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Curses 'N Chaos trailer is goblin-slashing pandemonium

Mercenary Kings developer Tribute Games debuted gameplay footage today of its arcade action title Curses 'N Chaos, showcasing how players will be able to defend themselves against the game's oncoming waves of enemies. In Curses 'N Chaos, players will take on hordes of goblins, ghosts and other nasty creatures, which will run in from either side of the screen. Players will be in the middle, punching, kicking, jumping and scraping by with minimal armor and weapons. The object of the game is to break the curse set on the players — the curse that attracts the monsters to them. Players can also purchase items and craft potions with the in-game alchemist, who can help players create the ultimate potion to help them take down the final boss. Check out our hands-on impressions of the title...

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PlayStation horror series Siren is getting a manga adaptation

SCE Japan Studio's survival horror series Siren is getting a manga adaptation, according to a tweet from PlayStation Japan. The manga, Siren: The Call of the Red Sea, will commemorate the franchise's 10th anniversary and will be drawn by horror manga artist Wataru Kamio. The Call of the Red Sea will feature a new storyline set in the Siren universe and is being overseen by series veterans, including longtime director and creator Keiichiro Toyama and scenario writer Naoko Sato. Both Toyama and Sato will have editorial conrtol over Kamio's work. This is the second manga adaptation of the series, the first being Siren: Eternal Siren, which was released in Japan in 2005. The Call of the Red Sea will be released periodically over the next several months, with the first issue launching in...
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Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...
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Coachella brings in arcade machines to save nature

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival has partnered with Global Inheritance to create an arcade that encourages visitors to earn game tokens by performing nature-saving tasks. The Nature Saving Arcade is a solar-powered video game arcade full of classic titles. Visitors can win prizes like tickets to see The Arcade Fire if they play in the arcade, but to do so they'll need to earn tokens. Some of the nature-saving tasks visitors can do to earn tokens include recycling three bottles or cans while at the festival, showing a photo of themselves carpooling to Coachella with three or more friends, photographing themselves composting, charging their phone using the energy seesaw or showing the organizers their refillable water bottle. Weekend one of Coachella took place from...
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JetGetters dev cancels successful Kickstarter, No Time To Explain to launch for Xbox One

The Kickstarter campaign for tinyBuild's "fighter hi-jacking game," JetGetters — which successfully completed funding earlier this week — was canceled by its creators due to a "delay" in the game's development cycle. TinyBuild announced the news officially via Kickstarter. The 517 backers that pledged money will get their funds back, as well as access to the tinyBundle — a promotion that gifts seven of the developer's games, of which three have been released. The game will still be released for Linux, Mac, Ouya, Windows and SteamOS, though it's expected next year, rather than this holiday season. Speaking about the cancellation, tinyBuild explained that it wanted to be "up front and honest." "During the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East)," the...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts adding R. Lee Ermey as a screaming a drill instructor April 22

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for playing the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket, will join the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer voice cast April 22 on Xbox platforms, according to a video released today on the series' official YouTube channel. Press play above to hear Ermey's voice work in the upcoming Drill Instructor Voice Pack, which will arrive on other platforms after the Xbox Live release. True to his best-known work, Ermey informs players of their major malfunctions with phrases like, "A day without blood is like a day without sunshine!" and "When they drop weapons, take them you idiot!" Call of Duty: Ghosts won't be the Ermey's first foray into video games. The actor has lent his distinctive voice to games in the Toy Story series, where he plays the army man toy...
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Fantasia: Music Evolved won't support Twitch streaming, but will offer other sharing options

Fantasia: Music Evolved, the motion-controlled music game inspired by the 1940 Disney film, won't support broadcasting via Twitch because of music licensing restrictions, developer Harmonix confirmed to Polygon today. "We know that sharing with friends and streaming online is an exciting new feature of current-gen consoles, but there are some restrictions when dealing with licensed music," said a Harmonix representative in an email to Polygon. "We will be disabling Twitch streaming for the game, which is not uncommon for applications that might have restrictions on sharing licensed content like music, television or movies." Fantasia: Music Evolved includes classical music like Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik as well as licensed modern hits such as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Peter...
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Xbox One surpasses 5 million units sold-in worldwide

Microsoft says it has sold more than 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers since launch, according to an update from Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business. Citing NPD Data, Microsoft said it sold an estimated 311,000 Xbox One consoles in March. During the same month, Titanfall for Xbox One was the number one selling game in the United States, according to NPD estimates, though sales figures for Respawn Entertainment's first-person shooter were not provided. Xbox One's latest sales milestone follows an announcement from chief competitor Sony, who says it has sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles since launching in November 2013. A key distinction between the two sales numbers is that PS4 sales are reported as sold-through, or...
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Nintendo engaged in lawsuit over alleged Wii U patent infringement

Secure Axcess, a company "dedicated to monetization and management of Internet security patents," is suing Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co. for allegedly infringing on a patent concerning the Wii U, The Southeast Texas Record reports. The patent in question was filed in 2000 and published in 2003 for a "multiscreen personal computer display method and apparatus," or a computer which provides display capabilities on more than one screen. The Wii U supposedly infringes on this patent with the use of its GamePad. The company is also suing retailers such as GameStop, Target, Amazon and Best Buy for selling the console "without license or authorization." Secure Axcess is seeking compensatory damages, costs, interest and other relief. Judge Rodney Gilstrap will preside over the...
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TimeGate's Minimum resurrected by Atari and Human Head, hits PC this spring

Minimum, the minimalistic shooter originally created by the now-defunct TimeGate Studios, is now in development at Human Head Studios and is coming to Windows PC this spring, publisher Atari announced today. The initial launch will come via Steam Early Access. Minimum is a five-on-five third-person shooter that also includes a heavy focus on crafting, which brings in elements of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. Players gather resources and use blueprints to build bespoke weapons and armor that get stronger with each consecutive kill. In addition, each team has a Titan at its disposal, a large robot that players also have to power up by "creep farming" as they attempt to take out the other side's home base. It's similar to the original concept that TimeGate had when it...
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Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories headed to PS Vita

Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are in development for PlayStation Vita and planned for a European release, Konami announced today. Each game will cost £7.99/€9.95 at its unannounced release date, according to a press release from the publisher. Developer Climax Studios' Silent Hill: Origins was first released on PlayStation Portable in 2007, and a PlayStation 2 port followed in 2008. The series prequel follows Travis Grady, a truck driver exploring a town after saving a girl from a fire. Climax's Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was first released on Wii U in 2009 and later made its way to PlayStation 2 and PSP. The game is perhaps best known for its psychological focus and lack of combat. We've reached out to Konami to see if the games are headed to other...
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...
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The Golf Club now available on PC via Steam Early Access

HB Studios released its simulation golf title, The Golf Club, on Windows PC via Steam Early Access today, with a 15 percent launch-week discount that brings the regular price of $34.99 down to $29.74. The company noted that, as with all Early Access titles, The Golf Club isn't a finished product; HB had been running a closed beta for the game since mid-February. "There are still bugs, missing features and content and more optimizations to be made — but we are working hard to continually update the game and improve the experience! If you're interested in getting in early and helping shape The Golf Club as a game — then Early Access is for you," reads a blog post from HB. At launch, the Early Access version of The Golf Club includes its defining feature: its course creator, which...
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The Last of Us PS4 could be discounted for PS3 game owners

The Last of Us is slated for release this summer on PlayStation 4, and it might be offered at a discount to those who own the PlayStation 3 version. The Last of Us: Remastered will include the campaign and the post-apocalyptic game's downloadable content. It is currently listed for pre-order on Amazon for $59.99. In response to a question on the European PlayStation Blog yesterday asking if those who purchased the PS3 version and its Season Pass might get a discount, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli said that the developer is still determining pricing. "We're looking into the business model for all this," he wrote, "and will post about this once we have input from all regions." Monacelli revealed the third and final pack of downloadable content for The Last of Us...
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See why MLB 14 The Show 'is better' on PlayStation 4 in first gameplay trailer

The first official trailer for the PlayStation 4 edition of MLB 14 The Show offers a look at the game's rebuilt stadiums, retooled lighting engine and more. During a recent comparison of the old generation and the new, we found that the PS4's biggest change is in its visual detail. The PS4 version of the game features more detailed crowds and enhanced visuals on the players. It also introduces bat boys and children for the first time. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game. MLB 14 The Show will be available on PlayStation 4 May 6. The PlayStation 3 and Vita versions were released April 1; all three versions of the game are cross-save, meaning players can continue their game on any platform. For more on the PlayStation 3 version, read our review.
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The unusual game that was born out of the debilitating failure of Retro/Grade

Eighty hours a week for four years. $70,000 out of pocket. Matt Gilgenbach, like many indie developers, poured his heart, soul, life and finances into one single, all-encompassing passion project: Retro/Grade.And then it failed, well at least financially failed. "It was a financial disaster," he said. "We got positive critical response, but it didn't resonate in terms of sales. Or maybe we failed to market it. "I'm still not sure what the problem was with Retro/Grade." The two man team that made up 24 Caret Games went their separate ways and old memories came back to haunt Gilgenbach. "I struggled with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder for a large part of my life," he said. "That sent me down into a depressing episode. "All of these memories were flooding back about how...
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Sony's PlayStation Now-ready Bravia TVs coming in June

Sony's line of 4K Ultra HD Bravia television sets with PlayStation Now capability are set to launch in June, the company announced on its blog. The Gaikai-powered PlayStation Now cloud steaming game service was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. Through the service, users will be able to stream and play PlayStation 3 games with a DualShock 3 controller directly through their TV, according to the blog post. When the service was first announced, the company noted it would stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PS3 games to PlayStation 4, PS3, PlayStation Vita and other non-PlayStation devices, including ready-capable televisions. The line of Bravia TVs will include nine different models from three different Bravia series of varying sizes. Models will range from...
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Is DRM good for games?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Features Editor Russ Pitts and Reporter Dave Tach ask: Is DRM good for games? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What's it like attending versus being a journalist at PAX? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on...
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