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Australia Finally Gets R18+ Rating

Australian gamers have long since battled for this day to come and it is finally here. Today the Australian government announced the R18+ rating will be approved for the video game industry. For those that don’t know, the R18+ rating is the equivalent to an M rated game in America. This is regarded as a game for adults, and when purchased usually a form of ID is presented or a parent/guardian’s consent is requested otherwise the purchase is turned down to minors.

In Australia they haven’t had such a rating and instead games have been modified to culturally match a younger crowd. If this type of dumbing down of violence, blood, gore, etc. wasn’t effective enough to classify the game in the 15+ rating, the game would likely be banned from release.

Now that Australia has the R18+ rating system for available for game publishers to utilize, we should see a little less censoring of games and a little more parental awareness about the various different types of games and appropriate age groups.

“The amendments to the Classification Act 1995 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 are expected to come into effect by January of next year.

The average age of gamers is 32 with women making up 47 per cent of Australian gamers.

The demand for an R18+ video game rating has been overwhelming.

The Attorney-General’s department received 58, 437 submissions in response to a discussion paper released last year, 98 per cent of which supported the introduction of an R 18 category.”

[News.Com.Au]

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Updated: Full Starhawk Beta Schedule, Release Date Announced

PlayStation Plus members gained access to the Starhawk Public Beta yesterday! Now you can play the upcoming third person shooter with real time strategy mechanics and experience X-Play’s Best Multiplayer Game of E3 for yourself. You can look for Starhawk to hit stores May 8, 2012 (hopefully before the world ends). As for those of you holding Starhawk beta codes from the Uncharted 3 launch week copies, your access goes live January 31.

Beyond the private beta’s features the following have been added:

  • Classic Arcade Flight-Mode: Private Beta players asked for it and we’re happy to include the classic arcade flight from Warhawk.
  • Host Migration: When the host leaves the game, the hosting duties transfer to another player and gameplay will continue, provided the option is checked.
  • Language Support: European and Japanese languages are included. Korea, China, Latin America and Brazil will be in English…but these will include the appropriate languages for the full game.
  • Skills: Players will be able to collect unique Skills to use in gameplay based on their performance. PlayStation Network Friend Integration: Friends status, messages, and friend requests.
  • Bug Fixes: Lots and lots of bugs have been addressed.

Check out StarhawkTheGame.com for more details on the game and see below the official Starhawk Beta Schedule.

Check out Starhawk on Facebook to get more information on the game from the development team themselves.

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25 Games Day One for PlayStation Vita Release

The next generation portable system by Sony (successor to the PlayStation Portable) PlayStation Vita will be released in USA, Europe, (and Australia) February 22nd (and 23rd). With graphics that look similar most PS3 games, two analog thumb sticks, a front and back camera, an OLED touchscreen and a back touchpad, as well as the classic PlayStation buttons (Triangle, X, O, Square, L, R, etc), the system is set to satisfy the hardcore gamers in the handheld market. Check out a list of games that will be available day one including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, and more.

First Party Launch Titles

  1. Escape Plan (PSN Only)
  2. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  3. Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
  4. Little Deviants
  5. ModNation Racers: Road Trip
  6. Super StarDust Delta (PSN only)
  7. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  8. WipeOut 2048

Third Party Launch Titles

  1. Army Corps of Hell
  2. Asphalt Injection
  3. Ben10 Galactic Racing
  4. Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend
  5. Dungeon Hunter Alliance
  6. Dynasty Warriors Next
  7. F1 2011
  8. FIFA Soccer
  9. Lumines Electronic Symphony
  10. Michael Jackson The Experience
  11. Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only)
  12. Rayman Origins
  13. Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
  14. Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only)
  15. Touch My Katamari
  16. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  17. Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition

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VGA Names The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game of the Year 2011

The Spike VGA 2011 Award for Game of the Year has been awarded to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim, the Western RPG from Bethesda that follows Oblivion in the series as one of the most popular role playing games released in recent years. Some of its more notable features include first-person combat, action and stealth elements, character customization, spell/weapon crafting, dungeon crawling, and more. The candidates for VGA’s award were Portal 2, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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Every book on the ground in Skyrim is now part of a real E-Reader book collection

The books found on the ground in the Elder Scrolls series are known by fans to be an immersive set of lore interactions. Though the mechanic of reading books in a video game might not be popular among today’s gaming audience it is still practiced as a storytelling technique that can even provide a chill to the gamer under the right circumstances.

It could even be argued that this format holds immersion better than having certain things explained to you by a narrator or character within the game. The elegant solution is that you are still your character holding a book while the cold wind blows around you and your journey awaits your blood-stained sword.

Apparently the cult following that supports this type of lore reading in Skyrim has grown quite strong and now Capane.us has gone so far as to add the Skyrim books to the E-Readers: Kindle, Nook, iOS, etc. You can download it for free on their website at the time of this original post.

Source: Capane.us via Joystiq

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Modern Warfare 3 Gets Hacked on Xbox Live, What Else is New?

As we all know most Call of Duty titles have been giant hack lands for hackers. Every iteration of the game has arrived at our doorstep with promises from the developers that this time things would be better. Black Ops saw a small window of time before it resembled Modern Warfare 2 in terms of campers and exploits. Now we have Modern Warfare 3, the game that just released in the Call of Duty series, finally hacked.

It took less than a month. You can now find infected lobbies in the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 according to a new post at MP1st.com. It is unclear if this effects the PlayStation 3 or the PC versions of the game but it is this author’s opinion that it probably effects all of them and is just worse on the Xbox 360 due to the fanbase being more into game-breaking exploits. If you were on the fence about picking up this game and worried about the multiplayer, this may be an indicator that you should just wait until Call of Duty 27 before hopping back in on the franchise.

Source: MP1st

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on PS3 #1 in Japan

Weekly sales numbers being discussed over at Gamasutra include the new entry to the Call of Duty series, however this entry paints a well-known picture of the industry’s differences from continent to continent.

While the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty is the highest selling in the United States, Modern Warfare 3 ranked in with over 210,000 units sold in Japan and the large majority of it was on the Playstation 3. The Xbox 360 version ranks in at 7th place in the Japan sales.

This story originally floated up from a NeoGAF forum referring to data from Media Create. Typically you should probably take numbers like this with a grain of salt, but in many cases there are some who swear by them for indications in trending market movement.

via GamaSutra

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Starhawk EULA Updated: Gameplay Videos Sanctioned Officially (Again)

Starhawk’s EULA agreement has been updated with the recent 1.0.3 update to the Starhawk Private Beta reminding testers that they are not only allowed, but also encouraged to record their gameplay, discuss their opinions on the game, give feedback on balance, points, gameplay mechanics, or just get the word out there overall.

 

This is a great chance for Starhawk to become seen by a larger mainstream audience than predecessor Warhawk was able to capture the attention of. While Warhawk lived on to become an icon in multiplayer gaming for those who stuck with it, many were turned away by the game’s steep learning curve and overall domination over new players before the implementation of ‘noob servers’ a.k.a. Rookie servers.

Most beta tests will have their testers agreeing to an NDA or Non-Disclosure Agreement clause in their EULA that would discourage any gameplay recording or even critical discussion of the game in the general public media. Starhawk’s developers at Lightbox have decided to take a more open approach to feedback and footage distribution and seemingly opened the floodgates!

If you have yourself a way in to the Starhawk beta and have been wanting to record gameplay videos, you’re in the clear!

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You can still get up to 66% off on Team17 Games until December 6

Team17 is having a sale in the USA PlayStation Store going on until December 6th that offers up to 66% discount on PlayStation 3 and PSP games and downloadable content. Some of the offerings include the Worms Armageddon Battle Pack for just $2.49 as well as any Alien Breed game for $4.99 and the just recently released Worms: Battle Islands for PSP at only $8.49. Check out the full discount list excerpt from the press released below:

  • “Alien Breed™: Impact – PlayStation®3 – 50% discount off $9.99 = $4.99
  • Alien Breed™ 2: Assault – PlayStation®3 – 50% discount off $9.99 = $4.99
  • Alien Breed™ 3: Descent – PlayStation®3 – 50% discount off $9.99 = $4.99
  • Worms™: Battle Islands – PlayStation®Portable – 66% discount off $24.99 = $8.49
  • Worms™ 2: Armageddon – PlayStation®3 – 50% discount off $14.99 =$7.49
  • Worms™ 2: Armageddon – ‘Battle Pack’ DLC – PlayStation®3 – 50% discount off $4.99 = $2.49
  • Worms™ 2: Armageddon – ‘Puzzle Pack’ DLC – PlayStation®3 – 30% discount off $4.99 = $3.49
  • Worms™ 2: Armageddon – ‘Forts Pack’ DLC – PlayStation®3 – 30% discount off $4.99 = $3.49
  • Worms™ 2: Armageddon – ‘Time Attack Pack’ DLC – PlayStation®3 – 30% discount off $4.99 = $3.49
  • Worms™ 2: Armageddon – ‘Retro Pack’ DLC – PlayStation®3 – 30% discount off $4.99 = $3.49
  • For more information on Worms™ please visit www.team17.com or www.facebook.com/WormsTeam17

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Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Ancestors DLC Announced… Already

Have you picked up your copy of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations yet? No? Okay. Well, there’s already DLC being announced for it. So hopefully you can raise some extra money above and beyond the retail price if you’re interested. The DLC package is being released for a modest $3.99 (320 MS Points) on PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace with 4 new characters for the multiplayer mode.

You’ll catch a few new characters for multiplayer mode… and… well that’s pretty much it unless you count their weapons, assassinations, and ’emotes’ as extra content. This DLC pack will release December 13, 2011 shamelessly less than 30 days after the release of the game itself. I’m sure it’s not already on the disc or anything, like 9% sure.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Cheaters Will Be Banned Soon

Robert Bowling has announced via public forum that Modern Warfare 3 players who find themselves cheating, glitching, exploiting, and most of all “boosting” will be subject to being banned from the game soon. The first round of what could be a never ending wave of player bans is said to be rolling out in the near future. As for how exactly they planned to stop cheaters in the first place, this is where things get interesting.

Whereas we were told in the past that Treyarch was able to learn from Modern Warfare 2’s mistakes meaning that Black Ops wouldn’t have the same exploit problems. The Modern Warfare 3 team have painted an entirely different picture as to their approach to the problem. In fact they are relying on banning rather than coding away the exploits, or so their public statements would lead us to believe.

The attitude that you can’t ever stop hackers and cheaters, only hope to control them, is a very logic-based approach with widespread support. We had just hoped that possibly this conversation of cheaters and hackers numbering in the thousands and millions would have been over 3 or 4 CODs ago.

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Steam Has Been Hacked: Credit Card Info and More

Worldwide industry source GamaSutra reports that Steam has been hacked via an announcement made by Gabe Newell directly. While the cause of this breach and the exact amount of effected accounts remains unseen, it is confirmed that Credit Card information (and more) has been compromised. Steam makes up a huge segment of the PC Gaming market and is a newfound mecca of gamers across the globe.

Here are the official statements:

“Valve’s games-on-demand Steam service has been hacked, the company said Thursday, saying that a database containing private user information has been stolen.

That information includes user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information, according to an email sent by Valve managing director Gabe Newell to Gamasutra.”

Source: GamaSutra

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Modern Warfare 3 Launch Day Sales Revealed

In North America and the United Kingdom we are already getting back launch day numbers for Call of Duty 8 (also known as Modern Warfare 3). Despite the widespread outcry from gamers on internet forums throughout the recent years the COD franchise has once again set itself on the path to making history.

In just 24 hours (according to Gamasutra) MW3 has sold 6.5 Million Units in these regions. We await the full launch week sales numbers which will likely be equally impressive as these from a business standpoint.

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PSA: RAGE Side-Content Cannot Be Completed After Subway Town

In this Public Service Announcement brought to you by RealGamerNewz, find out what you can do to prevent having the side-content locked out of your RAGE play-through and when exactly this event is triggered.

RAGE has released and reviews and articles of all kinds are pouring in both positive and negative regarding the game’s quality, fun factor, and various other attributes. While all in all, the game’s engine looks amazing to us in terms of hit detection and graphics, we are sad to report that a major bug mentioned by only a small number of the available review material has been discovered. It has been discovered by RealGamerNewz member BoodyBandit on the Xbox 360 version of the game and appears to have a workaround. Consider this article a Public Service Announcement to gamers worldwide who might otherwise not have known about it and thus suffered a massive inconvenience to say the least.

Without giving away any spoilers, anyone who has been playing through the game for some time now knows that halfway through the area called Subway Town’s missions a shadowy entity largely changes . At this point in time, doors that were once open in the game become locked, and people who gave out side-missions and races are either gone or refusing to do so from now on. This renders all of the side-content in the game useless and prevents 100% completion from taking place! The precise time in the game that this happens is about 3 missions into Subway Town. Everything must be done before then.

Further information we can provide beyond this is that the Final Mission, once completed, will never be removed from your objectives and instead the game will always pit you against the final mission every time you load after completion.

It also appears that the dialog in the game would suggest you were supposed to be able to go back to complete the side-content after the final mission. For example, characters are found saying that they will re-host races when “The Authority” leaves, yet this never happens due to the save file always pitting you against the final mission as stated above. If this is something Id can fix then by god we pray that they make a statement soon. For now, play at your own risk and consider using one of the following workarounds which may be able to help avoid the same situation BoodyBandit found himself in.

Workaround #1: Create many save files. Some people do this instinctively when playing games but you really never know which files you will end up needing plus some games limit the amount of saves you can create. So now you know not to overwrite the ones that take place before Subway Town because of this article. Keep some on hand with good weapons and all of the side-content still available.

Workaround #2: Start a second play-through. This may be a pretty brutal workaround for most people, especially if you have already completed a great deal of the side-content. Unfortunately, if you didn’t happen to create spare save files and likewise didn’t know about this glitch before now it may be too late to do anything else. Until a patch emerges from Id or at least an acknowledgement of this issue, this will have to be the recourse for many who discovered the glitch after already triggering the side-content to be locked out.

Workaround #3: Look for mods (PC Version Only). If you have the PC Version you may be able to create or find some type of modification to the game that would allow for side-content to be accessed again. This is essentially cheating and will most likely not help you earn achievements on Steam or anything, but at least you won’t have to start all over again or use some one else’s save files.

There are also a number of glitches reported including falling through the map when fighting through the final missions such as the bandit car missions, lock-on failures, vehicle glitches, and save data corruption causing glitches to be saved. So be careful and aware about when and where you are saving in the game!

Despite the graphical and gameplay quality being great, the bugs being reported are rightfully labeled as outrageous by many. It is quite sad because this game seems like it had the potential to be a flawless masterpiece but may have been rushed at the last minute. This is yet another example for gamers to witness that our industry needs to be doing way more testing on the games they release to the public at top dollar pricing.

In conclusion the game still has a lot of positives to it and every shooter fan should experience it at least once. We are not attempting to refute that. The creatures and weaponry are very diverse. The difficulty, gameplay, and graphics are great as well. However people deserve to know if their game will lose functionality at some point and here we feel that these simple workarounds need to be presented since at this time RAGE side-content cannot, in fact, be completed after Subway Town.

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