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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX PAX East 2013 Trailer March 21, 2013

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I mentioned some time ago that Kingdom Hearts was being remade and rereleased exclusively for the Playstation 3, and now we have the latest trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX in honor of PAX East 2013.  On top of the HD visuals, widescreen support, higher resolution textures and new features that were previously only seen in Japan, the remastered game will include the Final Mix version of the original Kingdom Hearts game, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and a never before seen remastered version of all the cinematics to the Nintendo DS exclusive game Kingdom Hearts 365/2 Days.

Here’s the game’s latest trailer, fresh off the game’s Japanese release.  Square Enix promises it should be coming to North America this fall.

I’ve noticed a lot of people online comment about a very distinctive line in the game’s trailer, “When your sleeping memories awaken, you may no longer be who you are now.” This quote is spoken by the character Axel (the man with red hair wearing a black robe).  Many people have commented that this line is some sort of error or mistranslation, and don’t think it belongs in the game but I can assure you having played the game series that the line does make perfect sense within the game’s context.  Axel is alluding to the condition of amnesia, and saying that someone who may have lost their memories may become someone entirely different if their memories should ever return.  Given Axel’s backstory and the organization he works for, this is a very important line.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is coming Fall 2013 exclusive to the Playstation 3.

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PS3 Firmware 4.40 Released March 21, 2013

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Sony has just released a new update to the Playstation 3 today in the form of Firmware 4.40.  No release notes were included with the update and no new features are listed to be included with it, so it is likely that the update only contains some minor bug fixes and updates behind the scenes.

You can download Firmware 4.40 through your PS3’s System Update feature in the PS3’s settings menu.  The new firmware is required to access the Playstation Network.

iOS 6.1.3 Released March 21, 2013

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An incremental update was released today for various devices running iOS 6.1, such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  The update fixes a vulnerability in the device’s lock screen, and may offer some other minor bug fixes.

Be sure to check the Software Update feature of your device in the General Menu in the Settings app to see if your device is compatible with the update to download it over a WiFi connection.  If you don’t have a WiFi connection, you can sync your device to iTunes and select the option to Check for Updates during the iTunes sync process if you prefer to update your device while it is connected to your computer.  An iPhone 4 updating on its own without a computer took less than a half hour to download and install.

Bioshock Infinite TV Commercial March 20, 2013

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For those of you who may be watching TV this week, you may have seen this commercial hit the airwaves.  Less than a week away from the game’s release, here is the complete, uncut version of the TV Commercial for Bioshock Infinite.  While it doesn’t seem to include any direct gameplay footage, it looks like it captures the spirit of the game’s story.  I can’t wait to see if this scene, or a scene like it, is included in the final version of the game.  Its graphic, emotional and just plain awesome.

What’s interesting to note is that the commercial does state that the complete version of the original Bioshock is being included with the PS3 version of the game. I don’t think that had been mentioned prior to this.

Bioshock Infinite is coming March 26th, 2013 to the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

God of War: Ascension Rise of the Warrior Codes Released March 20, 2013

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Spartans and Trojans, hear me.  Prior to the release of God of War: Ascension, Sony had a special promotion running on their official website called Rise of the Warrior.  On the site, you could read a special comic series by artist Christopher Shy, answer some riddles, and post your progress on Twitter and Facebook for special points.  New chapters were being released on a regular basis, and Sony promised that all of their users who participated in the game would be able to redeem special weapons and armor that was unique to the game depending on how many points they accumulated by the end of the promotion.  Well, the promotion ended last night, but for those of you who played, you’ll be happy to know that all of the unlockable content offered been released and can be redeemed right now if you’ve earned it.

If you participated in Rise of the Warrior, you’ll just need to log into the Official Website and copy down your unique Playstation Store download code.  You’ll need a Playstation Network account and access to the Playstation Store to redeem your code.  Once the code is redeemed, the content will simply unlock, you will not need to download anything to your PS3.

God of War: Ascension is out now exclusive to the Playstation 3.

Gears of War Judgment Unboxing March 19, 2013

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Maniac cracks open Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360 and the Hardcover Guide Book.  Judgment is a prequel game to the Gears of War universe, which focuses on the exploits of Baird and Cole, who normally have been secondary characters in the previous games.

Lets see what’s inside, and what’s included in the Hardcover Collector’s Edition Guide Book.

Gears of War: Judgment is out now exclusive to the Xbox 360.

Palm VIIx Review March 15, 2013

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There’s been a lot of love across the web for Palm recently.  With SmartPhones being as common a technology as a wallet, we owe a lot to Palm for making the first personal electronic devices.  While they couldn’t make phone calls, they had a lot going for them.  They had a well designed interface, appropriate response time, and a wide range of supported software and accessories.

Thirteen years after getting one, Maniac reviews the Palm VIIx, the PDA that he took across the entire country from 2000-2001, and which has many of the same features that today’s SmartPhones now use. It uses Palm OS 3.5 and was the last model Palm released before moving to the M series, which used Palm OS 4 and had a new form-factor.  Does it still work after 13 years?  Take a watch!

Official LocoCycle “Meet Pablo” Trailer March 15, 2013

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Since first playing Comic Jumper, I’ve been an enormous fan of Twisted Pixel, and all the games they have produced.  After meeting them at PAX East 2012, they seemed like a great bunch of guys with a great sense of humor, which is something very difficult to pull off in a game.

Twisted Pixel has released the first close look at their next major title, LocoCycle, which was premiered at last year’s E3.  They have announced that actor Freddy Rodriguez will be starring in the game.  He will play Pablo, I.R.I.S.’s trusty Spanish-speaking mechanic.  Pablo got his leg caught up in the cycle.  The vehicle believes he is there to help it, and Pablo just wants to get free!

LocoCycle is coming “soon” and has not specified what platforms it will be on yet.

The Phantom Pain at GDC 2013 March 15, 2013

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Last night, Geoff Keighley did an interview with the man who claimed to be the director of the highly anticipated game, The Phantom Pain, which was announced at Spike’s Video Game Awards Show at the end of last year.  For some reason, the man he was interviewing, who claimed to be Joakim Mogren, had his entire face bandaged up, very similar to the game’s main character.  He claimed he had been in an accident, and that he should be fine by the time of this year’s Game Developer’s Conference.

To prove his identity, he showed Keighley some never before seen images of the game on his iPad.  After taking a close look at the screenshots, Geoff noticed that they bore the watermark of the FOX Engine, the same engine being developed at Konami that is powering Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.  This seems to confirm something that I had speculated earlier.

Mogren said he was going to be at this year’s GDC during the interview, however after having personally checked the current GDC schedule, there doesn’t seem to be any panel or event on the official schedule which lists The Phantom Pain, Mogren, or it’s developer, Moby Dick Studios.  However, Hideo Kojima’s team is scheduled to present the FOX Engine Wednesday at 11PST.

Could this be the proof that The Phantom Pain is in fact the next Metal Gear Solid game?  Well, it seems that all will be revealed at this year’s GDC.  You can watch the entire interview with Joakim Mogren here on GameTrailers.com.

Gears of War: Judgment Overrun Codes Released March 14, 2013

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If you preordered Gears of War: Judgment at GameStop and wanted to be playing the game’s new Overrun multiplayer mode tonight, you are in luck!  Check your e-mail because GameStop has started to release the early access codes to download the game’s Overrun Demo.  So, check your e-mail and your Power Up Rewards account pages for your early access download code, and get to playing!

The Overrun Demo requires an internet connected Xbox 360 to download and a valid Xbox Live Gold account to play.  GameStop and Epic Games have stated that all XP earned in the Demo will carry over to the final version of the game!

Gears of War: Judgment is coming March 19th, 2013 exclusive to the Xbox 360.