15 March, 2012

A few short gaming news

1. The official release date for Diablo 3 was announced today, and it's gonna be in 2 months, on the 15th of May. Also pre-orders are opened now on Blizzard's website for 59.99 / 59.99$.
There will also be a retail-exclusive Collector's Edition, packaged with the full game, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD set, a soundtrack CD, an art book, and full copies of Diablo II and its expansion pack, for $100( or for us "rich" europeans).
I, being the epitome of impulse buys,  just got it earlier.

 2. Rift are having a new offer for the 1 year subscription: $99 or 79 €, which is actually a very large reduction in price (49% from the month-to-month one). It's a really good buy because judging by the last year, they offer the proper updates and expansions a AAA MMORPG deserves. 
Check out the main content for their next patch (1.8) and judge by yourself if it's worth it or not. 

They also have a lite version of the game, if you just want to try it out. Sign-up here (with a referrer link from me).

3. Finally an exciting mainstream development in cloud computing: http://www.gaikai.com
They offer Java streaming of normal PC games, in your browser, on Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, etc. Sounds like a very good idea and it might start the trend towards more cloud computing in the consumer market.And it also has the potential to make the Chrome-books as a viable lightweight, cheap gaming system. 
Didn't manage to test it yet, as it seems that my work internet connection isn't good enough, but I'll add some updates as soon as I get home and run a few games in the cloud.

Sources: Rift website, Joystiq.

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