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Diablo III pre-orders trounce Max Payne 3

Diablo III pre-orders trounce Max Payne 3

Today is the official launch day of two gigantic releases for gamers across the nation (and the world,) with pre-order numbers racking up thousands of first-day players for both Diablo III and Max Payne 3. According to VGChartz ranking the week ending on the 12th of May, Diablo III has taken both versions of Max Payne 3 to lunch, pulling in a total of 59,463 pre-orders for the week while Max Payne for Xbox 360 brought in 19,263 new pre-release customers and the PlayStation 3 release saw 10,152 new pre-release cash tossers. These numbers of course pale in comparison to the total pre-orders for each of the two games, the numbers becoming much more disparate in the process.

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Player finishes Diablo III in 12 hours 29 minutes (and others in 7)

Player finishes Diablo III in 12 hours 29 minutes (and others in 7)

Many of you burnt the midnight oil in order to get in on the Diablo III action, even with the massive server jams, but normal human beings are properly getting their first taste of the game this morning. You’re already behind: one NeoGaf forum poster has finished the game, starting at launch and playing straight through for 12 hours and 29 minutes. Playing as a Barbarian, he reached Level 32 by the time he had finished.

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Diablo III pre-game preparation top 10 countdown

Diablo III pre-game preparation top 10 countdown

It's time to start up your Diablo III engines and get ready to play the game for a week straight, starting at 12:01 Pacific Time on the 15th of May, the following top 10 being your definite requirements before you get your game on! This list has everything. Food and drink you'll need to imbibe, machine requirements, and notes on how you can actually get the game prepped before the official launch. To get your engine started for the biggest MMORPG launch of the summer 2012 season, you'll need first to pull out your pocketbook and make sure you've got $60, because that's how much the game costs you right out of the box.

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Diablo III Starter Edition provides free demo

Diablo III Starter Edition provides free demo

Missed out on the Diablo III beta but don’t want to drop the cash on the full game? Blizzard will be offering the game in what they call a Starter Edition, which is a fancy way of calling it a demo. Players will be able to explore the first chapter of the game up until the Skeleton King encounter for free, although some features of the game will be restricted, such as the real money auction house.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic sees sharp player decline

Star Wars: The Old Republic sees sharp player decline

EA launched Star Wars: The Old Republic just before Christmas to positive reviews and a warm reception from the MMO community, positioning it as a competitor to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. Is the galaxy far far away starting to falter already? During a recent earnings report, EA announced that SWTOR’s subscriber base has dropped from 1.7 million to 1.3 million in just two months.

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Diablo III real-money market detailed in full

Diablo III real-money market detailed in full

It's time to get serious about Blizzard Entertainment's new auction house for market goods in the virtual world of evil that is Diablo III in a full-on guide presented pre-release for the game later this month. This auction house will have players spending fake (and real) money on goods which they'll then be able to use in the game. You'll have the choice between entering the Gold Auction House of the Real-Money Auction House come halfway through this month, and only in certain regions of the world will you be able to trade real cash for warhammers, circlets, wands, cracked boots, and more.

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Diablo III teaser has fans pumped

Diablo III teaser has fans pumped

This past weekend, Blizzard Entertainment performed a "stress test" on their servers in preparation for their next big release: Diablo III - and users free test has gotten the crowds excited to a whole new degree. This game is 16 years in the making, making this one of the longest periods between a game and its sequel in the history of gaming - and certainly the MMORPG world for certain. To help us prepare even more than this free Beta weekend has already, we've spoken to several wild gamers from across the United States to see what this first weekend held for them and what they're excited about for the release halfway through this month!

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Diablo III beta download here, join us this weekend!

Diablo III beta download here, join us this weekend!

As Blizzard Entertainment prepares for the biggest game launch they've had since World of Warcraft, Diablo III has been prepped for a global (nearly) beta test launch for all! This one-time download and weekend-only activation will have you and your loved ones crushing the forces of evil in preparation for the full battle for a full 48 hours starting today, Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), and going until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Who will be the first to the top of the ladder?

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Diablo III enters open beta for the weekend

Diablo III enters open beta for the weekend

Heads up, Diablo fans. Blizzard will be making Diablo III available to play for free this weekend as part of an open beta. Players will be able to scramble onto the Battle.net servers so that Blizzard can acertain whether they have enough capacity to handle the inevitable flood on launch day. The open beta will start today from 12:01pm PST, and finish on Monday at 10am PST.

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WoW considered for iPhone while creators play Star Wars

WoW considered for iPhone while creators play Star Wars

This week one of the makers of World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment has let it be known that not only he plays Star Wars, his co-workers do as well. Speaking on why it seems that the most popular online role-playing game at the moment WoW seems to be losing subscribers, he noted that it's not just the wait for the upcoming expansion of the game Pandaria that's holding players back, it's the excellence of their competitors. Not only Star Wars: The Old Republic has been named in this case, it's Skyrim as well!

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