Minecraft Texture Pack – Sphax PureBD 128x

I haven’t done a mod or texture pack spotlight for Minecraft yet and thought I’d start with a new texture pack that I recently found that I really really like. I’ve always been a fan of “smooth” or “simple” texture packs. I love the ultra realistic packs but sometimes they just take away from the artistic-blocky feel of the game. Most smooth packs are also smaller in resolution… either the default 16x or a 32x or sometimes a 64x. The ultra-realistic ones are typically 128x or 256x just so they can fit more detail on each block surface. Read on for more screenshots of the texture pack as well as download links.

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SWTOR Limiting Copies

EA is going to be limiting copies of their upcoming SWTOR (one we widely anticipate, mind you). They’re not doing it to give the illusion that the game is more popular than it is, rather they’re doing it to decrease the likelyhood of unstable servers come launch day.

It plans to do this both at retail and digitally. There is apparently an exact number of copies it believes it can handle; should that number be exceeded, digital sales will be cut off and EA will try to increase its server capacity. They aren’t giving anyone a specific number and they aren’t saying how long that threshold will stay in place.

Hopefully it won’t come to this. EA’s Frank Gibeau talked about an “aggressive plan” to scale their servers to accommodate millions of players if need be. “We’re pretty relaxed about what we’re going to be able to achieve there. We’ll be able to scale up and light up new severs on a fairly quick basis. We’ve got a plan to do that over the months following ship, and we’ve got a lot of capacity built into that.”

He reiterated what we had heard previously, that it will take only half a million subscribers for TOR to be profitable. “And anything north of a million, as we approach a million and a half or two, starts to look like a great investment, and justifies the entire purchase price… of BioWare in a very positive way,” he said.

Whenever The Old Republic finally comes out — it’s still without an exact release date — there will be several versions available. A lot of JOB guys and gals have scooped up their preorder and this news of the limited number of digital and retail copies will give more people incentive to go ahead and pick up a copy now while they still can. It will be sold in almost every major retail store and will be exclusive to EA’s Origin digital distribution service.

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SWTOR: Huttball Warzone Video

Darthhater.com has a new trailer out today of a Warzone in Star Wars the Old Republic. The Warzone is called “The Pit” and the pvp game is called “Huttball.” It’s on a neutral planet so it’s not necessary Alliance vs Imperials – teams can be drawn different ways and you may end up playing against your friends (sweet!!).

The warzone itself is riddle with spikes, flames, acid and other goodies… erm I mean obstacles. The object of the warzone is for one team to pick up the ball in the middle and run it into the opposing side’s endzone. They can be stopped with whatever force necessary (and is encouraged in fact) and it appears that passing the ball to another teammate is also allowed.

Check the video out and see for yourself!

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