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by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Dec 14, 2012 10:00AM PST

Valve has acquired an two-man indie start-up, which is now setting up a subsidiary of the company in San Francisco. Read more

BioShock Infinite creator Ken Levine talks about the complexities of the politics in the game, and why he's hearing criticism from different sides of the political spectrum. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Dec 14, 2012 8:15AM PST

Ho ho ho! And what does Santa Alice have in her sack for you this year? She's been watching you all year and knows exactly what you want and deserve: for Turbine to resurrect Asheron's Call 2 seven years after its MMORPG shut down. Shh, shh, don't say a thing, sweet one. Santa Alice just knows. Read more

Metro: Last Light's hardcore 'Ranger Mode' difficulty setting "provides the definitive Metro experience," according to publisher THQ's creative strategist Huw Beynon. Yet it won't be included in the base game, oh no, rather you'll need to pre-order or buy it early to ensure you get a 'Limited Edition' copy. How awfully creative. Presumably it'll be sold separately as DLC too. Read more

Splash Damage today released the first gameplay trailer for its new FPS Dirty Bomb and, as you might expect, it does look an awful lot like the class-based, objective-driven antics of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink. While Dirty Bomg will be free-to-play at launch, you can slap down some cash now to guarantee you'll get to play it during closed testing. Read more

BitComposer's claim that it has acquired the rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise has come under fire from developer GSC Game World, which cites legal documents showing its CEO as the license holder. Read more

Yet again, an updated list of PS3 trophies has unearthed the next DLC add-on for Borderlands 2. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Dec 13, 2012 2:00PM PST

As the end of what Bohemia Interactive describes as "what might be described as an eventful year" draws near, the Arma 3 developer has confirmed that its battlefield sim will miss the planned 2012 launch window. With two members of the team arrested on espionage charges and the lead developer replaced, Bohemia has pushed Arma 3 into 2013 to finish it up properly. Read more

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Dec 13, 2012 1:20PM PST

Snail Games is taking a look into its country's history with the free-to-play MMO Age of Wushu, a reinterpretation of Chinese Wuxia culture that brings players to the age of the Ming Dynasty. Read more

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Dec 13, 2012 12:10PM PST

The world of Tyria has undergone cataclysmic changes over the past 250 years, but its traditions live on. With the Mad King's Halloween rampage subsided, it's time to celebrate Wintersday. This year, Tyrians can embrace the holiday season when Tixx the Toymaker goes on a world tour before settling in Lion's Arch until January 3. Read more