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Journey art director opens new studio, Giant Squid

Ask people the first thing they like about thatgamecompany's Flower and Journey and they'll likely respond: the art direction. But, maybe not anymore. Thatgamecompany art director Matt Nava left the acclaimed studio and formed his own, Gian...   read

 
 
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Latest Sony retrospective video is all about the games

The latest and perhaps final video in Sony's Evolution of PlayStation series is specifically about games rather than the hardware they were designed to run on. Hitting on the divide between games being viewed as toys and games being seen a...   read

 
 
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Journey's Jenova Chen investigating free-to-play, mobile

Expanding his thoughts on wanting the studio's next game to be more commercially viable, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen spoke with Games Industry International about free-to-play gaming and Kickstarter. "[Mobile and free-to-play] ar...   read

 
 
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Journey dev: Touch control the 'most universal' interface

thatgamecompany boss Jenova Chen believes touchscreens are becoming an increasing part of our gaming lives, and its presence in phones, tablets, consoles and PCs makes it a truly universal interface. As some gamers still rail against "swipe...   read

 
 
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Journey dev hints at next game, wants 'financial success'

At the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen spoke at length about creating Journey, revealing that the studio ran out of money after significant delays which ultimately resulted in the game many of us know and love. ...   read

 
 
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Half-Life & Portal Movies? Rayman Delayed? What MADNESS!

What a bunch of wacky news today about the video games! There's the ongoing Rayman Legends debacle, with it being delayed for a multi-platform release, causeing devs and fans to speak out. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrahms and Valve are ta...   read

 
 
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Journey: Chen wanted emotional connections from MMOs

Jenova Chen admitted to being "a nerdy guy that likes to stay at home" during his D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 talk on Journey, but he still wanted to connect with others, and hoped he could do so in MMOs like World of Warcraft. But the connections...   read

 
 
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Journey took thatgamecompany into bankruptcy

Jenova Chen's D.I.C.E. Summit talk on my favorite game of last year, Journey, was moving for many reasons, but I was particularly moved when I heard that his team, thatgamecompany, went bankrupt in the struggle to finish the game. After the...   read

 
 
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Try not to cry from reading this Journey fan mail

thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen shared this fan letter during his D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 presentation today on his team's journey making Journey. Your game practically changed my life. It was the most fun I had with him since he and been diagn...   read

 
 
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Journey, Dishonored top Game Developers Choice Awards

The nominees for the 2013 Game Developers Choice Awards are in, and it looks like Journey, Dishonored and The Walking Dead are leading. Hey, those were our favorite games too. Journey took six nominations as the top favorite, in everything ...   read

 
 
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Journey Collectors Edition minigames to be PSN downloads

Siliconera spotted listings and ratings for Duke War and Grave Diggers on PEGI's ratings board. These are names some might know from the recently released Journey: Collector's Edition, a title we saw this fall, but Europe missed. These 24hr...   read

 
 
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Journey soundtrack gets physical CD release

Looking back at 2012 thus far, Journey stands out as one of the strongest soundtracks of the year. We had the pleasure of hearing from composer Austin Wintory regarding the score as well as offering our own review of the soundtrack in Note ...   read

 
 
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Over the precipice: An essay on Journey

[Rob Parker is a freelance writer based in the North of England, where it rains every day. Except the days when it hails. Rob stays sane (and dry) by plunging himself into the simulated worlds of videogames, and writing stories about the...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: The Definition of Art Games

There's nothing like a debate about art games to ensure that everybody has a fun, enlightening, and not-at-all-aggravating time! Let's discuss the assertion that "art game" as a descriptor doesn't work, that it's a broken term and people o...   read

 
 
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Journey Collector's Edition detailed for North America

Journey has done extremely well for itself on PlayStation Network, and with the upcoming disc-based collector's edition on the way, I can only see that trend continuing. As announced today by developer thatgamecompany, Journey Collector's E...   read

 
 
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Fan-made Journey figurine is simple and elegant

Journey has such a clean, simple beauty about it that's minimalist yet striking. This custom Journey figurine seems to check all the appropriate boxes, don't you think? thatgamecompany spotted this pretty little thing on Twitter, assembled ...   read

 
 
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thatgamecompany raises $5.5 million, wants to branch out

I've been a dedicated follower of indie game maker thatgamecompany since their beginnings, and they've never disappointed with their releases. But things are about to really ramp up for them. The Santa Monica-based company has just ended th...   read

 
 
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E3: Journey is the 'best selling PSN game of all time'

During Sony's press conference, Jack Tretton announced that Journey is officially the best selling PSN game of all time. Quite a feat. Quite a great game. This is exciting news for fans of the game and great news for developer thatgamecompa...   read

 
 
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Talking to Women about Videogames: Art has no e-penis

[Talking to Women about Videogames is a series where Jonathan Holmes talks to different people who are women about the biggest videogame news of the week for some reason.] A little while ago, brilliant game developer Jenova Chen (That...   read

 
 
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Science: PS3 users more sophisticated than 360/Wii users

According to thatgamecompany designer Jenova Chen, the reason why games like Flower and Journey are on the PlayStation Network is that PS3 owners are more mature than Xbox 360 or Wii users. Apparently, those who bought the Black Box o' Blu-...   read

 
 
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Rapper Random produced a short, sweet Journey remix album

Whether you've already played Journey or have yet to do so, you've no doubt fallen in love with Austin Wintory's beautifully introspective soundtrack. Jayson Napolitano has already given the full album his highest recommendation, so any fiv...   read

 
 
www.TinaGuo.com) who is a very special talent and dear friend. Her performances really are the backbone of everything the game is musically. And likewise the bass flute, played by Amy Tatum, is of great importance and recurs later.

"THRESHOLD"

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This track encompasses most all of the music you encounter in the open desert after first stumbling on to the desert creatures. The flute (again Amy Tatum) leads the way, and now joined by viola solos by Rodney Wirtz. It's a dance of sorts (with accompanying flurries on harp, played by Charissa Barger and of course Tina on cello). I always felt the arrival of these little fish-like cloth creatures was very charming and wanted the music to feel sort of refreshing. A surprise, like maybe you are caught off guard by the playfulness found in the otherwise bleak world.

As the track moves on you hear more recurrences of the bass flute and a lot of the electronic textures from earlier in the score. There are some liberties taken with the album here that allow me to feature performances that otherwise in-game you can't ever hear (such as the reprise of the harp/flute duet that happens at 2:37).

Also noteworthy is that the orchestra makes it first, very subtle, appearance in this track at 4:12 (in-game when you see the meteor in the sky above you)

"ROAD OF TRIALS"

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These cues accompany your sand surfing after leaving the open desert. For someone who really loves writing in order to feature great performers, these cues represent pure heaven. Tina, Amy, Charissa and Rodney play the living hell out of these cues, especially Tina around whose virtuosic cello solos this entire section was built. The orchestra makes a more pronounced appearance during the beautiful sunset tunnel right around 3:00. Recording this was also a delight. The orchestra in Macedonia (conducted by Oleg Kontradenko) played with a lot of emotion and lyricism that couldn't have fit Journey any better!

"APOTHEOSIS"

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Exclusive: A journey through Journeys soundtrack Waiting for Journey's soundtrack release on April 10, 2012 is like waiting for the game itself all over again. I am incredibly excited and can't wait! I not only had a great time playing through Journey, no doubt thanks to my...  
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www.TinaGuo.com) who is a very special talent and dear friend. Her performances really are the backbone of everything the game is musically. And likewise the bass flute, played by Amy Tatum, is of great importance and recurs later.

"THRESHOLD"

[embed]225254:43275:0[/embed]

This track encompasses most all of the music you encounter in the open desert after first stumbling on to the desert creatures. The flute (again Amy Tatum) leads the way, and now joined by viola solos by Rodney Wirtz. It's a dance of sorts (with accompanying flurries on harp, played by Charissa Barger and of course Tina on cello). I always felt the arrival of these little fish-like cloth creatures was very charming and wanted the music to feel sort of refreshing. A surprise, like maybe you are caught off guard by the playfulness found in the otherwise bleak world.

As the track moves on you hear more recurrences of the bass flute and a lot of the electronic textures from earlier in the score. There are some liberties taken with the album here that allow me to feature performances that otherwise in-game you can't ever hear (such as the reprise of the harp/flute duet that happens at 2:37).

Also noteworthy is that the orchestra makes it first, very subtle, appearance in this track at 4:12 (in-game when you see the meteor in the sky above you)

"ROAD OF TRIALS"

[embed]225254:43276:0[/embed]

These cues accompany your sand surfing after leaving the open desert. For someone who really loves writing in order to feature great performers, these cues represent pure heaven. Tina, Amy, Charissa and Rodney play the living hell out of these cues, especially Tina around whose virtuosic cello solos this entire section was built. The orchestra makes a more pronounced appearance during the beautiful sunset tunnel right around 3:00. Recording this was also a delight. The orchestra in Macedonia (conducted by Oleg Kontradenko) played with a lot of emotion and lyricism that couldn't have fit Journey any better!

"APOTHEOSIS"

[embed]225254:43274:0" data-vidtitle="

Exclusive: A journey through Journeys soundtrack Waiting for Journey's soundtrack release on April 10, 2012 is like waiting for the game itself all over again. I am incredibly excited and can't wait! I not only had a great time playing through Journey, no doubt thanks to my...   full story

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Exclusive: A journey through Journey's soundtrack

Waiting for Journey's soundtrack release on April 10, 2012 is like waiting for the game itself all over again. I am incredibly excited and can't wait! I not only had a great time playing through Journey, no doubt thanks to my steadfast comp...   read

 
 
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The DTOID Show: Journey, FEZ, and Wasteland 2!

Happy Friday, folks! In case you missed it, The Destructoid Show went live earlier today, and in addition to giving out four codes for Waveform on Steam, we also covered a metric shit-ton of news that happened recently - some good, some ba...   read

 
 
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Journey is officially the fastest-selling PSN game ever

Love it or hate it, thatgamecompany's enthralling Journey is an undeniable success. That's a claim backed by facts, with news that the title has become the fastest selling PlayStation Network title of all time. Yes, it's doing better than e...   read

 
 
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My journey with Journey

By now, you have probably played thatgamecompany's fascinating, beautiful new PSN game, Journey. And you have probably formulated your own thoughts on how the game made you feel. Knowing that playing Journey was sure to make me feel ... som...   read

 
 
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