News Blips: Mass Effect 3′s demo, Metal Gear Online on the way out, free Dungeon Defenders DLC, and more

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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today I learned that you can make delicious pulled pork without using any barbecue sauce at all. That doesn't have a whole lot to do with Valentine's Day, other than the fact that I really love pulled pork.

News Blips:

If you can't wait until March 6 to save Earth from the Reapers, good news: The demo for Mass Effect 3 came out on PC, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network today. The demo contains samples of both single- and multiplayer gameplay. Gamers who have activated their online pass from Battlefield 3 may also access the co-op portion of the demo; everyone else has to wait until Friday. If that isn't enough Mass Effect goodness for you, developer BioWare has also announced that a new CG trailer will premiere during "The Walkng Dead" this Sunday on AMC.

Metal Gear Online is shutting down this summer. Remember four years ago, when Metal Gear Solid 4 came out and everyone was annoyed about needing an MGO account and a Konami account? I'd actually forgotten all about that until I read this story. Regardless, the minor inconvenience ends on June 21 when the multiplayer offshoot signs off of its Codec for the last time. Super-late adopters should know that it is still possible to make new characters for the next month or so and that all of the game's expansions will be free until the service ends. [Kotaku]

Dungeon Defenders has hit 1 million downloads; developer Trendy Entertainment is offering free Steam DLC to celebrate. Love is in the air, like the salty aroma of freshly pulled pork (excuse me). Trendy is feeling it, and they're spreading it around by releasing "Sky O'Love," a special Valentine's-Day-themed quest, for free to Steam users. In addition to this mission, players can check out the remodeled tavern, pick up four new Hero costumes, and claim a unique "Cupid" pet. iPhone and iPad owners can also take advantage of a discount on the iOS version, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, on sale for 99 cents for the next week.

In other "rather big number" news, Infernum has announced that 100,000 players have signed up for the Brick-Force beta. "Although we announced the start of the closed beta just two weeks ago, we've seen an enormous and rapid growth of the Brick-Force community," said Andreas Weidenhaupt, founder and CEO of Infernum. "Before the beta has even launched we have a surprisingly large fan base that will give us valuable feedback during the next phase of testing." Those interested in joining in on the shootery can register at the game's official site; the beta for the free-to-play online "sandbox shooter" begins on February 28.

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