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Skylanders launching more powerful premium figures this fall

This fall, Activision will launch Skylanders Eon's Elite, a premium toy line featuring eight new collectible figurines of the franchise's most beloved heroes, the company announced at San Diego Comic-Con today. The line will launch with two figurines, Spyro (above) and Chop Chop (below), with the remaining six Eon's Elite figures to be picked from the roster of the game that started it all, the original 2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. In the lore of the Skylanders universe, these eight heroes have been selected for their "undaunted courage and commitment" in defending the Skylands for immortalization in special metallic figures with new decorations and a gold base. The Eon's Elite figures will also be up to three times more powerful in-game than typical Skylanders, the biggest...
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Shadowgate remake coming to Mac, PC on Aug. 21, mobile this fall

Zojoi's remake of 1989 NES adventure game Shadowgate will launch for Mac and Windows PC on Aug. 21, with Android and iOS versions slated to launch this fall, the developer announced today. Shadowgate will be available through Steam and other online distribution outlets for $19.99. This reimagined version, made possible in collaboration with indie company Reverb Triple XP, features new puzzles and harder difficulty levels, as well a bonus Retro Mode that let's players "experience the game like its 1989." Shadowgate was successfully crowdfunded via Kickstarter in November 2012, pulling in $137,232 from 3,468 backers. For a better look at how the remake stacks up to the original, check out the below video comparing the two.
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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes arrives Sept. 23

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the next entry in the Disney-based, toy-filled franchise, will launch for  iOS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 23, Disney Interactive announced today. Disney Interactive announced the 2.0 Edition of the game in April. The game introduces a variety of Marvel super heroes, from the Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy. As of today, those interested can pre-order the game for a bonus Marvel figure. In Disney Infinity, players control popular characters from Disney's vast vault in a sandbox world. The game uses physical figurines, which players place on a an Infinity Base to activate. In Toy Box mode, players can craft their own worlds complete with items, characters and more. The original Disney Infinity...
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Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee and more are coming to the Family Guy game

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston will soon be playable — and eating cartoon pizza, it appears — in the official Family Guy mobile game, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, alongside a half-dozen other pop culture favorites, just in time for Comic-Con. Cranston will be joined by actors Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Felicia Day (The Guild), George Takei (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Stan Lee (Marvel Comics) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) in a special event in the game that kicks off alongside San Diego Comic-Con. In the iOS and Android game, those celebrities will travel to Family Guy's hometown of Quahog for the Quahog Comic-Con — a fictional event that is actually sanctioned by the people who run Comic-Con International in San Diego. The celebrities and geek icons...
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Kanye West reviews Kim Kardashian's video game — with Twitter's help

The following is a review of Kim Kardashian's new mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood in the form of Kanye West lyrics submitted via Twitter. This is goon shit. Fuck-up-your-whole-afternoon shit.Things we see on the screen are not ours.I guess this is my dissertation, this shit is basic. Now I ain't saying she's a gold digger, but she take my money when I'm in need. Wait till I get my money right. I'm looking at her like this what you really wanted, huh? I'm doing pretty good as far as geniuses go. This is the story of a champion. I had a dream I can buy my way to heaven. I'm so appalled. How could you say they live life wrong? How much do I not give a fuck? My presence is a present. Kiss my ass. As soon as they like you, make 'em unlike you. I'm a star, how could I not...
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Find out which experimental games excite Korean devs

Note: A few frames of the above video are not suitable for work. A group of Korean game developers were inspired by GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop to host their own curated games exhibition. The festival, called Out of Index, opened for submissions June 22nd and just a short month later the games were demonstrated at a small party in South Korea. "People say ‘There is nothing new under the sun,'" reads OOI's mission statement. "Does that mean there wouldn't be any new grammar [of gameplay] then? No! "We would like to inspire new energy to the Korean game industry through various experimentation [sic]." The showcase featured 14 games, including Western games like David OReilly's Mountain. Check out the video for the highlights. You can find information, including videos, about...
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How to make a video game about drag queens

A California-based studio is developing the sequel to RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis, an iOS and Android game that will feature seven drag queens from the World of Wonder reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. The ingredients? Queens, sass, glitter and glamor. Speaking to Polygon, So Much Drama Studios' founder Jeff Meador said the idea for the original Dragopolis came from the apparent lack of video games that targeted and spoke to the LGBT audience. "I think [drag] has such a celebratory element to it," Meador said. "Queens are such fun and they're such characters — it was a great opportunity to bring something like that that has such joy and passion to it, to bring it to life within a video game where we could really take it and make it very cartoony and over the top in a lot of...
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Nvidia's new gaming tablet fully supports Twitch broadcasting

The new Shield Tablet from Nvidia, revealed just this morning, will be the first mobile device to fully support broadcasting to Twitch, the live-streaming announced. Previously, mobile games themselves such as Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS devices, have featured Twitch streaming options; the Shield Tablet is capable of streaming anything on it, whether that is any Android game or games streamed from a user's PC. The Shield Tablet will feature the Twitch viewing application preinstalled on the device; Twitch said last month the Android app alone accounted for more than 850 million minutes of content viewed by 2.6 million unique viewers. The broadcasting capabilities of the Shield Tablet are supported by the device's 5-megapixel, front-facing camera. "It's no secret our goal is to be...
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How the Model T convinced Nvidia to build a gaming-focused tablet

The rumors are true: Nvidia is building a tablet for gamers, and you can blame Henry Ford. The Shield Tablet will be available July 29, and pre-orders open today for the 8-inch tablet ($299 for 16 GB and Wi-Fi, $399 for 32 GB and LTE), Nvidia's wireless controller ($59) and its kickstand cover ($39). Today's announcement turns the Shield brand into a family of devices, which began last year with the hardware now known as the Shield Portable, a handheld with a built-in controller. "We've always been thinking about what's next," said Matt Webling, General Manager for Tegra and Nvidia's Mobile Business Unit in a press briefing. "What makes sense to actually bring out next. Shield has actually given us a great device for us to focus on, [as] a company." Must Read Why Nvidia...
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Flappy Bird creator says game was inspired by bouncing a ping pong ball on a paddle

The inspiration for Flappy Bird, a game deemed so addictive by its creator he pulled it from mobile phones for awhile, was ping pong.Specifically, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen told a gathering of developers at Gamelab 2014 in Barcelona last month, the game was inspired by the habit he had of trying to bounce a ping pong ball on a paddle for as long as possible. "Every game of mine is inspired by sport," Nguyen said. "It's not from real life experiences. "Sports naturally follow the philosophy of something that is easy to learn and difficult to master. I just follow the experience of playing sports and put that into my games." In Flappy Bird, which was released in May, 2012, players tap the screen of a phone to make a small bird flap its wings. The object of the game is to pass...
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Why some Magic: The Gathering fans are upset with Magic 2015

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 released on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Android devices this week after a week of iOS exclusivity. It's the fifth Magic game from developer Stainless Games and, in a year where Hearthstone has blown up, arguably the one Duels of the Planeswalkers release with the biggest chance at reaching a new audience.According to some fans, though, Magic 2015 is actually a considerable step back from previous entries in the series. In a Reddit thread full of complaints, user "AwSunnyDeeFYeah" leads the charge, pointing to a sluggish interface, slower gameplay and a more frustrating approach to unlock new cards and decks that can make it difficult to win with your preferred style. User "NeoFalcon2" points to microtransactions as an issue. While...
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The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault is set against Warhammer 40,000's civil war

The latest entry in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, will be the first game to take place during an era of civil war known as the Horus Heresy, developer Complex Games announced. Drop Assault is a fast-paced tactical game set against conflict among the Emperor's Space Marine Legions in the 30th millennium. After choosing a side as either a Traitor or Loyalist, players work to build and customize their armies. Players can also build chapters with friends or challenge players worldwide. "The Horus Heresy is an iconic and seminal part of our IP that describes the dark period in the Imperium's history that ultimately led to the way the Warhammer 40,000 universe looks now," Head of Games Workshop licensing Jon Gillard said. "As a setting it has been the...
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Kim Kardashian's game is making millions of dollars because … it's not terrible

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the mobile role-playing game featuring the socialite herself, is forecast to make $200 million this year, which is significantly more than what most video games make in their lifetime. While it may be easy to attribute most of those earnings to her rabid fan base, which has been known to throw money at anything the Kardashian Klan puts its name on, there might be more to its success than just a pretty face. "There are a couple of things," said the co-founder of Drexel University's game design program, Frank Lee. "If the gameplay itself was really horrible, it probably wouldn't sell as well. Certainly having her name attached to it and given the amount of media interest she's able to generate is a great help, but the underlying gameplay is pretty...
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Final Fantasy: Record Keeper mobile game brings back characters from the past

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a new title in the long-running fantasy series, will feature protagonists and environments from past releases, Square Enix announced. The company is currently accepting pre-registration for the upcoming release, which will give those pre-registered users five Mythril at the game's launch. Record Keeper tells the story of a boy named Apprentice who is sent into the worlds of memories that have been sealed away within paintings. Apprentice will relive these memories from earlier Final Fantasy games, including Zanarkand, the big bridge and the Northern Cave. The game will also feature protagonists from earlier games including Final Fantasy 3's Luneth, Final Fantasy 7's Cloud Strife and Final Fantasy 9's Zidane Tribal, who can all be added to your party by...
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Back to Bed trailer shows the perils of sleepwalking in a world built by Salvador Dali

The launch trailer for indie studio Bedtime Gaming's puzzle adventure game Back to Bed — funded through Kickstarter last spring — shows the perils of sleepwalking in a world that looks like it was built by surrealist painted Salvador Dali. Back to Bed is slated to launch next month through Steam and for iOS and Android devices. In the game, players control a man who has fallen asleep and is now walking with his eyes closed through some very strange dangers. Players must guide him through these walking puzzles and back to his bed, where he will be safe from harm. In February, project manager Klaus Pedersen told Polygon that with financial assistance from Danish game investment company Capnova, Bedtime Gaming was able to set up its own studio and complete work on Back to Bed. The game...
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Assassin's Creed Memories is a card battling mobile game

The latest mobile spin-off from the Assassin's Creed franchise is card battler Assassin's Creed Memories, Ubisoft announced today. In Memories, players will travel throughout time building their own assassins' guild through a blend of strategy role-playing game mechanics and card-collecting. Players will recruit famous assassins as well as create their own to fight in multiplayer combat with up to 20 players on each side. Assassin's Creed Memories is part of a collaboration between Gree and free-to-play mobile games developer PlayNext. "The card battle genre has been hugely popular around the world and GREE and PlayNext have demonstrated their know-how and expertise on such games," said Ubisoft mobile division managing director Jean-Michel Detoc in the announcement post. " With such...
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