Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts DLC Announcement coming soon?

Things have been a little quiet in the Wasteland up until yesterday when a report of a leaked trailer on YouTube for  the “Honest Hearts” FONV DLC appeared on the Fallout Wiki. While there is no evidence of a trailer ever being linked on YouTube, the site Duck and Cover managed to get it’s hands on some very very very tiny jpeg screenshots supposedly from Honest Hearts. We get a glimpse of the logo and a few scenes.

MTV’s multiplayer blog is also reporting that there will be a Bethesda Sponsored media event this week in Utah which seems significant because of the rumors that Honest Hearts will involve the city of New Canaan in Utah. So the speculation seems to be pointing to some kind of announcement happening this week or hopefully very soon.

We don’t have much more infomation at this time, and once we get a more official statement we’ll report it here!

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KONAMI Launching New Metal Gear Line…in Clothing?

KONAMI has recently announced the addition of a clothing line based of the game Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker. The clothes will be taken from various characters throughout the game and are designed through the assistance of Musterbrand.

The franchise will feature hoodies, t-shirts (short sleeve and long), pants, a jacket, and a hat. This is the perfect opportunity for any Metal Gear Solid die hard to dress like their favorite characters. The clothing line is set to retail online beginning April 11th in the United States and Canada. KONAMI has promised future additions to the line quarterly.

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Nintendo 3DS: a Hands-On Impression.

I found myself in midtown Manhattan today at Rockefeller Center, and the Nintendo Store was beckoning me to come in and play with the 3DS. So I had to comply of course.

Now I am not a DS game player at all so this was sort of my first time with any DS let along the new 3DS. I do play some Wii games so I am already familiar with the friendly interface and easy to use graphics. The 3D of the 3DS is pretty amazing. You activate it with a slider on the right side of the screen to control the depth of the 3D or to turn it of completely. I knew they were using lenticular technology to achieve the 3D, and wondered if you’d see lines or something else, but the image was very clear and I found the 3D really fun to play with.

The game that was loaded on this demo device was Steel Divers a scrolling submarine game. The 3D on this screen really made the depth of the ocean feel expansive and I think it added to the over all gameplay. The game itself is a little boring, but the novelty of 3D made it more compelling to stick through it. I am an iphone user (and gamer) so using the stylus was a little new to me but I got more used to it as I kept playing.

So hardcore DS’ers are you all planning to plop down 250 bucks to get one this weekend? You can try it out before you buy at some launch day events that are happening this weekend in many major US cities including New York, LA and Miami among others.

Let us know what your impressions of the 3DS are.

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Surprise! Duke Nukem Forever Delayed

Everyone should remember Duke Nukem Forever’s past involving 3D Realms; the studio’s failure to produce anything of value for the game quickly made it into gamer lore, being the brunt of many jokes. Well when Gearbox Software picked up the title, they promised that the game would actually finally be finished. Duke Nukem Forever was set to be released on May 3rd with an international release on May 6th, but in an ironic twist of fate the famous vaporware game will be delayed yet again. This is the official video the studio has released:

As you can see, the game is now scheduled to be released on June 10th internationally with a June 14th North America release. While the studio seems confident of their new release date and there haven’t been any rumors of the scandals we witnessed with 3D Realms, one can’t help but wonder if the curse of Duke Nukem Forever has been passed on to Gearbox Software. Is this the unmakable game? Hopefully not.

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Square Enix Unveils New Mobile Gaming Studio, Hippos Lab

Square Enix has recently announced the addition of a new Studio, Hippos labs, which will focus on app development for smartphones. The studio began operations on March 7th and anticipates their first release to be very soon.

The studio aims to bring original games to the smartphone industry. With the rapid growth of the market, it only makes sense for Square Enix to try to grab a share. With the background a company like Square Enix has, they can take a strong control over mobile gaming if their releases are anything similar to past games.

Square Enix has also shown interest in opening up another large studio in Canada. The company will feature at least 100 employees and by May the location should be finalized.

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Rift exploit fixed thanks to the efforts of “White Hat” hacker

After being a victim of account theft, “White Hat” hacker ManWitDaPlan started to investigate the security holes in RIFT, a new MMORPG available for PC. What he found was an exploit that allowed one to log on to any player’s account without even needing their username (or, in this case, email address) or password. While this exploit did trigger the Coin Lock, which makes it so that the character cannot sell destroy or trade his or her own items (but can still buy items normally, save for at the Auction House), it left many other features perfectly usable, including the “delete character” button.

It seems the game had some rifts of its own

Upon discovering this, ManWitDaPlan posted his findings on the game’s forums. Soon after, he was contacted by none other than Steve Chamberlin, the dev lead for Rift. Together, the two of them plus the engineering team fixed the exploit in little more than two hours of the exploit being revealed. Apparently, these attacks had been a constant problem and the team was eager to get rid of them.

As it stands now, the exploit has been fixed and the dev team is very grateful for ManWitDaPlan’s help. Hartsman, an executive, had this to say: “we’d definitely like to thank Mr. ManWitDaPlan for the well-timed assist. Sir, we salute you and offer our most heartfelt thanks.”

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Bungie Stepping Forward to Aid Japan

With the devastation left behind by the Earthquake and Tsunami that rattled Japan on March 11th many companies have been stepping forward to raise funds for the Red Cross and other organizations. Most recently, Bungie has agreed to pledge all proceeds from the sale of their wrist bands as well as all profits from the Bungie Store until April 30th, 2011.

The wrist bands feature the words Ganbare Nippon on the front and Japan Quake Relief 2011 on the reverse side. Ganbare Nippon is a term used to help someone who is having down times. The concept is perfect as this is a time when we should all unite and show support for Japan. If you do not feel the need to help, just remember this nation has provided us all amazing video games for several decades. The bracelets are only $6.50 shipped and are available in adult and youth sizes.

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BAFTA Video Game Awards Winners Announced


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the winners and nominees of the 2011 Video Game Awards. There wasn’t much variance in the nominees as it was heavily dominated by Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Mass Effect 2.

Peter Molyneaux was honored yet again for his contributions to the gaming industry. Mr. Molyneaux co-founded Bullfrog Productions in 1987  Molyneaux brought games such as Populous, PowerMonger, and the Fable series.

The categories in this year’s award ceremonies are Action, Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Family, GAME Award of 2010, Gameplay, Handheld, Multiplayer, Ones to Watch, Original Music, Social Network Game, Sports, Story, Strategy, Technical Innovation, and Use of Audio. Nominees are shown below and winners are bolded.

The Fellowship Award:

  • Peter Molyneaux

Action:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • BioShock 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • God of War III
  • Halo: Reach

Artistic Achievement:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • God of War III
  • Heavy Rain
  • LIMBO
  • Mass Effect 2

Best Game:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • FIFA 11
  • Heavy Rain
  • LIMBO
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

Family:

  • Dance Central
  • Kinect Adventures
  • Kinect Sports
  • Kinectimals
  • LEGO Harry Potters: Years 1-4
  • Toy Story 3

GAME Award of 2010:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Dance Central
  • FIFA 11
  • Halo: Reach
  • Heavy Rain
  • LIMBO
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

Gameplay:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • God of War III
  • Heavy Rain
  • LIMBO
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

Handheld:

  • Cut the Rope
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • Professor Layton and the Lost Future
  • Sonic Colours
  • Super Scribblenauts

Multiplayer:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Halo: Reach
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Ones to Watch:

  • Mush
  • Sculpty
  • Twang!

Original Music:

  • Alan Wake
  • Fable III
  • Heavy Rain
  • James Bond 007: Bloodstone
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

Social Network Game:

  • Bejeweled Blitz
  • Farmerama
  • FIFA Superstars
  • My Empire
  • Zoo Mumba
  • Zuma Blitz

Sports:

  • F1 2010
  • FIFA 11
  • Football Manger 2011
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • International Cricket 2010
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Story:

  • Alan Wake
  • BioShock 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Heavy Rain
  • Mass Effect 2

Strategy:

  • Civilization V
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • FIFA Manager 11
  • Napoleon Total War
  • Plants vs. Zombies XBLA
  • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Technical Innovation:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Halo: Reach
  • Heavy Rain
  • Kinectimals
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

Use of Audio:

  • Alan Wake
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • DJ Hero 2
  • LIMBO

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