News Blips: Mark Wahlberg Is Nathan Drake, Hardcore Minecraft, Steam Deals for Thanksgiving, and More

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The last News Blips before Thanksgiving, which mean it's time for extreme shopping deals, four straight days of gaming, and football. Now, time to find my comfy pants and dig into this stuffing. 

News Blips:

Mark Wahlberg is your Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie. The Max Payne actor confirmed to MTV Multiplayer Blog that David O. Russell — who is most famous for not being a fan of Lily Tomlin — had begun writing the script. If a brother of a New Kid on the Block isn't enough star power to give you faith in this video-game adaptation, then maybe the fact that Russell wants to cast Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in the film will. "That's who [Russell] wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David's people have talked to [Robert De Niro]," said Wahlberg. Does this cast mesh with the one that has been starring in your dreams?

Minecraft is getting a "Hardcore Mode" where the world ends when you die. That should add a lot more intensity to keeping those creepers out of your mountain cave. This news comes from Markus Persson (aka Notch), Minecraft's creator, who was inspired by a series on PC Gamer where a player would immediately delete his world if he died. "I’m definitely going to add hardcore mode to the game where dying will destroy the world. I’m not sure how it would work in multiplayer, though…. Perhaps you could get 'banned' from the server until the world resets if you die on a server running hardcore mode," wrote Persson. [The Word of Notch]

Steam is holding daily deals from November 24 to November 29 in celebration of Thanksgiving and wallet destruction. Get yourself on over to the Steam Store and prepare your stack of cash to be thinner just in time for Black Friday. Today's deals include Alpha Protocol for $7.50 and Borderlands for $9.99. Steam is also providing "Give & Get" deals where customers can buy six copies of Borderlands, keep one for themselves and gift the rest to friends, family, and nemeses. Finally, Steam will be randomly choosing 30 people each day to get the top five games on their wish list. Better update that wish list

Activision will "never ever" charge for Call of Duty multiplayer. In an interview, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg responded to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter's prediction that Call of Duty would be going to a subscription-based model in 2011. "Are we going to be charging for multiplayer? The answer is no. The experience you have out of the box, connecting with the online community to play Call of Duty is absolutely integral to the experience and we'll never charge for that. It's not going to be something we'll attempt to monetize; it's part of the package," said Hirshberg. [IndustryGamers]

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