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Real exoplanets inspire Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order deal

A pre-purchase offer for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available on Steam, offering early-bird buyers the Exoplanets Map Pack, which includes six custom maps, inspired by real exoplanets. The custom maps include the following exoplanets (list below), with added features from the imaginations of the development team at Firaxis. Publisher 2K Games is offering Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth for $49.99 and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Classics Bundle, which includes three previous Civilization games, for $69.99. Civilization: Beyond Earth is a turn-based strategy game in which players settle an alien planet, while conquering or treating with neighbors and researching new technologies. It will be released on Oct. 24, 2014. ​Kepler 186f: One of the...

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Two fish are playing Street Fighter 2 right now and you're missing it

Why are you reading this? Two fish are playing Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo on Twitch right now, and who knows how long this magic will last. Quick, click play! At the moment, Aquarius the fish is a dominant force, but hopefully there's still time for Robert the Bruce the fish to make a come back. Because this is the internet, the stream already has a Twitter account and a Reddit page, the latter of which can be used to submit fighter match-ups. So now we have fish playing Pokémon and Street Fighter 2. What's next, Earthbound? Watch live video from FishPlayStreetFighter on www.twitch.tv
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas' Frostwyrm Lair embarrassed us in front of you

Never in my life have I felt more alone than I did facing off against the final two bosses in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas.Mainly because, well, I was alone. Phil's on vacation, and his timing could not be worse. But there's also something about the nature of those final two bosses that instills a feeling of isolation within you. Like, for instance, boss number one, who only permits you to have two minions on the board at any given time. And then there's Kel'Thuzad, whose infinite supply of ice magic will freeze you until dead, like you're on some sort of solitary Antarctic expedition. There's a lot of failure in the Overview video posted above — but there's a little bit of hope in there, too. And sometimes, a little bit of hope is all you need. Also, a well-timed Divine Spirit draw...
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Ghost-catching RPG Youkai Watch could come West next year

Popular Japanese role-playing game Youkai Watch could be coming West next year, developer Level-5's president Akihiro Hino told Japanese publication Zakzak. Youkai Watch launched for Nintendo 3DS in Japan in July, 2013. The game follows the player character — a young boy or girl — and their pet ghost Whisper throughout their quiet hometown, solving mysteries and capturing ghosts for use in battle against other ghosts. Speaking with Zakzak, Hino said Level-5 is currently evaluating Western markets in hopes of bringing the well-loved series to international territories. He noted that the popularity of Japanese culture could mean the game will be successful in non-Japanese regions. "Our plan for next year includes worldwide expansion," Hino said of bringing Youkai Watch West. "I believe...
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1080p will come to Xbox One games, but at a cost

Games displayed at 1080p, while running at a smooth 60 frames-per-second, has become part of the marketing for many new games.It's a magical bullet point on a list of features that proves that your game is next-generation, and there are groups of players online who sneer at anything that can't quite hit that goal. Diablo 3 on the Xbox One, for instance, couldn't quite get there. The original response was to drop the resolution down to 900p and keep the frame rate. A smooth game, many would argue, is worth sacrificing a few lines of resolution. The problem is that this solution created a PR problem for Microsoft, a company that is scared of consumers seeing the Xbox One as a less-powerful console compared to the PlayStation 4. "That's what we demoed and were showing around E3 time. And...
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This is the next game from the developer of Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater

Developer The Behemoth, the creator of Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, has a new game in the works, which it's tentatively calling "Game 4." That new game, set to be revealed soon, is the subject of a new teaser video released today. The Behemoth says development on its next game started shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater in April 2013. While the studio doesn't provide any real gameplay details on the prototype it's been polishing for more than a year, it says the game "is of a genre we haven't covered before and seek to breathe a new flavor into." Hexagons are prominently on display throughout the teaser, which could point to a hex-based strategy game. Narratively, The Behemoth's new game appears to be about the aftermath of a galactic,...
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Get cyberpunks drunk in VA-11 HALL-A, the world's first dystopian booze 'em up

VA-11 HALL-A is an upcoming bartending simulator set in an Anime-style cyberpunk world, from Sukeban Games. In it, the player mixes drinks and chats with the clientele, all of whom live in a bleak, corporate-trampled dystopia. From the game's site: "You are a bartender at VA-11 HALL-A, affectionately nicknamed 'Valhalla.' Although it is just a small bar downtown, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories." Check out the trailer for examples of the drink-mixing, story-driven action. The prologue is available for free now on the game's website, though paying $4.99 nets you the full game when it comes out. The full version of VA-11 HALL-A is due out in December, for MAC, PC and...
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Driveclub was delayed due to a 'huge technical issue,' says Yoshida

The decision to delay Evolution Studios' racing game Driveclub from the PlayStation 4 launch window into 2014 was due to a large-scale technical issue, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer. Driveclub was announced alongside the PS4 console reveal in Feb 2013, with Sony touting the social-focused car title as a launch game. That October, with one month to go before the PS4's Nov. 15 launch, the game was delayed into early 2014. This past April, Sony announced that Driveclub had been delayed again, and instead of launching in "early 2014" the game will hit PS4 on Oct. 7. At the time, Evolution Studios' game director Paul Rustchynsky said the delay was due to problems with "primarily just one feature" — the game's dynamic menu system. "We're excited with what D...
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Interest in motion control may have waned, Sony says, but hold onto those Move controllers

The days of motion gaming are more or less behind us, but throwing away your Move controllers is probably not the best idea. "Motion gaming was a big thing but, like with social games, dance games, music or guitar games, I don’t think there’s a lot of appetite for another motion game at this moment," Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said in a recent interview with Pocket-lint. "However, what we are realising ourselves is that PS Move was a bit ahead of its time — a precise and accurate 3D input device. We were very excited about the possibility of using 3D positional tracking to make games, but it’s really hard to do so with a regular 2D screen." It may not be worth holding your breath for another Move-enabled game on the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, but that hardware does have another...
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    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
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    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
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Xbox 360's 500 GB HD is cheaper than its 320 GB cousin but still expensive

You'll soon have the option to upgrade your Xbox 360 with a 500 GB hard drive for $109.99, according to a product listing on the official Xbox website. Pre-orders for the device are "coming soon," and you can check out an image of the upcoming product below. The Xbox 360 is currently available in 4 GB and 250 GB configurations. The Xbox One ships with a 500 GB internal drive and support for external storage, while a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare model set for a Nov. 3 release will include a 1 terabyte hard drive. Microsoft's hard drives are the only officially sanctioned way to upgrade the storage in an Xbox 360, and the prices trend higher than naked 500 GB hard drives, which sell for around $50 on Amazon, New Egg and other retailers. Microsoft sells a 320 GB Xbox 360 hard drive,...
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Ukraine's 4A Games lands in Malta: 'We are not betrayers'

Less than 24 hours ago, the leadership of 4A Games landed in Malta, fleeing the ongoing conflict that ravages Ukraine. The studio announced the move in May, just two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea. "Malta offers fantastic incentives for game development, and we are confident 4A games will be able to attract the very best talent from Ukraine, Malta and beyond," said head of business development Dean Sharpe. Must Read STALKER Fallout: Polygon goes to Kiev In the months since their decision to move the leadership of the company abroad, tensions with Russia have increased. A passenger airliner was downed, killing hundreds and sparking global outcry. The Ukrainian...
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LittleBigPlanet 3's Oddsock cannot be stopped or contained

Oddsock, the tailless, bouncy member of LittleBigPlanet 3's playable quartet, is kind of an unstoppable force. With its wall-running, wall-jumping and wall-sliding capabilities, the very principle of what a "wall" is has been fully eroded. There are no boundaries for Oddsock — it simply cannot be contained. Also,  you can dress it up like a dragon. See Oddsock's awe-inspiring power in the preview video posted above.
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Watch Jimmy Fallon gun down James Bond himself in GoldenEye 007

For a generation of gamers, GoldenEye 007 needs no introduction. Developer Rare's 1997 first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64 counts The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon among its devotees. When Pierce Brosnan, the actor who portrayed James Bond in GoldenEye and its video game counterpart, appeared this week on the late night talk show, Fallon took the opportunity to queue up a multiplayer match. Press play above to see a giddy Fallon take on the real James Bond and his video game counterpart at the same time.
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Wasteland 2 will be officially released Sept. 19

More than 25 years after Electronic Arts and Interplay Productions released the first Wasteland for PC, developer InXile Entertainment will officially release that game's sequel. Game director Brian Fargo announced on Twitter today that the game will hit Sept. 19. Wasteland 2 was crowdfunded primarily through Kickstarter, where InXile's campaign raised more than $2.9 million in pledges from backers in 2012. The developer released an Early Access version of the game on Steam last December for Windows PC, following that up with Mac and Linux versions. InXile planned to release the game officially in August, but recently delayed the game to September in order to fulfill physical rewards for Kickstarter backers. For more on Wasteland 2, read Polygon's feature on the game and its creator.
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 listing appears on Xbox.com

Capcom may have yet another Resident Evil sequel in the works, this time for 2012 spin-off Resident Evil: Revelations, according to a listing on Xbox.com. Box art and a single screenshot of Biohazard Revelations 2 — the Resident Evil series is known as Biohazard in Japan — were discovered on Xbox.com by French site Gamer In A Box. Capcom has not officially announced a sequel to Resident Evil: Revelations, but the company did cite performance of the game as one of its financial highlights last year. Resident Evil: Revelations was originally released for Nintendo 3DS in 2012. Capcom later released high-definition versions of Revelations for PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Windows PC in 2013. Capcom announced last week it would release an updated version of the 2002 Gamecube remake of the...
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Atari's bringing back Haunted House and Alone in the Dark this fall

Atari is tapping its back catalog for two new "re-imagined" horror games based on Haunted House and Alone in the Dark, the company announced today. Both are coming to PC this fall. The new Haunted House — the fourth game to be published by Atari under that name — is in development at Italian studio Dreampainters, creators of PC horror game Anna. Dreampainters announced last year it was developing a follow-up to Anna called White Heaven, which is set in the same universe. White Heaven was originally planned for release in early 2014, but the studio hasn't provided update on the horror adventure since May. Dreampainters founder Allesandro Monopoli said earlier this year that his studio was working on a "total reboot" of an older property from a major publisher. Atari released the...
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Cold War cover-shooting in CounterSpy

CounterSpy isn't afraid to throw game mechanics at the wall in order to see what sticks.There's stealth, platforming, exploration, sidescrolling shooting, cover-based shooting and more — but not every mechanic is firing on all cylinders. For instance, maintaining a mission-long stealth combo is super satisfying, but to have it broken by a roomful of all-seeing grunts is about as frustrating as it gets. For more on what works and what doesn't in CounterSpy, check out the Overview video above.
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It's impossible to visit every planet in No Man's Sky

There's no way you can visit every world in No Man's Sky. Sean Murray, co-founder of developing studio Hello Games, told IGN that the procedurally generated universe in No Man's Sky, the indie space exploration game that has captivated gamers since it was revealed in December, creates worlds on the scale of two to the power of 64. In numerical terms, that's 18.4 quintillion planets, or 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 if you want to see all of the digits. Visiting that many planets in the game at the rate of 1 per second would take about, oh, 584 million years. No Man's Sky has touted its universe as functionally infinite, which know-it-alls on message boards tut-tutted is impossible, of course, as all technology has a limitation. So, Murray told IGN, Hello Games plotted out its universe...
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Arbitrator orders Bungie to restore Halo composer's stock in the company

An arbitrator has issued a preliminary injunction against Bungie, ordering them to return founders' stock to composer Marty O'Donnell, Venturebeat reports. O'Donnell was fired by Bungie's board of directors in April of this year. He joined Bungie in 2000 as audio director after working on Halo: Combat Evolved's score as a contractor, only to be brought on full time shortly thereafter. He is largely responsible for the soundtrack for the upcoming Bungie title, Destiny. In July, Bungie was ordered by the same court to compensate O'Donnell for unpaid wages, a sum totaling more than $95,000. Now, an arbitrator has ordered them to return stock to O'Donnell, specifically 336,375 shares of B-1 Preferred Stock as well as 48,000 shares of common stock. Bungie's lawyers "objected that if...
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