Nexon MMO Suffers Real-Money Trading Downtime

Nexon has confirmed that it has taken the MMORPG Mabinogi offline as a result of illegal real-money trading issues. Use of ‘bots’ to harvest goal and reproduced gold are also believed to be contributing to the extended downtime of the game.

“We have found lots of RMT rising from ‘the workers and auto players’ during last holidays. So we are working on investigation over it and proceeding broadscale system maintenance to root it out,” said Nexon. “Some are saying the reproduced gold caused this server down, but it’s not true. This is totally about the RMT and the workers. Since this such huge situation happened inevitably without any notice days ago we will compensate the players reasonably.”

Source: This Is Game

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmation

Reports are that Mass Effect 3 will indeed have some form of multiplayer. The first details of which are apparently the scoop of PC Power Play, an Australian magazine.

“That’s right – Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer!” teases Daniel Hindes. “We travel to BioWare’s office in Edmonton for hands-on time with the series’ first foray into online gameplay, and chat with Mass Effect Series Producer and Mass Effect 3 Project Director Casey Hudson about the decision to go multiplayer in the epic battle for the galaxy.”


Rift Top Fan: Guild Launch Wants To Find You

Guild Launch has announced a contest to try and find the Rift Top Fan. The winner will receive a one year subscription to Rift and a GeForce GTX 570; other winners will receive the graphics card, a six-month subscription to Rift or SteelSeries gaming headsets.

“Gamers want to be recognized for being the best. Sharing videos and images of their exploits is a lot of fun,” says Mike Bilter, Community Manager. “On top of that we have the in-game item Dwarven Smithy Goggles and a chance to win a GTX 570 just for voting in the contest. You literally can’t go wrong by participating in our Rift Top Fan Contest.”

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iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Over 1 Million

Despite a lukewarm reception to the iPhone 4S by some, Apple, AT&T and Verizon Wireless all announced they had exhausted supplies of pre-orders of the phone. Sprint, meanwhile said they had run out of inventory of the 16GB iPhone 4S, though they still had 32GB and 64GB phones available.

“Amazing,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research. “It shows that the iPhone 4S is not necessarily for the leading edgers. Apple has become very, very mainstream.”

Apple revealed that iPhone 4S pre-orders have topped 1 million in the first 24 hours, a 66 percent increase over the first-day sales of the iPhone 4 in the summer of 2010. Many on the Internet were disappointed that the screen size of the iPhone and lack of support for the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon caused some disappointment, but clearly it was easily dissipated.

“This was a great upgrade if people weren’t waiting for a rabbit to come out of the hat,” said Gottheil. “People who were disappointed are the ones who are always very interested in being surprised [by the latest Apple move]. They’re always looking for that ‘I never would have thought of that’ moment.”

“There has been lots of buzz in China surrounding last week’s unveiling of the iPhone 4S and we believe the product will be available in China during December,” said White, who is currently in that country on business. “We believe the iPhone 4S will take Apple fever to the next level in China.”

“While the unveiling of the iPhone 4S received a muted response, both from the market and tech blogs, the customers have the final word, in our view, and they have spoken with resounding enthusiasm for the iPhone 4S,” said Brian White, an analyst with Ticonderoga Securities. “There has been lots of buzz in China surrounding last week’s unveiling of the iPhone 4S and we believe the product will be available in China during December. We believe the iPhone 4S will take Apple fever to the next level in China.”


Xbox 720 Logo Spotted In Real Steel

While Microsoft has been reluctant to talk about the next Xbox console, a logo recently appeared in Real Steel that might give us a hint at what it is named. The capture of the screen shows the logo for a ‘Xbox 720.’

What adds a slight amount of credibility to this is the fact that the image it is included with includes several real, current brands like Cadillac, Capital One, Mercedes-Benz, Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Microsoft’s own Bing. While this is far from a confirmation, it gives a hint that Microsoft is still looking towards the future.

Source: CVG  {link no longer active}

Batman: Arkham City Sees Nightwing Patrol The Streets

The final trophies for the DLC of Batman: Arkham City have revealed the final playable character. Nightwing will be playable in what can be assumed are his own challenge maps.

Nightwing joins Batman, Catwoman and Robin as the four playable characters in Batman: Arkham City. Batman and Catwoman will be available in the main story campaign, while Robin and Nightwing will be DLC exclusive.


Take An Arcade Break And Defend The Skies

On the official fan site for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, three old school arcade style games have been launched. On a tab called “Arcade Break” {link no longer active} fans can click and play “Ace Shooter” or “Killer Copter” and start blasting away into the skies. Fans that set a high score are eligible to win an exclusive collectible jacket. Stay tuned for the third game which will be unlocked soon!