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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.

Official Next-Gen Zune Specs

Engadget has posted the official info for the next generation of Zune media players from Microsoft. They will come in two categories, those with hard drives and those with flash memory. The hard drive Zune will be the ‘Zune 80’ and has 80Gb of storage (a good step up from the 30Gb current model). The flash drives will come in an 8Gb and 4Gb model and will be much smaller than their hard drive brethren. In other news the current generation Zune, soon to be dubbed the ‘Zune 30’ will be privy to the software updates that will go into the new models, giving old Zune owners alot to look forward to.