Polynauts Central (10/29 Archived)

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It's Monday, October 29th and we're here once again for Polynauts Central. What is Polynauts Central? Well, it's your place for off-topic discussion and brief updates on the past day of events - or your daily Polygon community thread.

Last night we hosted our second livecast - Paddy and myself were forced to brave the dark, miserable nights on the south coast to head over to 3rdSpace at the University of Portsmouth in order to find somewhere with the best acoustics. We had the whole place to ourselves, and one minor technical issue aside we had a ton of fun. If you're looking to listen to the entire 2.5 hour show you can download that from here.

Also, just a word to say that if you're on the East coast and you've been evacuated from NY - or if you're battening down the hatches - please stay safe, and don't take any unnecessary risks.

Here are some Community focused regular topics from members of the Polygon community.

POLYGON NEWS

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1: ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF WILL NOT FEATURE PAID DLC by Emily Gera

Nintendo will not offer paid DLC for upcoming 3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf, company head Satoru Iwata stated in a recent financial Q&A, Kotaku reports.

According to Iwata, the act of charging an addition fee for new content would be "unwholesome," stating that the "power of money" could potentially impact gameplay. Iwata states the team behind the title discussed the issue and have now ruled out premium downloads.

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2: SKYLANDERS GIANTS REVIEW: BIG COUNTRY by Arthur Gies

Skylanders Giants is rooted in the Saturday morning cartoons of the 80s.

Sure, it’s cartoony. But it’s more than that. In 1984 the United States Federal Trade Commission ceased regulations that prohibited the association of children’s television with toys and advertising, which led to, among other things, Transformers and G.I. Joe. The cartoon became a means of selling toys to kids. Skylanders Giants isn’t much different. It exists as a means of introducing and selling more and more Skylanders.

But just as cartoons’ primary motivation as merchandisers didn’t make them any less fun, Skylanders Giants is more than just a commercial. Developer Toys for Bob’s sequel to last fall’s Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure isn’t a perfect game, with a bizarre difficulty curve that seems particularly hinged around retail considerations, but it’s smartly written and cleverly designed around its toy-based gimmick.

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3: THE BUNDLE OF THE DAMNED INCLUDES CRYOSTASIS, MANOR OF THE DAMNED by Samit Sarkar

The Bundle of the Damned, the Halloween bundle available now at Groupees, offers some notable PC games at a great price and a donation to charity.

The pay-what-you-want package — with a minimum price of $1 — includes Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason (PC via Steam), the 2009 first-person horror game from Kiev-based Action Forms; Rijn the Specpyre in... Manor of the Damned! (PC, Mac or Linux DRM-free or via Desura), a retro action RPG by The Hideout; and a 20-track collection of music from Halloween specialists Midnight Syndicate (MP3). Twenty percent of the purchase price goes to UNICEF.

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4: GRAND THEFT AUTO VICE CITY AND SAN ANDREAS RATED FOR PLAYSTATION 3 by Emily Gera

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are both listed by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board for a release on PlayStation 3 in North America.

While neither listing specifies what the releases will entail, it is likely that both will be made available as downloadable PlayStation Network titles in the vein of the Grand Theft Auto III PSN port.

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5: THE FUTURE OF ARCADES IS WET, HUGE, TINY, COMMUNAL AND IMPOSSIBLE ON A CONSOLE by Michael McWhertor

Earlier this month, in a small ballroom at the University of Southern California, a group of artists, designers, engineers and entertainers gathered to discuss the future of interactive gaming. Over the course of two days, they showed the latest in creative cutting-edge technology powering "digital out-of-home entertainment" — a blend of augmented reality, mobile gaming experiences, digital domes and games involving 100 players or more.

At the inaugural DNA U.S. Conference, creators shared game experiences they labeled Arcade 2.0 or the Next-Generation Arcade, games that ranged in size from small cellphone apps to games played inside a movie theater to massive theme park experiences.

Other games were played with spotlights and water fountains or inside immersive domes with special projectors capable of displaying games on spherical ceilings.

The goal of the DNA Conference was to focus on emerging trends in "interactive frontiers in leisure facilities," where gaming experiences are migrating beyond the home, beyond traditional arcades.

FROM THE FORUMS

1: SCARIEST GAME YOU'VE PLAYED? by ProjectNatalie

So with Halloween coming around the corner I believe I've accumulated enough courage and figured it's about time I get around to playing one of those types of games. Haha, admittedly I am kind of a wuss when it comes to jump scares/paranormal things in movies but I haven't experienced much when it comes to gaming. I have a PS3, 360, and gaming capable PC at my disposal and am looking for a scary game or two to play by myself. I figure who better else to ask than the wonderful Polygon community? =]

With all that being said, what's the scariest game you've ever played? Were you able to play it to completion? Please try to keep it spoiler free.

2: THE BEST BOSSFIGHTS THIS GENERATION HAD TO OFFER SO FAR by The_Icon

Boss fights are something that most games in this generation failed to live up to it's predecessor. Only few games were able to pull it off. Which games had the best boss fights in this generation?

3: WHAT ARE YOU READING? by PAJ89

Care to share what you're reading or have just read? Any style or genre.

I recently finished Pirate Cinema (Cory Doctorow), which was included in the recent Humble eBook Bundle. It's a commentary on piracy and censorship which I imagine will resonate with a lot of people who have a strong interest in films, games, literature and art in general. It has a very British flavour as it takes place primarily in London, a feature which is played up a lot in the way the characters talk. It's a little corny at times, but all in all, it was enjoyable enough.

4: THE EXPLOITATION OF HUMAN NATURE, AND IT'S IMPACT ON THE INNOVATION AND EVOLUTION OF VIDEO GAMES by Gunflame

A.K.A, Stat Based Progression

A.K.A, RPG 'like' Mechanics

A.K.A, Numbers

It's not just about the numbers, it's also about things like skill progression, customization, collections and the like. It's essentially padding.

So what's the problem, a lot of people like these numbers?

5: WHAT'S YOUR PREFERRED VIDEO GAME COMBAT STYLE? by Nipah

Hello, my name is Nipah, and I like to punch things in the face. ... in video games, of course.

Whether its an RPG, MMO(RPG), or even a FPS, I like to hit things... preferably with a fist, and hopefully in their head. If a game gives me the option, I'll be some berserk, up-front melee guy all day long.

Sometimes, however, a game is not cool enough to allow me to wield my hands as deadly, deadly weapons, and instead decides that I need something sharp or blunt and attached to a stick in order to actually do damage... And while that is reprehensible, I am willing to go along with that idea as well. If given the mandate of no fists, I'll readily make due with two swords, maces, axes, spears, sharpened rocks, anything at all.

POLYNAUTS COMMENT OF THE DAY:

Additional user reviews:

"They are so cheap! I can buy them in bulk and hide them everywhere in case of Yukki emergency"

- Yuno G.

"I love my hatchet, but using it too frequently will deteriorate it faster. Good thing for Zebra affordable kitchen knives."

- Rena R.

"Now I can tell stories about how I got my smile to more people!"

- Mistah J.

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Okay, there we have another day's worth of Polynews. Remember to sound off in the comments below and share any awesome news you find today. As always check out the @Polygon feed on Twitter to keep up to date. There's also our own @Polynauts Twitter feed for you to shout us if you see something AMAZING that should be featured on tomorrows Polynauts Central.

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