Microsoft Rumored To Buy EA

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Word on Wall Street is Microsoft is going to Buy EA. I don’t know why Wall Street would randomly make up a rumor like this…but it’s driven up the stock prices for both EA and Microsoft (EA is up 8.1 percent, Microsoft 1.1 percent). Even Reuters covered the issue.

“There’s talk that Microsoft might be interested in acquiring Electronic Arts. It’s unsubstantiated chatter, but it’s out there,” said Frederic Ruffy, options strategist at WhatsTrading.com in New York.

If Microsoft did purchase EA I wonder what would happen to all the future games EA is working on that would be released on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, or games coming to the Wii? I’d assume they’d be forced to release to Microsoft only, but who knows.

The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack

**ROCK BAND MEDIA ALERT** MTV GAMES, HARMONIX AND EA ANNOUNCE
Unique Bundle Allows Fab Four Fans to Sing Along to 45 of The Beatles’ Greatest Hits

Guildford, UK. – 22nd Sept., 2009 – Harmonix, MTV Games, and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today announced the The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™, combining The Beatles: Rock Band, the most critically-acclaimed music game of the year, with two SingStar microphones from Sony’s leading interactive singing experience franchise. With an extraordinary catalogue of 45 tracks available, The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™ will allow players to enjoy multi-part harmonies in a way never before experienced within a music game through an unprecedented, experiential progression of the music and artistry of The Beatles.

The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™ is available now in the UK for a suggested retail price of £49.99.

Additional music from The Beatles’ epic catalogue will be made available for purchase and download through The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store. Abbey Road will be released on October 20, 2009, followed by the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in November and Rubber Soul in December.

The Beatles: Rock Band celebrates the music and artistry of the Fab Four allowing fans to sing along to 45 songs on-disc or pick up guitar, bass, or drums and experience the cross-section of hits and favorites by The Beatles through game play that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career. The Beatles: Rock Band is available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Wii™ console from Nintendo and is compatible with all Rock Band™ instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other authorized third party music video game peripherals and microphones.

The Beatles: Rock Band and The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™ is rated “12” by PEGI. For more information on The Beatles: Rock Band and The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™, as well as art and video assets, please visit http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/press.
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Brutal Legend: Kabbage Boy

After watching the video, I’m really excited to try out the demo. The dialog seems really well done, I don’t know just seems like the game will be awesome. I especially like:

“From time to time, Brutal Legend may need to utilize strong language in order to accurately portray the authentic roadie experience to the player.”

It’s so true, what is the roadie experience without strong language?

Battlefield 1943 Review

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If you’ve never played any of the PC Battlefield games from DICE (Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment), here’s the basics: Battlefield 1943 is a World War II-based shooter where you try to take out your enemies while capturing bases (control points), and defending those captured points from falling back into the enemies hands. Players can use a variety of vehicles including planes and tanks. Capturing control points allows the team to reinforce themselves by enabling players and vehicles to spawn in the area. The goal is to hold as many control points as possible (the more, the better). If your team holds them long enough, they win the match.

Battlefield 1943 stays very close to the original Battlefield 1942 games and includes three levels from the Pacific campaign: Wake Island, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. The graphics have been updated and the game now uses the Frostbite Engine (from Battlefield: Bad Company). The engine allows for some amazing environmental damage; tank shells blast through walls and villages sit in flames after an air raid. The effects are truly impressive, and add a new level of immersion to the experience.

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Battlefield 1943 is Now Available

Battlefield 1943 Available Now

Battlefield 1943 is a totally radical online FPS set during WWII’s Pacific campaign. You basically fight in various large battles during the war. Players can choose to fight on foot or in a number of different vehicles (planes, tanks, ships, etc). I used to play a lot of 1942…a lot. I might have to get it, just to remember how awesome the game was. The arcade game well set you back 1200 Microsoft Points / $14.99 on the PS3. The full press release is below…

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Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island

EA INVITES PLAYERS ON A BURNOUT VACATION TO BIG SURF ISLAND
Extend Your Paradise on June 11 for £9.99

London, UK – June 8, 2009 – Criterion Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio today, has announced that the Burnout™ Paradise Big Surf Island expansion pack will be available to download on June 11 for £9.99 on the PLAYSTATION®Network and 1000 MS Points on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace.

Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island is a brand new playground that enhances and expands the amazing world of the award-winning driving game, Burnout Paradise. Highlights include fun challenges and events for groups of friends to play online, an exciting new world to discover, the biggest and wildest jumps yet, plus a set of nine new vehicles to experience it all in.
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G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra Website

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G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra is basically like the movie but a video game, I think. And now there’s an awesome EA website for the game, here.

The only G.I. JOE action figure I remember owning is this girl with a hot pink shirt on. I think that’s really weird, it’s like buying 4-LOM as your one and only Star Wars action figure, why? I feel like I should have gotten someone like Lady Jaye or Baroness or whatever, not some random hot pink shirt girl. Let me search for “hot pink shirt g.i. joe” and see if I can figure out her name…

Ok, her name is Zarana, luckily she’s in the top 5 G.I. JOE babes list (why?):

Zarana’s look was a straddle between punk, new wave and lesbian chic, which is a lot to handle when you’re a kid. But her character’s “filecard” (the cardboard piece attached to the plastic casing holding the figurine) depicted Zarana in a low cut shirt displaying a hefty chest and cleavage which made it the raciest file card, by far.

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I don’t understand why young me would:

a) Not choose another action figure like Snake Eyes or Destro.
b) Of all girls choose the “punk, new wave and lesbian chic” girl.

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