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Hollywood taking a second stab at a Dead Island movie

Dead Island publisher Deep Silver is trying a second time to make a movie based on its zombie franchise happen. After a 2011 deal with Lionsgate expired, Deep Silver has found a new partner in Occupant Entertainment, Deadline reports, hoping that this time Dead Island will actually make it to the big screen. The film will reportedly be based on either the first or second game, or "something in between." Or it may simply be based on Dead Island's famous pre-rendered trailers, based on the following quote. "Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse," said Occupant Entertainment's...
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No Man's Sky will come to PC, is a PS4 timed exclusive

Hello Games' procedurally generated exploration game No Man's Sky will also come to PC, with the game's PlayStation 4 exclusivity within a timed window, according to the latest issue of Edge magazine. IGN reports that in an interview with Hello Games managing director Sean Murray in the September issue of Edge, the developer reveals No Man's Sky will hit PC after the PS4 version. "I actually got in a bit of trouble for saying that we wanted the game to feel really console-y," Murray said. "We've always had PC in mind but in my head (console-y) means solid frame rate and immediate controls. I think a PC game can be 'console-y' and it's intended as a compliment, but I get in trouble for saying it." No Man's Sky was announced last December during the Spike Video Game Awards Show....
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Flappy Bird is back, and now you can play with friends

The creator of Flappy Bird has made good on his promise to bring the incredibly popular mobile game back, this time with a two-player option. Dong Nguyen, through his .Gears studio, released Flappy Birds Family today through the Amazon Appstore for Android, but not on Apple's App Store or Google Play yet. The free game is compatible with Amazon's Fire TV platform, and includes new obstacles, like ghosts, for players to avoid. "Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire TV with incredible new features: Person vs Person mode, more obstacles, more fun and still very hard," the game's description reads. "Enjoy playing the game at home (not breaking your TV) with your family and friends." Must Read Flappy Bird creator says game was inspired by bouncing a ping pong ball on a paddle ...
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'Tennis meets Street Fighter' is the latest game from the team behind Rust and Garry's Mod

Facepunch Studios, the team that makes Rust and Garry's Mod, is also working on a game called Deuce, which developer Ian James describes as "tennis crossed with Street Fighter." The game looks like one part Virtua Tennis, one part Mario Tennis, and potentially a whole lot of fun. James writes on the Facepunch blog that Deuce is still in a prototype stage, but there's video of the game in action, showing how fireballs, teleportation balls and other special moves might work in the game. It looks like an EA Sports BIG game developed by an indie. "I wanted to make something different to other projects Facepunch has in development," James wrote. "I'm more of an arcade game developer so wanted to play to those strengths. I also love games with strong local multiplayer modes. Basically I...
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The fixer: Why Rod Fergusson returned to Gears of War

He could have been a fixer.He could have been the one-man A-Team of game development, traveling from studio to studio to solve problems and launch games. But given the choice, Rod Fergusson turned his back on the never-ending march from alpha to retail and instead returned to his home, to Gears of War. It's like walking into a damp cave. The Figueroa's lobby is a throw-back to the Morocco of 1942's Casablanca. It's cool, dark and unusually empty. Later in the week the hotel's cavernous, tiled lobby will be filled with tipsy developers, journalists and marketers, overflow from the popular pool bar. But this afternoon no one is around, the games industry is busy, either at a major E3 press event, or heading to one. It's just Fergusson and I. Fergusson is all smiles when we meet, a...
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How to play Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn for free

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is now free to try, developer Square Enix announced this week. The trial program will run for 14 days after players create their accounts. Those who sign up through its official website can play through level 20. The trial is limited to the Windows PC version of the massively multiplayer online role-paying game, which is also available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. For more on the game, be sure to read our Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn review and watch its video portion below.
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How to destroy your enemies as the Monster in Evolve

One of the great attractions of Turtle Rock's asymmetrical hunting game Evolve is that the choices of who and how you play are so varied.Even within the four-player team of human hunters and their four classes, there are a variety of play-styles and weapons available to the player. But one of the reasons I find this game is appealing, is the opportunity to play as the monster, to pit your wits against four people who are using their individual skills to work cooperatively, to bring you down. Evolve enters a Windows PC alpha this weekend, so I recently visited publisher 2K in Marin to learn some more about how to play as a monster. Flush from recently winning a hatful of E3 Game Critics Awards, the team wanted to delve into some of the deeper strategies and tactics they have learned in...
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If you're still having trouble with Xbox Live, you're not alone

Microsoft is currently working to solve issues with Xbox Live connectivity which appeared this week for Xbox 360 users. A post on the company's Xbox Live status page confirms the connectivity problem remains an issue with some console owners, resulting in difficulty "accessing all game features." "It's come to our attention that some of you are seeing a black screen when attempting to launch games and applications," reads an update from the company. "Hang in there, Xbox members, we're on it! Thanks for your patience while we work to resolve this issue. We'll update you again as soon as we have more information." Connectivity issues appeared early in July, affecting various services including Twitch, Netflix and PBS, across both Xbox 360, Xbox One and other devices. These problems...
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Ultima Forever comes to an end months after closure of EA Mythic

EA will shut down online services for Ultima Forever on Aug. 29, the company confirmed on the game's official forum. The decision follows the closure of developer EA Mythic in May as part of an ongoing push to concentrate mobile game development in other EA studios. "This was a very difficult decision for us to make," reads the post. "We've seen the game through ups and downs, and hope that you've enjoyed playing it every bit as much as we had making it! Through it all, it's been players like you who've made it all worthwhile." Over the next month until its closure, rewards will be boosted, equipment degredation will be disabled, gold key drop rates will be increased and the in-game store will no longer sell premium currency. Ultima Forever follows on 21 years after the events of U...
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Police: San Diego Comic-Con cosplayer wasn't assaulted, she fell (update)

The teenage cosplayer found injured and unconscious at a San Diego hotel during Comic-Con this week was not the victim of an assault, according to a San Diego Harbor Police investigation. Her injuries, police said in a statement today, were likely the result of a fall. On Sunday, the young woman was found with "significant injuries" in the pool area of the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel and was transported, still in her costume, to a local hospital for treatment. San Diego Police arrested 29-year-old photographer Justin Kalior in connection with the case, charging him with sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Kalior told Polygon he was friends with the victim, and denied having sex with her or giving her any alcohol. The girl, who...
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Sonic fan art expert rates the pornographic potential for Sonic Boom cast

Content warning: graphic descriptions of Sonic characters in fan-created sexual escapades follow. You've been warned. Tumblr user and Bad Sonic Fan Art curator MykonosFan has a difficult job. He has to scour the internet, looking for the best-worst pieces of fan art the Sonic fan community can muster, and post them for the world to see. There are entire worlds of bad fan art, but for some reason, Sonic's fans make some of the most... colorful. A great deal of the art MykonosFan is exposed to is erotic in nature — often in very creative ways. "The way I see my role, I guess, is that plenty of people find this stuff funny," he told me by email. "Whether it's bad art, bad spelling, Shadow fingering Sonic, or just the rare masterpiece that triggers the 'Oh. Oh my. What on earth...
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Is your connection good enough for PlayStation Now?

The company line from Sony is that players need a minimum of 5 mbps to stream games from PlayStation Now. But we've had varying degrees of success even on the same connection. So we wanted to put the question to you: Have you been able to stream successfully from PlayStation Now? Today's the first day of the streaming platform's open beta on the PS4, so this could just be a case of a rush of first-time users gumming up the works. But with real money being charged for games, we figure it's worth finding out how well PlayStation Now is performing. Haven't tried it yet? Here's a video walkthrough of exactly what you can expect.
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Rayman creator Michel Ancel leading new indie studio Wild Sheep, will stay at Ubisoft (update)

Renowned game designer Michel Ancel is one of the co-founders of Wild Sheep Studio, a new independent developer, and he will continue in his current role at Ubisoft while working at Wild Sheep, the latter company announced today. Wild Sheep Studio is based in Montpellier, France — the same location of Ancel's longtime home, Ubisoft Montpellier. According to a press release from Wild Sheep, Ancel is working there with "a team of experienced developers" on an original game. The studio gave no further details, but released the team photo above, which features 13 individuals (Ancel is in the center, wearing the partially buttoned shirt). Ancel has spent nearly 25 years at Ubisoft. Reached for comment, a Ubisoft representative sent Polygon a statement from Xavier Poix, managing director of...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts' latest map pack lets you kill with mine carts, extreme Canadian weather

Nemesis, the fourth and final downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, launches Aug. 5 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, giving players all-new ways to kill each other in multiplayer. From mine carts to evil Canadian blizzards to vertical take off fighter jets, there's no shortage of fresh opportunities for virtual killing. Included in Nemesis are the maps Dynasty, Showtime, Subzero and Goldrush. Dynasty is a hectic small to medium-sized map, according to Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, set in a Chinese lakeside village. It has a map-specific killstreak reward, a nod to the harrier strike from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Showtime plays out like a game show in a tight, tiny map based on Call of Duty 4's Shipment. Things get a bit crazier in Subzero, which lets...
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Killer Instinct's first season is coming to retail with a TJ Combo combo

The first season of Killer Instinct for Xbox One is coming to retail this September, Microsoft announced today. The physical release of the fighting game reboot will include eight fighters from the first season and one — TJ Combo — from its second. For $19.99, buyers of the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack get Glacius, Thunder, Orchid, Jago, Sabrewulf, Sadira, Spinal and Fulgore. That's the same price as the digital Combo Breaker Pack sold at the game's launch. To sweeten the deal, buyers of the physical release will get a code for TJ Combo, the boxer coming in season two of Killer Instinct. The only other fighter confirmed so far for the game's second season is Killer Insinct 2's Maya. The Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack will be released for Xbox One on Sept. 23.
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Destiny doesn't end when its story does, and Bungie thinks you'll keep coming back

Destiny is designed to keep players coming back after its story concludes, developer Bungie's Luke Smith told IGN. The first part of the multiplayer first-person shooter will usher players and their character through a narrative, but the developer has a plan to keep players on our solar system's battlefields. "I think Destiny's endgame begins as soon as you see the way the story ends," Smith said. "As soon as you see the way we wrap up the sort of first piece of the adventure that we're going to tell … we want to set you back out into the world to keep going. We want to try to align your motivations as the player with the motivations of the character who you've been pushing around this world. So for us I think a bunch of the endgame starts right at level 20." Must Read D...
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