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The limits of nostalgia: Podtoid reviews Yooka-Laylee

What happens when you go back to the well and try to make a clone of a 20 year old game? Well, not exactly good things. But, maybe, still what crowdfunding supporters were after? You'll have to listen to the latest Podtoid special to see wh...   read

 
 
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Is Grant Kirkhope making another DK Rap?

One of the more infamous pieces of music from Nintendo's library of tunes is the DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64. That mad display of aural madness was crafted by Grant Kirkhope, who is basically the songwriter of our childhoods. Since he is com...   read

 
 

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Take a peek at skeleton combat in Sea of Thieves

I'm torn on this latest Sea of Thieves video. On the one hand, skeletons. Ask any scientist, and they'll confirm what you already know to be true -- that skeletons rule, particularly when they're sentient enough to aim a gun at treasure-na...   read

 
 
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Trust no one in Sea of Thieves and you might just survive

"No don't shoot us! Don't shoot us! We come bearing gifts!" If there's one takeaway from this developer gameplay video for Sea of Thieves, it's to assume that all unfamiliar ships are led by murderous crews who will show no hesitation or re...   read

 
 
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Yooka-Laylee has gone gold, Wii U owners can change platforms

The golden days of Rareware may be gone, but their memories will forever live on. Soon, the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie games, Yooka-Laylee, will be hitting digital storefronts. Announced today via Kickstarter and the official ...   read

 
 
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You and your mateys will have to be thick as thieves to excel at Sea of Thieves

Pirating isn't a one-man operation. It requires a whole crew of like-minded scallywags all working together. A lone wolf isn't an efficient pirate; that's just an idiot waiting to get pirated. Sea of Thieves developer Rare points out ...   read

 
 
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NES Classic at Gamestop today

Hopefully it's not too late when you read this, but we just found out that the NES Classic edition should be available at GameStop stores starting on Thursday, December 15. The report comes from an image shared on the Cheap Ass Gamer Twitte...   read

 
 
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Yooka-Laylee is set for an April 2017 release, with a possible Switch port in the works

You know, up until this year, I’ve never had the chance to play the likes of Banjo Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day or any of the other oft-acclaimed Rareware classics. As a child, I never owned a Nintendo 64 of my own, and I rarel...   read

 
 
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Act fast: upcoming Sea of Thieves technical alpha has limited spots

Rare has announced that it will be running an alpha for Sea of Thieves over the course of three days from December 16 through December 18, 2016. There be a rub, however: only 1,000 'insiders' will be given a time-slot during that period in ...   read

 
 
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Sea of Thieves sounds like what No Man's Sky multiplayer should have been

Multiplayer, teamwork, ship customization, physical loot to carry and stow away, "hand-crafted" locations to visit, various "legends" to tackle, and large-scale skill-based multiplayer combat. All things we only dreamed of doing in No Man's...   read

 
 


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Rare employees need to work on their pirate vocabulary

Rare, a developer that is currently making a pirate-themed video game, doesn't know a ton of pirate vernacular. Or so this video would make it seem. Sure, the sample size is pretty small and the questions are kind of obscure, so it probabl...   read

 
 
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New video of unreleased GoldenEye XBLA game unearthed

Once upon a time, Rare was working on an updated port of GoldenEye 007 for Xbox 360. This remaster, in addition to having updated textures and models, would have included online play and a special split-screen online option. Whomever i...   read

 
 
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Joanna Dark's motion capture actor was stabbed with sticks

I never liked Perfect Dark as much as GoldenEye, but it had its legion of fans, and this Did You Know Gaming episode is easily worth watching, no matter where you fall on the issue. One of the game's designers, Duncan Botwood, was chos...   read

 
 
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Even at its most basic, Sea of Thieves is a total blast

Rare brought only a basic slice of its Xbox One and Windows 10 shared-world pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves for attendees to play together at E3 2016, and yet it still ended up becoming one of the more talked-about demos of the show. I...   read

 
 
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Watch a load of screaming people on facecam drown in Rare's Sea of Thieves gameplay

Rare gave us a first look at Sea of Thieves, their upcoming pirate-em-'up for Xbox One and Windows 10 at the Microsoft E3 conference, with both a cinematic trailer and a first look at some gameplay. The gameplay video you can see above sho...   read

 
 
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Review: Killer Instinct: Season 3

If you tried to tell me that they were going to resurrect Killer Instinct as a free-to-play game and have it be successful, I simply wouldn't believe you. The original had all but faded into obscurity outside of the "c-c-c-combo breake...   read

 
 
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I'll never look at Banjo's hips the same way

Rare is still making videos recounting what it was like behind the scenes on Banjo-Kazooie, and I'm still fascinated. Today, it's five (more) things we probably didn't know. As discussed in the video, the game's musical intro was originall...   read

 
 
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Wait a minute, how's Young Conker know that's a couch?

Here is a claim made in the video for Young Conker, one of the three pieces of software that comes with Microsoft's $3,000 HoloLens (that's development kit prices, not necessarily for public consumption, come its March 30 release): "Conker...   read

 
 
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Let's listen to David Wise play the Battletoads theme

Well, this is just lovely. If you've been enjoying Rare's behind-the-scenes videos looking back at its decades of video game development, today's upload is another treat. Longtime Rare composer David Wise talks about what it was like to mak...   read

 
 
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Former Rare designer Kev Bayliss joins Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic

Kev Bayliss has one hell of a history in gaming. He was part of some of Rare Software’s biggest games. He was the producer and character designer for Killer Instinct, and also had an integral role in the graphics design for Battletoad...   read

 
 
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Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold

Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 2016. This package...   read

 
 
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Here's a fun behind-the-scenes look at Perfect Dark's development

I haven't played Perfect Dark since it released over fifteen years ago, so I hold it in my memory as some mythical, flawless creation. I thought I wanted to preserve that and never play it again, but then Rare had to go out and re...   read

 
 
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A lost look at Rare's scrapped SNES project that eventually became Banjo-Kazooie

With the archival nature of Rare Replay -- a collection of games on Xbox One that spans the developer's entire history -- it's natural that the studio would be digging through a lot of old boxes lately. One of those boxes (proverbial ...   read

 
 
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Microsoft didn't push for Kinect development, Rare chose it

The internet narrative has always been: Microsoft bought Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye) in 2002, then wrecked it, most recently by way of consigning the company to Kinect development. But in a lengthy Eurogamer retrospective on the Kinect,...   read

 
 
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Microsoft is tired of you asking for Rare Replay on Wii U

It appears as if Minecraft Wii U and Phil Spencer have opened the floodgates. Given that the Microsoft-owned Minecraft is coming to Nintendo's newest console and Spencer recently mused on the idea of bringing GoldenEye back, ...   read

 
 



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