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Last night on Spike's GameTrailers TV, Epic Games showed off Unreal Engine 4, the next generation of its industry-standard game engine, for the first time. You can watch the impressive "Elemental" demo above, with its heavily...   read

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Sony: 'Magic' of small games, indies important to Vita

Indie games are vital if the PlayStation Vita is to succeed, said Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Gamasutra. Major franchises like Assassin's Creed III: Liberation make headlines, but through initiatives...

 
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The death knell has sounded for 38 Studios. Following the layoff of its entire 379-person staff two weeks ago after missing a $1.125 million loan payment to Rhode Island, the developer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and the...   read

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E3: 3DS million-sellers in US: Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart

Like you didn't see that one coming.Nintendo held a press briefing yesterday evening in which it focused on 3DS software, but Scott Moffitt, the company's executive vice president of sales and marketing, took some time out to go through a f...

 
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II is guaranteed to sell a bazillion copies this fall, but even so, developer Treyarch isn't mailing in this sequel. In fact, Black Ops II might be the riskiest entry yet in the Call of Duty franchise...   read

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EA: Expect discounts, but no Steam-like sales, on Origin

EA's Origin service recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and while it's a growing platform -- 12 million registered users and $150 million in revenue is nothing to sneeze at -- it's not yet as good as EA wants it to be. Its main co...

 
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E3: Arkedo's Hell Yeah! and its 'polite boss'

Jonathan Holmes headed to the Sega booth on the E3 show floor to check out a near-final version of Arkedo's Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, a refreshingly self-aware action-adventure platformer. Studio head Camille Guermonprez walked ...

 
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E3: 360 degrees of the Wii U's PanoramaView

Nintendo continues to show off the Wii U's capabilities with tech demos, and PanoramaView looks to be another one of them. Our own Jonathan Holmes played around with the feature, which lets you use the GamePad as a window into a world that...

 
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EA Sports not currently negotiating for MLB license

Fans who harbor nostalgia for EA Sports' venerated last-gen MVP Baseball franchise may want the publisher to get back in the game and put out a new baseball title, now that Take-Two, the parent company of 2K Sports, seems unwilling to exten...

 
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E3: Stab cats in Nintendo Land's Animal Crossing minigame

Jonathan Holmes' enthusiasm is infectious, as you can see in this video of his hands-on time with "Animal Crossing: Sweet Day," one of the 12 minigames in Nintendo Land. It's a rather strange little five-player game: the GamePad-holding pl...

 
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E3: Nintendo Land's Donkey Kong Crash Course demo

Nintendo Land appears to be positioned as the Wii U's version of Wii Sports, a collection of minigames designed to familiarize players with the new system's features and functionality. Our own Jonathan Holmes checked out the "Donkey Kong's...

 
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E3: Be a Vampire Lord in Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC

Bethesda is expanding the realm of Skyrim with the game's first piece of downloadable content, Dawnguard. You've seen the trailer and screenshots, and now you can watch The Destructoid Show's Max Scoville give you his thoughts on playing a...

 
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Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 will be a much more story-driven experience than its predecessor, and that's largely thanks to its principal writer, former Destructoid features editor Anthony Burch. In an interview with The...   read

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We're approaching the singularity, folks: Final Fantasy games on next-generation hardware could finally look as good as the pre-rendered cutscenes we've been watching for the past decade and a half. Yesterday at E3, publishe...   read

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Nintendo is figuring out a way to allow Wii owners to transfer data from the Wii to the Wii U, said a hardware producer for the company during a developer Q&A session held today at E3. When asked about the possibility, th...   read

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E3: Snoop Dogg raps in his Tekken Tag Tournament 2 stage

I bet that headline is a sequence of words you were never expecting to see.At E3, didn't-see-that-coming shockers tend to fall into the category of unlikely or unforeseen alliances, like Gabe Newell announcing Portal 2 for PlayStation 3 at...

 
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E3: Trine 2: Director's Cut coming to Wii U

Trine 2: Director's Cut was one of the games shown in a montage of third-party software during this morning's Nintendo press briefing. Finnish studio Frozenbyte is building a definitive console version of its well-received co-op puzzle-pla...

 
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Nintendo spent the bulk of its E3 2012 press briefing on the Wii U, focusing on a glossy black version of the hardware in addition to the white console and GamePad that were unveiled a year ago. We still don't have more preci...   read

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E3: Ubisoft's Watch Dogs confirmed for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Ubisoft stole the show at E3 Day Zero with a surprise unveiling of Watch Dogs, an open-world experience that truly looked like a next-generation title. Based on the stunning lighting effects and lifelike animations, most of the journalists ...

 
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E3: Go undercover in this Sleeping Dogs trailer

I'm really glad that Square Enix picked up United Front Games' Sleeping Dogs after Activision dropped the project (back when it was called True Crime: Hong Kong). Hamza's write-up of the hard-boiled open-world crime thriller made it sound ...

 
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E3: Lara Croft endures in this Tomb Raider trailer

If there's one word to describe Lara Croft in Crystal Dynamics' upcoming reboot of Tomb Raider, it's "resilient." Just look at how much punishment she takes in this trailer, whether from thugs or Mother Nature. At least she gets to return ...

 
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E3: Twisted Pixel teases LocoCycle

One of the new games Microsoft announced at its E3 2012 press briefing yesterday morning was Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle, the studio's sixth original IP. Here's the short teaser trailer from the show.The titular motorcycle is apparently call...

 
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E3: Quantic Dream unveils Beyond: Two Souls

Quantic Dream co-founder David Cage came out on stage at Sony's E3 2012 press briefing to introduce his studio's next project, Beyond: Two Souls. Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page (Hard Candy, Inception) stars as heroine Jodie Holmes, a yo...

 
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The Sims Social promises to be a good woman if you return

Numerous online games send messages to lapsed users in an attempt to get those players to come back. Sometimes, they try to guilt you into going back; other times, they look to entice you into returning by offering free goodies. In the case...

 
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NBA 2K13 announced with All-Star Weekend pre-order DLC

2K Sports has announced that NBA 2K13 is due out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, and PSP on October 2, 2012, in North America, and October 5 worldwide. A Wii U version is also in development; it will be released during the "launch win...

 
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Origin to distribute crowd-funded games free for 90 days

EA is looking to expand its support of small studios, this time through its Origin digital distribution service, by capitalizing on the indie development wave du jour: Kickstarter. The publishing giant announced today a new initiative speci...

 
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NHL 13 announced, will deliver new AI and skating physics

[Update: You can now watch the debut trailer, which focuses on True Performance Skating.]EA Sports has officially announced NHL 13, this year's iteration of its critically acclaimed hockey series. After releasing two teaser trailers this w...

 
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The draw of “reality” television is its ostensibly greater degree of unpredictability over scripted shows, the coveted “you can’t make this stuff up” factor. Many simulation videogames better rep...   read

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The well-received Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is making its way to the PlayStation Vita this summer, sans Peace Walker; the original PSP game can be purchased on the PlayStation Store, although not through the Vita, weird...   read

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Lions' Calvin Johnson voted onto Madden NFL 13 cover

EA Sports put the Madden cover to a vote once again this year, and as of last week, the fans had whittled down a bracket of 64 NFL players to just two: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam "Ace Boogie" Newton (the No. 1 seed) and Detroit Lions...

 

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