Our friends over at Gamertag Radio just posted a video promoting their Community Vibes 5 event (which takes place this Saturday) with Major Nelson, and we couldn’t help but notice what appears to be a yet-to-be-announced Final Fantasy XIII Xbox 360 faceplate on Major’s desk! We haven’t seen or heard about this anywhere, so this may, in fact, be the first time it’s been seen in public. Even more interesting, though, is the fact that Microsoft has kind of forgotten about the whole faceplate-only thing, which leads us to believe that we may see a Final Fantasy XIII Xbox 360 bundle. If you wanna peep the video, we’ve got it for you after the break.
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Casting is a very important part of film production, used to attract movie goers into theaters. Similarly, BioWare is hoping to achieve this same kind of effect by casting big names into their upcoming title, Mass Effect 2. Sure, they are also hired to bless the game’s characters with talent, grace and—in some cases—even mannerisms. Names such as comedic actor Seth Green, Chuck stars Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin, Star Trek’s Michel Dom, Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer, Carrie-Anne Mos, and even Martin Sheen are part of this all-star game cast. If the Mass Effect series never tickled your fancy, these names will surely spike your interest, even if it’s just curiosity.
The State Department has invested $415,000 in a cell phone game named X-life. Designed to endear us to the Middle East and Persian Gulf, the game involves four or five hours of play with two modes, student and musician. It attempts to teach English and a bit of U.S. history. Only about 120 have been given away so far. That might be because it only works with Nokia N Series and Sony Ericsson P1i mobile phones or maybe those targeted have better things to do with their time than play games that may appear as propaganda.
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Remember when we told you about the woman who murdered her ex-‘s avatar on Maple Story? This story is even more bizarre. Amy Taylor met her husband David Pollard in a chatroom and married him in both Second Life and the real world. They had been together 3 years when she discovered his avatar having sex with other ones. She had even gone so far as hiring a virtual detective. When David said he didn’t love her anymore after being caught, Amy filed for divorce the next day. This is proof positive that if you are going to mess around with Internet dating/activities, expect to pay the consequences in real time.
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City of Heroes has long been on the PC and now it makes the move to the Mac. The MMORPG is is coming from a pertnership between NCsoft andTransGaming, Inc.
“Players will soon be able to join the battle of good versus evil in the most popular comic book MMO on both the PC and Mac platforms…and in the same game world,” commented Brian Clayton, executive producer of City of Heroes for NCsoft West. “Given Mac’s fame as a platform for creative people and City of Heroes’ unprecedented character customization options, I think City of Heroes is a perfect fit for the Mac gaming community.”
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We know a few of you out there are enjoying Fallout 3 so much, that you are looking for more ways to fully envelope yourself in the games post-nuclear world. If that’s you, keep reading. Up for auction at the Sam’s Club website is a 121 pound, 7-foot, 10-inch tall, Brotherhood of Steel statue. The current bid is $150 and ends on November 11th. If you are an avid collector of all things video game related, then don’t miss out on this statue—assuming you have room to store the massive piece of art.
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We were in such disbelief about the jilted online wife who murdered her ex’s avatar on Maple Story that we thought we would share a more pleasant side of online dating. A guy known as “TheRealPfhreak” hacked into his girlfriend’s Chrono Trigger ROM, filled it with memories in a new area named Koma Kulshan, then proposed. We know that some of our best friends were met in chat rooms, so we hope this will remind others to make virtual love, not war.
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If you are anxiously awaiting the release of Fallout 3 and want to raise your level of anxiety a notch, you can pre-download Fallout 3 via Steam at this very moment. A few games have done this in the past, the most recent being Spore. Instead of going to the store and getting your copy of the game, you simply purchase the game online through Steam. Steam then allows you to download the game the moment you’ve paid for it, which will then unlock itself at 12:01 AM October 28th.
All of this is assuming you have a PC, and that this is where you plan on experiencing Fallout 3. If you have an Xbox 360 or PS3, you will have to wait for your local midnight launch party or until the morning of release day to call the game your very own.
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There is gaming, and then there is extreme gaming. A woman in Japan has been arrested for killing off her ex- online husband’s avatar in Maple Story. Apparently, the 43 year-old hacked into the game using his ID and password, then did the dirty virtual deed. Although she hasn’t yet been formally charged, she could face up to a 5 year bout in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.00. We think a fitting punishment might be a forced stay on Second Life for about six months.
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Looking for a new inexpensive adventure? Play Asia has a special on Kingdom Under Fire Circle of Doom for Xbox 360. The game features several different worlds with randomly generated maps, six heroes to choose from that can be customized and multi-player capability for up to 4 gamers. Of course there are tons of baddies and upgradeable weapons.The game is in English, but subtitles are available in 8 other languages. The bargain price of $14.90 is good for this week only and there is a limit of 2 games per person.
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