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Alan Wake Pre-Order Codes May 22, 2010

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For all the viewers of the site, here are the 3 codes that come with the pre-order of Alan Wake (for you shameful few that didn’t preorder).

These codes are first come first served, but remember, you will only be able to redeem a male avatar item if you have a male avatar and you will only be able to redeem a female avatar item if you have a female avatar.  You will not be able to redeem a female avatar item code on a male avatar and vice versa.

Theme will go to whoever gets to it first.  Good luck being the first to redeem them!

Male Avatar Code: RHGH2-GGW9F-TFG29-7RXBP-68V2W

Female Avatar Code: PYRY7-22PYP-2WP66-MDG7W-BVJT8

Exclusive Theme Code: JD3KG-HPRCF-7276H-3FQYV-K4KQJ

When someone succesfully redeems the code, can you please comment that the code is no longer active?

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Alan Wake DLC Code Giveaway May 22, 2010

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For those of you loyal viewers to the site, I’m going to give you a little suprise.  I’ve come upon some extra Alan Wake preorder DLC codes which will get you some goodies online like an avatar tee and a theme.

I’ll be posting those up at some point today, keep your eyes on the site for the codes!

Alan Wake Limited Collector’s Edition Unboxing May 18, 2010

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I’ve waited FIVE years for this moment.  Alan Wake has been released in the US since Midnight, and here is my first day and date unboxing, and oh boy is it glorious!

For those of you who haven’t yet picked this up (because you’re asleep) get off your comfy beds and go buy this right now!

My Local GameStop is doing a Midnight Launch Monday, Yours Might Too May 16, 2010

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I went into my local GameStop today to confirm my preorder of the Alan Wake Limited Edition, just regular run-of-the-mil stuff.  By this point I had given up on GameStop doing a midnight launch of the game since the game is going to be released in two days, and there haven’t been any posts about that on their official website.

When I talked to the clerk as I was paying my preorder off I just decided to ask if they were doing a midnight release.  He told me that because practically five new games were coming out on Tuesday, including Alan Wake and Red Dead Revolver, they were doing a midnight release.

I had heard some GameStops were doing midnight releases for Red Dead Revolver, but I had assumed if they were going to be open, they would be selling only that and you would still have to wait until the morning to buy Alan Wake.  The guy assured me since they would have the right to sell Alan Wake at the same time as Red Dead Revolver, they would have no problem selling any game that came out Tuesday after midnight Monday night.

So even though GameStop lists no midnight releases on their official website, check with your local stores to see if there will be a midnight release, you might be lucky enough to have one that will.

Dear Playstation May 16, 2010

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With all the people asking questions to Sony, I thought I’d show you one I submitted.  Wonder if VP Kevin Butler would like to respond to it.

Final Bright Falls Episodes Released (Just not on Live) May 15, 2010

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Bright Falls, the official live action prequel series to Alan Wake, has concluded it’s six episode run.  The final two episodes have just been released in anticipation for Alan Wake‘s release on Tuesday.

As per usual, the episodes are currently not up on Xbox Live, as they were intended to premere there, however, every other host of the videos, including the series’ official homepage, do have the last episodes uploaded.  I’m sure at some point they’ll make it to Xbox Live, but until they do, here are some alternatives.  Of course, you can always just watch the videos embedded below.  Enjoy.  Hopefully this’ll tide you over until Tuesday.

First Alan Wake DLC Coming July 27th May 13, 2010

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In an announcement today on Remedy’s official forums, the first downloadable content for Alan Wake, entitled “The Signal” will be released on Xbox Live July 27th, 2010.

All new copies of Alan Wake will come with a one time use download code to obtain this content for free.  The codes will not be active until the DLC is released.

“The Signal” will be a whole new single player episode, taking place after the conclusion of Alan Wake.  More episodes are expected to be released via DLC depending on sales.  This will be part of what Remedy is calling the first “season” of Alan Wake.  If a second “season” is merited, Remedy will begin work on a sequel.

Alan Wake will be released in the United States on May 18th, 2010 for the Xbox 360.

Steam Mac Released, Portal Included Free May 12, 2010

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Valve has released a version of Steam for the Mac OS X operating system.  All Mac users are welcome to download the platform to purchase and play the games on it.

To Celebrate the release, all Steam users will be offered a free copy of 2007’s Game of the Year, Portal, which will be free for PC and Mac users until May 24th.  Current Steam users who don’t have a copy of Portal can get it for free here.

Batman Arkham Asylum Developers Wise Up, Release Previously Restricted DLC May 11, 2010

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I was checking out the Playstation Network Store a few minutes ago to see the update and I was impressed by what I saw.  For those of you who viewed the deleted scenes video of my “What Makes a Good Collector’s Edition” video, you saw me say a few bad things about the Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector’s Edition.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic game and a fantastic CE I’m proud to own, but I espressed suprise and dismay that the restricted DLC that was exclusive to only Collectors Editions sold at GameStop was never made avalible for seperate purchase.

The DLC in question was the “Dem Bones” DLC, which were only released with preorders from GameStop, and the “Crime Alley” DLC, which were only released with Collector’s Editions.

Both are now avaliable for download from the Playstation Store for $3.50 each.  All the other released DLC, including the Joker Challenge Maps, are still avaliable for free download.

Looking for 7.1 Audio Content for Your New Home Theater? Go Through your PS3 Shelf May 11, 2010

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I spent this last weekend building an entire next generation home theater system for my room.  I already had a 1080p native 120hz HDTV, but while playing LEGO Rock Band I knew I was missing the immersive audio experience only surround sound could provide me.

Back when DVD was the king, I had a 5.1 audio reciever.  When I upgraded to blu-ray the reciever was obsolite and I ended up pulling it and putting it and the speakers into storage, where they’ve mostly been collecting dust.

I had the speakers already, and a subwoofer, and I knew they’d be compatable with a new reciever anyway (saving me some money), so I went on newegg and got a fantastic deal on a home theater reciever.  I figured all I needed was a reciever and maybe some extra wire, and that would be all.  Turned out, my whole room needed to be upgraded.

I was now requiring power from seven different sources.  TV, reciever, subwoofer, Xbox 360, wii, PS3 and HD-DVD adapter, so I needed to buy a heavy duty power strip.  I also needed to buy a much larger TV stand.  Easier said than done, TV stands are mostly designed to be as horrible as possible to electronic components.  Most are overpriced and entirely enclosed.  If you put an Xbox 360 inside an enclosed enviroment and leave it running, in all likelyhood your whole house will burn to the ground pretty quickly (your 360 will likely red ring first but it will keep running).

I figured with so few movies supporting 7.1, even on blu-ray, the need of seven satellite speakers was low.  I figured the five I already had were going to be adaquate, but to be forward thinking, I made sure the reciever supported 7.1, DTS-HD MA, HDMI, and Dolby Digital TrueHD (and of course uncompressed PCM).

I was pretty right about the 5.1 being standard on my movie shelf.  All of the Blu-Rays I had were native 5.1 in some way, either through uncompressed PCM, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, and DTS-HD MA.  Very, very few movies I had were 7.1.

Then I checked my game shelf.  I hadn’t updated a lot of my PS3 games in a while, and I decided to pop them in and download the new versions.  Uncharted 2: Among Theieves‘s version 1.7 update alone took about 5 minutes.  Then I started going through the audio options in Uncharted 2.  Dolby, DTS, but then I saw Uncompressed PCM 7.1 on the list.  Wow, that was really nice of the developers to include that.  The surround tracks really gave a whole new level of atmosphere to the game’s visuals.

I figured this had to be a fluke.  So I decided to go trophy hunting through another recent Sony game I had, Infamous.  This also had uncompressed 7.1 native audio.  I tried an older one, Heavenly Sword, which doesn’t even support trophies, and it had 7.1 uncompressed audio too.  Now, I already knew that God of War 3 supports 7.1 from several user posts in the game’s official forums.  Heck, even the platform’s bomb Lair has a 7.1 audio track.

So that’s a stack of games for a single platform that natively supports a superior sound system.  However, Sony doesn’t post audio specifications on the back of their packaging anymore.  Best I could notice was look for a Dolby or DTS logo on the back near the copyright information.  Best I can get in my Xbox 360 games is last generation Dolby Digital 5.1, and since my 360 is so old I don’t even have an HDMI connection on it to use audio and video, I have to use a last gen optical connection to get all my audio output.

Please Sony, if you’re going to include HDTV support specifications on the back of your game boxes, also include your audio support specifications.  I know you’re looking for things to rub in Microsoft’s face, you’ve got something and don’t even realize it.

FYI, I had tried Heavy Rain when calibrating the system, it maxes at 5.1, which is why I figured at the time that 5.1 audio was standard.