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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 24, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 24, 2012

Give yourself a pat on the back, because you've officially made it through Wednesday - only two more days to go and the weekend is here again. We had a lot of news hit today, so let's jump right in. Today we may have seen some leaked press shots of the LG Nexus 4, but then sadly found out that they might be fake. The Galaxy Note II is now available for order at T-Mobile, but it's a bit on the expensive side when compared to a certain other carrier, and new Apple documents have revealed that Samsung is the focus of a 3G patent antitrust investigation here in the US.

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Halo 4 War Games Map Pass detailed and priced

Halo 4 War Games Map Pass detailed and priced

Halo 4 is on the horizon, and just like most of the Halo games before it, we can expect an offering of DLC map packs to keep us playing well into the next year. Today, Microsoft announced the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass, which is just the company's fancy name for those DLC season passes that seem to be so popular these days. By purchasing the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass, you save 15% on the cost of buying each of Halo 4's three map packs separately, so this is a good idea for those who already know they'll be buying all of the Halo 4 DLC 343 Industries and Microsoft put out.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 19, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 19, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening, everyone. We're about ready to kick off the weekend, but before we do, let's recap the news from the afternoon. Today we heard that the iPad Mini might mean the end of the iPad 2, and that a jailbreak for the iPhone 5 will coming shortly. We learned today that T-Mobile will be holding a product event on October 29 - the same day that Google and Microsoft are holding events - and that the prices of the rumored Mac Mini and iMac refreshes might be staying the same.

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Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 will definitely be one of the biggest games of the year, so it really isn't much of a surprise that some Xbox 360 owners are eager to download a pirated version of the game that popped up on torrent sites over the weekend. Microsoft isn't taking this leak lightly though, as MCV reports that the company is handing out permanent Xbox Live bans to anyone caught playing the game with their console connected to the Internet. In other words, you might want to think twice before taking advantage of those Halo 4 torrents.

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343 Industries releases list of Halo 4 achievements

343 Industries releases list of Halo 4 achievements

There's still a few months left before Halo 4 is released to the eager masses, but while we wait, why not peruse the list of achievements we have posted after the jump? 343 Industries has released the entire line-up of cheevos for the highly-anticipated game, complete with a Gamerscore value for each. Be warned though: the list contains spoilers, so if you read further than this sentence and ruin the story, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.

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Halo 4 ‘Prelude’ video shows the work behind the game

Halo 4 ‘Prelude’ video shows the work behind the game

Halo 4 is easily one of the year's most anticipated games, and in order to make it as big and spectacular as fans are expecting, a lot of work had to go into it. A new video from 343 Industries gives us a glimpse of all that work. Dubbed "Prelude," the video gives us a peek behind the scenes, showing a myriad of things the team at 343 had to do in order to get Halo 4 right.

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Halo 4 multiplayer class specializations detailed

Halo 4 multiplayer class specializations detailed

As we slowly approach Halo 4's November 6 release date, more and more details are beginning to come out of 343 Industries. Today we were introduced to something that's going to make Halo 4's multtplayer stand out quite a bit from other games in the series: multiplayer specializations. Once players have ascended through the first 50 levels of the ranking system, they'll have the opportunity to pick from a group of 8 specializations. Once a specialization is picked, players get 10 more ranks to rise through, unlocking 9 different cosmetic bonuses along the way, and then a special armor mod once reaching level 10.

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New Halo 4 trailer shows off weapons to dubstep

New Halo 4 trailer shows off weapons to dubstep

A new Halo 4 trailer has launched, and this time around it's all about the weapons, baby. With a dubstep song serving as our backing track, we're introduced to weapons new and old, and get a chance to see how each one functions in Halo 4. Microsoft has also released a second version of the trailer that ditches the music so it's nothing but you and the gunfire, so if you hate dubstep, you're in luck.

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Halo 4 Xbox 360 bundle becomes official

Halo 4 Xbox 360 bundle becomes official

We already had a feeling that Microsoft was planning to roll out a limited edition Xbox 360 bundle to go along with November's release of Halo 4, but this weekend the bundle got an official reveal at the San Diego Comic-Con. Like most of the other limited edition consoles we've seen come and go throughout the years, this bundle features some snazzy artwork on the console itself and the controllers, but you'll also be paying a premium price if you want one. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Why Microsoft Should Acquire A Major Game Publisher

Why Microsoft Should Acquire A Major Game Publisher

Microsoft’s success in the gaming market has been nothing short of astounding. From starting out as a company with little knowledge about how the market works to becoming the leading console maker for over a year, Microsoft has cemented itself as a major player.

However, the one thing the company is missing right now is a deep first-party game lineup. 343 Industries will undoubtedly help with the Halo 4 launch, and every now and then, something good comes out of Microsoft Game Studios, but I think it’s about time the software giant acquires a major publisher.

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn official trailer debuts

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn official trailer debuts

Microsoft has offered the official trailer for the live-action digital series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. The trailer looks really cool but offers no real insight into what the series will be like. It opens with a scene of bullet casings laying on the floor as sparks fly around, and you see a Spartan standing with his back to you. The series will debut on October 5 and will span five episodes.

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