GamesBeat GamesBeat Weekly Roundup March 30, 2012 2:28 PM Jasmine Maleficent Rea Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat. Here are the best stories that appeared exclusively on GamesBeat this week: Minecraft makes multimedia history with a novel-inspired adventure map Armored Core V: A blend of motorheads and samurai 4 things you won’t see in Assassin’s Creed III At 700K now, this dude is aiming for 1M gamerscore on the Xbox 360 Martha Stewart guest stars in Zynga’s CastleVille social game Sony readies three new freemium PlayStation Home games An in-depth preview of SimCity reveals an intricately crafted experience Meet the one OMGPOP employee who turned down a new job at Zynga Mobile search ad StartApp raises $4M in first round of funding Call of Duty front man resigns from Infinity Ward Troubled U.K. retailer Game closes 277 stores Mass Effect 3: Character deaths Mass Effect 3: Romances Mass Effect 3: Endings, analyses, and theories And here are some of the big game stories of the week: Disney and DeNa to collaborate on mobile social games THQ lays off 118 people and downsizes ambitions for Warhammer 40K game Worldwide mobile gaming revenue could reach $7.5 billion by 2015 Journey team loses one of its co-founders Badgeville powers gamified reality TV show Escape Routes Sony’s PlayStation 4 may be code-named Orbis Outbid mixes gamification and social networks with real-time online auctions Kinect for Windows 1.5 will have better tracking and broader reach Mob Science raises $1M for social games on Zynga’s platform Angry Birds creator Rovio acquires Futuremark Games Studio Angry Birds Space zooms to 10M downloads in just three days Guild Wars 2 challenges MMO establishment with hybrid business model (preview) Mobile developer or publisher? VentureBeat is studying mobile marketing automation. Fill out our 5-minute survey, and we'll share the data with you.