PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for December 5th, 2011

A game news article


Happy Monday, all! This post has become fairly irregular lately due to my awkward scheduling the past few weeks. So, to counter this, I will be changing the scheduling of this a bit. Rather than the Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule that this has been on since its initiation, I am going to make the posts more frequent.


This week, I will be testing out a Monday through Friday schedule. My hope is that this will have me focus on less stories per post. Thus, it will be a lot quicker for me to write it. With the three times a week schedule, I was posting between 8-10 stories per post. This way, I will only be focusing on 4-5 stories with each article. The only exception will be the Monday posts, where I will gather a lot of weekend news.


Hopefully, this will work out much simpler than previously. The Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts will still have their special weekly segments (i.e. New Releases, Video Game Deals and Web Comics Roundup), so no worries there.


And now, let's get to Comics Bulletin's video game news roundup that is now hoping to hit the Internet at a much more frequent pace...











Was that a Half-Life 3 t-shirt that you were wearing, Valve employee?!


Art director and executive producer at developer Uber Entertainment, Chandana Ekanayak, went to a little game developer event and happened to see a fellow industry peer wearing a t-shirt. Why did he decide to post an image of the shirt onto Twitter? Well, this specific peer happened to work at Valve and his t-shirt looked like this:



Yes, kids! That does look very much like a Half-Life 3 t-shirt! The game has never been officially announced, but we have continued hearing buzz that it is in development over at Valve from quite a number of people involved.


I wonder if this means that Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will be coming out at some point prior to Half-Life 3's release. We have been waiting for that DLC for FOUR YEARS!


Also, I really want that shirt...


(bit from CVG)



Online Passes Can Expire? You Have Got to Be $&@##ing Me!

I don't know if any of you have had the opportunity, but last year's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was a pretty fantastic racing title! Need For Speed has slowly been disappearing from gamers' collective consciousness for quite some time, but Hot Pursuit was a game that I would have recommended to anyone who enjoys a nice racing game. Why would I not recommend it to you now? Because EA has apparently stopped all newly-purchased copies from playing the game online, even if you bought the game new!


A gamer on NeoGAF brought up on the forums that he tried to activate Autolog -- EA's fucking online pass system for the Need For Speed series -- and was met with an invalid code error. What does EA say? Their online passes can indeed expire, even for those who purchase the game new.


Fuck you, EA!


They also say that it is possible to get a new code for free from EA, but this is such an unnecessary step to take for someone who bought the game brand-FUCKING-new! Online passes are already an unnecessary step for gamers to take. Now, he has to call you to receive a new code so he can play his own product completely? How is this fair?!


(bit from Destructoid)



Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Brings in 2 Million Players!

EA has just revealed that 2 million users to test out their upcoming BioWare MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. They say that 725,000 users joined the test over Thanksgiving weekend, making it one of the biggest beta tests in history.


EA reports that each beta tester had played an average of 12 hours during the Thanksgiving weekend for a total of over 9 million playing hours played that weekend alone.


I know that I spent a good 2 hours in the beta, but I was merely waiting for a server to open up and getting kicked off immediately after creating my character. And I know I wasn't the only one.


Star Wars: The Old Republic is out on December 20.


(bit from GameSpot)



Earn FREE DLC While You Touch My Katamari!

It was announced that the upcoming PS Vita launch title, Touch My Katamari, will have mission and song packs available as DLC following the game's release. But, if you touch that Katamari in a nice way, you might get some of that DLC for free.


While playing the game, players will be able to find items called "Fan Spirits". With these items, you can earn enough to get the downloadable content at no extra charge!


I personally think this to be a brilliant service to fans. If you find enough secret items, you get paid content for free. Of course, with online walkthroughs ever so abundant on the interweb, I don't see how anyone will buy the DLC...


(bit from Andriasang)



RUMOR: PS Vita Digital Copy Games 40% Cheaper Than Physical Retail Copies?

According to ThriftyNerd, a recent PS Vita event had a spokesperson say that the digital copies of the games would be 40 percent cheaper than the retail copies and attributes this to the lack of hardware and packaging.


Meaning, if a game retails for $40, the game will cost you $23 if you choose to get it digitally.


When Sony announced the prices for the PS Vita memory cards, many gamers flipped out! Prices are as follows:


4GB: $30

8GB: $45

16GB: $70

32GB: $120


While a bit drastic at first, the lower price of digital copies justifies the 32GB purchase. If this turns out to be true, I will definitely be investing in the $120 card.


(bit from Thrifty Nerd)



Xbox 360 New Video Features Not Rolling Out All at Once



With the new Xbox 360 dashboard update out tomorrow (12/6), many are looking forward to chucking their cable boxes and satellite receivers out the window and enjoying streaming content to their game console. Well, don't get to chucking just yet, folks.


The only new services coming along with the update tomorrow are Lovefilm and Epix. Later on this month, many more will be joining the ranks, including Crackle, Dailymotion, Vudu and Verizon FiOS TV. And on December 20, the UFC app is set to premiere.


Other services like MLB.tv, HBOGo and Xfinity On-Demand are slated for early-2012.


I am fairly excited for tomorrow's dashboard update! This is the first one in a long time that I did not beta test for Microsoft prior to release. I'm intrigued to see how the Kinect will be used to navigate the regular dashboard. I will be on my Xbox all night tomorrow...


(bit from Engadget)








The Elder Scrolls Adventures with the Dovahkids -- Your New Favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon!



I know that Amelia Ramstead, (Other) Nick Hanover and I would all like to see this show happen! Where are you, Fox Kids?!



Epic Games' Teaser for their New Game... Teaser



Leave it to Cliffy B to talk about how awesome something he is working on will be before anyone even sees it...



Kevin Butler Presents: SimulView (TM)



I just love that he reads out the trademark. I need to unsubscribe from this YouTube channel...



Aubrey Plaza LOVES World of Warcraft More Than She Loves YOU!



I love Aubrey Plaza! This video came out a couple weeks back, but I never saw it until recently. I'd say to enjoy, but I know you already did.







The Adventures of Tintin: The Game (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS)

Just Dance 3 (PS3)








Child's PlayThe last thing I want to let you all know is that the Child's Play charity is still taking donations for the sick kids that need a bit of a holiday distraction.


Child's Play -- from the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic -- is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and hospitalized children with video games and toys in over 70 hospitals around the world. Since 2003, millions of dollars have been donated and used to help these kids have fun rather than just sit in a hospital room.


Child's Play works in two way: You can click on a hospital on the Child's Play donation page and pick a gift to donate from the wish list or make a cash donation through PayPal -- which Child's Play uses to buy video games, consoles, toys, books and other fun stuff for kids throughout the year.


It is a great cause and if you would care to donate, please go to the site and make a kid a little bit happier this holiday season.


Thank you.





Until tomorrow (he said, full of hope)...










Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.



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