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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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Angry Birds Coming to the PS3 and PSP

Angry Birds for PSP

The most popular iPhone/iTouch game, Angry Birds, is headed to the PlayStation 3 and PSP. Today, it announced that the puzzle game will be a available to download “soon” according to the official PlayStation blog, and the visuals will be fully optimized for the PSP.

Since it was released on the iPhone last December, it has gone on to sell 6.5 million units and it is still consistently a top seller on Apple’s App Store. Because of the popularity, the developer, Rovio, has ported the title to various other phones and has seen the same type of success.

The game is simple and the story is foolish — but in a humorous way. The Angry Birds have noticed that their eggs have been snatched by green pigs. The Birds want their revenge and attach themselves to a giant catapult which launches them the air, causing destruction.

The player chooses the speed and direction of each bird, while calculating each birds strengths and weaknesses, and shoots them into the air causing structures to fall and hoping to land on a pig. While it’s a simple concept and feels a lot like Boom Blox for the WIi, it’s easily one of the more addictive games you’ll play.

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Pac-Man is Evolving in 2010, But How?

pac-mans evolution

Gonintendo has just received this picture in their email, which teases the idea that Namco Bandai has made the decision to not only release a new Pac-Man game, but also change the look of the famous yellow head.

I have no clue what direction the company plans on taking Pac-Man, but I believe it’s gonna be more than a simplistic 2D version. If you analyze the picture, it’s not just showing Pac-Man in every makeover, but also his evolution in gaming.

The picture in the far left shows him in his original 2D form, which most of us think of when we think of ‘The Pac.’ However, in the mid-90s he was re-imagined and while it was the same type of game as the original, it was played in 3D environment, which is represented in the second picture to the left. The third picture was his platform genre debut. Namco decided it was a good idea to bring a mixture of Super Mario 64, which was the craze back then.

So what does this mean for the next game? What could Pac-Man possibly star in that would be so drastically different than the rest? Well, I hear Nintendo is set to announce a 3D DS

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Cool Stuff: T-Shirt Showing Where the Tetris Blocks Fall From


Did you ever wonder were the blocks came from when you play Tetris? From a plane dummy! Well, according to this t-shirt they do, anyway. The blue shirt comes in various sizes and if you want one, it’ll just set you back $20. Head over to glennz to order it.



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Sega Trademarks New Super Monkey Ball Game and it Suggests Balance Board Use

Sega has trademarked a new Super Monkey name, which was discovered by siliconera. According to the trademark, which was filed in Europe, the game will be called Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll.

Obviously the registration doesn’t specifically mention which system it will on, but the name Step & Roll would suggest it would take advantage of the Wii Fit Balance Board.

It’s been awhile since I played a Super Monkey Ball game. Actually it could have been all the way back in 2002 when Super Monkey Ball 2 was released for the Gamecube. I did love the game but honestly, the series has changed much since it debuted. Maybe with the introduction of the Balance Board I’ll try it again.

Plus, I need to dust off that accessory, it’s been awhile since I used it.

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Google Celebrates 25th Anniversary for Tetris with Logo Design

Who says Google employees are not videogame fans? When Google-Street view was released awhile back, employees of the company decided to cosplay and a few were even spotted dressing up as Zelda characters, which can been seen in the street view feature. This past Earth Day, Google redesigned their logo on the search page which commemorated the appreciation for the planet. In that same design, we discovered the TriForce hidden in the image.

Today happens to be the 25th anniversary when Tetris was created by Alexey Pajitnov, in the USSR at the Academy of Science in Moscow. Thanking his achievement, Google has redone their logo for the day, celebrating the ‘birthday’ of the famous videogame.

Check it out up top.

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Braveheart Scene Remade Using Boom Blox

Braveheart was a historical-drama film that was released in 1995. The film was recognized as the year’s best film when it won best picture at the 68th Academy Awards, and was nominated for additional six. The moral of the story is about how important freedom is, and what the cost some must endure in order to make sure they experience it.

That said, gamegym deiced to use the level editor from Boom Blox to recreate a famous scene from the film. What you get is a entertaining look from a different perspective from the great movie. I dunno, there is something about seeing Mel Gibson being played by a blocky dog-thing.

Watch the video up top.


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Critter Crunch Coming to PSN

When I first heard about Critter Crunch, it was during an award ceremony for mobile games at GDC 2008. A fellow colleague of mine, was big it mobile gaming and he was all about this puzzle game. So, much he thought it was the best game that year for the mobile phones. It wasn’t until months later when I got to try it out for myself for the iPhone, I then realized what he meant — this game is addicting.

Like most good games in this particular genre, Critter Crunch is a simple concept. The point of the game is about feeding animals, but making sure it follows the food change. Basically, little organisms are supposed to eat bigger ones, and so on and so on. The more you feed, the bigger the creatures get — causing them to explode and creating a chain reaction.

Now, Critter Crunch is being remade for the PlayStation Network and will be available soon for download. The title will feature updated graphics and animations, 1080p output, trophies, and online multiplayer.

This is one game to look out for and if you own a iPhone, check out the demo in the app-store. You’ll get a better understanding of how the game mechanics work.

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Gameplay Footage for Boom Blox: Party Bash

Gametrailers has put up a video of Boom Blox: Party Bash, which they record off a TV as they were playing the puzzle game. Obviously, the second installment is nearly identical to the first game which came out last year and for me, was the best game on the Wii for 2008.

To say I’m excited for the next Boom Blox would be an understatement and if you haven’t played it yet, I recommend checking it out. Until than, watch the footage of gameplay up top.

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Boom Blox Party Bash Ships Next Month, New Screens

I have said this over and over. I really believe Boom Blox is easily one of the better games to come out in 2008. Not just for the Nintendo Wii, but the gaming industry as a whole. So, to say I’m excited to play the sequel, Boom Blox Party Bash, would be an understatement.

Today, EA has confirmed the date when the second installment will ship into stores and it is only a few weeks away. On May 19, 2009, Party Bash will be available to Wii owners. Thank god actually, because I think my Wii was chocking to death from all the dust it has been collecting.

After the Jump, check out new screens. (more…)

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