1.7 Million Subscribers for Star Wars: The Old Republic

Electronic Arts announced today that Bioware’s first MMO has reached 1.7 million subscribers. The publisher also stated that game continues to grow.

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Iran Bans Battlefield 3

Although EA’s Battlefield 3 has not and likely never see an official release in Iran, the theocracy is banning the game nonetheless. Often games are pirated and are widely distributed.

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Without Xbox 360 Hard Drive, Battlefield 3 Graphics only Standard Def

In order for Battlefield 3 for the Xbox 360 to be presented in pretty, pretty HD, players will have to install the second disc to the hard drive. Not all Xbox 360 owners own a hard drive in addition, so for HD you gotta shell out.

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Battlefield 3 and Theme Park Coming to iOS

That’s right, two of EA’s best crowd pleasing titles will be available for play on iPhones and iPads everywhere at the end of this year.

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EA to Discontinue Online Service for Over 100 Games

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that EA would officially be acquiring Popcap, EA has announced that it will be cutting online gaming service to over one hundred of their titles. However EA assures the public that these games make up less than 1% of EA’s total online traffic and are thus not worth the cost of maintaining the servers they run on.

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Crysis 2 Review

Crysis 2 looks good and developer Crytek knows this. The intro credit says “Achieved with CryEngine 3,” and the first achievement you get is called “Can it run Crysis?” However, pretty visuals alone don’t impress me. Luckily, Crysis 2 offers more than just its console-PC flame war inducing graphics. It’s also a fantastic game and a serious contender for the best shooter of 2011.

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Second Opinion: Dragon Age II

Let’s first get this out of the way. I’m not doing this to be a dick. Karli already wrote an excellent, insightful review of Dragon Age II…even though he never completed Origins and his companions in the game totally hate him…he said so himself. My feigned (?) outrage is all in good fun, despite the fact I spent countless hours with Origins, completing it three times, and finishing each and every DLC, not to mention reporting on every single piece of DA news…Karli finished DA2 first, so fair is fair.

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Dragon Age 2 Sells 1 Million Units, Mass Effect 2 Offered Free

Thanks to gamers like me, and apparently Editor-in-Chief and Review Thief Karli Winata, Dragon Age II has sold 1 million copies within 2 weeks of launch, faster than Dragon Age: Origins. As a thank you, Bioware is giving away Mass Effect 2 for the PC.

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EA Does Away with Printed Manuals

There was a time when I used to read the instruction manual cover to cover before playing a game. That was before extensive in-game tutorials basically hold your hand and guide you step by step. I only  now really refer to instruction manuals when I need to remind myself of what button does what on the controller.

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Activision-EA Lawsuit to Proceed

A California Superior Court judge has ruled that Activision has provided enough evidence to go forward with its lawsuit against rival EA. The case involves original Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella.

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