How cows predicted the seedy underbelly of social gaming

It is reasonable to assume that the most ironically successful sardonic game of 2010 is getting a sequel, and probably soon.If you make your way over to the official website for Cow Clicker, a game designed by lecturer, professor, author and game maker Ian Bogost, you'll find at the top of the page a giant image of the iconic cow with a pointer hovering over its midsection, perhaps rebounding from a click. Click on the cow and it turns into the number two with a cow udder dangling from its lower horizontal line. So Cow Clicker 2 is likely inbound. But why? This week marks the fourth anniversary of Cow Clicker, a game designed to poke fun at everything bad about FarmVille, which in turn became a moderate success riding on those same derided principles. I spoke with Bogost earlier...

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Battlefield Hardline's singleplayer tells the story of a good cop framed

Previously ... on Battlefield Hardline: Visceral Games' cop-drama take on Electronic Arts' military shooter franchise was delayed into 2015, mainly over concerns with the online multiplayer experience that just went through a beta in June. What does that mean for the game's singleplayer story? While extra time is always useful for polishing things, it sounds as though Battlefield Hardline wrapped shooting in May and the story is basically finished. Wendy Calhoun (writer and producer of Nashville, Justified and other TV series) is aboard as a narrative consultant to the story, bringing along Bill Johnson as performance director (whose editing credits include The West Wing, and also Justified). Battlefield Hardline will be the story of a cop who gets framed and goes underground to clear...

Twitch Plays Pokémon starting Pokémon X on July 27 thanks to modded 3DS

Twitch Plays Pokémon, the gaming phenomenon that took the internet by storm earlier this year, is moving to the most recent generation of Pokémon titles this weekend with a playthrough of Pokémon X. The Twitch channel and its viewers are set to begin playing Pokémon X at midnight ET on Sunday, July 27. In the meantime, the channel is streaming Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Once Pokémon X is completed, Twitch Plays Pokémon will return to Pokémon Stadium 2 as the main interstitial game between other specific titles, according to the channel's description. Twitch Plays Pokémon essentially works as a massively multiplayer co-op playthrough of a Pokémon title. Viewers type into the chat, and the channel parses certain commands into game inputs. It only works through an emulator for the...

It takes 40 minutes to drive across country in The Crew, watch it happen right here

The Crew is a mammoth undertaking for Ubisoft, an attempt to blend the open-world nature of most of their new games with a touch of massively online multiplayer and then, of course, inject it into a solid racing title. One of the game's many selling points is that the entire country is, in some form, represented in the game. That doesn't mean it's a one-to-one recreation of the United States, just that the game allows you to visit regions and drive literally across country. How literally? Just watch the video below. In it, YouTuber Birds AT used the PC beta release of the game to drive from Miami Beach, Florida to Marina del Ray, California in a single take, with no loading screens. The entire 40-minute journey takes the player across three regions: The South, Mountain States and West...
11 Comments accidentally gives away thousands of games

Earlier this week a five-minute glitch during GOG's Linux promotion accidentally made a bunch of games free on the site. A couple of thousand games were unintentionally given away through the site before the mistake was corrected, according to a spokesperson. The mistake spurred a thread on the site's forums with the lucky recipients of the free games, including one person who picked up 21 titles for free, notifying GOG and asking for the games they didn't pay for to be removed from their accounts. "I clicked on the promo and there were no prices listed to the right," one commenter wrote. "So, I checked the game cards of the four titles that were on my wishlist and they all said free. Out of curiosity, I went to checkout and ended up with the Blake Stone games, Sword of the Samurai...

Play Settlers of Catan Anytime thanks to HTML 5

Microsoft today released a preview for a free browser-based version of tabletop game Settlers of Catan that will work across any online device with a modern browser regardless of operating system. Catan Anytime was built using the latest HTML 5 web standards with the help of the original creators of Catan, Mayfair Games and Bontom Games as part of Microsoft's Rethink "experiences." The beta version of the game, which is live now, supports four-player games, turn-based asynchronous gameplay with auto-trade and auto-roll features and the ability to keep up-to-date on your game via email. The Microsoft plans to release the full game, which will offer complete parity with the tabletop version, in August during Gamescom, according to Internet Explorer group product manager Justin Garrett. ...

Last of Us Remastered Photo Mode screens go from brutal to kawaii

If you've been curious about how The Last of Us Remastered's so-called "Photo Mode" works, Naughty Dog's Jeff Nigus walks you through it in the above video. It appears to be off by default, but can be enabled through the game's pause menu. Once enabled, clicking L3 (the left analog stick) freezes the action, allowing you to compose your shot, accounting for things like camera (roll, dolly, orbit, etc.), field of view for "focusing on the little details on a character," color filter, frame and vignette for that perfect Instagram vibe. Our favorite? The film grain, granting The Last of Us that '70s cinema vibe it demands. From there, it's a quick click on the Dual Shock 4's "Share" button and it's available for everyone to see. At the end of the video, Nigus teases an upcoming...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will keep the games' original multiplayer glitches

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's makers want to remain faithful to the way the four included games — Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 — played, so they're planning to retain whatever glitches may have appeared in the original multiplayer components of those titles, co-developer 343 Industries said during a panel today at Comic-Con International 2014. "Bluntly, that was a difficult conversation internally, in the first place, because for every person irritated [by a glitch] there are five who love that stuff," O'Connor said. "So education will have to be some of that process." O'Connor was responding to a fan who coyly asked if any infinite ammunition glitches in the original games' multiplayer would be fixed for the re-releases. "Would that be the rocket infinite...

Sunset Overdrive's character customization is serious business

Character customization in Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive will offer choices in the thousands, giving players access to an untold number of shirts, gloves, hair styles, and more in an effort to let them express who they feel they would become at the end of the world."Anything goes," lead character artist Gavin Goulden told Polygon. "We have a certain tone we're trying to hit, a certain attitude and feeling for when you're playing the game. There aren't necessarily many vanity pieces, and we've rejected concepts that we thought were too much, maybe too weird or different. But, I mean you can run around as a panda in our game, so we're not necessarily reserved." In Sunset Overdrive, players step into a frantic city after the world has ended, where nobody really cares much anymore...
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Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom announced, has kind of a Zelda vibe

Jake the Dog and Finn the human are looking very Link-like in this new teaser trailer for Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, released today at Comic-Con. It definitely has a 2D Zelda vibe, like last year’s Link Between Worlds, with the wacky color palette and character design of the series. Lumpy Space Princess narrates the trailer, which is either a joy to behold or an annoyance, depending on whether you adore the surreal show or not. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is due in fall 2014 for. C’mon grab your friends!

Final Fantasy designer's version of Batman may have inspired Kingdom Hearts

Final Fantasy designer and Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura's re-imagining of Batman was inspired by concepts drawn from a canceled video game, Siliconera reports. The drastically different caped crusader debuted yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con. According to Nomura, he was working on a project several years ago and came up with the basic concept. The game, however, never saw the light of day. It was canned in its early stages of conceptual planning and ideas. "When the merchandise team started expanding into the DC Comics Variant figures," Nomura said, "they approached me and said, 'We remember you drew a sort of Batman design back then. Would you be able to share that with us?'" Although Nomura's Batman looks like it could have come from the Kingdom Hearts franchise, the...

Rob Zombie and Walking Dead co-creator unleash Assassin's Creed Unity bloody, animated short

Musician and horror flick connoisseur Rob Zombie teamed up with The Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore to create a bloody, animated short meant to walk players up to the start of Assassin's Creed Unity. The short, shown above, brings to life "the gory details, bloody battles and terrifying events of the revolution."

Square Enix's CTO and Final Fantasy 14 tech director has left the company

Square Enix chief technology officer Yoshihisa Hashimoto has left the company, it was confirmed to Polygon today. In addition to his role as CTO, Hashimoto served under director-producer Naoki Yoshida as technical director for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. Hashimoto was also manager of the company's Advanced Technology Division and headed development on Square Enix's new Luminous engine, which powers the 2013 Agni's Philosophy tech demo. Japanese site Game Watch reports that Hashimoto cited "personal reasons" for his departure. He had been with the company since 2009, having come over from Sega to help with development on the Luminous engine. Hashimoto will serve as technical adviser where needed for both Final Fantasy 14 and Luminous, but his remaining responsibilities will be...

Tekken X Street Fighter is still in the works, so 'please relax'

Bandai Namco's mash-up of the Tekken and Street Fighter franchises, Tekken X Street Fighter, is still moving forward, producer Katsuhiro Harada said at San Diego Comic-Con today. Harada, responding to a fan requesting an update on Tekken X Street Fighter, said the fighting game crossover is "still in development and it's still moving forward." Harada echoed his previous updates on the missing-in-action fighter, saying that with all the products the fighting game teams have in development — Tekken Revolution, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, Rise of Incarnates, Tekken 7 — they have to find the right time to release it. It's a challenge from the marketing side, Harada said. "It is proceeding. It hasn't been canceled, so please relax," Harada said. Harada offered the first glimpse of Tekken X...

Shadow of Mordor's Wraith is the ring forger himself, Celebrimbor

The mysterious wraith character in Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was revealed today to be Celebrimbor, an elf who originally helped Sauron forged the Rings of Power, according to the game's director of design Michael de Plater. The action adventure role-playing game, which will launch on Sept. 30, is set in the 60-year period between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Players will take on the role of Talion, a slain ranger who has been resurrected by a mysterious Wraith, and now seeks retribution against the evil Sauron. Players will be able to switch between Talion's ranger skills and the Wraith's powers. Speaking to Polygon, de Plater said the developers chose Celebrimbor to be the Wraith because of what his history and...

Which film is better: 'Alien' or 'Aliens'? We find out

Which is a better film, 1979's Alien or its sequel, 1986's Aliens?We'll have no wishy-washy "they're apples and oranges" talk here. Yes, Alien is more of a horror film, and Aliens more of an action movie. We're not here to take the mature path, however. I (Danielle) love Alien, Ben Kuchera prefers Aliens, and we're going to duke it out. I'm not afraid, because I have the power of truth on my side. Alien outclasses its sequel in every category. It's better shot, better directed, it has better art-direction, a better-cast and is better written. It's moody and terrifying and launched a genuine star in Sigourney Weaver, who played a woman protagonist in an action-horror film in an era and a genre that 35 years later still lacks for strong, interesting leading women. Every beat in every...

Lords of the Fallen pre-orders get free upgrade to Limited Edition

Pre-orders for Lords of the Fallen will be automatically upgraded for free to the game's Limited Edition, which includes an exclusive add-on for the campaign, publisher Bandai Namco announced this week. Known as Monk's Decipher, the DLC "enables players to uncover hidden secrets" throughout the game, according to Bandai Namco. The Limited Edition also comes with the Lords of the Fallen soundtrack and the Demonic Weapons Pack, which features three special weapons. Namco Bandai released the new "Sins" trailer above alongside the Limited Edition announcement, showing off some of the beasts that Lords of the Fallen hero Harkyn will have to contend with. Lords of the Fallen is in development at Deck13 Interactive and CI Games, and is set for release Oct. 28 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC...

First Tekken 7 details revealed at Comic-Con

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada unveiled first details on his next fighting game, Tekken 7, at a San Diego Comic-Con panel today. Tekken 7's plot will have a "very detailed background story" and serve as the conclusion of the Mishima clan saga, Harada said through his translator. The game will apparently answer why Heihachi is trying to kill his grandson, why Hiehachi threw Kazuya off of a cliff, who Devil Jin is and other Tekken mysteries. "We're still formulating the basic gameplay systems and polishing them," Harada said, explaining that he didn't have many details to share about Tekken 7's mechanics. He did say that Tekken 7 will feature one-on-one battles, not team-based battles as in the Tekken Tag series. Tekken 7 will feature the character designs of seven guest artists,...

Watch classic GoldenEye maps recreated in Rise of the Triad

Modder DarkShadowRage offered up a gigantic hit of nostalgia today as he showed off his in-progress version of GoldenEye's Dam map recreated in 2013's Rise of the Triad. Rise of the Triad is, of course, a remake of the game of the same name originally released in 1994, three years before the release of GoldenEye. So what DarkShadowRage has created here is, basically, a 1997 map in a game from 1994 or, more bluntly, a gigantic anomaly in the time space continuum that will surely mean the death of us all. He also did Facility. Monster.
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