Angry Birds For Android Available For Free

Angry Birds, the most popular game for and is now available for users for free. Rovio the publisher of the game have made the game available to users today morning.

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The free release of the game has taken their site down, but you can download Angry Bird for Android from GetJar for now. So go ahead and use those birds to kill those pigs right away on your Android device. And if you have time, check out some Must Have Apps for your Android Device too.

LOTRO Joining the Free-to-Play Horde

The moment there is a Lord of the Rings in the title, you know that the word hordehas to be around here somewhere, don’t you? Joining its predecessor MMO’s footsteps, Turbine Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings Online has decided to go the free to play way.

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This means, like Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited, you can play the Tolkien-based online game for free. All you need is a free account at official site then you can download the official client and start questing around and about Middle Earth!

Featuring an epic storyline and gorgeous landscapes that any self-respecting Tolkien fan would keenly compare with the original map of Middle Earth, the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) also features a unique PvP (Player vs. Player) design called Player vs. Monster Player in which players control Orcs and Uruk Hai from the world of Tolkien’s imagination.

Although the main game is free to play, several quest packs and other premium content can be purchased for a fee. Players also have the option to opt-in for a paid VIP membership that unlocks all the paid content for the duration of the membership.

So, gamers, do you think this is a successful business model?

Company of Heroes Open Beta is Online!

Any fan of World War II based games will definitely know Company of Heroes (CoH). Relic Entertainment’s real time strategy (RTS) opus featured magnificent tactical controls laced with a terrific storyline and gameplay experience. Leading either the Able Company or the Fox Company of the US Army, players were promoted to the rank of field commander to lead their men to victory. The standalone expansion packs Tales of Valor and Opposing Fronts also added tremendous replay value in terms of new armies as well as new multiplayer modes.

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Now, Relic has opened its door to beta participants for Company of Heroes: Online. This free-to-play take on the brilliant RTS series apparently allows you the same amount of action and strategic control along with a touch of personalization that is common among online games:-

Choose from six different combat doctrines, each with its own strengths and combat styles. Customize your army and enter each conflict with your own unique set of battle-tested Heroes, unit upgrades, and devastating Commander Abilities.

Since this game will be free-to-play, the beta is also free-to-play. Which means you can dive into the game right this instant!

Quite coincidentally (not), Steam has put up a sale of all the CoH titles for $12.49. That’s 75% off, number-crunchers! So, which one will it be today for you?

Clone Wars Adventures in Open Beta

Yes, we have all heard about how George Lucas ruined Star Wars because he was obsessed with the toy industry’s revenue. But the cutesy TV series that renewed interest in the franchise (for audiovisual consumers) after a magnanimous ending with the Revenge of the Sith is turning out to be Lucas’ cash cow. Star Wars: The Clone Wars has a very well done TV show supplemented with some not-so-well-done video games to pull Younglings into the path of the Force and its mysteries.

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It seems that after quite a terrible video game release with lackluster controls and wonky plotlines, LucasArts is aiming big with a kid-safe MMO. Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play web-based MMO based on the microtransaction business model. Players can play as a Jedi, Clone Trooper or a Padawan (?!) and battle it out with the heroes of the Clone Wars such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda.

Apparently, you can [S]peed through space in Star Fighter, take out waves of Battle Droids in Tower Defense or test your brain with Droid Programming puzzlesin this game. If you wish to test this out you can sign up for beta and give it a go.

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As for me, though, I cannot stand an epic movie franchise being diluted down for kids. Sure, it’s family entertainment but long time fans need the depth and emotionally charged content of the first two movies instead of Ewok celebrations and stupid lake monsters with horrible grammar.

Wow! WoW Will be Free?

The universe of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs) is slowly, but inevitably, moving towards the free-to-play with microtransactions paradigm. With big players such as Atari and Codemasters publishing Dungeon and Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online with the free-to-play model, Blizzard has soon realized that the next big installment to their World of Warcraft (WoW) universe has to be free-to-play. Or, their next big MMO game. (World of Starcraft perhaps?)

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WoW’s lead designer Tom Chilton commented on these newer models of MMOs suggesting that the monthly fee might deter newer players and might even cannibalize some of their subscribers:-

I feel like they’re doing that to compete with other games that are on a similar subscriber level to what they were at. I imagine that when one of them went free to play it cannibalized some of the other subscribers. I can definitely imagine that being the case with World of Warcraft. If another game comes along and blows us away it may not make sense for us to have a subscription fee. Or even further down the line, when we have another MMO out.

As we can clearly make out, this is an idea that has been bouncing around their heads for sometime now, but they have yet to push it through. Hopefully, we might get to see a new MMO from Blizzivision (Blizzard + Activision) that does things right, is epic and is free to play!

Play Google Pacman Whenever You Want

pacman_yet_another__paul_01 A few days ago, Google featured a new Doodle on their search page to celebrate the 30 year birthday of Pacman. Unlike other Google Doodles, this one was actually a real game that you could play right on the search page.

Lots of people enjoyed playing the game and lots more people were annoyed at the game sounds that played when the page loaded. Those who enjoyed playing the game might have been disappointed to see that it is now gone from the Google search page.

Earlier today, I saw a post by Shankar Ganesh which told me how I could download a copy of the Google Pacman page. I wasn’t satisfied with a downloaded copy and I decided to look around for the original page and after a few minutes, I found it.

The new permanent home for Google’s Pacman is:

http://www.google.com/pacman/

Now there’s no need to download a copy of it. All you have to do is bookmark the page. You can even set this page as your default search engine if you really enjoy it.

If you still want to download a copy of this game, just go to the link above and use the Save Asmenu in your web browser to save a copy of the page.

Here are three tips for playing the game:

  • It can now be muted by clicking the sound icon on the left corner of the game board.
  • You can play a two player game by clicking the Insert Coinbutton under the search box.
  • You can easily resize the game by holding down a CTRL key and scrolling your mouse wheel.

Many people think that this is the best Google Doodle ever made. What do you think?

Get Peggle Nights Free From PopCap

Peggle Nights has been a very popular game and at $19.95 it has to be, but now can get it for absolutely free courtesy PopCap. In a promotion for the PopCap Passport signup promotion, PopCap is offering users an opportunity to gift the Peggle Nights game for free to anyone with an email address, but with a catch, read ahead.

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Users who are looking to get the Peggle Nights game for free will have to signup for the PopCap Passport (signup page). However, once you sign up, you will have to subscribe to a compulsory newsletter from PopCap without which you cannot complete the signup.

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To get the Peggle Nights game for free, head over to the signup page and enter the details required to create a PopCap Passport account. Wait for the confirmation email and click on the link in it to confirm your account.

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Once you do that, head over to the Passport Offers page and scroll down till you see something like the previous screenshot in the right hand side and click on it. Enter and confirm the email address of the person you want to send the free copy of Peggle Nights to and click on the "Send it Free!" button. You can enter your own email address too.

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Not a bad deal at all, so have fun getting the game for yourself or gifting it to someone for free. You will only be able to gift one game per email address though, and the offer might disappear soon, so hurry while you can.

Shattered Horizon Free to Play This Weekend

Futuremark Games Studio took the not-so-novel concept of the First Person Shooter and eliminated Newton’s meddling altogether in this fantastic multiplayer-only game. With the familiarity of the firmness of land beneath you eliminated altogether, the coldness and haunting of space encroaches upon you in Shattered Horizon. However, you have intuitive controls and intense 32-player action around you to forget all that and just press on the attack! Steam is selling the single-user game for $9.99, while the Clan Pack is available for $29.99! But, of course you cannot judge all that by the screenshot itself, so Steam is offering this game for free this weekend.

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Shattered Horizon will test your agility, reflexes as well as a general sense of direction in a brilliantly built environment. This comes at a price this game is DirectX10 only. Yes it does require a DirectX10 capable video and Windows Vista or Windows 7 running on your computer apart from the other requirements to play. Yes, fighting in zero gravity has its price. Nevertheless, feast your eyes on the eye-popping visuals below:-

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If your computer can support this game, you have the money to spend and you have a decent internet connection, not to mention if you are a fan of FPSs, grab this game off Steam before the weekend is up. If not, just download it and play it over the weekend (1262MB Download).

Steam Offering 4 Free Games to NVIDIA Gamers

Having a good display card can give you the ultimate gaming experience, however, owning a NVIDIA graphics card could give you some more surprise goodies. For a limited time, Steam is offering 4 free games to all NVIDIA gamers. The games that will be given away for free include Portal: First Slice, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Peggle Extreme.

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If you are a NVIDIA card owner, you can download these games for free by simply creating a Steam account, no purchase is required for downloads. Excited already? Then go ahead and create a Steam account, or login to Steam using your existing account and then visit http://www.steampowered.com/nvidia/ and follow the instructions to get your free game downloads.