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Super Street Fighter 4 arcade ad teases more characters

July 21, 2010

Ten new characters introduced in Super Street Fighter 4 may not have been enough in Capcom’s eyes, if an ad for the arcade version of the popular fighting game is any indication.

Since the ad already includes the likes of Dudley, Makoto and Adon, it’s safe to say the “Here comes new challengers?!” blurb on the bottom means even more characters may be joining the fray for the arcade version.

Will they remain exclusive to that version? Likely not, as rumors have been swirling since the game’s development of even more characters being added through downloadable content.

Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono has also expressed in the past that doing such a thing is possible on a technological standpoint, as well.

Which characters would you like to see join the fight? I’m leaning towards Sean, Q, and Remi.

[Via Event Hubs]


Save children by helping Carmine die in Gears 3

July 21, 2010

In the Gears of War games, whoever wears a helmet and has the last name Carmine is pretty much doomed to a horrific end. With Anthony Carmine in Gears 1 and Benjamin Carmine in Gears 2 now dead, it’s now Clayton Carmine’s turn. Or is it?

Starting today, players can vote on Xbox Live to determine Clayton’s fate in Gears of War 3 by purchasing Avatar shirts that say “Save Carmine” or “Carmine Must Die.”

Regardless of Carmine’s ultimate fate, the proceeds of every shirt sold will be donated to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity.

Valve brings down the hammer on Modern Warfare 2 cheaters

July 21, 2010

A situation is brewing over on Valve’s forums. After several months of people using cheats, knowingly or not, Valve’s Anti-Cheat system kicked in and hundreds, possibly thousands, of players found themselves from playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and possibly many more of their games.

On Steam,  a VAC ban on an account means that account is no longer allowed to play any game running off an engine. For example, being banned in a game with the Source engine like Team Fortress 2 will prevent playing other games like Half-Life 2 online on VAC secured servers.

A more serious ban will prevent registering brand new games and immediately ban any new product codes used, requiring users to make a brand new Steam account.

Needless to say, there are a lot of angry people flooding in the forums trying to get the ban lifted from their accounts, but Valve is hearing nothing of it.

“We will not un-ban your account regardless of the reason,” said an FAQ regarding the banning on the Steam forums. “It doesn’t matter if someone else used your account, you didn’t know what you were doing was wrong, your brother or sister downloaded a cheat you didn’t know about, etc. Use of your Steam account is your responsibility.”

Problems with hackers on Modern Warfare 2 also exist on the Xbox 360, but users there are unaffected by this wave of bans.

It’s unfortunate for the people that were unknowingly caught up in the ban wave, as some game mods that simply change textures for a player might come with a plug-in that could trigger the VAC system to ban the account.

[Via Steam forums]

Third annual Zeldathon starts today, here’s the Link (lol)

July 5, 2010

While video game “marathoning” isn’t anything new, it’s always nice when a band of swell chaps get together and do it for the kids — especially if they’re playing one of gaming’s most beloved franchises, The Legend of Zelda. Those swell chaps are none other than the aptly named Zeldathon folks, and their third annual Zelda marathon starts today (in about an hour actually).

This year, they’ll be playing through all of the main console Zelda games for a non-stop 72 hours (or longer if need be) in an attempt to raise $1,000 for the National Children’s Advocacy Center. In their first two years, the team has yet to fail reaching their goal, and they don’t intend on 2010 being their first, so if you’d like to help out or just tune in to their live video stream make sure to hit up their official site. I’m sure you won’t want to miss the team go through Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. I pity the poor Zeldathon team member who has to suffer through that one, but just keep thinking about the kids, buddy. Think about the kids.

2010’s Club Nintendo awards revealed

July 1, 2010

For members that have been registering Nintendo titles for the past year, Nintendo has prizes ready for you.

Two prizes are up for grabs this year for members that reached Gold status, earned by collecting 300 “coins” in item registrations, or Platinum status, a much more lofty 600 “coins” amassed. What are they this time?

Read more…

Hulu Plus coming to several game consoles

June 29, 2010

Hulu is coming to quite a few systems in the future, but with some small strings attached.

While it’s been rumored Hulu was on its way to the Xbox 360, the service is being launched as Hulu Plus on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and an i-device running iOS 4, meaning newer iPhones and the iPad. The service will be packed with several full seasons of shows streaming in 720p HD from networks like Fox, NBC and ABC.

However, to use the service, users will need to pay a $10 a month registration fee and the programs themselves will still contain advertisements.

The app for iPhone and iPad should be out right now with the PS3 version set to hit sometime next month. Xbox users, you’ll be waiting until 2011 to utilize the service and it will only be for Gold members. Hulu is also expecting to include the service in future internet-enabled televisions.

For a full list of all the shows that will be available, look down below. You can also read more in blog form here.

Read more…

Battlefield Heroes celebrates one year, gives away stuff

June 29, 2010

Last week, EA’s browser-based, multiplayer-only Battlefield Heroes turned a year old, and to show the world how happy they are about it, EA is offering gamers a “special thank you.”

Their “special thank you” is a code for $5 worth of in-game stuff like a two-day XP boost, a two-day VP boost and 25 bandages. What’s the code you ask? Oh, right.

It’s 49TP-ZJB7-NVTR-P8AE. Enter it at the game’s official site to get your special thank you — but hurry, you only have until tomorrow (June 30).

They didn’t directly say this, but we’re guessing EA would also like to give a normal thank you to the 4.8 million players who registered for their cartoony shooter in its first year. Together, they’ve killed each other 1.2 billion times in 29 million hours of gameplay (or 3,724 years).