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South Park: The Stick of Truth

Game publisher THQ has announced a slew of delayed games. South Park: The Stick of Truth, Metro: Last Light, and Company of Heroes 2 will all be out later than expected.

South Park: The Stick of Truth, originally slated for March 2013, will be released in "early fiscal year 2014." That means sometime after April 2013.

Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2 have been pushed back until March of 2013.

THQ reiterated its commitment to the titles during its financial statement today.

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Potential Names For Android's Next OS

The FBI has issued a warning to smartphone users, specifically Androids, about possible mobile malware threats. The Internet Crime Complaint Center alerted Android users to be wary of several malware attacks, like FinFisher and Loozfon, which target Android phones. The IC3 added those were just two of the many active viruses that are being used to compromise mobile devices.

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Halo 4 Mantis Mech Tearing It Up On Valhalla

Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to those who illegally pirated Halo 4. The game reportedly leaked last week and has since become available online to users with modded Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft isn't letting these players get away their activity though, and has sent an e-mail to those they suspect have pirated the game.

“This email is to notify you that your Xbox Live privileges have been permanently suspended due to illegitimate prerelease title play,” the email reads. “Because your conduct is in violation, the Xbox Live Enforcement Team has issued a permanent suspension. Your Xbox Live privileges will not be reinstated.”

Microsoft is currently working with its security teams and law enforcement to address the Halo 4 leak. You'll be able to legitimately play the anticipated first-person shooter on November 6, 2012.





Halo 4 Leaked? Microsoft Investigating

Has Halo 4 been leaked? Several videos (which have been taken down) of people playing the highly-anticipated first-person shooter began showing up on the Internet recently along with pictures of gamers' Xbox Live profiles showing them playing the campaign. There have also been various box shots creeping around like the one above. Usually we're skeptical, and we still are, but regardless of if people are playing the game or not, Microsoft isn't happy.

“We have seen the reports of Halo 4 content being propped on the Web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

The Halo franchise has seen leaks like this before, with Halo 2, Halo 3, and  Halo: Reach all leaking before they could hit store shelves. It's kind of like tradition at this point. The official release of Halo 4 is November 6, 2012.

Source: Reddit, NeoGAF




Big Huge Games Acquired By Curt Schilling's 38 Studios

Curt Schilling's now defunct and bankrupt video game company, 38 Studios, has put 992 pieces of equipment up for auction. The equiptment ranges from computer monitors, to HDMI cables, to wooden desks, to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning t-shirts.

KoA:Reckoning was 38 Studios' first and final game. It was released in February 2012 to mixed reviews, but overall sold well considering it was a new IP. This auction will not deal with the ownership of 38 Studios' intellectual properties.

If you're hoping to furnish your office, or even to own a piece of the fallen game studio, you'll need to register as a bidder and put down $100 as a deposit. Auctions will be held in Maryland and Rhode Island, on October 16, and October 23 respectively. Bidding online will take place through bidspotter.

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Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D

Horrible scientists and dinosaur fossils from New Zealand are going to ruin your day; the (mad) scientists have discovered that DNA has a half-life of 521 years. This means Jurassic Park can never happen in real life, and that means enraged, cloned Velocipedes will never terrorize Jeff Goldblum in real life.

Palaeogeneticists led by Morten Allentoft at the University of Copenhagen and Michael Bunce at Murdoch University in Perth  Australia, discovered the terrible news after examining 158 DNA-containing leg bones of three species of extinct giant birds called moa, you know, like the kind in Guild Wars 2.

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What Sony Didn't Announce at CES 2011 ... and What We Wish They Had

Sony's affable pitchman Kevin Butler was a great advertising figurehead for the PlayStation brand for years, but those days seem to be behind him -- Sony is suing Wildcat Creek, Inc., the adverting company owned by Jerry Lambert, the actor who plays Kevin Butler, for violating their trademark on the character in a series of ads for Firestone tires.

According to Sony, the company "invested significant resources in bringing the Kevin Butler character to life and he’s become an iconic personality directly associated with PlayStation products over the years. Use of the Kevin Butler character to sell products other than those from PlayStation misappropriates Sony’s intellectual property, creates confusion in the market, and causes damage to Sony."

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NBA Live 13

Electronic Arts has canceled NBA Live 13. The ill-fated number 13 in the NBA series was scheduled for release on October 2.

According to Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President at EA, NBA Live 13 was not ready for launch on the original release date, and rather than put the game out in the middle of a season, a decision the company is "going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next year’s game great."

According to Wilson, "This decision puts us on the right track for success well into the future in a rapidly changing industry."

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Upcoming found-footage horror flick Paranormal Activity 4 seems to feature a haunted Xbox Kinect. The just-released trailer shows off Microsoft's motion-sensing controller in a sinister light. Click play to see what I mean:

Paranormal Activity 4 hits theaters on October 21, just in time for Halloween!

Zombie

This past weekend, at the The Comikaze Expo, "lucky" attendees were offered the chance to navigate a Zombie Apocalypse maze, a 75,000-sqft survival course infested with undead. Thousands entered, and most had their damn brains eaten. 

We were there, taking pictures to bring you a look at some hungry ghouls and terrified humans. Check out our Comikaze Zombie Apocalypse pictures.

To clear your mind, check out the rest of our Comikaze cosplay pictures.


The Secret World

More bad news for Funcom, the devoloper of horror MMO The Secret World. The former CEO of Funcom, Trond Aas, now the company's “strategic advisor” and chief strategy officer, is being investigated by Norwegian authorities for possible insider trading concerning The Secret World's stock.

On July 2, Aas left his CEO position which allowed him to sell 1.5 million shares of Funcom stock. He dropped 650,000 shares, which seems to have raised the eyebrows of the Norweigian financial world.

Of course all of this could be totally above board, but the idea of the head of an MMO company dropping a bunch of stock during the launch phase of a massive MMO does seem a bit suspect. We'll see how the investigation comes out.

Source: VG 247

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ArmA 3

Earlier today, it was revealed that two developers from Bohemia Interactive (The Arma series) were arrested in Lemnos, Greece for collecting photos and video footage of the nation's military installations -- basically, spying. According to a statement released by their employer, Bohemia Interactive, the pair were on a holiday and visited the island with the "sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings."

"Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information," The company explains. "We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma 3."

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Microsoft Responds To Game Informer's Xbox 360 Failure Rate Poll

The next-gen Xbox, more commonly referred to as the Xbox 720, might be delayed by manufacturing troubles if recent rumors suggesting the shortage of Oban processors, the processor that powers the system, turn out to be true. Tech site SemiAccurate reports that production of Oban processors is going "painfully slow," explaining that, "”for every wafer, or sheet of silicon chips, created, only a tiny percentage are actually usable."

They continue, “If production wafers are really going in this year, the last time a foundry can run a test wafer is about November 1. Anything after that day will not come out of the fab in time for the results to be fed back in to the production chips. That is the technical term for ‘The XBox Next is going to be delayed."

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Ghost Recon Online

Ghost Recon Online for the Wii U has been put on hold.

According to Ghost Recon Online's producer Theo Sanders, development of the Wii U GRO had stopped so the developers can focus "completely on the PC version".

"The Wii U version is on hold," Sanders told VideoGamer.

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Apple Tablet Mockup

Nefarious hacker group AntiSec says it has boosted over 12 million Apple UDIDs from an FBI agent's laptop.

The group claims it hacked into the laptop of an FBI "cyber security expert" and lifted a list of "12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc."

To prove that their claims are legit, the hackers have released 1,000,001 UDIDs, with the personal data stripped.

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