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2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Don't Starve hits PS Vita next week with Cross-Buy

Klei will release its sandbox survival game Don't Starve: Giant Edition for PS Vita on Tuesday, September 2. This port will come with the Reign of Giants DLC (more characters, biomes, seasons) included in its $14.99 price tag...

Jordan Devore



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Amazon has acquired Twitch.TV
by Jordan Devore

[Update: It's confirmed. Amazon has officially acquired streaming site Twitch.TV.

"Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014."

Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch, also released a statement on the acquisition.]

It was believed that Google was ready to acquire videogame streaming site Twitch for $1 billion but "those talks cooled in recent weeks," reports The Wall Street Journal. Now, it's Amazon who is reportedly stepping up to buy Twitch, according to the WSJ and The Information.

The deal isn't done until it's formally announced, as we saw with the earlier Google rumblings, but sources say an announcement could happen as soon as today.

There's been talk of which acquisition would be better for Twitch users. I'm still undecided.

Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for More Than $1 Billion [The Wall Street Journal]
Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch [The Information]

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5:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Three Valve characters are playable in Super Time Force Ultra

Zoey. It was Zoey! I would have never guessed she was the third mystery character teased for Super Time Force Ultra following Pyro and Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2, but it makes sense in retrospect. The Left 4 Dead star b...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Ace Attorney Trilogy packs a fresh translation

When Capcom re-releases the Phoenix Wright trilogy on 3DS this winter, the upgrades won't be purely visual -- the localization has been touched up, too. Writing about Ace Attorney Trilogy in a blog post, localization director...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 08.22.2014

I'm loving these PlayStation Network Flash Sales

In the latest Flash Sale on PlayStation Network, a number of great PS3 games and several PS Vita titles have been reduced to $9.99 each. These offers are valid through the weekend: Metro: Last Light Darksiders II DmC Devil M...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Here's an obligatory unboxing of the white PS4

So it's come to this, Friday videogame news. Okay. You win. I'm not usually one for console unboxing videos, but the glacier white PlayStation 4 is a thing of beauty. The console shown in this video from PlayStation Access i...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 08.22.2014

This list of Smash Bros. 3DS composers should make you happy

This morning, Dale told you about the sound test mode in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and how it'll let you listen to the music even while your system is closed in sleep mode. Nintendo has also come out with a list of musicians ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Ray's the Dead lives on with a new and improved Kickstarter

I liked Overlord, I loved Pikmin, and I'll probably dig Ray's the Dead. You might remember the game from its successful Steam Greenlight campaign, its showing at Sony's E3 2013 press conference, or that canceled Kickstarter....

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 08.21.2014

gamescom gave Wii U game pre-orders a nice bump on Amazon

Recapping data provided by Amazon, MCV reports that Wii U games saw an 8.67 percent increase in pre-orders following gamescom, while pre-orders for PS4 titles were up 5.16 percent and Xbox One software reservations rose by 2....

Jordan Devore



The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free photo
The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free
by Jordan Devore

Naughty Dog has been working to address issues with long wait times in The Last of Us' multiplayer matchmaking and while progress has been made on that front, there's more left to do.

"Over the last two weeks, we've discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries," the studio wrote. As such, it's hard for the teams to nail down a time frame but we're likely looking at a matter of weeks, not months, until the necessary fixes are deployed.

With that mess still ongoing, Naughty Dog has decided that its next pair of maps for Factions will be released for free on PlayStation 3 and PS4. Not all bad news!

Free maps! And about those pesky matchmaking times… [Naughty Dog]

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5:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Heck yes: Protect Me Knight is getting a 3DS sequel

I've thankfully managed to forget about most of the Xbox Live Indie Games I subjected myself to over the years, but a few happy memories do remain. Ancient's Protect Me Knight, an 8-bit overhead action game about fending off...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Europe is getting another PS Vita Mega Pack

Sony will offer a fresh PlayStation Vita Mega Pack this autumn in Europe, available as a system bundle or a standalone memory card bundle for folks who already own a PS Vita. In either case, the featured games are Gravity Rus...

Jordan Devore



Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

As part of a 2K sale on Steam this weekend, the publisher is giving folks a chance to play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam today through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific.

Borderlands 2 has also been marked down to $4.99 to own, or $9.99 if you want the Game of the Year edition and its numerous DLC packs. Elsewhere in the sale, there are discounts on Civilization V ($7.49), BioShock Infinite ($7.49), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.49).

Oh, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is $3.99. What, no takers?

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3:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Let's all play Captain Toad at Nintendo's PAX booth

As far as "games at PAX Prime I want to see" go, it's mostly a) a bunch of indies and b) whatever Nintendo's bringing to the show. While that second list is sadly missing Yoshi's Woolly World and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, ...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 08.20.2014

Indie Fund backs minimalistic tactical shooter Due Process

A few minutes into learning about Giant Enemy Crab's Due Process for the first time and all I can think to myself is "How am I only now hearing about this?!" It's a game built on the shoulders of Rainbow Six and SWAT in whic...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Super III is worth a look for fans of Super Meat Boy

Games like Super III remind me that, no, I haven't had enough pixel-art platformers yet and probably never will. As you'll see in the video above or .gifs on Kickstarter, the main mechanic here is protagonist III's ability t...

Jordan Devore