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EA Offers Netflix-Style Subscription Service For Xbox One


Electronic Arts has announced a subscription-based service called EA Access. The Netflix-style service will launch in a few weeks for the Xbox One, but a beta has started today. EA has yet to reveal if the service will be on Sony systems in the future.

When the general public has the ability to subscribe to the service, it will cost $4.99 monthly, or they can choose a yearly price of $29.

The service will offer gamers with a slew of EA titles, and they will rotate from month-to-month. Much like what Netflix does with their streaming option. (more…)

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Star Wars Pinball Announcement Trailer

The hype of Star Wars has never gone down towards up obscurity since the original film was released in 1975. And with the announcement of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm, and the next Star Wars movie will be released in 2015 with J.J. Abrams directing it, Star Wars is about to be as big as ever, which is perfect timing for Zen Studios to release a digital pinball game based on the franchise for mobile platforms, Xbox Live and PSN.

When the game is released digitally, there will be a few pinball tables to select from, which are inspired by “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Watch the trailer for Star Wars Pinball after the jump. (more…)

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Kate Upton’s Hidden Talent is… Mario Kart

All of us already know what Kate Upton’s biggest talent is: to be one of the most photogenic people in the world. You might not think that’s a skill, but I would disagree. Well… The very least, that’s what I would tell her if I ever met her. And I’m pretty sure you would too.

Anyways the model had an interview with the publication GQ, and the interviewer asked Upton if she had any hidden talents, and I’m pretty sure you and I are already thinking the same thing, but unfortunately that’s not what she said.

Apparently, Mrs. Christensen Ms. Upton think she one hell of a Mario Kart player. Apparently that’s her biggest hidden talent. (more…)

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Temple Run 2 Downloaded Over 50 Million Times

Since 13 days ago, Temple Run 2 has been downloaded over 50 million times on iOS, Android and Kindle. Not a bad milestone for a company that only has three employees, and was confounded by a husband-and-wife team.

Temple Run has evolved into something so much bigger than us,” says Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi. “The game has performed beyond our wildest dreams, and we are thrilled that gamers and fans have embraced Temple Run 2 in such a short period of time.”

When the game was released in Apple’s App Store on January 17, it was downloaded over 6 million times in less than 24 hours. And achievement so great. I’m sure Fortune 500 gaming companies are scratching their head and wondering how such a small company can be so successful in such a short amount of time. I’ll give them a hint: make simple yet challenging games, that both hard-core and casual gamers alike, can find entertaining. Yeah, it’s a lot harder than it sounds to develop, but I’m sure you can figure it out one day.

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The Simpsons Arcade Game Coming to PSN and XBLA

If you grew up in New England, surely you would know about the American restaurant chain called the Ground Round. As a child it was one of the top places I would wanted to dine. Not because the food was incredible, in fact, it wasn’t great at all. But they had one thing…and that was a small arcade room. I would order my food, and beg my Mom for a few quarters and mash some buttons as my burger was being grilled.

Looking back on it, there were two titles I distinctly remember playing all the time at the ol’ Round, and both titles were developed by Konami, AND both were extremely popular 90′s TV shows. One was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the other…the FREAKING The Simpsons. (more…)

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Kinect for Windows Now Available

Today Microsoft has announced that they have started to sell Kinect for Windows. The device, which is essentially the same as the Xbox 360 version, will retail for $250.

Now before you try and purchase the peripheral for your home computer, be warned, this isn’t for controlling anything…just yet. Instead, the company has released it for developers in hopes of having an abundant of third party applications for future PCs and possibly for the Xbox down the line.

Microsoft also hopes that business will rely on the product because of how simple and “intuitive” a person can navigate a program, with using just voice and/or hand gestures. But the only way that can be built, is allowing developers to have access to a specifically-built Windows version.

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THQ Cuts 30 Employees from Studio

Last week, THQ released a statement that they would have to lower it’s third-quarter projections, and noted the uDraw tablet’s poor sales were to partly blame.

Late last week, about 30 employees from the THQ Play studio were notified that their services were no longer needed due to budget cuts. THQ Play, of Agoura Hills, CA, was division that developed the sluggish uDraw. (more…)

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PETA Releases a Game that Depicts Mario as an Animal Killer

Yesterday, Super Mario 3D Land was released in the US and with glowing reviews. Today, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals has released a parody game on their website called Super Tanooki Skin 2D, that shows Mario in a different light.

PETA gives the perspective of Mario being a blood-trusty, fur-wearing, manic, which you can kinda see in the picture above. And PETA believes that’s a correct because Mario occasionally wears a Tanooki suit in his latest game.

Their reason for this, is detailed after the jump. (more…)

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Pokémon App Coming to iOS and Android Market

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This summer, Nintendo will dipping their toes in the mobile app market with a new Pokémon application for iOS and Android devices. This is huge news considering the company has never released any virtual Pokémon title that doesn’t use Nintendo hardware.

The app — which will be released this summer and be free — is a timing-based game that will somehow combine Pokémon cards while music and the player will tap to control the action, though details are scarce on how that specifically works right now. (more…)

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E3 2011: First Live Video Demonstration of Kinect Star Wars

Here is the first live demonstration of Kinect Star Wars and I must say once again, it’s really unimpressive. Nothing is convincing me that the player has any control whatsoever on where they want to move. It feels like a glorified arcade rail-shooter, rather than a deep Star Wars game.

There are also points in the video where the actual kid playing the game is having trouble destroying his enemies, due to unresponsive controls and even an instance where he ‘s having a hard time moving an object with the Force. And don’t get me wrong, I really wanted this game to be fantastic, mostly because my fantasy of pretending on waving an actual Lightsaber while killing the rebels, it just doesn’t look to hold up.

If this is any indication on how characters in the Star Wars universe really would feel, I’m happy I just watch them in the movies instead.

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