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News Blips: Bulletstorm: Epic Edition, improved Kinect accuracy, Demon’s Souls online servers, and more

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Does anyone else feel like every step towards improving the Kinect's ability to sense the world around it is also one step closer to the rise of the machines? Just me? Well don't come running to my bunker when the coming Kinectocalypse destroys the world. 

News Blips: 

Epic Games is unleashing Bulletstorm in an "Epic Edition" that includes access to the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta. The bundle will be available to anyone who pre-orders on the Xbox 360 for $59.99. The Gears multiplayer demo will go live sometime in the spring. Other pre-order bonuses include 25,000 experience points and cosmetic upgrades to guns and armor. I'm surprised that we don't see more multiplayer beta codes packed into games after the success that Crackdown had with the Halo 3 beta. I suspect that fans of the Gears series will help to bloat Bulletstorm's early sales numbers in a simliar way.

Microsoft is working on solutions to increase the accuracy of the Kinect motion sensor. Presently, the Kinect senses visual information at a resolution of 320×240 at 30 frames per second. At that fidelity, the hardware can't distinguish fingers and other minute details. However, doubling the resolution to 640×480 would provide enough visual information for the software to make sense of sign language and rotating hands. According to a Eurogamer source, Microsoft is trying to implement a method of compressing the data so that it will fit under the 16MB per second cap that is governing the Kinect. Hopefully Microsoft can pull this off — just imagine what this new accuracy will mean for the Kinect-A-Sutra game that I really want we all know is coming. 

Atlus extends the life of Demon's Souls online servers to the game's second anniversary. "We've said it before and we'll say it again: We will support the online servers for Demon's Souls as long as we possibly can," said Aram Jabbari, manager of PR and sales at Atlus in a press release, "and we'll be as transparent about the entire process as possible, hence us constantly updating folks as to what to expect." Jabbari then went on to suggest that the Demon's Souls servers have taken on a life of their own and may attempt to kill us all. We can't confirm that the Demon's Souls servers have tried to kill anyone, but we promise to keep you informed if anyone mysteriously gets sucked into the game, Tron-style. 

Blizzard confirms that Titan is the name of their next MMO…and not much else. The new MMO was confirmed in a Destructoid interview on the red carpet of the VGAs with Blizzard Vice President Frank Pearce. Pearce said that Blizzard is only talking about Titan in a limited fashion to help recruit the best and brightest in the industry to the game's development team. No other details were provided, and so we've come to my favorite part: the wild speculation! Titan could refer to the titans of mythology, but it seems unlikely that they would create a fantasy MMO that would compete with World of Warcraft. Titan is also the name of Saturn's largest moon. My guess is that Activision Blizzard won't stray too far from their established franchises with any follow-up to WoW, and that means a science-fiction MMO set in the Starcraft universe. 


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