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July 2011

Articles From Matt Paprocki in July
Saturday Jul 30, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Nintendo is offering 20 free downloadable vintage games if you purchase a 3DS prior to the price drop. As such, many have decided to use price matching to score the cheaper hardware and free games. To some, they felt the need to take up the cause, rallying against these “vile” people (seriously) who would dare to take advantage of decades old retail policies
Thursday Jul 28, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Nintendo is moving towards gaming industry history with a mega-drop in price for their struggling 3DS hardware.
Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 35:00 AM ET
There's no reason Bastion shouldn't be $40, $50, or even $60. Keeping it on the Xbox Live Arcade service almost dilutes it, immediately creating a sense that it's a "smaller" experience,
Sunday Jul 24, 2011 20:00 AM ET
The 32-year old, deeply conservative Breivik claimed Modern Warfare 2 was "a training simulation." He continues, "You can more or less completely simulate actual operations."
Friday Jul 22, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Just in case your humble abode wasn't showcasing enough of your geek pride, Microsoft has come to your rescue with an Xbox 360 Star Wars bundle. This glorious package retails for $449, containing an R2-D2 inspired Xbox 360 slim unit,...
Wednesday Jul 20, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Microsoft has wisely seen the gap in summer gaming content, pushing forward with their digital download marketplace and the Summer of Arcade promotion for the third year running.
Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Most industries can only imagine a customer base willing to put up with increasing financial pressure, yet still take a beating at the register.
Monday Jul 18, 2011 25:00 AM ET
Corporations don't like being one-upped. Case in point: the anonymous owner of, a parody site damning the Activision sales juggernaut Call of Duty.
Saturday Jul 16, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Prolific game publisher/developer UbiSoft, one of the largest in the world, is jumping in with their variation of the online pass. Beginning with their attempt to revitalize the previously dormant open-world franchise Driver: San Francisco, high profile titles from the company will utilize the pass.
Thursday Jul 14, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Because you need yet another device to stream Netflix, Nintendo's latest portable now officially supports the Internet's king of digital delivery. The free app is available now in the 3DS eShop, exclusive to the hardware.
Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Netflix made the announcement yesterday that a combo plan of one DVD out and streaming would run a customer $15.98 per month, an increase of 60% over their previous bargain bin pricing. This all kicks off September 1st.
Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 15:00 PM ET
The company that founded the online pass, also known as "Project $10," now owns PopCap. In a deal worth $750 million ($650 million in cash, $100 million in stock), PopCap has a publisher following weeks of speculation.
Tuesday Jul 12, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Cars 2 is a shell of a game, a loosely connected series of race events that, even with the character staying power, isn't about to keep your kids attention. Disney,in their infinite wisdom, decided to make their money on downloadable content after the fact.
Monday Jul 11, 2011 50:00 PM ET
The museum promises to be all inclusive, with playable exhibits and space to cover all aspects of the industry's storied history, a first of its kind
Sunday Jul 10, 2011 10:00 AM ET
While in some ways their passing of the torch is a little gloomy, Bungie grew with the industry and Halo. You could track two generations of gaming through their efforts alone, beginning with 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved.
Saturday Jul 9, 2011 45:00 PM ET
For a full priced sports game, one would suspect EA to at least offer some type of support for the retail Jam, basics like roster updates or some minor additional quirks. LeBron and Cleveland don't really go together anymore if you haven't noticed.
Friday Jul 8, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Wii U details keep squeezing out, the latest being that the hardware will be 3D capable for those willing to don glasses while playing the with LCD touchscreen controllers.
Friday Jul 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
"We know our consumers, we know what our consumers are willing to pay for a given game on a given platform and our egos are not part of that assessment."
Thursday Jul 7, 2011 40:00 AM ET
Just when you think more companies couldn't possibly jump on the decidedly unfriendly consumer skies, Sony has decided to play host to an online pass model for their upcoming first-person shooter, Resistance 3.
Tuesday Jul 5, 2011 10:00 PM ET
For all of the apparent whining and griping gamers seem to do, whether its general pricing, the burden of DLC, or online passes, rarely do companies take notice. However, it's stories like this that show some actually do hear us...
Tuesday Jul 5, 2011 15:00 PM ET
A whole 30 days ago, you could have snagged that veritable grab bag of digital goodies, but some people are procrastinators, and apparently not happy.
Saturday Jul 2, 2011 40:00 PM ET
Valve recently opened up Team Fortress 2 to everyone, inviting all to come in and play for free as opposed to the paid experience it was before. In an odd twist, those that have been plugging away with their paid copies for years have begun rejecting the newcomers
Friday Jul 1, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Call of Duty has officially become the console video game to end all console video games as it now has its own live event.

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