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Star Wars: The Old Republic, the gay planet and the problem of the straight male gaze

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The recent controversy surrounding Old Republic's 'gay planet' approach to same-sex relationships hints at a wider failure in game designMakeb, the gay planet, is the sort of problem that comes about when a series of perfectly reasonable decisions takes a development team to a very weird place. For Bioware, this...
Star Wars: The Old Republic, the gay planet and the problem of the straight male gaze

GamesBeat weekly news roundup

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You may not have noticed, but we’re now publishing a lot of game stories exclusively on the GamesBeat section of our site these days. These are stories that we feel are less geared to the general readership but will especially appeal to gamers and readers involved in the game...
GamesBeat weekly news roundup

Grand Theft Auto 5: three lead characters, one huge map

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Rockstar has revealed the first GTA V details, and promises some huge changes including multiple lead charactersHere we go, then, the madness has begun. It's been four years since the last full Grand Theft Auto release and in that time gaming has changed considerably. We've seen the seemingly irresistible rise...
Grand Theft Auto 5: three lead characters, one huge map
GamesBeat Giveaways: Clearing out our summer games (housecleaning, week one)

One in four Black Ops II players plan to call in sick on Tuesday

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches at midnight tonight, and lots of fans are planning on skipping work or school to play it. In a survey of 10,000 IGN fans, about one in four respondents said they plan to skip work or school to play Black Ops II...
One in four Black Ops II players plan to call in sick on Tuesday
'Mass Effect 3: Omega' DLC out November 27th, priced 1200 MS Points

Gran Turismo 6 announced for PS3

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Rejoice, PS3 racing fans, Polyphony Digital has some news for you. That’s right—there’s a new installment of Gran Turismo, the world’s most popular console-racing franchise, and it’s (allegedly) coming in time for the holidays. Earlier today at the UK’s Silverstone race circuit, Sony held a "15 years of Gran Turismo”...
Gran Turismo 6 announced for PS3

Borderlands DLC Headed For Retail Release | Edge Online

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Borderlands DLC Headed For Retail Release | Edge Online

Steam's virtual trading cards award prizes for your time well wasted

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Well, this is interesting. While the rest of the world was ogling over what's coming down the pipe from Google, Steam introduced collectible virtual trading cards that you can earn by playing games, and trade in for bragging rights and prizes. Sound odd? Sure, but it's also rather neat....
Steam's virtual trading cards award prizes for your time well wasted
Casey Hudson: BioWare co-created Mass Effect 3 with the (sometimes cranky) fans (interview)

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters

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Xbox 360/PS3/PC; £9.99; 16+; DICE/Electronic ArtsBattlefield 3 left plenty of room for improvement – the slow, intrusive log on and derivative single player campaign, to name but two areas. However, what it did well, it did brilliantly, including great weapons, huge multiplayer maps and an unrivalled grasp of vehicular combat....
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters

Report: Troubled Doom 4 being retargeted for next-generation systems

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Nearly five years after it was officially announced and nine years after the release of Doom 3, we've heard precious little about the development of Id Software's Doom 4. It seems that silence has masked a troubled development cycle that has been restarted at least once and is currently...
Report: Troubled Doom 4 being retargeted for next-generation systems

RT @edgeonline: Borderlands DLC to hit retail shelves in compilation disc:http://tinyurl.com/ygcq4yh

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RT @edgeonline: Borderlands DLC to hit retail shelves in compilation disc:http://tinyurl.com/ygcq4yh
Porsche comes back to Forza Motorsport 4

Briefly: Mac Call of Duty, Roxio video capture, XBL outage

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Aspyr is releasing popular shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Macintosh. The game will include the First Strike downloadable content package, with the last two DLC packages available before Christmas as a single package for $25. The game requires a minimum 2.4 GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and...
Briefly: Mac Call of Duty, Roxio video capture, XBL outage

Thanks, world: Rip-off Modern Warfare 2 DLC sells millions

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Thanks, world: Rip-off Modern Warfare 2 DLC sells millions

How EA's 'Silent Treatment' Pushed The SimCity Story Into The Background

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The SimCity debacle that exploded all over the web in March has quietly faded into the background. EA's claims that the game was always meant to be a quasi-MMO and that servers were handling a majority of in-game calculations have become a lot less incendiary now that servers are...
How EA's 'Silent Treatment' Pushed The SimCity Story Into The Background

Yoshinori Kitase: Cut Final Fantasy XIII content will not return as DLC

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Yoshinori Kitase: Cut Final Fantasy XIII content will not return as DLC

Harmonix drops the mic, Rock Band weekly DLC ending on April 2nd

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After 275 consecutive weeks of DLC that produced over 4,000 songs, Harmonix is tuning up Rock Band for its final content release on April 2nd. As the once-prominent rock star sim walks up the Stairway to Heaven, its studio will release additional tracks and pro guitar upgrades. This final...
Harmonix drops the mic, Rock Band weekly DLC ending on April 2nd
GamesBeat Giveaways: Clearing out our summer games (housecleaning, week two)
The OpenForum agrees: Dishonored is a must-play game

Euro 2012 game announced as DLC for Fifa 12

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Electronic Arts will be releasing its tie-in with the European Championships as a downloadable extra for the current Fifa titleElectronic Arts has announced its official UEFA Euro 2012 tie-in – but in an interesting break from tradition, the title won't be available as a full-price standalone release. Instead, it will...
Euro 2012 game announced as DLC for Fifa 12

Press Start: Modern Warfare 4 to be revealed soon, Nintendo doing well on digital sales and more

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Plus, Sega Pluto up for sale, girl scouts make games, reaching the edge of Shootmania and why one developer will never make another FPSA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.Modern Warfare 4 could reveal early May | The Official Xbox MagazineIn utter defiance of all known precedent,...
Press Start: Modern Warfare 4 to be revealed soon, Nintendo doing well on digital sales and more

This week's games news

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Destiny | Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires | Transport Simulator | Skyrim PS3 DLC: Dragonborn, Hearthfire and DawnguardReading this on mobile? Click here to viewBungie, creator and former developer of the Halo series, has announced its new game, Destiny, which it describes as a "shared-world shooter". Which means that while it...
This week's games news

Bungie gives us our first peek at Destiny gameplay (video)

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At Sony's pre-E3 press conference tonight mentioned again how its relationship with Activision and Bungie will see exclusive DLC for the developer's first post-Halo game, Destiny, come to the PlayStation 4. It also showed off a trailer featuring in-game action and a live demo. The live action on-stage featured...
Bungie gives us our first peek at Destiny gameplay (video)

Gears of War 3: Forces of Nature pack revealed

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Microsoft has named and dated the latest map pack for the third-person shoot-'em-up monsterIf you're a fan of Epic's visceral run-and-gun steroid marine stomp, but you need a new reason to play it, mark your calendar for the end of March. Gears Of War 3 is set to be the...
Gears of War 3: Forces of Nature pack revealed

Unreleased Wii U games will be demoed at Best Buy during E3

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One of these things is not like the other. Nintendo has announced a handful of games set for launch on the Wii U through the spring and summer. Releases include the exclusive Sonic: The Lost World, a new version of Super Luigi U, and Mario and Sonic: Winter Games....
Unreleased Wii U games will be demoed at Best Buy during E3

GameStop to warn about missing DLC in used game sales

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GameStop has settled a class-action lawsuit concerning advertised downloadable content not being included in used games being resold. Under the settlement terms, the game retailer must warn potential buyers from California online and in-store that certain content may require an additional purchase.......
GameStop to warn about missing DLC in used game sales

Mass Effect moaners kinda get their own way as people power strikes again

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SPOILERS. Who can't name a beloved TV series that didn't end the way you wanted? BSG? Lost? Sapphire and Steel? Blake's Seven? Quantum Leap? The Sopranos? All of which ended either with tear-inducing bum-notes or confusing conclusions that caused furious head scratching. Despite that, the traditional reaction is to...
Mass Effect moaners kinda get their own way as people power strikes again

Curiosity lands at the App Store, in the massively multiplayer cube-chipping category

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Peter Molyneux's first creation since Lionhead, is now live on the App Store, presenting gamers with a humungous cube composed of billions of tiny cubelets. Curiosity's virtual block needs to be stripped down layer by layer through collective effort, to reach the center and reveal "something life-challengingly amazing". There's...
Curiosity lands at the App Store, in the massively multiplayer cube-chipping category
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