Foreign diplomatic missions in North Korea face an ominous decision after Pyongyang said Friday it could not guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the event of armed conflict.Tensions on the Korean peninsula remain in a hectic state amid new reports that North Korea has prepared missiles for launch, while South Korea has sent out naval destroyers to its coasts.The British Foreign Office said North Korea told British officials that it would not be able to guarantee the safety of diplomats in the capital if fighting breaks out.
Several diplomatic missions said the North Koreans held a meeting Friday for ambassadors in which they asked whether anyone needed assistance in evacuating their personnel. "We are consulting international partners about these developments," the British Foreign Office said in a written statement. "No decisions have been taken, and we have no immediate plans to withdraw our embassy." King: N. Korea 'not an imminent threat U.S. playbook on North Korea World is watching U.S.-North Korea drama how North Korea would attack the South Asian spokesman for Sweden's ministry of foreign affairs said the North Koreans "did not urge us or ask us to evacuate," but offered assistance for those who wanted to leave.
The past few weeks have seen North Korea become increasingly disputatious toward the United States and South Korea, with Pyongyang threatening to "mercilessly strike" its enemies. But does the reclusive nation, led by Kim Jong Un, have the capability to back up its threats? Realistically, who's at risk of attack and where?
Most observers say North Korea is years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead. However, it still has plenty of conventional firepower, including medium-range missiles. North Korea: Our global fear and fascination
Blizzard Announces Global Ranking System for StarCraft II
Along with the recent announcement of a new StarCraft II World Champion Series for 2013, Blizzard have yet another card up their sleeve; an all new global ranking system will accompany it, allowing players to compete against each other and earn points based on their performance, eventually culminating in a grand finale during BlizzCon this november.
Operated in partnership with eSport organizations such as the Korea eSport Association (KeSPA), Major League Gaming (MLG), Turtle Entertainment (ESL), Twitch, Ongamenet (OGN), and GomTV, this new system will be split up into three geographical areas, being Asia, Europe, and America, and will provide a unified way for players to compare against each other and for fans to quickly gain an overview of the top players.
This new ranking system kicked off during the World Championship Series Korea GSL on April 4th, and all major tournament organizers will use it throughout the year. More information about the World Championship Series can be found on the StarCraft II website
Activision Set to Release DLC for Black Ops II
Activision and Treyarch, the publishers and developers behind the world-wide smash-hit, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, have just announced the second DLC for their newest addition to the Call of Duty series.
The DLC, called Uprising, is set to be released on April 16. Unfortunately, the release will start off as an XBox exclusive, but will be released for other platforms at a yet-to-be-announced date. It'll include a total of 4 new exotic multiplayer maps, and a brand new zombie experience in the Alcatraz-based map, Mob of the Dead.
Magma, a map based in a modern Japanese village overflowed with lava from a nearby volcano, will be one of the four new multiplayer maps. In addition to this, we have Encore, which takes place at an abandoned musical festival, Vertigo, a futuristic hugh-tech lab in an Indian high rise, and Studio, a remake of the popular Firing Range situated in a Hollywood movie back lot.
The DLC will be available on XBox LIVE on April 16, at a price of 1200 Microsoft Points, and will be also be available in the DLC Season Pass, giving customers access to all four of the planned DLC for this year.
Merging articles from 3/29/13 with this article.. So, below here is old information, but still deserves to be in here.
Audiosurf Air Trailer
Audiosurf, a puzzle/rhythm hybrid game created by Invisible Handlebar is ready to take your music higher with the new upcoming Audiosurf Air.
As you can see from the trailer the new Audiosurf Air has a whole new look to it, you are literally surfing on your own music, flying through the air with SSX-style moves. Just like the original Audiosurf, you can play to relax or you can play to compete on the high score boards - your experience is up to you.
In Audiosurf Air you can fly up into the feeling of your music and soar.
Remember that everything you see is not final and can be changed when it get released somewhere this year.
Magicka: Wizard Wars Announced
Paradox Interactive just announced Magicka: Wizard Wars at the GDC. This new Magicka will be dealing with the same universe as the first opus released in 2011. This sequel will be developed by the new studio Paradox North based in Stockholm, Sweden. This new opus will be multiplayer sided with PvP battles allowing 8 players up to 4 vs 4.
Magicka: Wizard Wars will allow the same spells system as in the first Magicka with quick and dynamic battles during which you will have to avoid the friendly fire if you want a chance to win.
The release date of this up-coming MOBA is still unknown as Paradox Interactive hasn't transmit any details about its release yet.
Battlefield 4 Announcement
The newest addition to the genre-defining first-person-shooter series Battlefield is in the works, DICE revealed earlier today. That's not all though, as they also released a full 17 minutes gameplay video titled "Fishing in Baku".
This newest installment to the popular series aims at delivering an all new experience, bringing many multiplayer elements from Battlefield 3 to singleplayer, and implementing social features, such as tracking your game progress and possibly compete against your friends - which some players have shown doubts about, fearing that the social implementations will ruin the game experience.
As always, Battlefield 4 looks better than ever. The powerful Frostbite engine from DICE is pushed to the limits, and this is clearly visible in the gameplay video above, delivering an all new immersion rarely seen before.
Although no release date has been announced yet (other than "Fall 2013"), it's possible to pre-order Battlefield 4
, either directly from their official website or through a retailer.
Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Hearthstone is a new free-to-play digital strategy card game developed by Blizzard. Apparently at Blizzard they love collectible card games and have been playing them since their Silicon & Synapse days.
As a player you can choose to play as one of the nine Warcraft heroes (Warrior, Shaman, Rogue, Paladin, Hunter, Druid, Warlock, Mage, Priest), and then take turns playing cards from you customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush your opponent.
Easy to get in and start playing, in five minutes you know how to play it!
There are three different modes in Hearthstone, the first and the most basic one is Play, just fight against a random player online and earn medals or card packs that can give you new minions, spells and abilities. All the cards you get are easy to arrange in the collection manager.
An other mode is the Practice mode that allows you to test your new deck against an AI, for those who are ready for the ultimate test can choose a expert AI.
The third mode is called The Forge, here you and your opponent are building a deck of random card you pick from a set of three and fight against your opponent, this way it's fair play for everyone.
For more information about Hearthstone visit their official website.
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