Spike TV's annual VGAs came and went with probably some pretty low Neilson scores, but there were quite a few unveils that were almost noteworthy. Valve launched the Big Picture Mode this week to a lot of fanfare and praises from the PC community, and Bethesda takes a different approach to launching DLC for the PS3 version of Skyrim. These stories and more in this December 8th, 2012 edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap.

Sunday
Bless, Unreal Engine 3 MMO Has Great Graphics, Boring Gameplay A cool concept gone to waste thanks to age-old gameplay mechanics.

Castelvania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate Pre-Order Earns You 3DS Case Now this is a real cool gesture from Konami...giving away free cases for the Nintendo 3DS? Nice.

Elder Scrolls Online Team Wants To Know Your Favorite Villain And by favorite villain...they don't mean that poor old fart you picked on and killed just so you could take his house.

Diablo 3 Statue Priced at $350 Well, that's...um...yeah, Blizzard will clean up on die-hard fanboys.

Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken Heading To Vita in Early 2013 The Rocketbirds are really making the rounds these days, eh?

Dead or Alive 5 Plus Coming To PS Vita The fighting game from Tecmo Koei is scheduled to arrive on the PS Vita soon.

BioShock Infinite Box Art Seems A Bit Lonely An interesting artistic design choice for the upcoming shooter gets a lot of chatter going on the interwebs.

Monday
SOE Wants To Keep Planetside 2 Alive Until 2025 Long term plans are revealed for the recently released next-gen MMOFPS.

Darksiders 2 DLC Demon Lord Belial Returns To Earth New DLC for the adventure-RPG is released.

Hitman Absolution Gets Invaded By Deus Ex DLC Want to deck out Agent 47 in some sleek futuristic gear? Well you can with the new Deus Ex DLC.

DayZ Standalone Pushed Back to 2013? It doesn't look like DayZ will make the 2012 release mark.

Walking Dead Releases At Retail Dec 11th After doing extremely well at the digital avenue, TellTal is taking the Walking Dead Adventure game series to retail.

Legend of Zelda Twilight Symphony Fan Project Gets Help From Nintendo Now that's awfully nice of the Big 'N'.

Mortal Kombat Legacy 2 Webseries Returns In 2013 After the success of the first season, Warner Bros is cashing in on a second season.

Steam Big Picture Mode Goes Live, Consoles Are In Trouble Valve finally puts Steam into perspective for the home console crowd.

Skyrimn Dragonborn PS3 PC Release Date Scheduled Looks like Bethesda finally got all their stuff sorted.

Tuesday
Arctic Combat Coming To Steam The free-to-play shooter Arctic Combat makes an appearance on Steam.

Firefall European Servers Go Live For Beta Testing No longer will the Euros be excommunicated in the beta testing phase for Firefall...rejoice!

Sound Shapes Gets Smoother Beats With DLC Packs More DLC packs and arrive for the PS3 and PSV exclusive.

Dragons Vs Unicorns Wage War on iOS One of the greatest battles ever arrives for iOS.

Assassin's Creed 3 Hidden Secrets Pack Hits Xbox 360, PS3 and PC The new DLC pack for Assassin's Creed 3 adds new content for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Bioshock Infinite Cosplayer Becomes Official Face of Elizabeth All you people out there complaining about using your looks to make money...lo and behold, you don't have to be a model to use your looks to make money. And you don't have to do porn either. Just saying.

Far Cry 3 DLC High Tides PS3 Exclusive PC Release Possible Ubisoft is loosening the grips on their hate for the PC audience and the PC Master Race just might get hold of the High Tides DLC.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Screenshots Show Off Characters and New Level Sony isn't going to let their Smash Bros. Clone sit in the water and die post-release. They have a nice bevy cache of content rolling out via DLC.

Wednesday
Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams Coming To XBLA, PC Spring, 2013 The fast-paced platformer will make an appearance on the Xbox 360 next spring.

Need For Speed Most Wanted Ultimate Speed Pack Adds Five Cars If you're still playing Criterion's take on NFS you can enjoy a couple of new cars with the DLC.

Mike Capps No Longer Epic Games' President He steps down to be a family man and take care of the kids.

Fire Emblem Awakening Gets U.S. Release Date of February 4th You've asked for it and now it's coming.

Miner Wars 2081 Employs Always On DRM just Like Diablo 3 A lot of fans are pissed off at this indie title that takes such a draconian step to protect profits.

PlayStation 3 Now Leading Netflix Provider If you thought it was the Wii you'd be more wrong than Dan Quayle misspelling potato.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Earns $1 Billion Quicker Than Modern Warfare 3 Oh snaptacular news here...who's excited a bunch of greedy corporate mofos made $1 billion faster this year than last year? Time to go celebrate by putting money you owe on the mortgage towards a few beers!

EA Offers Holiday Bonus Editions For Four Games on the PlayStation Store Who says evil can't do good deeds? Well, it can.

Thursday
Humble THQ Bundle Adds Red Faction DLC New content arrives for the humble bundle from THQ...a company desperately in need of money.

Black Knight Sword Coming To XBLA Suda 51's latest offerings gets an official release date for the Xbox Live Arcade.

Wasteland 2 Devs Want Your Creations So You Can Make Money The asset team gets freed up while players can make a quick buck on 3D objects.

Game of Dwarves Gets Sci-Fi DLC Now here's an interesting piece of DLC...some retro sci-fi elements for a Game of Dwarves.

Crysis 3 Release Date Announced, 7 Wonders Mini-Series Coming Next Week The live-action mini-series for Crysis 3 will launch to coincide with the official announcement of the game's set-in-stone release date.

Total War Developer Tackles Warhammer Here's some good news for fans of the 40K mythos. Creatively Assembly steps outside of Total War to bring some Warhammer to the masses.

Skyrim Dawnguard, Hearthfire DLC Still Coming To PS3 Who would have thunk it? I didn't think Bethesda had it in them, but they managed to pull it off.

Friday
Army of Two Devil Cartel Stars Big Boi, B.O.B Two rappers lend their likenesses to the upcoming third-person shooter.

Final Fantasy 4 Coming To iPhone, iPad and Android one of the greatest JRPGs ever made will make an appearance for mobile devices.

Pachter Thinks Wii U Will Fail, Activision Zynga Should Team Up Right, because Activision really needs more money.

RuneScape Celebrates Winter Weekend With Mini-Game, Bonuses One of the most popular free-to-play MMOs ever gives a little bit back during the winter holidays.

Captain Morgane And the Golden Turtle Arrives on Greenlight Giving gamers a lot to look forward in the point-and-click adventure genre, Captain Morgane is a nice breakaway from the typical adventure fanfare titles out there.

Dead Pixels Invades Steam A really cool, throwback co-op game featuring RPG qualities and lots of zombies arrives on Steam.

One Piece versus Dragon Ball Z First Scan Released An epic showdown of epic proportions. That about sums it up...still not quite as epic as DBZ versus Naruto...but we're getting there.

Saturday
Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD Gets Revert Update With a PC patch on the way. You know how it is at the bigger studios.

Walking Dead Leads Charge In PSN November Sales TellTale is really raking in both critical praise and critical sales revenue with their Walking Dead games.

Age of Wulin Guild Sign-Ups Start Start registering your guild right now for the upcoming martial-arts based MMO.

League of Legends Nami Tidecaller Champion Previewed LoL is getting a brand new hero.

BioShock Infinite Launch Date Delayed To March I have no idea what the exact hold-up is, but the game is getting pushed back quite a bit.

Crown Haunting Hallowed Isle Screenshots Revealed Shots appear for the interesting new title that's coming out soon.

Guardians of Middle-Earth Co-op Review Find out how well this game plays as a co-op title and whether or not it's worth the price of entry.

Spike VGA 2012 Winners, Walking Dead, Journey Nab Big Awards Finally, the best games of the year are actually the best games of the year.

That wraps up this edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap. You can check out a brand new trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance below, featuring Raiden in his mariachi getup. Enjoy.

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