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Age of Empires Online -- the next chapter in the best-selling Age of Empires PC game franchise -- will be available worldwide on August 16 in retail stores and online at ageofempiresonline.com.

With its launch, the game will feature two of the greatest ancient civilizations -- the Greeks and Egyptians -- and offer more than 40 hours of gameplay for free! 

Here are some interesting points from the Age of Empires FAQ

The following features are free to play:

  • Familiar Age of Empires gameplay, and downloadable to any PC for free!
  • The greatest ancient civilizations, including Greeks and Egyptians.
  • Constantly new, exciting, and evolving content.
  • Quest, battle, chat, and trade with other players.
  • Build and show off your own custom Capital City.
  • Enjoy historical settings with gorgeous visuals and a cool new art style.

So, it's a lot like a demo. I gues this is where games are headed. Here's what you get for upgrading to premium FWIW:

A Premium Civ Pack will add the following to your experience:

  • Rare and epic gear: Unlock gear that makes your units more powerful, with unique designs to make your armies stand out in battle.
  • Advisors: In the Advisor Hall, you can unlock unique units, such as armored elephants and civilization powers.
  • Tech Tree: Experience the full Tech Tree with fantastic end-game Star Techs. For example, generate resources from your Market, have your troops bandage themselves, or make your people immune to conversion in battle.
  • Player vs. Player: Set parameters for the gameplay you want and invite your friends to play,
  • Additional Inventory slots: More than double your inventory space.
  • More Workshops: Drastically improve your capital’s production with more workshops to create all the materials you need for crafting.
  • Craft Halls: Learn unit enhancements from additional Craft Halls and use them to your advantage in the game. You get seven to choose from, including the Military College, which enhances infantry; the Hunting Lodge, which enhances archers and missile units; and the Cavalry Hall, which enhances mounted units.
  • Empire Points: Get the ability to spend Empire Points on the best loot in the game. Empire Points reward you for having multiple civilizations.
  • In-game stores: Earn in-game currency from the stores in your Capital City.

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Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Free DLC EA Challenge!

By: Cinderkin Nov 26, 2010 | 10 Comments

EA has issued a Challenge to the world. Free DLC if a certain Hot Pursuit Video reaches 1 million views by Dec 12th. Check out the story and the video here.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is the newest and quite possibly one of the BEST Need for Speed games yet. featuring fast cars and even faster police cars!

EA is offering up a challenge where if this video reaches 1 million views by Dec 12th gamers will be treated to 3 exclusive cars at no charge! The 3 convertible supercars - the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster and the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible Final Edition.

All you have to do is watch the trailer below! Tell yours friends, and their friends, and Grandma's friends to check out the trailer!

Here is what the description for the trailer says:

We're thrilled to see that a lot of you are loving Hot Pursuit as much as we are. We all knew that Autolog was something special, but you guys are proving that it's going to change racing games forever. We actually feel sort of guilty for ruining so many friendships over the last week -- with over 3 million challenges exchanged already, it's clear that all is fair when it comes to the Speedwall. So now we have a challenge for all of you! The dev team has put together a pack of 3 supercar convertibles -- the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster , and the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible Final Edition. If we can get the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit launch trailer to 1 million views by December 12th, these three amazing rides will be our little holiday gift to all of you playing Hot Pursuit. The race is on!

 

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If you haven't bought it yet get it here for $35!

http://gouki.com/Story/Details/best-deal-of-black-friday-2010-need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-35

 

Don't be a Jimmy!

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Xbox Live Labs = Free Avatar Stuff

By: Cinderkin Mar 10, 2011 | 8 Comments

Microsoft's Director of Xbox Live Programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, has announced via his blog that U.S. Xbox Live subscribers can participate in a service testing program called Xbox Live Labs beginning today.

Here is what Major Neslon had to say in his blog:

As a part of our ongoing commitment to improve Xbox LIVE, we are rolling out an optional testing program called Xbox LIVE Labs. Xbox LIVE Labs performs a number of network tests from your console to Xbox LIVE. These results are recorded solely for the purpose of testing and improving the service. Although we want your support, participating in Xbox LIVE Labs is entirely optional and voluntary. These results are recorded solely for the purpose of testing and improving the service and will not be used to identify you.

If you choose to participate, each completed test rewards you with a cool Avatar item and a zero point achievement as a thank you for your contribution.

There are a total of three Avatar items and three zero point achievements that you can earn for each completed test, including a lab coat, brain helmet, and crazy mad scientist hair!

Xbox LIVE Labs runs from March 10-27 and is open to all Xbox LIVE members living in the United States.

You will not be able to participate in other Xbox LIVE activities, such as gaming, watching movies or downloading music, while running Xbox LIVE Labs, and your Internet connectivity may be slower than usual. Sound good? Sign into Xbox LIVE and head over to the community channel where you’ll see the Xbox LIVE Labs panel. Click on it to download the testing app and the rest is pretty much self-explanatory.

The Xbox LIVE Labs testing application is currently available in the US only. After this round of testing, we’ll evaluate when and how we’ll roll this out to other Xbox LIVE regions.

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So Jimmys be sure to jump on this for some free crap for your avatar. I plan to leave my box on while I sleep as it turns off automatically after 6 hours of inactivity.

You can join and start your own Fantasy Wrestling League right now for free. This new online game is the most exciting way to watch the WWE. Sign-up today and participate in our free beta.

DropTheBelt's Free Online Fatansy Wrestling League is designed for you and your friend to enjoy. It's easy to play, just sign-up for DropTheBelt.com click the My Leagues button and form a league. It's gonna take at least 2 people to form a league, but from there you can set your own limit of teams and how many Superstars or Diva's are on each team. Even name your teams!

Organize a draft and input your team into the DropTheBelt league manager. From there scores and team totals will be auto populated after each show. FAA is also available through the site. All you have to do is sit back and watch. We keep score for you. You can see all of the great scenarios that you can get points for here, in our official Rule Book.

We encourage you to write stories on as well. Whether it be Pro-Wrestling news, a blog or perhaps something to pump up your league. Discuss trading or even new rules to add to the game. Please enjoy our new Fantasy Wrestling Online Game and DropTheBelt.com. Don't be a Jimmy!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.  A more detailed FAQ is on the way.

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XBOX Live Free Gold Weekend starts today

By: BatRastered Jan 28, 2011 | 14 Comments

Don't have a gold account? Play for free this weekend.

Starting today and going through Sunday you can play on-line for free. So if you've been dying to try that Crysis 2 multiplayer demo, now is the time.

F'n Microsoft still hasn't updated their page from the last free weekend in november.

Don't be a Jimmy like them!

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Portal 2 DLC Announced

By: BatRastered Apr 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

Did you like Portal 2? Do you want more? Do you want it for free?

Good news everybody!

Valve has some DLC in the works for Portal 2; it will release this summer and be free!

Portal 2 DLC #1 will offer new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more.

Targeted for release this summer, Portal 2 DLC #1 will be offered free of charge for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3.

I'm super excied for the leaderboards and challenge modes, hopefully there will be a similar style to the advanced mode in the original where you can be ranked on how quickly you solve the room, fewest portals, fewest steps, etc.

Oh, and did I mention it's free?

 

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Free Halloween Borderlands 2 skins SHiFT codes

By: BatRastered Oct 31, 2012 | 4 Comments

Gearbox is giving away some Halloween themed characters skins for Borderlands 2 now through Sunday, check them out here and grab a code.

All these codes are good now through Sunday (Nov 4) at 11:55 PM (US Central time).

First up is Maya, the siren's "Fright of the Bumblebee" skin:
Fright of the Bumblebee siren skin

PC SHiFT Code: WTKBJ-XRHTW-C63BT-JTB33-J6C9T
Xbox 360 SHiFT Code: WJC3T-SS6S5-X9FTF-WRTB3-BT39H
PlayStation 3 SHiFT Code: KTCTJ-ZHCKB-BKKW3-STCJT-3FZTW

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Armagetron Advanced: A Tron lightcycle online game and it's free

By: Phresh Jan 11, 2011 | 6 Comments

It's a free downloadable game for your computer about the speeder bike part of Tron

http://armagetronad.net/

Find downloads on the side bar and choose which version to download depending on your computer.

It's got online multiplayer, it's customizable, and you can host your own server, all for free. It's a simple game so it has a very quick download and small file size too. 

The premise is everyone has a speeder bike. The game is a few years old and was based on the first Tron movie so the bikes move on 90 degree turns (except not on all servers). In the most basic mode, everyone is just trying to kill each other by outmanuevering opponents and forcing opponents to run into a wall. There are other modes such as fortress where you try to capture the enemies base by occupying it while you or your teammates defend your own base. There are a variety of other modes such as capture the flag or races because all the content is user created.

There you have it. It's free downloadable game so try it out if you want.

Like the music in portal 2? Like free stuff? Come on in.

According to Valve the portal 2 soundtrack is going to be released in three installments. The first one is here, and they're letting you download if for free. It's six  twenty two amazing songs you'll recognize from the game. That's right 22! That's more than I was expecting on the whole soundtrack. I can't wait for the rest. If you like the sciencey feel of the portal 2 music, and want to re-create the atmosphere of aperture science labs wherever you go, now's your chance. 

I'll be sure to keep an eye out for when volume 2 shows up and let you guys know. 

 

Source:http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php

 

 

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

A while ago I posted a story up on here that said the first Volume of the portal 2 soundtrack was out, and that it was free. Well It still is, but now you can pick up part 2 as well. Part 1 contained 22 songs, and part 2 contains 18. I think that valve is really cool for giving away such an awesome soundtrack for free, and that it's the whole thing. They've already given us 40 songs, and part 3 has yet to arrive. This soundtrack is supremely great too. If you liked the music while you were playing the game it feels just as good driving down the road. 

 

I know we all like free stuff, and I'll keep my eye out for part 3. But for now, download and enjoy part 2. 

 

EDIT: Here's the link. Derp http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php?2

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Back To The Future The Game Episode 1 for Free

By: akskiller Oct 26, 2010 | 3 Comments

Get it from Telltale them selves!

Do you love Back to the future and free stuff? Well, read on!

When Telltale Games announced that they would be making a new Back to the Future game, fans were  thrilled to find this out. So, being someone who loves free stuff,I got super happy to learn that I could get the first episode of the game free on the PC, so can you!

To get your free copy go here and follow the simple instructions! You will need to have a Telltale account in order to get the game, but it does not take long to sign up. There’s no indication of how long this deal will last, so I would suggest taking advantage of it as soon as possible.

 

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Team Ninja has released 11 new costumes for fan appreciation today. They love us they really love us. Check them out!

Team Ninja posted on Twitter that "As our appreciation to everyone who owns DOA5, we're planning a free DLC so be sure to come back for the latest!" well today is that day. They released 11 free classic costumes for a chunk of the cast. Maybe we will see the rest of the cast too.

Classic Zak from DoA2

Classic Bayman from DoA2

Mila rockin' Tina's DoA1 costume

Christies Alternate in DoA3

There are costumes for Koroko, Helena, Gen Fu, Tina and more.

I hate that Zak always looks like a fool in DoA games. It's unfortunate for the brotha. Be sure to download the free pack on PSN and Xbox Live now. Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

 

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