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May 03 // Allistair Pinsof

Apple counts down to 50 billion downloads, lists top apps

It's a monumental weekend for Apple, which is days (hours? minutes?) away from 50 billion downloads. It's not hard to think back to a time when the App store seemed insignificant, but looking at Apple's published lists of the...
May 03 // Allistair Pinsof

Pinball FX 2 comes to Steam on May 10

Outside the dedicated and nebulously legal emulation scene, PC hasn't received much virtual pinball love lately despite being its birthplace. Zen Studios is changing this by bringing Pinball FX 2 to Steam on May 10. The titl...
May 03 // Allistair Pinsof

Rumor: Nintendo delaying Wii U titles due to summer patch

A source told CVG that Wii U releases are slim this spring due to an initiative at Nintendo to stop most first-party releases until the summer patch is out, which will further improve the system. This follows April's patch wh...
May 03 // Allistair Pinsof

NPD Study: 72 percent of gamers play online

I hope you like Tomb Raider's forced multiplayer, because NPD's latest study provides more coal to big publishers's firery intiative to have multiplayer in more games. NPD polled 8,800 US gamers, discovering that 72 percent p...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

MoshiMoshi teaches kids about meth, death, and shooting

Colorful, ecstatic, and utterly bizarre, free indie shooter MoshiMoshi may be the oddest game you play today. Conceived at a Braingale game jam, MoshiMoshi is a brief but fun twinstick-style shooter with gaudy visuals and an...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

Zone of the Enders HD frame rate patch coming to PS3

Not all platform releases are born equal. PlayStation 3 owners got the short end of the stick with the release of Zone of the Enders HD Collection. While the game played favorably on Xbox 360, the game's frame rate took a ser...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

Game & Wario comes to Wii U on June 23 for $39.99

Game & Wario arrives in North America on June 23 and then Europe on June 28. It comes with a budget price of $39.99. I'll bite my tongue and hold back any Wii U gaming drought comments, because Game & Wario is finally...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

Mario invades the world of Metal Slug, chaos ensues

With the growing trend of videogame crossovers by fans, it was only a matter of time before Super Mario World mashed with Metal Slug. Restylzed in Metal Slug's Neo-Geo asthetic, Mario roams the recognizable levels of the arc...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

SiSSYFiGHT 2000 aims to return, takes to Kickstarter

Hey, sissypants! If you had one more wrinkle, you'd be a prune! You're so dumb you stole cookies from a free cookie stand! You smell like a can of fish left in a hot car for a month! OK, so I'm not so great at berating peopl...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina DLC announced (Update)

[Update: Gearbox has cleared us to share with you the following, in light of today's leak. Borderlands 2's Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC, which follows Tiny Tina who is running a role-playing tabletop game, will come...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

Calling all Metroidvania fans: Check out Valdis Story

It's hard to keep track of all the Kickstarters out there, but I regret not reporting on Valdis Story: Abyssal City because it's shaping up nicely. A year after Kickstarter funding ended, we now have more footage of the Metr...
May 02 // Allistair Pinsof

Dreamcast shooter Sturmwind released, 16 years later

Shooters, SHMUPS, STGs. Call them what you want, but let's agree we don't have enough of them these days. Indie developers are changing that and are doing it on an unexpected platform: SEGA's Dreamcast. The latest two shoot-...
May 01 // Allistair Pinsof

Fallout fans: Build your own functional PIP-Boy today!

In the age of the iPhone, the benefits of an armband computer that weighs you down is ludicrous. Nevertheless, Fallout's PIP-Boy 3000 is among the most wanted fictional tech toys among game enthusiasts. Hell, even the milita...
May 01 // Allistair Pinsof

Shadowrun Returns now available for pre-purchase on Steam

Cyberpunk role-playing game Shadowrun Returns is now available for pre-purchase on Steam. $17.99 for the standard version or $31.49 for the deluxe version, which includes a soundtrack and an eBook (PDF) that contains short s...
May 01 // Allistair Pinsof

The REAL Duke Nukem Forever released 16 years later

Gearbox's Duke Nukem Forever may be a let down, but things are looking up with the release of a fan-made mod that recreates Duke Nukem Forever's E3 2001 trailer in the Duke Nukem 3D engine. The results are glorious. Let me t...
Apr 29 // Allistair Pinsof

This is not an article about David Cage

The first twelve paragraphs are about David Cage. AKA David De Gruttola. AKA Composer-turned-game designer. AKA Founder of French developer Quantic Dream, responsible for excellent implementation of David Bowie (see: Omikron)...
Apr 29 // Allistair Pinsof

David Cage joined by film writers and directors on PS4

It's not normal for a man to write a 2,000 page script or direct a 10+ hour film, so I can't blame David Cage if all of Beyond: Two Souls isn't golden. Realizing how this strains developer Quantic Dream's game director, co-CE...
Apr 28 // Allistair Pinsof

Quantic Dream's PS4 engine predates Beyond: Two Souls

When I asked Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière if its upcoming, untitled PlayStation 4 game would be based on Beyond: Two Souls' engine, I got a response I wasn't expecting. The developer began development ...
Apr 28 // Allistair Pinsof

Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca trailer + 35 minutes of footage

Say what you want about David Cage, but I dare you to watch the above trailer and not be impressed. I feel you are going to prove me wrong, but join me, however briefly, with enthusiasm for Beyond: Two Soul's immense trailer...
Apr 28 // Allistair Pinsof

Heavy Rain was written for John Goodman and Clive Owen

David Cage has said in the past that he writes characters with actors in mind for roles. With better tech and a bigger budget, Cage finally got the cast he wanted with Beyond: Two Souls which stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe...
Apr 26 // Allistair Pinsof

Watch hour-long Beyond scene and trailer on stream

Just because I'm in New York this weekend covering Beyond: Two Soul's presence at the Tribeca Film Festival, doesn't mean you have to. Have to be in New York that is, since the hour-long clip and trailer will be live streamed...
Apr 26 // Allistair Pinsof

Rumor: Scribblenauts Unmasked takes place in DC universe

The next Scribblenauts, tentatively titled Scribblenauts Unmasked, will take place in the universe of DC Comics, including characters like Batman and locations like the Batcave, IGN reports. The title is for PC, Wii U, and 3D...
Apr 26 // Allistair Pinsof

XCOM shooter re-emerges as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

2K Marin's first-person XCOM reboot, first shown in 2010, has undergone some changes: 1) It's now a third-person tactical shooter slated for a $59.99 retail release on August 20 for  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. 2) ...
Apr 24 // Allistair Pinsof

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...
Apr 23 // Allistair Pinsof

Final Fantasy's PS1 glory days recaptured in indie game

What becomes antiquated will eventually become cool again. It happened to 16-bit sidescrollers and voxels, so why not pre-rendered backgrounds and world maps? The Black Tower is a love letter to PlayStation Japanese RPGs, cu...
Apr 22 // Allistair Pinsof

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger shoots the sheriff on May 22

Techland's Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, the latest entry in the Western FPS series, will hit PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC on May 22. Even with a new trailer, I still don't have a good grip on exactly what thi...
Apr 22 // Allistair Pinsof

Grand Theft Auto V viral video introduces new character

Rockstar posted a video (which doubles as a downloadable screensaver) that lists The Epsilon Program's -- the Scientology parody first introduced in San Andreas' radio ads -- values. Hidden behind the text are scenic day-nig...
Apr 22 // Allistair Pinsof

Gearbox has rights to classic RTS Homeworld

Update: Along with Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ properties getting picked up by Nordic Games for a cool $4.9 million, it's come to light that Gearbox spent $1.35 million in acquiring Homeworld. Borderlands developer...
Apr 19 // Allistair Pinsof

Virtual reality is the future of treadmills ... I think?

You don't need a gym when you have a 3DS and elliptical machine, I've realized in recent months. Playing Fire Emblem while working my calfs is both great fun and great fitness, yet my mind has been wondering what else is out...
Apr 19 // Allistair Pinsof

Upcoming SimCity patch will address top requested fixes

On April 22, SimCity will continue its arduous trek to becoming a game worthy of its name. The Update 2.0 patch will address "a number of top-requested bug fixes and improvements," according to developer Maxis. Along with som...






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