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Ramblings of a colorblind gamer


Feb 10
// Anthony Burch
You may or may not know that I am red-green colorblind. Money looks grey to me, pink looks white, brown looks green. No big thing. Since I was born colorblind, I have no frame of reference for how the world is "supposed" to l...
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Spend the weekend playing with your Privates


Aug 06
// Jordan Devore
That is what you think it is. Eww. This week, we're taking a look at the first episode of Zombie Cow's Privates. It's a standard run-and-gun as far as game mechanics are concerned, but the humor is in full effect. For starter...
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Activision responds to Respawn Entertainment announcement


Apr 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
As you may have already read this morning, the saga of former Infinity Ward honchos Vince Zampella and and Jason West versus Activision took yet another turn today with the announcement of the duo's new development company, R...

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Zampella and West join EA, create Respawn Entertainment


Apr 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
After a month of legal drama between Jason West, Vince Zampella and their former corporate overlords at Activision, the predictable has occurred. Announced in a press release today, West and Zampella have formed a new studio,...
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The bullsh*t begins: Fable 3 to re-invent game mechanics


Feb 03
// Jim Sterling
We haven't even see the first screenshot yet, and Peter Molyneux is starting to crank out the crap concerning Fable III. GDC is almost upon us, and it has provided the game designer with a platform to claim that his latest ga...
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Visceral Studios execs defect to new Activision studio


Jul 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
Activision is opening up a new games studio and, as one might expect, they desire top quality talent to work there. So, they strolled on over to Visceral Games, the EA-owned studio responsible for Dead Space and the upcoming ...
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EVE Online: Banker's virtual theft causes real life panic


Jul 08
// Joseph Leray
Mega-popular MMO EVE Online prides itself on its realistic, player-controlled economy. In a scarily familiar episode of games-imitating-life, EBank, EVE's largest virtual bank, has been shut down after a former CEO embezzled ...
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Xseed: Losing Muramasa opened the door for Fragile


Jun 09
// Joseph Leray
Like many games developed by small Japanese studios, Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade has something of a shaky history. Questions about whether or not it would be imported, and by whom, created quite the kerfuffle amon...

Breaking: Goonfleet stomps Band of Brothers in biggest EVE takedown ever

Feb 05 // Eliza Gauger
Said corp is of course joining GoonSwarm. When EVE goes down for nighty maintenance, BoB loses sovereignty over every system they have. They're finished, unless CCP bails them out and rolls back the servers. [As of the maintenance this morning,] CCP has yet to issue an official statement, but it appears that they are letting it stand. BoB [sovereignty (in-game clout)] dropped with downtime as expected - and CCP allowed an in-game news story to be published covering the story. If they intended to intervene they would have squashed the story until they could decide how to proceed. Meanwhile, the Northern Coalition, GoonSwarm, and everybody else are racing south to participate in the biggest land grab in EVE history. No direct contradictions to the Goon story have emerged thus far, it appears that they really did do what they said they did. That's a before/after map of the BoB regions, showing the sov changes. Word on the street is that the NC is going to wipe BoB from Delve. Morsus Mihi is pretty fired up from when BoB invaded them over the last few months, and they were already aligned with the Goons against BoB. So I think it's likely that BoB's former assets, corps and allies will be put to the sword in short order. So in real-life terms, what does this mean? You can buy game time cards with real money, and trade those for ISK. The exchange rate is around 10 million ISK to the dollar. It's hard to say exactly how much was stolen with any sort of authority. We know [GoonSwarm] stole at least 30 billion isk in capital ships (from the screenshot Mittani released) plus another 13-15 billion in liquid isk, plus an unknown number of ships and modules on top of that. That's only what we know of for sure. However, the greater cost will be in under-construction supercapital ships. You cannot build titans and motherships without sovereign space. When they lost sov, those jobs were put on hold until they can regain their sov. If they can't regain it, they will lose those ships. We have no way of knowing how many ships were under construction, but if they lost even one Titan in this way... well, Titans have an estimated value of around $5,645 US. [source] Gentlemen, I am floored. I want you to see this for what it is: not only is this an act of griefing on a truly epic scale, but we’re living in an age where the pew-pew noises of kids playing astronaut on the internet have far-reaching consequences. Can you smell that? That sort of eau du ozone, rubber, and dust? That smell is the goddamn future, friends. We are, all of us, finally living in the world our grandfathers wrote pulp novels about. Enjoy the show. there is no bob~~~ [EVE Online Forums] (first official Goon claim of victory, notable in that it begins “hello! i am a mitten, a mighty SPACE TYRANT~, i focus my space tyranny on the v. important job of being 1. warm 2. fuzzy”) Breaking: EVE Online Goonfleet Espionage Leads to Largest Corporation Takeover in History [ShackNews] MP3 of a goon telling the whole story on VentriloIRC log of BoB HQ during the fall [Kugutsumen] Rumor: Band of Brothers breaks apart in EVE, GoonSwarm responsible [Massively] GoonSwarm [EVEwiki]
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In the most balls-out act of deep space espionage in the 21st century, GoonSwarm, EVE Online’s in-game Something Awful forum contingent, has finally defeated their arch enemies, absolute rulers of the game universe, Ban...

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Could the Housers be leaving Rockstar?


Sep 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Michael Pachter thinks it's a distinct possibility, suggesting that a "bidding war" could erupt over the visionary duo when their contract with Take-Two ends in February of next year. In a note to investors yesterda...
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Carnegie Mellon: Play GWAP and help computers get smarter


May 20
// Niero Gonzalez
I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to playing Gwap, a quintet of online games that simply task my human brain to perform menial tasks for the benefit of a computer. No, it's not an MMO (harr harr!); it's actually a Car...
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Capcom has a secret! Let's steal its diary!


Mar 12
// Jim Sterling
Capcom has a secret, and we can't know! Is it that Capcom has a crush on Corey, the hottest boy in school? Maybe, just maybe, but we can't know! Tee hee hee!If I can be serious for a moment, the secret in question is less Swe...
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15 reasons why EA is pure evil


Jan 25
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is, without a shadow of a doubt, the Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan of the videogames industry -- a timeless evil, a detestable arch-nemesis for every right thinking Americ...
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Wii hard drive dispelled again; asks us to micromanage storage like the iPod


Nov 01
// Niero Gonzalez
While the meager storage space on the Wii is only mildly annoying for even the most hardcore Nintendo fanboy, the company continues to surprise us by renouncing hard drive peripherals for their console. The debate reminds me ...
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In what looks to be a new series of articles in the style of his talks with Sigestato Itoi, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is conducting a series of interviews with the development team working on Super Mario Galaxy. Hosted ...

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Eidos (SCi Entertainment) to be bought up, share prices climb


Sep 04
// Dale North
The Telegraph says that SCi Entertainment's (think Eidos brand: Tomb Raider, Hitman, Kane and Lynch: Dead Men) stock prices are flying high after word got out that an offer for the company is in the works. SCi said: "Fol...
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Been awhile, kids -- it's your favorite Linde, freshly returned from the barbaric wastes of Hungary, where goose liver serves as both key component to every meal and a common substitute for drinking water. Them folks are craz...

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The PlayStation is now officially blogging (Update!)


Jun 11
// Niero Gonzalez
At long last, Sony's PlayStation division has launched an official company blog.  The site silently appeared this morning with a handful of posts about a few Sony happenings such as Folding at Home stats, those crazy...
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Microsoft wants Nintendo's back yard


May 24
// Niero Gonzalez
Twenty seven acres of Nintendo property are up for sale, and guess who's one of the notable bidders? A Seattle newspaper is reporting that Microsoft has their checkbook burning for the empty lot directly behind the exist...
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Lineage III source swiped, forced to unknowingly copulate with its own daughter


Apr 28
// Earnest Cavalli
NCsoft, Korea's largest game developer, and makers of City of Heroes/Villains, Guild Wars and the Lineage series has more money than you do. Strangely though, you have never had the source code from an upcoming hit game s...
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Games journalism came: Polydong.com


No relation to that asian guy on Twitter
Oct 25
// Niero Gonzalez
You'll know that you've made it when Destructoid makes a dick joke about you. By now, you've surely heard of Polygon, the new gaming portal by the people that ruined Engadget. Congratulations to Chris, Brian, and the whole cr...

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