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PSA: Ike and other rare amiibo are back at GameStop

It's a Black Friday miracle!
Nov 27
// Mike Cosimano
GameStop has made good on its advertised Black Friday amiibo restock. Not only are stores packed with the promised Ike amiibo, but you can also find the other restocked figures through its website. As of writing, the reissued...
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Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero Act 4 is 'almost done'

It's (not) too late to love you now
Nov 25
// Mike Cosimano
Hey, quick question. Do you pronounce the word 'route' as "R-out" or "root"? I'm in the latter camp, myself. Anyway, independent developers Cardboard Computer released another 140-character progress update on the much-an...
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PlayStation 4

Sony claims PS4 sold around 30 million units

Pictured: the future of PS VR
Nov 25
// Mike Cosimano
According to a press release from Sony, the PlayStation 4 has sold through (read: units actually sold to people, not units shipped to stores) 30.2 million units as of November 22. That's a considerable amount of consoles; for...
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Walmart Black Friday

Walmart Black Friday deals include amiibo, $250 Wii U, $299 PS4, and more

Get ready to stand on the edge
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
Best Black Friday, one of the many sites dedicated to collating deals available during the ebony-black altar of consumerism and bloodlust known as Black Friday, has published an early version of Walmart's ad, detailing its en...

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Fallout 4

Steam analyst claims 1.2 million people owned Fallout 4 at launch

No info on actual launch sales
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
Sergey Galyonkin, the man behind Steam analytics site SteamSpy, recently published some initial thoughts on Fallout 4's PC launch via Twitter. Galyonkin acknowledged the unreliability inherent to the way the site pulls in dat...
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Minecraft Wii U

PEGI site lists Minecraft for Wii U

Super Enderman Maker
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
PEGI, also known as the Pan European Game Information (the video games rating board for most PAL territories), may have leaked a Minecraft port for the Wii U via its official website, apparently set for release tomorrow, Nove...
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The Walking Dead

Telltale details assorted Walking Dead news

Plus a lil' Game of Thrones
Nov 10
// Mike Cosimano
Job Stauffer, Telltale Games' director of creative communications, recently dropped some news regarding some of its upcoming products, including The Walking Dead: Michonne.  Stauffer kicked off these mini-revea...
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Fallout 4

Here are some Bethesda-approved Fallout 4 cocktails

Wasteland Bar Rescue
Nov 06
// Mike Cosimano
A few hours ago, I left the site of Bethesda's Fallout 4 launch party with a temporary case of tinnitus (thanks, Calvin Harris!) and a belly full of Nuka Cola Quantum & In-n-Out burgers. It was a rad time, especially...
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Jackbox Party Pack

The Jackbox Party Pack is coming to retailers

Courtesy of Telltale Games
Nov 03
// Mike Cosimano
Beloved party game The Jackbox Party Pack is coming to North American retailers on Nov. 6, courtesy of Telltale Games' new publishing arm. The partnership between Jackbox Games and Telltale is "part of an all-new strategic pu...
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Konami LA

Konami Los Angeles Studio to be closed, staff laid off

It's about sending a message
Nov 03
// Mike Cosimano
According to multiple industry sources (including former Dtoid CEO Hamza Aziz!), Konami has closed its Los Angeles studio, formerly known as Kojima Productions Los Angeles. Duke Nukem creator George Broussard was on...
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Activision offers to buy Candy Crush dev for $5.9 billion

Nov 02
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Activision revealed that it has agreed to purchase Candy Crush developer King for $5.9 billion -- that's one Oculus Rift plus one Minecraft with a cool $1.4 bil' left over for Grandma. Between this and Call o...
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Black Ops III

Amazon will hand-deliver you a copy of Black Ops III at midnight

But only if you live in a certain city
Nov 02
// Mike Cosimano
If you live in a city that supports Amazon's Prime Now app, you will be able to have another human being hand-deliver a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops III directly to your door when the game launches on November 6. For ...
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Lab Zero to launch Indivisible PS4 demo on Nov. 3

It takes a golden calculator
Oct 30
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Lab Zero Games and 505 Games announced a PS4 version of their Indivisible prototype, to be released on November 3 for all PlayStation Network users. If you have a computer and want to play the prototype right away...
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The Last Door

The Last Door Season 2 hits Steam Early Access

Making rabbits scary since 2013
Oct 28
// Mike Cosimano
The first season of point-and-click horror game The Last Door was an utterly chilling exploration of the intersection between Catholic guilt and Lovecraftian mythology. I loved it, and if you're looking for a title to cu...
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Skullgirls 2

Audacious iOS developer rips off basically every fighting game

Skullgirls 2: A Deadly Adoption
Oct 23
// Mike Cosimano
I'm not into fighting games, so I have no experience with Skullgirls. The animation is gorgeous, but that's about where you lose me. However, I did sit in on a packed Lab Zero Games panel at Anime Expo, and let...
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Void and Meddler

Void and Meddler is a grimy cyberpunk point-and-click

Form and Void and Meddler
Oct 21
// Mike Cosimano
Cyberpunk is often a particularly nasty genre. It's an evolution of noir, which is why you see conventions of noir regularly appear in cyberpunk stories. The morally ambiguous main character, the even more ambiguous roma...
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Fast and Furious 6 chase recreated in GTA V

The Lasterest Ride
Oct 20
// Mike Cosimano
Fast and Furious 6 is an excellent film. I know Fast Five is the zenith of the series for most fans, but I prefer Furious 6 for the same reason I prefer Saints Row IV to The Third; the excitement ramps up in a ...
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Super Mario Maker

Nintendo says Mario Maker boosted Wii U sales

People love first-party games!
Oct 20
// Mike Cosimano
According to Nintendo, September's release of Super Mario Maker boosted sales of the Wii U by over 110 percent as compared to August. Of course, the secretive nature of game sales means we don't know exactly how well the...
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Ratchet and Clank

The first full Ratchet and Clank trailer is not great

Another loss for game adaptations!
Oct 17
// Mike Cosimano
The first full trailer for the Ratchet and Clank movie has been released, and it's ridiculously generic. I get the "In a world..." joke, and I get the overwrought narrator, but this is the most kids movie-ass trailer I've see...
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Prey for the Gods

Prey for the Gods looks like a new Shadow of the Colossus

But will they be watching?
Oct 17
// Mike Cosimano
At first, Prey for the Gods looks very similar to a crafting-heavy survival game a la Rust filtered through some Never Alone. But that's only the first part of the trailer. Prey for the Gods looks beautifu...

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a great history lesson

Oct 16 // Mike Cosimano
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)Developer: Naughty Dog/Bluepoint GamesPublisher: SonyReleased: October 9, 2015MSRP: $59.99 Drake's Deception manages to outdo its predecessors in one area: the interplay between its characters. In a franchise known for witty, naturalistic dialogue, the conversations in Uncharted 3 still manage to stand out. It's hard to nail down exactly why this is the case (change in development staff, practice makes perfect, etc.), but I believe it has something to do with the mechanics of the story. A popular complaint in sequel-driven franchises is the perceived lack of stakes -- "We know the hero isn't going to lose/die for real, so none of this matters." This is self-inflicted misdirection. What matters isn't the particulars of the plot, it's the characters. A story is only tense if the audience cares about the people who inhabit it. Yes, Nathan Drake's gonna make it through the conflict de jour with all his limbs intact. But what kind of emotional losses will he suffer along the way? That's a reductive way of putting it, but you get what I'm going for, right? The humanity on display in Uncharted 3 starts and ends with the relationship between Nate and Sully. There are shades of this in Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves, as is to be expected with such excellent character work, but it's given a proper analysis in Drake's Deception. Origin stories for established characters are so often either redundant or blunt, so it's pleasantly surprising that the flashback sequence manages to add real, genuine depth to Nate and Sully's partnership. The knowledge that Sully was practically a father to Nate re-defines both of their relationships with the other characters, and proves that both of them are some of the most meaningful people in each other's lives. [embed]315656:60750:0[/embed] Not to say the rest of the characters get the shrift, either. Nate's team is expanded with both old and new faces, all of whom feel both compelling and rounded -- especially Cutter. Oh man, do I love Cutter. Every scene with that wonderful man was nothing short of rapturous, and when he was away I prayed to any deity that would hear me voraciously for his return. Every time he was in danger (physically or emotionally), it felt like I was on the verge of death. The big, bombastic, cinematic moments that give Uncharted its fame? They mean so much more when I care about the people involved. Although Drake's Deception is the most successful on the story front, the other two games are still worth seeing. Playing all three Uncharted games in a relatively short timeframe is fascinating. From the moderately awkward post-Jak and Daxter lessons of Drake's Fortune, to the brilliant iteration of Among Thieves, to the thematic and character evolutions in Drake's Deception, there's so much work to appreciate here -- especially in the context of Naughty Dog's history. The games also look fantastic as well, and not just thanks to the fresh coat of paint. It's amazing what a great lighting engine can do, especially when applied to a franchise that is partially remembered for pushing what we thought the PS3 could output. Bluepoint Games does fantastic port work, and The Nathan Drake Collection is another win for the studio. There were zero framerate drops and only the occasional walk animation freakout on the part of your compatriots. Nothing game-breaking. The Uncharted series is ostensibly about one adrenaline junkie (the man that gives The Nathan Drake Collection its name) and his failure to evolve. When Indiana Jones resets his love life at the beginning of every Indiana Jones adventure, it's a way of starting from scratch. When Nathan Drake starts every post-Drake's Fortune game separated from Elena, it's a commentary on his immature refusal to move past the treasure hunting that defined his childhood and teenage years, especially in the third installment. The first two Uncharted games are roller coaster rides that are a bullwhip away from a Lucasfilm lawsuit. Drake's Deception, comparatively, spends its time applying those time-worn stereotypes to some degree of reality and is all the more compelling as a result. You should play The Nathan Drake Collection if you're one of the many Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4 transplants, or even if it's been too long since you last spent time in the Uncharted world. The first game doesn't really hold up, but Among Thieves and Drake's Deception are certainly worth your time -- especially you're interested in the latter's more complex thematic work. And based on what we've seen of A Thief's End's darker tone, this history lesson might just be mandatory.
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Cutter needs to be in Uncharted 4, right?
In a sea of PS3/Xbox 360 to PS4/Xbox One ports, The Nathan Drake Collection is one of the few that actually makes sense. Many former Xbox 360 owners made the jump to PlayStation 4 this generation; as a result, they've mi...

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Tales from the Borderlands' season finale gets a trailer

Tales from Borderlands Space
Oct 16
// Mike Cosimano
I'll be the first to admit -- I was extremely skeptical about Tales from the Borderlands, especially considering how disappointed I was by The Walking Dead's second season. But I'm happy to have been proven wrong. This game l...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Over 9 million people played the Star Wars Battlefront beta

That's a lotta stormtroopers!
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
According to the gang at Electronic Arts, over 9 million people played last week's Star Wars Battlefront open beta. The beta worked exactly as intended -- a legitimate concern for players after 2013's disastrous Bat...
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Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th game comes to Kickstarter

For once, copyright works out
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
The Friday the 13th game announced back in January has been fully revealed -- it's the game formerly known as Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, by Breach and Clear developers Gun Media. With the help of TV's Adam Sessler, the...
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Steam Stealth Sale

Savvy Steam Stealth Sale sneaks sonto the sinternet

Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Steam appropriately dropped a stealth-themed sale on the Internet, comprised of more than 60 games, including games in the Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and Splinter Cell series. You know, it's only when I write that...
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Gabe Newell

There's a Gabe Newell Simulator on Steam

Is this eligible for The Game Awards?
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
There's a Gabe Newell Simulator on Steam Early Access and it costs seven American dollars. The entirety of that sentence should be enough for you to make a purchasing decision, right? For what it's worth, I think a Gabe Newel...
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Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy's new PS4 soundtrack falls short

Super Meat Port
Oct 10
// Mike Cosimano
I think we, as an industry, have given Super Meat Boy a little too much credit. At its best, the game's worlds consist of tightly designed levels that carefully build upon each other, tutorializing through extensive tria...
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SAG VA strike

SAG game voice actors vote to authorize strike

Expect some delays if this goes through
Oct 08
// Mike Cosimano
Around two weeks ago, we reported on tensions between video game publishers and SAG-AFTRA, the primary union for screen actors. The two groups are in the middle of negotiating a new contract for video game voice actors, and h...
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PS4 price cut

PS4 gets official price drop in USA and Canada

Just in time for Christmas!
Oct 08
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Sony announced a permanent price cut for the PlayStation 4 in the United States and Canada. The system will be available for $349 USD in the US and $429 CAD in Canada, and will apply to all the upcoming holiday bu...
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SAG-affiliated video game voice actors may go on strike

Voting began about a week ago
Sep 22
// Mike Cosimano
[Update: SAG-AFTRA declined to comment on this story due to "ongoing negotiations and mutually agreed upon media blackout"] Today, video game voice actors affiliated with SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation o...

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