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A Reading From The Acts of Gord – Chronicles: Chapter 15 December 19, 2014

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In the first video of an ongoing series leading up to Christmas, Maniac reads a chapter from one of his favorite websites, The Acts of Gord.  In this chapter, Maniac tells The Gord’s story of the Playstation 2 launch, one of the biggest consumer launches in modern history.

Each day, a new chapter will be read leading up to Christmas!

Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Documentary – The Sprint December 18, 2014

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The guys at 343 Industries are continuing to plug away as they plan to launch the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Test later this month. Halo 5 is bringing some entirely new gameplay features to the table which Halo players have not used before.

In the meantime, 343 Industries has produced a new documentary series detailing the development of the game’s multiplayer beta. Here’s the trailer.

As I write this, Episode 1 of this series is on the Halo Channel ready to watch. If you’re interested in checking out this series, fire up your Xbox One and give it a look.

Halo 5: Guardians is coming in 2015 exclusively on Xbox One.

Acts of Gord Holiday Announced December 18, 2014

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To a celebrate the upcoming winter holidays, Maniac is announcing that he will be reading selected passages from one of his favorite websites on the Internet, Acts of Gord.

Acts of Gord details the life of The Gord, the owner of a Canadian video game retailer, and the idiots who he would have to deal with while running the store.

Over the next week, leading up to Christmas, a new video will be released every day of some of our favorite stories from the site.

I hope you all enjoy and have a happy and safe holiday season.

Final Fantasy XV English TGS 2014 Trailer December 16, 2014

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Square Enix has released an updated version of their TGS 2014 trailer for Final Fantasy XV, presenting the trailer with a full English voice over.

Segments featured in this trailer will be playable in the upcoming Final Fantasy XV demo, which will be released with the first run of Final Fantasy Type-0 when it comes out in March 2015.

Final Fantasy XV is coming to Xbox One and PS4.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Content Update 6 Released December 16, 2014

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Earlier tonight, 343 Industries released the sixth update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One.

The new update, like many previous ones before it, specifically addresses issues with the game’s multiplayer matchmaking (specifically for people in parties), as well as fixes issues unlocking certain achievements.

You can read all the information about the update here.

If you have already installed the previous content update, the new update weighs in at 1164MB.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out now exclusively on Xbox One.

The Modern Game Gods December 12, 2014

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For the past year I’ve been keeping track on this site of some of the greatest game developers in the world. Developers that were so great, they had in my opinion earned the title of “God”. However, in my haste to create my first two lists I neglected to mention that a new generation of Game Gods had slowly began rising to prominence in the past few years. There’s more to games than just the Triple-A multimillion dollar budget games, some games can be deeply personal work of just a few people and still grow to reach success beyond what their peers had done.

Today, we’re going to be looking at some of these developers in an article I’m calling The Modern Game Gods.  If you would like to read any other information about the Game Gods, you can read some of our earlier articles here.

Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago – The former duo from thatgamecompany was responsible for the three titles that put the Playstation 3’s downloadable games on the map, Fl0w, Flower and JourneyFlower is without a doubt one of my favorite games on the Playstation 3’s library as the perfect controls, unique art style, and amazing music won me over when I saw it demoed at a Yale Art Discussion.  Chen directed all three games while Santiago served in a producer role for the first two titles, and finally served as President of the company until her departure in 2012.  You can’t argue with the results, as Journey alone received several Game of the Year awards in 2012, a feat nearly unheard of for a digital only title.  Sadly, the duo has seemed to split.  If you haven’t played these games, don’t worry, Sony has already ported Flower and Fl0w to the Playstation 4 in full 1080p, and Journey is coming soon.  The best part is if you already purchased the games on the PS3, you don’t need to rebuy them.

Kim Swift – In 2007, Valve Software released The Orange Box, a compilation of three Half-Life 2 titles, a long awaited multiplayer game, and an entirely new game that was unlike anything gamers had seen before, Portal.  Originally designed as a small independent project produced by Swift and her team, it was so unlike anything anyone had seen before it caught the eye of the teams at Valve Software.  Valve hired the team and got them to port their technology over to Half-Life 2’s Source Engine so it could be included in a retail release.   At launch, gamers everywhere marveled at the unique gameplay as they tried to wrap their heads around solving puzzles presented to them by placing real-time portals throughout a game world.  Seven years later, that game was the only one out of the entire Orange Box to receive a full priced retail sequel.  How different would our world be if we never got the game Portal?  Thankfully we don’t have to worry about that.

Arnt Jensen – Arnt was the Director of Limbo, a unique title originally designed for the Xbox 360.  Not satisfied with an increasingly corporate gaming industry, he set out to create something small and personal with an art style inspired by his personal drawings.  The results were a game that was just as much of a piece of art as it was a fun title.  Limbo was dark, moody and minimalistic.  After the game was released on the 360, the demand to see the game on other platforms was so high it surprised everyone, and now you can probably find it on almost every platform, including the Xbox One.  After playing Limbo, I’m really looking forward to Jensen’s next tile, Inside.

Jonathan Blow – Creator of Braid, the game that was so good it made a lot of gamers demand more independent titles come to consoles.  Braid was brilliant in how it set itself apart from other games offered on the Xbox Live Marketplace.  It offered a familiar gameplay style by appearing on its face to be a charming 2D sidescroller, but Braid offered a twist by giving players the ability to manipulate time.  This offered an entirely new dimension players would need to master to solve the game’s puzzles.  It ended up becoming one of the games that put Xbox Live Marketplace on the map and showed gamers that Xbox Live could offer more than just old arcade game ports.  His next game, The Witness, just looks amazing.

Marcus “Notch” Persson – Notch is the Creator of Minecraft, a small PC game which completely blew up in a way that few independently produced titles could ever have dreamed of.  It was more than just a game of stacking blocks, the game gave you the tools to create whatever you wanted.  Limited only by your imagination, you could create theme parks, castles in the sky, or even recreate your favorite locations from other games, and make your creations easily accessible to the entire world.  It isn’t unheard of to have a game to find that much popularity based around its modification tools, as gamers have been modifying their games since before the days of Doom, but Minecraft took player-made content to an entirely new level.  Now Minecraft can now be found on almost every platform including console and mobile platforms.  Now that his company was purchased by Microsoft, Notch is moving on.

Tasha Harris Sounart – She’s worked with studios like Pixar and Double Fine, and I’m sure most of you know her as the Director of Double Fine’s Costume Quest, but personally I loved reading through this woman’s webcomic series, appropriately titled Tasha’s Comic.  As you can see from the fact that Costume Quest’s artwork matches her comic’s art so closely, her art style has a charm all its own and it shows in her work as uniquely as a fingerprint.  As for Costume Quest itself, it had a great story, fun gameplay, and became a must download title for me.  Now, you can probably find Costume Quest and its sequel on almost every platform.

Frank Wilson – One of the brains behind the work of Twisted Pixel, a formerly independent studio responsible for some of the quirkiest titles I’ve seen on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace. If you’ve played a Twisted Pixel Game, he’s the guy you can find in the Powered by Beard video which starts up the game.  Ever since the release of Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, I have been following this studio pretty closely.  Each of their games have offered a new twist on themes you would not think could be adapted to video games, like comic books, self-aware motorcycles, and beings made up entirely of explosions.  I was really happy to see their most recent release, LocoCycle, released day one on the Xbox One.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Unboxing December 10, 2014

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Fans of Super Mario Galaxy will remember Captain Toad as the little guy with a huge backpack always getting into trouble. In Super Mario 3D World, players finally got the chance to play as Captain Toad in a completely new style of gameplay. Now, that gameplay has been made into a full retail title in the form of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and I’ve been looking forward to it since this year’s E3,

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is out now on the Wii U.

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die DLC 8 Released December 10, 2014

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Part of the fun of D4 is trying on all new clothing in your vast wardrobe and seeing how that clothing can affect your gameplay experience. Since D4‘s launch, the game’s developer has released regular content packs for free to add more clothing options to the game. The downside is that this clothing is typically only out for a short period of time. Today, an all new collaboration pack has been released for D4 on the Xbox Store. The eighth DLC pack features some t-shirts and hoodies based on “République”!

The République content is currently free to download off the Xbox Store, but it is unlikely it will be up for very long. If you have this game on your Xbox One’s hard drive, you should give this DLC a download.

D4 is out now exclusively for the Xbox One.

Sim City 2000 Special Edition Free Through Origin On the House December 9, 2014

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In their own words, EA is giving out an early Christmas present to PC customers in the form of a free copy of the critically acclaimed classic PC title Sim City 2000Sim City 2000 is now completely free to download on EA’s Origin service through their On the House promotion.  Like with all games released through On the House, EA is not saying how long the game will continue to be free, so it would be my recommendation for Origin users to get it as soon as they can.

All games purchased for free through On the House will remain free and on your record for as long as you’re an Origin user.  You will need the Origin client on your PC to download and play the game, and you can obtain that client here.  The Origin client software is free to download.

iOS 8.1.2 Released December 9, 2014

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A small update has been released for iDevices including the iPhone and iPad today.

The new update, iOS 8.1.2 addresses a small issue with purchased ringtones disappearing. No other fixes were listed in the update’s patch notes. Depending on your device, it weighs in at around 20 MB.

The Apple TV does not seem to require an update at this time.


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