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August 2011

Articles From Matt Paprocki in August
Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 30:00 AM ET
You know what's grand? Purchasing a video game for $60, bringing it home, and realizing you have the chance to spend another $30 on downloadable content that doesn't even exist yet! What a deal!
Friday Aug 26, 2011 30:00 PM ET
After the internet lit up with stories of GameStop locations pulling free game codes from the PC version of Deux Ex: Human Revolution, the gaming retailer went on the defensive. Now GameStop is entering the "we're sorry" phase.
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Physical copies of the latest Deux Ex RPG/shooter for PC come with a code to play a version of the game via OnLive. GameStop however finds that they're selling a product that is competitive, and is opening said games to remove the promo codes.
Monday Aug 22, 2011 35:00 PM ET
A 13-year-old in Oklahoma City is currently under investigation after authorities believe he killed his nine-month-old baby sister after she interrupted his video game session.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 35:00 PM ET
The lower end 160GB model will now retail for $249, the higher-end 320GB one coming in at $300, and the latter will be bundled with a free game, Infamous 2. The price drops go into effect worldwide immediately.
Tuesday Aug 16, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Microsoft has chosen to ditch the glossy finish of their recently released, high-end Xbox 360 Slim models.
Sunday Aug 14, 2011 35:00 AM ET
Tim Willits, the id Software creative director, stated to Eurogamer that they will be keeping parts of the single player shooter Rage exclusive to new buyers, and subsequently defending the decision to use an "always on" system of DRM for Diablo III.
Sunday Aug 14, 2011 55:00 AM ET
Rovio has made one game. One. Single. Game. It's this thing where you fling birds into pig-constructed structures, and it's become popular enough that it could be worth $1 billion dollars.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Microsoft really wants you to buy a Kinect, their fancy motion-centric camera that you can look like an idiot while playing and while talking to. For longtime players though, it's not all that new.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Want a sure sign that investors don't understand the very industry they're investing in? Look at Nintendo, a company that's currently riding on an aging Wii unit and sluggish 3DS portable. What does the investor suggest? Port their products to the iOS platform.
Monday Aug 8, 2011 15:00 PM ET
"These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves."
Sunday Aug 7, 2011 05:00 PM ET
The fight for digital supremacy heats up as EA has announced they will not be putting Battlefield 3 on Steam. The sure-to-be multi-million seller has been slated instead for EA's own recently created Origin service.
Thursday Aug 4, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Sony had promised to release the PlayStation Vita, the successor to their PSP, in at at least one territory by the end of 2011. They're sticking to that, launching the touch screened, rear touch, motion controlled, button tapping unit in Japan before the year is out.
Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 55:00 PM ET
The company is aware of the rumblings around the 'net, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata issuing a formal apology about a week after slashing his own earnings in half.
Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 25:00 AM ET
An EA game with a $10 online pass option? Who woulda thunk it? Well, anyone paying attention actually, the uber-hyped first-person shooter franchise probably set to be saddled with the dreaded "Project $10" upon release.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 15:00 AM ET
"Always on" DRM means the player must have a consistent Internet connection or be booted from the game. If the connection drops, so does the game. It doesn't matter whether the player is in single player or playing cooperatively.

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