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WoW Gold Farmers Get Ultimatum From PayPal
Submitted by LordXenophon 1396 days ago on Off Topic
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The makers of World of Warcraft have struck back at the game's gold-farming black market, convincing PayPal to suspend the accounts of those using the service for gold-selling transactions. Warning letters went out this month. Blizzard's complaint to PayPal accused gold-farmers of selling Blizzard's intellectual property, i.e. the virtual goods. PayPal's complied and sent notices to the gold sellers specified in Blizzard's complaint. The accused gold farmers were given a chance to appeal PayPal's finding by Jan. 21, otherwise they had to cease selling gold or face the suspension of their PayPal account. There is no word yet as to how many, if any, of the gold sellers complied by this deadline. As an illicit market, it's difficult to measure the volume of gold farming business done globally. It's rumored to be upwards of $500 million in China alone. The PayPal action is viewed as a more cost-effective measure than lawsuits, especially as most of the offending gold sellers are outside of the United States.

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Video Game Artist Don Barnes Fatally Stabbed
Submitted by LordXenophon 1399 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1398 days ago
Donald Barnes Jr., a video game artist formerly of EA Sports and Activision and the father of two children, was fatally stabbed earlier this week in Oak Park, California. According to police, Don Barnes was assaulted after attempting to intervene in a fight between a man and woman outside of his apartment. Police have arrested 23-year-old suspect Bikram Singh Otal in the murder. Barnes worked in the video game industry since 1996. He worked as a character modeler at Madden developer Tiburon Studios, later moving on to work as a character artist at shuttered developer Luxoflux. Barnes credits include games based on Transformers and Kung Fu Panda. He joined Santa Monica based Broodworks Inc. in April 2010. Barnes was 41. He was survived by a 17-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.

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Gun scare Video
Submitted by edogg007 1467 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1450 days ago
Prof that women listen perfectly.

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The Execution Video
Submitted by II-Iluvatar-II 1764 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1481 days ago
XKG Productions V.C.'s first vid!!

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Angry kid at the zoo Video
Submitted by deanbpm 1573 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1571 days ago
A really intelligent and articulate 4 year old after a bad day at the zoo....

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lego sniper rifle Video
Submitted by TheConjurer 1592 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1573 days ago
check out this geezers lego armoury

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WoW Phishing Alert!
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1597 days ago
Somebody is phishing for WoW accounts - again. This time, they are pretending to warn you that your WoW account is not secure and you need to update your security settings. Do not be fooled. The links in the email don't really go where they say they go. You can see what this phishing email looks like in my game posts.

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Nintendo 3DS Packs Extra Weapons Against Piracy
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
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The Nintendo DS, much like the PlayStation Portable, is a system vexed by piracy. The DSi XL has some protection against copied games, but it's still a problem for Nintendo. It seems, however, that the 3DS has some nifty new technologies to make sure that gamers come by their software legally. "The problem with the DS market in the last few years, particularly with the DS Lite, is that it's just been attacked by piracy. It's made it almost impossible to shift any significant volume. The DSi combated it a little bit, but the 3DS has taken that a step further," THQ's executive VP of global publishing Ian Curran told CVG. Curran asked Nintendo to describe the technology, but was told the sophistication doesn't lend itself well to short explanations.

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Exclusive 'Pocket Frogs' Sneak Preview – Breed an Army of Frogs in NimbleBit's Next iPhone Game
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1597 days ago
Proud to be indie developer NimbleBit leaked some vague details to us this afternoon regarding their next iPhone game, Pocket Frogs. The story of Pocket Frogs starts back with their previous game, Dizzypad [iPhone: $1.99 / iPad: Free + DLC], a simple jumping game that we loved in our review which recently received an update adding in iOS 4 fast app switching and Retina Display support for the iPhone 4. Figuring they'd make the various Plus+ awards a little more fun than just increasing your overall Plus+ gamer score, NimbleBit linked these awards with unlocking differently colored playable frogs. The unexpected side effect of this for NimbleBit was it turned out that for many players, the goal of playing Dizzypad for them was to unlock every frog rather than shooting for high scores as originally intended. NimbleBit released several updates to the game which added even more frogs, so when searching for inspiration for their next game, it seemed only natural to make a game with the sole purpose of collecting as many frogs as possible. Read a LOT more about it and see some screenshots by following the link. There's no release date yet, but it's already on my shopping list.

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Monopoly City Streets Wins Multiple Awards
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
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Monopoly City Streets, the 'try before you buy' online version of the Hasbro board game Monopoly City is picking up coveted awards around the world for concept and innovation. The category leading initiative was considered such a runaway success that it is currently in development with EA Games to be rolled out as a multi-platform digital experience Monopoly Streets, to be released October 2010. Most recently winning Best Consumer Products and Services, Best Use of Web and the Grand Prix at the New Media Age Effectiveness Awards, Monopoly City Streets has also picked up a Cannes Cyber Lions Gold for best Digital Interactive Solutions and nominated for a prestigious Webby to name but a few.

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Google Invests $100-200 Million in Zynga
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
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According to a TechCrunch report citing "multiple" sources, Google has quietly invested between $100 and $200 million in Farmville and Mafia Wars creator Zynga. Deeper in the report is an estimate of Zynga's worth, claiming that its revenue for the first half of 2010 sits at a colossal $350 million. However, the sources also reportedly say that that investment is only one small piece of a larger endeavor. According to the blog, Zynga will become the cornerstone of Google's own gaming service, Google Games. No further or more specific details on what Google Games would actually consist of was given.

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Mid Summer Classic Achievement Available One Day Only
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
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The Mid Summer Classic achievement for MLB 2K10 is available for only one day, though it is believed that it will be available again on the same day next year. The article says how to get the achievement, but it doesn't actually say what day. My guess is that he meant Tuesday, July 13.

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ESRB accidentally releases email addresses of Real ID complainants
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
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It seems that the email addresses of all those who complained to the ESRB about Blizzard's proposed Real ID have had their email addresses exposed to each other - and who knows who else.

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Day of Defeat Source Now Playable on Macintosh
Submitted by LordXenophon 1598 days ago on Off Topic
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A Macintosh version of Day of Defeat Source is now available on Steam.

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Tacos xD Video
Submitted by Shariblossom 1649 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1605 days ago
I lol'ed and I want to say that to someone. c:

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Funny Arsenal Fan Video
Submitted by deanbpm 1611 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1608 days ago
Just watch it, pisser!

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Ony Wipe Video
Submitted by Pallylust 2528 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1644 days ago
Hahahahahahahahaha

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Starcraft II Release Date Finally Announced
Submitted by LordXenophon 1669 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1665 days ago
Blizzard's co-founder and CEO, Mike Morhaime, had this to say about the July 27 release date for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty: "We've been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we're excited that the time for that is almost here. Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months."

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Alan Wake Prequel Available
Submitted by LordXenophon 1677 days ago on Off Topic
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The beginning of the up-coming game, Alan Wake, became available for download by XBox Live Gold subscribers this morning. It will not be released anywhere else for at least a few days.

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DJ Hero Getting Challenging Track Pack Next Week
Submitted by LordXenophon 1678 days ago on Off Topic
tagged as hot 1677 days ago
The "Domination Pack" will supposedly have three new tracks which take DJ Hero to a whole new level.

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