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Black Isle apparently rises from the dead, everyone is confused

Black Isle apparently rises from the dead, everyone is confused

In today's installment of The Wacky World of Gaming, it appears that the once-beloved Black Isle Studios is back. We haven't heard from the studio since 2003, when parent company Interplay shut it down, but now it seems that Interplay has decided to revive it. Details are still very scarce, with the newly launched website only announcing that the studio has returned and inviting visitors to sign up for a mailing list.

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Rockstar deals another round of Grand Theft Auto V screens

Rockstar deals another round of Grand Theft Auto V screens

On Monday, Rockstar gave us a trio of screenshots from Grand Theft Auto V, and teased that more were coming later on in the week. That time has apparently arrived, as Rockstar has treated us to yet another group of screenshots. Whereas Monday's screenshots gave us a look at the various modes of transportation found in the game (including a fighter jet!), this new set offers a glimpse at some of the leisure activities you can (presumably) partake in.

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PopCap co-founder confirms round of layoffs

PopCap co-founder confirms round of layoffs

Sad news for a number of folks working at PopCap today, as studio co-founder John Vechey has announced a round of North American layoffs. The bad news doesn't stop there either, as Vechey also says that the studio is being forced to "evaluate the future of our PopCap office in Dublin, Ireland." There seems to be a chance of the Dublin offices shutting down entirely, which only makes the news go from bad to worse.

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Grand Theft Auto V gets a trio of teaser screenshots

Grand Theft Auto V gets a trio of teaser screenshots

If you're been searching the web as frequently as you can for information on Grand Theft Auto V, we have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that Rockstar has decided to release three new screenshots from the game. The bad news is that we can't tell much from these screenshots, as they've been made intentionally nondescript by Rockstar.

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Beta sign-up for The Witcher 2 modding tools now live

Beta sign-up for The Witcher 2 modding tools now live

Ask any PC gamer what makes the platform so great, and (after bragging about the hardware in their rig) mods are bound to come up at one point or another. After the immense success of The Witcher 2, CD Projekt Red is ready to open the game to modders, giving players the opportunity to create their own adventures set within the Witcher universe. It's an exciting prospect to be sure, and if you're interested in CDP's REDKit, you may be pleased to know that you can now sign-up for the beta.

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Steam Big Picture Mode beta kicks off in September

Steam Big Picture Mode beta kicks off in September

Valve has given us a better idea of when it plans to launch the beta for Steam's Big Picture Mode. Steam Big Picture Mode, as many of you already know, allows players to hook up their computers to their televisions and play the games in their Steam library on the big screen. In the latest episode of GameTrailers TV (which features a rather hairy-looking Gabe Newell) Valve's Greg Coomer announced that the beta will be coming early next month.

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SimCity closed beta registration now live

SimCity closed beta registration now live

It's been nearly 10 long years since SimCity 4 was unleashed, and next February, we'll finally be getting a new installment in the main franchise. Electronic Arts and Maxis seem to be making a number of changes with in SimCity, and if you want to check it out ahead of time, you might be pleased to know that you can now register to be in the upcoming closed beta. Of course, you may not get in, but you'll never know unless you try.

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Dead Space 3 release date targets early February 2013

Dead Space 3 release date targets early February 2013

We already told you that Electronic Arts used its Gamescom press conference to reveal Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, but it was also there that the release date for Dead Space 3 was announced. The latest installment in the excellent Dead Space series will launch on February 5, 2013 in the US and February 8 in Europe, so get ready to go to war with the Necropmorphs all over again. Electronic Arts also announced that those who pre-order Dead Space 3 will be getting a free upgrade to the Limited Edition, which includes two DLC bundles.

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Electronic Arts announces Battlefield 3 Premium Edition

Electronic Arts announces Battlefield 3 Premium Edition

It's Gamescom week, and Electronic Arts has kicked things off by announcing Battlefield 3 Premium Edition. No, that isn't a typo - Battlefield 3 is indeed getting a new edition, 10 months after release. As the name suggests, this new version of Battlefield 3 comes packed with a membership to Battlefield Premium, so if you've held out on buying Battlefield 3, this might be worth checking out.

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