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Grand Theft Auto Online in-game payments for cash: Rockstar confirms

Grand Theft Auto Online in-game payments for cash: Rockstar confirms

As Microsoft gears up for a rockstar-like world tour of its latest flagship gaming product Xbox One, Rockstar North has dropped a bombshell that has its doggedly loyal fan base foaming at the mouth. In a blog post last week, the game development giant confirmed that its highly anticipated blockbuster Grand Theft Auto Online will indeed allow for real micro-payments in exchange for in-game cash. Gamers immediately flooded the comments with concerns this could upset the delicate balance of power in this game of mindless brute force.

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PlayStation Network is down today for scheduled maintenance

PlayStation Network is down today for scheduled maintenance

Supposing you didn't see the news yesterday, there's word from Sony today that the PSN (PlayStation Network) will be down today starting at 9:15 AM PST until 3:15 PM PST. This is a standard amount of down-time and will affect the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home community, or any of the account-management settings. This 6-hour period will be spent tuning up and maintaining the PlayStation Network and Sony has assured us the world will continue spinning while the downtime commences.

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Grand Theft Auto V lays claim to “fastest to $1 billion” sales crown

Grand Theft Auto V lays claim to “fastest to $1 billion” sales crown

Suggesting that they've attained the honor of becoming the fastest entertainment property in history to achieve worldwide retail sales of $1 billion dollars, GTA V sets itself up against not only other video games, but feature films as well. Though it's not the same industry save its ability to entertain, it is entertaining (perhaps ironically), to compare the sales of Grand Theft Auto V to sales of tickets to major motion picture releases in our collective past. What both Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games have done this week is to suggest that they're the new kings of speed sales.

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Watch Dogs calls out GTA V: 2 months is enough

Watch Dogs calls out GTA V: 2 months is enough

Suggesting that both games are tied inextricably to their city-based environments, Ubisoft has called out Rockstar Games with an advertisement for Watch Dogs at the expense of Grand Theft Auto 5 this afternoon. The game GTA V is an "open sandbox" game which allows the user to run freely through the fictional island-based city of Los Santos, while Watch Dogs takes place in a futuristic Chicago. Ubisoft suggests that the amount of time between the launch of GTA V (today) and Watch Dogs (November) is plenty for a friendly visit.

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PS4 game range set to surge with ex-LucasArts talent hire

PS4 game range set to surge with ex-LucasArts talent hire

If there's one thing LucasArts was good at, it was getting to know 3rd-party game creators - that's essentially the base for their entire industry, after all. When you run a gaming company that's creating games that are (mostly) based in the Star Wars universe, you've got to work with a collection of developers - at least that's how it used to be, before Disney shut down LucasArts. Now the Third Party Relations team is happy to bring former LucasArts producer Gio Corsi aboard here several months after the closing of LucasArts in early 2013.

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Grand Theft Auto V official trailer brings the drama

Grand Theft Auto V official trailer brings the drama

There's just something about a railgun in a video aimed at open-sandbox gameplay that gets the juices flowing in the morning. Today the folks at Rockstar Games have released "The Official Trailer" for Grand Theft Auto V - aka GTA 5. This trailer includes insight on each of the three storyline paths of the main characters of the game: Michael, Franklin, and Trevor.

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