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Ubisoft attempts to resuscitate music gaming genre with Rocksmith

Just when you thought music gaming was dead in the water, Ubisoft announces a brand new title coming out this Fall for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that the developer thinks will revolutionize the genre. So what makes “Rocksmith” different? For starters, it’s a game that doesn’t come with a controller.

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Activision pulls the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise

Massive layoffs and the termination of development on two major titles were announced in a press release from Activision this evening. Taking the biggest hit is the “Guitar Hero” franchise, which will come to an end after over five years.

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2010 saw industry-wide gaming sales slump sales soared in what was otherwise a fairly dismal sales year in the videogame industry, which saw an almost across-the-board slump in sales figures.
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Staff picks of 2010 — part two

staff picks two - playwisegaming.comIn order to celebrate this year in gaming, playWISE will be featuring several articles in the next few weeks detailing the most memorable games of the year. So far we’ve talked about both our biggest disappointments and the best hidden gems of 2010.

Here’s the final round of staff picks for best games of 2010. If you missed the first one, you can find it here.

Check back on Tuesday Jan. 4 for our most anticipated titles of 2011.

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playWISE’s biggest disappointments of 2010

Disappointments of 2010 - playwisegaming.comIn order to celebrate this year in gaming, playWISE will be featuring several articles in the next few weeks detailing the most memorable games of the year.

2010 saw the release of some of the best gaming experiences to date. Unfortunately, these great games did not come without their share of black-sheep brethren.

Below are a few of the playWISE staff’s biggest disappointments of 2010. Keep in mind that we’re not saying all of these games are 100 percent terrible, but rather, they were created in such a way that left us desiring more from these well-known franchises and developers.

Check back on Tuesday Dec. 28 to see our opinions on the best unknown games of 2010.

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playWORLDS — Cataclysm: goblin adventures in Kezan

GoblinThis is the third in a series of articles detailing the adventures of both goblins and worgen, the newest races in “World of WarCraft: Cataclysm.” You can find the first article here and the second article here.

Now that you have a firm understanding of what “Cataclysm” has to offer, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of leveling up your new goblin so you can explore the lands now in chaos.

Kezan, the goblin homeland, is a very industrial town due to the goblins’ chosen economy and trade. While searching for NPCs to speak to so you can start your questing, you will notice huge smoking factories spewing out smog, oil refineries and even highways — all built by the ever-so-smart goblins.

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playWORLDS — World of WarCraft: Cataclysm

WoW: Cataclysm

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a new series of feature articles here at playWISE, which we’re calling playWORLDS. They will be following the adventures of our MMO specialist, Jared Ubriaco, through the various landscapes of online games. This first series deals with the changes and additions to the immensely popular expansion “Cataclysm” for “World of WarCraft.” Read onward and let the quest begin!

The release of Activision|Blizzard’s cash cow, “World of WarCraft: Cataclysm,” has hit landmark numbers in terms of launch sales. “Cataclysm,” the third expansion released for “World of WarCraft,” had its frenzied players purchase over 3.3 million copies in its initial launch period spanning only 24 hours.

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Homeless Harmonix: Where Are Music Games Headed?

Things just seem to keep getting worse for Harmonix. In November, parent company Viacom announced that it would be selling the game developer — most famous for its creation of the Rock Band franchise — as part of a larger plan to exit the video game industry.

This week, Electronic Arts, the distributor of Rock Band and a rumored potential buyer for Harmonix, disclosed that the developer is not on its list of potential acquisitions. Bloomberg reports that, according to EA chief executive officer John Riccitiello, “buying the Rock Band music video game franchise could make ‘theoretical’ sense, [but] it’s not the strategic direction his company is moving in.”

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