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Diablo III gets pre-release tweaks, producer change

Diablo III gets pre-release tweaks, producer change

In the world of MMORPGs, there can be no denying that the leaders in the art are currently housed at Blizzard Entertainment, and their next release, Diablo III is being set up as one of their biggest releases in the history of the environment. But when we can no longer count the amount of setbacks this game has had before it launches on fingers and toes, it's time to start doubting in the integrity of the creators. That said, one of the creators of the game, the lead producer in fact, has declared that he'll be leaving Blizzard and the D3 project after having worked on it for 5 years.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic costliest game ever to produce

Star Wars: The Old Republic costliest game ever to produce

At nearly six years in production, hundreds of programmers, artists, contract workers, and writers, $200 million USD spent on the newest and grandest game by Electronic Arts' BioWare, Star Wars: The Old Republic is coming up now as the most expensive game to produce of all time. The Electronics Art studio BioWare hopes that the Old Republic will be able to grab all of that cash back on not only the $60 purchase price for the game as well as the $15 a month users will be paying to stay connected to the MMORPG's online servers. Be you a Jedi or a Sith, or something in between, know this: you're now part of the most costly game ever produced.

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PlayStation Network down for Scheduled Maintenance on January 19th

PlayStation Network down for Scheduled Maintenance on January 19th

For those of you wondering why the PlayStation Network is down today, they're currently letting the world know that they're going to be down until 9PM PST for maintenance. And just like a fleet of Vogons, they remind us all that it was posted yesterday in a place where everyone could very easily have seen it, the PlayStation Blog. This down time started at 8AM PST and will last until tonight for essentially all services, so you'll just have to play with yourself or a friend nearby until then.

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BioShock Infinite 1999 mode detailed, made for retro lovers

BioShock Infinite 1999 mode detailed, made for retro lovers

Your super mass killing and loving of the scenery in Columbia is about to get a whole lot more difficult as BioShock Infinite's 1999 Mode is detailed in part, complete with the assurance that yes, there will be game saves, and yes, you will need them. This mode was created after the developers of the game questioned fans on what they loved about previous generations of games and wanted in this new one, saying that it's time to get back to some roots. With every choice you make, they say, there are irreversible implications. We're ready for such a deadly quest!

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PS Vita originally set for on-screen controls, full metal casing, larger display

PS Vita originally set for on-screen controls, full metal casing, larger display

There's a new personal video game system in town, and it goes by the name PlayStation Vita - and what you're about to learn from no less than Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Center is that it originally looked just a bit different than it exists in the wild today. In an interview done with James Gallagher of the official PlayStation Blog, Sogabe spoke on how his 27 years of experience working with Sony on such devices as the original Walkman, Vaio notebooks, and the most recent slim model of the PlayStation 3, lead him to the iteration of the PS Vita you see today - and how its original construction looked a bit different. What you'll find is that the first model, never released, had a 5.5-inch display, on-screen controls, and a full metal jacket, as it were.

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Doom for graphing calculators gets color upgrade

Doom for graphing calculators gets color upgrade

Those of you running nDoom 2, the TI-Nspire CX-based graphing calculator port of doom know - when it comes to playing games in math class, there's nothing better than fragging some toxically mutated beasts in full gigantic pixel glory. What's happened here in early 2012 is that this game specifically on this calculator has taken a leap forward into the awesomeness of the future: colorization! While this may seem absurdly rudimentary for those of you using smartphones for your daily murdering of zombies, it's a great day for the calculator hordes of highschools across the country, let me tell you.

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Capcom tied to No Hope Left graffiti campaign, Resident Evil 6 in the wings

Capcom tied to No Hope Left graffiti campaign, Resident Evil 6 in the wings

Tomorrow is the day we'll find out if it's all true, or if what's true ends up being that Capcom is revealing a new game after their rather strange viral ad campaign "No Hope Left" complete with graffiti, a nameless blog, and video of a woman freaking out. While some of you have been following this campaign for a week or so, it's only today that we're finding out for sure that it's all tied to the gaming group, as Tuffcub from thesixthaxis has successfully sleuthed out. As it turns out, one of the graffiti photos posted this week was taken near this fellow's home, and upon closer inspection he found that it wasn't graffiti at all, but one big hoax.

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Microsoft Visual Studio brings Gamification to app development

Microsoft Visual Studio brings Gamification to app development

So you're the sort of person who works best if you know there's a reward at the end of the battle - or better yet, you do best when you know you're competing against someone else for the biggest amount of stars, goals, or flags - you're in luck if you're a developer working to create Microsoft-based applications! What's going on here is that Microsoft is bringing forth a plug-in for their app-development software Visual Studio. This plug-in, aptly titled Visual Studio Achievements, has you the developer unlock badges and compete with your fellow coders on a leader board.

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Max Payne 3 delayed until May, fans abandon sanity once more

Max Payne 3 delayed until May, fans abandon sanity once more

If you've been waiting for the third installment of the Max Payne series, you've been tearing your eyeballs out for over eight years - what's a few more months going to do to your precious peepers? That's what Rockstar Games is saying you should do, or if you've not known the game was coming out in the first place - surprise! It's May that you'll be able to play this awesome looking brand new game on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC!

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Insider Talk: Violet Karotz

Insider Talk: Violet Karotz

In the world of Internet-connected appliances, there aren't many out there that are cuter than Violet's Karotz, an adorable little plastic bunny that imparts information through moving its ears and lighting up its tummy. If you haven't checked it out for a while, the WiFi hardware now supports NFC in a big way: you can switch to a new app with a miniature version of the original in a tiny, adorable package.

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