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The Drill Down 344: Bending the Rules
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This week, Apple goes mum, gets bent, and drops the beat. What’s in the future for Oracle?, Alibaba says “Open Sesame” to an IPO, and Blizzard puts the freeze on their next MMO.

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The Drill Down 279: Money in the Banana Stand
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[Illustration by Joe Faux]

This week a bidding war starts (and ends) over Waze, Yahoo wants Hulu, Tim Cook spills the beans about…well, nothing, Blizzard drops its new MMO from the schedule, backlash against Microsoft‘s XBox One, a 3D food printer, and the possible look of the next Playstation.

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Chinese Man Spends $16,000 On ‘Age Of Wulin’ Video Game Sword
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Millions of people spend small amounts of money to obtain virtual items for their video game characters or avatars to wear and use proudly. But how many people do you know have spent a small fortune for one single video game item?

A Chinese man did just that, paying $16,000 for a one-of-a-kind sword in the upcoming martial arts MMO, Age of Wulin. The man won the honor of paying such a price for the virtual item through an auction put on by Snail Games, the maker of the title. Other notable acquisitions included two sheathes—one for the Hook of Departure and one for a Lordly Spear—which sold for $2,500 and $1,600.

You can see a trailer for the game below.

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Free ‘Total Recall’ MMO Promises Console Graphics, Fully Browser-Based Gameplay
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In what can be considered to be quite the ambitious project, SEE Games has announced that they have partnered with Chinese online gaming company ZQGame to create a new MMO based on Columbia Pictures’ upcoming Total Recall remake starring Colin Farrell.

Th ambitious part comes in the promise that the MMO (massively multiplayer online) game will be free-to-play, and that it will be made on a specially designed engine allowing for a full-on 3D browser-based experience that’s able to present console-level graphics, characters, and environments with NO need for a client download.

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Digital Comics Deal: DCUO Legends Sale
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DC Comics and comiXology are offering you a special deal this weekend, a deal in which you can digitally purchase all of the 15 released issues of DC Universe Online Legends for a mere 99 cents a piece! Woo baby!

That’s right folks! The comic book tie-in to a Massively Multiplay Online video game that’s based on a comic book universe is ON SALE! Oh, you’ve no experience with DC Universe Online? Well, let’s give a little backstory…

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