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The Drill Down 344: Bending the Rules
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iphone6 bend

This week, Apple goes mum, gets bent, and drops the beat. What’s in the future for Oracle?, Alibaba says “Open Sesame” to an IPO, and Blizzard puts the freeze on their next MMO.

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The Drill Down 279: Money in the Banana Stand
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Stair Car by Joe Faux

[Illustration by Joe Faux]

This week a bidding war starts (and ends) over Waze, Yahoo wants Hulu, Tim Cook spills the beans about…well, nothing, Blizzard drops its new MMO from the schedule, backlash against Microsoft’s XBox One, a 3D food printer, and the possible look of the next Playstation.

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Chinese Man Spends $16,000 On ‘Age Of Wulin’ Video Game Sword
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The Movie God   |  @   |  
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Age of Wulin

Millions of people spend small amounts of money to obtain virtual items for their video game characters or avatars to wear and use proudly. But how many people do you know have spent a small fortune for one single video game item?

A Chinese man did just that, paying $16,000 for a one-of-a-kind sword in the upcoming martial arts MMO, Age of Wulin. The man won the honor of paying such a price for the virtual item through an auction put on by Snail Games, the maker of the title. Other notable acquisitions included two sheathes—one for the Hook of Departure and one for a Lordly Spear—which sold for $2,500 and $1,600.

You can see a trailer for the game below.

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Free ‘Total Recall’ MMO Promises Console Graphics, Fully Browser-Based Gameplay
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The Movie God   |  @   |  
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Total Recall

In what can be considered to be quite the ambitious project, SEE Games has announced that they have partnered with Chinese online gaming company ZQGame to create a new MMO based on Columbia Pictures’ upcoming Total Recall remake starring Colin Farrell.

Th ambitious part comes in the promise that the MMO (massively multiplayer online) game will be free-to-play, and that it will be made on a specially designed engine allowing for a full-on 3D browser-based experience that’s able to present console-level graphics, characters, and environments with NO need for a client download.

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Digital Comics Deal: DCUO Legends Sale
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Hunter Camp   |  
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DCUO Legends Sale

DC Comics and comiXology are offering you a special deal this weekend, a deal in which you can digitally purchase all of the 15 released issues of DC Universe Online Legends for a mere 99 cents a piece! Woo baby!

That’s right folks! The comic book tie-in to a Massively Multiplay Online video game that’s based on a comic book universe is ON SALE! Oh, you’ve no experience with DC Universe Online? Well, let’s give a little backstory…

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DCU Online Goes Free In Late October
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Batman DCUO

It’s the news I’ve been waiting for. Sony Online Entertainment announced today that their DC Universe Online MMO will go to a free-to-play in late October.

Players will be able to download and play the once costly title absolutely free through both the Sony Playstation 3 and PC. But those who have paid, don’t freak out just yet, you’re still going to get something. In fact, in this same announcement, SOE also stated that they will be offering three different tiers of membership: Free, Premium, and Legendary.

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Video Game Deal: Rift
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Rift

The video game deal of the day over at Amazon today is the standard edition of Rift for PC for only $32.59 (that’s 35% off the list price of $49.99).

Note, this sale is valid only for today, Monday, July 18, 2011, until midnight PST while supplies last.

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Brian Bendis To Write Marvel MMO; New Details Revealed
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Marvel Massively Multiplayer Society

Word of Marvel’s next try at a massively multiplayer online game (having tried before in a game that would eventually become Champions Online) started last week when they launched an official twitter feed and tumblr account [Read: Marvel Teases Details Of New MMO On Twitter & Tumblr]. Throughout the week, they have been dropping hints as to who would be writing the game, and it should come as no surprise that the game’s producers have tasked Marvel’s biggest writer. It was announced on Thursday at an event in San Francisco that Brian Michael Bendis, writer of The Avengers, Moon Knight, and Ultimate Spider-Man, would be writing the game. That was not the biggest announcement of the event though. No, the big news would be that the Marvel MMO will not only be a free to play game, but will also allow you to play as your favorite Marvel super.

Bendis revealed that the game will allow players to take the roles of their favorite characters including Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, and even Squirrel Girl, among many many others. This alone will already set it apart from DC Universe Online, which relies on characters to make their own characters and only allows users to play the big DC characters in very limited areas. Bendis also revealed that the main villain of the game will be Dr. Doom.

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Marvel Teases Details Of New MMO On Twitter & Tumblr
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Marvel Massively Multiplayer SocietyMarvel is teasing details of its new MMORPG based on the Marvel Universe by setting up a protected twitter account under the guise of M.M.M. Society (@MMMSociety). The account’s description reads, “The Marvel Massively Multiplayer Society is your gateway to the Marvel Universe, Marvel’s upcoming epic MMO” and features a link to a password-protected Tumblr page.

Comic fans have been awaiting news of a Marvel MMO ever since the company terminated its plans to create a game with City of Heroes developers Cryptic Studios, (which later morphed into Champions Online).

The MMM Society is the first bit of news we’ve heard regarding the company’s MMO since 2009, when Geeks of Doom was alerted to a job posting seeking developers for the project. But while a covert promotional campaign about a Marvel MMO may signal that we’ll start to see some concrete information about what to expect from the game, it will likely be years before it launches.

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Syfy Channel & ‘Rift’ Creator Trion Team Up To Create TV Series/MMO Video Game Fusion
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Every once in a while a project so dauntless and ambitious that you almost have to cringe at what might happen if it all falls apart comes along, but with these projects also comes a pure excitement at the thought of them working. NBC Universal’s Syfy Channel and Trion Worlds have just such a project in the making, and if it works like they want it to work, it could quite literally change the world of entertainment forever and ever.

Here’s the basic idea: Trion, who’s latest title, Rift, has many saying that MMORPGs that aren’t World of Warcraft can be made and enjoyed, have entered into a partnership to create a brand new currently untitled TV series AND online video game — currently being called a Syfy Action MMO — that live and breathe as one entity. Confusing, right?

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