The front cover of GTA IV, slated to ship in 2008  (Source: Rockstar Games)
GTA IV box art revealed; Rock Band guitar fix promises; Halo 3 homophobes and more

Unlike some other entertainment mediums, sequels of videogames are often better than the original attempt at the concept. For Deus Ex, however, the first game was so well-crafted that its sequel had a hard time living up to the bar set by the original. Where Deus Ex 2 failed, the hopefully the next sequel will succeed.

Deus Ex 3 Announced
Eidos announced that its newly formed Montreal studio will be handling the development duties for Deus Ex 3. While the teaser trailer on the official website says little about release date and platform, it’s expected that Deus Ex 3 will appear on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 – given Eidos Montreal’s general manager Stéphane D’Astous saying, “We’re only working on AAA, major titles. We’re going to be developing only major AAA games, using only next-gen technology.”

Grand Theft Auto IV Box Art Revealed
The official cover that will grace the box of the next GTA game that is sure to have politicians was revealed today in the form of a video, which can be seen at GameTrailers. Perhaps more interesting than the box is news that the next GTA IV trailer will hit on December 6.

EA/Harmonix Pledge to Fix Defective Rock Band Guitars
Originally hoped to be just a software issue, a member of the Harmonix team has posted on the official Rock Band forums that the developer has “discovered an imperfection with the strum bar in an early production run of guitars that were shipped at launch.” See" rel="nofollow for more.

Black Site: Area 51 Designer Gives Brutally Honest Post Mortem
While gamers aren’t likely to be burned by BlackSite: Area 51’s disappointing critical result thanks to no shortage of excellent shooters this holiday season, the game’s designer Harvey “Witchboy” Smith is taking some exception with the less than enthusiastic reviews. Smith believes that BlackSite: Area 51 deserves an overall score of 80 percent, though admits that the game project “was so f---ed up.”

PlayStation Network to Feel PAIN on Thursday
The next highly anticipated downloadable game for the PlayStation 3 will hit the PSN tomorrow. So what’s PAIN? Associate producer Jason Coker explains, “I tell people that it’s a crazy game in which you launch a character from a giant slingshot into a downtown area and smash him into stuff and blow stuff up and you snatch Mimes out of the air so you can slam them through plate glass windows and you blast monkeys out the side of a building in an attempt to stop another player’s character from successfully crashing into bowling pins and you can play as a dude named Ed in a cow suit and so on and so on…”

Microsoft’s Major Nelson Responds to Halo 3 Homophobia
It’s no real secret that the Xbox Live populace, with particular focus on the Halo 3 crowd is a less than mature, agreeable bunch – and nothing proves it better than this video of Halo 3 players’ reactions to a player with the user name “xxxGayBoyxxx.” Microsoft’s Xbox Live voice Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s advice: play online only with your friends.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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