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“Amnesia Fortnight 2014″ Overtakes Double Fine

February 6th, 2014

San Francisco, CA—February 6, 2014—Double Fine has launched Amnesia Fortnight 2014, the latest iteration of its two-week internal game jam, on Humble Bundle. Amnesia Fortnight has generated many of the studio’s game ideas over the past five years, including Spacebase DF-9, Hack ‘n’ Slash, Costume Quest, Stacking and more.

Members of the public can now pay any amount for the chance to vote on dozens of ideas pitched by Double Fine staff members, with the top-ranked choices becoming two-week PC prototypes playable by contributors. Contributors decide the percentage that will go to charity.

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Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Comes to “Disney Infinity”

February 6th, 2014

 

The highly anticipated figure, Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, is the latest character to join the wildly successful Disney Infinity video game franchise. Starting this Sunday, February 9, Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey will be available at retail stores nationwide for an MSRP of $12.99.

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“Bravely Default” Launches (3DS)

February 6th, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C., Feb. 6, 2014 – Launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system on February 7, Bravely Default brings a unique twist to the role-playing genre. With a compelling new risk-and-reward combat system, creative uses of StreetPass functionality and beautiful graphics, this ambitious game brings new innovations in quality and design to the world of RPGs.

“Bravely Default offers a deep, strategic adventure on Nintendo 3DS that everyone will be talking about,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “With the addition of this unique RPG, the Nintendo 3DS library continues to prove itself as one of the most robust and varied of any video game platform.”

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SEGA Announces Plans for Sonic the Hedgehog

February 6th, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (February 6, 2014) – For more than two decades Sonic the Hedgehog has been one of the world’s biggest gaming icons, with over 70 video game titles, four animated series, and an extensive global merchandising line to his name. This year SEGA® is excited to introduce a new branch of the Sonic universe, entitled Sonic Boom™, that will debut a new look for Sonic and friends and launch their first-ever CG animated television series, new video games for the Wii U™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and a new toy line. The creative driving forces behind these projects are working together with SEGA to kick-start a global campaign for Sonic Boom™ that will excite and engage new and existing fans across a variety of platforms.

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Arena Shooter “Rekoil” Launches (PC)

January 28th, 2014

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – January 28, 2014 – 505 Games, a global publisher of video games, and Plastic Piranha today announced the launch of Rekoil on Windows PC via Steam by Valve® Corporation for $14.99.

Set in a world devastated by an unrelenting pandemic, Rekoil is a multiplayer hardcore balanced arena shooter that allows mass battles up to 24 players. Developed by a modder for new and experienced modders, the game features full mod tools as well as seven different game modes, 10 maps, and 40 different weapons, all focused on infantry based combat across a number of different locations. From the fast moving Assault class, to the heavily armed and dangerous Heavy Gunner class, Rekoil was made for those who desire balanced FPS gameplay with a large variety of different play styles. Read the rest of this entry »

IndieCade Announces eSports Showcase

January 28th, 2014

LOS ANGELES-January 28, 2014- IndieCade, the International Festival of Independent Games, today unveiled details about the Night Games portion and eSports Showcase at IndieCade East, the East-Coast edition of the nation’s premier independent video game festival. IndieCade East takes place at Museum of the Moving Image in New York City from Friday, February 14 through, Sunday, February 16. Early bird registration for IndieCade East is available here and will close on Friday, January 31.

Hosted by Simon Ferrari, the IndieCade East eSports Showcase, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, encourages friendly competition among the growing audience for independently-developed games. Fans in the indie game community can challenge each other in one-on-one duels, team up for multiplayer games, or strive to be the sole winner in the independent eSports games of tomorrow. The recently released award-winning Nidhogg, among other titles, will be one of several eSports games available to play. Read the rest of this entry »

“Broken Age – Part 1″ (PC) Now Available

January 28th, 2014

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While The Armchair Empire reviewed the game last week, Double Fine’s Broken Age – Part 1 is now  officially available for purchase!

Go now! It’s good!

PlayStation 4 Global Cumulative Sales Surpass 4.2 Million

January 7th, 2014

4.2 million? And it hasn’t even shipped in Japan!?!

TOKYO, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced that cumulative sales of the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system have reached 4.2 million*1 as of December 28, 2013, demonstrating the explosive growth of the PS4 platform.

“The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn’t be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in 2014.”

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Valve Reveals First-Gen Steam Machines

January 6th, 2014

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January 6, 2014 - Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced over one dozen Steam Machine designs now in production from leading manufacturers and targeted for release in 2014.

The lineup of Steam Machines announced today offers a wide variety of price and performance options made possible by the Steam Machine’s open design, with systems starting as low as $499 and top end systems rivaling today’s bleeding edge gaming PCs.

Every Steam Machine includes an innovative Steam Controller designed for use with a wide variety of game genres, and is powered by the SteamOS, a custom OS built atop Linux.

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“FIFA 14″ Statistics

December 4th, 2013

Alongside an infographic (see below), Electronic Arts has released some stats being generated by FIFA 14 players:

Every 90 minutes:

  • 459,000 games of FIFA 14 are being played around the world
  • 3.66 million shots are made
  • 991,000 goals are scored
  • You’ll see the sunrise and sunset (if you’re on the International Space Station)*
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PlayStation 4 Finally Arrives

November 15th, 2013

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The wait for Sony’s latest console is at an end:

TOKYO, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today launched PlayStation 4 (PS4), a system built for gamers and inspired by developers. The PS4 system is now available in the United States and Canada at a suggested retail price of USD $399 and CAD $399, arriving with a lineup of over 20 first- and third-party games, including exclusive titles like Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall. In total, the PS4 system will have a library of over 30 games by the end of the year.

“Today’s launch of PS4 represents a milestone for all of us at PlayStation, our partners in the industry, and, most importantly, all of the PlayStation fans who live and breathe gaming every day,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “With unprecedented power, deep social capabilities, and unique second screen features, PS4 demonstrates our unwavering commitment to delivering phenomenal play experiences that will shape the world of games for years to come.”

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DDR Classroom Edition Launches

November 15th, 2013

Sometimes there’s news out of left field and here’s what left field has to offer today: DanceDance Revolution Classroom Edition.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the company’s worldwide sensation – DanceDanceRevolution – will move its way into Edmonton schools with the Canadian debut of DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition, a PC based DanceDanceRevolution game developed specifically for schools and fitness classes. The interactive game is part of the Edmonton Catholic School District’s Transformation Initiative and will be used in classrooms as part of the Active Exergaming Project.
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“Titanfall” Gets a Release Date

October 23rd, 2013

VAN NUYS, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2013 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that Titanfall™, the debut game from acclaimed independent videogame developer Respawn Entertainment, will be landing on store shelves beginning March 11, 2014 exclusively for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system and PC. Already the winner of more than 80 coveted awards from critics around the world, Titanfall is winning over fans with its thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key designers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall delivers a brand-new online experience that combines fluid, fast-paced multiplayer action with heroic, set-piece moments found in traditional campaign modes.
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“How to Survive” Arrives

October 23rd, 2013

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – October 23 , 2013 – 505 Games, a global publisher of video games, today announced the availability of How to Survive, a third-person action adventure game that tests players’ ability to stay alive in a world where the outbreak of an unknown virus has turned most of the population into ravenous zombies. How to Survive is available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC via Steam by Valve® Corporation.

In order to make it through the day and night, gamers must learn to fulfill their most basic needs such as seeking food, water and shelter, as well as finding an incredible variety of items to combine into dozens of handmade tools and weapons – scrap metal, tubes, bolts, fertilizer, tires, harpoons, and empty bottles are just some of the many items scattered about, but how you use them determines whether you wind up dead, alive or undead.
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“Batman: Arkham Origins” Launch Trailer

October 23rd, 2013