Diablo III

Blizzard announced this week that it was canning the almost-unanimously loathed Real Money and Gold Auction Houses in “Diablo III.” According to a post on the game’s official website by production director John Hight, both auction houses will be closed on March 18, 2014.

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"Angry Birds," the poster child for right time and right place, conquered the small screen space a few years back with simple gameplay and cute characters at a perfect price. While it quickly invaded everyone's smart phone and was fun to play in short bursts, it was a pretty shallow game yet rewarding when you finally nailed a 3 star rating. Basically it was the Tetris analogue for your internet phone's Game Boy (thanks, Matt, for that little bit of plagiarism inspiration :-) ). Everyone installed and quickly became addicted to slinging birds at evil pigs.

As with anything that becomes larger than itself, eventually an opportunity for cross-branding emerges. Enter 'Angry Birds Star Wars,' a clever rebranded spin-off transforming the classic sci-fi/fantasy heroes and villains into their avian and porcine doppelgängers. It was a fun offshoot for fans of both IPs to take a bathroom break and play a few rounds of physics based puzzle solving. Of course, anything Star Wars can't only have one episode, so Rovio obliged to create a second venture.

Fortunately, "Angry birds Star Wars II" is much, much better than it's movie counterpart.
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Once again, programmers and hackers and bears oh my are hard at work, filling certain holes in the Atari 2600 library. These games are not remakes, but demakes. And hot on the heels of Princess Rescue, aka Super Mario Bros, is Zippy the Porcupine, aka Sonic The Hedgehog.

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Watch: DuckTales: Remastered 'African Mines' Trailer

Capcom would like to fill their moneybin a little more, offering the Wayforward remake of "DuckTales Remastered" on disc this winter.

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For all you fighting game fans out there who have been eagerly awaiting word of when the next Evo Championship Series is happening, time to fire up one's preferred app or website for booking flights and reserving hotel accommodations.

The date for Evo 2013 has finally been revealed: July 11-13. And the place? Where its been for a little while now: Las Vegas.

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Last night we partied up and played nearly two hours of "Grand Theft Auto V" while talking it up online. Many of you were probably doing the pee-pee dance in anticipation at the midnight launch and are presumably getting involved in all manner crazy shenanigans today. For those that we're lucky enough to secure a copy, feel free to live vicariously with our play-through from last night!

Watch it after the jump!
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A special Super Mario Bros Time Trial level by Stabyourself.net (best known for that game that combines Super Mario and Portal) was created for Gamescom 2013 attendees. One that was played over 1,000 times, and Stabyourself.net recorded each and every attempt. And which was also combined into a single video.

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So yeah, there's this place that smells like blood, a spectral lady, and a bunch of dead cops--you know what, I'll let the latest trailer for "The Evil Within" sell itself.

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Planning on picking up "GTA V" today? Well "Saint's Row IV" developer has some DLC for you!*

(*For their game, "Saints Row IV," clearly.)

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Arguably the greatest virtue of the "Battlefield" series of games is the full-scale mayhem of the multiplayer, allowing the open maps of each title to become a collision of ordinance, out of control vehicles, and destruction.

Here's hoping EA and developer DICE can up the ante on this front with the upcoming "Battlefield 4," whose updated multiplayer is detailed in the game's latest trailer.

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