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  • 12Jul

    PopCap says hi to their new boss at EA

    It was confirmed today that Electronic Arts has bought PopCap for what might be the largest amount spent on a game company yet. The amount after stocks and some other complicated figures, is around $1.3 billion. The rumors started a week or so ago on Twitter and it looks like in this case the rumors were true. What I love is that PopCap turned around to show that they still have same creative humor that they are known for with the greeting to their new bosses above. EA CEO John Riccitiello noted that they don’t want to change how PopCap operates. “PopCap has been an attractive target for us for years,” he said. “We think of it as one of the premier content creators in the history of our industry.” EA does have a proven track record of not changing Bioware. Only time will tell if PopCap can maintain their

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  • 12Jul

    Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

    I’ve always had an odd relationship with graphic novels. My first was Arkham Asylum, which set the bars for both writing and art quite high, and for a long time, the only graphic novels I went out of my way to collect were, well, collections — bound copies of comics I’d already read, in one nice convenient volume so I could leave the individual comics at rest in their bags and boxes. I knew, of course, that excellent writers were out there, producing excellent graphic novels, but somehow I just kinda skipped them, in a very “I always meant to read…” kind of way.  When I found out Neil Gaiman blurbed how much he loved Vera Brogol’s Anya’s Ghost, I decided to dip a toe back into the GN pool. Well, if there are more out there of the quality of this haunting, touching and beautifully-illustrated story, I’ll be jumping

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  • 12Jul

    The Riddler is still full of wordplay in this trailer for ‘Batman: Arkham City’

    “I spy…with my riddle eye…something that’s a bat!” Yes, Arkham Asylum‘s version of The Riddler was often heard but never seen, but in Arkham City, he appears to have upped the ante quite a bit. Not only are you flying around town trying to solve his mysteries in exchange for trophies, you’re also beating up henchmen for information, because there’s much more at stake this time. See, Riddler’s actually taken hostages this time, like a proper criminal mastermind instead of the near-playful depiction of him in the last game. He isn’t messing around anymore. And he’s definitely doing a lot to remove Jim Carrey’s version of him from my mind. Thanks for that. Enjoy the latest Batman: Arkham City trailer. Follow

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  • 12Jul

    Netflix may raise prices by more than 50%

    According to a report from Engadget and has now been confirmed by Netflix, they are raising their rates. In some cases by more than 50%. Reports state that they need additional funds to expand. DVD only or streaming only unlimited plans are available for $7.99 each per month, or $15.98 together. Existing members can float on their current plans until September 1st but new members will see these rates effective immediately. The official blog post states that the change replaces the DVD plan’s existence as a $2 surcharge over streaming and from now on it will no longer unlimited discs and streaming as a single package. Two discs at a time will cost $11.99 by themselves now. Personally, I use the streaming way more often than the physical discs, although their streaming catalog does not seem to be keeping up with things that I am looking for. What do you

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  • 12Jul

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (June 29th – July 12th)

    We apologize for the news being backed up, as many of our editors have been away. So to catch up~ VIZ Media announces the anime series finale of Neuro: Supernatural Detective VIZ Media has announced that the exciting concluding episode of the anime series Neuro: Supernatural Detective will stream beginning Friday, July 1st on VIZAnime.com (www.VIZAnime.com), the company’s own premier website for free anime, as well as the streaming content provider HULU (www.Hulu.com). Neuro: Supernatural Detective is based on a popular manga (graphic novel) series created by Yusei Matsui, and was produced by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE. The series depicts the adventures of Neuro Nogami, a demon that feeds on unsolved criminal mysteries and riddles of the human world. In order to protect his identity, he forms a secret partnership with Yako, an incisive 16-year-old high school girl. This unlikely crime-solving duo devours one mystery after another in search

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  • 12Jul

    ‘Stronghold 3′ makes the switch to digital with 7sixty

    New publisher 7sixty has announced their first game — Firefly Games’ Stronghold 3. Now, this game was originally supposed to launch under the SouthPeak Games label, so it’s understandable if you’re a little confused, but I’ve got it all figured out for you. So, SouthPeak never really had a great way to publish things digitally, so they’ve just teamed up with a new digital publisher (that would be 7sixty) and abandoned their usual publishing duties. Now, they’re just sticking to the distribution side of things (AKA retail). 7sixty and SouthPeak just…have a deal of sorts. And, to celebrate that new union, there’s a new Stronghold 3 trailer, which you can watch below. 7sixty hopes to work with independent developers by helping them create franchises out of their titles. Follow

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  • 12Jul

    ‘King of Fighters XIII’ gameplay trailer shows off its moves

    Atlus’ adaptation of The King of Fighters for this continent appears to be going fairly well if this trailer is any indication. In it, we get a good look at many of the characters and moves that we’re bound to see in this refinement of the series. King of Fighters XIII will be available this October for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Follow

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  • 12Jul

    Interview: Jessica Chavez, Senior Editor/Community Manager, XSEED Games

    Jessica Chavez is a 29 year-old localization specialist who has a love of Japanese culture and gaming, a penchant for the sarcastic/absurd, and an unholy love of bacon. She has worked at XSEED Games for nearly three years as an editor and is primarily responsible for inserting crude and shocking witticisms into unsuspecting treasure chest messages. She has been lead editor on several projects of questionable humor such asHalf-Minute Hero, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony and Rune Factory: Frontier, has labored with great justice on works such as Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces and Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, and has slaved mightily over the text-heavy monster that is Ivy the Kiwi?. Most recently she tackled The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky during a nine month stint where she was chained to her home desktop and allowed neither sunlight nor the joy of human company. Her current mental

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