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THQ Reveals New Company Logo

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, THQ's MMO, is no more; say hello to Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium the single-player game. THQ just announced it's changing the focus of the title, after failing to find an investment partner for it.

THQ's Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing for Games Workshop, said he's  "genuinely excited" about the game's new direction. Less genuinely excited: The 79 full-time employees at Vigil Games in Austin, Texas, and 39 employees at Relic Entertainment in Vancouver, B.C. who have lost their jobs.

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Steve Sucks at Video Games

Steve Sucks At Games chronicles my ineptitude of my multiplayer gaming and my attempts to get better using any means possible, up to and including human sacrifice.

Even nearly 20 years after its release, id Software’s Doom contains a vital message. An insistence on adherence to the two most important lessons in all first-person shooters: Know the Map and Know the Weapons.

Let’s take a trip back in time. Back to the old-school. Back to 1993*. It was a simpler world back then. There was no World Wide Web so only super-nerds had internet access. The PlayStation was still a year from even existing. Arcades were just getting Mortal Kombat 2 machines, and just about every PC Gamer was playing a little game called “Doom.”

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While most gamers only experienced Doom’s single-player and were satisfied with the jaw-dropping (for the time) graphics, gameplay, and gore; there was a multiplayer component to the game. For many older gamer cats, it was the first taste of competitive multiplayer. There were big differences between then and now: 1990’s gamers had to either play over a telephone, or you had to physically drag two computers together and hook ‘em up for a LAN party. As primitive as it was, Doom’s multiplayer effectively set the tone for the next 20 years of multiplayer gaming.

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Mass Effect 3 + Red Ring = Ultimate Sadness: Nugget From The Net

The photo above is the saddest thing I've seen all day. It comes by way of Reddit user HospitalVespers. We should send him/her all our prayers and wishes.

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One of the the leader of hacking collective Lulzsec, 28-year-old Hector "Sabu" Monsegur, has reportedly been working with the FBI, and has turned in many of his hacking friends to The Man. Lulzsec is known for having attacked the CIA,VISA, and having compromised the PlayStation Network. This seemingly brings the whole "PlayStation Notwork" hacking scandal to an end.

Reportedly, five members of Lulzsec have been arrested in New York, although the exact charges haven't been officially announced.

The story of Sabu's identification and arrest reads like hard-boiled crime fiction. The Feds, desperate to identify the people behind attacks on major financial institutions and gamer networks, kept a close eye on Sabu, but he reportedly always covered his tracks: Masking his IP address behind proxy servers. But apparently Sabu got lazy and logged into IRC once without creating a proxy; that was enough for 5-O to move in.

Armed with Sabu's real name and address, the Feds gathered evidence against him -- the stolen credit card numbers they found were enough to charge him with identity theft-- then, in June, they made their move and knocked on the door of an apartment in a housing project in New York.

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Mass Effect 3 Space Balloon Hunt Continues

The weirdness continues for that strange Mass Effect 3 in-space promotion. As we learned last week, the packages launched by balloon in San Francisco landed in a tree and on a cliff, and so were utterly inaccessible. The packages launched from Las Vegas though, were actually recovered by gamers... and that's where things got strange.

Entrepreneurial video game fans Michael Davis and Miguel Droz uncovered a copy of the game in the Arizona desert. Rather than going home and playing it, though, the pair decided to raffle it off. They offered gamers the opportunity to pay $5 a chance to win the game. The original plan was to give 30 percent of the proceeds to the Child's Play charity. The problem: This sounds an awful lot like gambling, and you can't just set up a gambling operation, even in Nevada. You can, apparently, auction things off if all of the proceeds go to charity, but that wasn't Davis and Droz's idea. They wanted to use 70 percent of the money to start a game company.

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Mass Effect 3 Space Balloon Hunt Continues

Yesterday, Bioware launched 20 copies of Mass Effect 3 into space and back to earth attached to a pair of weather balloons. Both balloons landed in inaccessible locations, although the photo above shows gawkers checking out one of the payloads which is reportedly 150 up in a redwood tree in Northern California's Big Basin.

Today, Bioware is launching packages in Las Vegas. Hopefully, these copies of the game won't end up in trees -- just desert. So get your dune-buggy ready if you're near Las Vegas. It looks like the Las Vegas Mass Effect 3 copies haven't taken off yet, but they were originally scheduled to go up at 11 AM.

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Steve Sucks at Video Games

The first time you’re killed without understanding where your murderer even shot you from, it’s confusing. The second time, it’s frustrating. After that it’s increasing levels of infuriating. I’ve been sitting on my co-worker Jake Gaskill’s couch, playing Battlefield 3’s Team Deathmatch for the past couple hours, and I’m on inexplicable death number 35. Yes, I’m keeping track, and I am pissed. I take two steps, some dink shoots me, and I respawn. Two steps later, there’s a knife in my head and I’m bleeding out. This is torture.

All I want is revenge against the countless camo-clad strangers who have used me for target practice for the past hours. You’d think I could able to mete out some measure of revenge—I’m carrying an assault rifle and freakin’ grenades, here -- but I feel like I’m armed with a peashooter and water balloons. Nothing sticks. I’m at the bottom of every stat menu – my squad and the enemy’s. If my team loses, it’s because of me. If it wins, it’s in spite of me. In short: I really, really suck at multiplayer.

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Valve's Steam Logo

Game company Valve has just sent more information about the hacking attacks against its Steam service.

According to Valve's president Gabe Newell: "It is probable that the intruders obtained a copy of a backup file with information about Steam transactions between 2004 and 2008.  This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords."

Valve says it has no evidence that the information has been "compromised," so, presumably, the encryption is still in place. The company advises Steam users to "watch your credit card activity and statements.  And of course keeping Steam Guard on is a good idea as well."

The full text of Valve's email is under the "Read More" tag.

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League of Legends

According to Chinese media, a 23-year-old gamer named Chen Rong-yu died a terrible, lonely death last week. He had been playing Riot Games' League of Legends in a Taipei gaming center and dropped dead, most likely of a heart condition. None of the thirty or so other gamers in the cafe noticed the corpse in their midst for nine hours.

Reportedly, Rong-yu was sitting upright in his chair with his hands still on the keyboard. While his death was most likely caused by an underlying condition, according to the Chinese media, extenuating circumstances may have included the cold temperatures in the building and a lack of movement from Rong-yu -- staying perfectly still for long periods of time can cause blood clots.

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THQ Reveals New Company Logo

I'm getting just a little tired of posting bad news about THQ, but I am bound to a sacred oath to provide you gaming news -- good or bad. Anyway, THQ's President and Chief Executive Officer Brian J. Farrell has had his salary cut in half.

Farrell's salary has been cut to $359,250 for a one-year period beginning February 13, 2012. The THQ prez won't be alone in the soup line, though. The company's board of directors have "elected" to receive 50% less cash compensation for a year too.

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Resident Evil: Revelations Box Art Typo -- Capcom Botches Packaging Once Again

Unfortunately for Capcom, it seems as though the company has mistakenly botched the Resident Evil: Revelations box art packaging. The company accidentally put Resident Evil: Revelaitons on the spine of their upcoming Nintendo 3DS game.

I'm not going to say that I never make typos. In fact, many of you point them out to me on a daily basis. But this is a game that has already been sent out to retailers as it has a February 7th release date, which means it's definitely too late to fix.

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THQ Reveals New Company Logo

We've been writing a lot about THQ lately. Yesterday, we detailed the game-makers plans to drop their kid-focused games in order to focus on "core" titles, and today we've learned that a round of layoffs have hit the company. Right now, we don't know how many people have faced pink slips.

“THQ confirms a reduction in force to the company’s administration and publishing organization," the publisher said in a statement. "As recently announced, the company is exiting the kids’ licensed games category, and is focusing on its core game franchises and developing its digital initiatives.

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Capcom's Captivate Event Roundup: Street Fighter X Tekken, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Asura's Wrath, Dragon's Dogma, And More

Street Fighter X Tekken could have had Xbox 360 exclusive characters. The PS3 version of SFxT will have Cole McGrath from InFamous and Sony cat mascots, Toro and Kuro. According to the game's producer Yoshinori Ono, Capcom was in discussions with Microsoft but they ultimately never came to an agreement.

"We do have the exclusive characters for the Sony platform. We have Cole, the two Sony cats, Kuro and Toro. But basically for the Xbox 360, we were in discussions with them [Microsoft] for which character to put in as an exclusive, but we weren't able to decide on a character because of differences in timing and things like that," Ono told Xbox360Achievments.com.

"So unfortunately for Street Fighter X Tekken, only the PlayStation family will be getting the exclusive characters, but it's something we wish could have happened. It's just too bad, basically."

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This is the most important news story of our times: Technology modder Ben Heck has created an Xbox 360 controller that extrudes Hot Pockets. This means your controller will dispense a hot pocket to you... and you won't have to use your hands at all to eat it.

As you can see in the video below, it's a low-tech solution, all-told, but still... it's a damn Hot Pocket extruder. This is the end of all civilization.

Inspired by Heck, I've begun working on a mod that is essentially a large bucket attached to a tube. The bucket is mounted onto the ceiling, above your easy chair, and The tube is placed down your throat and into your stomach. The bucket contains stainless steel blades that liquify Hot Pockets. While gaming, you pull a chain and delicious Hot Pocket slurry is delivered right into your stomach.  You don't even have to chew!





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It's that time of year again, gamers: Golden Mullet time! That's X-Play's annual celebration of the worst games of the year. Whether it's the horrors of Thor: God of Thunder, the terrors of MindJack or other awful titles, 2011 provided mullet-lovers with a bumper crop of terrifically bad interactive entertainments. Below are some highlights from this important X-Play show...

Because the Golden Mullets are prestigious awards, please enjoy our pro-tips on how to earn your game a Mullet.

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For the rest of the mullets check after the break.

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