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”

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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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PopCap Unveils Bejeweled 3 Coming This December

PopCap Unveils Bejeweled 3

The developer behind many addicting 2D casual games announced the official third installment of Bejeweled which will be seen slamming into on December 7th, just in time for the holiday season.

The game will feature the modes of Bejeweled 2 with improved graphics and sound, packing an additional four “secret” games, such as Ice Storm and Poker as PopCap has mentioned. Also included will be a quest mode that features eleven mini-games, along with variations of Bejeweled gameplay, totaling forty quests.

Source: [PopCap Press Release - November 1st, 2010]

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What To Know About the Fall Xbox NXE Dashboard Update

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With the new Xbox NXE Dashboard update around the corner, here’s what you need to know about what’s coming. It looks like this update isn’t quite the departure NXE was from the Blades dash, but it does do some significant graphical and performance tweaks.

After the Xbox reboots upon completing the update, you’ll be greeted by what I have to say is a pretty slick looking redesigned Xbox intro splash screen, featuring a series of thick green lines that swirl around and merge into the X of the trademark Xbox spherical icon, clearly coinciding with the new branding artwork on Xbox retail games.

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