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DICE Loses Staffers to Free-To-Play Developer Ngmoco

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Benjamin Cousins, General Manager of Ngmoco Sweden, has recently confirmed on his personal Twitter account the hiring of three new ex-DICE staffers for the American-based F2P company.

Wille Wintertidh, Malte Hildingsson and Torbjorn Lædre, all of whom worked on Battlefield 3, joined Ngmoco (Next Generation MObile COmpany) in what can only be considered a strange alteration for a career path. Wintertidh was hired on as a Senior Artist, while Lædre will be working as a Senior Programmer. Hildingsson’s position with the company has yet to be announced.

While it is certainly common for a studio to part ways with a few members of the development team on big-name projects, this particular swap seems like a visible downgrade for these well-versed industry veterans. One can only speculate as to what kind of perks a social gaming company can offer in comparison to one of the largest publishers on the planet. Could it be a sign of bigger ideas in the works for Ngmoco?


Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Awesome Retail PC Games for 2011

Some say PC gaming is going downhill, but all the signs lately say no way with so many awesome games out this year and so many more to come.  Here are 5 games that PC gamers will want over the Holiday season.

Batman: Arkham City

Metacritic: 92

Average Price: $39.99

In this open world expansion Batman must keep the criminals of Gotham penned up and under control inside a super-prison that encloses a large part of the city of Gotham.

This expansion from the game Arkham Asylum has been getting nothing but rave reviews since its release.

Battlefield 3

Metacritic: 89

Average Price: $59.99

This third expansion of the Battlefield series keeps the virtual marines busy with its single player missions and MASSIVE multiplayer capabilities.  You can have double the number of multiplayers on a map for the PC version than you can for the console versions, meaning anyone who loves multiplayer should have this game very high up on the list.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome PS3 Games from 2011

2011 was generous year when it comes to fantastic titles that were released for the PS3.  Here are the best games from a fruitful year in gaming!

Batman: Arkham City

Batman Arkham City

Metacritic: 92

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Teen

Arkham city is a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.  The player controls the dark knight, in a third person action adventure game.

Batman’s goal is to rid Arkham of the proverbial villains who have escaped from the asylum and are wreaking havoc among the city’s denizens.

One of the top titles of the year, Batman: Arkham City is an appropriate gift for Christmas lists this holiday season.

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Metacritic: 85

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Mature

Another big title for 2011 is EA’s Battlefield 3.  Battlefield is a first person shooter in which the player controls a US Marine in single player and multiplayer combat that encompasses locales across the world.

Battlefield 3 has had quite the grudge match with Call of Duty when it comes to fans of both series.  Battlefield supporters argue that it is more realistic and believable, and they are right.

With a mature rating, this game is certainly for hardcore gamers, so moms be warned!

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Battlefield 3 DLC Coming Next Tuesday

Battlefield 3Playstation just released news that Battlefield 3 will be getting DLC next week.  The official tweet states, “BREAKING: Battlefield 3 Back to Karkand DLC is coming exclusively to PSN this Tuesday, December 6th.”

The DLC is free of charge to customers who pre ordered the game and will include Battlefield 2 maps, weapons, and vehicles, with a Battlefield 3 facelift.  The retail price for the blasphemers who didn’t pre-order will be $15.  Click here to see full details on the DLC.

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