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LucasArts Teases May 4th Announcement

We just got this postcard image from LucasArts stating that “On May 4th, All Will be Revealed”. They are directing everyone to checkout  http://MayThe4th.StarWars.com at 6:00am PST on May 4th to discover what this announcement will bring. At the website, a countdown timer is already moving. What will this countdown reveal – a new game? Star Tours 2 information? A setup for E3? Only time will tell!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation DLC Pack Out Now

Activision has announced the Xbox 360 release of their long-awaited Escalation DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Escalation features five new maps as well as a new ‘Call of the Dead’ mode, which puts players in the zombie-slaying boots of genre actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker, Danny Trejo, and Robert Englund as they take on hordes of the undead.

The Escalation content pack’s new multiplayer maps include:

  • “Hotel,” where players battle it out on the roof of a Cuban luxury hotel and casino against the vivid backdrop of old Havana
  • “Convoy,” which delivers intense, close-quarters combat at the scene of an ambushed U.S. military convoy
  • “Zoo,” which sets gamers on an eerie ride through an abandoned Soviet Russian Zoo with danger at every turn
  • “Stockpile,” which pits players in a remote Russian farm town, housing secret WMD facilities
  • “Call of the Dead,” Escalation‘sZombie experience that assembles a zombie-carnage dream team to fight against a new and undefeatable zombie horde menace, all set in the dark, ice-covered isles of Siberia.

Escalation retails for 1,200 Microsoft Points and will appear on the PlayStation 3 and Windows PC platforms “soon”.

Alienware Releases M18x Gaming Laptop

Alienware and Dell have announced that the Alienware M18x gaming laptop is now on sale. The gaming laptop starts at $1,999 and features a ton of customizations available to the consumer. In these customizations is the option to have up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM. The laptop also features the new USB 3.0 slots as well as an 18.4″ display.

Features:

·         An 18.4-inch FHD WLED 1080p display for the best visuals possible
·         Powerful Dual GPU options with the fastest graphics memory (GDDR5) on all graphics options
·         Both AMD and NVIDIA graphics options, in Crossfire X and SLI, respectively
·         New Intel “Huron River” Architecture with a new factory overclocked Intel Core i7 Extreme Quad Core processor up to 4GHz
·         Upgradeable to up to 32GB 1333MHz memory
·         HDMI/Display Port output & HDMI-in
·         Wireless HD & 3D output options, delivering low-latency high-def content wirelessly or output to 3D displays.

LINK: M18x at Alienware’s Official Website

Virtua Tennis 4 PlayStation Move Trailer

SEGA has released a new trailer showing off the PlayStation Move functionality of their upcoming Virtua Tennis 4 on the PlayStation 3 platform. The game is due out on May 10th for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms, with a PC release later this Summer.

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L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories Announced

Rockstar Games has announced that they have partnered with Mullholand Books to create a novel based on their upcoming crime-thriller video game, L.A. Noire. L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will feature 8 individual tales from the L.A. Noire universe from 8 different authors. The book will be available across various media outlets prior to the launch of L.A. Noire  on May 17, 2011 in North America and May 20, 2011 in Europe.

“L.A. Noire draws on a rich history of not just film, but also great crime literature for inspiration,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Using the game’s world as a springboard, we worked with the genre’s best writers to create stories that lived up to the finest traditions of crime fiction.”

LINK: L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories Official Site

Razer Re-Designs Goliathus Mouse Surface

Razer has announced that they have re-designed their Goliathus gaming mouse mat to include a new anti-fray stitching in the pad.The Razer Goliathus ‘Control Edition’ and ‘Speed Edition’ will retail from $14.99 to $34.99 depending on the size of the pad and will be released this month.

“The only thing wearing down should be your enemy,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President Razer USA. “The Razer Goliathus is our pride and joy when it comes to soft mats, designed with professional gaming-validated weaves for an exceptional mouse swiping experience. Now with anti-fray edges, you can go forth and frag even harder, worry-free.”

LINK: Razer Goliathus Product Page

Black Prophecy Gets New Patch and Missions

Reakktor Media and gamigo AG have announced a new patch for their online space combat game, Black Prophecy. In addition to a multitude of enhancements and bug-fixes, the patch also adds a number of new missions for players to undertake. Black Prophecy is free-to-play and available now on the Windows PC platform. For more information on the game, please visit the official website.

 

Official Patch Notes

MISSIONS
Following new missions were implemented:

* “Cash for clunkers”, Comadrome, Level 7, Tyi
* “Valuable freight”, Caldeena Tyi Hub, Level 34, Tyi
* “Boosting morale”, Caldeena Tyi Hub, Level 35, Tyi
* “The prototype”, Col Esera, Level 14, Genide
* “Lost in the Badlands”, Elysion, Level 18, Tyi + Genide
* “No response from Station FG-31”, Elysion, Level 18, Tyi + Genide
* “Escort”, Gyoda, Level 30, Tyi
* “Security loopholes”, Gyoda, Level 30, Genide
* “There’s always something waiting…”, Geneera, Level 27, Tyi
* “Crafting Session”, Apo Kata, Level 4, Sapiens

GENERAL

* General performance improvements in all sectors.
* Removed exploit possibility that allowed players to collect unlimited colors in “Paint Job”.
* Fixed issues with performance and missing NPCs in Bara Kaitos sectors.
* Fixed ship health display inconsistencies.
* Damage distribution changed slightly: Damage is distributed evenly among active ship items, proportional to the items’ durability percentage in relation to the entire ship. The item that is directly hit (unless it’s the cockpit) receives slightly more percental damage than the other items.
* Repair kit durability is distributed evenly among all active ship items, proportional to the items’ durability percentage in relation to the entire ship.
* Increased the amounts repaired by the higher level repair kits.
* Fixed heavy alien fighter item values. It can turn at decent speeds now.
* Implemented better spawn point variation for weapon transporters in the Nimbus, to prevent spawn point camping.
* Fixed a bug in the mission “Energy Reserves”.
* Fixed an AI bug that caused NPCs to have steering problems when switching to sniper weapons.
* Fixed an AI bug that caused NPCs to not move when they should try to hide.
* Fixed an AI bug that caused NPCs to have steering problems when breaking off from a formation.
* Fixed an AI bug that caused NPCs to ignore new threats when purposefully attacking enemies.
* Fixed an AI bug that caused NPCs to ignore turrets on capital ships.
* Fixed an AI bug that caused NPCs to randomly experience steering problems during fights.

HUD

* Quickplay/instance button and sector/station name info no longer disappear when docked to a station and activating mouse mode.
* Premium items can no longer be moved to the ship inventory while a trade with a player or NPC is already active.
* Fixed kill-assist game messages if the player is killed by an NPC, but was damaged by other players before.
* Quickplay is now correctly being disabled when the client disconnects.
* More detailed information is now displayed when a player wants to request a clan sector.
* Removed warning message when players cancel their pending mission.
* Fixed a case where players could receive an error message “mission already starting” even after logging out and logging back in.
* Reserved names filter has been updated to allow some popular, previously blocked character names.

GFX

* Fixed colony ship texture flickering.
* Fixed engine exhaust effects for Tyi fighters.
* Fixed weapon attachment alignment for Tyi fighter wing module.
* Enhanced areas influenced by player color for Tyi fighter modules.
* Correct interior scene is now shown in the Gyoda Nebula for Tyi players.

The Easter content will be deactivated. Already looted eggs and blueprints will remain in the game.

New BRINK Trailer Gives HUD Rundown

Bethesda Softworks has released a new trailer for their upcoming online shooter, BRINK, showing off the game’s HUD system, which is interesting for its ability to dynamically update the player on objectives, class information, and a lot more. BRINK is due out on May 10th for the Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3 platforms.

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Three More Fallout: New Vegas DLC Packs Announced

First Screenshot from the Honest Hearts DLC Pack

Bethesda Softworks has announced that they are working on three additional DLC pack for their popular post-apocalytpic action-RPG, Fallout: New Vegas. The three packs will be released simultaneously on the Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3 platforms beginning on May 17th with the first expansion, Honest Hearts.

Details of Each DLC Pack

Available on May 17, Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah’s Zion National Park. Things go horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave, you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.

In Old World Blues, releasing in June, you will discover how some of the Mojave’s mutated monsters came to be when you unwittingly become a lab rat in a science experiment gone awry. You’ll need to scour the Pre-War research centers of the Big Empty in search of technology to turn the tables on your kidnappers or join forces with them against an even greater threat.

Lonesome Road, available in July, brings the courier’s story full circle when you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of New Vegas. In his transmission, Ulysses promises the answer as to why, but only if you take one last job –a job that leads you into the depths of the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. The road to the Divide is a long and treacherous one, and of the few to ever walk the road, none have ever returned.

PlayStation Network Security Update

After hearing that 2 million PSN user’s credit card information could be going up for auction around hacking groups, Sony has responded on the Official PlayStation Blog to the revelation that credit information was compromised by detailing a bit more about how credit card numbers are stored. Apparently, Sony stores credit card numbers after they have been altered by a cryptographic hash function.

From the Official Post

One other point to clarify is from this weekend’s press conference. While the passwords that were stored were not “encrypted,” they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form. For a description of the difference between encryption and hashing, follow this link.

To reiterate a few other security measures for your information: Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well. To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports.