Diablo 3 Beta Bug Opens the World

A bug has been found, and quickly closed, that opened up previously unseen parts of the world that Blizzard didn’t intend, the Festering Woods, Drowned Temple and Fields of Misery.

The video below shows the Fields of Misery, it shows a lot more diverse enemies then we have seen so far in the beta as you would expect and gives us a good glimpse of what is to come when the game releases hopefully in the next couple of months.

See the video after the break

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Update

IGN has put up a commentary video of the latest update to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta which is currently running on PC. The video showcases the new Lake map which they play in Demolition mode.

The graphics seem good and still maintain that classic Counter-Strike look to them. The map features a rather wide area for a Counter-Strike map, with some good areas for sniping but the plant site for the bomb is a close quarters house that will be home to some frantic action.

It is a bit weird I think that you aren’t given money like you normally are in Counter-Strike for kills and wins, instead you start with an M4 or AK47 depending on the side you play and the more kills you get the more weapons you unlock…what is weird though is they seem to be downgraded weapon, going from Assualt Rifles down to pistols?!? It’s a weird design choice but will be interesting to see how it works online.

So check the video out below and see what the new map involves.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC Preview

COD: MW3

Activision and Infinity Ward have released details on the upcoming multiplayer and spec ops DLC that is heading to Modern Warfare 3 on March 20 on Xbox 360, no word on release for PS3.

The pack will contain new multiplayer maps which range from close quarters action to nice long firing lanes for sniping, the pack also contains content for the Spec Ops mode. The first addition is Negotiator, a mission where that’s all about breaching door and saving civilian hostages and saving as many of them as you can before the end of the mission.

The second is Black Ice, in which you are working together with your partner to destroy a hidden weapons cache. This mode features the use of snow mobiles which will add a new layer of fun to the game.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Trailer

Capcom have set loose a trailer for the upcoming online shooter, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. The trailer doesn’t show any gameplay but it’s still pretty cool. Laser trips mines, active camouflage, thermal vision and some badass knife skills are all present, plus we get some good vision of a licker and tyrant.

Sony Music Unlimited service now available on Vita

Music Unlimited

Sony have made their Music Unlimited service available to PS Vita owners. The Vita iteration of the service features touch screen navigation and offline listening in addition to the normal range of options it has on PS3 etc. Pricing still remains the same at $3.99 and $9.99 a month.

iOS 5.1 Available today!

iOS 5.1

Apple has released an update for the iOS along with todays announcement of the new iPad. iOS 5.1 features iMessages between devices running iOS 5, a new notification system, Twitter integration, full integration with iCloud and more than 200 other features. Let us know what you find once you have installed the new OS on your iPhone.

GDC12: Heavy Rain Developer Releases New Tech Video ‘Kara’

Meet Kara

Quantic Dream the developers of the highly successful and in my opinion brilliant game Heavy Rain have released a demo they call “Kara.” Now Kara is not their next game as was clarified with the video, it is simply a representation of what virtual performances could be, it is very impressive.

Director David Cage has this to say from GDC today.

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Apple Announce New iPad

iPad

As expected Apple has used its event today to announce a new iPad, launching with a 9.7 inch Retina display at 2048 x 1536 pixels, A5x processor and quad core graphics. The camera is 5MP that will be able to record at 1080p.

Functions wise, there is a new dictation mode through Siri that lets you talk instead of type which supports different languages, new apps iPhoto and updates to Garageband.

A big new feature is 4G, the new iPad is capable of 21mbps speeds. With the thickness of the device at 9.4mm.

The new iPad will launch on March 16, starting at $499 for the base model all the way up to over $800 for the fully featured 4G model. You can pre order today in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Windows 8 Themes preview.

Windows 8 Themes

Do you rock a dual monitor setup on your windows PC? If so you are going to be happy about the features incoming with Windows 8. Highlighted in a recent blog post, the panoramic backgrounds feature in Windows 8 is impressive, if you set up your monitors the same, any image you display will automatically stretch across both monitors.

Another new feature mentioned in the blog is the auto colour feature, this will automatically colour your Windows taskbar to the dominant colour of the background you have displayed. Its a little feature but something that adds to the overall experience of the OS.

Read the rest of the blog here.

Top Phones out of Mobile World Congress 2012

The Mobile World Congress event has just taken place and with it some big annoucements from the players in the smartphone arena.

Nokia

Nokia 808 Pureview

The biggest announcement would have to the Nokia 808 Pureview, which is packing a massive 41 megapixel camera, however the phone is running on the Symbian OS for some strange reason instead of the Windows OS that Nokia has been putting into all its latest phones. The phone contains a 4 inch touchscreen with 16GB of memory, which support for up to 48GB and the standard features of most smartphones, HDMI, Bluetooth and USB 2.0.

Nokia have also announced an entry level Lumia 610 Windows phone which features, an 800MHz CPU, 3.7 inch touchscreen and 5MP camera. Nokia also came to the party with a few new Asha based phone, which feature full QWERTY keypads.

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IPAD 3 Parts Video.

It would seem those invites that Apple has been sending out could very well be for the unveiling of the IPAD 3.

The good folks over at MICGadget have posted a video of the outer casing of what they claim to be the IPAD 3, if true, it seems to be about the same as the Ipad 2, just with a thicker body, of course whats under the hood is more important, so hopefully we will see it unveiled come the Apple event in a few days time.

Valve to launch console/PC codenamed “Steambox”

Rumors have been circulating that Valve, developers of the Half-Life series as i’m sure you are already aware, are currently developing a gaming platform of their own codenamed “Steambox”.

Now as far fetched as this may seem, it might not be such a bad idea, Alienware has already come out with its X51 console sized PC and with Valve’s access to the library of games available on Steam, the platform could very well be a success.

Why not just use a PC with Steam installed you might ask? Well that is not a bad question, well I personally think that the Steambox, if real, is a shot at taking some of the console community and using them to reinvigorate the ailing PC gaming community. A PC in the shape and size of a console, with console controls running high end PC games and having PC upgradeability? Doesn’t sound half bad to me.

With GDC just around the corner, I guess only time will tell on this one.

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