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  • 16Jun

    Indie game ‘Proun’ to use a ‘Pay What You Want’ philosophy

    Indie racing game Proun is finally releasing on PC after six years of work by Joost van Dongen, co-founder of Ronimo Games. van Dongen has released a features trailer to show off his hard work. It looks pretty interesting — almost like you’re racing through modern art. Trust me, it’s probably not like anything else you’ve seen. The best part is that the game is really easy to try, since van Dongen is implementing a “Pay What You Want” model. Decide how much you want to pay beforehand, or just download it and make the decision afterward. Or, if you want, don’t pay anything at all. Those who do pay something get an extra level, so there’s a bit of incentive. Joost goes into his reasoning for the decision on his blog, but it’s half-wanting as many people to play as possible, half-knowing that a commercial product has to meet

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  • 16Jun

    Women Gamers are Underappreciated

    Interpret could have just spoken to us, but I guess actually doing research is a good thing. Either way we have the same conclusion: Women Gamers are underappreciated by the industry. The report titled, “”Games and Girls: Video Gaming’s Ignored Audience,” finds that the large female gaming market has more nuances than people realize. The report surveyed 9000 consumers aged 12-65 about their preferences. The number of women gaming has increased but as we have stated many times, “marketing efforts have largely ignored the group”. Not to mean that they need specific marketing to, but more of a gender neutral marketing approach that includes women as serious consumers. The study found that console use among women gamers is up significantly over the past two years (and not talking about the Wii here). 21% of women gamers play a 360 and 16% play a PS3. This is up from 17% and

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  • 16Jun

    ‘Shadows of the Damned’ has its own big bird

    You say big bird, I think Sesame Street. Grasshopper Manufacture does big bird, and it’s terrifying. Shadows of the Damned‘s latest trailer clearly illustrates that the main character is much braver than I am. If I was suddenly confronted with a giant bird-demon, I’d probably run. Or, worst-case scenario, freeze up completely and become bird food. Not this guy. See how he handles the situation in the trailer below.

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  • 16Jun

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (June 8th – 14th)

    Japanese Group Supercell Features World’s First Virtual Pop Star For U.S. Release Of Full-Length Record Sony Music Direct (Japan), Inc. has announced the U.S. release of the full-length major label debut from the Japanese pop group, Supercell, on Tuesday, June 21st. Supercell blends catchy pop melodies and technology-inspired vocals with captivating anime-influenced imagery and notably features the world’s first virtual pop star, Hatsune Miku. The new record will be available exclusively on iTunes and Amazon. The album for Sony Music Direct is titled Supercell Featuring Hatsune Miku and features a striking cover illustration of the singer by renowned manga artist Shiro Miwa. The record’s first single, “THE WORLD IS MINE,” was released in North America on May 10th on iTunes and Amazon and placed as high as Number 4 on the iTunes World Music charts. Supercell is a group of multimedia creators and artists led by composer/lyricist Ryo. Hatsune Miku,

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  • 16Jun

    Valve announces ‘Portal 2′ music video competition

    If you haven’t run into The National’s haunting tune “Exile Vilify” in your playthrough of Valve’s Portal 2, it’s time to start over. (Really, it’s close to the beginning.) Apparently the band really needs a music video for the song, or at least that’s what it sounds like — from now until midnight on July 15, Valve is running a contest to determine the best music video for the song. To enter, upload your version of the music video to YouTube and tag it with “PORTAL2NATIONALEXILE.” Sounds like a weird movie title. The winner will receive a prize package containing an autographed guitar as well as a collection of Portal 2 merchandise. For reference, here’s the song, if you haven’t heard it yet.

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