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Dyad review: light cycle

Dyad is more than you think it is. You'd be forgiven for thinking that Dyad is the latest sort of, well, let's say, experiential experiment to appear on the PlayStation 3, a successor perhaps to Flower or Flow. While those releases were critically well-received as explorations of what games are, they functioned least as, well, games - they were grand experiments of concept, not mechanics or game design. Dyad's mesmerizing but confusing lightshow gives a similar impression. That would be the wrong impression. Dyad is a hardcore, score-chasing arcade game - one of the most pure successors to the form sinceGeometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. Stepping past the admittedly mesmerizing spectacle of light and sound that's attracted so much attention to Dyad as it's approached release, it...

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PlayStation Store offering 20+ games at 99 cents each in weekend flash sale

Two dozen PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games, many of them normally priced around $10 or more, are on sale for 99 cents during a PlayStation Store flash sale. The sale runs until 3 p.m. ET on Monday so gamers have a little longer than the weekend to scan the list and choose. Available titles include Machinarium on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, Papo & Yo (PS3), Thomas Was Alone (PS3 and PS Vita), Dyad (PS3), Tekken 2 (PS3, PS Vita and PSP) and Syphon Filter, Syphon Filter 2 and Syphon Filter 3 (all on PS3, PSP and PS Vita). The full lineup with links to the games' pages on the PlayStation Store, is available at the link.

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Dyad's trippy soundtrack now available at Bandcamp, on CD and vinyl

The soundtrack to Dyad, ][ Games' downloadable, psychedelic musical racing game for PlayStation Network and Steam, is now available to download from Bandcamp and on physical formats, if purchasing CDs or vinyl LPs is more your speed. The downloadable version of the Dyad soundtrack is available for $8. The 29-track album is available on CD for $11.98 and LP for $17.98 from Mexican Summer's online store. Composer David Kanaga has also made the "raw materials" from Dyad's OST available for download from his personal website, in the form of hundreds of WAV files, "if you'd like to rebuild the album or a variant yourself," Kanaga said. The soundtrack can be streamed for free from Bandcamp. Dyad is currently available for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC for $14.99.

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Journey, Limbo, more discounted on PSN for PAX Prime indie sale

The Penny Arcade Expo shines a bright spotlight on indie games, and Sony is joining in the celebration with a weeklong sale on a number of top-tier PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles from small studios. Sony's 2013 PAX Prime Indie Game Sale offers discounts of up to 65 percent — and up to 75 percent for PlayStation Plus members — on 11 games that were exhibited at previous PAXes. Here are the games in question: Closure - $7.49 ($3.75 on PlayStation Plus; regularly $14.99) Dragon Fantasy Book 1 (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $4.99 ($2.50 on PS Plus; reg. $9.99) Dyad - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Journey - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Limbo (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $7.49 ($5.99 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Penny-Arcade Adventures: On the...

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Dyad launching for Windows PC April 24

Puzzle shooting tunnel racer Dyad will launch for Windows PC through Steam, GOG and Dyadgame.com April 24, creator Shawn McGrath announced via Twitter. Dyad's PC version will include the same content as the PlayStation 3 game. Those who pre-order the game will receive a 20 percent discount, and Dyad will be 10 percent off during its launch week. Dyad's Steam release was leaked in February after a NeoGAF user uncovered a public version of the Steam Database. The game was initially expected to launch in March. "I know I said I'd do it in March," McGrath said during the announcement video. "I lied. ... I had a kid and they're a lot of work." Dyad launched for PlayStation 3 in 2012. You can watch McGrath's announcement video below.

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Sound Shapes, Super Hexagon and Dyad musicians to perform at Wild Rumpus and Venus Patrol party at GDC

The Wild Rumpus and Venus Patrol party — an event held during the week of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco — will feature performances by the musicians who worked on Sound Shapes, Super Hexagon, Dyad and Proteus. The party will host "video game fun times, indie games, DJs, drinking, etcetera" and will showcase indie games like Panoramical Soundself, Super Space, Samurai Gunn and a new game by Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi. The musicians behind some of last year's most critically-acclaimed indie games will also be performing at the party, including David Kanaga (Dyad and Proteus), Chipzel (Super Hexagon), I Am Robot And Proud (Sound Shapes) and Kozilek (Luftrausers, Gun Godz, Wasteland Kings). Information about the event's lineup can be viewed here. Tickets are...

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Dyad, Halo 2 and 3, more found through Steam Apps Database

Listings for Dyad, Halo 2 and 3 and much more have appeared in a public version of the Steam Database, as collected by NeoGAF user Stumpokapow. The listings were uncovered through the Steam Apps Database, a public version of the database that underlies Valve's Steam client and recently added Community Hub searches. A search for Dyad shows an update called "ValveTestApp223450." A tweet on the official Twitter account for Dyad from earlier today seems to confirm an upcoming release, reading "So I wanna do a proper announcement about Dyad coming to Steam, but that kinda got ruined. March." A tweet published about an hour later revealed that the developer has created and is uploading a launch trailer. Searches in the database also reveal listings for Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, a Steam...

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Dyad coming to European PlayStation Store Nov. 7 with a discount

Dyad, the genre-defying downloadable title that its developer calls an "abstract tunnel racing puzzle game," is coming to European PlayStation 3s tomorrow at a discount, according to a post on the European PlayStation Blog by developer Shawn McGrath. "My sincerest apologies for the long delay in getting Dyad to your lovely continent," McGrath writes. "I was completely unprepared for the extra work required to get the game out, but it's all done now and is coming out this Wednesday, the 7th." The game will launch for €9.99, with PlayStation Plus members eligible for an additional 20 percent discount. McGrath also wrote that he'd be "hanging around the blog," to answer any questions about Dyad, a game we called "one of the best pure arcade experiences to come along in years."

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Dyad creator brings A Game About Bouncing to PlayStation Home

Indie studio ][ (pronounced "right square bracket left square bracket"), the developer behind the psychedelic game DYAD, is bringing a new virtual arcade cabinet to PlayStation Home this Wednesday. Players will be able to buy the arcade and place it in their virtual home, which will give them access to ]['s latest game, A Game About Bouncing. The game requires players to propel themselves and bounce from one body to the next while avoiding dark comets using the PlayStation 3's thumbsticks. Cabinet owners will receive items like a a pair of PlayStation Home bow-less spectacles inspired by the game, and a Shawn McGrath (founder of ][) signature hat and beard. Friends who visit each other's PlayStation Homes can also play the game if their friend owns a cabinet. The cabinet has not...

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Sound Shapes, DayZ and Mutant Blobs Attack developers speaking at Gamercamp Toronto

Gamercamp Toronto will play host to talks by Chris Harvey (Mutant Blobs Attack), Dean Hall (DayZ) and Jonathan Mak (Sound Shapes) when the two day event that celebrates the art and creativity in games kicks off on Nov. 3. In addition to presentations given by noted game developers, the event will also showcase more than 25 games from North America including Nidhogg, Gravity Ghost, At A Distance, Guts of Glory, Dyad, Skulls of the Shogun, Super TIME Force and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. The event will also host gamemaking workshops about HTML5 and motion capture. Passes to the event are now on sale and start at $20 for the Saturday social events and $99 to cover the entire weekend's talks, social events and an American Apparel Gamercamp t-shirt. The Toronto premiere of the...

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'Dyad', 'Prom Week' and 'Guacamelee' among IndieCade finalists

The 2012 IndieCade Festival announced 36 finalists today that include a cross-section of independent developers from Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia. The festival, now in its fifth year, received more than 500 submissions from developers around the world. These 500 submissions were then narrowed down to the top 36, which will be on show and playable at the IndieCade Festival from October 6-7 in Culver City, California. "IndieCade was created to foster the development of, and highlight, the most innovative and entertaining independent games," explained Stephanie Barish, CEO of IndieCade. "We take pride in spotlighting tomorrow's hit indie game today. We also love giving festival attendees the opportunity to see these amazing titles." Former IndieCade finalists include Braid,...

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    • Released 07/17/2012
    • Publisher Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket Games
    • Developer Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket Games
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  • Windows
    • Released 04/24/2013
    • Publisher Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket Games
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