Xbox Live Arcade to Serve a Game Feast

Can’t justify the $10 hike per year for the Xbox Live service? How about a quick-ish release of Super Meat Boy, platformer fans?

Gaming blog Joystiq unveiled a big poster from Microsoft, with October 20th as being the date when the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) will feature (among other great small games) Super Meat Boy !


With Super Meat Boy munching through this burger than usual gaming fete, we can only wait until details are revealed (read: leaked) for the event. Until then, keep those watering mouths dry, somehow.

Dragon Age Awakening Expansion Now Available For Mac

Finally, Mac users will get the taste of the Dragon Age Origins Expansion, Awakening. The expansion is released and is available for purchase for Mac.

Dragon Age Awakening

The expansion Awakening is a 12 hours journey from the Wardens Keep to the boss in the end called Mother. The entire journey will take place in Amaranthine, you will not come in Ferelden. New and powerful enemies will make the fights more exciting, especially the talking Darkspawn. Only one character from Origins will come with you in this journey and rest all will be new.

The Expansion for Mac is available at GamersGate and GameTree Online.


Bioware Announces Witch Hunt DLC For Dragon Age Origins

Bioware announced that they will be releasing the Witch Hunt DLC for Dragon Age Origins. This DLC is supposed to be the conclusion of the Dragon Age Origins storyline.

Witch Hunt Dragon Age Origins

All the fans of Dragon Age Origins wanted to know what happened to Morrigan (the beautiful mage) in the end of the game. This DLC will reveal all the secrets or more than what you bargained for, as said by Bioware.


According to me, this could be the best DLC of Dragon Age Origins because even after ten months since I started playing this game, I still wonder if the secret of Morrigan could be revealed. The key features in this DLC are:

1) Confront Morrigan in this dramatic conclusion to the Origins storyline

2) Earn powerful rewards that transfer into your Awakening and Origins campaign

3) Import your character from Origins or Awakening or create a new, high-level hero!


The Witch Hunt DLC will be released on 7 September 2010 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. It will cost $7.

I am wondering what will happen in this DLC. If you have played Dragon Age Origins then do comment what you think will happen.


Xbox Live Sees a Price Hike

Console gaming just hit a high! Price-wise, at least. Pardon the paltry pun, but after about eight years of service, the Xbox Live service is increasing its prices from $50 a year to $59.99 a year in North America.


According to Major Nelson,

Starting on November 1, a year Gold subscription to Xbox Live will run $59.99, versus the current price of $49.99. One month subscriptions will jump from $7.99 to $9.99, while three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99.

The ~$10 hike will come into effect from the 1st of November, this year so you’d better renew your subscription within September if you wish to save a few bucks!

Blizzard Holding Out on a Starcraft Movie/TV Show Unless Cameron Directs It?

Blizzard, oh Blizzard I have a love-hate relationship with you. If you were on Facebook, it’d be it’s complicatedbetween us. To seduce me, you make great games such as Diablo, Warcraft and the original Starcraft. Then you progress quite nicely into the comfort phase with Warcraft III and then you go insane and start marketing World of Warcraft and pretty much stop making those games that I loved.
Then you make Starcraft II and suddenly the world is a slightly better place.


But now, you’re thinking about making a movie on Starcraft? That too with fluorescent Protoss bashing up colorful Terrans with gooey Zergs involved? Calm down! I must confess that Avatar was not exactly the greatest movie I have seen. Prettiest, possibly but not the greatest. So you do realize that many of us have inhibitions with James Cameron directing a project on Starcraft.

That’s what Rob Pardo, EVP of Game Design at Blizzard was talking about to MTV Multiplayer:-

We’ve always had an interest in seeing our stuff on film or TV. It’s just tricky to find the right partners. We probably could have made a [‘StarCraft’] movie or something on TV years and years ago, but it’s really important to us that we find creative people that are really talented but also really excited about our properties. That’s always been the challenge for us. I think if Jim Cameron came to us tomorrow and said, ‘You want to make a ‘StarCraft’ movie?’ we’d probably sign that.


Not that I would not completely mind, but movies based on games are not exactly the best things around. They can be made into fun, but not entirely memorable flicks but they eventually end up being horrible, messy and quite disgusting affairs.

Let’s hope that if you do authorize a movie or TV show on Starcraft, it’s directed by Joss Whedon or someone.

Acclaim is Killed Off by Disney and Playdom.

It’s a sad week for me. People don’t care about ATi’s death, while I do (my old card will forever remain ATi Radeon and not just a Radeon). Now, people do not care about Acclaim Entertainment’s dishonorable death at the hands of Disney, while I do. Over my young years, I have played many games developed by Acclaim such as Turok, Burnout, Dragonheart: Fire and Steel (okay, I played it just because I loved the movie) and the inimitable Re-volt.


Sure, it pretty much stopped producing games after 2004, but it was bought off by Playdom and reinvented as Acclaim Games, using the brand’s name and logo to fuel their private online gaming enterprise. While they did not accomplish what the parent company did at one point in its life, they managed to keep it afloat for six years. Now, however, with Playdom being bought by Disney, Acclaim has finally shut down for good.

On their official website, nothing but a stark wall of text greets users saying that the service has been shut down from the 26th of August, 2010 and some other announcements – mostly about Acclaim Coins being refunded and some marketing gimmicks for Playdom’s games.

So long, Acclaim, it was good knowing and playing your games.

New TellTale Game with the Heavy in Tow?

TellTale games are renowned for their episodic and funny games. By funny I mean can’t-stop-guffawing-jaws-bleedingkind of funny. They have released gems such as the Sam & Max series as well as Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. So what happens when they release a cryptic-message filled video that teases at a new game in the making?


As you can see from the image above, it seems that the new game will have Tycho from the Penny Arcade Adventures series, Max from Sam & Max, the Heavy from Team Fortress 2 and Strong Bad from Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People.

These guys, in order:-





While Tycho, Max and Strong Bad are TellTale Games’ staples, the inclusion of the Heavy from Valve’s team based shooter Team Fortress 2 adds to the general confusion around the gaming world. What could this Really Strange But Probably Hilarious Game be?

Here’s the trailer to the new game:-

Trapped in a Mine for Weeks? Here’s a PSP for You!

A mine in Chile collapsed about two weeks ago with 33 miners stuck with rescue some weeks away as the escape shaft is being built. Food and toiletries are being given to the men trapped inside via smaller shafts but how else could you alleviate the loneliness, claustrophobia and general boredom?


How about a PSP? Gaming blog Kotaku reports that along with the supplies, the miners are being given Sony’s PlayStation Portable gaming devices on cups to pass the time. Although the battery conks out in six hours, it’s the overall feeling of goodness that comes with gaming that counts!


Perhaps they will be funneling standby batteries or power cables next?

Online Multiplayer Neverwinter Game in 2011?

It took me a while to recover from the nerdgasm, but Atari has announced a spanking new online multiplayer game (not Massively Multiplayer) based on one of my favorite Dungeons & Dragons settings Neverwinter. Set for a Q4 2011 release, the game titled Neverwinter will be an online experience of 5 players in co-op (or one player plus four AI companions) set in a campaign whose story will be written by the renowned fantasy author R.A. Salvatore.


Developed by Cryptic Studios (the same people who worked on Star Trek Online), the game will be released with pen-and-paper campaigns and an entire story series that will also be penned by Salvatore. However, don’t get those custom character sheets prepped yet for you will be limited to one of the five classes (Fighter, Rogue, Ranger, Wizard and Cleric, according to Gamespot). While much of the intricacies of the game-mechanics have not been made public yet, some info has been revealed about the custom game making toolkit named Forge. If all goes well, this will see some great mods akin to that which came along with the original Neverwinter Nights developed by Bioware.

Nevertheless, it’s great to see good ol’ RPGs make a comeback. Hopefully this game will deliver, and deliver well!

Time-lapse Video Of Making Of A Video Game

Playing games is one of the most addicting things I have ever done, however, when we play games we do not really bother to know how those wonderful graphics were created or how the gameplay was done.

If you are curious to know what a programmer does to create a game, here is your chance. A game programmer called Markus Persson has uploaded a time-lapse video of him making a game named Metagun, which can be played here.

Though the game is definitely not a graphical delight, it is definitely worth to watch how much work and effort went into creating the game. Check it out in the embedded video below.

(h/t to our resident gaming expert @SathyaBhat)