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Nintendo files patent for old games on new devices

Nintendo has applied for a patent that will allow its Gameboy games to be played on mobile devices. The application is an update on the company's attempts back in 2012 to codify how its games are played on new platforms. This does not signify that Nintendo plans to actually release its old games on mobile games platforms, but may merely be a legal measure to ensure the possibility is secured. Nintendo already sells emulated classic games on its own consoles. Nintendo has been under pressure from analysts to make use of its valuable back catalog on devices that are more widespread than its own games machines. But the firm has resisted, restricting releases on non-Nintendo products to the Pokemon line.
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Gameboy gizmo connects handheld to HDMI device

HDmyboy is a hardware upgrade for the Gameboy, which was launched back in 1989, that allows you to play via an HDMI output in full 1080p. Created by Zane Amiralis and Joshua de Haan, it's the result of a hack to play Gameboy on a computer monitor. "By tapping into the digital signal deep within the game boy, Josh could generate amazingly crisp graphics," states the project's Kickstarter pitch. "After playing some Mario, Tetris and Zelda we decided we just had to share this and take it to the next step." The Kickstarter is aiming to raise 65,000 Euros ($80,000) for manufacturing the gizmo. Backers who cough up $125 can receive the full product, which comes with a replica NES controller. Prototypes can be bought for $350. HDmyboy presents games in 1080p full HD as well as 720p....
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Oct. 27, 2014

The Plan to Reinvent Call of Duty

Go behind the scenes to see how Sledgehammer Games spent the past three years building Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Watch Mark Hamill describe The Force Awakens outline ... in 1983

Mark Hamill outlined his appearance in next year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 1983. A British TV interview has surfaced on YouTube in which Hamill, then aged 32, talks about a conversation he had with Star Wars supremo George Lucas. "He, at one time, asked me, would you consider playing an Obi-Wan type character handing down Excalibur to the next generation?" Hamill goes into George Lucas impression mode, predicting that the film would come out "around 2011." A trailer for 2015's The Force Awakens was released earlier today. The film is set around 30 years after the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi, and features original cast members as well as a new generation. Luke Skywalker's actual story in the plot of the new movie is not yet known. Hamill was involved in filming...
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The Order: 1886 has a deep, weighty score

Bass bassoons and a 24-strong male choir sit at the center of The Order: 1886's ominous soundtrack, which seeks to capture the grim atmosphere of the game's pseudo-Victorian setting. This promo-documentary from Sony take a look at how the score is being made, from instrument choice to recording studio. If you're interested in game music, it's definitely worth a look. The Order: 1886 from Ready at Dawn is a steampunk cover-shooter that will be released for PlayStation 4 in February.
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Here's how CGI helped create that amazing Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past

Check out this detailed breakdown of how Rising Sun Pictures did the visual effects for one of the most amazing Quicksilver scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The music really sells it for me, that and the atomic wedgie. For a full write-up of the process, make sure you hop over to the website where the team walks through the slow-motion sequence which they describe as an "astonishing blend of live action, computer-generated objects and extensive visual effects."
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The complete guide to Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday Deals

Microsoft dropped a bunch of prices early this morning on a decent selection of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. The company also put together a fairly comprehensive list of Xbox-related deals on consoles, games, accessories and Live membership.I've gone through and added the deals they missed to create what I think is a complete guide to Xbox deals for Black Friday. If you see anything missing let me know in comments and we'll add it. I'll also continue to update this list as we approach Black Friday. Xbox One consoles The Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One Console with Kinect Bundle for $429, plus a free controller from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29 at Best Buy. Get $70 off the Xbox One console of your choice, and get one of these games for free: Forza Motorsport 5, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden...
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The complete guide to PS3, PS4 and PlayStation Vita Black Friday deals

We've scoured the nets to find you the best Black Friday deals for PlayStation3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Price cuts include some amazing bundles, a few peripheral deals and tons of discounted games. If you see anything missing let me know in comments and I'll add it. I'll also continue to update this list as we approach Black Friday. PlayStation 3 PS3 500 GB with Lego Batman 3 and Sly Collection for $249.99 from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 at GameStop. PS3 500 GB with The Last of Us for $249.99 at Best Buy via eBay. PS3 500 GB with Lego Batman 3 and Sly Collection for $249.99 at Best Buy via eBay. PlayStation 3 games Resistance 2 Greatest Hits, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Twisted Metal, Gran Turismo 5, LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Dishonored:...
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Fantasy Life review: Dead end job

Fantasy Life asks you to walk down a road — a long, occasionally beautiful road — that ultimately leads to nowhere. Fantasy Life’s systems seem tailor-made for a handheld platform: It’s got countless progression hooks, repeatable short-form activities and enough collectibles to make your head spin. Its inspirations are as numerous as they are wise, with the zen-like materialism of Animal Crossing, the hunter-gatherer nature of Monster Hunter and the look and feel of the most recent Dragon Quest games. But all of Fantasy Life’s best ideas and ambitious designs are means to a disappointing and repetitive end — one that offers a gaggle of different things to do, but not many ways to do them. Fantasy Life drops players into a fairly traditional fantasy-RPG world, but allows them to...
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The Longest Journey is now playable on iOS 15 years years later

A mobile version of the critically-acclaimed adventure game The Longest Journey is now available from the App Store on iPhone and iPad devices, 15 years after the game's original release. The Longest Journey: Remastered for iOS features new controls customized for mobile devices, alongside a dynamic help system and a new intro and outro narrative by series creator Ragnar Tornquist. Like the original Windows PC release, the iOS version also spans over 150 locations with more than 50 hours of gameplay. The Longest Journey: Remastered is being brought to mobile devices by the game's original developer Funcom. Series creator Tornquist has since moved on to form his own studio and continue The Longest Journey franchise with the launch of Dreamfall Chapters.
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New Sunset Overdrive weapons offer more monster carnage

Here's a look at the latest madcap weapons for Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive. It features a selection of new firearms, bundled together for $4.99, or free with the Season Pass. The Plague Bomb instantly intoxicates enemies in the area. The Rager causes enemies to attack each other. The Shield Buddy creates a protective bubble while deploying bombs. And the Multi-Lock Rocket Launcher can hit eight targets at once, or more with amps.
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This War of Mine made a profit in just two days

This War of Mine is a grim exploration of the misery of modern conflict, but for developer 11 Bit Studios, the game has been a source of great cheer. According to a report in Eurogamer, This War of Mine made its development budget back in just two days. The game, in which players try to survive a siege in a modern city, has been riding high on Steam's best-sellers list since it launched earlier this month. "Of course we're happy with commercial success, but most of all we are happy with great feedback from gamers and from reviewers," said senior writer Pawel Miechowski. "You saw it in Papers, Please or Gods Will Be Watching. These are games that tackle serious topics really well, through their fantastic gameplay. "We had the feeling we were making this experience in a right way. But...
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One of the oldest games websites in history is being shut down

Future Publishing is closing the long-running gaming website CVG, one of the oldest running games media publications, following a six month reprieve, MCV reports. The media conglomerate has shuttered a number of its publications since earlier this year as it sought to make changes across the brand. CVG appeared to be saved from the cull in June, with its writing team spanning the U.K., U.S. and Australia reduced to three. At the time, Future confirmed its plans to review the publication's future by the end of the year expected to review the publication's future. The company said it econsidered its plans to shutter CVG earlier in the year following industry support after the news first broke and that a number of media brands approached the company to acquire CVG. Reports that the...
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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Ivory King guide

Welcome to Polygon's guide for Crown of the Ivory King, the third downloadable content pack for Dark Souls 2. Just a couple of things before we gets started. HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE We've arranged the guide around the DLC's safest areas: bonfires. The (sometimes branching) paths we lead you through will generally take you from bonfire to bonfire, minimizing risk and maximizing your chances for survival. They're almost entirely sequential, too. You can't get to the Inner Wall bonfire without getting to the Abandoned Dwelling bonfire. And you can't get to the Abandoned Dwelling bonfire without visiting the Outer Wall bonfire. When the options aren't sequential, we've devised a path that will net you items and equipment you can use in sections that come later. We've tried to keep each...
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Every collectible in the Rockstar Warehouse is 30 percent off for Black Friday

Rockstar's Black Friday sale is offering up discounts on all wearable gear and collectible items based on game releases Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption, as well as the Anniversary Collections for Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas. Starting today, all discounted items can be found in the Rockstar Warehouse at 30 percent off. This includes popular GTA 5 items like the Zippo lighter and GTA 5 hoodie, as well as several items that weren't previously available in sales like the body bag sleeping bag and the Trevor Philips Industries t-shirt. Additionally, all warehouse orders over $50 will qualify for international shipping. Rockstar's Black Friday sale ends on Dec. 1 at 11:59pm EST.
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Head of Xbox Japan steps down following dismal Xbox One sales

In the wake of the Xbox One launch in Japan, head of Xbox Japan Takashi Sensui has resigned his post, Famitsu reports (as translated by Kotaku). Sensui, who took over as head in 2006, will be transferred to the company's U.S. headquarters where he will work as the general manager for Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. Sensui will be working under Xbox vice-president Mike Nichols, while supporting Xbox Japan from the States as part of this reorganization. The new Xbox system was poorly received in Japan following its release in September. The console, which has now shifted 38,461 units since its arrival in the country, has performed far worse than its predecessors Xbox 360 and the original Xbox. The majority of these units sold — 23,562 units to be exact — were sold...
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Star Citizen plans sci-fi pets as it cruises towards $64 million

You've got your space ship, all decked out with the latest intergalactic navigation tools and alien-busting weaponry. You're all set to turbo-boost out into the firmament. But something's missing. Of course, it's the one thing a star-hopping warrior-trader needs ... a pet. Crowd-funding juggernaut Star Citizen today announced a new $64 million target. And with it, comes sci-Fidos and Kitties. "We have repair bots, we have fish, but we haven't implemented a traditional pet system in Star Citizen yet," noted Cloud Imperium chief Chris Roberts. "At $64 million, that changes. From Jones the Cat in Alien to the Battlestar Galactica's Daggit, pets have a place on board starship and we want to give you that option in Star Citizen." So what kind of fluffy critters and loyal lap-chums can...
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Is Lego about creative freedom or kit-building?

The BBC ran a story yesterday, asking if Lego is becoming less about freedom and creativity and more about following instructions and constructing single-use kits.The story was timed for the beginning of Brick 2014, a huge live event in London dedicated to all things Lego. The debate about Lego's direction, including its commercial reliance on TV and movie licenses, is one that animates fans of the building block toy. It's an interesting notion, now that we are entering an era when digital creativity tools like Minecraft and Disney Infinity 2.0 are taking up more of kids' time and attention. The article makes the point that Lego is spending a lot of effort creating licensed products and pieces that are really only fit to be used in a single model. Lego fan and blogger Chris Swan r...
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Sony's Black Friday PlayStation flash sale goes live

Sony has opened up its Thanksgiving and Black Friday flash sale, with deals on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 games as well as movies and TV shows. The full list of the offers is available here, but among the eye-catching deals on PS4 are: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor down from $59.99 to $29.99 FIFA 15 down from $59.99 to $39.99 Infamous Second Son down from $39.99 to $19.99 Madden 15 down from $59.99 to $35.99 The Evil Within down from $59.99 to $29.99 PlayStation 3 offers include: Sniper Elite 3 down from $39.99 to $19.99 NHL15 down from $59.99 to $23.99 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition down from $39.99 to $19.99
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The Witcher Adventure Game is out now in physical and digital

CD Projekt Red today released The Witcher Adventure Game, a digital and physical board game set in the company's popular fantasy universe. Players tale on the role of characters from the world and undertake a variety of quests, while forming alliances or fighting battles against other players. "We're very excited to bring Adventure Game to Witcher and board game fans alike," said executive producer Rafał Jaki. "The rules are simple but not simplistic, the artwork creates a phenomenal atmosphere that just drips out of the board, and the physical components are of the best of possible quality." The Witcher Adventure Game digital edition is available on Windows PC, Mac for $8.99 as well as iOS and Android for $5.99.
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