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Why Halo 3 and CoD4 Map Pack Pricing Makes No Sense

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358w ago - While both Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 have given gamers hours upon hours of entertainment, sometimes fragging people in the same setting can start to get a little stale. Lately, we've seen a couple of new maps packs released, the latest being the Legendary Map Pack for Halo 3, as well as the recent Variety Map Pack for Call of Duty 4.

Both map packs retail for 10 US dollars (or 800 points in Microsoft land), and give gamers three, or in CoD4's case four, new maps to tool around with. Although to be realistic, not all of these maps are truly new, as two of the Legendary pack's maps are remakes, as well as one of CoD 4's.

Both games have practiced differing methods of distributing this content, raising the question if gamers could be getting a better deal.

The hardcore crowd will of course eat these maps up no matter what the cost, but the reality is that the majority of people won't be buying them. By that, I mean people who aren't reading news articles on gaming.

However, there are obviously enough interested consumers for publishers to charge us 10 whole dollars for more content, as less popular games, such as Turok, have seen map packs containing five new maps retailing for only $4.99. This shows that the bigger the game, the more leverage a company has to charge...
 

Warhawk v1.31 Patch Now Available

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358w ago - The Warhawk v1.31 patch, which promises to fix the issue that prevented players from team switching on player ranked servers, is now available for download.

In addition to addressing complaints regarding the team switching blunder, the patch removes the "unlimited score" field from the Game Options menu and reinstates the Team-Randomization and Team-Roster-Balance server options.

Enjoy!
 

MGO BETA ready for download, still can't play obviously

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358w ago - For those of you who have been accepted into the Metal Gear Online BETA in the United States, the 741MB download is primed and ready for the taking!

Though actual game-play doesn't start until April 21st, this download wasn't supposed to be available until tomorrow so here's to hoping for a slip-up when it comes time to open the servers (sooner rather than later, I mean!

Download links here: THE ALL NEW PS3 Store Links Thread
 

Notice: Konami ID Deletion E-Mails arrive

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358w ago - After the recent MGO ID fiasco I had a mail from Konami today:

Thank you for using KONAMI ID.

However, we regret to inform you that your KONAMI ID has been deleted due to the registration of false information.

We would like to add that this is in direct breach of the KONAMI ID Basic Terms and Conditions of Use clauses "2.4 Prohibited Conduct" as well as "2.2 Registrant Information".

Your KONAMI ID will be deleted once you have read this mail.

For more details on the Terms and Conditions of use, please refer to the below Web address.

https://id.konami.net/pc/agreement/agreement.jsp

Should you have any further inquiries, please contact us from the below page.

https://id.konami.net/pc/InquiryForm/index.jsp

If you wish to take part in the "METAL GEAR ONLINE PREMIERE BETA" test, we would recommend that you obtain a KONAMI ID for the region you live in provided that the public beta test is open to you.

Yours Sincerely,

KONAMI ID services
 

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Holy Long Wait Time, Batman!

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358w ago - I got my copy of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for the PS3 today. I've been anxiously awaiting this title for a while, as I've been a huge fan of the series and racing games in general.

So when I put the game in my PS3, I was more than ready to race. Here's a breakdown of what happened:

-9:24pm - Loaded the game, started the install process
-9:37pm - Install ended (13 minutes total, using 5349MB)
-9:38pm - Began downloading the game update
-9:42pm - Error occurred during download, had to start over
-9:44pm - Began downloading the game update... again
-9:51pm - Update finished, needed to hold the PS button to quit the game
-9:52pm - Restart game, going through menus
-9:53pm - Begin car shopping (you have to buy a car first with the 35k credits you have before you can race)
-10:01pm - Bought car after looking for a while for what I can afford (settled on Mazda RX-8)
-10:07pm - Finally finished first single player race (2:52 total race time)

So as you can see, if you get the Blu-Ray version of the game, it's going to take you an absurd amount of time sitting there doing nothing waiting to actually play the game. Seriously, this is just ridiculous. It took 40 minutes before I was able to actually play the game.

I'm...
 
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