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PC Gaming Roundup - February 12, 2009

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It's your daily dose of PC Gaming goodness, packed with the thrills and spills that makes this industry so exciting (meaning I need sleep). Today we have a plethora of meaty tidbits including word on Dragon Age: Origins and a video from Singularity.

Paradox Launches Mesmer Games
Paradox Interactive announced that it's "value priced" branch is now officially open for business. Called Mezmer Games, the new label will focus on helping independent developers "reach a large audience through digital distribution and alternative channels." Titles published under the Mezmer Games -ranging from action to strategy to adventure- will cost between $9.99 - $19.99. “Our intention is to be a platform for great games that traditional publishers do not want to invest their time and money in," said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President of Paradox Interactive. "By exclusively releasing the products digitally, we’ll be able to deliver many niche and developing titles to an audience that would otherwise be unable to purchase the products.”

BioWare Reveals All Six Dragon Age Origin Stories

The famed developer let it all hang out today, uncovering the details on all six Origin Stories featured in the upcoming dark fantasy game Dragon Age: Origins. According to BioWAre, each Origin Story boasts several hours of unique gameplay, offering multiple beginnings - a first in a BioWare game. Each Origin Story starts the player off with a unique series of locations, characters, and events that "establish their motivations and lay the groundwork for the adventure to come." Players begin as one of the following characters: Dalish Elf, City Elf, Dwarf Commoner, Dwarf Noble, Mage, and Human Noble.

New Singularity Video
Activision has a new video loaded up over on YouTube, adding another "piece to the puzzle" from Raven Software's upcoming alternate reality game, Singularity. The game revolves around a time manipulation device, reminiscent of TimeShift although the protagonist apparently can move through large gaps of time. Raven said that fans can get caught up on the game's story by hitting this link. Another singularity video can be found on YouTube here.

Chronicles of Spellborn Patched
Spellborn NV and Acclaim released a content patch for the fantasy MMORPG, The Chronicles of Spellborn. The 1.0.2 update, called Scroll to the Second Patch, unleashes wandering new "unique" bosses called Menances, generating "a lot of fame points" when hunted down and defeated. The company said that new vendor NPCs have also set up shop in the Enclave, offering goods in all friendly villages and cities. The patch will also implement a tutorial system for newcomers, taking place on a Shardship. The Special Item redemption process is now also fully active and functional for Spellborn Special/Premium Boxes owners. A detailed procedure is available on the official Spellborn site. The company also said that there were optimizations applied to the user interface as well.

Titan Online Closed Beta Next Week
EYA Interactive's upcoming martial arts MMORPG Titan Online goes into closed beta next week, launching on February 18. The game is based on the korean best-selling novel, "Mo Siang," and combines martial arts and mysterious world in a fantasy setting. " Set in ancient China, players will experience historic Chinese locales, meet influential figures from various dynasties, experience mysterious aspects of various ancient Asian cultures, all while trying to save the martial arts world by engaging in intense real-time battles."

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    crockdaddy , February 13, 2009 1:55 PM
    Glad to see regular updates. But still no second take? = lame
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    _horse , February 13, 2009 2:02 PM
    Titan online looks cool. Maybe Ill try and get in... Maybe not.
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    jerreece , February 13, 2009 3:49 PM
    That Singularity Video is quite odd....

    Titan Online: Granted gameplay isn't all about graphics, but the screenshots they have (the very few) are pretty old-school to say the least.

    I'm thinking you could play that on a single core CPU without an issue, just based on those images.
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    4c1dr41n , February 13, 2009 4:06 PM
    I also miss Second Takes, I allways watched them. Won't we see them anymore? I mean, have they hit the ground along with the game reviews?
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    lumpy , February 14, 2009 3:37 PM
    No more second take.Toms just keeps the crap(builders marathons?)and dumps what we want.So sad.
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    dieseldre2k , February 16, 2009 1:56 AM
    bring back second take! this is just a useless list of upcoming titles, which i can search up myself. i miss the actual discussion of the state of the video game market =(