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This week was a big week in geek news, and it was easy for some announcements to get lost in the chaos. Luckily, Vox has you covered! Check out all of the highlights of the past week.
Moving on: Bioware co-founders and gaming industry icons Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschukand, after having made some of the most innovative and defining games in history. Both have announced plans to move on to pursuits in other entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. More information can be found on Bioware’s official blog.
Released: Borderlands 2, to widespread critical acclaim. Notable discoveries so far include a secret Minecraft-themed area and a character in the main city in the game that’s modeled after a fan who’s dying wish was to be put into the game. Also, lots and lots of guns.
Launched: An aggressive anti-iPhone 5 campaign, by Samsung, to promote their own new smartphone, which actually is measurably better. Also, a mac replacement for Google Maps on Apple mobile devices, which in true Apple tradition, is flashier, better animated, and not quite as useful, at least so far.
Announced: A new version of the PlayStation 3 that is slimmer than current models, at the Tokyo Game Show. It will retail for $270 or $300 depending on hard drive size, and more notably, Sony has said it has no plans to lower the price of older models of the system–specifically the $250 and $300 versions, both of which have less space than the comparative newer models announced.
Around town: Valhalla’s Gate and Magelings are both preparing for Return to Ravnica prerelease events in Magic: The Gathering next weekend, over Saturday and Sunday. Planning on attending? Try to preregister at the store you’ll be going to beforehand! Interested? Prerelease events are a great way to find out more about the trading card game.
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