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ESA, Xbox Live, Die Gute Fabrik, Anki, Civilization 5: Brave New World: Speed Run

Activision Blizzard and Tencent have joined the ESA. Xbox Live Summer of Arcade kicks off Aug. 7. We spoke to the development teams behind Sportfriends game Johann Sebastian Joust and the Anki Drive. Civilization 5's last expansion, Brave New World, is a great addition to the game. Activision Blizzard and Tencent join the Entertainment Software Association Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013 release schedule revealed How mutants, monsters and Baroque swordsmen inspire Die Gute Fabrik's games Why Anki chose to start a consumer robotics revolution with a real world video game at WWDC 2013 Civilization 5: Brave New World review: go west

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Horizon offered a quieter, conversational E3 press conference

Horizon, Venus Patrol and MOCAtv's indie-focused E3 press conference, wasn't lacking in announcements and early looks at games in development — but it was severely lacking in pyrotechnics. That is a very, very good thing. The bombast and decibel level of the major publishers' press conferences certainly helps their games seem larger than life, but they can distract from the games and ideas being conferred. At Horizon, no such distractions existed. Independent developers were given time and a stage with which to show off their projects, all of which were at various stages in their development. Keita Takahashi's new game, in development with Robin Hunicke and Martin Middleton's indie team at Funomena, was revealed during the event, showing off a few of the ideas that inspired the title....

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Johann Sebastian Joust getting invincibility mode and more in Sportsfriends compilation

Johann Sebastian Joust, the PlayStation Move-enabled motion game played without a screen, will include new features like invincibility mode as part of the Sportsfriends compilation, according to a post today by developer Doug Wilson on the PlayStation Blog. The new mode allows players to become invincible for a few seconds at the press of a button. Wilson explains that knowing when to press offers a tactical advantage in situations like surprise attacks. He also plans to add other features that he's not yet revealed. "I want to add a whole bunch of new features..." "I want to add a whole bunch of new features, so that each group of players can mix and match rules to find their own preferred version of the game," he writes. "Like any good playground game, [Johann Sebastian] Joust is...

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Sportsfriends' Hokra shoots for sports game appeal to non-sports fans

Hokra creator Ramiro Corbetta took to the PlayStation Blog today to describe his "minimalist sports game," one of four games in the Sportsfriends compilation on Kickstarter. Hokra pits two teams of two against each other as they vie for control of a ball and attempt to hold it within their respective goals. The premise is simple, but the mechanic of passing the ball between teammates, and the fact that your avatar can only sprint when you're not holding the ball, both add a significant layer of strategy to the frenetic local multiplayer experience. "I wanted to make a game that is fun both for people who are into sports games and for gamers who tend to look down on sports games," Corbetta said. If the Sportsfriends Kickstarter gets funded, Corbetta plans to further tweak the...

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BaraBariBall developer details features as part of the Sportsfriends compilation

BaraBariBall, developer Noah Sasso's quirky take on a fighting game, is headed to PlayStation Network as part of the Sportsfriends compilation, and the developer detailed its features today on the PlayStation Blog. The game tasks players with defeating each other, but offers a few twists to standard fighting game mechanics. Rather than scoring points by fighting each other directly, two to four players jostle for control of balls, which they can dunk for points on each side of the screen. Players are also limited to a certain number of jumps, as conveyed by floating balls that surround each. You can read detailed rules of the game alongside some amazing animated GIFs on the game's official website. The retro-styled fighter will join Johann Sebastian Joust, Hokra and Super Pole...

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