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THQ to giveaway Metro 2033 for free, according to its newest domain names

Metro 2033 Free Download

In October, THQ allowed customers to purchase the first-person shooter Metro 2033 for half-off for an entire week.

Now, it looks like THQ may sweeten the deal on Metro 2033 by giving it away for free, as the release date for Metro: Last Light draws closer and closer.

This week THQ appears to have privately registered several names hinting at the offer, like (WHOIS) and (WHOIS).

Currently, the actual company that registered the names is hidden behind Go Daddy’s WHOIS privacy service, but as you can see from the screenshot below, the domains are listed on THQ’s nameservers.

Metro 2033 WHOIS record

While it’s still only speculation, here’s a look at several of the domains THQ apparently registered.

At the time of this story, THQ has made no official announcement, but with Black Friday and the holidays right around the corner, news could be coming soon.

UPDATE 1 – NOV. 18, 2012: It’s a good thing I took a screenshot of the WHOIS record.  Since the story was published, the domain names have changed name servers and are now parked with Go Daddy.  THQ also decided to park (WHOIS) at Go Daddy, which it has owned for some time and once sent visitors to an official web site, according to screen shot history.

Talking about this story: VG247, Online Welten, NowGamer and

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THQ acquires domain name, points it to Darksiders web page

Darksiders II

The Horseman Death is the main character for the upcoming action adventure video game Darksiders 2 by Vigil Games and THQ.

Now it looks like THQ will be stepping up its marketing in anticipation of the game’s launch this June.

According to Whois records, THQ has acquired the domain name for an undisclosed amount.  Just this week, the domain switched from Domains by Proxy, Inc. (Go Daddy’s Whois privacy service) to THQ, Inc.

Today, the web address points to the Darksiders home page on

THQ has been using the catch-phrase “Death Lives” in press releases, videos and other marketing materials, to draw attention to Darksiders 2. 

In a Developer Diary released last month, the team behind the game discussed why Death was chosen as the character.

You can watch the video below.

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Looks like THQ has registered some “Stick of Truth” domain names


THQ squashed rumors of its demise last month.  Now, the game publisher has apparently registered a handful of domain names related to something called “The Stick of Truth”.

On February 7, 2012, the domain names (Whois), (Whois) and (Whois), were registered with Go Daddy.

Of course, saying that THQ is definitely behind the registrations is speculation at this point.

All three domains were registered privately using Go Daddy’s WHOIS privacy service – Domains by Proxy.

But what leads me to believe that THQ is the owner, is the domain servers listed in the Whois records (NS1.THQ.COM, NS2.THQ.COM and NS3.THQ.COM) all belong to THQ. 

At the time of this story, none of the domain names resolve to a web page.

Discussion: GameSpot

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THQ will develop WWE Showdown into a videogame according to domain buy

John Cena vs The Miz

Almost two weeks ago, PWInsider reported that WWE had filed a trademark application (Serial Number: 85482730) for WWE Showdown that covered video and computer games.

As some had already speculated, it does appear WWE game publisher THQ will be releasing WWE Showdown as a videogame sometime in the near future. 

On December 13, 2011, the domain name (WHOIS) was registered with Go Daddy.

While the registrant of the name is hidden behind Go Daddy’s WHOIS privacy service – Domains by Proxy – the domain servers listed (NS1.THQ.COM, NS2.THQ.COM and NS3.THQ.COM) belong to THQ. 

Surprisingly, even though news of WWE’s trademark filing appeared on new sites like Wrestling Inc. almost two weeks ago, no one immediately cybersquatted on the domain.

Neither WWE nor THQ have made an announcement as of yet.

(Image of John Cena vs The Miz via WWE)

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Rumor: THQ planning to launch its social-networking service on

THQ Social

THQ, a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, may be planning to launch its own “Call of Duty Elite” social-networking service on

The company registered the domain name on July 5, 2011, according to Whois records. 

Just last month, Danny Bilson, president of the company’s Core Games division, did an interview with Gamasutra and said that THQ is going to do “a lot of” the sort of extensions that let players connect games leaderboards to real live social networks.  The interview followed the company’s closure of Kaos Studios, developer of Homefront. 

With, the company could be planning to strengthen its offerings by providing social-networking features and take on competitors like Activision’s social networking service “Call of Duty Elite” set to launch in November 2011.

This fall, THQ will be releasing Margaritaville Online on Facebook.

Here’s a look at the Whois record:

   THQ Inc.
   29903 Agoura Rd.
   Agoura Hills, California 91301
   United States

   Domain Name: THQSOCIAL.COM
      Created on: 05-Jul-11
      Expires on: 05-Jul-13
      Last Updated on: 05-Jul-11

Domain servers in listed order:

At the time of this story, the domain name does not resolve to a website.