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Video: Risen on PC Has Gone Gold, Cinematic Trailer Available

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250w ago - The latest RPG from Deep Silver, Risen, is ready for it's worldwide release on Friday, October 2nd.

There is also an Xbox 360 version of Risen which will be released in Europe on Friday. Sadly, North American 360 gamers will have to wait until next year to play the game.

To quote: "Risen is being developed by Gothic developers Pirahna Bytes and includes some top British voice acting talent such as Andy Serkis and John Rhys Davis of Lord of the Rings fame.

The game is set on a medieval period, volcanic, Mediterranean island offers a fully seamless interactive world, four playable characters and multiple ways to develop the story throughout the game based on your own actions. It also features music by gothic metal band Nightwish."

Below is a Risen cinematic trailer and some screenshots to whet your appetites!




 

Rumor: Microsoft's Surprise Reveal for Comic-Con a Rare Project?

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260w ago - Gavin Price, Principal Designer at Rare Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios, is [Register or Login to view links] an "as yet unannounced project" from January 2009 until present.

Perhaps this will debut at Comic-Con International this year, which is set to run from July 23-26, 2009. To quote:

Rare Ltd. / Microsoft Game Studios
(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
January 2009 – Present (7 months)

Following a reshuffle at Rare, I've taken on further responsibility in a new principal designer role on a very exciting new project.

Price also worked on Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. So it's unlikely it's a brand new title in that franchise.

Could we finally see the re-emergence of Perfect Dark? Or even Killer Instinct? Maybe even Kameo? How about Jet Force Gemini? Meanwhile, we pray Grabbed by the Ghoulies 2 most definitely doesn't happen.
 

Video: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra E3 Trailer is Now Available

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267w ago - Well thank goodness EA has brought everyone's favorite hero G.I Joe back to your tv screens. What? He's not your favorite hero.. Wait he never blew anything up in his tv show, "Well not anymore."

EA's released the E3 video for Double Helix's G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.

The trailer below shows G.I Joe taking on Cobra. It's out for Nintendo DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, and X360 on August 7, alongside the live-action movie of the same name.

The game takes up where the movie leaves off, and comes complete with co-op mode.





Take a look. Go Joe!
 

Report: Desktop PC Game Sales Rise by 18 Per Cent

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267w ago - PC Gaming Alliance research indicates desktop game sales rose 18 percent worldwide last year; installed base stands at 228 million.

According to the PCGA's 2008 Horizon's Report, PC gaming software saw revenues reach $12.7 billion in 2008 which is a rise of $1.9 billion, or nearly 18 percent.

Overall, the study found that the PC software and hardware market stood at $68 billion in 2008, with the PCGA saying that number is expected to balloon to $143 billion by 2013.

More than 42 million PC desktops and 31 million notebooks capable of playing games were shipped during the year. This figure is expected to grow to 59 million and 118 million, in five years.

Gaming-capable PCs and notebooks were also estimated to be about 228 million during the year, and the PCGA estimated the 2013 installed base will grow to 600 million.
 

Windows 7 'Hardware Tax' Unveiled is No Surprise to Consumers

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270w ago - Hardware requirements are always a concern among PC consumers since manufacturers scrounge to put the lowest possible hardware specs while still promising all the bells and whistles on them.

Something tells us this might not be the case with Windows 7 though.

To quote: Back in January, Windows 7 Beta came out with the first preliminary hardware specifications. Based on feedback given by the owners of various systems, Microsoft firmed hardware requirements with the recently shipped RC version.

According to Microsoft, [Register or Login to view links] for running Windows 7 are as follows: 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of disc space for 32-bit version, 20GB for 64-bit version and a DirectX9-compliant graphics card.

This means almost every PC manufactured after September 2002 should run Windows 7 - something that we haven't seen in the past. If this is true, owners of older computers can delay the purchase of their machine until they are able to save up for the DirectX11-compliant, multi-core computer.

The much praised and criticized "XPM" (e.g. virtual WinXP on Win7) minimum memory requirement is set at 2GB, additional 15GB of disc space, and of course - a processor with hardware support for virtualization.
 
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