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General Gaming News
As I’m sure you’re aware, Colorado has been ravaged by wildfires, with 346 homes in Colorado Springs destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire. Indie game developers in the state have organized a 48-hour game jam called BlazeJam 2012 to help those affected by the fires. Please go donate; every little bit helps.
If you recently took part in an Ubisoft email promotion for Watch Dogs needs to read this: the company inadvertently revealed thousands of email addresses of fans who signed up.
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One of the most popular maps from Call of Duty: Black Ops was Nuketown, so it’s only natural that a new version will be included in Black Ops 2. Titled Nuketown 2025, the updated map will be available as a pre-order bonus.
One would think a zombie game without zombies would be a dumb idea, but Telltale Games manages to pull it offin The Walking Dead: The Game — Episode 2: Starved for Help, the second of five downloadable episodes.
Spec Ops: The Line sets the bar high and doesn’t clear it, but it’s still a decent game to help you pass the summer.
Publishing giant Electronic Arts is moving towards becoming completely digital.
In more EA news, the company’s new Battlefield 3 Premium service has enjoyed a successful launch.
Radical Entertainment, the studio behind the Prototype franchise, is closing.
Here’s an interesting article: Eurogamer took a poll of game developers about their feelings towards “Always On” requirements.
Video games are not immune to global economic woes: NPD released data showing a huge decline in sales.
Microsoft — Xbox 360
Halo 4 launches this November, and Microsoft is producing a five-part live-action series to promote the game. The series won’t be released until the fall, but you can check out the first teaser trailer here. In the meantime, here’s a video detailing new Spartan Ops details.
Left 4 Dead 2 will be getting some new content this month. Called Cold Stream, the new expansion pack will be released on July 24th for Xbox, PC, and Mac users.
Is Dawnguard worth it? Yes.
Looking for something new to play on Xbox Live Arcade? Then check out Spelunky.
It seems like most gamers aren’t high on the Kinect, but you can’t deny it’s an impressive piece of technology with a ton of untapped potential. To better tap into that, Microsoft established the Kinect Accelerator program to give entrepreneurs a chance to see what the device can do. They’ve come up with some pretty impressive ideas.
Sony — PS3 & Vita
Oh man, this is funny! Nathan Drake fans will get a kick out of this YouTube spoof portraying their erstwhile hero as the devil in the eyes of minions everywhere.
Beyond: Two Souls stole the show at E3, and now you can readhow Quantic Dream plans to make you emotionally connect with their game.
Rainbow Moon is a retro RPG from SideQuest Studios that is worth your attention.
Check out some new Resident Evil 6 footage from the PS3 version of the game.
LittleBigPlanet Karting is currently accepting beta applications.
In a move that’s been hinted at for weeks, Sony has acquired cloud-based gaming service Gaikai.
Nintendo — Wii U, Wii, & 3DS
This should make Nintendo fans happy: the company will not charge for online play with Wii U.
Theatrhythm has arguably the weirdest title in history, but it is definitely a game you should check out.
Kirby’s Dream Collection now has a release date: September 16, 2012.
Booya! One of the best RTS franchises around is getting a new entry: Creative Assembly will release Total War: Rome II sometime in 2013. Check out the link for the game’s first trailer.
has been a no-show on the convention circuit this year, having passed on E3 and choosing not to stage BlizzCon, but the company will be in attendance at Gamescom, held in Cologne, Germany in August.
Game Releases for the Week of July 1-7, 2012
- Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS)
- The Secret World (PC)
- Test Drive: Ferrari Legends (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Snark Busters Triple Pack (PC)
- Natural Threat: Ominous Shores (PC)
- Vampire Saga: Break Out (PC)
- Naraba’s World: Labyrinth of Light (DS)
- Naraba’s World: The Mysterious Palace (DS)