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Which games company do developers most want to work for?

A survey of game developers recently asked which outfit they would most like to work for. The answer? Valve. In fact, the Independent Game Developers Association survey of more than 2,200 developers found that Valve was an even more popular choice than working for their own company. Other popular potential employers included Activision Blizzard, BioWare and Ubisoft. Privately-held Valve, which is best known for the Steam retail platform as well as the likes of the Half-Life and Team Fortress series, is well known for eschewing old-fashioned notions of hierarchy and management in favor of individual creativity and production. Here's the full list... Valve My own company Activision Blizzard BioWare Ubisoft Current employer Nintendo Naughty Dog Double Fine Bethesda Game...
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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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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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Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 packages seven games for cheap

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 is available now and includes seven PC games on a pay-what-you-want scale. Anyone who purchases the bundle at any price can pick up The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Complete Pack — which includes the Blue Blood, Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic packs — as well as Deadlight and Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition. Those who pay more than the average price will get Terraria, The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition and Crusader Kings 2, in addition to the aforementioned titles. Buyers who pay more than $15 also get Age of Empires Legacy Bundle; the bundle includes Age of Empires 2 HD, Age of Empires 3: Complete Collection and Age of Empires 2 HD: The Forgotten. The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 will be on sale until Sept. 2. Buyers have the choice to split...
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Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend delayed to Sept. 4

Players eager to learn what it's like to date a pigeon will have to wait a little longer. Mediatonic's remake of pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed to Sept. 4, publisher Devolver Digital announced today via Twitter. The title — originally slated to launch this Thursday, Aug. 21 —is an upscaled HD remake of the 2011 original by manga artist Hato Moa. In Hatoful Boyfriend, players are the last human woman in the world and enroll in a high school for pigeons, searching the campus for their one true love. Mediatonic's version will also includes a new scenario and ending designed by original creator Moa. Hatoful Boyfriend will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux and is currently available for pre-order through Steam. Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed...
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Super Meat Boy creators tease their next project, a 'live action stealth game'

Team Meat will show off its next game, titled A Voyeur for September, at the Indie Megabooth at PAX later this month. Today, the developer of Super Meat Boy started teasing that new project, which it describes as "a new live action stealth game." The teaser for A Voyeur for September consists of grainy live-action footage, including shots of someone peering into a house and black and white vignettes of flora and fauna. Team Meat is also working on Mew-Genics, a cat-breeding sim. That project has been put on hold, however, while Team Meat devotes time to another project, presumably A Voyeur for September. One half of Team Meat, Edmund McMillen, is also working on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. A listing for A Voyeur for September indicates a release on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and...
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    • Platforms: Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Destiny
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
    • Platforms: Mac, Win, iOS, Android
    • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Dark Souls 2
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, Win
    • Publisher: Namco Bandai
    • Developer: From Software
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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Enemy Starfighter's new trailer is frakking intense

The return of the flight sim genre keeps rolling along with the announcement that Enemy Starfighter will be playable at this year's PAX Prime. In Enemy Starfighter the player takes the role of the pilot of an elite fighter craft and the leader of a larger reconnaissance task force. The goal is to jump into systems, perform surgical strikes to cripple their defences, and pave the way for a larger invasion force. No release date has yet been set. Enemy Starfighter is a game in production by Marauder Interactive, a small studio led by Mike Tipul. Tipul is a veteran of Pandemic Studios (Full Spectrum Warrior 2, The Saboteur) and Bungie, where he was responsible for the space combat mission in Halo Reach. The PAX build will feature full Oculus DK2 support. The PAX trailer seems to be...
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Max Gentlemen, a game inspired by penis pill spam emails, arrives this week

Organ Trail creator The Men Who Wear Many Hats will release its free, "old timey arcade action" game called Max Gentlemen on Aug. 21 for mobile devices and PC, the developer recently announced. The game was funded via Kickstarter last year. Although the core experience is free, players can choose to purchase extra characters and levels. It also offers cross-platform local multiplayer to compete against friends. In Max Gentlemen, players will collect and stack hats in a Victorian-era world, mixed with "the over-the-top, pile-drive-your-mom aesthetics of professional wrestling." "When you drink a beer, a hat will fly upon your head, because you deserve it (for being so manly)," the game's description reads. Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills received by a member...
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Now you can share a Coke with a League of Legends character

Thanks to League of Legends' enduring popularity and developer Riot Games' partnership with Coca-Cola, champions from the game are now appearing on packaging for Coke products in Korea. Marc Merrill, president and co-founder of Riot Games, tweeted the above photo today. As you can see, the image features three bottles of Coke adorned with the League characters Annie, Vi and Braum. Merrill also posted a second photo of a Coke can featuring Lux; you can check it out below. We've reached out to Riot to ask whether League champions are appearing on Coke beverages only in Korea, and will update this article with any information we receive. For more on League, check out our piece from Gamescom about how Riot is helping professional players who age out of competitive play.
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What happens when 2D platforming meets tower defense?

I love Super Nintendo-era platformers. I love tower defense games. But do these two genres really fit together? According to Bryce Kho and Brian Ott of indie developer Guts Department, they absolutely do. I invited Bryce and Brian to show me their new game, Aegis Defenders, which combines 16-bit aesthetics and exploration with tough-as-nails, defend-the-safe-point gameplay. You can also swap between multiple characters to figure out what suits your preferred play style. Check out the full video above to see what's in store. If you like what you see, you can get more information on the Aegis Defenders Kickstarter page.
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War Thunder in development for PS4's Project Morpheus

Gaijin Entertainment's War Thunder is in development for the still not-quite-real Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 virtual reality kit, the developer announced this week. The end result, the developers say, will be a game with stereoscopic 3D battles and a 360 degree panoramic view of the battlefield. WWII free-to-play massively multiplayer online game War Thunder has about 8 million players across Linux, Mac, PC and PS4. Check out their latest, Gamescom, trailer below.
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Prepare for Invisible, Inc. on Steam Early Access with this trailer

Klei Entertainment shared a new trailer today heralding the Aug. 19 arrival of its turn-based espionage title Invisible, Inc. on Steam Early Access. For the duration of its time in Early Access, Invisible, Inc. will be available for $15.99, 20 percent off its full price of $19.99. The game will be available for Mac and Windows PC, with Klei looking into a Linux version for later down the line. The developer also plans to make tweaks based on feedback throughout the Early Access period and encourages players to drop notes and suggestions on the game's official forums. For more details on gameplay, check out our recent hands-on preview and interview with the developers.
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Defense Grid 2 hits Sept. 23

Tower defense title Defense Grid 2 will launch on Sept. 23 for Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, developer Hidden Path Entertainment announced today. The game will be downloadable through the PlayStation Store, Steam and the Xbox Games Store. Currently, pre-orders are available through Steam. Steam pre-orders net buyers 10 percent off the game, as well as immediate access to the in-progress Windows PC beta. Hidden Path has promised to add more incentives as more players pre-order, such as a free copy of the original 2008 Defense Grid: The Awakening's Containment expansion and an art book featuring designs from the game. Polygon spent some time with Hidden Path during the development of Defense Grid 2. Check out our series of features chronicling the game's...
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Blizzard's Lords of War animated series sets up Warlords of Draenor

In the weeks leading up to the release of Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, Blizzard is releasing a series of animated short films that take players inside the legendary characters from Warcraft's past. Blizzard premiered the first episode of Lords of War at a livestreamed event in Los Angeles, Calif. today. It focuses on Kargath Bladefist, the gladiator and slave who would become the leader of the Shattered Hand. The remaining episodes will focus on characters Grommash Hellscream, Kilrogg Deadeye and Durotan — one of the main characters in the upcoming Warcraft film. Chris Metzen, senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard, said Lords of War was created to introduce many World of Warcraft players to Draenor's pivotal warlords. "...
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor arrives Nov. 13

World of Warcraft's fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will launch Nov. 13, Blizzard announced today. The expansion takes place in Draenor, better known as the home of the orc and draenei races. The area is split into seven zones and includes new battlegrounds, bosses, dungeons and raids. The game's level cap has been raised to 100, and players can boost one character to level 90 to jump into new content immediately. Warlords of Draenor will include cosmetic updates to several of the game's races, including human females and males, orcs and gnomes. Players will also be able to build garrisons — expandable, customizable strongholds to serve as a base of operations. Blizzard announced the new expansion at BlizzCon 2013.
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Meet the controller that can teach you gun safety, or how to wield a lightsaber

The STEM system is a wireless series of motion controllers that work in three dimensions, similar to a much updated version of the PlayStation Move. The system was a Kickstarter success, raising over $600,000 out of a $250,000 goal, and the units are expected to be in backers' hands later this year. Sixense has updated its Kickstarter page with information about the hardware's SDK, along with demos of what the hardware will be capable of in games when combined with the Oculus Rift. "Our Shooting Gallery, which we created using the SixenseVR SDK, provides an example of common game interactions with a focus on full-simulation weapon mechanics. The STEM System allows you to wield a gun in each hand naturally, and to use either eye to look down the sight," the page stated. "...
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Watch us take on Hearthstone's toughest single-player boss yet

So far Griffin McElroy and I have been nothing but successful in defeating each wing of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The Arachnid Quarter? Crushed it. The Military Quarter? Brought to heel. And the Plague Quarter? Don't even get me started. This week, we face our biggest challenge in the most unlikely of places. How many tries will I need to take down a single boss? What poorly-constructed deck will finally do the trick? And what awaits us after that long struggle? Tune in to the video above to find out! And be sure to check back next week when we take on the fifth and final wing of Curse of Naxxramas.
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Here's how The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is coming along

Development on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a remake of the original 2011 flash game The Binding of Isaac, is still in the thick of things, with designer Edmund McMillen sharing a new video of the title in its final state on his official website. As well as announcing the addition of round worm enemies, McMillen stated that the shared video is "basically what you will be getting on release." He noted that developers still need to implement some sound effects and make a few visual tweaks. Other than that, McMillen hinted that the game's launch is not that far around the corner. "The closer we get to release the less I want to spoil," he wrote. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is in development with Nicalis, with design supervision from McMillen. The game is set to launch later this...
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Depression Quest launches in spite of high-profile suicide and online threats

Depression Quest, a game created by Zoe Quinn, was released on Steam a few days ago. It just so happened to be the same day that actor Robin Williams took his own life. The decision to release that day was difficult for Quinn. She wrote at length on her personal blog about the decision to launch the game, the decision to make it free and about how threats and harassment influenced her design.Depression Quest is a text-based role-playing game, written in a simple yet versatile software tool called Twine. It puts the player in the role of a person suffering from severe depression. Polygon's Colin Campbell has written about Depression Quest before, placing it among a new breed of empathy games, a kind of gameplay experience that goes beyond the well trod fantasy and science fiction tropes,...
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The Walking Dead Pinball begins Aug. 26

Zen Studios' pinball tables based on the first season of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead will be released starting Aug. 26, the developer announced today. Release dates on each platform are as follows: Zen Pinball 2 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4  and  PlayStation Vita: Aug. 26 in North America, August 27 in Europe Zen Pinball 2 on Mac, Aug. 27 Pinball FX2 for Windows PC on Steam and Xbox 360, Aug. 27 Zen Pinball 2 for Wii U, Aug. 28 Zen Pinball for Android and iOS Aug. 28 Check out the gallery below and trailer above to see The Walking Dead Pinball tables and familiar locations like Macon and Savannah.
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