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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is bolstering its ranks
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - While compiling this week's menagerie of gaming-centric webcomics, we suddenly realized -- man, a ton of gaming-centric webcomics have fallen off the map this past year. Regular contenders like Dipswitch, 2P Start, Slackerz and Sidescroller have either stopped updating or formally shut down entirely.
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Fallout: New Vegas is progressing robot/human 'relations'
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Fallout: New Vegas features robot sex. We know you prefer a little bit of easing into the main thesis of our news articles, but there's just no way we could contain our excitement for this delightful development. The ESRB rating for Obsidian's desert-crawling action-RPG explains, "there is also an extended sequence suggesting (no depiction) sexual activity with a robot.
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PlayStation Move tech demo slices, dices, sets us on fire
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - We saw a handful of neat non-gaming applications for the PlayStation Move when the peripheral was first announced during E3 2009. Yesterday, Sony released a video showing even more of the Move's capabilities, such as 3D sculpting, branch climbing and ... um, face stretching? Yes, it stretches faces.
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Gaijin Games teases Bit.Trip Fate, coming to WiiWare this fall
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Put your thinking caps on, friends -- it's time to get to work on dissecting the image seen above. The photo in question was recently emailed to fans of indie dev Gaijin Games as a teaser for the next entry in its musically-inclined series, Bit.Trip Fate. The email accompanying the image included a challenge from Gaijin, who stated "the discerning BIT.
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DJ Hero discounted to $40 for Amazon Deal of the Day
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Ladies and gentlemen, do you believe in second chances? Amazon's offering those who missed out on the recent Toys R' Us markdown a chance to pick up DJ Hero for the discounted price of $40 for the current Deal of the Day promotion. Not quite as hot as a $20 price tag, but a sweet deal nonetheless.
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Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep not coming to PSN
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Late last year, we heard a pretty troubling rumor about Square Enix's first keybladed outing on the PSP, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep -- that the game wouldn't get a downloadable version on the PSN, thereby preventing any PSP Go owners from getting their hands on it. It's almost nine months later, and Square has finally commented on the rumor, confirming to IGN that "Square Enix, Inc.
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Telltale teases Penny Arcade, Strong Bad, TF2, Sam and Max mash-up
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Well, this is certainly ... unexpected. Telltale Games recently uploaded a brief teaser trailer (posted below) for an unannounced title featuring a few cryptic messages, as well as the line-up seen above. Fans of adventure games (and, uh, team-based shooters) will recognize the silhouettes pictured therein as Tycho from Penny Arcade Adventures, Max from Sam and Max, the Heavy from Team Fortress 2 and Strong Bad from Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People.
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Cryptic not yet sure about pricing plan for new Neverwinter title
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - You D&D buffs out there were undoubtedly excited to hear that a new Neverwinter game is coming to life, but just like the real D&D, it might end up laying a critical hit down on your wallet. In an interview at Gamasutra, Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert admitted that the game doesn't have a business model nailed down yet, and that all options are still on the table, from a "free-to-play with microtransactions" model to a "pay-by-the-minute" one.
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Dead Space, Mirror's Edge and Spore on sale at the EA Store this weekend
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Wanna dodge the sun's harmful rays and get some gaming in within the air-conditioned comfort of your home? EA's been offering discounts on its PC lineup every weekend; a revolving door of its best and brightest for a pittance. Through Sunday, Dead Space, Mirror's Edge and Spore share the spotlight -- you can get each game for $10, $5 and $20, respectively.
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FreeStyleGames talks about the highs and lows behind DJ Hero
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - In a recent interview with Develop, FreeStyleGames creative director Jamie Jackson recounted the emotional rollercoaster ride the studio went through from the announcement to the release of their ambitious mixmastering sim, DJ Hero. Well, using that metaphor, said rollercoaster would be awfully boring -- everything leading up to the game's release only served to bring the studio down.
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Final Fantasy XIV open beta begins August 31
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - If you weren't one of the chosen few who managed to weasel their way into the game's closed beta test, your first chance to log a few hours into Final Fantasy XIV will come next week. Square Enix announced through the game's official forums that open beta servers will go live next Tuesday, August 31 at 7 p.
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Australian court halts PSJailbreak sales ... to anyone but Sony
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Now that we've determined that the PSJailbreak dongle is real ... the question of its authenticity has abruptly been made moot. The Australian Federal Court has temporarily enjoined retailers from selling or distributing the devices. The court also ordered that a number of PSJailbreaks are to be "released to for such analysis, including destructive analysis, as the Applicants think fit, upon the payment to the applicable respondent of its retail price for each such PSJailbreak Device.
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StarCraft 2 patch 1.1 balances Zerg, Protoss, Terran and southpaws
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Just one month after releasing its blockbuster RTS, Blizzard has announced a major upcoming patch for StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. The update will open up left-hander-friendly hotkey options for all regions, will add some new mod and map editor functionality, will incorporate support for NVIDIA 3D Vision, and will make a whole slew of balance changes so mind-shatteringly esoteric that we wouldn't know how to begin describing them.
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WRUP: Our zombie apocalypse arsenal
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Earlier this week we shared some of our favorite weapons from Dead Rising 2. It got us thinking of more weapons that we'll use when the real zombie apocalypse occurs -- because, don't kid yourself, it's coming. We're still big fans of the Super Soaker Flamethrower (don't attempt at home!).
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Yakuza PSP crosses over into TV and manga
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Sega wants you to believe these three guys are tough. That's sort of a requirement for accepting them as protagonists of a new Yakuza TV series, based on the PSP's Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter and bearing the same title. Japan's TBS and MBS stations will begin showing the live action adaptation, featuring an original story, every Tuesday night starting October 5.
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A guided tour of Bulletstorm's Gamescom demo
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Ready for a little cognitive dissonance? Check out this footage of the Gamescom build of Bulletstorm, featuring commentary by producer Tanya Jessen. The game is as violent, gory, and inexplicably disgusting as ever (you can even hear the infamous "Yum yum blister juice" line spoken in this clip), and Jessen's discussion is calm and conversational, even as she describes four-barreled shotguns and mutants covered with pus .
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Ubisoft lets 38 go from Red Storm
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Kotaku reports that Ubisoft has handed walking papers to 38 individuals at Red Storm Entertainment, the studio mostly responsible for handling the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon games. The studio made a name for itself with the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series, starting in the late '90s.
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Medal of Honor multiplayer trailer is eerily familiar
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Half of the development of the upcoming Medal of Honor reboot -- multiplayer, specifically -- is being handled by Battlefield: Bad Company 2 developer DICE. The latest trailer, featuring the game's multiplayer component, highlights that division more than ever. Specifically, the clip directly mimics Bad Company 2's marketing campaign.
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EA Sports MMA won't be sold in Denmark because of energy drink law
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Let's play a quick game of "which of these two things is the craziest thing you've ever heard?" So, there's this Scandinavian law which prohibits any form of marketing for energy drinks, which EA Sports MMA (with its energy drink-branded fighter shorts and environments) would flagrantly violate.
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The Secret World much less secret with new trailer
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Funcom has offered up the biggest peek yet into The Secret World with the latest trailer. Check it out for lots of gameplay footage, behind-the-scenes commentary and a look at the Templar faction's starting hub, London. As a bonus, you'll also learn how swallowing flies can give you magical powers.
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Left 4 Dead born from Valve's killed 'flying fairy' game
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - "We stabbed it," Valve project manager Erik Johnson tells PC Gamer of the studio's apparent "flying fairy game," as Gabe Newell puts it. The conversation with Valve, which includes marketing director Doug Lombardi, provides revealing insight into the creative process of one of the most respected developers in the industry.
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Final Fantasy XIV 'Answers' trailer asks some truly bizarre questions
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Regardless of whether or not you're looking forward to Final Fantasy XIV, you really owe it to yourself to watch the new trailer posted after the jump. Not because it reveals the game's theme song ("Answers," as performed by pretty-voiced vocalist Susan Calloway), and not because it contains a few relatively rad cutscenes from the game, but because it features some of the most mind-blowingly insane writing to ever come out of the franchise.
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Portal 2's canceled competitive multiplayer detailed
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - The biggest addition to Portal 2 is arguably the new two-player co-op campaign. But did you know that Valve was also working on competitive multiplayer? Valve's Erik Wolpaw told 1UP that they "had something up and running -- the best way to describe it is sort of speedball meets Portal.
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Joystiq Podcast 151 - Brought to you by the fine folks at Bacardi edition
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Filed under: Podcasts It's the calm before the autumnal storm, and we're marking the peace with some new releases like Mafia 2 and Shank. And, of course, Chris is playing a game from 1974, but you can just skip over that part. Big thanks to Jesse Walsh for his couch co-op photoshop.
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Video: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood gameplay walkthrough
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Here we were, thinking -- foolishly, might we add -- that this holiday season might not be packed to the gills with games we're way excited for. And then Ubisoft dropped this walkthrough of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood from Gamescom, reminding us that there's one more game to be crazy excited about.
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Mafia Wars trademark battle heats up with revealing Zynga letter made public
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Digital Chocolate is suing Zynga over its use of the name "Mafia Wars," an alleged trademark infringement -- this much we know. Last night, however, Joystiq acquired the full, 157-page complaint. The crux of the suit is Digital Chocolate's common law trademark claim to the name "Mafia Wars," though the company never formally registered the name (as Zynga did last summer).
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Dead Rising 2 High Stakes Edition is a gamble
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - In honor of Dead Rising 2's Vegas-like Fortune City setting, Capcom is taking pre-orders on an exclusive gambling-themed limited edition of the game -- which means you now have your choice of DR2 special editions. The "High Stakes Edition," available only from Capcom's online store, includes the game; a poker set with 100 poker chips, bloody playing cards, dice, and a dealer chip; a Fortune City visitor map (which doubles, conveniently, as a map of the game's locations); and a Terror is Reality ticket with a voucher for a "Psycho" costume and skill pack.
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Super-Skrull, Amaterasu hypers shown in new Marvel vs. Capcom 3 videos
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - After the break, we've got two new Marvel vs. Capcom 3 clips showing off the powerful, level-three hyper attacks from Super-Skrull and Amaterasu. Amaterasu is the palindrome dog-god from Okami, and Super-Skrull is the most delicious thing you can buy at Dunkin Donuts.Continue reading Super-Skrull, Amaterasu hypers shown in new Marvel vs.
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Metroid: Other M review: a successful fusion
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - When I started playing Metroid: Other M, I didn't know what to make of it. Basic movement felt nothing like the previous games. The story was front and center. Samus talked a lot. The cutscenes were unskippable and initially intolerable. As I became acclimated, I began to realize that the game wasn't that much of a departure for the series at all.
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Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse finale coming next week
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Telltale's newest Sam & Max adventure will conclude next week. The final episode of The Devil's Playhouse, calledThe City That Dares Not Sleep, will be available on PC and Mac on August 30th, and on PS3 on August 31st. In the climax, you'll have to stop a giant, monsterized version of Max from destroying New York.
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