Need your Mists of Pandaria fix a little early? Ask Raptr

 There's this game. You might have heard of it. It's called World of Warcra-- Oh. You have heard of it. Well, you may have also heard about their upcoming expansion, Mists of Pandaria. You can get a shot at an early beta key thanks to Raptr, the gaming social media site. The WoW beta key is the latest Raptr Rewards offer, so you can enter just for playing your favorite games.

Check out the full press release below!

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SimCity’s Glassbox engine simulates fire

If only firefighters could predict fire patterns and behavior as well as the Glassbox engine that's going to power next year's SimCity. Check out the quick preview below to see how the fire simulation will run in your city.

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The new SimCity is coming

...and it looks pretty sweet so far. We don't have much to go on, but this recently released look at the game's engine (dubbed "GlassBox") is quite encouraging.

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EA contemplating Battlefield subscription

EA, apparently encouraged by Activision's success with the Call of Duty Elite service, is "looking at" implementing a similar subscription service for its Battlefield games. Head of EA Games Patrick Soderlund said, "I think it's fair to say that we're looking at that. Like all other companies, we're looking at how we can maximize our investment in this and get the most out of our investment and get more people playing this product. That may take us to different places, but we're not really talking about where that is yet."

Check out more info at GamesIndustry.


Diablo III Launching May 15

It's official, folks. Blizzard's long, long, long-awaited Diablo III is finally hitting store shelves on May 15. In his obligatory press quote, Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime said, “After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we’re now in the homestretch. We look forward to putting the final polish on Diablo III over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15.”

Check out the full press release here.


Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I may scare your pants off

There's a new independent horror game coming out right before Halloween next year. It's called Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I, and based on this new trailer, I have high hopes. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of my favorite horror games -- in fact, it's one of my favorite any games -- and this trailer has a similar creepy feel to it. Check it out after the jump. You can also head over to the developer's blog to see how the game is progressing with some pretty frequent updates.

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Battlefield 3: Sharqi Peninsula video

Battlefield 3's Back to Karkand expansion pack launched yesterday, and EA is celebrating the launch with a new gameplay trailer. From EA: "This launch trailer features gameplay footage from the legendary Battlefield map Sharqi Peninsula, now reimagined and powered by the Frostbite 2 engine." If you've got the Limited Edition version of Battlefield 3, the Back to Karkand expansion is yours free. If not, you're out of luck. Or out $15. One or the other.

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Risen 2: Dark Waters launching April 24

Deep Silver, the publisher behind this year's Dead Island, has announced that their upcoming game Risen 2: Dark Waters will be releasing April 24. In this sequel to the 2009 game Risen (which, to be honest, flew below my radar), it seems as though "monstrous sea creatures" are causing quite a ruckus for a little harbor town called Caldera.

Screenshots and official press release after the jump.

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NEW Resident Evil Revelations Trailer from Gamescom

Capcom just released the latest trailer for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Resident Evil Revelations. And, damn, does it look yummy. After the break.

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The House that Wii Built

Does Nintendo have some home improvement to do, or will the Wii U bring casual and hardcore players together under one roof?


E3 has come and gone, and enough time has passed to percolate on the Wii U and its potential. Very little tangible information was given, which when considering Nintendo is not too much of a surprise. But the conference did beg the question, exactly how will the Wii’s next iteration fit into the future gaming landscape?

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