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A guided tour of the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

You see a lot of crazy stuff built in Minecraft. With tens of millions of copies sold, the game has spawned a closet industry of builders, hackers and tinkerers. Minecraft communities have reconstructed the mines of Moria. They've placed a steampunk city atop a giant tortoise. Minecraft is even being used to teach. The possibilities inside Minecraft seem endless. One user, Cody Littley, went a step further recently. He made a hard drive inside Minecraft. Without any third-party crafting aides, he built one kilobyte of read-write storage. He joined me for a guided tour.
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Sony's secretive division is hoping to find the next PlayStation or Walkman

There was a time when the word 'Sony' wasn't just a consumer electronics brand; it carried meaning about innovation and modernity.But for the last 20 years ago, the company has declined, weighed down by its own success and by the ferocious innovation of competitors in the digital world, like Apple. As management-culture has superseded innovation-culture, Sony has sought to build on the success of brands like PlayStation, without really coming up with groundbreaking new ideas. Japanese newspaper Nikkei has looked into a new unit within the company that is aggressively seeking to create new products. Created by Shinji Odajima it invites ideas and applications from Sony employees. So far, he said, response has been overwhelming. A call for auditions was met with 800 replies. The unit is...
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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall
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Cold War cover-shooting in CounterSpy

CounterSpy isn't afraid to throw game mechanics at the wall in order to see what sticks.There's stealth, platforming, exploration, sidescrolling shooting, cover-based shooting and more — but not every mechanic is firing on all cylinders. For instance, maintaining a mission-long stealth combo is super satisfying, but to have it broken by a roomful of all-seeing grunts is about as frustrating as it gets. For more on what works and what doesn't in CounterSpy, check out the Overview video above.
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CounterSpy review: arms race

CounterSpy offers a light-hearted take on the Cold War, but it probably needed some more time to cook. While the Cold War has appeared as the setting for a large swath of games, the conflict is generally portrayed as seriously as it happened. The world was, after all, on the brink of annihilation. It's pretty tough to make light of that. But, rather than playing it straight, CounterSpy goes another way, delivering a goofy, Pixar-esque take on the events that almost brought two superpowers to blows. Unfortunately, despite exemplary presentation values, CounterSpy's frequently-flawed gameplay brings the overall experience into the red. CounterSpy places you in the role of an agent of COUNTER, an apolitical spy organization whose simple goal is to prevent the planet from going...
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Tetris wizarding game comes to PS Vita

99 Bricks Wizard Academy, which hit iOS in June, is coming to the PlayStation Vita, developer WeirdBeard Games announced today. In the game, players have to stack falling tetromino bricks onto the roof of their house to build a wizard tower. It sounds an awful lot like Tetris, but there are a couple of twists. The surface you're building on isn't always flat and thanks to the game's physics, pieces don't always fit tightly together. You also can learn spells to do things like disintegrate the last piece you placed. It's a fun iOS game and the developers say they've been working hard at making sure that fun translates to a twin-stick portable console that has a horizontal, not portrait, orientation. No word on price or timing yet. You can see a pic of the end of a level I played from...
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Disney Infinity 2.0 comes with AI builders, game makers, interiors and more

Disney Infinity 2.0 brings with it a slew of new options for the open-world, build-it-yourself Toy Box mode of the toys-to-life game, the company announced this week. The new Disney Infinity, due out Sept. 23 in North America on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, includes a host of new options designed around some of the issues with the original game. Fans, myself included, found it frustrating to unlock the toys, pieces and characters they wanted to use in Toy Box mode. In the original game, things were unlocked randomly. In the new game, players can choose what they unlock. But that's the smallest of the changes coming to Toy Box. This time around players can easily control procedurally generated content on a map by simply choosing a theme they like and...
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Rescuing an elephant egg-bird in a haunted water park in Hohokum

Absurd as that headline may be, it is also completely accurate, and an extremely concise summary of The Hohokum Experience.It's a game about exploring almost entirely for exploration's sake — which may not be everyone's cup of tea, as our review details. However, for dyed-in-the-wool explorers, Hohokum is an experience really unlike any other. Case in point: Sometimes there are water parks with customers who will hop astride you, and ride you like a slithering, soaring bicycle. Sometimes those water parks are haunted. Sometimes, in their haunted forms, they house endangered elephant egg-bird monsters. In the Overview video above, Russ and I visit one such water park, revive one such egg-bird ... thing, and then go spelunking with Lucario in a cavernous disco treasure vault.
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Hohokum review: all sizzle

Hohokum would be a fucking incredible screen saver. Growing up in the mid-90s, I remember being vaguely fascinated with early Windows screensavers, like that flying toasters thing and the ever-popular 3D maze. They almost looked like video games, and damn it, I wanted to play them. It turns out the dream was greater than the reality. It's a harsh comparison, but Hohokum only has just slightly more interactivity than those looping monitor programs. Developer Honeyslug has teamed up with Sony Santa Monica and artist Richard Hogg to create a game that's absolutely beautiful to look at. I just wish the playing of it would have connected with me on any level. Hohokum doesn't waste time building up context or telling you what to do In Hohokum, you take control of a...
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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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Watch Hohokum's playful, lovely introduction

Hohokum's first few minutes set the stage for the rest of the game, which launched today on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It lets you explore a quiet, dark chamber, which you fill with light, color and music as you soar through it. You assemble a group of other lines, with whom you create kaleidoscopic art and dynamic background tunes. It's simple, and lovely, and you can watch it in the video posted above.
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Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka will help score Murasaki Baby

Ovosonico's side-scroller Murasaki Baby will feature a musical track written by Silent Hill series composer Akira Yamaoka, it was announced today on the European PlayStation Blog. Murasaki Baby was announced for PS Vita during Sony's press conference during Gamescom 2013.The game, directed by No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned developer Massimo Guarini, tasks players with guiding the balloon-toting Baby through several perilous environments. Baby's emotional growth and the mood of each environment will be key to solving puzzles. A new trailer for the game shows one of the characters Baby will meet along the way: Bunny Boy. Players will to have Baby find a way to free Bunny Boy from his nightmare. Murasaki Baby will launch this September for PS Vita.
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PlayStation TV launching Oct. 14 in North America

Sony will launch the PlayStation TV, its micro-console for PlayStation games, on Oct. 14 in North America, the company announced today during its Gamescom 2014 press briefing. PlayStation TV can serve as a secondary console for PlayStation 4 games via Remote Play, and users can also play many PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable and PSOne titles on the console. The device will also offer PlayStation Now, Sony's game-streaming service. It will be available by itself for $99, and in a $139 bundle along with a DualShock 3 controller, an HDMI cable, an 8 GB memory card and a copy of Lego The Movie Videogame on PS Vita.
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PixelJunk dev Q-Games' new title is The Tomorrow Children (update)

The next game from PixelJunk developer Q-Games is The Tomorrow Children, the studio announced today during Sony's Gamescom press conference. The game will be coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 as part of a collaboration with Sony Worldwide Studios. In The Tomorrow Children, all of humankind has been trapped, forced to live together in small colonies and fight against common adversaries including large spider-like beasts and other creatures, as well as what appears to be a sinister-looking old man. Update: In a post on the European PlayStation Blog, Q-Games head Dylan Cuthbert elaborated on the story of The Tomorrow Children. The game will take place in a future "re-imagined from the after-effects of an experiment in 1960s Russia that attempted to ‘sublime' the human race," which...
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Thomas Was Alone dev's next game, Volume, coming to PS4, Vita 'first' next year

Volume, the next game from Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell,will launch "first" for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita next year, the developer announced today at Sony's Gamescom 2014 press conference. Volume is an old-school stealth game built around creativity. It's a modern retelling of Robin Hood that focuses on a thief named Robert Locksley. The game was announced for both platforms last August, though at the time both were "still quite a way away." It is also expected to launch for Mac and Windows PC. For more on Volume, check out our interview with Bithell. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game.
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The Order: 1886 recruits Nikola Tesla to the cause

The latest trailer for The Order: 1886 introduces the newest member of the titular faction: famous scientist Nikola Tesla. Tesla's role in The Order: 1886 is to craft the weapons The Order uses to fight the Lycans, the Half-Breed wolf-like humanoids prowling Neo-Victorian London. But Tesla seems conflicted on the use of his achievements in this battle: will they save everyone, or destroy them? Ready at Dawn's The Order: 1886 will launch on Feb. 20, 2015.
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