Rock Band 3 Will Rock the Keyboard. How?

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For a while, I've wondered how Rock Band -- or any music game for that matter -- might incorporate a piano or keyboard, but now it seems that Harmonix has figured out a way. A demo for Rock Band: Green Day, currently available on Xbox Live, includes the above teaser screen for Rock Band 3, and as you can see it includes an icon for the keys. There also appears to be support for vocal harmonies,...

Gold Farming Goes Wrong in Doctorow's Free Book, For the Win

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If you've got an e-reader or iPad, Cory Doctorow's got a free book for you. The BoingBoing editor's latest novel, For the Win, takes on gold farming in a world where megacorporations lord over the practice. The concept of gold farming -- earning and selling virtual currency in video games to people who don't have the time or patience to earn it themselves -- is real, but Doctorow takes it to an...

Hollywood Video to Close, Taking Game Crazy With It

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GameStop and Blockbuster are about to get one less competitor, as Movie Gallery will reportedly close all of its Hollywood Video and Game Crazy stores in the United States. The company hasn't confirmed the closures yet, but the Wall Street Journal reports that more than half of Movie Gallery's 2,415 locations  -- including standalone Game Crazy locations and hybrid Hollywood Video/Game Crazy...

Contest: Get Your Early Halo: Reach Beta Access [CLOSED]

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Update: The contest is now closed. We had a ton of great responses and it breaks my heart that I've only got codes for three of you. Thanks for participating and I hope to see some of you back here or on Live. The winners will be contacted shortly by e-mail. Halo junkies, if you've got an itch to play the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta, we might be able to...

FiNCK Will Satisfy Your Super Mario Bros. 2 Cravings

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With Nintendo not showing any interest in following up on Super Mario Bros. 2, your best bet might be FiNCK, a PC game that will be released on May 12, probably for free. FiNCK (Fire Nuclear Crocodile Killer) faithfully recreates SMB 2's grab-and-throw style of platform gaming, and along with similar obstacles such as exploding bombs and leaping foes that you can jump on to reach higher ground....

Today's Your Last Chance to Play Halo 2, Original Xbox, Online

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On April 15, Microsoft will shut down Xbox Live support for the original Xbox, which means Halo 2, Crimson Skies, Phantom Dust and other last-gen gems will be unplayable over the Internet from tomorrow onward. Chances are you've moved on to better things, but try to make some time for a round or two of Team Slayer on Lockout if you can. If nostalgia alone won't cut it for you, consider that...

Gears of War 3 is Happening in 2011. Here's the Trailer

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Microsoft spoiled its own surprise last week by revealing Gears of War 3 early, but now it's official with a trailer and big announcement on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. For better or worse, you'll have to watch the game's design director, Cliff Bleszinski, try to pass off the cool nerd routine during his interview with Fallon, because NBC hasn't uploaded a standalone trailer yet. The actual...

Nintendo 3DS Announced, Details Absent

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Nintendo wants you to know that it's working on a new handheld gaming console, the Nintendo 3DS. Sure, the company doesn't want you to know much of anything about it right now, but at least you can sleep soundly knowing that something greater than incremental improvements to the Nintendo DS is on the way. According to a press release (PDF) the temporarily-named Nintendo 3DS will have two...

Points for Life: Gaming Charity Event FTW!

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My fellow games journalist Daniel Lipscombe reached out to let us know about Points for Life, a charity event he's trying to get off the ground. It's actually a pretty cool idea: You seek donations or sponsorships from friends, family and whoever else is feeling charitable, and then on June 5, you try to rack up as many achievements or trophies as possible on Xbox Live, the Playstation Network...

Portal 2! New Characters! Multiplayer! No Cake Jokes?

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Good news for people who like interspatial travel:  Portal 2 is coming, probably for Xbox 360 and PC. Game Informer's April cover reveals that the sequel to Valve's cultish 2007 hit is real, and while the big reveal was short on details, Kotaku found some more information through GameStop's listing for the game. So here's what we know: Portal 2 will have a multiplayer mode with its own...

Valve Marketers Tease Steam for Mac, Win the Internet

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Even if you don't own a Mac, you've got appreciate the way Valve is hinting at Steam for Apple computers. The digital game download and multiplayer platform has long been bound to PCs, but Valve teased big changes by sending some hilarious images to several gaming and Apple-related Web sites. They're all parodies of famous Apple ad campaigns, including "Get a Mac," the iPod silhouettes and the...

Trophies May Be Lost in PSN Meltdown, Sony Confirms

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Sony has confirmed that problems with the Playstation Network are due to a bug in the clock functionality of non-slim Playstation 3 consoles. The company is advising owners of any PS3 models besides the 120 GB or 250 GB PS3 Slim not to use the console until the problem is resolved. If you've got a PS3 Fat, turning on your console "may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording...

PSN Down for Developers Too, Sony Still Mum

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As a Playstation Network outage killed gamers' plans for some Sunday night PS3, game developers discovered that PSN was down for their debug units as well, making it hard to get work done. Develop reports that "various developers and studios" claim their debug units are failing. Of interest to you is that these industry insiders corroborate earlier reports of internal clock issues, which throw...

Yes, PSN's Having Problems; Sony "Looking Into It"

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You're not the only one having problems with the Playstation Network, as Sony confirmed that PSN is down for many users. "We're aware that many of you are having problems connecting to PSN, and yes, we're looking into it. Stay tuned for updates," says the official Twitter feed for Sony Playstation. Joystiq reports that those affected are seeing an 8001050F error code, which results in...

Plug Time: GamerCrave Grinds on Big Red Potion

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Sinan Kubba and Joe DeLia, both of whom have contributed features to our virtual pages, invited me back on the Big Red Potion podcast over the weekend. The topic was grinding, not just in the traditional sense of hunting slimes to level up in Dragon Warrior, but in reference of long, repetitive levels that seem intended only to drive up play time. Joining me in the other guest slot was Brad...

Civilization V This Fall, Screenshots Now

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Strategy junkies rejoice, as 2K Games announced that Civilization V will be released for PC this fall. Sid Meier's Firaxis Games studio is going all out for Civ V, redesigning the game's combat system, building community features and adding new visual details. Here's the money quote from 2K President Christoph Hartmann: "This marks a new era that will forever change the franchise responsible for...

Street Fighter IV Coming to the iPhone

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It's fairly common these days for classic games to appear on the iPhone, but the reveal of Street Fighter IV for the iPhone may come as a shock. IGN says Capcom's powerhouse fighting franchise will be released for the iPhone and iPod Touch in March. As you can see from the screenshot, a virtual thumbstick will control movement, while attacks are stripped down to one punch and one kick, plus new...

Here's a God of War 3 Trailer and Pre-Order Bonus

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We're not much of the preview hype type at GamerCrave, but GameStop clued us into a decent pre-order bonus for God of War 3 that seems worth spreading the word about. Plus, there's a new trailer out today that the Internet is freaking out over, so it seemed as good a time as any for a Frankenpost. The aforementioned trailer is posted above, and it was reportedly done entirely in real-time...

You, Demon's Souls and a Cozy Valentine's Day World Tendency Event

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If you're fully committed to Demon's Souls, and all its rigors, chances are your relationship has faltered, so why not ditch your Valentine's Day date and kick it with a Demon's Souls pure world tendency event? Forget the candlelit dinner, the wine, the chocolate, the flowers. You need souls on Saturday, February 13, and Demon's Souls will help you get them with either white or black world...

Capcom Gets Some Gears of War In Its Lost Planet 2

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Fans of the crossover will delight in hearing that characters from Epic's Gears of War will make a cameo in Capcom's upcoming shooter Lost Planet 2. It's not totally clear how Gears' two main characters, Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago, will play in the game. They will probably be offered as downloadable characters for the Xbox 360 version of Lost Planet 2, and will stay out of the single-player...