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PAX to add PAX Dev Pre-Convention for Developers

PAX to add PAX Dev Pre-Convention for Developers

The PAX Prime gaming convention will add a pre-convention just for programmers, designers, producers and artists. This event, called PAX Dev, will allow these folks to actually get some work done, away from the press, and the craziness of the main convention. It will take place two days before PAX Prime, Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 and 25.

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Pokémon Global Link, New Pokémon Worlds Launches April 13

Pokémon Global Link, New Pokémon Worlds Launches April 13

Pokémon Company International has announced the launch of Pokémon Global Link on Wednesday, April 13th. Global Link had been delayed indefinitely due to the Japan tsunami and earthquakes. Through the Global Link website, users can access post-game worlds, including Dream World and Global Battle Union. Users can also save their progress online.

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Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft was developed in 2009 by Markus “Notch” Persson, a Swedish programmer. It's a browser based 3D game with graphics on par with 1996, but that didn't stop it from becoming the underground hit throughout last year. It spread throughout the internet, garnering Persson's company around ten bucks a pop for each purchase. That's not much, but just today Minecraft's website reports 1837252 have purchased the game.

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Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset breaks cover

Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset breaks cover

When it comes to serious gamers that like to play at the competitive level, they don't use speakers. Most of the real hard core gamers wear headphones so they can hear every nuance of sound in an attempt to hear when someone is sneaking up behind them and use audio clues to find their enemy. Cyber Snip has a new gaming headset that many of these ardent gamers will want to check out.

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Unreal Development Kit Demo, “Samaritan”

Unreal Development Kit Demo, “Samaritan”

What do a scene of urban decay, a blowtorch on a piece of chain, a half smoked cigarette, rain falling down a stubble clad cheek and muzzle flashes have in common? They're all images featured in "Samaritan", a technology demo from Epic Games showcasing all of the new features included in the UDK. Epic just released the UDK Beta this month. They dropped this beautiful little piece of eye-candy at GDC last week. Epic's demonstration video is a showcase of the newest of the new in graphics rendering tech. It's also a great little scene that's fun to watch in it's own right, even if you're not a rendering-geek like me.

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Alien Super Mega Blaster Working for Good

Alien Super Mega Blaster Working for Good

If you feel like shooting some aliens for a good cause, all you need is 80 Microsoft points (about a buck) and an Xbox. Developer Jon Hearn has developed "Alien Super Mega Blaster", a retro-style alien blasting game, to raise money for his son Oscar who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. All proceeds from the game (after Microsoft's take) go to the charity Action Duchenne.

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Vivox Voice Chat Hugely Popular Among Gamers

Vivox Voice Chat Hugely Popular Among Gamers

Voice chat company Vivox has been able to find a great niche, gamers. According to Monty Sharma, vice president of product management and marketing at Vivox, they have been adding users at a rate of 2.5 million a month. And people are spending 3 billion minutes a month chatting while playing games online. Vivox is popular since it has been able to offer users a high quality solution that they don't have to download seperately. The chat service is integrated into a number of games from companies like Wargaming.net, IMVU, Runewalker Entertainment, and Bigpoint.com. Just check out that graph...

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iControlPad with Bluetooth Shipping This Month

iControlPad with Bluetooth Shipping This Month

Back in September we wrote about iControlPad dumping the dock connectors in favor of Bluetooth. The new iControlPad with Bluetooth is scheduled to ship February 16th. According to iControlPad's website, the gaming pad should work with any phone, console, or computer with Bluetooth. You just need to put in the right clamps to fit your phone, and go. You can even use it to charge your phone while playing games. Hey, multitasking!

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British Man Faces Jail Term for Stealing 400 Billion Zynga Poker Chips

British Man Faces Jail Term for Stealing 400 Billion Zynga Poker Chips

Ashley Mitchell, a 29 year old IT business man plead guilty yesterday to stealing 400 billion Zynga poker chips. Though these were virtual chips, they are worth real money, about $12 million. Mitchell was able to sell about a third of them for £53,000 ($86,000). He hacked into the developer's servers and stole the chips some time between June 30, 2009 and September 7, 2009.

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Gigabyte G1-Killer Series of Gaming Motherboards Unveiled at CES 2011

Gigabyte G1-Killer Series of Gaming Motherboards Unveiled at CES 2011

Gigabyte had more than one announcement to release at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first, which focused on the company's first AMD FusionT Mini-ITX mainboard, was an announcement that plenty of PC builders and enthusiasts were excited for. The company's latest announcement at the event is geared specifically for gamers, and gamers who want to take their rigs seriously.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Breaks Record, Sells 3.3 Million Copies in 24 Hours

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Breaks Record, Sells 3.3 Million Copies in 24 Hours

There are a few properties in the entertainment market that are expected to have huge releases. That includes the newest Call of Duty game, as well as the newest installment to the Gran Turismo franchise. Both of those games managed to sell a ridiculous amount of copies, with Call of Duty: Black Ops destroying entertainment records on its own. One other franchise is just as anticipated, and when a new game launches, everyone knows that huge numbers are going to be racked up. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm didn't disappoint.

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