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11:15 AM on 04.22.2014

Gaming In Color film promotes digital diversity

Feature-length film Gaming In Color aims to look closer at the growth and challenges of the LGBTQ communities of the gaming world. It covers the queer gaming community and events like Gaymer X, as well as the rise of LGBTQ t...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment being localized this summer

Will a bunch of people complain about how I just don't like anime if I say that Sword Art Online doesn't seem very good? Though at least it might make a passable game. Hard to mess up multiplayer monster fighters with bad wr...

Steven Hansen



Preview: Grid Autosport's San Francisco needs steeper hills photo
Preview: Grid Autosport's San Francisco needs steeper hills
by Steven Hansen

Hot on the heels of last year's GRID 2, Codemasters is coming back with GRID Autosport, a "celebration of pure, unadulterated motorsport." This is going to be less of an arcade racer than GRID 2 ended up being, but without drifting too far into stodgy simulation either.

We'll see if the middle ground pleases anyone on June 24. It did please me, though, despite the insurmountable damage I did to all of the cars. I am a much better driver in real life.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on October 7 photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on October 7
by Abel Girmay

The Blight is over, the Qunari have been driven from Kirkwall, and the mages have gone to all out war with their Templar oppressors. We've seen a lot of crisis across Thedas, but all that doesn't seem to compare when demons and spirits are invading your home. Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husbands 'cause they're taking everybody out here.

As we already knew, Dragon Age: Inquisition's story centers around the Veil being torn, and all the creatures of the Fade entering our world. What's newly revealed, is that the player character, the Inquisitor, will have a closer connection to the Fade, being able to travel to and from. This isn't restricted to classes either, where traditionally mages are the only ones with a natural connection to the Maker's first world.

The trailer also shows the return of series staple characters Leiliana and the now ex-Templar Cullen, serving as the heads of the Inquisition's shadow and military arms respectively. They won't be available as party members, but their role with the Inquisitor plays heavily into Inquisition's new War Table mechanic. While exact details aren't being revealed, the War Table will allow the Inquisitor to send allies away on missions, similar to what Assassin's Creed introduced with Brotherhood.

Finally, the trailer shows off more of the Inquisitors mounts, so if you're hoping to live out a Shadowfax fantasy with your mage, here's the chance. Unfortunately, EA has confirmed that wyverns will not be a mount option, so I guess my Qunari warrior won't exactly be the beast mode Conan I dreamed of.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled to release on October 7, 2014 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Those wishing to import decisions from last-gen systems should also check out Dragon Age Keep, a story editor tool that will let you recreate, or create new story data.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call announced for North America photo
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call announced for North America
by Dale North

Square Enix's follow-up to Theathrythm Final Fantasy has finally been confirmed for release in North America. That's right: Theathrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is coming our way sometime this year, priced at $39.99.

We saw this bigger, better version of Theathythm at Tokyo Game Show last year, and have been hoping for its western release ever since. It's so good! Its 221 awesome songs and 60 playable characters cover all things Final Fantasy, from Final Fantasy Tactics to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

And as for new characters, Ramza, Zack, Yuna, Barret and others show their little tiny faces.

It's not just new songs and characters, though. A new Versus Battle mode lets you go up against friends, and a Quest Medley mode lets you pick your own routes through quests of different lengths. A new Collecta Crystarium system lets you collect cards by winning battles to boost character stats.

I'm so, so ready. Are you?

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1:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Zelda: Ocarina of Time beaten in record-setting 18:40

"I think I talked about Super Smash Bros. Melee for like the first twelve minutes of this [world-record any% run of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]. That's kind of funny." On Saturday, speedrunner Cosmo set the impress...

Jordan Devore



Twist and shout with your body, Caitlin Cooke and Bounden photo
Twist and shout with your body, Caitlin Cooke and Bounden
by Jonathan Holmes

PAX East was completely bonkers this year. There was a marked decrease in big publisher representation, with Microsoft showing strictly old stuff and Nintendo and Sony bowing out completely. The indies more than made up for it though. In past years there were relatively distinct boundaries between the Indie Megabooth and the rest of the show. This year, it was like the Indie Megabooth was the entire show. It just didn't seem to end. Even when you ventured into booths run by relatively large publishers like Cartoon Network, Adult Swim Games and Devolver Digital, it was still all indie stuff. 

That was a good thing for plenty of reasons, but more than anything, the heavy indie presence this year meant for more games at the show overall. In the space that would have normally been taken up by ten kiosks for the new Mario game, we got the likes of Kero BlasterWoah Dave!, Not a Hero, Tetropolis, Mushroom 11, Y2K, Max Gentlemen, Mewgenics, Videoball and so many more. 

This made it impossible to see everything at the show, but we tried anyway. That's how we ended up with 30 interviews this year, conducted over a day and a half. The video we have here with Bounden, the Twister+Sonic+Ballet game, with hunky developer Adriaan de Jongh (Game Oven) and starlet Caitlin Cooke, is the last of those interviews. We did our best to see everything, but we failed. I was so excited to interview the developers of A Hat in Time, Treachery in Beatdown City, Hotline Miami 2, TransistorGods Will Be Watching, Actual Sunlight, and all the rest, but it didn't happen. Still, the playlist above should give you something of an idea of what it's like to try to meet every available game developer at PAX East 2014, so that's better than nothing. 

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8:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Here's a cheap way to instantly destroy a dropship in Titanfall

Defend the House is doing some mythbusters videos on Titanfall, and in the first two episodes alone I've already picked up a couple of new tactics to adopt. The first is how you can instantly destroy the dropship on the Over...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:45 PM on 04.21.2014

Watch an Oculus Rift strip down to its circuitry in Vsauce3 fact video

If you're still down with the clown Oculus Rift and want to stay informed, check out Vsauce3's video featuring five Oculus Rift facts that, as Jake says, "takes it apart piece by beautiful piece." It's a neat clip with some ...

Brittany Vincent

1:45 PM on 04.21.2014

Get your murloc runnin' with Azeroth Choppers

Looking for adventure in whatever comes your way? Of course you are. That means you'll definitely want to watch Azeroth Choppers, an online series via Blizzard where custom motorcycle designer Paul Jr. and two warring teams ...

Brittany Vincent





1:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Epigenesis, the Unreal engine 'Make Something' winner gets new content

Epigenesis has just dropped its "0.2b Update," which adds a new map to the game as well as a full singleplayer mode. The map is called the "Legacy Arena," and comes complete with a mineshaft. For those of you who are wondering what the heck Epigenesis even is, it won the 2013 "Make Something Unreal" contest, and has been in Steam Early Access for some time. Epigenesis [YouTube via Joystiq]

Chris Carter

11:58 AM on 04.21.2014

Best Nintendo commercial this year

HAHAH! Wow, Nintendo. Intense much? Gotta love those lyrics, too.  By the way, I'm playing Kirby: Triple Deluxe and it's fantastic. You'll see when it comes out next month for 3DS.

Dale North

11:30 AM on 04.21.2014

Final Fantasy Agito. For smartphones. Free-to-play. In Japan

Square Enix shared a new trailer on their Japanese YouTube channel this morning for Final Fantasy Agito. It's coming to iOS and Android in Japan as a free-to-play title this May. The new trailer looks lovely, but  :/

Dale North

8:30 AM on 04.21.2014

Stop-motion rhythm game inSynch has my toe tappin'

Them Games Studio says that their upcoming game, inSynch, falls somewhere between a rhythm game and a musical instrument. Its gameplay is simple: it has you popping up objects that roll in from the four corners of the screen...

Dale North

7:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate continues to look great on the 3DS

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (4G in Japan) is on its way over here in "early 2015," and you can get a glimpse of what's to come in a new video straight from Capcom. At first the trailer starts off all serious, with high stakes ...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day out now in Europe

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day arrived in Europe over the weekend. Developed by Tokyo Jungle studio Crispy's and Grasshopper Manufacture, the PlayStation 3 title serves as the final installment to anime legend Katsuhiro ...

Kyle MacGregor