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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.

Alien: Isolation sounds really scary

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If you don't think sound is a major (major!) component to horror games, then you shouldn't (should not!) be making horror games. But thank our lucky stars, The Creative Assembly knows. And they're putting that knowledge into Alien: Isolation. Authenticity is their drive, and access to the original audio recordings from the 1979 movie is a big contributor to that chase.

A full orchestra. Minor key tonalities. Boots stomping fruit husks. Good stuff.

Alien: Isolation will be making people pee their pants on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7.


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Mixed reviews for WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30

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Wrestlemania 30 is now in the books.  I was one of the millions of people in the United States to watch the first PPV ever streamed through the WWE Network.  Many critics and fans believed that WWE should have launched the network about a week earlier than they did in order to stress test the servers with the previous PPV, Elimination Chamber.  However, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company believed in MLB.TV and their powerful collection of servers (MLB Network hosts WWE Network on their servers).  The reviews seem to be mixed, so I'll give my personal take.

  • The video quality was excellent running on my Xbox 360, even with it being a first generation.
  • There were occasional hiccups with the stream, such as seeing a spinning wheel for a few seconds, then the feed managed to catch back up.  This happened about every ten to fifteen minutes.
  • After a few of these, the stream had to catch back up and would do an auto-skip that seemed to take the match forward about fifteen seconds.
  • Audio quality was great.
  • I had no pixelation or degradation in the signal even after my little stream hiccups.

WWE's twitter feed, however, was a completely different story.  There were many instances of people saying that the stream didn't work at all or was terrible quality.  I contacted a few acquaintances of mine throughout the show to see how their stream was holding up.  All said that there were no major issues.  For the record, I'm running on a 30 Mbps / 5 Mbps connection.

It would seem that the jury is still out on how well the WWE Network held up.  Either way, the company will have more than enough data and will hopefully rectify any issues, however large or small they are, before their next PPV.

Also, kudos to WWE for putting on what I thought to be one of the best Wrestlemanias I've ever seen.  

Nash 20 now available from Mionix

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Building upon the news of their new partnership with SK GamingMionix has officially released the Nash 20 gaming headset for purchase worldwide.  Our coverage of the headset at CES 2014 obviously showed our excitement for the product as it was designed not just for sound quality, but for comfort.

The biggest highlight of the Nash 20 is undoubtedly the memory foam earpieces that are designed to ensure that long gaming sessions are never uncomfortable.  My time with this product at CES 2014 left me wanting for more time with it hands-on.

The Nash 20 is available on Mionix.net for $150.25 plus shipping and handling.

SK Gaming and Mionix announce partnership

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Just a couple of months ago, we had full coverage of Mionix at the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We showed off the entire line of products that Mionix was bringing to the table.  After two consecutive strong showings at the largest technology show in the world, Mionix now has a partnership with SK Gaming to make two companies even stronger.  In a press release on their website, SK Gaming made the partnership formal.

We at SK Gaming are more than pleased to announce the most recent addition to our lineup of sponsors as Mionix will become the official supplier of mice, mousepads, and keyboards in 2014.

The Swedish manufacturer of gaming peripherals for PC gamers has grown massively in the last year and is one of the favorite companies when it comes to quality, design, and performance.

Congratulations to both companies as this partnership can only mean good things for the industry as a whole.

Dead Or Alive 5: Core Fighters is on sale until April 21st

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Dead Or Alive 5: Core Fighters is the free to play version of Dead Or Alive 5: Ultimate where you have to buy each additional character for about $4 or so. While you get to use your costumes you bought for the original Dead Or Alive 5, you would still have to play for new ones. 

To celebrate over 1,000,000 downloads, from now until April 21st, Dead Or Alive 5: Core Fighters will offer a complete pack can be bought for $29.99 and will include all 25 original characters and all of the costume sets from Dead Or Alive 5 and Dead Or Alive 5+. The costume sets will include 81 costumes for fighters across the entire roster. 

The only thing that is not included in the bundle is the new character Marie Rose which has to be bought separately. 


Major Nelson confirms on Reddit that Xbox One external storage coming “soon”

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Sometimes, the best place to find news nuggets are in interviews and out of the way comments from industry insiders. Yesterday, Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) passed along one of those nuggets on Reddit while answering some questions on the Xbox One. In response to a question from user LordShesho about word on external storage, Larry confirmed that it was “coming soon”, but he had to check on media support. When other users asked a few more questions to Larry on limits and details, Larry responded “When I have details on that, I’ll let you know.”

So it looks like one of the biggest fears/complaints about the Xbox One may soon be null and void, depending on the details of how much and what type of external storage the Xbox One will support.

Rock Band DLC Re-Licensing Update

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It has been awhile since we last saw a DLC licensing update from Harmonix on Rock Band (Nov 2013!), but yesterday was the first quarterly update in 2014. After originally posting that all licenses had been secured that were expiring, Harmonix had to make an update and notate that two significant licenses were indeed going away.

The first is that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” will be leaving the Rock Band store permanently on April 30th. As Harmonix points out, it is only $1 and there is a good chance you already own it, which would not impact you. However, if you have thought about pulling the trigger and haven’t yet, now is the time. The second is a bit bigger new. Apparently, the 20 free track offer from purchasing Rock Band 2 has expired and the redemption page is no longer live. So if you already own it, you are all set, but if you plan to buy RB2 in the future, it will be a little lighter in content than when it was originally released.

According to Harmonix, we shouldn’t see a new update (unless some urgent matter from a studio pops up) until approximately three months from now.


Remaining portable Mega Man games finally hitting the Virtual Console next month

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Remember a long time ago...well, last year when the year of Mega Man's 25th anniversary came around...when Capcom said that Mega Man II through V and both Mega Man Xtreme games would be coming to the Virtual Console?  In fact I believe I posted about that back in July.  Well Capcom is finally living up to that statement.  It's been revealed over on the Capcom Community site that The remaining six mainstream portable Mega Man games are hitting the Virtual Console next month...but wait, there's more!

Over on the Capcom Community page that has the announcement you can vote for your favorite of the remaining six with the hopes of it being the first released on May 1st.  While my favorite of those six would be Mega Man III as it was the first of the portable games I played, I say just release them in order.  If they're all coming out in May anyways, just release them in the order they were originally released.  Also, since we already have Game Gear games on the Virtual Console, any chance of releasing Mega Man for the Game Gear?  Yeah it's not that great, but I enjoyed it...except for the screen limitations.


HI-Rez announces their plans for SMITE eSports for the rest of the year

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The big $200,000 launch tournament for SMITE came to an end last weekend but that doesn't mean that the fun is going to stop anytime soon. Throughout the rest of the year, SMITE will play a big part in eSports and will host a number of tournaments and qualifiers throughout the year. 

Hi-Rez gave us the run down on what is currently planned for the rest of the year in a recent blog post on their website. 

  • April 2014: Partner Tournaments
    One-off, partner sponsored tournaments will be played for the remainder of the month of April.
  • May - July 2014: Qualifiers
    Qualifier weekend tournaments (NA on Saturdays, EU on Sundays) allow teams to earn points toward the invite-only regional LANs
  • August 2014: Regionals
    Regional LAN tournaments with sizeable prize pools will be played - One in North America and one in Europe. Four teams will be invited per region from the qualifier weekly tournaments. The top 2 finishers of each Regional LAN will qualify for the Playoff events in November.
  • Late Fall: Wildcard Qualifiers
    Other teams will still have an opportunity to get to Playoffs through Wildcard Qualifiers in late fall.
  • November: Playoffs
    And Then
    ....Playoffs determine entry for an even larger event, our largest event to date, in early 2015.

Details about Age of Wonders 3's level editor revealed

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Triumph Studios launched the level editor for Age of Wonders III worldwide earlier this week and the launch was pretty successful.  The editor allows players to create their own single player and multi-player scenarios as well as their own heroes and campaigns complete with story cut-scenes using their own art assets and voiceovers.  Pretty powerful stuff.  Imagine something like that in a WWE game, using your own voiceovers to create your own promos...but I'm getting off track.

Triumph Studios has released a video that goes into detail about the video editor and give you an idea about how it works.  If you're into the Age of Wonders series, this definitely looks like it would be fun to play around with.

 

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What We're Playing: inFAMOUS Deception Edition

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Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has received death threats over the Facebook acquisition. Microsoft executive, Phil Spencer, will now be calling the shots for the Xbox team. And while Xbox One users have streamed 23 million minutes of gameplay, let's be honest, how much of that is actually being watched by anybody?

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
I just got through moving back to my hometown, so naturally I don't have any systems hooked up—aside from the NES of course, and that was mainly to test a couple new parts I put in.  Basically, my gaming is being limited to my PC, and I likely won't be doing much this weekend as my room is still a mess to say the least, but I'll likely put in a bit more time with Final Fantasy VII. Now that Aerith's first Level 3 Limit Break is unlocked I don't have to grind anymore and can get on with the story.

Nathan Carter, staff writer, @natedoggcata
This weekend I will be torturing and murdering poor mercenaries in Deception IV: Blood Ties. I had never heard of this series before but I saw the trailer a few weeks before the game was released and I am pleasantly surprised. This game is extremely fun. Yeah the enemy AI can be pretty dumb at times and the movement controls could be better, but it's still a great game. I am always looking for new games to play, and by "new" I mean something different, something I have never really played before. Deception IV: Blood Ties easily fits that role.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
This may sound weird but I'll probably be sinking some time into Minecraft. I've been revisiting an old build I've been working on for about a year now. Some people may enjoy the survival aspects of Minecraft, but for me it's more of a Zen garden; a place to unwind and put my mind to creative, constructive tasks.

Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend will be filled with a combination of historic, exaggerated, Japanese battle in Dynasty Warriors 8 on the Vita, spending time on the pitching mound with MLB 14: The Show on the Vita, and making a complete fool of myself in my living room with Kinect Sports Rivals. I dare you to find a more varied gaming menu this weekend.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
Reading chapters of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms between World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition matches is a multimedia peanut butter cup. It inserts a terse World War I love story into my tank 'sploding game. I'm absorbing the three new battlefields introduced in last week's Map Madness event, too. I'll also dip into Hitman Absolution, courtesy of Xbox 360's Games with Gold, and see if those sexy nuns are every bit as offensive as we were told they were.

Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
The trailer for the third episode of The Wolf Among Us came out this week, so the good news is that it should be out next week. The bad news is that it probably won't be out until next week. If we're lucky enough to get it over the weekend, you know where I'll be.

Cary Lange, staff writer, clange@gamingnexus.com
I just beat inFAMOUS: Second Son with good karma. All I need to platinum the game is the bad karma trophies so I may run through it as bad Delsin soon. For now though, I'll be heading back into Drangeic for more Dark Souls II where I'm trying to make my mostly melee character have more intelligence for increased damage with magic weapons and an extra spell or two.

Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
I've cleared the main campaign of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and I'm now headlong into the game's Adventure Mode, which is ridiculously fun. I've also be playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, thanks to the 2.2 patch which has added new instances and has me farming for items needed to reach a higher item level. Charles got me a review code for the latest Deception game which is still as fun as it was back in the PS1 era, only with a slightly glossier coat of paint. And whenever I find time in the midst of all that, I'm playing Suikoden II again.

John Yan, senior hardware editor, @TheJohnYan
I'll be knee deep in killing demons and farming for legendaries in Diablo III with friends. I've just gotten some new plans and I am only one piece away from a nice weapon for my Witch Doctor. The nephalem rifts and bounties really make farming fun. Along with the changes to loot, a great deal of my friends are back playing the game at all hours so I'll be there with them this weekend.

Persona 4 coming to PS3 as a PS2 classic

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Rumors that the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 would be coming to the PlayStation 3 in some form were confirmed yesterday when the game's publisher, Atlus, announced that Persona 4 would be come to the system as a downloadable PS2 Classic. If you are excited to buy the game on PS3 you are in luck; it releases on April 8th with a price tag of $9.99.

When i first heard the news of Persona 4 coming to PS3 I secretly hoped that they were porting the Vita version, Persona 4 Golden, rather than the original PS2 release. While it would have been nice to see the expanded version of the game ported instead, Persona 4 is an amazing game regardless of which version you play. If you haven't given it a shot $9.99 is an incredible price for one of the best RPGs ever made. 

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Moral ambiguity abound in Always Sometimes Monsters

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I first heard about Always Sometimes Monsters through an article on Polygon about it's inception and inspiration. What started as a fun idea for a travel blog about hitchhiking across the U.S. to meet up with game developers turned to a life changing event for Justin Amirkhani. His travel narrative took a dramatic shift from focusing on games to surviving on the road, and the kinds of people you inevitably meet living a transient lifestyle. After talking to Nigel Lowrie of Devolver Digital, Amirkhani distilled his experiences into Always Sometimes Monsters

ASM is a roleplaying game that focuses on interaction, rather than combat. You'll choose your character's race, gender, and sexual preference, which determine how other people perceive and treat you. You'll live through the common denominators and the unique hardships that define us all. Your choices and actions will alter your story. Even with the best intentions, it's difficult to know when you've made the right decision, and who your actions will hurt. You've lost the love of your life, will you be able to win them back? When you look back at everything you've done, will it even matter?

As someone who still tears up at the mere mention of To The Moon, I can't wait to see how badly Always Sometimes Monsters is going to affect me.

Always Sometimes Monsters will be available through Steam and the Humble Store on May 21, and you can currently pre-order it for only $8.99- 10% off the regular price. If you want more info, or just want to be updated on it's progress, you can check out their page on the Devolver Digital website and Twitter @VagabondDog.