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Valve Uses Highwinds CDN for Steam

Valve and Highwinds logo

Highwinds has announced that Valve will be tapping into their content delivery network for the Steam platform. Valve believes that the Highwinds CDN will be a necessary role in the global growth and popularity of Steam.

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Xbox 360 Slim Losing its Glossy Finish

Xbox 360 losing it's glossy finish

Major Nelson has cleared the air about the reports of Microsoft stripping the Gloss off the Xbox 360 250GB consoles and going to matte black, similar to the 4GB models. He mentions that some news outlets were incorrectly reporting that there might be a choice between matte and gloss this holiday season, to which Major Nelson has confirmed is not true.

“We are actively transitioning all our Xbox 360 S consoles to a matte finish. The consoles will start to arrive in stores over the coming weeks, so if you really love the idea of a glossy console don’t wait much longer.” Major Nelson posted on his blog, “Of course, we still may offer a gloss finish on Limited Edition consoles like the upcoming Gears of War 3 Console or the Star Wars Console, but if you have your eye on a glossy black console you don’t have much time left.”

So for those who still want to have a sleek finger-print covered Xbox, hurry now before you lose your chance. Personally, I am fine with either gloss or matte, they both look better than the old elite systems ever did.

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DualStix Episode 5 – Graphically Enhanced

On this weeks episode we lightly touch on the start key (since we really haven’t played much). In the main screen we talk about Graphics in gaming and unlimited detailing and our feelings on the future of graphics. Do they sell games? or do they still matter?in the news we talk about the NPD Group’s U.S. Games Industy sales and why they might be down from last year. This weeks retro 5 we go back to our old friend the N64. This weeks question is Do you think graphics sell games? Are you influenced by good graphics, Yes or no? tell us what u think.

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Microsoft Files Three New Patents

Microsoft Phone Patent 3

Microsoft has recently filed patents for a Flat-Slider Phone, Form Factor and a Multi-Touch Gaming Mice. The patents themselves are not as plain as they sound; the details behind them look rather interesting.

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Minecraft is Buy One Get One Free this Weekend

Minecraft Buy one get one free ad

The creator of the sensational PC game Minecraft, Notch, is getting married tomorrow. As a way to give back to all of those who have supported him through his efforts and creative genius, for this weekend only, Minecraft is buy one get one free.

While I have already purchased the game myself, it is a great chance for those who are hesitant to purchase it alone, now you can give a code to whomever you fancy and enjoy building blocky marvels and hiding from creepers together.

All you have to do is simply purchase the game and you get a free gift code added to your account. More details can be found on Notch’s blog.

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