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SWTOR executive producer resigns, layoffs at BioWare Austin reported

SWTOR executive producer resigns, layoffs at BioWare Austin reported

We've got some bad news coming out of BioWare Austin today, with Gamasutra confirming that Star Wars: The Old Republic executive producer Rich Vogel has resigned from the company. That's not all though, as additional reports are claiming that the studio suffered more layoffs earlier today. It's unclear at the moment how many people lost their jobs in this latest round of cutbacks for the Star Wars: The Old Republic team.

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Sony Dust 514 beta codes hit PlayStation Home

Sony Dust 514 beta codes hit PlayStation Home

If you've been eager to get your hands on a taste of the upcoming online game Dust 514, Sony may have your ticket. The company has revealed that there are still beta slots available to users who log into PlayStation Home and go to the Dust 514 space called the Event Horizon Lounge. "Once in the Lounge, talk to the bartender. She’ll give you a little info on Mercenaries, and direct you to the Recruiter who can help you get a beta code," Sony explained.

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Diablo III Review Part I: Your Quest Begins

Diablo III Review Part I: Your Quest Begins

Over the next week we'll be reviewing Diablo III in a series of posts which explore the basics of the game from an outsider's perspective. This first review shows what its like to play Diablo III from the beginning having only a rudimentary knowledge of what Diablo I and II were like and how the crossover hit World of Warcraft works in practice. Our first run begins with the character class "Monk" and takes on this world of demon fighting in a mostly visual sense.

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Diablo III sets record for fastest selling PC game ever

Diablo III sets record for fastest selling PC game ever

For those of you wondering how and why Battle.NET had lag issues on its opening few days of Diablo III's launch, look no further: 6.3 million gamers played the game on opening week. This number comes from statistics layer down by Rachel Weber for Gamesindustry International who lets it be known that Diablo III sold 3.5 million games (or licenses for downloads,) in the first 24 hours it was put on sale. This number itself set the record for fastest selling PC game in the history of the world, with even more racking up if you count the number of people who purchased a Blizzard Annual Pass to get Diablo III "for free."

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Star Wars TOR staff cut as player population falls

Star Wars TOR staff cut as player population falls

Though BioWare has not tied the two situations together as thus, the fact that Star Wars : The Old Republic has already lost 400,000 players since launch and that they've got a new set of layoffs in their staff on the books is fairly clearly connected. What we're seeing this week is the CEO of BioWare Ray Muzyka announcing with co-founder Greg Zeschuk that they'd be saying "farewell to some talented, passionate, and exceptionally hard-working people" from the Star Wars staff. Hopefully this does not point toward an end-of-life sequence for the game itself.

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Dust 514 gets beta registration

Dust 514 gets beta registration

Publisher CCP Games is now letting numerous other players get in on the beta for the free-to-play massively multiplayer title on the PS3, Dust 514. The company announced that it has plans to massively expand its online beta throughout the summer. This will be in addition to the thousands who are already part of the closed beta. Those selected for now will be people who are already players of Eve Online.

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Diablo III Real-Money Auction House second launch date set

Diablo III Real-Money Auction House second launch date set

Its official: Blizzard and Battle.NET have announced that Diablo III's new Real-Money Auction House will be launching on the 29th of May. This comes after a bit of a delay in which the auction house was going to be launched on the 22nd of this month but was pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances. Due to the extremely volatile nature of a real-money set of exchanges here in the next-level auction house for Diablo III in-game items, Blizzard has let the world know that they're sparing no expense making sure the launch goes smoothly.

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Diablo III Server Status page helps the war weary

Diablo III Server Status page helps the war weary

Since Blizzard is used to working with online players and has been providing online games for some time now, they've gone ahead and had Battle.NET (their main servers for all powerful games like Diablo III) set up a server status page for all players. What you're going to be able to see here is, if you've got a "server unavailable" message, whether or not the whole server you're used to playing on is actually down or if it's just you who is experiencing the outage. This is exactly the sort of page I would have loved to have had back in highschool for Diablo II, I can tell you that!

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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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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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