Adventure Awaits in Minecraft Beta 1.5!

Minecraft Beta 1.5

Before getting into the information, I will be referring to the maker of Minecraft , Markus Alexej Persson, as Notch and a coder for Mojang AB, Jens Bergensten, as Jeb.

On April 19, 2011, Minecraft updated from Beta 1.4 to Beta 1.5!

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Jumping Jehoshaphats, Batman!

Batman Arkham City Trailer

Man, that was such an old saying, let me bring it into the modern age by saying: “Why so serious?”

The real reason gamers are so serious is because the awaited sequel to the 2009 game Batman: Arkham Asylum is going to be released in fall of 2011. To be exact, Batman: Arkham City is going to be released on October 21st in Europe, October 19th in AUS, and October 18th in the US.

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Black Ops: First Strike Map Pack Rundown


On February 1, the first map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops was made available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

The map pack is dubbed “First Strike” and with it comes five new maps, four being for competitive multiplayer while the fifth is a co-op zombie map.

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Sony Announces Next Generation Portable

PSP 2 - Front

Sony has received mixed opinions on its PlayStation Portable, but that hasn’t kept them out of the running. In a strategically timed press conference, about one week after Nintendo had their huge 3DS reveal, Sony showed off what they are calling Next Generation Portable, or NGP. With a new user interface and dual analog sticks combined with some impressively powerful mobile hardware, they stand a chance to take the portable gaming market away from Nintendo.

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Nintendo 3DS Details

Blue 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS: Nentendo’s new product in their hand-held systems. With the 3DS, gamers can experience incredible gameplay with 3-D graphics, without the need for actual 3-D glasses. According to the Nintendo website: “Nintendo 3DS is a breakthrough in portable entertainment, a truly cutting-edge piece of hardware. It has to be seen to be believed.”

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Activision Announces First Multiplayer DLC for Black Ops


Activision and Treyarch announced that the first DLC for Black Ops called Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike will be arriving February 1st for the Xbox platform as a temporary “timed” exclusive for 1,200 points or $15 USD. Other systems will get the expansion approximately a month later.

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What’s New in Minecraft’s Beta Phase?

Minecraft Beta Screenshot

On December 20th, Markus Persson, better known as Notch, announced that Minecraft is coming out of its Alpha phase and going into its Beta phase. With this upgrade comes some updates:

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Super Meat Boy for Steam, Achievements and More

Super Meat Boy Screenshot

The PC release is nigh with a planned debut sometime in the month of November and Steamworks support is go. While Super Meat Boy on Xbox Live Arcade, like most, is capped to twelve achievements with a total worth of two hundred Gamerscore. Team Meat announced on their Twitter feed that the PC version will support at least a whopping thirty achievements. It’s also confirmed that the Wii version will not have any achievements.

SuperMeatBoy: the steam version will contain 30+ achievements and possibly a little something extra for steam fans.

If that isn’t enough, the PC version will also be getting a level editor shortly after the game’s release, so keep an eye out.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Will Support Steamworks

Call of Duty: Black Ops - Fire

Valve announced that the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops being developed by Treyarch will have full-on Steamworks support. With that, it will add a lot of snazzy little features like unlockable achievements, auto-updating and the support for the Steam Cloud system that will allow you to save via Steam’s servers.

For those who already purchased the game via Steam should be able to start preloading the game now and will gain access when the game releases November 9th.

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Interplay Discovery Announces “Death and the Fly”

Death and the Fly - Shot 1

As a part of Interplay’s expanding Discovery program, where the publisher seeks out promising indie games and makes them available on the mainstream market, announced another addition. The game is called Death and the Fly and will be a colorful and “gothic” 2D puzzle platformer where you must navigate through various traps and puzzles to reach the end of a given level. It’s being developed by “Independent Programmist Group” or PIG and will be playable during the second quarter of 2011.

You control two characters, Death and the Fly, hence the name. Each character has a unique abilibity that will be required to complete the levels. They assure that there are “many interesting ways to die”, which could be an implication that death will be unavoidable by design, similar to that of Limbo or Super Meat Boy.

You will also be able to upgrade your abilities throughout via some sort of in-game shop. You can follow the development from their blog.

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