GAME OF THRONES season 2 begins today on April 1st (here are some posters and pictures)

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Command and Conquer: Generals 2 trailer reveal, coming in 2013

 

Bioware just revealed a new game, a sequel in fact, Command and Conquer Generals 2 at Spike’s ‘Video Game Awards’ show today. Several screenshots earlier in the day were leaked but it lay unconfirmed until the official announcement was made. It will use the frostbite 2 engine, the same one developed by DICE for Battlefield 3. The debut trailer that came with the announcement can be found here: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/vga-2011-command/724610?

and on youtube:

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Watch as the Radio tower from Battlefield 3′s Caspian Border falls. This is some serious destruction!

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Guide to Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Maps

Here’s a basic overview of all the nine maps available in the Battlefield 3 game at launch.

battlefield 3 maps

Operation Metro
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: INFANTRY FOCUSED COMBAT IN SUBWAY
SITUATION REPORT: HEAVY FIGHTING IS EXPECTED AS U.S. FORCES PUSH TO SECURE THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT IN CENTRAL PARIS. RUSSIAN ANTI-AIR EMPLACEMENTS IN CHARDONNAY PARK ARE LIKELY TO BE THE FIRST TARGET.

Seine Crossing
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: VEHICLE/INFANTRY COMBAT IN DOWNTOWN PARIS
SITUATION REPORT: THE AMERICAN INVASION OF RUSSIAN OCCUPIED PARIS IS IN FULL MOTION. THE UPSCALE AREA IN THE 7TH DISTRICT OF PARIS SERVES AS THE BATTLEGROUND.

Grand Bazaar
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: TIGHT URBAN COMBAT
SITUATION REPORT: THE BATTLE FOR CENTRAL TEHRAN HAS REACHED ITS SECOND WEEK, AND WHAT WAS EXPECTED TO BE OVER WITHIN DAYS NOW CONTINUES AS RUSSIAN AND U.S. FORCES CLASH FOR CONTROL OVER THIS ANCIENT CITY.

Caspian Border
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: VEHICLE WARFARE IN LARGE VALLEY
SITUATION REPORT: A RECON RUSSIAN FORCE HAS SET UP CAMP ON THE TURKMENISTAN SIDE OF THE IRANIAN BORDER AND PROCEEDED TO TAKE OVER THE HEAVILY BUILT UP BORDER CHECKPOINT.

Operation Firstorm
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: ALL-OUT DESERT WARFARE
SITUATION REPORT: U.S. AND RUSSIA LAUNCH LARGE-SCALE ASSAULTS TO CONTROL IRAN’S BIGGEST SOURCE OF OIL. SECURING THIS AREA WILL OFFER FULL CONTROL OF THE SECTOR AND ITS KEY FACILITIES.

Tehran Highway
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: INFANTRY FIGHTING IN TIGHT CITY STREETS
SITUATION REPORT: A FIGHT FOR CONTROL OF ACCESS ROUTES NEAR TEHRAN. U.S. FORCES MAKE A PUSH FROM THE HILLS UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS WHILE RUSSIANS HAVE SET UP DEFENSIVE POSITIONS ALONG THE MAIN ENTRANCE POINTS.

Noshahr Canals
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: MIXED COMBAT IN INDUSTRIAL SETTING
SITUATION REPORT: U.S. MARINES LAUNCH A STRIKE ON A MAJOR HARBOR BY THE NOSHAHR CANALS ON THE IRANIAN COAST. THE STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT PORT ALLOWS FOR DEEP WATER VESSELS TO OFFLOAD ESSENTIAL MATERIALS.

Damavand Peak
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: FIGHTING IN WINTER MOUNTAINS
SITUATION REPORT: A RUGGED MOUNTAIN AREA PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN DECIDING WHETHER RUSSIAN OR U.S. TROOPS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN COMBAT OPERATIONS IN THE SECTOR, AS THE AREA IS HOME TO KEY RADAR INSTALLATIONS.

Kharg Island
SUPPORTED GAME MODES: ALL
BRIEF: AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT
SITUATION REPORT: KHARG ISLAND IS IRAN’S BIGGEST OIL EXPORT TERMINAL. IF THE U.S. CAN STAKE CONTROL OVER THIS ISLAND, IT WILL DENY THE RUSSIANS CRITICAL ACCESS TO IRANIAN OIL RESERVES.

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Act Of Valor (2012) movie trailer

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DICE suprises us with Battlefield 3 Guillotine Gameplay Teaser

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New Call of Duty trailer mocks Battlefield 3 in a humorous way

You heard that right, Call of duty just unsheathed its sword and told BF3 ‘hey you don’t scare me bro!’. Check out the latest Modern warfare “Tango Down” and watch it till the end, you will notice something rather familiar; a blatant joke at Bf3 blockbuster of a trailer that featured jets called Caspian Border.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Tango Down Trailer:

Did you see that? The end with the wall-e bot? There’s that reference. Hilarious…

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Battlefield 3 – Caspian Border Gameplay

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Avengers posters from Comic Con

I’m not crazy about black widow, she was one of the many fail factors that brought down Iron Man 2. Individually, they are all very weak tired characters at least that’s what their movies proved, as Thor was ridiculous concept from the start while Iron Man turned into a goofball. It will have to rely on Hulk and maybe Captain America. None of them holds a candle to Nolan’s Batman. But even before Nolan, Batman was always unbeatable in popularity and everyone saw him as a legitimate superhero. Him and Superman. I imagine if they ever decide to do a proper Justice League, it will impress much more than the underwhelming effort by Marvel with Avengers so far.

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New Official Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Gameplay

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Get ready for the Battlefield 3 book by Andy McNab!

Battlefield 3 might be getting some kind of book deal in the works, could be a simple behind the scenes concept art book or the book version of the game. Chances are it’s the latter. The exact details on what this book project is can not be known now but I can surmise from usual past video game books that it will have the storyline from the game explored indepth in novel form, and maybe even a sequel of the storyline; can’t tell for sure yet. It could just end up being a guide book or companion book about the realities of war with special comments from Andy McNab. What I’m sure of though, is Andy McNab being the author or co-author as indicated by Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

Earlier I reported on the news of McNab contributing to the making of Battlefield 3 by giving them advise on all things military related and motion capture, which was cool to know but having McNab be the author of Battlefield 3 book was completely unexpected! That’s if it’s true that is.
While Andy McNab showed interest in the past in having video games based on his books, this seems unusual and quite surprising, since Battlefield 3 was never promoted as an Andy McNab story. Anyway it’s best to wait for someone sort of official announcement, so this bit of news should be taken as a rumor until then. Amazon has the book ready for release on October 25, 2011 roughly the same time as the game itself. I hope it’s not a guide book, and that it’s an actual novel.

UPDATE: Gamespot confirms it as an actual novel. How the hell did the Battlefield franchise go from a multiplayer only game to a novelized Single-player one I don’t know. Strange part is Andy McNab being the author, the ex-SAS guy who had Sean Bean play him in a movie once. Strange strange strange, that’s all I can see.

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John Carter movie trailer!

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The First teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises!

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Holy Batman! Gotham is crumpling!

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Why are there Satanic Symbols in Battlefield 3?

satanic symbol in battlefield 3

War is hell

What is that a satanic symbol I see? A pentagram could mean many things nonetheless it’s most identified with devil worship and the road lines forming it are in the middle surrounded by burning oilfields which just screams allusion to hell. The unusual yet recognisably obvious placement in the game not to mention the presentation at E3 could not be mere coincidence. The image above is taken from E3 trailer. Is DICE messing with us by putting subliminal messages of devil worship or is it part of the game’s story? I have theories of my own but right now I will just let you decide for yourself!

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Are we entering the golden age of gaming? A look at Casual gaming.

Ask any gamer and they will tell you games are the greatest thing since sliced bread, so no wonder that industry is flourishing non-stop, with surprisingly very few hurdles in the way. The competition is fierce too as noted in my previous posts and for the most part, good games have no problem gaining overnight popularity. Last decade, the focus was all about the hardcore gamer, you know the type the one who dedicates a big part of his life to highly competitive, may I say, really violent video games. As we embark on this new decade however, the future looks bright for the casual gamer; the new default target for the industry and that’s not a bad thing.

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Respawn Entertainment reveal their first game… sort of

Respawn Entertainment, the newly formed game development studio headed by former Call of Duty developers has just launched their new website. Long story short, they were the guys responsible for all the Call of Duty games before Activision gave them the boot in 2010. Now working for EA, they plan to strike back with an awesome game title that we have yet to see. The gaming community is eagerly awaiting any announcement concerning their first game, today we are just one step closer to getting a first look. That blurry picture along with another absurd one from their website are our only clue as to what game they are working on. What do you see? Is it a fantasy world full of castles and ruins? Could it be an alien planet?

Now after playing around with the picture I got this far:

Looks more and more like some factory or ranch kind of thing. There are wood walkway bridges at the bottom yet I see no water, it reminds me of vietnam war environment with mud water. The original photo shows a dark and cloudy atmosphere. The mountains and green field could be hint of a European or Asian location so it’s definitely not a western. It could be set on an island, I’m leaning on that. That factory or house, actually has a water tower or it could be a guard tower. And there is something busy happening on the roof, very odd shape, almost like a billboard or a satellite dish. There’s also a bunch of what I think are radio towers and there is a clear path paved out in the green field suggesting some kind of vehicle transport. The hanger door is where it starts. As for that structure in the foreground, I can only assume it’s ancient castle; could be dracula’s castle for all I know. Also is it just me or is there a human figure at the top of that structure on the balcony?

This is the other picture from the site which doesn’t tell us much:

The word “Down” or “Domn” could be significant, a google search leads me to “Domnus” and “Domnintor” which are latin words for Mister or Sir. Domintor is a King’s title derived from Domn, which means lord or ruler in Romanian language. What if this game was really about Dracula? And the image could be of a gun barrel but seeing the white pipe tube thing makes me think different; clearly it’s supposed to go through the metal hole. Is it a weapon or armour? Strong chance of steampunk elements as we have a factory or hanger and ruins. Alien technology is not out of the question, how does it blend in with the human made hanger is anyone’s guess.

Check their awesome website and be on the look out for more clues in the times ahead. http://www.respawn.com/

It’s been confirmed that they are working on a sci-fi shooter but if I had to speculate right now, I would say it’s either set in an alien world, an island, or you play as a modern day Vlad the Impaler. What would really be cool is if it’s set in an orbital, a mega-structure and it’s actually a space settlement that has relatively primitive humans; people who aren’t advanced enough to figure out they are on an alien run space station and not on an actual planet. Something close to this sci-fi concept:

Could it be a space colony?

Whatever it is I can’t wait to see it.

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“You don’t ship an engine, you ship a game” Modern Warfare 3 developer slams Battlefield 3

Sledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield, MW3 developer, had a lot of tough things to say about Battlefield 3 and it’s performance on consoles.

“You can go out and name your engine and call it whatever you want, right, you know, I’ve done that before, I’ve seen that trick and the bottom line is, this game will run at 60 frames a second. Not sure any of our competitors will,” Schofield told AusGamers.com when asked about Battlefield 3′s Frostbite 2 engine.

Battlefield 3 developer, DICE, announced months ago that their most anticipated military game will get 30fps framerate on consoles and 60fps on PCs. While MW3 is marketed heavily on its 60fps on consoles as Sledgehammer thinks this gives them a “competitive edge”. That’s thing isn’t it; their game has little new to offer other than maintaining the same framerate. MW3 boosts a faster framerate because it uses an old 2007 engine with bad graphics, room-sized game levels, no destruction and no vehicles.

“Not sure I’ve seen any of our competitors on the console, especially running at 60 frames a second, and I’d be a little scared at this point if I was looking forward to a particular game that wasn’t on the console and running at 60.

“I think 60 is our competitive edge and you just don’t throw that away. You don’t ship an engine, you ship a game,” Schofield said.

You don’t say? The game costs $60 so we are paying 1 dollar per fps then? Is that all? Shouldn’t a game especially one that is part of such a popular franchise be hyping some other new feature?

http://www.ausgamers.com/features/read/3079156

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Now you can convert flash files into HTML5!

Guess who’s so swiffy today? Google released a tool called Swiffy for converting flash files into HTML5 ones so they be used without a flash player. All you have to do is go the google labs swiffy site and upload a SWF file. Go here if you want to try it out: http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/

And if you want to see some examples for yourself there is a gallery: http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/gallery.html

The brains behind this at google wanted a way for non-flash compatible devices to be able to play flash content.

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Modern Warfare 3 website hacked by Battlefield fans?

UPDATE: It’s not a hacked site, but some battlefield fan genius got his hands on the domain and basically uses it to promote Battlefield instead. The site currently redirects to the official Battlefield 3 site. Hilarious no?

For more information, 1UP just covered this absurdity: http://www.1up.com/news/modern-warfare-3-com-big-troll-promotes-battlefield-3

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This is the MW3 website that just supposedly got hacked, see for yourself:
http://www.modernwarfare3.com/

So is it a hack or a prank by the owner of the site?
I’m told this is a fan site and not the official one so I can’t say how big of an impact this is. And I have no idea what that site looked like originally or whether it’s just a parody. With all the fanboy wars going on concerning these two franchises as of late, it’s not so surprising that it would get to this point.
I don’t know when the owners plan to recover their site from those Battlefield 3 loving hackers if it did indeed get hacked but just in case you couldn’t see it in time, here are more screenshots of it as it is now:

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Hate the new Final Cut Pro X? Try Sony Vegas…

If you came across news about the controversy surrounding the new Final Cut Pro and you wondered to yourself “why is this making mainstream news”? Well join the club, it appears now everything that is apple related even if it doesn’t affect the masses it nonetheless is expected to make the headlines. That’s what you get for creating a worldwide cult based on a indoctrinating marketing hype.

The backlash over Apple’s new direction for the much beloved editing tool has spewed uncontrollably all over web; with editing professionals expressing their disbelief at how Apple dismissed their “pro” workspace needs in exchange for a featureless “iMovie” equivalent; one that could be geared for the ipad market. Or so is their perception of it anyway. The reality is most features are still in tact from the previous versions but have instead been remodelled to work differently and one would have to relearn how to work them. Not good news to professionals who depended on FCP for years and now being told to get used to a whole new system. There are vital features however Apple has surprisingly removed like the multicam editing, what were they thinking? According to New York Times article, Apple said they plan to add it again in patches. Classy of them don’t you think?
My distaste for anything Apple is clear as day. And their editing software is no exception, but I think the pro editing community protest too much. What I gather, Apple wanted to rewrite the FCP from the ground up so it can transition it to the next phase and allowing more innovative improvements in the future. Accept the changes, that’s what an upgrade is, an improvement. From what I read about the new features and changes, their heart is in the right place and they seem sound overall. If anything they might finally catch up to Sony Vegas standards. But why did they feel the need to release a half baked dumber version of the product? Beats me. You can read for yourself all the misconceptions being addressed here: http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/professional-video-editors-weigh-in-on-final-cut-pro-x/

Now if you really feel FCP is not good for you any more, well you might be doing yourself a favor by using something like Sony Vegas instead. It’s a lesser known editing software, but it in my view is much functional than anything else I used. Some think of it as the best kept secret. It’s an awesome software that gives you a bazillion rendering choices and it’s amazing what you can do with it.

It sports a fun to play with layout that is more convenient in my opinion, it’s the firefox of editing softwares, customise the layout any way you want and the ability to drag out the color correction windows for instance and pop them in again. You can never lose your unsaved work as it has a robust recovery system. Overall, it might not look fancy but it’s light and versatile with a ton of capabilities under the hood. The industry should be using it, not Final Cut or Avid stuff. The trial version can be found here: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegassoftware

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