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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 39
Oct 01, 2014 - 5:43 PM - by 'fishbang'

We've got our noses to the grindstone at the following link.

More Destiny talk tonight, and more to come, it's safe to say. Surely we should have categorized Destiny as either a write-off or a god-send, but neither classification is a just fit. Destiny is second-to-second, bullet-to-bullet satisfaction coupled with a broader sense of disappointment and disaffection. Magnify this by the grand budget and much grander expectations and you've got a working plan for a perpetual conversation machine. The only thing that can stop us at this rate is a crowded holiday release schedule...and would you look what's coming our way.
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Civ: Beyond Earth 10 Minute Trailer Shows What You Will Be Obsessing Over Soon
Oct 01, 2014 - 9:52 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Watch this trailer. Make your loved ones watch it. Let them know this is why you'll be hard to find, forever muttering 'one more turn' later this month. Yes friends, forget Ebola, the end is nigh because a new Civilization game is launching later this month.

Civilization Beyond Earth takes the formerly historical strategy series into space, and with that move a greater freedom to explore the tech tree (and your surroundings).

Civilization Beyond Earth launched October 24 on the PC, OSX and Linux platforms.
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US PlayStation Store Update 9/30/14
Sep 30, 2014 - 4:31 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
So this is a pretty busy week, with some really promising games hitting PSN. Rail shooter Futuridium comes to all three platforms, while the retro JRPG inspired Pier Solar comes to the PS4 and PS3. Actual JRPG Natural Doctrine comes to all three platforms, but unlike the last two games sadly isnít Cross Buy. Sales are a bit underwhelming this week, consider it mercy. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

  • Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor Legion Edition ($59.99)
  • Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor Digital Deluxe ($84.99)
  • Chariot ($14.99)
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe ($12.49, Cross Buy)
  • Natural Doctrine ($59.99)
  • Pier Solar And The Great Architects ($14.99, Cross Buy)
  • Second Chance Heroes ($14.99)
  • Sherlock Holmes Ė Crimes & Punishments ($59.99)
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate ($59.99)
  • Natural Doctrine ($39.99)
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax ($59.99)
  • Pier Solar And The Great Architects ($14.99, Cross Buy)
  • Sherlock Holmes Ė Crimes & Punishments ($49.99)
  • Short Peace Ranko Movie ($39.99)
  • The Incredibles ($9.99, PS2 Classic)Falling Skies: The Game ($39.99)
  • Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom ($29.99)
  • Alawar Arcade Bundle ($3.99)
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate ($49.99)
  • Namco Museum (Vol 1 through Vol 5) [PS1] $5.99 Each
  • Invizimals: The Alliance ($24.99)
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe ($12.49, Cross Buy)
  • Natural Doctrine ($39.99)
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate ($39.99)
  • Namco Museum (Vol 1 through Vol 5) [PS1] $5.99 Each
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Windows 10 Announced
Sep 30, 2014 - 1:02 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Microsoft used a small-ish gathering of tech and media journalists today to announce Windows 10. And no, that's not a typo (this time). They've skipped the '9' and gone straight to '10.'

Lets get the big features out of the way. The 'Metro' desktop that was loathed and tolerated in Windows 8 and 8.1 is more or less gone, replaced with the traditional Start Menu and a visual style much more reminiscent of Win 7. You can still utilize Live Tiles for launching programs, but it's not the only method available to users. Windows Apps will also launch much like normal programs, which means they'll be minimizable and movable inside the Windows space.

Other features include improved Snap functionality, multiple desktops, and a new Task View, which aids multitasking.

So why skip the 9? Why not turn it up to 11? Or go back to One? Because - according to Microsoft - this will be the last major Windows release.

Microsoft went instead with Windows 10 because they wanted to signify that the coming Windows release would be the last "major" Windows update. Going forward, Microsoft is planning to make regular, smaller updates to the Windows 10 codebase, rather than pushing out new major updates years apart. Windows 10 will have a common codebase across multiple screen sizes, with the UI tailored to work on those devices.
You will be able to sign up for a Win 10 preview program here, although they're not yet taking applications. The full OS is scheduled for consumer launch in late 2015.

Sources - The Verge; Engadget; CNET; ZDNet
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Destiny DLC Content Revealed by Bug
Sep 29, 2014 - 6:26 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Warning, minor spoilers for Destiny campaign

Creative exploitation of a bug appears to have revealed some info on upcoming Destiny DLC which Bungie wasn't quite ready to reveal.

While the names of the first two DLC packs - The Dark Below and House of Wolves - were officially revealed by Bungie some time back, the above YouTube video shows a bit more about those content packs. I won't go into details in his post for fear of spoilage, and I'd ask everyone else to be similarly restrained. The bug shows new missions on the Moon, but additional content will likely be coming to the other planets as well.

According to Joystiq, the first content pack is slated for a December release.

Sources - Kotaku; Joystiq; Polygon
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review Blitz
Sep 26, 2014 - 8:09 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

I was already somewhat curious about Monolith & WBIE's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. But reviews of the game seem to indicate it may be this season's stealth 'must play.'

Initially dismissed by some as 'Assassins' Creed: Middle-Earth', or 'Batman: Arkham Ranger,' the actual game seems to have taken disparate elements from both of those franchises - and others - and crafted a compelling experience.

From Polygon
Developer Monolith Productions has built an open world that actually feels like it lives, breathes, morphs and moves with or without your own actions. It's a surprising effort that successfully blends a strong plot and clear goals with the delightfully unpredictable elements of dynamically generated content.
You play as Talion, a ranger who had died and been brought back to help stop the forces of Mordor. From Eurogamer.
Owing to the fact he's already done it once, Talion can't die. But that doesn't mean there aren't far-reaching consequences for him falling in battle. Time passes each time he does, and the orc that dispatched him will typically receive a promotion, causing the hierarchy of Sauron's local army to shift. As this goes on, orc captains will challenge one another for supremacy, and those that survive grow in power, advancing from nameless minion to elite captain to legendary warchief.

This all feeds into Shadow of Mordor's greatest accomplishment - the Nemesis system, a sort of procedural foe generator. Orcs and Uruks that you encounter on more than one occasion will remember you, often bearing the scars of having tussled with Talion before. They'll also call you out if they previously murdered you, or if you fled from a confrontation.
While I haven't looked at all of the reviews, the ones I've seen are almost universally complementary, a rare thing nowadays.

You can grab a copy from Amazon (and support the site while you're at it )
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US PlayStation Store Update 9/23/14
Sep 26, 2014 - 6:46 AM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
Better late than never? Itís not a huge week this week, though there is at least one bright spot on each platform. For the PS4 itís Defense Grid 2, for the PS3 itís Ar Nosurge, and for the Vita itís Frozen Synapse Prime. As usual there are a ton of sales, though no one thing really stands out. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

  • Castlestorm: Definitive Edition ($14.99)
  • Defense Grid 2 ($24.99)
  • FIFA 15 ($59.99)
  • Flockers ($24.99)
  • Ar nosurge: Ode To An Unborn Star ($49.99)
  • Arcana Heart 3: Lovemax!!! ($39.99)
  • FIFA 15 ($59.99)
  • Resonance of Fate ($19.99)
  • Slender: The Arrival ($9.99)
  • Wall-E ($9.99, PS2 Classic)
  • Arcana Heart 3: Lovemax!!! ($39.99)
  • Frozen Synapse Prime ($19.99)
  • FIFA 15 ($39.99)
PS Plus Discounts:

On Sale:

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Kevin Spacey Simulator 2015 (aka CoD: Advanced Warfare) Gets a New Trailer
Sep 25, 2014 - 6:12 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Activision stubbornly continues to call this game Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, when I think we can all agree that it's really Kevin Spacey Simulator 2015. Think about it: a game where you play a veteran performer - just on the border between 'star' and 'character actor' - chewing the everloving hell out of the scenery. Do you go the full 'Al Pacino' or the more restrained 'Samuel L Jackson' route?

Oh, and we get the world debut of the 4 player co-op 'Exo Survival' mode, but that's tangential.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be released November 4 for all major platforms.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 38
Sep 23, 2014 - 5:43 PM - by 'fishbang'

We know where it comes from at the following link.

We can only guess at what the process has been like for Bungie in the years they've been working on Destiny. There's sure to be a lot of stories that would generate sympathy in critical circles and further devotion among the fans. But there are no doubt also troubling things we could learn from the sausage making, and plenty enough of it to put us off our games...for a while, at least. For now, there's just no stopping; bounties and heroics won't clear themselves, and there's always more Hive in the cave.
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Titan Goes to a Watery Grave
Sep 23, 2014 - 12:10 PM - by Chris 'Reverant'

The officers on deck over at Blizzard have officially ordered a full-stop to the super secret Titan project. Seven years in the unmaking, Titan was supposed to be Blizz's Next Big Thing, a new IP and a new take on MMO design. Details on the project were slim, though last year Blizzard announced they'd scuttled the project in order to start anew.

In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard's fleet admiral Mike Morhaime called the project "the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine." Sadly, Titan seemed to hit an iceberg in development, and enthusiasm for the project became lost at sea.

Chris Metzen, voice actor for every single Blizzard character including the Lost Vikings and Jaina Proudmoore*, had this to say in the interview:

I think the lesson that comes around again is just making damn sure that the things we commit to do and the things we burn calories on and the things we commit to our community that we will do are coming from a place of focus and inspiration.
Blizzard is currently printing money with smaller scale projects such as Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

Source: Polygon
Image: Blizzard

*This is not actually true.
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Assassins' Creed Unity Season Pass Will Include China-Set Sidescrolling Game
Sep 22, 2014 - 12:43 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

So Assassins' Creed Unity will be getting a season pass. This isn't really news. More like an announcement that the sun will, in fact, be rising in the morning. For $29.99 (a 30% savings) the season pass includes all DLC content as you'd expect. The bulk of the DLC content is the Dead Kings pack, which takes the protagonist of Unity to the French city of Saint Denis after the events of the main game. This really isn't interesting. But it's not all that comes with the season pass.

The interesting part is Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, an entirely new game set in 16th century China. The 2.5D side-scroller stars Shao Jun, who was one of the assassins' trained by Ezio Alditore, and last survivor of the Chinese Brotherhood. If you watch the trailer or hit the link below, you'll see Chronicles: China has an interesting look inspired by traditional brush paintings.

I've thought for a while that the world of Assassins' Creed really lends itself to experiments in different genres. They've dabbled in strategy and naval combat already, but this side-scroller - which reminds me a lot of old schools Prince of Persia, which proves time is a flat circle - looks like a nice addition to the series.

I presume Chronicles: China will be made available outside of the season pass, but Ubisoft isn't saying so at this time.

Source - Ubiblog
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Final Fantasy XV Gets A Demo, Loses a Director
Sep 18, 2014 - 6:34 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Square Enix used TGS to start ramping up the hype train for Final Fantasy XV. For starters, they announced that a demo for FF15 will be included with the HD remake of Final Fantasy Type-0 when it drops March 17. FF 15 itself doesn't have a firm release date, but Square Enix says it will be released in all major regions in 2015.

Now the bad news. FF designer Tetsuya Nomura has stepped away from the game to focus on other projects at the company, including Kingdom Hearts III. Hajime Tabata will take the reigns as FF 15's director. Tabata worked on Type-0 and Before Crisis: Final Fantasy 7.

Sources - Polygon; Joystiq
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Dated: Bloodborne
Sep 18, 2014 - 6:25 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The Tokyo Game Show has begun, and a flurry of info and news is incoming. We begin with a release date for Bloodborne, the new Gothic horror action game from Dark Souls developer From Software. You'll be hacking demons and hurling controllers February 6 in North America, one day after the Japanese release.

Source - Polygon
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US PlayStation Store Update 9/16/14
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
Itís not a huge week for releases, but highlight is definitely the creepy indie adventure game Murasaki Baby for the Vita. Fibbage, the party game from the YDKJ people, come so the PS3 and PS4, and JRPG Fairy Fencer F comes to the PS3. Thereís also a ton of sales, with some especially great deals on some PS1 games. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

  • Air Conflicts Vietnam Ultimate Edition ($29.99)
  • Anomaly 2 ($14.99)
  • Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game ($6.99, Cross-Buy)
  • Kickbeat Special Edition ($9.99)
  • Alawar Minis Bundle ($3.99)
  • Fairy Fencer F ($49.99)
  • Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game ($6.99, Cross-Buy)
  • Jetpack Joyride Ultra Bundle ($3.99)
  • Meet The Robinsons ($9.99)
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution ($49.99)
  • Murasaki Baby ($14.99)
  • Jetpack Joyride Ultra Bundle ($3.99)
  • Run Like Hell! ($4.99)
PS Plus Discounts:

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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 37
Sep 16, 2014 - 7:13 PM - by 'fishbang'

We're back on our feet again at the following link.

We're not entirely sure now what Destiny means to us as players, or what it might end up meaning to the game playing public at large. There are a lot of opinions about what the game has and hasn't done right, and there are a lot of emotions invested in those opinions. We're still trying to muscle through the story, such as it is; we're hard-bitten guardians slowly fighting our way through the various ruined landscapes of the solar system. We might be able to offer a consensus in a few days, but it's a frustrating game to think and to talk about, even while it's perfectly entertaining to play.

We take a break from infighting and the dispensing of career advice during the second hour to share some time with Casper Van Est of Double Dutch games, maker of SpeedRunners, the finest friendship destroyer I've played in ages.
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Official: Microsoft Buys Mojang for $2.5 Billion
Sep 15, 2014 - 8:29 AM - by Curt 'Mot Wakorb' LeCaptain
Well, the numbers were close that the Wall Street Journal posted last week on Minecraft's sale to Microsoft. The popular first person building game sold for a whopping $2.5B to Microsoft. Mojang's founders will be leaving in the deal.

This all being said, Phil Spencer wrote that: "We will continue to make Minecraft available across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Playstation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

Lost in all of this was reasoning. Why did Notch want to sell off Mojang? He answered that in his blog today:

I'm leaving Mojang

I donít see myself as a real game developer. I make games because itís fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I donít make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I donít try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me itís changed games. I never meant for it to do either. Itís certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.

A relatively long time ago, I decided to step down from Minecraft development. Jens was the perfect person to take over leading it, and I wanted to try to do new things. At first, I failed by trying to make something big again, but since I decided to just stick to small prototypes and interesting challenges, Iíve had so much fun with work. I wasnít exactly sure how I fit into Mojang where people did actual work, but since people said I was important for the culture, I stayed.

I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didnít understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didnít have the connection to my fans I thought I had. Iíve become a symbol. I donít want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I donít understand, that I donít want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. Iím not an entrepreneur. Iím not a CEO. Iím a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, Iíll probably abandon it immediately.

Considering the public image of me already is a bit skewed, I donít expect to get away from negative comments by doing this, but at least now I wonít feel a responsibility to read them.

Iím aware this goes against a lot of what Iíve said in public. I have no good response to that. Iím also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. Iím not. Iím a person, and Iím right there struggling with you.

I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I canít be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, itís belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.

Itís not about the money. Itís about my sanity.
This brings to light the more recent trials of developers in gaming: a hostile vocal minority in gaming that is more abusive than constructive. I can see the reasoning for Notch wanting out and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Source: notch.net (via PasteBin), Polygon
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US Nintendo Download ~ Super Smashing Sale, Week 2
Sep 13, 2014 - 7:21 PM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
The second week of Nintendo's Super Smashing Sale continues with sales of games from The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Kid Icarus, F-Zero and Fire Emblem franchises. There's even a little SEGA lovin' with Sonic the Hedgehog. Titles such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Fire Emblem Awakening can be had for 38% off if you've been holding out for a price drop. And Telsagrad for WiiU eShop is now available to purchase.

Nintendo WiiU eShop

Nintendo WiiU Virtual Console

Nintendo WiiU eShop Sales

Nintendo WiiU Smashing Sales (38% Off)

Nintendo WiiU Demos

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Nintendo 3DS Sales

Nintendo 3DS Smashing Sales (38% Off)

Nintendo 3DS Demos

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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 36
Sep 11, 2014 - 12:22 PM - by 'fishbang'

We're on the mend at the following link.

Scott has, as usual, returned home from PAX bearing the gift of pox and illness for us all. There are nearly as many strains of plague attacking his system as there were indie games and discussion panels for him to lost track of. He had a swell time, allegedly, so I'm sure it was worth it in the end. He has also returned having borne witness to a long list of desirable and sadly far-distant games, most of which we'd love to own and cherish right this very minute. Until we can, rambling stories from a sick man will have to do.
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Assassins' Creed Unity Co-Op Mission Video Walkthrough
Sep 11, 2014 - 6:39 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Ubisoft has released a (relatively) quick <5 minute video showcasing a co-op mission in Assassins' Creed Unity. A lot of people were impressed by the co-op demo at E3, and it's nice to see a more nuts & bolts look at the missions.

Assassins' Creed Unity will be released November 11 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC
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[Rumor] Microsoft Buying Mojang For $2B
Sep 10, 2014 - 7:09 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
An absolute blockbuster of a gaming deal may be on the horizon, according to a source speaking to the Wall Street Journal. The paper is reporting that Microsoft is nearing completion of a deal to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang for $2B. None of the principles are commenting on the rumor at this time.

On the surface, the deal doesn't make a ton of sense to me. Minecraft is a legitimate phenomenon, and you could make an argument that it's the most important video game of the last decade. So it's a huge deal, but is it a $2B huge deal? Unlike a lot of other blockbuster games, there doesn't seem to be a ton of obvious expansion potential in the near term. You're not going to annualize Minecraft in the same way you do a Call of Duty or an Assassins' Creed. Meanwhile, Mojang had already begun tapping into non-gaming merchandising.
According to one source, Microsoft thinks that it can expand Minecraft's reach in both the game and licensed property. Currently, a Minecraft movie is already in the works, and Mojang has already licensed books, toys and a plethora of other merchandise.
The next most obvious reason for the deal would be to lock up future Minecrafts on Microsoft platforms. But even that has flaws. A theoretical Minecraft 2 would be a huge seller, but how many of the game's devotees would migrate to it? And would that be enough to get otherwise recalcitrant people to invest in an Xbox One or a Windows 9 PC or a Surface tablet over one of their respective competitors?

All in all, it feels to me like a deal being made for the sake of making a splash, and without a clear synergy or need behind it. It could turn out great, or it could being a repeat of the Rare deal.

Sources - Wall Street Journal (sub req'd); Shacknews; Polygon
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