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The Smithsonian to House Video Game Exhibit

Fallout 3

The Smithsonian recently announced an exhibit they will be holding next year March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012. There will be 80 games on display from five generations of video games over the last 40 years. The Smithsonian said this on their reasons for having the exhibit, "Video games use images, actions, and player participation to tell stories and engage their audiences." Most of the games will be shown through pictures of short video clips to demonstrate the art and feel of the game, but five games - Pac-ManSuper Mario BrothersThe Secret of Monkey IslandMyst, and World of Warcraft - will be playable at the Smithsonian. The full list of games shown follows after the jump.

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Ms. 'Splosion Man Beta Announced

Ms. 'Splosion Man

In a rare move for an XBLA title, Twisted Pixel Games is giving away free beta access to their latest work in progress, Ms. 'Splosion Man. As a quick refresher, Ms. 'Splosion Man is a 2d side scroller, and direct sequel to the popular 2009 XBLA game, 'Splosion Man. Beta access will be given on a first come first served basis. To register for the beta of Ms. 'Splosion Man follow the hyperlink. The registration window will be from yesterday, May 24, to June 12.

The official blog post said that they will accept roughly 10,000 applicants to the beta access. The main goal of this semi open beta is to test the online functionality of the game. Twisted Pixel Games will give players two multiplayer levels each week. The beta is slated to last from June 6 to June 24. The game is set for a Q3 release this year, so the game may only need a few more finishing touches before it's ready for final release.

Update: Sign ups for the Ms. 'Splosion Man early access beta are now closed.

Via Ms. 'Splosion Man Dev Blog

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NetherRealm Waives Kombat Pass

Mortal Kombat

For PS3 owners the last month has been quite simply torturous. With the PSN having been offline, most, if not all services beyond the system's core gaming and blu-ray functionality were rendered useless. Furthermore if you owned games that had any sort of multiplayer component like, Mortal Kombat perhaps, then the real essence of competitiveness was thus stripped down, leaving you with only the AI to kick around.

Now, with a major portion of PSN functional again, gamers have returned to kicking the crap out of each other Mortal Kombat style. But what if you just recently purchased the game brand new, you wouldn't have any way to redeem your code for the Kombat Pass, on the other hand if you got the game used, you aren't even able to buy a code because of the PS store being unavailable. Sure, it sounds like you might be royally screwed, but no worries, developer NetherRealm has stepped up in a big way.

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New Xbox 360 Disc Format Incompatible With Some Consoles

Xbox 360

Microsoft has devised a method to add an additional gigabyte of storage on Xbox 360 game discs. This portion of the disc was previously reserved for anti Piracy and DVD audio tracks. Microsoft decided to remove those portions from the DVDs to free up space for developers to use. Microsoft is developing a firmware update for all Xbox 360 consoles which enables them to read these new updated discs. The update will be officially released later today, May 19. Allowing more data to be written on their DVDs will make the Xbox 360 have a longer life span on the market.

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10 New Kinect Games To Be Unveiled At E3

Kinect

E3 will undoubtedly be a big event for Nintendo fans, but Microsoft also has some exciting plans for the show. No less than 10 new games are slated to be announced at E3. Sources at Eurogamer said that these games will be directed at a more hardcore audience, and they wont be obvious. Another interesting tidbit is that Microsoft recently had a job posting for a studio that is focused on "Highly experimental gameplay." That could mean anything. According to Eurogamer, "Microsoft plans to triple the number of games available for Kinect by the end of 2011."

A list of the anticipated announcements follows after the jump.

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