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News Blips: The Elder Scrolls Online announced, Saints Row: The Third enters the Dominatrix, and competitive gaming goes mobile

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You know how when you play Tetris too long, you dream about Tetris? Last night, I played Fez too long and dreamed about being confused.

News Blips:

Developer Bethesda has announced an Elder Scrolls massively multiplayer online role-playing game is currently in development for PC and Mac. The Elder Scrolls Online is set a thousand years before Skyrim, and the plot involves a Daedric Prince trying to pull the entire world into a nightmarish hellscape dimension. Why? Because that's what villains do. That's like their bread and butter, if by "butter" you mean "eternal torment" and by "bread" you mean "everything that has existed, ever." Oh, and speaking of entire worlds: ESO will include the entirety of the series' setting of Tamriel and not just that piddling little 16-square-mile patch of Skyrim. Maybe this announcement explains what this player found when he went exploring. [GamesBeat]

If you thought you were done with Saints Row: The Third, guess again; a standalone expansion entitled "Enter The Dominatrix" is due out this fall, developer THQ announced today. What happens when you enter The Dominatrix? First, immature people giggle. More importantly, however, you get "freaking super powers." “Faster than a speeding cyber jetbike, more powerful than a roided-out Luchadore, able to leap flying aircraft carriers in a single bound…that’s the power you’ll find inside the Dominatrix. Use it for good. Use it for evil. Use it for whatever you want. As always in Saints Row, it’s up to you,” Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President of Core Game Production for THQ, said in a press release. Enter The Dominatrix picks up right after the main game ends and has its intrepid street toughs banished to a virtual-reality world of magic and make-believe. It will set you back $29.99 when it comes out this fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. [GamesBeat]

Are you teh hardcorez and always on the move? Good news: Sony Mobile has something for you. It's called Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena, it was developed in conjunction with Major League Gaming and GameLoft, and it fits, like, right on your phone. XMG is a competitive gaming platform compatible with "all mobile devices including iOS and Android." Contestants will match their skills and vie for $10,000 in prizes in competitions like "Most Kills," possibly while using the toilet. You know, if that's how they roll. So far, the only title available for the service is GameLoft's first-person shooter Modern Combat 3, but expect to see more compatible games announced in the coming months. More information is available at the official MLG website.


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