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PopCap announces Solitaire Blitz for Facebook

By Steve Watts, Feb 07, 2012 4:45pm PST

PopCap and EA announced Solitaire Blitz today, a fast-paced social game based on the classic card game.

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"Be careful what you wish for. Odds are we'll get EA Plants vs. Zombies 2012!"

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Mass Effect 3 demo includes Xbox Live Gold trial

By Steve Watts, Feb 03, 2012 1:00pm PST

Mass Effect 3's Xbox 360 demo will come with limited Gold access, so everyone can try the multiplayer portion.

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"Is it still impossible to cancel your gold account? I had to kill a credit card I had for over ..."

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FIFA Ultimate Team generated $39 million

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 03, 2012 11:30am PST

The microtransaction-powered Ultimate Team add-on to the FIFA franchise has become a tremendous money-maker for Electronic Arts. In the three months following the launch of FIFA Soccer 12, the publisher has generated $39 million.

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"Thats cool, at least we know other EA games will have this bullshit now that it's generating ..."

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Origin signs on seven more publishers

By Steve Watts, Feb 03, 2012 10:30am PST

EA has announced seven more third-party publishers joining Origin's distribution channel, including Remedy Entertainment and Iceberg Interactive.

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"EA isn't competition :( EA buys competition and then runs their IP into the ground while they ..."

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Mass Effect series has 'so much to draw from' for future games

By Steve Watts, Feb 02, 2012 3:45pm PST

Mass Effect 3 executive producer Michael Gamble talks about how the next game in the series could visit the history of other large-scale conflicts in the Mass Effect universe.

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"I absolutely love how epic the ME universe/history is. It's probably my favorite."

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PopCap revenue grows 30%, EA boasts

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 01, 2012 3:00pm PST

"EA's global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more digital devices, more countries, and more channels," EA CEO John Riccitiello said at the time of the acquisition. So, has it worked?

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EA Origin has 9.3 million users, generates $100 million in revenue

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 01, 2012 2:30pm PST

Whether you like it or not, EA's Origin client is not going away any time soon. Launched as a director competitor to Steam, EA's PC storefront has gained significant momentum since its debut.

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"I was of the same opinion until they suckered me with Mass Effect 3. I'm tempted to wait and ..."

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Syndicate won't use an online pass

By Steve Watts, Feb 01, 2012 12:00pm PST

Syndicate won't use an online pass. EA reasons that the co-op shouldn't have a barrier to entry, and hopes that the lengthy gameplay will prevent early trade-ins.

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"Er, that first line should read Pass not required for install. I was trying to do a little ..."

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SSX allows multiplayer without Online Pass

By Steve Watts, Jan 31, 2012 8:45am PST

The SSX online pass will allow you to play online, but restrict any credits earned from online play until you register the pass.

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"Yeah, you do, but being able to play multi while you're still renting helps in assessing whether ..."

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Madden NFL 12 predicts Giants for Super Bowl win

By Steve Watts, Jan 30, 2012 10:30am PST

Madden NFL 12 predicts the New York Giants will squeak out a victory over the New England Patriots with a late-game field goal.

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"Err, I guess that was last year's article so 6 for 8. Still pretty good. "

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Mass Effect 3 'Special Forces' trailer shows co-op warfare

By Steve Watts, Jan 27, 2012 11:00am PST

A new Mass Effect 3 trailer shows off the "Special Forces" units taking on a Reaper army, with Shepard delivering a little pep talk.

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"Hmm... 'Mass Effect: Special Forces' could very easily be the spin-off game they made ..."

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BioWare says subscription MMO audience 'limited'

By Steve Watts, Jan 25, 2012 11:45am PST

Star Wars: The Old Republic game director James Ohlen talks about how the team responded to the general trend of MMOs switching to F2P during the game's development, and how he thinks the game can coexist alongside World of Warcraft and Rift.

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"I have played games of all sorts on all platforms for years, and never would it cross my mind to ..."

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Mass Effect 3 introducing resource for new players

By Steve Watts, Jan 24, 2012 11:45am PST

BioWare is working to make the transition into the world of Mass Effect easier for new players in Mass Effect 3.

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"This concerns me......It's not that hard to play through ME1 and ME2 in a couple of days (if you ..."

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Warp arrives one month late on PC and PS3

By Steve Watts, Jan 24, 2012 9:45am PST

Warp, the game kicking off Xbox Live Arcade's House Party promotion, will hit PC and PlayStation Network a month later, on March 13.

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Dead Space dev working on new online shooter

By Steve Watts, Jan 24, 2012 8:45am PST

A Visceral Games job listing is seeking a lead multiplayer designer for work on a new online shooter franchise.

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"EA as publisher. Of course. I guess they're trying to force all their single player devs down ..."

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