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Batman: Arkham Asylum Wins BAFTA Game Of The Year

The 2011 GAME British Academy Video Game Awards nominations were announced today, and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood led the field with seven nods, followed by Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain and Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, both of which received six nominations.

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PlayStation 3

The nominees for the PlayStation Network's Gamers' Choice awards were announced today, and they contain an array of favorites for fans to choose among.

One winner will be selected by gamers' votes in each of the four category and the winning titles will be celebrated by the PSN community and will go on sale at a discount price as part of the upcoming PS Store Spring Fever Sale. Voting begins on February 22, so make your voice heard like our brave brothers and sisters in Egypt and vote for your favorite games. It's free.

Best PS3 Downloadable Game:

  • Castle Crashers
  • Costume Quest
  • Death Spank
  • PAC-MAN® Championship Edition DX
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World™: The Game

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Activision Closes Budcat, Issues Layoffs For California's QA Division

During its annual financial results conference call, game publisher Activision revealed a slew of movie and TV tie-ins games it plans to release in the next year, including games based on The Family Guy, Spider-Man, Bakugan and games tied in with the upcoming X-Men and Transformers films. A new title tied in with the Cabela's hunting franchise was mentioned as well. No details on these games were revealed, but when we hear more, we'll let you know.

Along with entertainment property tie-ins, Activision said it is working on a "new gaming universe" that will launch in the "back half of this year." No details on this new property were revealed, but Activision promised full details will be announced at the upcoming New York Toy Fair -- does that mean it's a kids' game? Smart money is on, "yes, it's a kids' game."


Lord of Arcana

My mother once told me that if I can't say anything nice about something, don't say anything at all. Luckily, this rule doesn't apply to video game reviewers. Gus Mastrapa played PSP RPG Lord of Arcana, and while it's not the worst game ever, there are better titles on which to blow your cash. From the review:

"This thin multiplayer offers little motivation for you to go through all the trouble. Games like this require an investment of time, energy and imagination, but before we can be expected to fork over those valuable resources its on game designers to make the first deposit. Lord of Arcana is dead broke in all departments."

Read the rest of our Lord of Arcana review.

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Rock Band 3 Release Date, Pre-order Deals Announced

Rock Band 3 developer Harmonix confirmed today that it has laid off an unspecified number of full-time employees,

According to Joystiq, Harmonix said the layoffs were necessary to bring the developer “into alignment with our current product development plans.” What exactly Harmonix is referring to by “development plans” isn’t clear at this point, but evidently the "realignment" won't influence plans for upcoming DLC for RB3 and Dance Central.

Official figures haven’t been revealed yet, but it’s estimated that somewhere between 25-35 people were affected by the layoffs.

Expect more details as they become available.

Source: Joystiq

THQ Reveals New Company Logo

THQ posted a $14.9 million loss for the three months ended December 31, 2010, the publisher announced today in its Q3 2011 financial report to investors.

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How many times has Feedback had the game of the week be a freaking console?! We didn't quite do it with the Nintendo 3DS, although we've talked circles around that unit. But we're definitely doing it with the Sony PSP 2 / NGP / OMGWTFBBQ. And why not? Sony is finally packing everything you could want into their handheld, portable game system, but is it enough? Are we still going to want one at launch?

You'll find out in this edition of Feedback with Adam Sessler, Matt Keil, Leah Jackson (not Lea Thompson, we're working on getting her) and myself Kevin Kelly (and no, I'm not Stephen Johnson). We also talk about the latest news, Leah spouts off about Rift where she's been powering through the beta, and the Starcraft 2 beta mods Left 2 Die, Starjeweled, and everyone's favorite Aiur Chef

 

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Feedback: Where you really have to work very, very very hard to nestle in our pockets next to some lint.

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here. Right click to download.

EA Revenues Down $322 Million; Mobile, Digital Sales Continue To Grow

Despite solid performances from a number of catalogue titles and a boost in digital sales, Electronic Arts reported a loss of $322 million for Q3 2011, with total revenues topping $1.05 billion, the publisher reported to investors today.

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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
 

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection will be available for the PSP on April 19th, 2011. In honor of FFIV's 20th anniversary, the collection will include Final Fantasy IV and the first packaged release of its sequel, THE AFTER YEARS. With brand new graphics, a re-arranged soundtrack, never-before-seen levels and a bonus game, this is going to be a treat for all FFIV and RPG lovers alike. 

Final Fantasy IV follows the story of Cecil, Rosa, Kain, Rydia, and Edge as they try to stop the sorcerer Golbez from destroying the world. Way back in 1991, FFIV introduced the Active Time Battle system. What is your favorite Final Fantasy title? 

Last week we all got our first look at the NGP, Sony's Next Generation Portable gaming system (you can still call it the PSP2 if you want). While Adam wasn't in New York for the press conference, he was paying attention from the comfort of his own home. In this week's Soapbox, find out what Adam thinks of the NGP, if it will sell well, and what it might have to do in order to compete with other portable platforms like the iPhone or the 3DS. 

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Steelers Win Super Bowl XLV: Madden NFL 11 Predicts The Future

Cancel your weekend plans, stop making mountains of nachos, and send back all of those uncooked pizza rolls: the Steelers will win Super Bowl XLV according to EA's Madden NFL 11. But, it'll be a close game, so maybe you won't want to take the beer off the ice and put the saran wrap back on the deli tray just yet. How accurate has the video game simulation been in the past? Well, it's been right for six out of the last seven matchups, which is a pretty impressive record.

If you're not interested in spending all day drinking and screaming at your television on Sunday, then head on below the break to find out how the game plays out. After all, computers are never wrong. Right?

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Into the Pixel 2011 -- ModNation Racers Artwork

The 2011 Into the Pixel exhibit features twenty works of video game art, selected by a panel of jurors from a field of submissions gleaned from artists around the world. The exhibition offers an opportunity for published video and computer game artists to be reviewed and recognized by the public and by their peers in both the fine art and video game worlds.

We'll be highlighting the artists taking part in this year’s Into the Pixel video over the next two weeks leading up to the end of the DICE conference on February 11. Read on to find out about artist Aaron Kambeitz, and his piece from ModNation Racers. (Click for a high-resolution image.)

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Mass Effect 2, God of War 3 Part Of Kmart's Big Sony SaleJust in time for the first official details about Sony’s newly revealed NGP, Kmart is offering some solid PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable deals through February 5, including Mass Effect 2 for $44.99 and a 160GB PS3 for $299.99 with a $50 Kmart gift card.

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By Jason Schreier 
NGP
 
In the wake of last night's Next Generation Portable announcement, otherwise known as the PSP2, it's time we brushed up on the rocky history of Sony's journey through handheld systems. The PSP never quite gained the steam Sony imagined it would, selling 62 million units as of September 2010 – less than half of Nintendo's figures for its own handheld, the DS. And although games like Monster Hunter Freedom and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII have helped the system keep a foothold in the Japanese marketplace, Sony needs to make an undeniably strong showing with the NGP in order to keep up with its competitors.
 
The PSP has gone through four different incarnations over the past half-decade. Read on for a look at all of them, in our history of the PlayStation Portable. It's just beyond the break.
 

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