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Amazing Katamari Damacy is now available on Android

I apparently missed the announcement of Amazing Katamari Damacy, a free-to-play endless runner themed around Bandai Namco's consumerism simulator. It released sometime ago on iOS (to which no one on staff can actually find a date and the of...

 
 
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Warface is jumping on the battle royale craze

Remember Warface? When Crytek launched the game a few years ago in the Russian market, I remember the company saying they were done with triple-A development and that free-to-play was the future. I'm not sure if that still rings true for th...

 
 
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Fate/Grand Order sets sail for Okeanos next week

Hoist ye mizzenmasts, Masters, for every Type-Lunatic's favorite mobile grindfest is getting an update! Aniplex have officially announced the release date of Fate/Grand Order's next big story expansion, and it's hitting next week, on Septem...

 
 
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Review: Fishing Planet

As someone who spent an embarrassing amount of time fishing in Final Fantasy XV, fishing games and fishing mini-games within other games have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. For context, I've been fishing my whole life and grew up on...

 
 
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Battleborn gets a pseudo free-to-play option

It seems that all failing games eventually go the free-to-play route. Sadly, for as good as Battleborn may have actually been, it was a pretty big misstep for Gearbox Software. No matter what Randy Pitchford may have said (including talking...

 
 
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Ubisoft is vowing to not make DLC feel required

In a rather short interview over on GamesIndustry.biz, Ubisoft's vice president of Live Operations, Anne Blondel-Jouin, has stated that Ubisoft will no longer be making DLC that gamers feel obligated to buy. While the company seems to be lo...

 
 
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Upgrade Complete 3mium pokes fun at awful free-to-play games

Did you like DLC Quest, conceptually? You might also dig Upgrade Complete 3mium, a short browser-based game that parodies the worst aspects of free-to-play gaming. You're forced to play the crappy lite version of the game and shoot down wav...

 
 
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Give me games inspired by weirdos and madmen

Celebrities are making games now, this is a thing we're going to have to live with. Kim Kardashian's done it, RuPaul's done it (and apparently her game is surprisingly fun, as our Jonathan Holmes discovered), and of course, 50 Cent beat the...

 
 
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EA closing freemium game-producing North Carolina studio

EA North Carolina, developer of "cutting edge freemium games for mobile and tablet platforms," has been closed, according to an anonymous source speaking to The Escapist. EA has not made any formal announcements about the studio's closure,...

 
 
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Ubisoft alters Mighty Quest so it isn't pay to win

One of the biggest concerns about large publishers entering the free-to-play scene is that they'll shamelessly exploit the monetization aspects of their games to the extent that the entire experience becomes pay to win. Only time will tell ...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Fee to Pay

It's time to talk about why "optional" microtransactions in games aren't really optional, and why they're especially gruesome in games we already paid for at retail. The rise of "free to play" elements in games that are not free is going t...

 
 
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Ultima Forever reduces freemium prices due to fan outcry

As we all know, freemium models tend to do more harm than good if they're not well designed. There's a very fine line between "wanting to monetize your game" and driving players away, and in the Canadian beta for Ultima Forever, producer Ca...

 
 
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EA: customers want freemium games, so shut up

Electronic Arts has justified its blind charge into the free-to-play market by suggesting that, though the ever-classic "vocal minority" dislikes such games, everybody else loves them. Upset about the restructuring of games like Real Racing...

 
 
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Review: Cart Life

Cart Life's willingness to be mundane in an attempt to understand the mundane, without typical preconceptions, is its greatest strength as an empathetic work and its greatest failing as a game. As people, we find tighter bonds among each ot...

 
 
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Dead Space 3 crafting system includes microtransactions

Dead Space 3 is going to see a fair few changes, boasting a faster pace, cover-based shooting, and a weapon crafting system. While I'm not a big fan of some of the alterations, the one thing I did find praiseworthy was that latter element -...

 
 
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Team Meat hates free-to-play games

Super Meat Boy is coming to iOS, but creator Ed McMillen isn't throwing it up there without a jab at the current crop of mobile games. Slamming the free-to-play model employed by many titles, McMillen has attacked the kind of business model...

 
 
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Holy Frak! Battlestar Galactica Online nearing 10 million

Bigpoint Games is celebrating the one-year anniversary of it's Battlestar Galactica Online, and it wants to cap off the week long festivities by reaching 10 million registered users. "BSGO is a breakthrough title that has empowered us to ch...

 
 
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NPD: 40 percent of freemium players buy in-game items

The NPD Group's latest report, Insights into the Freemium Games Market, says that 40 percent of gamers that play freemium games have spent money in-game. When you consider that around 38 percent of the U.S. population plays some kind of fre...

 
 
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GDC: Reviving MechWarrior with the CryEngine 3

I was a pretty big fan of MechWarrior back in the day. I kind of have a thing for mechs, and I thought it was really awesome. What little kid wouldn't want to blow up giant robots with lasers and missiles fired from other giant robots? Stil...

 
 
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Bejeweled 2 removed from iTunes in order to go freemium

Those wondering what Electronic Arts' acquisition of Popcap means for the studio's stable of popular games have had their questions answered today. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz will be swiped from iTunes and its two modes split into two. Where once ...

 
 




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