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New Spiderman Game in the Works

Beenox, developer of Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions is set to deliver the next game in the Spiderman franchise. A panel for Activision/Spiderman has been reserved on Saturday, April 2nd at WonderCon in San Francisco. The listing for the panel gave details on a presentation involving post launch reactions to Shattered Dimensions as well as pictures showcasing the next Spiderman game. The panel will feature several important people in the Spiderman bis, including Spiderman 2099 co-creator Peter David, as well as the voiceover artist Josh Keaton, and several developers from Beenox.

(Source: Joystiq)

Pokémon Global Link Launch Date Delayed

The Global Link, a website where players of Pokémon Black and White can connect their games and do a vast assortment of things (including playing mini-games to catching pokémon), has unfortunately been delayed. The site, which was supposed to launch on March 30th, has now been pushed back to an unannounced date due to the lack of energy and resources to maintain the site as a result of the recent earthquakes and tsunamis. Game Freak has said that they will update the Global Link website with the new launch date as soon as possible. So if you want your Drizzle Politoed, you’re just going to have to wait a little while longer.

(Source: Siliconera)

Battlefield 3 Preorder Bonuses Confirmed + Teaser Trailer

Earlier this month, we received rumors of several preorder bonuses available for preordering the upcoming Battlefield 3. Luckily, EA confirmed these rumors today.

The Battlefield 3 Limited Edition will release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for $59.99 and will give free access to the Back to Karkand map pack. It’s unclear whether or not those who don’t preorder the game will have access to this map pack.

Included in the Back to Karkand map pack are four classic maps from Battlefield 2, although EA hasn’t confirmed which maps they’ll be. The maps have been upgraded with the new Frostbite 2 engine. The map pack also includes several other additions, like some Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, as well as some “unique rewards” and achievements/trophies.

EA also released a teaser trailer for the game, which you can find after the jump.

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FTC Investigating “Free” Iphone Games

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has recently began to investigate mobile games that are advertised as free but then offer virtual goods that cost real money in the games itself. The FTC claims that this is especially “dangerous” for games targeting younger audiences.

Apparently, many parents had been complaining that their young children managed to make many purchases on “free” games right under their notices. There was even one example of a young child spending $1,400 in a Smurfs game.

FTC Chairman John Leibowitz said in a statement, “Consumers, particularly children, are unlikely to understand the ramifications of these types of purchases.”

Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey responded, “What may appear in these games to be virtual coins and prizes to children result in very real costs to parents. I am pleased that the FTC has responded, and as the use of mobile apps continues to increase, I will continue to actively monitor developments in this important area.”

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Vietnam Bans Online Gaming After 10 PM

Do you ever get annoyed when your parents tell you to stop playing video games and go to bed? Well if you think you have it bad, the people over in Vietnam have got you beat.

In an effort to “mitigate the side effects of online games.”, the Ministry of Information and Commnication in Vietnam has banned the use of online video games from 10 PM to 8 AM every night. They have asked all internet providers to block all online gaming between these times. Those ISP’s that don’t comply will be shut down by the government.

It seems a bit harsh, but unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about it. There’s an estimated 23 million people in Vietnam that use the internet, and they will just have to play their online games during the day. 🙁

(Source: Destructoid)

Community Pokémon Archive: The Top 5 Changes of Generation V by Pictocheat

Every new generation of Pokémon games hosts a variety of changes to take advantage of advancing technology. However, Black and White are arriving sooner than expected, releasing for the Nintendo DS as opposed to the much-anticipated 3DS. We already have five main series games for the system: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver; just how much could Black and White improve upon them? The answer, really, is quite a lot.

These are what I feel to be the five biggest changes that the fifth generation has to offer. You can find the list after the jump.

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Community Pokémon Archive: The Science of EVs and IVs by Someone70

So you want to be a Pokémon master? That’s great, but if you think that all it takes is plain grinding to level 100, your Pokémon will not be the best that it can be. If you really want to battle competitively and have the strongest Pokémon around, you will need to learn how the invisible numbers called Effort Values and Individual Values work.

You’re probably thinking, “What the heck are those?” Well, no need to worry, because I’m here to help you understand and build the best team possible. The main points are bolded nicely for those that don’t feel like reading the whole thing. The following applies to Gen III games and up only. Gen I and II games have different formulas; more information is explained in sites such as Bulbapedia or Serebii.

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Teenager Arrested for Gun Threats Over Xbox Live

What you say on Xbox Live can hurt you. If you have a hard time believing this, just ask the teenager in Maryland who “hijacked” an Xbox Live account and sent prank messages to almost 100 other players with threats of bringing a gun to school and shooting his peers. Obviously, these did not go unnoticed, and the teenager was arrested

Government officials said in an interview that the teenager, who wishes to remain anonymous, acquired the login details via an via a website that sells unauthorized Xbox Live accounts for money. Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said,“After obtaining this user name and password the Maryland teenager sent a message to nearly 100 people, including students at Berkeley Heights High School pretending to be the user,”

His messages contained death threats including plans to shoot fellow students with a gun. The message soon reached the ears of resonsible and justifiably worried parents, who contacted the police. An investigation went underway and the teenager was caught, claiming it was all a joke.

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Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Launch Trailer

Are you planning on picking up Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. This sequel in the popular Lego Star Wars franchise was announced for a March 22 release yesterday for the Wii and Nintendo DS, and as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS.

We even received a cool launch trailer for the 3DS version of the game that looks pretty impressive and shows off the capabilities of the 3DS very well. You can check out the trailer after the jump, and you can expect to see TSG tackle this game, among many others, at this year’s week long Star Wars marathon in July.

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Dragon Quest Fans Get the Chance to Meet the Man Behind the Franchise

This Saturday, February 12th in Palo Alto, California, you can meet Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series at the Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation release party if you happen to be in the area. Fans of the series are invited to the GameStop flagship store to celebrate the North American release of Dragon Quest VI.

Dragon Quest VI was originally developed for Super Famicom (SNES in Japan) and never released in North America until now. The new version has updated graphics and also includes features specifically designed for Nintendo DS. Not only can you meet Horii, but you can also pick up an autographed copy of the game before it even releases to the public.

So cancel all your plans this weekend, as this an opportunity you won’t want to miss if your a fan of the popular Dragon Quest franchise.

(Source: Nintendo World Report)