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Angry Birds Now Available For Netbooks and Laptops

Update: In addition to download Angry Birds for the PC you can also play the Angry game online now. Check oout how you can play Angry Birds Online.

Hey, Angry fans, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an , or based phones. is now available for Netbook and Laptops too in the Intel AppUp center.

Angry Birds Netbook Edition

As we had predicted earlier, the popular (and addictive) game Angry birds is now available for Netbook and Laptops. The app is available as a download through the Intel AppUP center which is an app store for netbooks.

Angry Birds for desktop PCs includes 195 levels for hours and hours of gameplay. Customers who purchase the game will be provided free updates and additional levels to the game in future.

The app is available for Windows XP, , and Moblin and is available at an introductory price of $4.99 for a limited period. Once the introductory period is over, the app will cost $9.99.

More updates at the official Rovio blog. You can purchase and download the game from here.

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Nintendo 3DS May Harm Children’s Eyes

The Nintendo 3DS is the next iteration of the popular Nintendo DS series of handheld gaming devices. What sets the 3DS apart from its competitors (basically the Sony PSP and the Apple iPod Touch) is that one of its two screens (hence the name DSmeaning Dual Screen) is a stereoscopic 3D display whose depth can be changed at will from flat 2D to full 3D, without the need for any clunky glasses. Previewers were struck at just how amazing the screen was in real life, and that you’d need to use it to feel the 3D effect as it is lost in cameras.

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However, Nintendo’s Japanese website has issued a warning about their (normally) child-friendly device saying that the 3D mode should not be used by children below six years of age as the view has potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes. Stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS works by (mostly) sending the images at angle to each other to each eye. This means that when your brain reads these two images there’s a parallax barrier created between the eyes, creating a 3 dimensional effect. This effect may confuse developing eyes and thus the overarching warning was issued by Nintendo.

However, I cannot help but agree with Business Insider in that Nintendo is basically sticking up a DO NOT BUY THIS FOR YOUR KIDsign for parents on their newest model. Nevertheless, more light will come to this matter once the product is actually released to the English speaking countries.

How to: Get a Homebrew Enabler on your PSPGo (or PSP 3000 with Firmware 6.20)

So you got that Sony PlayStation Portable as a Christmas present, but aren’t all that interested in using it like normal gamers? You want to play homebrew games games that were designed by independent developers such as Troubles of Middle Earth and Cave Story? Most of you PSP 3000 and PSPGo owners must know that most Homebrew Enablers (HEN) do not work on your system if your firmware is higher than v5.50. So, those of you on higher firmware such as v6.20 or so did not have any option to play homebrew games.

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I’m here to tell you that there is a way to do that on your PSP 3000 or PSPGo. But before that, a short history lesson.

However, along came a Mr. Wololo, who along with others, creating the Half Byte Loader (HBL) that allowed users with the PSP 3000 (and eventually the PSPGo) with firmware 6.20 to play homebrew games and applications via a hacked Patapon 2 save game (a save exploit). While this was a great advancement for the PSP 3000 homebrew scene it was still not a complete enabler. It was a tedious process to run a homebrew game. You had to launch the Patapon 2 Demo, then load an exploited save file and then choose a homebrew. If, by chance you chose the wrong homebrew game, you had to go through this entire process again.

Then came a Frenchman called Total_Noob (TN). He figured out a kernel exploit (an exploit that allows you to run unsigned code directly via the XMB) that could be activated via the Half Byte Loader. In plain terms, this means that you would have to enable the exploit once via the Patapon 2 save game and until you completely shut down your PSP, you could directly launch homebrew via the normal user interface.

In effect, TN had made a HEN, now known as TN HEN.

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This is what we are interested in, aren’t we?

Wololo testing the TN HEN on his PSP Go

Now that the short history lesson is done with, the beefy how-to part comes in.

Things you will need:

A PSP or PSP Go with Official Firmware 6.20 (or less).
An unpatched Patapon 2 Demo
Wololo’s crafted save for Patapon 2, HBL and TN’s HEN (the link contains all three in one archive)
Some homebrew games to play.

Things you will have to do:

1. Download the Patapon 2 Demo and place it in the PSP/GAME folder of your PSP’s memory stick. (Also make sure some other homebrew games are also in this PSP/GAME folder)

2. Unpack the HBL+HEN archive to your memory stick’s root. (Make sure all the files and folders are merged properly).

3. Run the Patapon 2 Demo from your PSP.

4. Select the HEN 6.20 save file (you will know which one it is by its logo)

5. Press the right shoulder button twice. The screen will go black and some code will start executing. Wait for it to finish. It will automatically return to the XMB interface.

6. Now run any homebrew game you want directly from the XMB.

Congratulations! You now have a homebrew enabled PSP 3000/Go!

Do leave a few comments if this method does not work for you!

Minecraft “notches” it up with Beta

It’s been indie gaming’s very own rags-to-riches to story (well, approximately at least). When Markus Alexej Perrson, better known as Notch, started work on Minecraft back in May 2009, he had no idea that it’d grow so huge before release that he’d have his own company before the Beta release. The blocky (literally) sandbox game is what I have phrased to a friend as lego for grown-ups. Assuming, of course, that these fine folks are still kids at heart.

However, lego for grown-upsisn’t an accurate descriptor of the game at all, I must confess. But then again, if punching trees for wood, making rollercoasters, USS Enterprises and giant statues of dragons, constructing 8-bit CPUs and portals to the netherworld and, of course,   riding pigs on saddles isn’t up on your list of things to do in a game I’m afraid you’re wasting your time here. Minecraft has been infinitely discussed and the number of videos of it on YouTube exceed Quake’s.

Nevertheless, we aren’t here to read about the game, we are here to know what’s new in the game, aren’t we?

Well, actually according to Notch, there’s nothing major planned for Beta. It’s still going to be the same old game as the latest alpha version. However, a few game changes have been planned and implemented, such as these:-

* Working server-side inventory! (the biggest part of the update)
* Made SMP servers save chunks way less often in most cases.
* Moving too far away from a container, or having it blow up, closes the inventory screen
* Fixed /kill
* Introduced leaf decay again. It acts differently from before
* You can now throw eggs

Oh, and the price has gone up from 9.95 Euro to 14.95 Euro. Also, say bye bye to free expansions from today.

Mass Effect 3 Debut Trailer Showcases Reapers Wrecking Havoc on Earth

Pardon me if I appear a bit over-excited, but any RPG fan will probably agree that such excitement is justified, for Bioware has officially announced Mass Effect 3. Have a look at the debut trailer that was unveiled at the Spike TV Video Game Awards.

Yes, Mass Effect 3 will finally allow us to explore Earth. In fact, in the final installment in the trilogy, the fate of Earth and human civilization will rest on Shepherd’s shoulders. The Reapers are coming from beyond the known realms of space, and it’s up to you to unite all civilizations for one final confrontation.

EA didn’t divulge too many details about the game; however, Mass Effect 3 is slated to be released in the fall of 2011.

Your Humble Indie Bundle, now on Steam!

Remember the Humble Indie Bundle? The brilliant initiative back in May by many indie developers to sell some great indie games, DRM-free, for whatever price that you chose?

Well, those folks have announced that all those games that you purchased can be activated on your Steam account as well! They’ve emailed every Humble Indie Bundle customer with this:-

Dear Humble Indie Bundle customer, thanks for your purchase back in May!   I have some good news regarding your games.   Since launching the bundle, our most common request has been the ability to download it on Steam.   Well, I’m happy to announce that Valve has made this possible

Along with this, they’ve given the Steam redemption code for all the games (World of Goo, Penumbra Overture, Aquaria, Gish, and Lugaru HD). So all you need to do is go to your Steam account, click on Add Steam Gameand copy-paste the redemption key, and lo and behold, you have all five games in your account! Oh, and the Bundle will still be available for direct download forever. I wish they’d follow this model of serving customers in the long run!

That’s not all that the email said, though; they also mentioned that they’re hard at work for the second edition of the Humble Indie Bundle. Kick ass news? You bet!

Bejeweled 3 Coming On December 7, Pre-order Now

One of the most famous games in the PopCap franchise, Bejeweled, will be releasing a brand new version Bejeweled 3 on December 7 for both PC and Mac users.

When I started playing Bejeweled few years ago, I found it really silly, but I quickly got hooked onto it and have never been able to let go. I even went ahead and downloaded Bejeweled 2 for free when they were having a sale (yes, greedy me, but I told you too).

Now that Bejeweled 3 is coming out, I can’t wait. It surely has to have a lot of new things considering that PopCap is also so excited about it. By the way check out a video of Bejeweled 3 and their new Zen mode below, click here if you can’t see it.

You can learn more about Bejeweled 3 at http://www.popcap.com/games/bejeweled3. You can also pre-order Bejeweled 3 for Windows and Mac for $19.99. Pre-Order Bejeweled 3.

Super Mario on Xbox 360 with Kinect Hack

The Xbox 360 Kinect is a marvel of a device and is Microsoft’s next step into the world of gaming. However, what made greater news is the series of hacks on the Kinect that is allowing hackers to create their own in-game control mechanisms. As Manan Kakkar puts it in this post from earlier this month,

Microsoft’s latest and greatest has been hacked to be controlled on Windows 7. Earlier last week a bounty of $2000 was offered for anyone who could hack and release open source drivers for the Kinect. In a video shared with Gizmodo, the Kinect is being controlled on Windows 7.

That was a long time ago and over these last few days, the Kinect has seen quite a few hacks, one of the most notable and recent being a Super Mario game-play using Kinect.

Here is a video for your viewing pleasures. If you cannot see the video, navigate to this YouTube page.

Angry Birds Takes the Reverse Path from Mobile to Consoles

Generally, popular games proceed from the PC or console up and make their way into a cheap/non-cheap knockoff on the mobile platform. This time, the story has been reversed. The mobile gaming platform has gained some credibility over the last few years and now, we have a mobile game moving on to the big screens.

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Angry Birds is the most popular mobile game with over 36 million downloads and has been rated as the #1 app in more than 60 countries. This would be the perfect time to take this game to the next level and Rovio is on it. They are developing a version of Angry Birds for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.

Rovio chief executive Peter Vesterbacka said,

The smartphone gaming platform is actually turning out to be the biggest and most played out there.  So it’s starting to beat the traditional games on consoles and PCs.

The game is so popular on mobile devices that Android users envied iPhone users for having it and when it was released for Android, it registered a million downloads in a single day. A plan for  Angry Birds 2 was also revealed by Vesterbacka.

If you want to have some fun, check out a cool spoof of Angry Birds peace treaty  here.

(Source)

Valve Delays Portal 2 to April

Bad news folks. Portal 2, the sequel to the mind-bendingly awesome Portal, has been delayed to April 18, 2011. This will undoubtedly upset the fans of the original innovative puzzle game that edged out many high-budget blockbusters to win over 30 game of the year awards. But then, this is Valve we are talking about. Did any of you actually expect them to deliver this on time? Heck, the two months delay is a pretty small deal when compared with some of Valve’s previous schedule slippages. Here’s Valve’s tongue-in-cheek press release:

Valve today announced that Portal 2— the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date—will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.

Valve might not be known for delivering games on time, but they are definitely known for their quality. Let’s hope that Portal 2 will truly live up to Valve’s reputation.

Preorder The Witcher 2 on GOG.com

A DRM-free, AAA, new title on GOG.com? Yes! We decided to promote this highly-anticipated RPG by our sister company CD Projekt RED as a one time special.

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At their web conference, the people over at CD Projekt decided to show their loyalists some love in a very unique way. It was almost as if the monks of GOG conferred with each other and decided, in perfect Monty Python style, and now for something completely different.

In the conference the release date was announced as May 17th 2011, and the contents of the Collector’s and Premium editions of the game, as well as some preorder details. One of these preorder details was that the game could be purchased from their sister project: GOG.com, the premiere DRM-free digital distribution service.

Although the preorder page at GOG is as of now showing a 404, the tentative details that emerged from their post are that it would feature a 10% discount as well as a free download of any one of the premiere RPGs in GOG’s catalog. The preorder will also entail instant access to some bonus contents of the game.

Also, it seems like you do not have to pay upfront for the preorder how that would work out is still in the dark because of the missing page.

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For me, this is the sweetest deal imaginable and I’d jump as soon as I could. Hopefully the missing page will be reinstated soon!

Update: They have taken down the announcement page as well. Stay tuned for further updates!

NFS Hot Pursuit Ships Tomorrow, Pre-Order Now

One of the most anticipated games in the NFS Franchise, Hot Pursuit will be start shipping tomorrow. NFS Hot Pursuit was demoed at and will finally hit stores tomorrow.

NFS Hot Pursuit New Cars NFS Hot Pursuit Police Chase

The big change in Hot Pursuit is that you will be able to play as a cop or on the other side of the law. In addition to that it has some stunning graphics and sexy new cars.

NFS Hot Pursuit is available for pre-orders for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Hit the links below to pre-order your copy of NFS Hot Pursuit.

(h/t @WinObs)

Pre-Order Call of Duty: Black Ops For Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS and PC

The next installation of the popular Call of Duty game will be released on November 9, 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other sites.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the seventh installment of the series and is based on live fire conflicts of the Cold War era. The popular First Person Shooter (FPS) game is highly anticipated and is a following up to the 2009 highest selling game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

The game is set in South East Asia and boasts of urban air and ground combat warfare and snow combat in Soviet region. It also includes jungle combat in some stages. The game adds a new arsenal of weapons and vehicles tied to the Cold War era.

If you have been waiting to get your hands on the game, you can start out by pre-ordering it. The game price ranges from $29.99 for the Nintendo DS to $59.99 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Go ahead and pre-order Call of Duty: Black OPS.

If you are curious to see what the game is all about, watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops video trailer below. (contains mature content not suitable for children)

Microsoft Will Relaunch Games for Windows Marketplace in November

When it comes to distributing content through online stores, Microsoft’s track record has been less than impressive, to put things politely. They fumbled with the Windows Marketplace and ultimately shut it down. Games for Windows has been a similar sorry tale. While others like Steam, Direct2Drive and Impulse Valve signed on hundreds of developers, Microsoft restricted itself to just a few dozen titles. Microsoft’s only saving grace has been the Zune Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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Now, Microsoft has announced that it will relaunch the Games for Windows Marketplace on November 15. The revamped online store will sport a redesigned interface and feature 100 high quality titles at launch. Customers will be able to purchase games using either credit/debit cards or their Microsoft points (from existing Xbox Live accounts). Purchased titles can be downloaded using the web browser, 3rd party download managers or Microsoft’s download manager. Thankfully, Microsoft has decided against forcing customers to go through cumbersome mechanisms involving the Windows Live desktop client.

With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end,said Kevin Unangst, senior global director, PC and Mobile Gaming, at Microsoft. And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we’ve made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be.

Titles that will be available at launch include Fable: The Lost Chapters, Grand Theft Auto III, Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2, Flight Simulator, Gears of War and Halo. Microsoft has also promised to launch new titles every week. One of the biggest draws of the Xbox store, ‘Deal of the Week’ that offers high quality titles at a deep discount, will also be available.