb 25, 2010 at 07:19 PM

The large scale first person shooter MAG is one of Sony’s most touted exclusives on the PlayStation 3. Zipper Interactive’s January 2010 release is receiving a patch today (February 25, 2010) to fix some nagging issues.

Among the numerous changes are upgrades to weapons, gameplay and graphics as well as the removal of map-specific exploits that gave certain teams advantages.

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Disney racer Split/Second dated for US, renamed for Europe

by Brian Allen on Feb 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Split secondOne of the sleeper titles Gamertell encountered at Consumer Electronics Show 2010 was arcade style racer Split Second. The destructible environments aren’t just part of the course, they alter the course.

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Army of Two: The 40th Day receiving two new co-op maps

by Brian Allen on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:29 AM

If you and your partner in co-op shooting (or the AI partner) have already blown through the latest Army of Two installment, a couple more maps and missions are on the way.

In Chapters of Deceit, game heroes Elliot Salem and Tyson Rios formulate a plan to stop the diabolical Jonah and the 40th Day Initiative attacks on already battered Shanghai.That results in two new campaign missions.

The gun-totin’ bromance begins again as these two experts-in-killing seek their own brand of justice. It doesn’t involve reading anyone their Miranda rights or letting them call an attorney, either.

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Maingear auctioning supercomputer to benefit Haiti relief

by Brian Allen on Feb 25, 2010 at 08:23 AM

MAINGEAR Computers is holding a Relief for Haiti Charity Auction to help Save the Children and support the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The auction prize is a special edition Maingear Shift that features one of the last remaining AMD Phenom II X4 TWKR processors, of which only a few dozen were made. One of those processors went on eBay for charity in a previous auction and pulled in more than $10,000. Just for the CPU.

Now Maingear’s building a whole computer around it with signed hardware and software from industry partners including Microsoft, Valve and Psyko Audio.

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Xbox Live Update for the week of February 21 through 27, 2010

by Brian Allen on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:27 PM

The high profile release on Xbox Live this week is an add-on to surprise RPG hit Borderlands,  as Gearbox Software dares you to raid The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.

Coming to Star Wars:The Force Unleashed is the Hoth Bonus Level. On February 25, 2010, FIFA 10 will receive the Ultimate Team add-on which challenges players to build the, well, Ultimate Team by collecting player cards. And hitting the arcade on February 24, 2010 is Fret Nice, a 2-D platformer that asks you to defeat heavy metal bosses with “Riff Combos.”

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United Arab Emirates bans Sony’s Heavy Rain

by Brian Allen on Feb 23, 2010 at 03:12 PM

heavy rain bannedThe forecast for gamers in the United Arab Emirates calls for a zero percent chance of Heavy Rain. Sony’s anticipated true crime blockbuster that puts players on the trail of the “Origami Killer” is banned in the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah) due to its mature content.

This is the second title in 2010 to receive such treatment, as THQ’s apocalyptic adventure Darksiders was banned as well. In that game, War, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, investigates a conspiracy that prematurely brought on Armageddon.

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Rebellion CEO said Aliens vs. Predator a success, might get sequel

by Brian Allen on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Aliens vs. Predator has played to mixed critical reviews but Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley is declaring the game a success. AvP is number one on the UK sales charts and UK-based Rebellion is basking in the glow.

Kingsley said, “We wanted Aliens Versus Predator to be a critical success as well as a commercial success, which we think we have achieved. We’re also in discussions with Sega about ongoing support for AvP, and also about a sequel to the game”

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Final Madden NFL 10 update brings Warner, Seau back into the game

by Brian Allen on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Now that the pro football season has officially ended, EA Sports has given us the last roster update for Madden NFL 10, a game initially released August 2009. This update was the subject of some controversy as it reverses an earlier decision made by EA.

For the first time in the series’ history, EA Sports opted to remove players who retired after the season in a roster update. Previously, those players would have remained in the game and the changes would have been left until Madden NFL 11.

Removed players included Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau. There was a lot of feedback from Madden fans who disagreed with the decision. In this case, EA Sports listened and agreed that athletes who played the 2009-2010 should remain in the game whether or not they retired after the season ended.

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Several classic Midway titles pulled from Xbox Live Arcade

by Brian Allen on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:38 PM

A bevy of old school Midway arcade games have been pulled from Xbox Live Arcade due to publishing rights and ownership issues.

Cyberball 2072, Defender, Paperboy, Rootbeer Tapper, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Robotron, Joust, Gauntlet and Smash TV are all gone from the arcade’s title list. As with any title pulled from the marketplace, you will still be able play them or re-download them if you already purchased them.

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