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Watch the 35-minute The Witcher 3 demo that was shown behind-closed-doors at E3

Theese 35-minutes of footage from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt resemble the demo shown behind-closed-doors at E3 in June. The presentation focuses on some of the morally ambiguous choices in the game, including one involving an orphanage. Hope you're ready to feel sad. The Witcher 3 is a graphics showpiece, one of the most impressive looking games of the current generation of consoles and PC hardware. It's scheduled for release on February 24, 2015.
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Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii U

Ubisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console. One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games. "What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. "So what we are trying to do is to...
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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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The Pikachu Detective game may finally be announced next week

A "shocking" new Pokémon project will be announced next week, according to The Pokémon Company. The announcement, made in collaboration with Famitsu magazine, will be made via livestream and feature The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, along with Pokémon anime voice actors Nobuhiko Okamoto and Aoi Yuuki. The stream will be viewable at Nicovideo.jp on August 26th at 9 am EST. What will be announced? Taking a leap off the "shocking" comment, a likely choice is the Pikachu detective game. In November of last year, Nintendo copyrighted the title "Great Pikachu Detective." A month prior to that, Nintendo revealed details about a Pikachu-focused detective game for 3DS shown on the Japanese television show, "The Professionals." In the detective game, Pikachu solves crimes while...
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Game dev harassment remains as bad as it was a year ago

It's been a year since a new kind of threat to game development seemed to reach a fevered pitch: Fans harassing the people who make the games they so love.Last year, Polygon spoke to developers, both named and those who wished to remain anonymous, about the increasing regularity of that harassment and how, for some, it was the reason they left the game industry. The problem was so pronounced that the International Game Developers Association was weighing the possibility of creating support groups. So what difference has a year made? Not much, it seems. Developers are still harassed, the IGDA decided against support groups but are creating a special interest group to investigate mental health. It is also looking at ways to train gamers to be more polite in their interactions with...
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Microsoft's Phil Spencer accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge in this new video

Xbox head Phil Spencer has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and successfully recorded himself getting drenched in icy water following a nomination yesterday by Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. The Ice Bucket Challenge dares someone to take a bucket of ice water over their head or donate money toward fighting ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease (though many opt to do both). Once challenged, a person only has 24 hours to fulfill the dare. Notable participants in the past include Martha Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Chris Pratt, Steven Spielberg and Nathan Fillion. Spencer has since gone on to name Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime and Valve's Gabe Newell as the next participants of the Ice Bucket Challenge. You can check out Persson's own accepted Challenge r...
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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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Looks like Team Fortress 2 characters are coming to Super Time Force on Steam

The Windows PC version of Capy Games' run-and-gun, time-twisting side-scroller Super Time Force is coming to Steam on Aug. 25, bringing with it new challenges, new powers and new playable characters. Two of those new characters look like they're from Valve's Team Fortress 2. Super Time Force Ultra will expand upon the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game with 50 new Helladeck challenge levels, the Ultra Force alternate dimension power and three new playable characters. Capy hasn't revealed officially what those characters are, but two of the silhouettes seen in the above trailer are unmistakable: the Pyro from Team Fortress 2 and Saxton Hale, star of Team Fortress comics and proprietor of TF2's in-game store. The third, wielding dual pistols and a ponytail, bears a striking...
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Cards Against Humanity creator's new game is Slap .45

The next game from Gnarwhal Studios, which includes Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin, is a card-based "Wild West slap duel" game called Slap .45 currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign describes Slap .45 as "a simple slap game that captures the feeling of a classic Western shootout. Players chose their own gang with a special power and play to outwit — and outslap — the competition. According to the Kickstarter campaign, Slap .45 has been a work-in-progress for about a year. The full game includes 67 shootout cards, 43 mini gang cards for seven gangs, seven gang home bases, a custom box and the rule set. Gnarwhal Studios is hoping to raise $18,850 by Sept. 17, which will allow its creators to print 1,000 copies. The campaign has only one...
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EA Access subscribers only get six hours with the new Madden, says EA

Subscribers to the new EA Access program will be limited to "six gameplay hours" with Madden NFL 15 once it is made available to them before release, according to EA Access' Twitter account today. EA Sports did not answer questions, from Polygon and elsewhere, to clarify what "gameplay hours" means — whether actually playing the game or if that includes time spent in menus adjusting rosters and the like. Still, this figures to be more restricted than the old Season Ticket program, which gave subscribers early access to upcoming EA Sports games like Madden, with unlimited use, on the Friday before their general release in North America. In both cases, early access is limited to a pre-release period; once the game launches in retail stores and elsewhere, the pre-release copy that has...
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Swing Copters is the next game from Flappy Bird's creator

The latest game from Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, is Swing Copters. Touch Arcade reports that the game will release Aug. 21 as a free download, with the option to pay 99 cents to remove the ads it serves. According to the video above, Swing Copters plays a lot like Flappy Bird; a player flies up on the screen instead of right, and taps to avoid obstacles to the left and right, instead of up or down. Swing Copters' available platforms were not specified. Flappy Bird became a mobile gaming obsession and a tremendous financial success at the beginning of this year until Nguyen removed it from the iOS and Google app stores, saying he was uncomfortable by the amount of time players were putting into the game. Flappy Bird returned with Flappy Birds Family earlier this month on...
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Nintendo uses copyright on best Pokémon fan project. It's super effective

Claudia Ng had recently purchased a 3D printer, and one of her first projects was to create the model for a Pokémon-themed planter for a friend. She posted it online, and it quickly went viral. The first version of the planter was a little rough, as you can see. She then put the design on Shapeways, a site that allows you to create and share your own 3D-printed objects, and once again the design blew up. It's a simple idea, but one that we've yet to see in official merchandise. The game the design came from wasn't named, but the listing made a few winking references to the Pokémon franchise. Sales went well, but of course it couldn't last. "Shapeways got a cease and desist from Pokémon International for infringement. They received this on Friday, and Shapeways took it down within...
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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition lands on Steam Aug. 21

Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition will arrive on Steam Aug. 21 with a discount for those who already own the game, developer Drinkbox Studios announced today. Must Read How Drinkbox Studios' grit raised an indie developer and got Guacamelee funded The upcoming $14.99 version will include support for a costume shop through Steam Workshop, Trading Cards and "plans for future updates." It will launch at 10 percent off for new players and a 66 percent discount for those who already own Guacamelee Gold Edition on Steam. Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition includes Guacamelee's downloadable content and new aspects like areas, a new boss, new abilities and new enemies. Guacamelee is available now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox...
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How successful is Pokémon? Take a look at the numbers!

How many games do you need to sell to become one of the most enduring brands in popular culture? If you're Pokémon, that number is in the hundreds of millions. As part of Pokémon week, we reached out to The Pokémon Company to get a look at Pokémon by the numbers. As of March 2014, these were the official figures: The Pokémon video game franchise has sold more than 260 million games worldwide The Pokémon trading card game has shipped more than 21.5 billion cards to 74 countries in 10 languages There are more than 800 episodes in the Pokémon animated series — it is now in its 17th season There have been 17 full-length Pokémon feature films The most recently-released Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (which launched worldwide on Oct. 12, 2013) sold nearly 12 million copies...
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Enjoy this video of Shenmue in HD, because you'll probably never play it

Mod creator NoconKid is creating an HD version of the original Shenmue. The project, which began as an HD recreation of the in-game arcade, has expanded to the entire map. The arcade itself has received additional attention, with news games and videos added to the virtual machines. Projects like these are long shots. They take a considerable amount of time and effort, especially when created by one person. Then there's what happens when a large publisher like Sega takes notice of something like this, and whether they want to bother with licensing and monitoring someone using their IP. Though if one publisher is likely to consider the option, it's SEGA, which made a deal with indie developer Christian Whitehead, who has ported Sonic games to iOS. While we may never play this version of S...
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Fan-made Metal Gear remake shuts down; Snake's voice had been involved

Reports say a fan-made remake of the original Metal Gear has been called off, and this trailer for the project suggests David Hayter, the original voice of Snake, had been participating in its development. Ian Ratcliffe of The Outer Heaven development team, told Metal Gear Informer that the project had been shut down in light of an inability to reach an agreement with Konami. The mod's listing on ModDB.com also says it has ceased development. When the remake came to light in June, Konami was said to have given its blessing under a non-commercial license, meaning they don't make any money from the project nor accept donations for its development. "Unfortunately we can no longer go ahead with the project, it seems like the guys over at Konami couldn't agree on a decision so had no...
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