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Premium Accounts: A Slippery Slope

The problem with multi-tiered game packages.

When Activision first announced Call of Duty: Elite (their premium service for the Call of Duty franchise) there was an avalanche of criticism. Many felt that the service was taking advantage of the series’ loyal fans, some even going far enough to boycott the iconic shooter altogether. Since then, much of the hatred and anger that originally spawned form the Call of Duty: Elite announcement has subsided. Seeing the service in action, a large portion of fans have rescinded their original protests, with many now claiming that the service is actually a great value.  

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EA Pushes Connectivity at Their E3 Press Conference

February 2013 is sure going to be a busy month for gamers!

EA came out swinging at their press conference on Monday, and though the company showed a slew of upcoming games, it was clear that they were on message with the overarching theme of this year’s E3: we need to be connected at all times.

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EA Likely Releasing Premium Service for Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 might be getting a subscription service in the vein of Call of Duty Elite.

Electronic Arts may have a subscription service in the works for Battlefield 3 similar to Call of Duty's Elite service. A "reliable source" has told website Battlefieldo that EA plans to release a premium service for the wildly successful FPS on June 4, 2012, the day of EA's E3 2012 press conference.

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Three New DLC Packs Announced for Battlefield 3

Each pack will have a theme to it.

Electronic Arts is gearing up to release three separate expansion packs for Battlefield 3. Each pack will have a theme and will be released throughout this year. Close Quarters will be released in June, Armored Kill will be available in the fall and End Game will come out in the winter.

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UPDATE: Pre-Order Mass Effect 3 on Origin, Get Battlefield 3 Free

EA really wants you to like Origin.

UPDATE: For reasons unknown, EA has suspended the promotion and removed all evidence from the Origin site, aside from some small text that reads, "Important Note: ME3 pre-order does not include a bonus copy of Battlefield 3."  Those that already preordered Mass Effect 3 on Origin will still have their code emailed to them sometime around March 8, 2012, but new preorders will not get this code going forward.  As originally reported on March 15th below, the promotion was scheduled to run through March 5th.

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Latest Battlefield 3 Update Fixes PS3 VOIP Issues

Some gamers will still have some trouble though.

EA has announced a VOIP fix for PS3 owners of Battlefield 3 is now live. While the update will automatically download the next time you start the game, some users may have to jump through a few extra hoops to get their headset running.

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Battlefield 3, FIFA 12 Sell Over 10 Million Each

Also, Star Wars: The Old Republic has 1.7 million subscribers.

Electronic Arts made public its financial results for the third fiscal quarter of 2011 and it's reporting that both Battlefield 3 and FIFA 12 sold 10 million copies each across their respective platforms. It also reports that Star Wars: The Old Republic has 1.7 million active subscribers and has sold more than two million units in just a little over a month.

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PixlBit's 2011 Supplemental Awards

Just when you thought awards season was over...

Last month we announced our Game of the Year award winners by genre, platform and overall game of the year, but we weren’t through showcasing the best that 2011 had to offer.  With so many games deserving of the moniker Game of the Year we have decided to expand our awards ceremony into 2012 with the 2011 Supplemental Awards.  These awards seek to recognize games that excelled in a specific area whether it be through technical achievement, sheer enjoyability or utter disappointment.

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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand DLC Coming Soon

PS3 owners get a week long head start on the online mayhem.

Battlefield 3 will be getting its first major DLC pack soon, but if you own it on PlayStation 3, you’ll get it even sooner. That’s part of EA making nice with PS3 owners who didn’t get their promised free copy of Battlefield 1943 with their new purchase of BF 3. The official release date for “Back to Karkand” is December 13, with the PS3 version launching on December 6.

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Battlefield 3 Sells 8 Million

A patch is also coming out to address some issues.

Battlefield 3 was EA's biggest day-one shipment with 10 million units and sold 5 million in its first week available. Since its October 27 launch, it appears that the title has continued to sell well. EA has announced that it sold an additional 3 million during the month of November and that has increased the total sales number to 8 million, with total number of titles shipped increased to 12 million.

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