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‘Counterstrike’ to go free-to-play this weekend

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In celebration of the Electronics Sports World Cup happening this weekend, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, the sequel to one of the most popular multiplayer games of all time, is going free to play this weekend.

The game will be available for anyone to play from October 31 at 10am to November 4 at 1pm PST.

“The ESWC is the first major tournament featuring CS:GO and shows that CS:GO is taking over in major tournaments everywhere,” Valve said in a post on their blog. “We start with France this weekend and next up in November – CS:GO will be in Sweden at DreamHack Winter with a prize pool over $45,000!”

Valve also teased that they might put the game on sale following the free weekend. Counterstrike: Global Offensive is usually $14.99 and is available on both Mac and PC.

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Written by John Schwartz

October 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm

‘The Dead Linger’ Alpha Released

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Sandswept Studios today released the Alpha version for their upcoming game The Dead Linger. The game aims to be an open sandbox zombie survival game, in the vein of games like Day-Z, the popular Arma 2 mod.

Access to the Alpha costs $24.99, which Sandswept Studios advertises as a reduced price. Players who have pre-ordered the game or purchase it October 31 will receive an exclusive in-game item, the DOVRAC mask, which will grant benefits to characters that equip it.

You can check out Sandswept Studios’ Facebook page or visit the game’s website to purchase the Alpha version.

Written by John Schwartz

October 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

‘Curiosity’ gets release date of November 7

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What’s inside the cube?

Peter Molyneux, the mastermind behind the Fable franchise, announced today the release date for his newest game Curiosity. Molyneux quit Lionhead Studios after the newest Fable game, Fable: The Journey was released.

Since then, Molyneux has been focusing on his startup company, 22 Cans, and their first release is imminent.

Curiosity is coming to iOS and Android and will have players chip away at a black cube in the middle of a bare room. The main draw of the game is the mystery of what’s inside the cube. Players will be able to purchase DLC of higher quality chisels to, presumably, chip away at the cube in larger quantities. Only the player who chips away the last piece will be able to see what is inside.

Keep up to date at 22 cans Facebook page, or Peter Molyneux’s twitter.

Written by John Schwartz

October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

‘Guild Wars 2’ Halloween Event continues to update

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The final act of Guild Wars 2 Halloween event has yet to come out, but even so, players have a lot of content to go through.

Act 2 and Act 3, released on October 26 and October 28, respectively, new events and area to the game. The most recent update shattered the titular statue in the center of Lion’s Arch, replacing it with a portal to the Realm of the Mad King.

What is contained in Act 4 is still a mystery, and players won’t find out what it contains until October 31.

Keep up to date on the event on its official page. Or, stayed tuned.

Written by John Schwartz

October 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ release date announced, more details imminent.

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Rockstar Games today announced on a post on their blog that the next iteration in the Grand Theft Auto Series, GTAV, is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2013.

The post also announced that they would be released much more information on the game in November, and that pre-orders would be available November 5.

GTAV is set in a modern re-imagining of Southern California, in the fictional city of Los Santos.

‘Halo 4’ Spartan Ops trailer released

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343 industries today released the trailer for an upcoming feature in the soon-to-be released Halo 4.

Spartan Ops is the new cooperative mode in Halo that will be replacing firefight mode. Season 1, which is included in the purchase of the game, will consist of 10 ‘episodes’ and 50 missions.

This video also confirmed previous suspicions that you will be able to customize your spartan and will be fighting against Covenant and Prometheans.

Halo 4 is scheduled to be released November 6.

Written by John Schwartz

October 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

EA takes out full page ad in ‘The New York Times’

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EA today, in part of an ad campaign for their upcoming game Need for Speed: Most Wanted, took out a full page ad on the back page of the A section in The New York Times.

The ad supports the passing of ‘prop 130,’ which is a proposition that would raise the speed limit to 130 mph. The advertisement  rather timely in this election season, trumpets that the proposition would create new jobs, save Americans money, and boost workplace productivity.

The rest of the ad can be seen hereNeed for Speed: Most Wanted releases tomorrow in North America, on October 30.