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Mass Effect CE Goodies

1up has posted the contents of the collector’s edition of Mass Effect, the next BioWare RPG in the pipe. It will include a ‘Galactic Codex: Essentials’ book that sounds like it will serve as a sort of encyclopedia for the world of Mass Effect. There will also be an art book, and a 2nd DVD included with featurettes on the game’s art and storytelling.

Microsoft Confirms Bungie Split

Gamasutra is reporting that Microsoft has officially announced Bungie to be ‘on a path to become an independent company’.

Microsoft Game Studios president Shame Kim said that Microsoft would support Bungie’s ‘desire to return to its independent roots,’ but made clear that the move didn’t mean an end to the Halo franchise.

‘We will continue to invest in our Halo entertainment property with Bungie and other partners, such as Peter Jackson,’ said Kim, ‘on a new interactive series set in the Halo universe. We look forward to great success with Bungie as our long-term relationship continues to evolve through Halo-related titles and new IP created by Bungie.’

NC Soft Gives Birth to Carbine Studios

Gamasutra is reporting that NC Soft has recently created Carbine Studios in Aliso Viejo, CA. Made up of 17 former Blizzard employees and former Fallout programmer and designer Tim Cain among others. Currently Carbine Studios is working on an unannounced MMO for NC Soft.

Belkin Launches n52te SpeedPad

Belkin has released their n52te SpeedPad, the latest in a line of one-handed controllers designed to put everything a gamer needs right at his or her fingertips. We are currently attempting to obtain one for evaluation and will let you know more when we do.

Conflict: Denied Ops Impressions

Joystiq has posted their impressions of Conflict: Denied Ops, a two-person vs everyone else shooter for the Xbox 360 and  PS3. Apparently the visuals need alot of work and when compared to similar-themed game Kane & Lynch, this one ‘falls flat’. Conflict: Denied Ops is set for a Q1 2008 release.

Brewfest Celebrated in World of Warcraft

Joystiq is reporting on another Blizzard-created in-game celebration, Oktoberfest. Blizzard gas created a multitude of beer inspired items for players to use such as ‘Eyesight Enhancing Romance Gogles’. They always have a great time with different holidays in-game.

SimCity Societies Preview

1up has a preview of the upcoming game, SimCity Societies. Instead of focusing on detail-oriented city building, this time the game features a much more user-friendly system of focusing more on the social aspects of your city, not just the physical buildings themselves.