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The Last of Us Remastered trailer gives a short look at the game on PS4

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The Last of Us Remastered is coming to the PS4 and there's a new trailer with a very short glimpse of what that might look like. If you haven't played the game, though, you may want to avoid this trailer, as the short scene doesn't give anything away, but will dampen one of the best scenes in the game.

Check it out below. 

Hitting your head against bricks isn't really a good idea

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Mario has always bashed bricks with his fist even though it looks like his head, but really neither option is a good idea. As illustrated by the Pete Holmes Show, bad things can happen if you try to break apart floating bricks. 

Dubbed Realistic Mario, we can see what happens when Mario and Luigi try their hand at breaking apart breaks. I'm digging the video game videos that Pete Holmes is doing and I'd love to see more of these little shorts on old Nintendo games.

World of Tanks to add brand new game modes

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World of Tanks just continues to get better and better.  Wargaming has announced the future addition of Fortifications, Historical Battles, and Garage Battles.

Fortifications will allow clans to build structures that offer bonuses like money or XP bonuses.  Clans will be able to fight over these building.

Historical Battles is just what it sounds like.  The new dev diary details just how tough the process of balancing Historical Battles has been.

Further in the future is Garage Battles.  Garage Battles will see two players fighting with several tanks fielded in sequence.  Basically, you will be able to disgorge your garage against your opponent.  It's more complicated than that of course, but the word "disgorge" is funny.

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Now Loading from CD102.5 in Columbus

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We hit the airwaves this morning with CD102.5 in Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio to talk about both LEGO The Hobbit and Kinect Sports Rivals. In case you missed the segment this morning, you can check it out below:

Diablo III gets a hotfix for looting

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I'm happy to see Blizzard making these improvements to Diablo III. So far, almost everything they've done has been a vast improvement since the game first came out.

That said, today a hotfix is going out to all the servers today to change up some of the mechanics of looting. Unique monsters are going to drop less loot, but that's OK.  Chests are also going to be less frequent, but again, that's going to be OK.

The chances of finding a legendary item will now double when you are in a rift, making those areas a lot more profitable to farm. Now, folks are going to be more apt at doing rift runs over killing unique monsters when trying to farm for better gear.

Kadala is also getting a change as she's going to be more apt at giving you a legendary when you trade in blood shards. Good, because I've probably gotten one so-so legendary from her after giving her about 500 shards. I'm glad she's getting an increase in chances of giving out a good item.

All servers in all regions should be updated by the end of the day today.


News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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FRESH FISH!

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Have you always wanted to go to prison, but didn't want that nasty black mark on your permanent record? Or maybe you just really miss The Wire, and Netflix doesn't have enough episodes of Lock Up: RAW to slate your thirst for crime-based entertainment. Well, good news! You can back Prisonscape on Kickstarter and get that prison life RPG you've always wanted.

Prisonscape promises to be gritty and uncompromising- you'll be able to craft weapons out of everyday items, take on jobs for gangs, and eventually gather your own henchmen to back you up in combat. You'll be able to build your character into a fighter, a manipulator, a craftsman, or just a scummy low-down snake. Gain and lose reputation by doing jobs for different gangs- or by snitching to the guards.

Right now, it's only an $11 pledge to get a DRM-free copy of the game, $15 if you want early access to the Beta. If you're interested in getting access to modding tools, or adding your own content into the game you can always pledge more.

If you want more info, you can check out the Heaviest Matter and Prisonscape websites and Twitter, or just go straight to their Kickstarter page. If you're interested, make sure you at least vote for Prisonscape's Greenlight campaign on Steam. If all goes well, Prisonscape should be out by December 2014.

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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