If there's one thing retailers love more than the used games market, it would be exclusive pre-order deals - which they can use to entice you into putting money down now to guarantee that you'll give them more money later. EA has issued a press release today detailing what you can get for giving GameStop this guarantee for Mass Effect 3. Read More
Those of you who were bothered by the massive Machinima.com watermark on the free Youtube version of Felicia Day's Dragon Age webseries may soon be able to rejoice (while your wallet weeps). iTunes will be offering the entire Dragon Age: Redemption web series for download next week on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 in its Movies section. The cost is not listed on the webpage, but within the iTunes app, you'll see a price tag of $9.99 for pre-ordering. That's a bit steep for 50-minutes of viewing pleasure, but I guess you could say that watching Felicia Day be a badass elvhen assassin on your Apple TV is priceless? Read More
This has been percolating for a while, but a new patch has been released for Dragon Age: Origins, bringing it up to version 1.05. If you own Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition, your game should have come patched up to 1.04. This patch is purely a maintenance release, fixing the quirky authentication problems with newly installed DLC. Furthermore, the unintended(?) requirement to log into your EA account every time you played in order to have access to DLC or load a saved game of a playthrough that included DLC has been removed. This problem only existed in the PC and Mac versions of the game, so console users are unaffected. Read More
SWTOR Senior Community Manager Stephen Reid will be participating in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) Reddit online event this Wednesday, December 28th at 2pm CST. Presumably, you'll want to deluge him with questions about Star Wars: The Old Republic. Instructions on how this event will be conducted is available in the announcement post on Reddit. The event is listed on our calendar events sidebar, starting time translated to EST. (I've had the event listed in the calendar on our sidebar for a few days, but forgot to post about it.)
Mass Effect writer Mac Walters will be participating in a live Twitter chat event with Dark Horse Comics on December 20th at 11am PST. Anyone can watch or join in by using the #MEComicsChat hashtag. Although it is overtly a promotional event for the release of the latest issue of Mass Effect: Invasion, questions about the games seems to be allowed as well (he is the lead writer on the 2nd and 3rd games as well, after all). As an incentive for participating, Dark Horse is giving away 10 digital copies of the new Mass Effect: Invasion #3 issue! I've added the chat event to the calendar listing on the sidebar, although I converted the starting time to EST.
Fans who have redeemed their pre-order codes for The Old Republic can now pre-load the client and get ready for early access. Until the 15th, you can have the icon sitting on your desktop. Taunting you. Teasing you. Begging to be opened and played.
A teaser advert for next month's VGAs gives us a sneak peek at the trailer for Bioware's next game franchise, and gives us a slightly clearer, though still rather small, look at what will appear at the game. Rampant speculation is always fun, so join us after the break for the video and some moderate squeeing. Read More
Community Manager Jessica Merizan has unveiled the list of composers that will contribute to the score for Mass Effect 3. The list includes several veterans to the Mass Effect universe and a Golden Globe nominee, and you can see for yourself after the break. Read More
Bioware's newest franchise has been announced, thanks to LL Cool J, of all people. Check out the debut trailer for Command & Conquer: Generals 2, which is due out in 2013.
Inon Zur, composer for both Dragon Age 1 and 2, posted about an 18-track benefit album entitled Novum Initium that has just been released, featuring new works by a roster of game music composers. It costs $10 (but you can choose to pay more), and the proceeds of this album go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which supports working musicians in need of financial assistance. The album features work by Inon Zur, Jack Wall and Sam Hulick (Mass Effect 1 and 2), Mark Griskey (Star Wars: The Old Republic) and many others. You can buy it from multiple sources, but Bandcamp also allows you to listen to the entire album before deciding whether or not you want to donate to this cause or simply buy some excellent music. Read More
EA's blog recently announced that BioWare will be hosting launch events for Star Wars: The Old Republic at four locations in the U.S. and Europe: New York City, Austin (Texas), London, and Paris. Attendees will receive a limited edition lithograph (while supplies last), and the opportunity to win copies of the game, and related merchandise, as well as the opportunity to meet members of the BioWare staff (and get stuff autographed). I've added entries about them on our event calendar listings on the sidebar. Read More
BioWare and LucasArts registered a classification for a computer game called "Paper, Scissors, Stone"? Shenanigans are afoot.