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Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

If you were inclined to feel pity for international megacorporations, you might just set your sympathetic gaze on Electronic Arts - because at the moment, no one else is. After EA released a new batch of "indie" games on the PC gaming distribution network Steam, the developer of the incredibly popular Minecraft series had some choice words for the multi-billion-dollar company. Markus "Notch" Persson has become something of a gaming demagogue since Minecraft exploded onto the independent scene, and he made it clear in no uncertain terms that EA was pushing into an area where it doesn't belong.

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Reverge announces cross-platform PS3/PC play for Skullgirls

Reverge announces cross-platform PS3/PC play for Skullgirls

When it comes to fighting games that aren't Street Fighter or Tekken, they're pretty much a dime a dozen. So in order to stand out, every fighter game that a small studio tries to develop needs to have some sort of really cool distinguishing feature. It could be the art style, the control system, the intensity of violence...or it could be something completely different. Case in point - Skullgirls.

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Alienware promises Ivy Bridge upgrades for current orders

Alienware promises Ivy Bridge upgrades for current orders

After announcing that it was bringing Ivy Bridge to its M14X, M17X, and M18X models, Alienware is letting customers know that if they placed an order for one of these laptops before that news, and their order hasn't shipped yet, they'll be getting the new Intel CPU automatically, even though when they placed the order, it wasn't part of the product description. The company wants to avoid that feeling among customers who just barely missed out on the new upgrade.

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The Elder Scrolls Online MMO announced

The Elder Scrolls Online MMO announced

Those of you who have been wandering around the epic wilderness of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the past few months, prepare to be blown away. Developer Bethesda has just announced that they're actively working on The Elder Scrolls Online, a massively multiplayer interpretation of the wildly successful Elder Scrolls series. The game itself will be developed by Bethesda's sister company Zenimax Online Studios, and set a thousand years before the events of Skyrim.

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Portal 2 ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’ DLC trailer goes out

Portal 2 ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’ DLC trailer goes out

If you're starting to get bored of Portal 2, just wait until May 8, when the ambitious new piece of downloadable content, called Perpetual Testing Initiative, is released. The DLC will give players one of the most appealing additions to the Portal franchise to date - the ability to create custom levels. That's right; you can finally make your own Portal masterpieces.

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Maingear Pulse 11 picks up where the M11x left off

Maingear Pulse 11 picks up where the M11x left off

The Alienware M11x will soon reach end of life, and although it was an interesting idea to try and pack as much power into a small footprint as possible, ultimately it didn’t gain much traction. That doesn’t seem to prevent others from walking down a similar path. Engadget has the details of the Maingear Pulse 11, an 11.6-inch gaming laptop that seeks to continue the small yet powerful legacy.

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MSI GT70 gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge available now

MSI GT70 gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge available now

If you can't wait to get your hands on Intel's 3rd-generation Core processors for some gaming action, you'll definitely want to check out the MSI GT70. The 17-inch laptop is shipping now from online retailers like ExcaliburPC, complete with Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors and an NVIDIA GTX670M GPU. Pre-configured models start in the $1,500 range and go as high as $2,500 for the more well-equipped versions, depending upon the hardware included. Stock is already running low, so if you want one, get an order in fast!

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Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

A slew of new Ivy Bridge processors isn't the only thing Intel is announcing today. Slipped into the announcement of its third-generation Core architecture was the mention of the HD 4000 series of integrated graphics cards, which will replace the standard graphics currently on a huge assortment of laptops and desktops. According to Intel, the new integrated graphics chips will deliver up to double performance from the 3000 series, an impressive claim and a necessary advancement as Ultrabooks (most of which use Intel's HD graphics) become a more popular PC segment.

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SimCity 5 previewed and detailed

SimCity 5 previewed and detailed

EA and Maxis confirmed last month that they would be bringing SimCity 5 to eager gamers sometime in 2013, bringing with it revamped graphics and new social networking features. The Game Jar had a hands-on preview with the game, and described in detail the mechanics of the refreshed franchise as well as typical gameplay.

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Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

The latest patch has gone live for Bethesda's hot-selling role-playing game The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, but as to be expected, it is only available for PC players. For those playing on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the game remains at version 1.4. PS3 players in particular still have reason to be sore because that version still has some memory bugs. The PS3 version of the game game under increasing scrutiny.

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