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Playing Skyrim, Darksiders and The Crysis on a Razer Edge photo
Playing Skyrim, Darksiders and The Crysis on a Razer Edge
by Jim Sterling

Your old buddy Jim Sterling has borrowed a Razer Edge with which to do all sorts of videogame things. You can watch me have a bit of a play on Skyrim, Crysis, Castle Crashers, and Darksiders II if you want. I try to make it interesting. A bit.

A more thorough write-up on the Edge will be coming in the future, but for now, watch me do playing about for a bit or something. If you want. You don't really have to.

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9:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Ex-Vigil staffer on what Darksiders III could have been

In an interview with IGN, Ex-Vigil creative director Joe Madureira released a few nuggets of information on what Darksiders III could have been, provided Vigil staff, and not Nordic Games, had won the bidding war. “It w...

Abel Girmay

1:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands

Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p...

Allistair Pinsof



Nordic comes away with Red Faction, Darksiders, and more photo
Nordic comes away with Red Faction, Darksiders, and more
by Jordan Devore

Rounding out the sale of THQ's assets, we heard earlier today that Gearbox was able to pick up the rights to Homeworld. Subject to court approval, the remaining groups of intellectual properties have gone to three different companies, as announced by the defunct publisher today.

For $4.9 million, Nordic Games bought some 150 individual SKUs including notable properties like Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, and Destroy All Humans! Additionally, Drawn to Life and its successor The Next Chapter went to 505 Games for $300,000. For its part, Gearbox bid $1.35 million to get Homeworld.

"In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles," said Nordic Games Group AB CEO Lars Wingefors. "A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new instalments of acquired IPs."

Can't say I saw this coming. If you aren't familiar with Nordic, you might be when you hear that it has published titles such as The Book of Unwritten Tales, the PC version of Alan Wake, and Painkiller HD. It's expected that the Bankruptcy Court will finalize the sale after May 13, 2013.

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10:15 AM on 03.28.2013

Crytek USA plans to buy the Darksiders license

Word on the street is, while Crytek has no current interest in Darksiders 3, Crytek USA wants the brand anyway. Considering the new company boasts ex-Vigil staff, and is indeed headed by the studio's former boss, it's hardly ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 03.26.2013

Humble Mobile Bundle has Metal Slug 3, Plants vs. Zombies

Humble Bundle has been busy this week with two different promotions. Up first is the Humble Mobile Bundle, which offers Contre Jour, Anomaly Korea, Plants vs. Zombies, and Bladeslinger for Android under the pay-what-you-want ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 02.27.2013

THQ to auction off Homeworld, Red Faction, and other IPs

THQ sold off a majority of their biggest gaming franchises last month, and now they're ready to continue the process with some of their other big titles. THQ intends to sell off their remaining IP in six specific lots: Darks...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:15 PM on 02.05.2013

Crytek not interested in Darksiders 3

Crytek has explained that, while it has indeed acquired Vigil Games' staff, it's not particularly interested in Vigil Games' ... games. Basically, don't go expecting Darksiders 3, because Crytek's simply not interested. The t...

Jim Sterling







Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant photo
Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant
by Allistair Pinsof

When assessing a publisher's impact on the industry, we tend to focus on the highs rather than consistency. THQ was anything but consistent, putting out Nintendo DS shovelware, rushed licensed games, and taking part in one of the absolute worst games of all time with Mohawk & Headphone Jack. And yet, THQ occupies a warm place in our hearts. Those three letters represent some of the best times we had with games of the past decade, bringing unknown studios like Volition and Relic into the limelight.

Once we scraped off all the Bratz games and pet sims, we had a hard time determining THQ's top ten best.

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11:00 PM on 01.25.2013

Boob Wars: Colonial Marines, HD Wind Waker & RIP THQ

Hey gang, here's the recording of today's live Destructoid Show! Nintendo Direct happened, so we talked about all of that, and SimCity has new curved roads in it, I hope you're ready for that. That new Aliens: Colonial ...

Max Scoville

8:00 PM on 01.25.2013

Darksiders IS Zelda, and here's the proof

That the Darksiders games take more than a few cues from The Legend of Zelda -- and may possibly surpass it -- is a secret to nobody. What we were unaware of was that developer Vigil Games always had intentions of supplanting...

Tony Ponce



Vigil Games' lead combat designer says his goodbyes photo
Vigil Games' lead combat designer says his goodbyes
by Tony Ponce

THQ has cleared its plate and sold off all its assets... well... not all of them. For some reason, not one company placed a bid for Darksiders developer Vigil Games, dooming the young studio.

Vigil's lead combat designer Ben Cureton decided to pen his own farewell letter (posted below) and share it on gaming forum NeoGAF. But whereas the THQ company letter ends on a hopeful note, Ben's is far more heart-wrenching, coming as it is from one of the talents getting tossed on the street.

He knows his stuff, so there's no doubt Ben and crew will go on to bigger and better things. For now, let him express himself.

(Thank you for the notice, Squishy3)

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11:00 AM on 12.22.2012

$25 gets you the THQ Collection on Steam

After the recent Humble THQ Bundle, I don't know how useful this deal will be, but the sheer absurdity of it all warrants a special mention. As part of the 2012 holiday Steam sale, there's a $24.99 collection which inclu...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.06.2012

This Darksiders II 'Death & Despair' statue is turbo-boss

It seems the Darksiders series is fated to not get the recognition it deserves, but at least THQ still believes in it enough to pimp out some cool merchandise -- like this newly revealed "Death & Despair" statue from SOTA...

Jim Sterling

10:30 PM on 12.03.2012

Third expansion for Darksiders II releasing tomorrow

More content is on the way tomorrow for fans of Darksiders II. The title's third downloadable expansion, The Demon Lord Belial will be available for consumption for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Folks who have purchase...

Conrad Zimmerman



Humble THQ Bundle nets over $3.3 million (and counting) photo
Humble THQ Bundle nets over $3.3 million (and counting)
by Jim Sterling

Despite proving controversial, THQ's "Humble Bundle" has raked in $3.3 million since it launched last Thursday, as over 580,000 customers take the chance to snap up games for as little as $1.00. According to GI.biz, share prices have risen to $1.60 from $1.07 -- up by 37.96%.

The "pay what you want" bundle includes Metro 2033, Darksiders, Red Faction: Armageddon and Company of Heroes, and the average buyer is opting to spend $5.64. Paying above the average entitles you to a free copy of Saints Row: The Third

Although proving successful, the deal has nonetheless touched a nerve with some folk, who expect all humble bundles to be indie, cross-platform, and DRM free. THQ's games don't fit those expectations, being AAA titles that require both Steam and Windows. Still, it's not calling itself the Humble Indie Bundle, and it's not promising anything it isn't delivering, so I don't quite see the problem.

Given THQ's troubles, whatever the deal lacks in Indie, it certainly makes up for in Humble. 

Humble THQ Bundle [Humble Bundle]

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