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Diablo 3 will sport a couple of in-game auction houses to sell items from player to player. One will be run entirely with in-game gold (very similar to the current WoW Auction House), and one will let players sell and buy items with actual money.

During a press event at its headquarters in Irvine, CA last week, Blizzard Entertainment showed off both the Diablo 3 beta and its associated Battle.net service. While most of the Battle.net features were pretty standard (there will be persistent friends lists, cross-game communication, and full matchmaking services for all of the game modes), the auction system stood out.

Yes, Diablo 3 players will be able to spend real money on in-game items, but rather than a traditional item store, Blizzard plans to create a system wherein players sell items to each other — the eBay of Sanctuary, if you will. Players will be able to put items up for sale in each of the game’s various regions around the world (with a different real-world currency for each), and other players will be able to spend real money to buy them, with the real-world money going back to the original item owners.

Blizzard will take fixed fees (as yet unrevealed, though they’ll be “nominal”) out of the sale price both when an auction goes up for sale and when it is actually sold. And when an item is sold, players will either be able to keep earned money in a Battle.net account for spending on Blizzard products and services, or cash out entirely, with another, percentage-based fee through a not-yet-announced third-party payment provider.

As you might imagine, Blizzard’s been thinking about this one for quite a while. Vice President of Game Design Rob Pardo shared a lot of thoughts with us, including why they’re going with a system like this, how it will all work, and what this means for the future of Diablo 3, Blizzard Entertainment, and the gaming market at large.

Gallery: Diablo 3 Battle.net services (8/1/11)

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Singapore-based developer Rockmoon has created a promising game prototype using Kinect, an iPhone and the Unity engine. As seen in the video below, one player controls a spaceship while another controls a pair of gatling guns using the iPhone. It’s like Lucky and Wild meets Sewer Shark! Kind of.

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JoystiqKinect and iPhone hacked into Sewer Shark-esque shooter prototype originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 01 May 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Joyland

The amusement park called “World Joyland”, featuring blizzard game like “World of Warcraft, “”StarCraft” as the theme of the park. According to GameMeca claimed, the park located in in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province and it will be opened sometimes next month. The park will have the greatest roller-coaster in Asia, there is center for hosting International Anime Expo trade center and annual international and domestic e-sports competition…

An ad of World Joyland

The International Anime Expo trade center is like holding “ChinaJoy” for 365 day in regard copyright trading and display digital cultural content, animation and game art, and digital technology products.

Moreover, there will have a building for national E-sports center which is authorized by the State Sports General Administration. The center will be the host of annual international and domestic e-sports competition, which is also supporting the global animation fantasy performing arts theater.

Joyland

Toward the end of last year, there was news disclosed Changzhou is going to have the world’s first RPG game themed amusement park and claimed the park will operate on the 1st of May this year, which was also the same as the ad tell. Anyway, there is potential for the park to open earlier if the Korean source “GameMeca” is right.

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Razer may be best known for its well-regarded line of angular, extreme gaming peripherals for the core PC gaming set – think mice, keyboards, mouse pads and yes, motion controllers – but the San Diego-based company is looking to branch out into an area you may not have expected: efficient (and graphically anemic) netbook computers.

While it’s an unusual move for the peripheral maker, it’s not a departure from their core competency. Gaming laptops may have whittled down the bulk required for a high-end gaming experience but they’re still far from portable. Inversely, netbooks are steadily becoming increasingly capable laptop replacements, but fall short when performing the most demanding tasks … like video gaming.

Gallery: Razer Switchblade (CES 2011)

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JoystiqRazer Switchblade impressions: It’s a 7″ gaming PC with an LCD keyboard originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You may not agree with YouTube user DemonStrate’s methods, but you certainly can’t argue with the results: the world record for fastest Portal playthrough. What took you hours only took him minutes — specifically, less than ten of them. It’s kinda the thing of note here.

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JoystiqPortal finished in under 10 minutes sets a world record originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 10 Dec 2010 06:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sometimes, Flash-based games catch our collective attention thanks to an innovation so simple it’s puzzling that it took a designer so long to put it into practice. That’s the case with Awkward Silence Games’ One Chance, a simple, side-scrolling adventure title that puts you in the shoes of Dr. Pilgrim. The good doctor has invented a cure for cancer that — oops! — will kill every living thing on Earth in six days.

Here’s the twist: After you beat the game, you’re stuck with the ending you get on your first playthrough (so long as you play along with the limitations of the platform and don’t go deleting your browser cache). You don’t get a second chance. Hence the name.

There’s only a handful of decisions you can make during the last six days on Earth, but each one has an impact on your final, final destination. Choose wisely! Wait, what are you doing? No, don’t do that! You’ll regret it forever!

JoystiqOne Chance: The adventure game you can only play once originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 07 Dec 2010 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Animal activist organization PETA has released its latest parody, Super Tofu Boy, an extra firm lampoon of the beefy Super Meat Boy. Using the basic gameplay of the superb platformer as its inspiration, PETA’s take has Tofu Boy saving Bandage Girl from Meat Boy, who has kidnapped his now ex-girlfriend for dumping him for the silken lover.

Even if you don’t believe that delicious, raw meat is “bad,” Tofu Boy is still an amusing distraction, even if it’s ultimately a processed imitation. We’ve contacted Team Meat to find out if Meat Boy has a response. You may recall that Cooking Mama found her PETA parody quite “runderful.”

Update: Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen wrote back to tell us he finds PETA’s attention “extremely flattering.” He expressed, “For them to do a parody of Meat Boy during our launch week on Steam… there’s no way we can complain about that.” He did note, however, they had beaten PETA to the Tofu Boy gag with a comic for their beefy bundle of joy.

JoystiqSuper Meat Boy fried by PETA’s Tofu Boy originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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