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Ten minutes of Jonathan Blow narrating some puzzling gameplay in The Witness

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Jonathan Blow, creator of 2008's critically acclaimed time-manipulation platformer, Braid, shows off 10 minutes' worth of gameplay footage from his upcoming game, The Witness. You're basically a formless body traversing an island made up of puzzle-locked doors. When the puzzle lock looks confusing, you'll run around your immediate environment and solve smaller puzzles that teach you how to solve bigger puzzles. Instead of an inventory screen, the knowledge you gain about how to solve puzzles is your inventory.

I have no doubt The Witness tells a story, but the gameplay looks like puzzles for puzzles' sake, and that piques my interest only just so far. Until I see a hint or two toward some kind of overarching narrative, I'm feeling tepid about it all.

The Witness comes out on PC, iOS and PlayStation 4 sometime in the middle of this year.

[via NukemDukem]

News Roundup - 02/13/2014

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News Roundup - 02/12/2014

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And the award goes to...

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This year's Game Developer Choice Awards have revealed the recipients of the Ambassador and Pioneer awards.

The Ambassador award is given to honor someone who has helped video game advance to a better place through advocacy or action. After open nominations were taken from the game development community, the GDCA Advisory Committe decided to award Anita Sarkeesian for her webseries Feminist Frequency. After a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her videos, Sarkeesian has been identifying and deconstructing the harmful stereotypes that have targeted women in video games and gaming culture.

The Pioneer award honors breakthrough tech and setting new paradigms in gameplay design. This year, the winners are the co-founders of Riot Games Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill for League of Legends. Riot Games was created with the intent to be the most player-focused company in the world- and out of that they've created a game that has drawn a massive following, especially in the eSports community.

The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony will take place on March 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the San Francisco Moscone Center. It will be hosted by Abbie Heppe of Respawn Entertainment and Nathan Vella, president and co-founder of Capy. Ashley and Anthony Burch, the sibling duo behind Hey Ash Whatcha Playin will be contributing new videos to this year's Independent GAmes Festival along with the team behind Mega64.


News Roundup - 02/11/2014

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Having lawnmower problems in Plants vs. Zombies 2? Here's why

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My girlfriend and I have been fans of Plants vs. Zombies 2 since the game was released last year.  Until we finished the game in late December it was something we would play together on our iPads while watching BPL soccer on TV.  I wasn't the biggest fan of the game's free to play model but I managed to play through the entire game without spending any money on it.  Since it's launch the game has released a number of free patches that smoothed out some issues in the structure of the game and added a bunch of new content.  This included patch that was released last week which added a new boss level.

Some users got a bit more than the new boss though as they got a major tweak in how the lawnmowers worked in the game.  This change caused the lawnmowers in the game (a key part of your defense) to not automatically respawn if they were consumed in a level unless players bought new mowers with coins (which are either earned in game or purchased with real money).  Needless to say, a few people were upset  with the the change.  

I reached out to Electronic Arts this afternoon about this change since I couldn't confirm this in either the iOS or Android version of the game and tonight I received this official statement:

"We are always testing new features in Plants vs. Zombies 2. The lawnmower feature noted by some players was part of a small-scale test and is now over.”

That solves that mystery as it looks like EA was trying out changes with a small group of people to see how it impacted the core game.  From the looks of it I think we know it is a pretty big impact given the level of vitriol it raised with customers.  Personally, I hope this is something they decide against rolling out to everyone in the future.

News Roundup - 02/10/2014

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News Roundup - 01/30/2014

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Nintendo may be making mobile games after all Iwata announces

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A few days ago Nintendo shot down a rumor that they would soon consider making games for mobile devices, and it seemed like they would never even consider making the jump from video games consoles to phones and tablets. But things change quick in the world of gaming, at and yesterdays financial results meeting CEO Satoru Iwata that Nintendo was considering developing for mobile platforms. He was sure to mention they wouldn't just make ports of their console games, but instead would try to create all original content to take advantage of the new platform. 

Many have said that Nintendo would only develop mobile games when they were in their final hours, but I really don't think it is any big deal. Its possible that they just never considered it a legitimate platform until now, and I'm excited to see what they can do with it.  

Source: www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/

News Roundup - 01/29/2014

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News Roundup - 01/28/2014

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall now available for pre-order

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Can't get enough Shadowrun?  Fans of the magic-meets-cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun Returns can now pre-order the next expansion, Shadownrun: Dragonfall.  Dragonfall will feature a new full-length campaign set in the city of Berlin and will contain numerous new features and enhancements such as new weapons, cyberware, and enemies.  You'll also be able to save anywhere, a new feature that'll also become available in new downloads of Shadowrun Returns as well as via a patch for those who have already purchased the game.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall will  be available via Steam and GOG.com on February 27th for $14.99 for PC, OSX, and Linux. 


News Roundup - 01/27/2014

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News Roundup - 01/23/2014

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SteelSeries Stratus wireless controller now available for iOS devices

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SteelSeries has announced the launch of the Stratus wireless gaming controller for the array of iOS devices including iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The SteelSeries Stratus was recently introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show. The controller supports use with devices that are running iOS 7 and compatible controller-enabled games. The controller is available at Apple retail stores and Apple.com and retails for $79.99.

Further information can be found on the SteelSeries Stratus website.


News Roundup - 01/22/2014

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News Roundup - 01/21/2014

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News Roundup - 01/20/2014

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Line of Defense Tactics releases its first training dev diaries

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The folks at 3000AD Games have been hard at work on Line of Defense Tactics, a squad-based spinoff title from the upcoming MMO Line of Defense. They have some gameplay videos describing the basic controls and gameplay and so far I like what I'm seeing. The combat appears to focus on small group maneuvers in claustrophobic maps, requiring you to have your troops take cover, target specific enemies and scout ahead. It seems a lot more immediate and involved than most strategy games I've seen, which to me feel like little more than rows of toy soldiers marching toward each other.


News Roundup - 01/16/2014

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News Roundup - 01/15/2014

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