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15-Year-Old Suffers Epileptic Seizure from Lich King Marathon

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296w ago - A 15 year-old Swedish boy may have had the drive to follow in his fellow European gamers' footsteps of reaching level 80 in World of Warcraft in one 27 hour marathon session, but his body wasn't nearly so keen on the idea.

According to a Times report, after playing Wrath of the Lich King for 24 hours straight, he "suffered what appeared to be an epileptic seizure."

Doctors would later reveal the boy's body systems "had been disrupted by a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of food, and the prolonged period of concentration playing the game."

Understandably, the boy's father plans to place limits on the amount of time his son can play videogames after he makes a full recovery.

Let's make something clear; marathon gaming sessions aren't fundamentally bad since they have the potential to facilitate positive social interaction. But when Ho Hos and gumdrops become substitutes for spaghetti and meatballs and people start having seizures, it might be time to put that hot pocket down and reassess the situation.
 

Rumor: Blue Castle Making Dead Rising 2 for XBox 360

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298w ago - A source close to Canadian developer Blue Castle Games has told Eurogamer that the studio is making a sequel to Dead Rising.

Rumors that the Vancouver-based outfit was working on the zombie project first emerged last year, but neither the developer nor publisher Capcom has confirmed anything on the record.

But while Eurogamer was on a secret mission in Vancouver last week, we were told by a source familiar with the project that Capcom has indeed farmed out development to the Western team.

The source said: "Everyone's really excited; the team has obviously seen the rumors and it's been hard to keep quiet, but they can't wait to show off the game."

Unfortunately, they wouldn't give us any details on the title or when we're likely to see it. Boo.

Blue Castle has so far released two baseball titles with 2K Games, including The Bigs, and announced MLB Front Office Manager earlier this month.

The company describes itself on its website as "a full-service, multi-project and multi-platform 3rd party developer located in Vancouver, Canada", where: "We are well underway on three new projects - an unannounced Action title and two Sports titles one of which was just announced."

Our source confirmed that the action title is a sequel to the deliciously...
 

A Kingdom for Keflings to Launch with Playable Avatars and NXE

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298w ago - NinjaBee announced today that A Kingdom for Keflings will be the first XBox 360 title to ship with playable, in-game Avatars.

Press Release: A Kingdom for Keflings, the First Xbox 360 Game to Launch with Playable Avatars, Arrives on Nov. 19 with the New Xbox Experience

Giants in video games? Nothing new. But playing with your own doppelganger as the giant? That is something you can only do on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

From NinjaBee, the developer that brought fan favorites "Band of Bugs," "Outpost Kaloki X" and "Cloning Clyde," comes "A Kingdom for Keflings," a new twist to the city-building game genre where you play as a giant working to turn a village of Keflings into a metropolis.

The Xbox LIVE Arcade game, launching on Nov. 19 with the New Xbox Experience, is the first Xbox 360 title to ship with playable, in-game Avatars. "A Kingdom for Keflings" also comes packed with custom animations tailored for Avatars and player-controlled social emotes. The game supports 4-player Xbox LIVE multiplayer with each friend using a custom Avatar, and works perfectly with Xbox LIVE Party.

But Avatar inclusion is just half the fun. In this innovative, Medieval-era city-builder, giants start out with a small village and a handful (literally!) of helpful Keflings...
 

Blizzard Announces Wrath of the Lich King Midnight Openings

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299w ago - Blizzard's going large for the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, with its central UK event to take place at midnight on November 12 at HMV on London's Oxford Street.

"We've been looking forward to these launch events all year," said Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime.

"This is one of the few opportunities we get to meet with players in person, and we can't wait to celebrate the release of Wrath of the Lich King with them."

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the standard edition of the game as well as the limited Collector's Edition, which contains The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King hardback book; Frosty, an exclusive in-game frost wyrm pet; a behind-the-scenes DVD; the official soundtrack containing 21 tracks; an exclusive mouse pad displaying a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend; and two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game starter decks with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector's Edition.

Be warned: the launch of The Burning Crusade was the biggest game's release we've ever seen in London. Get there early. And expect chaos.

Press Release: WORLD OF WARCRAFT®: WRATH OF THE LICH KING™ MIDNIGHT STORE OPENINGS

Blizzard Entertainment® announces midnight store openings across...
 

Videos: PlayStation Portable 3000 Hardware Hacking Available!

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299w ago - PinoyPSP3000 has made available two videos via YouTube illustrating some hardware hacking on the new PSP-3000 console.

Based on their watermarks, the videos' source appears to be Royginald from PinoyPSP.

It appears like they are still using the same PSP 2000 CPU engineering, but with a different IPL security. Apparently, almost all homebrews that were compatible with the PSP-2000 now work on this new modified PSP-3000 unit.

Videos below, enjoy!








 
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