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EA Sports, undaunted, vows a sequel to its MMA title will come, but not in 2011. THQ, seeing little to gain from an annual release, likewise shifts its series to a two-year development cycle.Contraction PainsMixed martial arts and pro basketball weren't the only sports seeing changes or cancellations in their development plans. The replica Patek Philippe 5053J Men's Watch year began with EA Sports' NCAA Basketball officially getting pink-slipped. In a conversation at E3, EA Sports president Peter Moore acknowledged March Madness' wide appeal, but cited the release date of college hoops' video game and the sport's short time atop the calendar as factors in the game's weak sales.

2K Sports' NHL series was rumored to be dead at the beginning of the year; the publisher then revealed it would release a Wii version of the game for 2010 and retrench its core console development to come back with a title in 2011. NHL 2K11 fetches U.S. Olympic hero Ryan Kesler for its cover, but the series' unchallenged status on the Wii replica Patek Philippe 5134J Men's Watch comes to an end with NHL Slapshot from EA Sports, which ships with a hockey stick peripheral that 2K Sports was said to have sought originally but couldn't get approved. NHL 2K11 releases two weeks before Slapshot, perhaps as a concession from the league.

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Though it is indeed a terrible game, the cancellation places NBA Elite 11 in a pantheon of rare video game collectibles.A Legend and a PhenomenonDeepening EA Sports' misery over NBA Elite's failure to launch was the comprehensive excellence of its competitor, NBA 2K11, which proved to be a quantum leap even for the dominant performer replica Patek Philippe 4905J Ladie's watch in basketball video games. 2010 began with 2K Sports stealing back Mike Wang from EA Canada - NBA Live 10's dramatic improvements had been credited to Wang's one-year defection north. In mid-spring, 2K Sports revealed it had signed Michael Jordan as both a cover star and a playable athlete in-game; by E3, it was clear that Visual Concepts (2K's in-house studio) had a monster game coming down the chute.

The Jordan Challenge, a 10-game re-creation of His Airness' most showstopping performances, tapped a reservoir of nostalgia across all sports fans, not just basketball diehards.After the game's launch, overall excitement and celebrity hype helped it remain a trending topic on Twitter for a solid week, practically unheard-of for replica Patek Philippe 4861G Ladie's watch any video game of any genre. For October, NBA 2K11 is the sales leader among all video games (counting sales on all platforms.) NBA 2K11 earned the first Editor's Choice gold star ever awarded by Kotaku in its new review format, and later was nominated for overall Game of the Year alongside Call of Duty: Black Ops, Mass Effect 2, and Red Dead Redemption.

No More Free PassesElectronic Arts' “Project $10” comes home to roost for sports gamers in April, when EA Sports announces that multiplayer features beginning with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will be accessible only through a one-use code shipping free in retail copies. Those who buy used games will have to pay $10 over Xbox Live or PlayStation Network to activate the service. THQ actually rolls out the concept first with the May replica Patek Philippe 4860J Ladie's watch release of UFC Undisputed 2010, charging $5 for its one-use code. THQ later ups the cost of its online access to $10, beginning with WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. The lone holdout remains 2K Sports, though an executive admits the publisher is studying one-use codes for possible use in 2011.

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And 2010 was like most years before it, with its share of cover athlete announcements, new features, and top performers following last year's edition with solid successes.Kotaku's roundup of 2010 is not of the routine stories, but the ones that had the most lasting impact on this year, and should into next year, too. replica Patek Philippe 3919R Men's Watch NBA DeleteBy far the biggest sports news of the year was also one of video gaming's biggest controversies overall - the cancellation of EA Sports' renamed, remade NBA Elite 11. The decision went all the way to the desk of Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, and his call to bag Elite marked the first time an annual, fully licensed sports game failed to release since Madden NFL 96.

Riccitiello, in a candid discussion with Kotaku's Stephen Totilo, acknowledged that glitches highlighted by a brutally humiliating YouTube video of Elite's demo helped seal the game's fate.”We could have shipped a product we weren't proud of dead against [NBA 2K11] their game that they are proud of and that we would have been replica Patek Philippe 4906G Ladie's watch proud of to ship ourselves,” Riccitiello told Kotaku. “We would have probably lost 5-1 in the marketplace against that and firmly cemented a reputation for being one to ship secondary sports titles.

“While the EA chief said he was proud of the company's ability to make a very tough, very painful call, the outcome for the Elite team was not an A-for-effort slap on the butt. The general managers of EA's two sports studios, Canada and Tiburon (in Florida), lost their titles in an organizational shakeup, with Canada's boss leaving the company replica Patek Philippe 4906/1J Ladie's watch altogether. NBA Elite was then reassigned from Canada to Tiburon, the home of the publisher's Madden, NCAA Football and PGA Tour games. Finally, a few NBA Elite 11 discs do make it out into the wild; one gamer lands a retail copy from an eBay seller for $255.

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Hopefully it's something the publisher does with all of its PC games going forward.UPDATE - Foiled! Ubisoft says “We will continue to use Ubisoft protection system on most of our PC Games”. Bummer.[Ubisoft Forums, via RPS]”Hey, Ubisoft: when you replica Patek Philippe Gold Men's 5136 Watch force users to maintain an internet connection even when playing a singleplayer game offline, you'd damn well better make sure you hold up your end of the bargain.Having recently implemented a wildly unpopular new form of digital rights management for its PC titles, over the last few days Ubisoft released two key games for the platform, Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V.

Thing is, over the weekend, Ubisoft's DRM servers went down. And at time of posting are still down. Meaning many users had trouble installing games, saving games and in some cases even playing those two titles.In reaction to a thread on the company's forums, Ubisoft community managers have said “clearly the extended replica Patek Philippe 3520DG Men's Watch downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable”, and that the downtime is due to “exceptional demand”.As a means of rewarding those remaining customers loyal enough to stick with the publisher despite the outrageous demands of the DRM, it's...hardly what you'd call a success.

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