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Broaden your horizons with The Pirate Bay Bundle

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Thankfully, the argument over whether videogames qualify as art seems to be dead; because there are few things more pedantic than a room full of artists arguing over what forms of self-expression qualify as 'art'. The simple truth is, videogames are so much more than a way to stave off the acute boredom that comes with living in the first world.

If you frequent websites like Kongregate, Game Jolt, and Indie Database you've probably come into contact with some of the weird, esoteric games that come from the minds of indie developers. Some of them are pixelated mini-masterpieces that give you insight into the creators mind- others are malformed golems wrought from MS paint files and ideas that were hastily scrawled on beer-soaked napkins.

Thanks to the microgame curator known as Moshboy, there is now The Pirate Bay Bundle. Which is,

"A torrent containing one hundred small, weird, free (mostly ignored) videogames that you probably haven't played made by well over one hundred passionate game makers. Some were made for game jams, others were made just because, some are made by celebrated game makers, many are made by folks that you don't know."

Not all of these games are going to be your cup of tea- but if you're wanting to try something new with as little commitment as possible, there's likely going to be something for you in there somewhere. There's arty games, silly games, games with great ideas behind them, games that seem to require as little thought as possible, games about cats, games about grandmas, games about escaping from an atomic bomb on a rowboat, and so, so, so much more.

You can download and get more info about The Pirate Bay Bundle here, or if you have slow internet/no torrenting software you can take a look at the manual list and play them one at a time.

A new Borderlands is coming this year called the Pre-Sequel

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Want more guns and loot? It's coming with a brand new Borderlands game. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set in a time before the two Borderlands games. Below we have some alpha footage of what 2K Australia is working on.

Yup, Gearbox isn't doing this one as they've handed development of this one to 2K Australia. The video shows some of the new classes and environments. Claptrap will be playable in the game, so let's hope we hear some nice quips while he's doling out punishment. 

One near feature is a ground pound where you can fly or float above someone in the low gravity environments, press the crouch button, and come down on them to stun or kill them.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Yup, no Xbox One or PlayStation 4, which is kind of interesting. I wouldn't be surprised though if it does come out for the two consoles later on down the road.

SW: The Old Republic update 2.7 is live

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So I got burned by that April Fools Day gag involving EA and BioWare "announcing" Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3.  I was burned by it because I heard about it days later on the least fact-checked podcast ever.  

I promise you that none of that residual bitterness will drip onto this news about Star Wars: The Old Republic and the release of its new update 2.7, called Invasion.

In list form, because if Buzzfeed is to be believed, list-form is the only form news can take, here is what you'll get in the Invasion update:

1. New level 55 story called Forged Alliances in which two new Flashpoints reside.

2. Galactic Starfighter's Battle Zone - Denon Exosphere

3. Nightmare Mode Operation.  You'll revisit the Dread Fortress and its five bosses complete with the new Nightmare Power and a new loot tier.

4. Huttball on Quesh with a new vertical layout.

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Disruptor Beam teases Star Trek Timelines

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Disruptor Beam, developer behind the mobile title Game of Thrones Ascent, has announced they're working on Star Trek Timelines. They've announced the game with probably my least favorite kind of teaser trailer--"here's the game's logo everybody!"

The game itself is a strategy RPG for mobile and web platforms. Supposedly it will allow you to explore the galaxy alongside characters from all four original series: TOS, Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager. The developers are stressing this is a story focused game that will explore important decisions and moral dilemmas, which in my opinion is what Star Trek did at its best. In a lot of ways this sounds like Star Trek Infinite Space, a similar web game that had the legendary Okudas involved but was sadly cancelled in 2012.

I'm a little bummed that it's only for mobile devices, but after the disastrously bad big budget tie-in game for Star Trek Into Darkness, I'm not surprised they're going smaller with this one. I'm cautiously optimistic, as Disruptor Beam seems to get what Star Trek is about--exploring difficult questions by way of science fiction--which is more than I can say for the J.J. Abrams movies, which were a lot of flash, camp and spectacle but ultimately left me cold.

The game is in early development but hopefully we'll hear more about it soon...and get a more substantial trailer! 

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Smash Bros. release windows revealed

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Yesterday's Nintendo Direct revealed a couple new characters for the game, but Nintendo also pulled back the curtain on the release windows for both games. Smash Bros 3DS is coming this summer, while the Wii U version is releasing in the winter.

I'm not surprised, but this is pretty disappointing and not exactly good news. Nintendo has been a day late and a dollar short with the Wii U almost from the beginning, so I was expecting the Wii U version of Smash Bros to release later. This doesn't bode well for the Wii U, though.

I'm excited to get my hands on the 3DS version, but the 3DS is already selling like gangbusters so everybody is going to get the 3DS version. If gamers already have Smash Bros for their 3DS, that means they'll be even less likely to get Smash Bros for Wii U, which pretty much torpedoes the game's shot at being a much-needed system seller for the beleaguered console.

Nintendo really should have pushed to get the Wii U version out sooner, so the only way to play the new Smash for several months was to buy a Wii U. That the game will sell on the 3DS is a foregone conclusion, but when even Super Mario 3D World didn't move Wii U consoles off shelves, there isn't much guarantee that people will buy the console for Smash, especially if they already have it on their 3DS.

I'm happy both versions are coming out in 2014 (barring any potential delays), but when Nintendo is undercutting their own sales, you really have to wonder what they're thinking.

Source: IGN

News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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This week’s Xbox 360 Deals With Gold

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Looks like Microsoft is running a bit bigger sale this week for those that have an Xbox Gold membership. In addition to the usual weekly titles, MS is also running a Microsoft Studios sales wit Arcade titles, Games on Demand and Add-Ons between 50-90% off. Some of the MS Studios titles include all three Gears of War (67% off each), Crackdown (this is a must own at 67% off) and Castle Crashers (67% off). The regular sale encompasses games on demand titles such as the Devil May Cry HD collection and Resident Evil 5, both 67% off. Check out the images below for the entire list and sale discount.


Yes, The Last of Us Remastered is headed to the PS4 -Update-

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It doesn't get much more official without an official word than a banner on your console's store. But the picture below shows off The Last of Us Remastered coming to the PlayStation 4 that's making the rounds on the carousel at Sony's website.

Still no word from either Naughty Dog or Sony and when you click on it, it takes you to a not found page. With that up, I'm expecting someone to officially give the word today. 

The game will be $60 and I've read it will also include the Left Behind DLC that was released two months ago. It's good to see the game come out on the PlayStation 4 as it was one of the best games on the previous Sony console released close to the launch of the PlayStation 4. It looked absolutely gorgeous on the PlaySation 3 so I'm excited to see what more horsepower can do for an already visually stunning game.


 

-Update- Sony's finally given the official word on the game via their blog. Some highlights include commentary during the cinematics, Abandon Territories map pack, Reclaimed territories pack, and Left Behind DLC. Pre-orders will also net you a bunch of goodies as well.

Arma 2 Free servers shutting down in two weeks, regular Arma 2 on sale

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If you never played Arma 2 Free, it's almost too late. Developer Bohemia Interactive will shut down the servers on April 22, nearly three years after Arma 2 Free was first announced. As a thank you to their supporters, Bohemia Interactive is putting their entire collection of Arma 2 and Arma 2 downloadable content on sale at 75 percent off. That lands the Arma 2: Complete Edition at $9.99, which includes everything you need (and more) to play the DayZ mod. Sale ends May 4.

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Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct reveals two new characters

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Today Nintendo released their Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct.  Sadly I missed most of it for other gaming-related reasons, but I did catch the end of it which saw the reveal of two new characters: Charizard and Greninja.

While most of what I saw of the Nintendo Direct focused on the currently announced characters, including changes from past games for returning characters and some attack into for the new characters (still can't wait to use Mega Man), those who stayed after the presentation were presented with two more Pokemon joining the battle.  Granted I would have liked to see a fully evolved Grass-type starter from another region to round out the trio of starter types (either Sceptile or Serperior would have been awesome), I have no issues having four Pokemon to choose from, especially since one of them is Lucario.


Awesome new Hotline Miami 2 trailer

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Check out the new Hotline Miami 2 trailer where you can apparently dual wield machine guns and use two special characters at once. Brutal.

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Now Loading for the week of April 7, 2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

This week’s lineup:


Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

This Nintendo 64 portable console looks like it was officially licensed by Nintendo

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There are tons of custom made game consoles on the market, some officially licensed, some not, that allowed to play all your old games in the palm of your own hands, but I don't think I have ever seen one as slick looking as this. The following was posted on the Bacman forums in the finished projects section. User Bungle Bungleman has created his own portable Nintendo 64 console that looks like a piece of art. Seriously Nintendo, hire this guy when it comes to designing things for your future consoles and handhelds.

Here is a run down of the custom console.  

  • Custom controller-shaped case with hand grips
  • 3.5" screen
  • Battery: 4400mAh at 7.4v
  • Battery life: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Expansion Pak
  • Battery indicator
  • 1st party N64 controller
  • Custom buttons and d-pad, dual z buttons
  • Gamecube style replacement joystick
  • HMDX Go Portable Audio amp and speakers with volume buttons
  • Switchable internal memory/rumble

This seriously looks like an officially released product from Nintendo, which makes me wonder why they never released anything like this in the first place. As of right now it seems that this may be the only one he has made but he did mention on his Youtube page that if you are interested in owning one, just subscribe to his channel or join the forums to find out when he will have more available.  

Multiple goats coming to Goat Simulator

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Online multiplayer is sort of, well, too much work for Goat Simulator because it would take a rewrite of much of the game to sync correctly over the Internet because of the physics engine being used. But hey, good news is coming to folks that want to play with another goat friend.

Coffee Stain Studios is releasing a patch in May to offer up split screen multiplayer. While it's not online, you and a friend and sit next to each other and cause havoc with a goat of your choice. I'm sure many laughs will come out of this when playing with someone next to you.

That's not all as a new map, new goats, and new achievements will also be in this free patch. Yes, free. 

Goat Simulator's only $10, which you can get on Steam.


Anomaly Defenders: the world's first reverse tower offense game

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Even though I'm pretty sure that "reverse tower offense game" really just means "tower defense game,"  I'll give 11 bit Studios the benefit of the doubt with Anomaly Defenders.

If you've played Anomaly: Warzone Earth or any of its expansions and/or sequels then you have some idea what to expect.  The big difference is that you are in control of the aliens you were fighting against in the earlier games as they defend their homeworld from humanity's counter-attack.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kingpin trailer

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a new trailer out featuring some familiar villains we'll see in the movie, as well as some new ones with pretty cool teases. Check out Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin and more including a tease at a possible Carnage cameo below.


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News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Preview of the next Xbox One update that some folks already have

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Microsoft has put out details on the next update for the Xbox One and what it will improve. Some people have it now and are offering feedback, but Microsoft has gone public with what the update will entail.

Blu-ray gets 50Hz support and will have some other app updates coming to it.

For controllers, there will be another update that improves wireless connectivity and reduce some audio static noise that can come through an attached headset.

One nice convenience feature added is that you won't have to power on the Xbox One after an update anymore if your system is set to Instant On. It will do it on its own. Also, if you want to manually initiate the update when one's available, a menu option will be there for you to do so.

It's nice to see Microsoft continue to improve on the Xbox One experience so let's hope these updates continue at a regular pace.

Indiecade 2011 Finalist, Hero Generations, is going Kickstarter

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This is a wonderful little game—with a sadly forgettable name. But do try to remember it: Hero Generations. Scott Brodie is the one-man show that put together this "five-minute Civilization roguelike," becoming a finalist in Indiecade 2011. Brodie made the game for his son, but now Brodie's back on this particular track and wants to give Hero Generations extra time and attention. To do so, he's humbly asking for your dollars on Kickstarter.

In Hero Generations you begin the lineage of what is to become your family tree's legacy. You grow up, you adventure, you grow old, you settle down. With the mate you found, you breed your family's next generation, and that little squirt gets to carry on your legacy—for better or worse. The countryside is sprinkled with wonders and dangers, and confronting or fleeing these wonders and dangers brings you money and fame, or the opposite, in some cases. Every step you take ages you one year, so every move you make is vital, especially as you become an elder with your last few years rushing by like the whitewater river gushing in the background.

I've played a slightly updated version of Hero Generations, and I'd spread the link like wildfire if Brodie wasn't keeping it on the D.L. for now. But Hero Generations is stunning and heartfelt and meaningful and asks you to make choices that matter.

     
 

Twitch announces their PAX East broadcasting schedule

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PAX East is this weekend and if you can't make it to the event, then Twitch.tv has got you covered. They will also have tons of swag to give away at the booth as well. The first 250 visitors to get to the booth and try broadcasting from one of the official stations will be given swag bags with a limited edition t-shirt and commemorative pin. 

If it's anything like last year, you won't be able to escape the Twitch booth as they had a gigantic screen that you could pretty much see anywhere on the show floor.

Here is the full schedule of events planned for the weekend

Friday 4/11 ET:

· 10:00am – Xbox Showcase

· 11:00am – WildStar

· 11:20am – TOME

· 11:40am – 2K

· 12:00pm – DayZ with Dean Hall

· 12:30pm – Nosgoth (SQUARE)

· 1:00pm – Indie Mega Booth

· 2:00pm – Cards Against Humanity play Dark Souls 2

· 2:30pm – Murdered Soul Suspect (SQUARE)

· 3:00pm – Adult Swim Games

· 4:00pm – Sony Online Entertainment

· 5:00pm - VideoBall

 

Saturday 4/12 ET:

· 10:00am – Xbox Showcase

· 11:00am – WildStar

· 11:30am – Newegg

· 12:00am – Dungeon Defenders 2

· 12:30pm – Nosgoth (SQUARE)

· 1:00pm – Indie Mega Booth

· 2:00pm – Vlambeer

· 2:30pm – Prodigy (Hanakai Studio)

· 3:00pm – TeSPA Collegiate Hearthstone Open

 

Sunday 4/13 ET:

· 10:00am – Xbox Showcase

· 11:00am – WildStar

· 11:30am – Indie Mega Booth

· 12:30pm – 2K

· 1:00pm – The CAPCOM PRO TOUR


Two new characters revealed for Transformers Universe

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Transformers Universe has two new bot trailers showcasing some of the cool moves and abilities these characters will have in the upcoming MOTA.

Check out the Decepticon Shellshock trailer here: 

And the Autobot Catapult trailer here: 

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/04/2014

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Bruce Lee is in EA Sports UFC

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Well this came out of nowhere. Bruce Lee, yes THE Bruce Lee, has been added as a fighter in EA Sports UFC

The legendary martial artist can be unlocked either by pre-ordering the game or finishing the career mode on pro difficulty or higher. With him unlocked, you can use him in the Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight, and Lightweight divisions. 

It seems a little surreal seeing Bruce in the Octagon with UFC gloves on. Bruce's motto was to be like water, move fluidly. Jeet Kune Do, the style he invented, doesn't have a fix position and it's a lot about reacting to the opponent.

Now one has to wonder how he would have done in something like the UFC. His speed and power was legendary. It's too bad we'll never know.

Why isn't Starr Mazer a real thing? Somebody make it a real thing!

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Starr Mazer is not a real game and that makes me sad and you should be sad, too. This video was put together by the snazzy folks at Imagos Films. This trailer—for a non-product—has some good bullet hell action, sure, but the cutscenes and point-and-click adventure elements really sew things together.

It was actually developed as an in-movie commercial for indie film maker Don Thacker's Motivational Growth. I would play the heck out of some Starr Mazer, though.