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Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest get big holiday discounts on mobile

Square Enix is discounting a veritable cornucopia of mobile games for the holidays, including Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest titles, the developer and publisher announced this morning. The deals cover the iOS and Android ecosystems, and you check them out below. FINAL FANTASY Final Fantasy - regularly $8.99 now $3.99 (for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices) Final Fantasy 2 - regularly $8.99 now $3.99 (for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices) Final Fantasy 3 - regularly $15.99 now $7.99 (for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices) Final Fantasy 3 for iPad - regularly $16.99 now $7.99 (for iPad) Final Fantasy 4 - regularly $15.99 now $7.99 (for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices) Final Fantasy 5 - regularly $15.99 now $7.99 (for iPhone, iPod...
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Gear VR is an amazing virtual reality device that you should not buy (yet)

The Samsung Gear VR is a self-contained, portable, high-quality virtual reality gaming headset. It's available now. You shouldn't buy one.The $200 piece of hardware is a shell with optics and more advanced sensors than standard smartphones. It's a simple system to set up: You just attach your Galaxy Note 4 — the only phone that works with the device — and then adjust the straps to get a comfortable fit. The proximity sensor sees your face and launches the Oculus Home program, allowing you to browse games, videos and experiences while inside virtual reality. Right now the Galaxy Note 4, which retails for around $700 unsubsidized, is the only phone compatible with the device. This isn't like the failed experiments that have plagued the past 20 years of virtual reality; this is...
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Dec. 9, 2014

The fall of THQ

Former employees explain what went wrong for the once-strong game publishing empire.

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Majesco, deeply troubled, infused with $6 million from investors

Majesco Entertainment, the financially troubled video game developer and publisher, secured $6 million in funding from "certain accredited investors," the company announced today. Of the total funds, "approximately" $1 million is available now. The balance will be placed in escrow and disbursed later, pending conditions like stockholder approval. The investors purchased Majesco sock shares at $0.68 per unit. As of this writing, Majesco's shares are trading at $0.59 per share on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Majesco, the publisher of games like Zumba Fitness series, has faced financial difficulties throughout the last few years. In March 2013, Nasdaq gave Majesco 180 calendar days to raise its stock price or face delisting if it remained below $1 per share. In August 2013, Majesco...
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Minecraft to get an episodic, story-based game from Telltale Games

Minecraft has always focused on the creative, open nature of the game's world rather than try to craft any kind of story-based single-player mode, but today Mojang has announced a deal with Telltale Games that will lead an episodic game called Minecraft: Story Mode. The content will launch next year on "Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices." You can also get this news in game form, if you'd like, and the dialog in this little widget actually explains why the new game is being made. "We've begun to realize that there's a massive demand for fiction set in the Minecraft universe. People love engaging the world, whether they're building, adventuring, or role-playing an awesome Creeper slayer," the game says. "The tricky bit is working out how to...
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Lords of the Fallen will take over Android and iOS next year (correction)

Lords of the Fallen, developer Deck13 Interactive's Dark Souls-inspired action role-playing game, is going mobile and will arrive on Android and iOS in 2015, according to a tweet from the game's official Twitter account this week. Released in late October on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, Lords of the Fallen was co-developed by CI Games. It's unclear whether the Android and iOS version will be ports of the existing game or a derivative version. We've contacted the developer and North American distributer Bandai Namco for more information and will update this story as we receive it. For those who don't want to wait for the mobile version, Lords of the Fallen is on sale at GameStop this week. UPDATE: Console and PC RPG #LordsoftheFallen will be released on iOS and Android...
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Bandai Namco changes its name for the second time this year

Bandai Namco Holdings' board of directors made another name change official today: As of April 1, 2015, 20 company subsidiaries will be rebranded from Bandai Namco Games to Bandai Namco Entertainment. "With the advance of technology and diversification of user preferences, the Group has expanded into new products and service domains that extend beyond its previous game business domain," a press release (PDF link) announcing the change explains. You can see the subsidiaries affected in the image below. This is the second name change for the company this year. In February, the parent company rebranded from Namco Bandai Games to Bandai Namco Games. Bandai Namco's latest decision is not without precedent. In January 2007, on the same day that Apple revealed the original iPhone, the...
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Shadowrun Returns developer teases more Shadowrun for 2015

The developer of cyberpunk fantasy role-playing game Shadowrun Returns, Harebrained Schemes, is hinting at a new Shadowrun project. On Kickstarter, the company teases, "Shadowrun returns to Kickstarter January 2015." Harebrained Schemes doesn't offer much beyond the promise of something new for the Shadowrun property, but a sequel or expansion seems likely. The developer's Shadowrun Returns, released in 2013, was well-received by critics and players. Shadowrun Returns was a standout Kickstarter success. Harebrained Schemes raised more than $1.8 million through a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, and released the game on a variety of PC and mobile platforms in 2013. The developer released an expansion, Dragonfall, and the stand-alone Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut in 2014. We've...
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Hearthstone now available for Android tablets

Blizzard's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for Android tablets, the company announced today. The initial roll out of Hearthstone is for select regions — Canada, Australia and New Zealand — but expect the game to be available worldwide in the coming days. The Android version of Hearthstone is available to download from the Google Play store, and will be added to the Amazon Appstore for Android for the game's global release. The Android release includes the recently added Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion and Curse of Naxxramas adventure. Hearthstone players will get a free classic pack of cards if they download the Android version, a bonus that will carry over to other versions of the game. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is already available...
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Lindsay Lohan's new video game is funny, trashy and surprisingly self-aware

Actress Lindsay Lohan is the star of a new mobile game, The Price of Fame for Android and iOS, that's both a tongue-in-cheek look at celebrity culture and far less glamorous than another popular celebrity fantasy game, Glu Mobile's megahit Kim Kardashian Hollywood. Like Kardashian's (surprisingly progressive) game, Lohan's new mobile title sees the actress shepherding a new Hollywood celebrity along the path to ultimate fame. Players can purchase new outfits and accessories for their celebrity avatar and earn coins by building a following. That's done by swiping upward on a touchscreen in order to gain fans, an appropriately masturbatory-looking gesture. Lohan's game is more crass, more silly than Kardashian's. Where Kim K's game promises "a virtual world complete with exclusive...
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Apple mistakenly censored Papers, Please on iOS, nudity is being patched back in

The iPad release of Papers, Please will have nudity after all — Apple rejected the original unedited version due to a "misunderstanding," said developer Lucas Pope on Twitter today. Papers, Please puts players in the shoes of a border patrol agent for the fictional, vaguely Eastern European country of Arstotzka. The original PC release of Papers, Please — a game with a deliberately low-resolution pixelated art style — contains nudity in situations where people looking to cross into Arstotzka are put through body scanning machines (see screenshot above). Players can toggle nakedness on or off in the game's settings. Pope launched Papers, Please on iPad today. In announcing the release date for the iPad version earlier this week, he said that he had to remove nudity from the game in...
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Watch the creation of mobile's first gorgeous series in The Art of Infinity Blade

Earlier this week, the Infinity Blade franchise celebrated its fourth anniversary, and the developers at Chair Entertainment created a video that explores the art behind a series that blurs the line between mobile and console graphics. Press play above to watch the featurette, which Chair shared exclusively with Polygon today. You'll learn how Infinity Blade's fantasy world evolved artistically and what the developers did to keep each game new and each enemy interesting. You can also browse the gallery below for a closer look at some of the concept art that appears in The Art of Infinity Blade. "We've got such amazing fans who continue to play and support Infinity Blade and we're really excited to provide them with an inside look at our process and inspiration behind the art they...
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Pirates, recombobulators and other incredible new Hearthstone decks

We're back! Not content with our first two videos of the new Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion for Hearthstone, Griffin and I had to jump in one more time. This time, I'm showing off some decks I've been working on inspired by Twitch streamer Kripp's creations. I've got a warlock, priest, paladin and rogue deck ready to go, and we take each of them for a test drive. Check out the video for yourself above and share your current favorite Goblins vs. Gnomes decks in the comments!
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After Apple censorship, award-winning Papers, Please finally headed to iPad

Developer Lucas Pope went to Twitter to announce that his award-winning indie game Papers, Please will be available Dec. 12 on iPad. The title will be available in the App Store for $7.99, with a discount to $5.99 at launch. Papers, Please tells the story of a border guard along the edge of a fake country called Arstotzka. Throughout the course of the game players must make decisions about who they allow to cross the border, a mundane task that eventually leads to an emotional story. The game won numerous awards including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the 2014 Independent Games Festival Awards and Best Simulation Game at the 2014 BAFTA Video Games Awards. In order to pass Apple certification the game did require a change in that full nudity was removed from the game after it was...
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Minecraft developer Mojang is finally releasing Scrolls

After more than 18 months in beta, Mojang's collectible card game Scrolls is finally getting an official release tomorrow, Dec. 11, the developer confirmed today. Mojang released a new trailer for Scrolls today and said that the strategy game, which is available for Mac and Windows PC platforms, is also coming to Android tablets and will have its price lowered to $5. An iPad version of Scrolls is on the way, but not until sometime in 2015, Mojang's Owen Hill said. A demo for Scrolls is available to download from the game's official website. Scrolls is a card-based strategy game that blends elements from both classic trading card games and board games, and features a story written by Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins. Developer Mojang was sold to Microsoft earlier this year in a $2.5...
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Gear VR fixes one of virtual reality's most annoying problems

Virtual reality can make your few moments of downtime feel surreal.Last evening I was floating a few meters underwater, surrounded by half-submerged hunks of ice and Narwhals. I was "playing" a sort of passive underwater experience on the newly-released Gear VR, Samsung's portable virtual reality headset, and the wireless nature of the device allowed me to stand comfortably in the middle of my living room, hands slightly outstretched to keep my balance. The demo, called theBlueVR, is around five to 10 minutes long, and with good quality headphones it's very easy to get lost inside the calm underwater world. Virtual reality has quickly become part of my daily relaxation habits, and having a portable device in which to escape for a few minutes has become an effective coping mechanism for...
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What I learned making, and spending, a fortune in Hearthstone

I have 125 "free" packs of Goblins vs. Gnomes Hearthstone cards.There wasn’t any weird trick to doing this. I’ve just been playing the game regularly for nearly a year. Hearthstone gives you a daily quest that rewards in-game currency, or gold, for accomplishing tasks like winning games with different classes, dealing damage to enemies or killing minions. You can also reroll a quest to try to get one that awards more gold, or one that requires a class you’d rather play, but you can only do so once a day. You can save up to three quests at a time and, if the objectives overlap — if you have a quest to cast 40 spells and a quest to win two games as a mage — you can complete both objectives simultaneously. I amassed over 12,500 gold between April and December You can use this gold to...
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Heroes of Might and Magic 3 returns in HD Jan. 29 (update)

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition is headed to Android, iOS and Windows PC Jan. 29, publisher Ubisoft's U.K. division announced this week. Developer New World Computing originally released Heroes of Might and Magic 3: The Restoration of Erathia in 1999. The PC turn-based strategy game tasks players with commanding armies and fighting to gain experience. In addition to the graphical upgrade, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition will include the original campaign scenarios, 48 maps for skirmishes and support for local multiplayer. The Windows PC version will also include a map editor. "Community is at the core of the Might & Magic series, and we wanted to thank their everlasting support by bringing back the epic tale of Queen Catherine Ironfist," said Erwan le Breton, Might &...
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Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion is live; watch us play it!

Griffin and I already got a taste of the new Hearthstone expansion last week with our arena video. Now the expansion is out properly, and we're back to document our time with it. In the video above, you can watch us open a stupidly large number of Goblins vs. Gnomes card packs. How many new murloc cards will we find? Will we get any legendaries? And what horrible excuse for a deck will come out of it all? Watch it for yourself and check back later this week for more Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes coverage.
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Bo Jackson joins the lineup in Madden NFL 15

Bo Jackson, widely considered the greatest video game athlete of all time thanks to his iconic appearances in the Tecmo Bowl franchise, has at last teamed up with EA Sports' Madden NFL series. EA Sports announced today that Jackson will join Madden NFL 15 through the game's Ultimate Team mode, and that Jackson also will be featured with the free-to-play Madden NFL Mobile available for Android and iOS devices. Jackson arrives in Madden Ultimate Team Dec. 22. Anyone logging on then will get "a unique Bo Jackson Item, with boosted stats, to use on their squad for a limited time." There will also be a Bo Jackson-themed solo challenge in the mode. Live Events will allow everyone to play with Jackson even if they don't get his card in Ultimate Team. He appeared as a powerfully rated...
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Sons of Anarchy will live on with 'The Prospect' on mobile devices

Sons of Anarchy, the outlaw motorcycle club soap opera that ends tomorrow night, will continue its ride in early 2015 with Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect, described as "an interactive, episode-based game" for mobile devices. The announcement said Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect would involve a new location and a previously unknown chapter of the motorcycle club. It promised fans would "experience the treachery, graphic action, intrigue and life-and-death decision-making they have come to anticipate from the show." Canada-based Orpheus is developing the game along with Silverback Games. Orpheus acquired the rights to make a Sons of Anarchy video game back in 2013. Previously, series creator Kurt Sutter had said the game would be a "very high-end tablet game." Sons of Anarchy premiered...
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Gear VR is a closed system, but the Oculus Rift will (likely) remain open

One of the best aspects of the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 is the fact that it's completely open. Anyone can download the SDK and get to work creating games and experiences, and the community of underground virtual reality developers making crazy, unlicensed demos has been amazing. Unfortunately for the just-released Gear VR, you have to release games through Oculus Home, the proprietary storefront controlled by Oculus itself. It's a closed system. During a recent talk with Oculus VR I asked if the Rift itself would remain open. "That's currently the plan," Oculus' Nate Mitchell said. "A lot of the reasons that Gear VR is, I guess you can say closed, is not because it was a strategic decision that we needed to have a closed store. There are a lot of actual technical reasons to do...
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