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Gears of War 2 for XBox 360 Map Pack Backlash Ensues

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300w ago - At the Spike TV VGA's, Epic Games announced that a new Map Pack would be available for purchase on XBox Live that night. For most games this would be a good thing.

For Epic's new Gears of War 2 and its "broken multiplayer" (as dubbed by some) the news created an instant backlash. Gears 2 was released just a little over a month ago to rave reviews and huge sales.

Initially fans seemed pleased, but quickly a growing number of gamers began to complain of Multiplayer glitches that affected the game so much that some considered the multiplayer broken.

One example that is commonly heard is, enemies being able to basically sit on respawning spots and kill their opponents over and over again. Some fans have been left to stew in anger. Last nights announcement was like putting salt in wound. Message boards instantly started to see chatter of anger at Epic.

The consensus is that Epic should have fixed the problems before releasing any new Map Packs. Another point of anger was the fact that the game just came out. Many Xbox 360 gamers share the point of view that these maps should have just been included in the games release.

Meanwhile there has been no word out of Epic Games on these matters. It may be sad to say, but this type of thing is becoming all too relevant in...
 

Analyst: Gears Of War 3 is Likely to Come Out on PlayStation 3

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302w ago - In the gaming world exclusivities have become all but obsolete. So it should come as little surprise that analysts are stating the future of Epic's gaming giant, Gears of War, will be bright on all fronts of the console war.

Analyst Michael Pachter, who is well known throughout the gaming industry for his insight to the future of gaming, has stated "we pretty much know that Gears of War 3 is probably gonna come out on PS3."

Pachter is going off the idea that things today aren't exactly exclusive, they're only set aside for a set amount of time. If this holds true, PS3 gamers will get a chance to see just how much they've been missing.

As gamers of all three major systems, we welcome multiplatform any day. The console war is getting down to the point of 'who's system has the better technology', and steering clear of 'who has the better games'.

Either way this one ends up, Gears of War has cemented it's place in the hearts of gamers everywhere. Regardless of which system this ends up on in the future, it's sure to have one heck of an outcome and a very profitable future.
 

Call of Duty: Five Years of Graphical Progression

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303w ago - With Call of Duty: World at War the all in all fifth title of the series has been released. Lets take a look behind the scenes of the CoD series that has dominated the sales charts since 2003.

The original and thus first part of Call of Duty was released in late 2003 and utilized an engine that once was the basis for an id Software shooter in 1999. But back then heavily modified code enabled up-to-date graphics in extensive outdoor levels and some pixel shading for improving water surfaces.

Call of Duty 2 hit the market about two years later. The distinctive features this time: Call of Duty 2 takes place in World War II and utilizes a self developed engine that massively used DX9 features to create the possibly most realistic visualization back in 2005. Even with today's standards the game is still looking very good.

Part 3 had been for the consoles exclusively and thus the transfer to modern battlefields came to the PC in November 2007. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare offered high-tech weapons, night vision sight and helicopters: The rest was, despite the graphics, still the same: Shooting and bombing with a squad. Visually the title is up-to-date, but can't outrun its predecessors in certain situations. Here the rule of marginal profit comes into effect: Every little bit of visual improvement...
 

Team Twiizers Clears Things Up on the New 3.4 Wii Update

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304w ago - Nintendo released a recent update that once again tries to secure some existing bugs on the console, breaks some things, deletes others. This time they've also gone around and modified the TOS. As usual, mass panic ensues.

The people who are panicking can be divided roughly into two groups (non exclusive):

- The pirates
- The clueless

This should go without saying, but we don't want to have anything to do with the former group. Nintendo is obviously going to fight piracy (and that's going to hurt homebrew). We'll have to deal with the homebrew part, but don't expect that to help piracy in any way. It may, or it may not. And if it doesn't, pirates will have to deal with fighting nintendo themselves.

The usual messages about WADs, "backups", and all that crap are going straight to /dev/null, and we're seeing quite a few bans due to piracy on #wiidev recently. Don't ask us about it, don't talk to us about it.

The clueless are panicking because, well, that's the thing to do (OMG, new update! What will we do!). Read the Wiibrew page about the update. To clarify some things: the Twilight...
 

PS3 is Now Two Years Old, Happy Second Birthday PlayStation 3!

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304w ago - Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller posted a special second birthday wish for the PlayStation 3 via the PS Blog today as follows:

November 17 is a special date for us at SCEA because, as many of you fans know, it's when we launched PLAYSTATION 3.

Two years ago today, we delivered our next-generation console, providing consumers with a gaming and home entertainment system unlike anything in the market - the power of the Cell Broadband Engine, out-of-the-box HDMI support for 1080p resolution, and a Blu-ray drive for high-definition movies and expansive games.

The PS3's launch was also when the Resistance franchise was born, and the original title's success has spawned a blockbuster sequel with Resistance 2 and a unique PSP installment with the upcoming Resistance: Retribution.

But that's just what we started with, and PS3 has come a long way since November 17, 2006. If you stood in line the night before launch, the PS3 that you took out of the box when you got home isn't the same system that it is today.

We've added new features and enhancements that you all have asked for, such as Trophies, XMB access in-game, Remote Play with PSP, DLNA Media Server capability, and BD-Live support, to name just a few.

Along the way,...
 
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