Blizzard begins World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Beta

Mark today as the start of the downfall of the WoW servers yet again, Blizzard has just announced that the closed beta test for Cataclysm has begun. The invites have already started and those with Blizzcon beta passes should already be able to cash in their golden ticket.

The focus of the new beta is to get feedback and develop the balance and content to the liking of the community, often the development revolves around the last open feedback call and misses the latest trends in the community. For those new to the expansion, Cataclysm takes players to devastated areas once familiar in WoW. In an effort to survive the Wogen and Goblins will join the fight between Alliance and the Horde as they come to face the Deathwing in a battle for all life.

For more info check out the official page:
http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm

Sweet news for many, bad news for me as most of my Xfire contacts will now fall off the face of the earth into WoW again.

Ninjatown gets an update

Ninjatown after riding waves of success has cranked out a major update for the masses, packing time attacks, new leaderboards and 11 new awards for anyone aching for hard competition and bonuses.

The team is back at work already to produce an upgrade for iPad owners and crank out some extra themes as well. Check out the video below to push off the latest addition and the images after the jump.

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Ace Tennis 2010 hits iPhone

As much as I hate to do it, I’m posting an iPhone game story. Honestly I’d love to pimp Android here and there but right now finding good games on the platform is like horrible horrible surgery.

Anyway. Ace Tennis 2010 hits the iPhone with native support for iOS4 and iPhone4, using tournaments, varied court composition, hitting strategies and more to keep players on their finger tips. With support for AI and online networks there is always a chance to change up the game.

Honestly, the game reminds me of when I had fun just messing around with sports games on the N-Gage, simple and fast action.

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Portal 2 Parts 4 and 5 brings lasers for all!

With the series still going (sorry I had a mind lapse there thinking it was over) lasers and portals and lions and tigers and… wait a minute. Nevermind. Anyway, lasers are a portal’s best friend in some cases, watch Chell drop reflectors to get through the latest challenge ahead.

Portal 2 – E3 2010 – Part 4
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(Part 5 after the jump)
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NIER goes fishing in latest video

NIER is one of the latest RPG’s coming out to market, trying to prove it can hang with the Oblivion’s and Fable’s of the world a new clip arrives to demonstrate the fishing techniques.

Anything goes even rare Rhizodont’s or awesome rusty buckets that many Runescape fans might associate to.

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NZXT Sentry LXE hits market

We’re one step closer to holodecks and transporters, NZXT unleashes their latest accessory to the PC market today. The Sentry LXE is a touch screen LCD fanbus allowing users to dial in the speed of each fan; also maintaining other functions such as date and time.

The LCD is fully adjustable with the ability to disable the display when gaming to enhance the atmosphere. 5 thermal probes monitor active temps for hot pockets of air allowing for users to dial in the Sentry to provide more flow. The whole package is sleek and reminds me of a Star Trek interface.

The Sentry LXE will be in stores soon with an MSRP of $59.99

Puzzle Quest 2 arrives on XBLA

Gaming is hard enough without it becoming an addiction, today Puzzle Quest 2 launches on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points. For some this is a great thing, Puzzle Quest brings hours of entertainment and great challenges that break away from the world of Bejeweled. For others, the game turns from fun into a life altering painful addiction that has people doing anything for a few more minutes of the game.

Either way, it’s too late now for everyone, let us all bow to our puzzle gaming overlord now that it has arrived. Check out the video.

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Peter S. Beagle signing at Anime Expo 2010

Anime Expo 2010 packs a variety of things in light of new management, in a new announcement from eigoMANGA the legend himself Peter Beagle will be signing autographs to attendee’s.

For those not familiar with his work, he is the man behind The Last Unicorn and many fantasy novels over the past decades. As a book covered in over 25 languages it has made itself a home in many hearts around the world.

eigoMANGA will also play host to Okashi Studios latest anime-themed game Shira Oka: Second Chances on the PC.

Sega Unleashes AVP DLC

Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC fans have something to be excited about, if the days of shooting it up in AVP seemed stale and boring they’re about to end. On July 7th Sega has plans to unleash the new Bughunt Map pack to the masses, packing 4 new maps and new weather types. The new locations will push players to their limits in BG-386 using DM, Predator Hunt, Infestation and more.

As a last minute twist, the maps will also include environmental damage to those who slip in on the field. Check out the video below and pictures after the jump.

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Transformers Double XP Weekend

Those who are already battling it out in the War for Cybertron should plan on boosting this weekend. Activision is rolling out a Double XP weekend similar to the COD franchise from July 2nd through the 4th. Anyone battling it out on the 360, Playstation 3 or PC will be able to power level to glory.

Activision has some background for those unfamiliar with the latest installment.

Transformers: War for Cybertron challenges players to become the ultimate weapon as a TRANSFORMERS character in the final, epic war that will determine the survival of their entire race. Armed with a diverse arsenal of lethal, high-tech weaponry and the ability to instantly convert from robot to vehicle at any time, players will engage in heart-pounding battles on land and in the air in this gripping, 3rd person action shooter set in the TRANSFORMERS’ war-ravaged homeland. Complete with several multiplayer modes, Transformers: War for Cybertron allows gamers to play through story missions with their friends in drop in/drop out online co-op, and also create their own TRANSFORMERS character for competitive head-to-head multiplayer modes, choosing among four distinct character classes, personalizing its look and selecting from a huge variety of weapons, skills and abilities.