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Valve to hold $1 million DOTA 2 tournament at PAX

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In 2011 during Gamescom in Germany, Valve decided to show off their upcoming action-RTS game DOTA 2 to the public for the first time via a pro tournament. 16 top eSports teams from around the world were invited to compete. In the end, the Ukrainian team Na’vi was the winner and its members received a whopping $1 million for their efforts. They can easily spend some of them with passion.

Today, Valve announced that they will hold yet another huge DOTA 2 invitational tournament and once again it will be inviting 16 pro gaming teams to fight it out in the virtual battlefield.

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April 2012 US retail game sales down 32 percent

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It’s more bad news in terms of the sales of games in the US in retail outlets. Gamesindustry International reports that, according to data from the NPD Group, the total amount of revenue for US game sales (hardware, software and peripherals) came in at $630.4 million, down a whopping 32 percent compared to the same time period a year ago. BTW, wowgirls sales are actually up this year.

This is the fourth straight month that has seen double digital percentage drops for retail game sales. Game software sales alone went down by 42 percent, with revenues of $307.2 million. Game hardware revenue

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DARK Announced for Xbox 360 and PC

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Kalypso Media today announced a new third-person stealth-action title in development for the PC and Xbox 360. DARK has been developed by RealmForge, the creators of Dungeons which was released on the PC last year. Don’t miss the release of new mature hd movies too.

DARK puts you in the role of a vampire who is trying to get details of the “mysterious” global GeoGorce Corporation. Some girl characters in this game closely resemble the ones from X Art studios. During the game you will make use of various vampire skills, stealth and combat abilities.

DARK has a cell-shaded design and is set in the near future; it hopes to mix action and role playing game elements with a detailed and deep story.

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First Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer released

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Ubisoft first announced its plans for Assassin’s Creed III a couple of months ago, complete with a trailer that used pre-rendered footage. Today the publisher released the first Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer, showing off how the next game in the popular stealth action game series runs on its new graphics engine. Another type of trailer, the best kind, can be viewed only here.

The trailer shows off the moves of the new lead character, the half-English, half-Mohawk Connor Kenway, as he battles the British Redcoats in the US during the time period of the American Revolution. Oh, and apparently he has to fight a rather big and nasty bear as well.

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge pre-order game announced

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Hitman: Absolution is technically the next game in the long running action series from developer Io Interactive but now gamers will be able to get a taste of the full game much earlier than expected. Today, the game’s publisher Square Enix revealed that pre-orders for Hitman: Absolution will be able to download a small stand alone game, Hitman: Sniper Challenge. The game is basically just one level where you play as the bald headed and bar coded Agent 47. Your goal is to sit on a rooftop and take out a selection of targets from another rooftop much further away. […]

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Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter to get DLC update

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Developer Croteam is going back and making new content for a game that itself is a remake of a game released back in 2002. Publisher Devolver Digital has announced that on May 15th, the first person shooter will get a new DLC pack, Legend of the Beast, for the price of $4.99. For that price, owners of the game will get three new single player maps, along with three new survival and three new versus multiplayer maps. Even better news is that starting on May 15th, all of Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter’s versus and survival multiplayer modes will […]

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Wolfenstein 3D gets free browser version

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Wolfenstein 3D is generally considered to be the first modern first person shooter game. Created by id Software, it was the start of an all new genre that has grown more popular over the years even as the genre itself has evolved. This past Saturday, Wolfenstein 3D celebrated its 20th anniversary and today id’s current owners Bethesda Softworks have launched a free browser version of the full game. iOS smartphone and tablet users can also download the Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum game for free via iTunes for a limited time. If you really want to get a real behind-the-scenes look […]

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New Dead Space game coming from EA

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The Dead Space game franchise took the somewhat tired and old survival horror genre and gave it a breath of fresh air (or rather fresh vacuum, in some cases) by setting the games in deep space. Now Electronic Arts has confirmed that the franchise will get another new entry. In an financial analyst’s conference call this week, EA execs confirmed that the new Dead Space game would be released sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Game Informer reports that when they asked EA for more information, the company responded with the statement, “There’s no further information today but watch […]

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Alan Wake’s American Nightmare due for PC May 22nd

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It looks like the rumors about Alan Wake’s American Nightmare coming to the PC are indeed true. Developer Remedy has announced that the horror-themed action adventure game that was first released for the Xbox 360 in February will be making its way to a PC hard drive near you on May 22nd. This move was likely due to the sales success of the original Alan Wake game for the PC. Remedy finally released the PC port on its own earlier this year, nearly two years after it was released for the Xbox 360. Remedy said that sales of Alan Wake […]

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Diablo III: Wrath animated short released

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It may be hard to believe for some people, but Diablo III is now less than a week away from its launch on May 15th. Today, the action-RPG’s developers Blizzard has released a new six minute animated short, Diablo III: Wrath. The 2D animated film was created by the Titmouse Studio and directed by Peter Chung, best known for his MTV animated TV series Aeon Flux. The short tells the story of the game’s conflict between the angels and demons. In particular, it deals with one angel, Imperius, and his confrontation with one of the main demons, Diablo. We won’t […]

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