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Gamestop Looking to Expand Its Markets

Gamestop one of if not the powerhouse in the gaming market, largely due to their used game sales is looking to expand their inventory. According to their CEO Paul Raines, Gamestop wants to start selling classic games. He elaborated in an interview with Polygon.

“We’ve got them,” Raines explained. “We think there’s a vintage sales opportunity, so we’re accumulating some inventory. It’s a big idea, and there’s a few problems with it. The first one is sourcing the product, the condition, the refurbishment, all that stuff. But there’s a customer for it. And we’re working on some stuff we haven’t announced yet.”

“If you go to eBay and look at all of the gaming stuff that’s on there, it’s unbelievable. Collector’s stuff. We’ve got to be in that business. We will be.”

Personally I’m on the fence about this. Sure having your local Gamestop selling some of your old favorites such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time sounds great, but is it really necessary? Lets look at it this way, a majority of the people looking to buy these games are going to be older and you would think that if they really wanted to play a classic game they would have found another way by now. Whether it is by hooking up their old console and buying the game on a site like eBay, or by downloading emulators, maybe they just hacked their current console and enabled it to play their favorites. Not to mention there are a few games much like Ocarina of Time that are being remasterd and rereleased. Also how would the pricing of these games work? Wouldn’t buyers just be getting better deals on sites like eBay and from personal experience with Gamestop I say the same goes for sellers. Although I guess it wouldn’t be all bad, Gamestop would add a level of convenience by keeping a good amount of stock for popular games so that you don’t have to spend time looking and bidding on a site like eBay. So like I said I’m on the fence about this. I’m very interested into how other people feel about this, please tell me how you feel?

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God of War: Ascension, The Furies Wrath

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Kratos is back in the new game God of War: Ascension. You might wonder, who is kratos seeking to unleash his wraithful vengenance on this time? This time its not Kratos who is seeking revenge, it is the “The Furies.” These three vengeful deities are bound to hell and have a contract with Kratos, a contract that connects his life to Ares’. After Kratos breaks this contract, The Furies are the ones seeking out Kratos to unleash their own Wraithful Venegance.

God Of War: Ascension launches March 12th, 2013!

How do you feel this will affect the game pacing and story? Feel free to comment in the section below telling us your opinion on the matter.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II PC specs

Looks like Windows XP is out of luck, as Treyarch has released the minimum specs required to play Black Ops 2 on PC.

The minimum specs required are as follows, and Treyarch promises that they “have tested extensively on a variety of hardware and we are very confident in the performance even at the minimum specs.” You’ll note that XP is no longer supported at all, which may upset many fans of the series.

OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB

Treyarch promises a number of improvements to the game over the original Black Ops on PC.

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DLC Released Today for Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

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The iOS Darkness Cometh as New Levels are Released for

'Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land'

Whereas before the player fought against diabolical forces that wished to destroy humanity, in the newly launched DLC levels for ‘Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land’, this is reversed as the player now has to end the world. In the six new levels released today, entitled ‘Kaul’s Diary’, the player instead controls the villainous cult leader from the original game, Docktor Kaul. In a series of encounters set before the events of ‘The Wasted Land’ the player controls Kaul and his minions as they attempt to put his genocidal vision into action. To play the new levels, players need a copy of the original game and simply then select ‘Extra Levels’ and purchase Kaul’s Diary there. The DLC costs $2.99/£1.79/€2.39 from the App Store and more platforms are expected to follow soon.

The game’s designer, Tomas Rawlings, says, “While it is fun fighting zombies, we figured it would also be fun controlling zombies. What is more fun that shooting at Leng Spiders is controlling Leng Spiders and in Kaul’s Diary, that is exactly what you get to do. Kaul’s Diary is in some respects a return to the game design ideas that originally brought me into contact with Chaosium (the publishers of the paper version of Call of Cthulhu) for whom I wrote a monograph entitled ‘The Dark Mirror' about just this theme: being the baddies!”

If you are new to this cult title, it is a turn-based strategy RPG inspired by the works of pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The game was developed by indie developer Red Wasp Design in co-operation with Chaosium, the publishers of the paper role-playing game, Call of Cthulhu. The video game features nine 3D levels set in the trenches of World War One. In ‘The Wasted Land’ the player uses their team of investigators to uncover a deadly inhuman conspiracy underlying the Great War. As the game progresses, the player can build up the skills, weapons and equipment of their team. Key to the game is Sanity; the investigators must guard their minds against the myriad horrors that threaten to send them into the mouth of madness. Barbed wire, mustard gas and machines guns will prove to be the least dangerous thing the investigators will encounter as they venture out into No-man’s Land to solve the mystery of the Wasted Land.

To stay in touch with the developers, get updates on the game as well as help and strategy guides, connect to Red Wasp Design on Facebook, Twitter (@redwaspdesign) and on their site at redwaspdesign.com

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Half-Life Fan Remake Gets a Release Date

Fans do some pretty incredible things to the games they love and the Black Mesa Source team has been rebuilding the original Half-Life (up to the Lambda Core level, at least) from scratch using Valve’s Source engine. From the project’s wiki:

Black Mesa was built and founded on the basis that Half-Life: Source didn’t fully live up to the potential of a Source engine port of Half-Life. As such, Black Mesa was founded to fully reconstruct the Half-Life universe utilizing Source to its fullest potential in terms of art detail, level sizes and code features. It should be noted that the project is being built from the ground up and is not a simple port of Half Life maps and models into the Source Engine. The idea is to remake the storyline used in Half Life into a new polished Source Engine version with new models, maps, soundtrack, voice acting and textures.This total conversion will not require Half-Life: Source to play - only a copy of any Source Engine game installed on Steam.

A quick poke around the team’s wiki and official forums proves the remake, which is dated for September 14th. Team frontman Carlos Montero added in his forum post announcement that future content is forthcoming, but for now, the team wishes to give fans “a complete 8-10 hour experience with a solid ending” while they work on Xen and BMDM. You’ll be able to download Black Mesa from the project’s website on the 14th,

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Pokemon on Unreal Engine

We all wish that we could have that one amazing Pokemon role playing game for a console and although that has yet to happen, we did get a glimpse at what a game like that would look like. Released by artist Christian Davis of Junction Point Studios is an image of how Pokemon would look like running Epic Games Unreal Engine 3. I think we can all agree that Blastoise looks amazing and this just leaves us wanting more.

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Halo 4: Grifball and Oddball

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Halo fans rejoice, Grifball and Oddball are back with a few minor adjustments. Similar to the change in Capture the Flag mode, the player with the skull in Oddball will also be able to wield a magnum. Also players will now be able to pass the skull/bomb; this goes for Grifball as well. Honestly I’m not to sure how these changes will effect the game play balance that seemed so perfect in previous Halo installments. See for your self by taking a look at the demo’s shown at PAX.

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros Trailer and Demo

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A day after announcing the new Metal Gear Solid Hideo Kojima let loose the amazing new trailer for Ground Zeros. The trailer shows off the new Fox engine, which makes it hard to tell the difference between game play and cinematic moments. Snake looks better then ever in this newest installment.

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Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection Announced

Get 17 games from the best-selling real time strategy franchise and receive early beta access to the next Command & Conquer game
Electronic Arts announced today that Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection, a compilation of all 17 C&C games, will be available later this fall. Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection will not only give fans a chance to re-experience all three Command & Conquer universes - the epic clash between the GDI and Nod in Tiberium, the alternate Cold War of the Red Alert series and the modern warfare in Generals - but will also give them early access to the upcoming beta for the new Frostbite 2 powered Command & Conquer, coming in 2013.
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Final Fantasy Dimensions Now Available

SQUARE ENIX, announced the release of FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS™ for the iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad®. The opening chapter, “Prologue,” is available for free through the iTunes Store®.

FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS was first released in 2010 on Japanese mobile phones, recording over a million downloads. Going back to the roots of the FINAL FANTASY series, the game contains features such as beautiful 2-D pixel art, job-driven character growth, and additional chapters where players can unlock new jobs. With a classic story of light, darkness, and crystals, FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS delivers the best of FINAL FANTASY, retro and fresh alike, directly to a smartphone.

The new iOS version proudly presents updated graphics, as well as a revamped and refined soundtrack, featuring a new theme song from the composer, Naoshi Mizuta. Additionally, the touch-panel control featuring a sliding control pad is smooth and intuitive, making the game easier to play than ever.

Story
In an age long past, the world was suffocating under the crushing grip of war. Only the efforts of the idealistic Avalonian Empire were enough to bring the warm embrace of peace to the land and lead it toward a new age of prosperity.

Fate itself brought together those whose lives were filled with hope and those whose duty sent them from the harsh north. As they locked eyes, the Crystal shed forth an immense light that filled the land, drowning everything in silence.

And then, the world was sundered into light and darkness.

Product Overview
Title: FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Genre: RPG
Release Date: Available Today
MSRP:  Prologue: Free
Chapter 1: $2.99
Chapters 2 – 4: $9.99 for each chapter
Full package: $28.99

Related Links:
Official site: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/smart/ffdl/en/
iTunes Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-fantasy-dimensions/id540992837?mt=8