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Dishonored Painting

The makers of video game Dishonored want your video clips. Bethesda is putting together a "Best of Dishonored" compilation trailer, and would like YouTube videos of your power combos, kill moves and stealthy action. The prize is the classy-but-menacing painting you see above of the Pendleton brother, created by Anton Sokolov.

There are two ways to submit your entry:

1. Email us a link to your video at “bethblog@bethsoft.com” with subject line “Dishonored Killer Moves”

2. Tweet a link to your video with hashtag “#DishonoredKillerMoves”

You can check out Bethesda's official site for more information.

Black Ops 2 Clip Nukes Nuketown

Posted October 26, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

Nuketown is back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and you can take an early peek at it right now thanks to this newly released clip. It's a short one. Perhaps not as "blink and you'll miss it" as J.J. Abrams' world premiere look at Star Trek Into Darkness, but definitely "close your eyes for five seconds and you'll miss it."

Black Ops 2 arrives on November 13, 2012 with Nuketown 2025 in tow for those who pre-order the game. Nab the Hardened Edition or better and you'll also receive a Zombies version of the Nuketown 2025 map. For now, all you get is five seconds of boom. Enjoy.

David Fincher And Tim Miller Working On Halo 4

Microsoft will soon start selling M-rated games in the Windows Store, Gizmodo confirms. The virtual storefront which launches alongside Windows 8 today was hobbled pre-launch when Microsoft revealed content guidelines that would effectively prevent some of the gaming world's most popular titles, including the company's own Halo 4, from being sold there.

The problem arose as a result of the ratings system differences in the U.S. and Europe. Our own ESRB has separate M and AO ratings; the former is a common sight on game store shelves while the latter is usually reserved for racy material (and highly controversial Rockstar releases). In Europe, the PEGI 18 rating governs both categories. Ultimately, you can't buy Call of Duty from the Windows Store because of what amounts to a policy hiccup.

Microsoft is aware of the issue, but you won't see any immediate changes to the storefront. M-rated content is expected to be available in the Windows Store before the end of 2012.

Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm

Blizzard continues to inch closer to finishing off StarCraft 2's long-awaited Heart of the Swarm expansion, with the latest update to the beta adding an XP-based progression system. The mechanic is specific to "Blizzard matchmaking modes and custom games on Blizzrd maps" and all XP is specific to the race you're playing as, earned "with each unit you build or destroy," according to a Battle.net post.

The levels cap out at 20 for each of the game's three races, the Terrans, the Protoss, and the Zerg. Since functional unlockables would ruin the carefully balanced RTS, player will instead earn cosmetic upgrades in the form of decals and portraits for their profiles. The new feature goes live in the beta with the next patch, though there's of course still no word on when Heart of the Swarm might be finished.

The MMO Report: Oh, The Horror!


Posted October 25, 2012 - By Jonathan Goorvich

Things get a little creepy on The MMO Report this week as Casey details the PlanetSide 2 launch, shows us some hot new screenshots from The Elder Scrolls Online, takes a look at DC Universe Online’s new DLC, and makes an evil clone of himself. You know, the usual. Enjoy the show… if you dare.


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Windows 8

Microsoft will launch Windows 8, the latest version of its ubiquitous Windows operating system, tonight at midnight.  Windows 8 is built on top of Windows 7, but was created in order to run across different platforms, from phones to desktop PCs.

Windows 8 is likely to surprise some users -- it looks completely different from previous versions of the operating system, featuring a "tile-heavy" design, and is considered the biggest overhaul in Windows since Windows 95 took the place of Windows 3.1. 

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Dishonored DLC Announced

Three add-on packs are coming for Dishonored. The first of the three is called "Dunwall City Trials." Dishonored's "Dunwall City Trials" DLC will be released in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points) and will include 10 challenge maps designed to "test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills." The ten trials include an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a "gravity-defying run of drop assassinations," and a race against the clock. 

"Dunwall City Trials" also features a new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

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X-Play recently hosted West Coast rapper Game, and the man is very confident in his skills at Madden. He's currently 68 on the world leaderboard, but says he's usually ranked "between 1 and 1.5" at Madden 13.

Game says he will destroy anyone at Madden and says he's won over $500,000 already, for charity, of course.

Speaking of charity, Game and Compton's Chamber of Commerce have organized the West Coast Classic gaming tournament to be held on November 17,  with proceeds to benefits Compton's school football program and more. Check it out right here.

Game's latest celebrity challenger: Rob Kardashian! Game and Rob are planning to meet on the neutral territory of X-Play's set and battle it out for charity and for bragging rights. Check out the video below, to watch Game issue his  challenge, and learn more about the greatest celebrity videogamer on earth.

Rap Star Game Talks Madden Obsession And Challenges Rob Kardashian »

If you want an idea of Game's skill, check out the video below the "Read More" tag, in which he takes the X-Play Challenge and matches his score at Super Mario against other celebrities and notables.

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Irrational Games delighted BioShock fans everywhere this week by releasing a stunning, action-packed new trailer for its eagerly awaited BioShock Infinite. The new "Beasts of America" video revealed entirely new footage, introducing us to new locations, enemies, gameplay elements, and the extremely violent side of Columbia. As is customary with such a detail-filled trailer like this one, we have broken out a few of the trailer's juicier reveals and compiled the following easily digestible list of some of the key things we learned (after piecing our brains back together that is). Enjoy!

7 Things We Learned From the BioShock Infinite

1. Welcome to Columbia

It’s hard to say if the opening shot of Booker in a dingy riding through a rain storm on his (and whoever is in the boat with him, maybe Elizabeth?) way to a foreboding lighthouse is the opening sequence of the game, but it’s obviously a direct reference to the opening of the first BioShock wherein we see Jack on a plane looking at a package and a picture of his “family” just before the plane crashes. Whether it’s the beginning or the end, either way it’s the perfect way to get BioShock fanatics like myself jazzed and chomping at the bit to see more.

And taking a closer look at Booker’s box-o-plot-teasing-items we can see pictures of Elizabeth, a postcard for Monument Island, a piece of paper that appears to be a ticket of some kind from New York City, a couple gold balls (which also look a little like cufflinks), a super quick peak at what could be Booker’s Pinkerton badge, a slick Luger, and a key with an image of a cage (Songbird reference perhaps?) on it. Talk about a “boat load” of stories, huh?

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This year, Halloween hits on a Wednesday. Forget about trying to wrangle the last few bits of a costume you only half care about to drag yourself to some party that you’ll need to leave early just so you can go to work or class tomorrow. Take that bag of candy that you were going to pass out, lock the doors, turn off the lights, and play some great Halloween games again.

We look back at a list of some great games to give your Halloween spirits a lift. From busting ghosts to blowing apart necromorphs, we have you covered no matter your tastes in horror. Since the list is a couple of years old, you’ll probably find these titles for a reduced price. And you know what that means – more candy money for you.

Morgan Webb Recommends Good Games for Halloween »

If that doesn’t guarantee you an amazing Halloween this year, make sure that you check in with G4TV.com until the big day for all the tips and tricks you need. And while you’re at it, pick up that extra bag of candy anyway.

Doom 3 BFG Edition

While the Doom series is made up of some of the most important games in FPS history,  that doesn't necessarily mean they're still fun to play. Times have changed. Games have changed. So how does Doom 3 hold up in 2012? Surprisingly well, according to our playthrough of just released Doom 3 BFG Edition.

Here's a little bit of Adam "Riveter" Rosenberg's Doom 3 BFG Edition review:

Playing Doom 3 in 2012 requires a little bit of unlearning. They just don't make first-person shooters like this anymore. You can't take cover. Your health doesn't regenerate without a Medkit. You can even aim down your weapon's sights. The fact that the newly released HD remake in BFG Edition touts the ability to use a flashlight and shoot at the same time as a major new feature should speak volumes.

Read the rest of our Doom 3 BFG Edition review.


Mad Catz Announces S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard

Mad Catz have announced the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard. The keyboard, which is equipped with high-performance keys complete with customized backlighting and 21 programmable macro buttons, sports a modular design, meaning you can rearrange its configuration to suit your own personal style. One of the modules is the new E.Y.E. OLED Command Module, used for easy access to media functions, backlighting brightness, and web quick-launch triggers. It can even display respawn timers.

"Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the newly announced S.T.R.I.K.E.5." said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 is part of our strategy to grow our market share with best in class products for all gamers."

Mad Catz hasn't announced the release date of the keyboard, but has said you'll be able to pick up a S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 at the Mad Catz store soon for $200.

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First Grand Theft Auto 5 Art Revealed -- Pest Control

Rockstar Games have revealed the first piece of art from the upcoming action-adventure game Grand Theft Auto 5. The awesome piece, entitled "Pest Control" is basically your teaser for what's to come soon, as it came with a message from Rockstar promising lots of info coming next month on GTA5. Hopefully the jumpsuits are enough to tide you over until then.

For larger versions of the artwork, check out the official Rockstar Games site.


Far Cry 3 "The Tyrant: Hoyt" Trailer »

Take a peek at another one of the crazed modern-day pirates that you'll be facing off against in Far Cry 3 in Ubisoft's new "Hoyt the Tyrant" trailer. Preview coverage so far has largely focused on Vaas as the primary antagonist. That may well be the case, but Vaas is also just one cog in a larger organization of pirates. Hoyt Volker is another big cog, and it's his job to run the group's slave trade.


Hoyt was first introduced in the Far Cry 3 Island Survival Guide series of ads. He's the main antagonist once the solo campaign shifts the action over to the southern island, presumably during the second half of the game. This new trailer paints a more... colorful picture of Hoyt's personality. In short, he's crazy.

SimCity Release Date Announced

Posted October 24, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg


Maxis will launch its new and improved SimCity on March 5, 2013, a morning press release from Electronic Arts confirms. The studio's first return to the franchise since 2003's SimCity 4 introduces the new GlassBox engine and an elaborate, community-oriented online component.

Origin pre-orders are now open through both EA's virtual storefront and through the game's official website. The $59.99 "Limited Edition" comes with the bonus Heroes and Villains set, adding hero and villain characters (along with their respective lairs) to the game along with crime waves. 

There's also a $79.99 "Digital Deluxe Edition" which packs in the Heroes and Villains content as well as three other pieces of DLC: the French City Set, the German City Set, and the British City Set, all of which allow your cities to embrace the unique architectural features of each real world location.


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