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Heroes of the Storm

Final Day: Want to get into the Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta?

Howdy, Polynauts. 1800 of you have now received codes (or will do soon) for the Heroes of the Storm closed beta as of today. Please understand that code delivery really does take time as I message all of you all individually. You're all that wonderful, and really worth it. Let's do it all again, we're going to ask a question and you answer (with spoiler text). Note: Codes are still being delivered for yesterday. It's a one person job and can take me hours to do. If you know for a fact you were in the top 200 yesterday, please be patient and don't enter again. How many of you are competitive gamers and love a good old team brawler? That's how Blizzard refers to the self-titled genre in which Heroes of the Storm exists, and we have a further 400 keys to the closed beta to give away....
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Project Almanac is the teen time travel movie I never knew I wanted

Project Almanac has a lot of fresh ideas, and a few stale ones.It's a found-footage time travel film about a group of likable teens who, against all odds, construct a time machine and have a hell of a time playing around with it. It plays on sci-fi genre tropes cleverly at first, but increasingly falls prey to them as the film marches on. The movie begins with David (Jonny Weston), a young mechanical genius, filming a demo of his "intelligent propulsion system" for an MIT scholarship application. His sister, Chrissy (Virginia Gardner), is behind the camera, and his best friends Goldberg (Sam Lerner) and Adam (Allen Evangelista) help him out with the machinery. The open is clever and actually quite funny. Without a lot of exposition, we learn everything we need to know about David and...
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Jan. 21, 2015

Life in Japan

An 18-part look inside Japan's game industry: Night Cry, Scalebound, Final Fantasy 15, Street Fighter 5, Summer Lesson and more.

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Reverse head injuries in Life is Strange

  • Such great heights in Dying Light

  • Death becomes us in Grim Fandango Remastered

  • Slow-mo spaceship battles in Dreadnought

  • In H1Z1 we kill a man for coffee grounds

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Japanese trailer for The Order: 1886 is heavy on shotguns

There's a fair amount of skepticism in the air about how far The Order: 1886 is all about pretty world-building and cut-scenes, and how far it delivers on action and gunplay. This Japanese trailer for Ready at Dawn's PlayStation 4 exclusive features a bloody encounter between main protagonist Grayson and some Victorian bovver boys. On display are a very meaty shotgun, a rat-a-tat machine gun and some useful melee moves. The Order: 1886 will be released on Feb. 20.
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Life is Strange: Episode One - Chrysalis review: so-called life

Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Dontnod, whose previous game, Remember Me, was also its first. In the style of most episodic games, Life is Strange relies on a choice-and-consequence narrative in which players take on the role of high school student Max Caulfield - a young woman with the power to rewind time. While the game focuses on Max's school life, it also sheds a light on her relationships and the mysterious disappearance of a local girl. As Max, players navigate school life through a linear path, interacting with classmates, teachers and friends through choice-driven dialogue. But these decisions aren't set in stone; once a conversation is over, you can choose to "rewind" time. You can relive a scenario as often as you like with no consequence, though...
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Somehow, we're getting a new Wonder Boy game

After more than 20 years, we're getting another game in the side-scrolling Wonder Boy series — which later became Monster World — thanks to a spiritual sequel that started out as another game entirely, but now has involvement from original creator Ryuichi Nishizawa. The new game is called Monster Boy and The Wizard of Booze and, according to its creators, "can be considered as an official part of the [Wonder Boy/Monster World] series." Monster Boy and The Wizard of Booze is the new name of Flying Hamster 2: Knight of the Golden Seed, a project from Atelier Games that sought funding through Kickstarter in 2014. Atelier canceled its fundraising efforts when Munich-based FDG Entertainment stepped in for a then-unspecified collaboration on Flying Hamster 2. Enter Monster Boy. Atelier...
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IDARB arrives early on Xbox One, free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers

IDARB, a game from developer Other Ocean Interactive that blends eSports, crowdsourcing, Twitch and platforming, arrived on Xbox One today, a bit earlier than expected. Previously pegged for a February release, the $14.99 title is free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and available for purchase or download in the Xbox Store. IDARB was announced earlier this week as part of February's Games with Gold promotion. It's easiest to understand IDARB by watching IDARB, so press play below to watch our Overview and the playful platformer's built-in lunacy.
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Devolver Digital shows Nintendo how it's done with YouTube monetization statement

Devolver Digital is the publisher of many interesting and often smaller games, and they've long had a page that offers guidance to those who make video content on how to deal with Devolver legally when monetizing those videos. Hey Nintendo, maybe try this approach? You're trying to stay profitable, your console sales are much lower than expected, and video content has a huge reach. Making the people who can help you reach a younger, engaged audience jump through hoops while you reach into their pockets for a cut is a bad move. This is yet another example where the biggest companies in gaming cut off their own PewDiePies to spite their face. When big companies like Nintendo struggle with these modern aspects of their business it seems like the fall-back position is always to act...
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Star Wars: Battle Pod looks impossibly good, come see how it was made

Star Wars: Battle Pod arrived in arcades last week, and its 1,200-pound cabinet holds the kind of game that fans of the original trilogy could only have dreamed of in the late 70s and early 80s. Bandai Namco unveiled the machine that boasts a massive 180-degree curved screen, air blasts, rumble and a flight stick last October. This week, the official Star Wars YouTube channel unveiled a making of video chronicling its development. Press play above for an overview of the vehicles and planets you can visit. Press play below, and you'll see how Bandai Namco created them. For more on those behind Star Wars: Battle Pod, be sure to read our interview with its creators.
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Borderlands writer Anthony Burch leaves Gearbox to write a Hulu TV show

Anthony Burch, the lead writer on Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 and a contributor to developer 2K Australia's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, is leaving the developer and moving to Los Angeles to write for a Hulu TV show, he revealed this morning on Twitter. While at Gearbox, Burch also co-produced and co-starred in Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, a comedy series on YouTube. In a subsequent tweet today, he wrote that he's "still gonna do videogames stuff on the side." Last week, Hulu announced the original series from Lionsgate Television, Freddie Wong and RocketJump, the creators of the YouTube Video Game High School series. Eight half-hour episodes of the unnamed series will "chronicle the filmmaking behind RocketJump's newest short" and debut exclusively on Hulu. Earlier this week,...
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New Bloodborne video explores underground dungeons and multiplayer

Sony has released a new video that looks at Bloodborne and its underground Chalice Dungeons which can be explored alone or cooperatively. "With the Chalice Dungeons players will be able to experience the excitement of sharing in communal exploration," said producer Masaaki Yamagiwa. "The Chalice Dungeons are underground ruins found beneath the city of Yharnam. It's a vast area with many different levels and layers. The concept we had is that they change depending whoever is looking at them, rather like procedurally generated maps." Bloodborne is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 24, 2015 in North America.
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Sega plans massive cuts

Sega has announced plans to reorganize itself in a round of cuts that will include the closure of its San Francisco U.S. base. The company today stated that it would be "downsizing" in order to "establish a structure which can constantly generate profits." Around 300 jobs are likely to be lost, as the firm moves to focus its energies on digital PC and smartphone releases as well as merchandising around the Sonic brand. "Local organizations managing packaged game software in Western markets will be streamlined," stated a financial release. "In the U.S., Sega of America, based in San Francisco will be relocated to Southern California by this summer and its existing office in San Francisco will be closed thereafter, which results in reducing fixed expenses, mainly in corporate...
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Digital archeology: How Double Fine, Disney, LucasFilm and Sony resurrected Grim Fandango

Here is a thing that I wrote. I hope you like it! Digital archeology:How Double Fine, Disney, LucasArts and Sony resurrectedGrim Fandango By Dave Tach @dptach Share Tweet Grim Fandango survived for 15 years on a mess of ancient storage devices that are about as easy to access today as eight-track tapes. The frozen bits and bytes that combined to form the Land of the Dead and populate it with characters like Manuel "Manny" Calavera were released to critical acclaim in 1998, when Grim Fandango arrived in retail stores inside of boxes holding CDs. It was a time before widespread broadband and direct download services made purchases easy and games evergreen. In time, like all retail products, new boxes arrived and demanded shelf space. To those who hadn't...
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Meet Jurassic World's genetically engineered dinosaur (Massive spoilers)

The first trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World hinted at a genetically created monster, and now the movie's official site has a few more details and some teaser images. Fair warning, all of this stuff can be considered a spoiler, and a pretty big one. Here is the official description of the new beast, called "Indominus Rex." We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus,...
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Want Marshawn Lynch to speak? Let him play Mortal Kombat X against a Patriots player

The Seahawks and Patriots will battle for the Lombardi Trophy this Sunday at Super Bowl XLIX. But before the big game, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski met at a Phoenix Marriott to play Mortal Kombat X with Conan O'Brien. Press play above for an extended discussion of Buffalo, N.Y., Mario Kart games, free money from Lipitor and another ball-based NFL scandal. If you're looking for more Clueless Gamer segments, you can watch O'Brien play Hitman: Absolution, Outlast, Tomb Raider and Watch Dogs. Earlier this week, Mortal Kombat X developer NetherRealm revealed two returning characters: Ermac and Reptile. The fighting game is in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC.
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Law & Order: SVU to air episode based on GamerGate

The social media campaign known as GamerGate has been in the mainstream eye nearly since its inception, with coverage from outlets ranging from The New York Times to CNN. Now the harassment that springs from GamerGate will be showcased in an unexpected new place: NBC crime drama Law & Order: SVU.According to fan blog All Things Law and Order, an episode of Law & Order: SVU titled "Intimidation Game" will air next month. The episode covers a woman game developer who is preparing to launch her first game only to be met with "a stream of online insults, intimidation and death threats from the male-dominated gaming community." Another woman developer is assaulted at a gaming convention, leading to intervention from series mainstay Detective Tutuola (played by Ice-T). "Raina refuses to...
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Samurai Gunn comes to Mac today, along with a big update

Beau Blyth's multiplayer action game Samurai Gunn is now available for Mac OS X, as is a pretty substantial update for the Windows PC version. The four-player competitive action game, in which samurai battle with lightning fast sword slashing and a gun with just three bullets, was released on PC in late 2013. Today's update for Samurai Gunn adds 11 new levels to the game and two new modes: Master of the House, in which players fight on four random levels and settle ties in moonlit showdowns; and Showdown Shogun, which has no bullets and no extra lives. Blyth also added widescreen support, more controller configuration options and a number of new effects, including a gore-reducing option that swaps blood sprays for cherry blossom petals. More details on today's Samurai Gunn update —...
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Destiny heavy ammo bug fix incoming

A longstanding Destiny bug in which players lose valuable heavy weapons ammo is being targeted for annihilation by Bungie's engineers. In a Bungie blog update today, sandbox engineer Jon Cable offers a nice layman's look at how deep bugs get by the team, and why they can be so tricky to fix. This is a bug that's been irritating Destiny players for some time (no-one likes to see valuable ammo disappear), so why hasn't it been fixed? He said that it was a problem of mathematics and calculations. The game is basically trying to figure out the player's inventory after a death or loading screen, and getting into a muddle. So, it ought to be easy to fix, right? "Fixing bugs in a live game is always about managing risk," writes Cable. "What are the chances that the fix is going to cause an...
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Sega fighting game Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is actually coming to America

Here's something you probably weren't expecting from Sega: The publisher is bringing Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, the crossover 2D fighting game featuring characters from Dengeki Bunko's manga, light novels and anime series, to North America and Europe. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is developed by Ecole Software and French Bread, who may be best known for their Melty Blood fighting games. Their new fighter features playable and assist characters from a bunch of Dengeki Bunko series, like Sword Art Online, Durarara!!, Oreimo and Accel World. But they fight on Sega-themed stages based on games like Valkyria Chronicles, Phantasy Star Online 2, Sonic the Hedgehog and Border Break. There are a couple of guest characters taken from the Sega side — Virtua Fighter's Akira and Pai,...
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Mario Kart, Pokémon, Smash lead million-seller list, as Nintendo sales slip year-over-year (update)

In the nine-month period that ended Dec. 31, 2014, 12 Nintendo games sold more than a million units each, the company disclosed today in a supplemental earnings release document (PDF link). However, according to a representative from Nintendo, those numbers reflect "sell-in" values, meaning that they account for the total number of units sold to retailers. Those sales are distinguished from "sell-through" values, which denote sales from retailers to consumers. For a variety of reasons, retailers could return some portion of "sell-in" stock to Nintendo before it ever reaches customers. The Nintendo representative told Polygon that the company typically uses sell-through numbers in press releases. Yesterday, Nintendo's latest financial results for the nine-month period ended Dec. 31,...
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