iPhone iPhlops: 5 Sales in China

By Published December 05, 2009 at 10:40 am

You didn't read that wrong: the iPhone's launch in China faces criticism for selling an amount to be counted on one hand.

Apple released the iPhone to the world's largest concentration of people: China. To say the phone flopped is an understatement though.

China's buying power is unlimited, with so many people and an expanding market, it's nearly impossible to have a product that fails entirely. In the time since the iPhone's release in China, carrier of the phone China Unicom has tried to defend poor sales. China Unicom sold 5,000 handsets in the phone's first days, substantially less than sales in the UK, US, France, and Germany.

BioWare Announces Return to Ostagar

By Published December 02, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Developers of critically acclaimed Dragon Age: Origins have officially posted details regarding Return to Ostagar, a new DLC pack for the hit RPG.  The DLC will include the player's return to the battlefields of Ostagar, which are now overrun with darkspawn entrenched in the snow. Players also have the ability to reclaim the lost arms and armor of King Cailin, and for those who missed their first shot, a second opportunity to recruit the renowned Dog party member.

BioWare describes their DLC as follows:

"Your memories of the battle of Ostagar will haunt you for years to come. It laid waste to your order and claimed the lives of many great men and women. Now, there are rumors that a fellow survivor of the battle has escaped from captivity and is seeking the Grey Wardens' help. The time has come for the Grey Wardens to make their return to Ostagar and exact their revenge upon the darkspawn."

The DLC will be available "this holiday season" for $5. Three screenshots have been posted, as seen below. View BioWare's post here.

Dragon Age Devs Go Yeti

By Published December 01, 2009 at 11:32 pm

BioWare released a free Facebook game today, dubbed Gift of the Yeti. Yetis are of high demand in the web-based gaming world, and following up with a once-was Linux trend, BioWare pushed their free content to Facebook to receive a wider audience. The game is meant to fuel holiday spirit, granted, gamers' perception of holiday spirit often involves rampages and demolition.

The game is 3D and simple: Santa has fallen ill, and as such has drafted a Yeti (you) to give out the presents this year. Stomp from one house to the next, obliterating doors and entries so that you can toss the presents inside. Police eventually notice your destructive wake, adding a chase element to the game.

Gift of the Yeti requires a 3MB download, and is available for free now via Facebook.

Final Day of Steam Sales

By Published November 30, 2009 at 10:49 am

Steam's been keeping gamers hoppin' by selling critically acclaimed titles at large discount since late last week. Monday marks the fifth and final day in their 'Five-Day-Long, One Day Only' sale, and wow is it disappointing. Find out the games on sale below:

Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition - $2.49 (75%)
Mirror's Edge - %5.00 (75%)
Section 8 - $24.99 (50%)
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - $9.99 (50%)
Dawn of Discovery - $34.99 (30%)
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood - $20.99 (30%)
Quantz - $2.00 (80%)
Evil Genius - $2.49 (75%)

In the very least, there are a few good indie games up there and of course Monkey Island. I urge you to stay away from Section 8 though, worst $50 I ever spent.

~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Steam Strikes Again

By Published November 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Steam's at it again with their holiday sales, and this time they have some decent games up.  From time of posting, you'll have 19 hours to cash in on these 50-75% off games before they go back to full price.  Here's the list -

Battlefield 2: Complete Collection - $14.99 (50%)
Trackmania United Forever - $19.99 (50%)
Prince of Persia - $14.99 (50%)
Guild Wars Trilogy - $24.99 (50%)
EVE Online: Apocrypha - $4.99 (75%)
World of Goo - $4.99 (75%)
Lucidity - $2.49 (75%)

Personally, I highly recommend BF2, but most people have that already.  Trackmania's demo is a fantastic game, so I'll probably go for the United Forever full version.  Prince of Persia has had stellar reviews this year, and for those of you into indie games, I can confirm good things about World of Goo.

Have at it!

~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Assassin's Creed 2 Review

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Published November 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

If I walked around in my grandparent’s robes I'd be considered weird. How does Ezio do it!?

Steam's Holiday Sales

By Published November 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Steam, the largest digital distribution retailer, has featured seven recently published games for their "Five-Day-Long, One-Day-Only" Holiday sale. Gamers will find games like the new hit Dragon Age: Origins available for 25% off, Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed at 50% off, and more. The sale continues through the Monday after American Thanksgiving, but of course benefits all Steam users.  See the full list with more details below:

Dragon Age: Origins - $37.49 from $49.99 (25%)
Far Cry 2: Fortune's Edition - $9.99 from $19.99 (50%)
Osmos - $2.00 from $9.99 (80%)
Fallen Earth - $24.99 from $49.99 (50%)
Grid - $7.49 from $29.99 (75%)
Champions Online - $19.99 from $39.99 (50%)
Batman: Arkham Asylum - $24.99 from $49.99 (50%)

You have 41 more hours, at time of posting, to take advantage of this sale! Get to it!

-Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Dragon Age: Origins Review

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Published November 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I literally had to tear my face off of the screen to write this review. I’m starting to feel withdrawal already: BioWare’s creation is fiendishly addictive. It’s taken me awhile to write this, primarily because the game is successful to a point of intimidation. Putting a game with such astounding writing and story into the length of a review is a challenging task. Maybe one that requires a Grey Warden…

GN Killing Floor Tips - Speed Leveling

By Published November 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

We decided to help all you guys who play killing floor with some speed leveling tips.  Sharpshooters need too many headshots - here's your solution!

Modern Warfare 2: The Numbers

By Published November 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

Digital distributor Steam is required to play Modern Warfare 2. Steam shows the top 75 games being played, ranked by player count, and the numbers look grim.  The 6 year old FPS Counter-Strike: Source (which is online only) is beating out Modern Warfare 2's release day multiplayer numbers by 50,000 players.  If you were to add the Singleplayer + Multiplayer numbers together, you still fall ~17,000 short.  The message here is clear: PC gamers, especially those who enjoy the use of Steam, are spoiled by the ability to host and play on dedicated servers.  Being a platform owned and maintained by Valve, many of the gamers using it have played Valve games, all of which have dedicated server support.  Will the numbers sky-rocket in the next few days to surpass CSS and other old games, or will they stagnate and decrease rapidly after the first month of release?  You decide, we'll see who wins out within the next month.

Top 75 games by current player count

Current Players Peak Game
69,530 89,526 Counter-Strike: Source
59,071 70,652 Counter-Strike
33,271 33,271 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 SP
19,969 19,969 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP

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~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

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