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Telltale Games Has Closed September 22, 2018

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It is my sad duty to inform you that the company Telltale Games, responsible for games like The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode, The Wolf Among Us and Back to the Future: The Game has closed down. No definitive word has come down yet on what will happen to the games Telltale have in development including the latest season of The Walking Dead. It is highly likely the second season of The Wolf Among Us is cancelled.

Telltale Games came to prominence in 2007 with the Sam & Max Episodic Games. This was a year after many companies including Valve and Ritual had decided to branch out and create games based on an episodic business model. Ritual would not survive past releasing the first episode of their planned nine-part episodic game. Valve would not continue to release episodic games after The Orange Box. How did Telltale do well in this market? They charged up front for future episodes whereas the other companies would not.

In the past few years, Telltale has been known for creating some incredible games. My favorite among their most recent releases was The Wolf Among Us, but I also loved Sam & Max, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. Their good work, according to the studio, simply did not translate to sales.

I’ll miss Telltale a lot, not just because of what they made but because of what we will lose from its closure.

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 Launch Trailer September 20, 2018

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We’ve been anticipating Life is Strange 2 ever since playing The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit for free a few months ago. Now we are a week away from the release of the game’s first episode, and to celebrate the upcoming launch DONTNOD has made this launch trailer for the game. Enjoy.

If you’d like to see more about the game’s development, check out The Road to Life is Strange 2 below.

Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 (of 5) is coming September 27th, 2018 for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Transference Launch Trailer September 20, 2018

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We had a lot of excitement over the announcement of Transference earlier this year at E3 2018. The game looks like it’s creating an immersive virtual story for the player to interact with. Now that the game is out, you can view its launch trailer below!

Transference is out now for PC, PS4 and PSVR.

Spider-Man PS4 Behind the Scenes: Making The Suit September 19, 2018

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Spider-Man has been out on the PS4 for a few weeks now and while we played the heck out of it, Sony is continuing to release behind the scenes videos about the game. Today they’re talking about Spider-Man’s new Advanced Suit.

As someone who played the game and knows the in-story explanation for where this suit came from I just have to say bravo.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively on the PS4.

Pokemon Let’s Go – Go Park Trailer September 19, 2018

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Ever since Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee were released we’ve known it will have connectivity with the extremely popular Pokémon Go smartphone game. Today, The Pokémon Company released this trailer to show how you’ll be able to get a closer look at the Pokémon you’ve collected from Pokémon Go in the new Switch titles.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are coming November 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS Smartphones and tablets.

Sony is Making a PS1 Classic September 19, 2018

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Nintendo was so successful with their classic console line Sony has just announced they will be releasing a classic console of their own, and can you get any more classic than the PlayStation 1?

The PS1 Classic will ship December 3rd 2018 for a price of $99.99 US and include twenty games including Small Arms, TEKKEN 3 and Final Fantasy VII. To play the system, it will include two wired original PlayStation controllers (not Dual Shock).

We currently don’t have a competed game list and that is a shame. Unlike Nintendo’s consoles which have two dozen first-party titles everyone wants to play, most of the PS1’s greatest exclusives were made by third parties, bringing doubt into the quality of the final game list. While Final Fantasy VII is being included, it currently doesn’t list Metal Gear Solid or Silent Hill, the two best games for the system. You also won’t be able to play the PS1 Classic out of the box. Even at a price of $99.99US, the classic won’t ship with any AC Adapter. Hopefully you have a USB-type charging adapter lying around that should be able to power the unit.

You can read all the details about the PS1 Classic here.

Nintendo Switch Software Update 6.0.0 Released September 18, 2018

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I’m sorry to say online multiplayer for games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 is now over. Nintendo has just released a major software update for the Nintendo Switch. This new update brings in the new premium Nintendo online service which offers 2-player online NES classic games, and cloud save backups. An updated Nintendo Network smartphone app has also been released on Apple’s App Store and Google Play to make use of the new premium features. Online multiplayer on the Nintendo Switch now costs $20US a year.

Since nobody else has asked it I guess I will. If Nintendo can offer this kind of service for $20 a year as well as offer something similar to Game Pass, what’s Sony and Microsoft’s excuse for charging $60 a year on top of other paid services like Game Pass or PlayStation Now?

Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 TGS 2018 Extended Trailer September 18, 2018

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As a child of the 90s, I grew up watching the films we now refer to as part of the Disney Renaissance and it was so heartwarming to experience these worlds myself when I played the first Kingdom Hearts games. However, over the past few years I feel that Disney has entered a new renaissance with their in-house animation studios producing hit after hit like Wreck it Ralph and Big Hero 6. These new classics are being used as the basis for all-new worlds in Kingdom Hearts III.

Today, Square Enix released an extended trailer for their take on the world of Big Hero 6, and if you hadn’t told me I would have believed it was a trailer for the sequel. Better turn the subtitles on because this trailer uses the original Japanese voice over.

Kingdom Hearts III is coming January 2019 to the Xbox One and PS4.

iOS 12 Released September 18, 2018

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Apple has just released an enormous update for handheld devices. It adds a slew of new features such as enhanced AR, Memoji, Siri shortcuts, and a lot more. If you’re using an older Apple iPhone such as the 6, 7, 8 or X you’ll need to download the update through your device’s software update feature or iTunes. If you’re planning to get a new iPhone such as the XS, it will come with iOS 12 preinstalled.

The update can weigh in at around one and a half gigabytes, so make sure to free up some space on your phone before installing the update.

Happy Batman Day 2018 September 15, 2018

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Happy Batman Day everyone! We are a little late to the punch but that is mostly due to the fact DC did very little promotion for this year’s event. In fact, had I not received an email from DC’s online store early this morning I never would have known today was Batman Day!

DC Comics have some promotions going on today throughout the web and at various retail stores in the US. First off the younger ones among us can check out the official Batman Day Website for an exclusive activity book. You can download it here. This website can also point you to local libraries across the country who are participating in the events.

Barnes and Noble Bookstores are also getting into the Batman Day spirit. They are offering a Buy 2 get 1 Free deal on select Batman graphic novels. They are also offering an exclusive comic for free to anyone who asks. For adults they have a special issue of Batman: White Knight, and children will be able to participate in activity events and get a different free comic. Best to ask your local store for details and see if they got any of the free comics before heading over.

Other stores online and at retail are discounting Batman merchandise and collectibles today including GameStop and Hot Topic.