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Hey there everyone, just dropping you a line to say that we have launched a brand new mobile version of TheNPCs. What’s more, you don’t need any fancy URLs to access it. When you visit our main site (http://www.thenpcs.com) on your mobile device of choice, we will automatically detect what browser you are using and send you to the appropriate site. There’s no tricky re-directs to stupid “m.sitename.com” addresses  or   Read More ...

The summer release drought has been a permanent fixture in the gaming industry. However, this year there’s been a different drought: a Spring one. The only notable releases over the past few months have been overly expensive map packs, which were normally free back in my day.  

This year’s BAFTA Game nominations have been announced today. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has been nominated for six awards, closely followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The list has one important title missing – Red Dead Redemption. That’s not BAFTA’s fault though, as Rockstar Games decided not to enter the game into the competition. The winners will be announced on 16th March at the London   Read More ...

Treyarch have unveiled some interesting Black Ops facts. They said that the three most-picked perks are: Marathon, Sleight of Hand and Lightweight. The most popular guns are the Famas, the AK-74u and the Galil. The deadliest Killstreak is the RC-XD surprisingly, with the Attack Helicopter, Napalm Strike and Chopper Gunner behind. There has been 242 million knife stabbings in Black Ops, and over one trillion shots have been fired with   Read More ...

id Software and Bethesda have announced that QuakeCon 2011 will take place on August 4th-7th 2011 at the Hillton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. QuakeCon will once again host North America’s largest bring your own computer LAN party with thousands of gamers hooking up their systems to play against world class opposition apparently. Also expect hardware and software showcases from other companies as well as contests, entertainment, announcements, panels and   Read More ...

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 3 is going on tour next month in the UK; in a new campaign they’re calling “PlayStation Access”. It allows people to try new PS3 games before they’re released. The first event is on Friday 4th February in London, and that goes on until Sunday 6th February. After that, the event goes on to Glasgow and a few other places (more details are on   Read More ...

Sony has broken their silence over the recent hacking of their PlayStation 3. The company were remarkably quiet after the system’s security measures were completely defeated this week. Hackers have now got complete control over the system, and can sign their own software as genuine. Despite the system crumpling to the hackers and the groups obtaining the security keys, Sony has issued this nonsensical statement:

Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops has generated more than $1 billion for Activision in just six weeks on sale. Players have spent a combined 600 million hours playing the game’s online multiplayer mode. Microsoft says the average player jumps on once a day for more than an hour. “In all of entertainment, only Call Of Duty and Avatar have ever achieved the billion dollar milestone this   Read More ...

id Software has reminded us that their first ever game is now 20 years old. That title was the good old-school side-scroller Commander Keen. It was released on 14th December 1990, a whole two months before id Software was officially founded. “My childhood was pretty much made up of Mario games on the console, and Commander Keen on the PC,” said id Software’s Mike Rubits.

Civilization V has made history by becoming the first videogame to be nominated a Grammy Award. Composer Christopher Tin received the nomination for the Baba Yetu track. It’s featured in Civ V’s opening theme and includes the Soweto Gospel Choir. The nomination is for the “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists” category. It’s up against loads of stuff no one cares about, including: Roger Treece’s “Baby”, Vince Mendoza’s “Based On A   Read More ...

An interesting mystery-solving gang has finally solved the riddle of the Call of Duty: Black Ops mannequin easter egg riddle. We won’t spoil what happens when you shoot the mannequins’ heads in record time, but it is a fun little hidden secret if a little disappointing.

Microsoft has announced that the global total of sold Xbox 360 consoles stands at 44.6 million. The game-per-console attach rate has also risen to 8.9. From the beginning of July until the end of September, Microsoft sold 2.8 million Xbox 360s worldwide. That’s 38% more than during the same period last year. It looks like Halo Reach was the reason why they made so much money. The game managed to   Read More ...

Keiji Inafune has decided that he will be quitting Capcom at the end of the month. He has been with the company for 23 years. He became the Head of R&D Management Group, Consumer Games R&D Division and Contents Management Division during his time there. Inafune said: “I’m leaving Capcom with the intention of starting my life over.”

Xbox Live Game Room developer Krome Studios is on the verge of collapse. All of the Brisbane studio’s staff have been let go and the developer will finally shut up shop on Monday. Once upon a time, Krome was the biggest development house in Australia. However, the studio axed 60 members of staff in November 2009, 50 in April 2010 and 100+ in August 2010. Krome’s games were never that   Read More ...

Disney has canned Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned. The game was going to be an action-RPG title taking on the key elements of the movie series. As a result of the game being cancelled, developer Propaganda Games is now in trouble. Disney has restructured Propaganda Games, with as many as 100 members of staff let go. One of the studio’s two teams has been given the axe.   Read More ...

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