Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Noob Tips: Earning CoD Points and XP...

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CALL OF CUTY BLACK OP TIPS: Call of Duty: Black Ops is just a couple days old, but that doesn't mean you need to head into virtual battle unprepared. You need tips for gathering XP and CoD Points, both essential for beefing up your arsenal with new weapons, killstreaks and attachments. Don't think less of yourself for seeking out strategies for a military shooter -- the U.S....

Why Battlefield 3 isn't Battlefield 2 or Bad Company 2, And Why That's A...

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In attempting to stuff new magic into a venerated series, DICE approaches game design by creating innovation and not intentional repetition. The developer isn't interested in recreating their old games, but fundamentally craft new and visceral experiences for players. Essentially, they want to make the only Battlefield game you'd look to play.

Capcom thinks Tekken characters are a little weird

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At Captivate, Capcom revealed the first ten playable characters in Street Fighter X Tekken, while producer Yoshinori Ono spoke at length about Tekken's affinity for unusual characters and how Street Fighter X Tekken will handle the situation.

Max Payne 3 Still On Its Way? These Screenshots Make Us Think So

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Max Payne may have suffered the indignity of a horrendously embarassing cinematic adaptation that nearly crushed all the goodwill Marky Mark had cultivated since Boogie Nights, but plenty of video games have been subject to similar ordeals--the abomination that was the Super Mario Bros. movie didn't kill the...

The Witcher 2 Screens Features Gorgeous Visuals, Minor Cleavage

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We never could really get into The Witcher's time-based mouse attacks, but the world of the Witcher offered fans of PC RPGs an alternative to the simple and overused mechanics of mainstream role playing games. CD Projekt has steadily been working on a sequel and have built an entirely new engine for The Witcher 2. To delight of fans everywhere, time-based...

Parents Who Actually Name Their Children After Bethesda's 'Skyrim'...

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Bethesda is holding a contest aimed at prospective parents: name your baby 'Dovahkiin' (after the fictional protagonist from the developer's upcoming game "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"), and be rewarded with a lifetime key to all Bethesda/Zenimax titles released on Steam. The child must be born on the game's release date, which thankfully limits the number of children who could potentially...

'Minecraft' for iPhone and iPad in the Works, Due Out This Year

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Hit PC game "Minecraft" is a huge success despite the fact it's still a work in progress. The current 'beta' code of the Sweden-developed game was released in December, and according to online statistics over one million people have purchased the yet-to-be-completed version. Over three million people in total downloaded it. So, what's next for the completely out of left field game that...

'Amnesia' Developer Sounds Off on Selling Scary Games, Critical Reception...

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Sweden-based video game developer Frictional Games enjoys making PC horror adventures, like 2010s "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" and the earlier "Penumbra" series. However, a recent update to the company's official blog exudes an emotion in stark contrast to those its games explore: happiness. And for those who can't wait to experience its next dark and dreary foray into the horror genre...

Amazing Call of Duty: Black Ops Crossbow Kills

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Call of Duty: Black Ops' crossbow gets short shrift when compared to the more exotic tomahawk -- and for good reason: it's fun watching one hurled across a map to find its unsuspecting mark a few seconds later. Though both require a greater degree of finesse (and some luck) than the conventional weapons, the tomahawk has become an obvious favorite in a community obsessed with catching - and...

Ninja Senki Provides Free 8-Bit Gratification

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Call it hard wiring from a childhood full of NES, but when I see a game like Ninja Senki, something deep inside makes we want to grab a controller immediately. The free game, available for Windows, is in Kotaku's words "inspired by classic NES games Ninja Jajamaru-Kun and Mega Man." The former is a reference beyond my western grasp, but I think we can all agree that Mega Man rules. Plus, Ninja...

Medal of Honor Multiplayer Noob Tips: Getting to Tier 1 Fast

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Medal of Honor is out now, and unlocking the best weapons, equipment, and facial hair in the frantic online component is priority one. We've spent time in the trenches as U.S. soldiers and unleashed mortar strikes with the Taliban Opposing Force to discern the quickest, easiest ways to rack up scorechains and earn the coveted "Tier 1" designation. Don't join the online firefight before...

Big Minecraft Update Coming October 31

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Despite my wackier theories, I still think Minecraft is a fascinating game, soon to be more so with an update on October 31. The announcement is Halloween-themed, but the feature list looks good for year-round crafting. Read on for bullet-points, along with some thoughts. Or just the snarky and somewhat cryptic official feature list.

Planet Michael, the Michael Jackson MMO, Coming Next Year

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At the gut level, a Michael Jackson MMO seems ridiculous, but hear Planet Michael out for a minute: The game, to be published next year by SEE Virtual Worlds, will be set in places inspired by the late King of Pop's songs and music videos. Pictured above is a scene from "Thriller," and areas based on "Beat It, "Smooth Criminal" and "Billy Jean" are also planned. The gameplay details are hazy,...

What's the Deal With Minecraft? Or: Minecraft's Subtle Message

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MINECRAFT REVIEW, BLACK OPS TIPS - You might say that Minecraft hit the big time today. Featured in a Penny Arcade comic -- amusing even if you haven't played the game -- developer Mojang Specifications will surely reap thousands of new sales, despite the game's alpha status and $9 price tag. I'm fortunate enough to have been in on the joke -- I use that term intentionally,...

Find the Xbox 360 in Origin's "Big O" PC

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Apparently, this monstrous, $16,999 PC from Origin, dubbed the "Big O," houses the guts of an Xbox 360 slim. It's hard to tell from all the beautiful liquid cooling tubes running back and forth, but if you look closely at the left image, you can see the Xbox 360 disc tray on the bottom right, and two USB ports on the bottom left. Of course, the console itself has been taken apart to better fit...

"21st Century Skills in StarCraft" is the College Class You've Dreamed Of

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People don't listen when you tell them video games translate to real-world skills, but thankfully, University of Florida Ph.D candidate Nate Poling doesn't care. He's teaching "21st Century Skills in StarCraft"  at the school's honors college. From the course description: With society becoming increasingly technology-based and fast-paced, it is important for professionals to be highly...

Privates: Sex Ed Gaming Done Right

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Last week, we were all creeped out by the virtual reality game that tried to teach abstinence. Privates, a free downloadable game by Zombie Cow, takes a different approach: Drop four cartoon soldiers into the human body, and have them blast sexually transmitted diseases for an hour of platforming fun. I haven't tried Privates yet, but DIYGamer gives it an enthusiastic review: "Definitely worth a...

StarCraft II Deals: Get the Game for Cheaper

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So you didn't pre-order StarCraft 2, missing out on all sorts of deals, and now you want to join the hype train and get a cheap copy. I understand. That's why I've done my best to find some decent StarCraft 2 deals for launch day, and maybe beyond. I'm not going to lie, these aren't jaw-dropping special offers, but they should save you more money than going directly to Best Buy or GameStop.

Don't Bother Looking for Early StarCraft II Reviews

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, which launches Tuesday, should be the biggest PC game release in recent memory, but don't look for game reviewers to slobber all over it for at least another day. According to Ars Technica, Activision-Blizzard did not give out early review copies for the game, so the press and the people will all play together starting July 27.