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  • 06Jul

    ‘Ms. Splosion Man’ has a price for Xbox LIVE Arcade

    Twisted Pixel Games announced an official price for their next release, Ms. Splosion Man, which hits on July 13. It is, I believe, actually pretty reasonable — 800 MS Points. You can buy the title either on Xbox LIVE Arcade when it releases, or click here. Twisted Pixel’s press release is way too hilarious to let it stagnate in my inbox, so here, read up on the “Pink Terror.” The value of all life on Earth was originally placed at almost triple the amount of Microsoft points, but a surprise ruling from Twisted Pixel today cited a declining economy and a general disappointment in humanity as the root for assuring its destruction at the incredible price of 800 Microsoft Points.  Minutes after Big Science Labs announced the capture of rogue experiment Splosion Man, all communications cut out.  Unconfirmed reports of a “Pink Terror” led many to speculate on the existence

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  • 05Jul

    Time for your Sackboy to transform into Sackiroth

    Sony announced yesterday via PlayStation.Blog that the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII-themed costume DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 is arriving later this month! July 13, to be exact. You’ll have access to four costumes for $1.99 a piece — Aeris, Tifa, Cloud and Sephiroth. However, buy the full bundle for $5.99, and you’ll get Vincent Valentine added to the mix. He’s not available to buy individually, so think of him as a bonus to your party. I’m trying to think of proper Sacknames for each character. So far I’ve only got Tifa Sackheart, Cloud Strack, Sackiroth (obviously), Aeris Sackborough and Vinsack Valentine. Can you think of any more? Also, the PlayStation folks also announced an inFAMOUS 2 costume pack, a Killzone 3 set, one for Toy Story that also includes a level pack and some sort of MotorStorm: Apocalypse set. The PlayStation Move-related level packs are also on the way soon. Here’s

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  • 05Jul

    Capcom notes that the permanent save system in ‘Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D’ was probably not a great idea

    Fans of the Resident Evil series are probably more than a little miffed at Capcom right now, since their 3DS installment, The Mercenaries 3D, features a save system that I’ll just call a little draconian. You get one save file to work with, and it’s permanent. There’s no way to erase it within the system, and if you’re the type to buy used games, you’ll just have to take a chance that the copy you buy wasn’t already finished. People were understandably outspoken about the issue from several standpoints. Now, it seems that Capcom may back out of that savegame mechanic on their later releases. In the latest edition of “Ask Capcom Live,” Vice President of Strategic Planning Christian Svensson noted that, due to the backlash, it was “unlikely” that this save system would ever be used again. I’m sure many people thank you, but for this game, it’s a

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  • 05Jul

    Hugo Award Voting

    It’s not too late to register to vote for the Hugo awards. Unlike the Nebula Awards, Hugos are voted on by fans, which loosely translates to anyone who registers for Worldcon on time. So, many of the authors who voted for the Nebulas will likely be voting here, too, but we have some input too. You can buy a membership for this year’s Worldcon, Renovation, and then you are eligible to vote. The best part, in my eyes? You get a big packet of fiction to download with your membership, making my $50 Supporting membership (more details on memberships below) an absolute bargain. I did already have a copy of N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but it was great to get the other four best novel nominees: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra) Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr) Feed

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  • 05Jul

    Volume 2 of ‘Songs to Test By’ has arrived (and it’s still free)

    Valve has released the second volume of Portal 2‘s soundtrack, and this one, just like the last, is completely free. This volume adds another 18 tracks, most of which you’d probably hear in the middle section of the game. Along with that, 14 ringtones are up for grabs for either Android or iPhone mobile devices. Among the tracklisting, you find songs like “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day” and “PotatOS’ Lament.” And if you’ve ever wanted the orange and blue portal sounds for a message alert…well, you got it. I’d never noticed there were different sounds for each, but there you are. So far, I’ve found that using these soundtracks for driving and working provide the best results. Maybe you won’t sit around and digest it like a good Mozart, but more power to you if you do. Download the new set of tracks here.

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  • 05Jul

    Interview: Marti McKenna and Stacey Janssen, Writers for En Masse Entertainment

    This time we have an interview with two ladies who have a background in SyFy writing. Marti McKenna is a 22-year game industry vet and a lifelong geek girl. Her games career began in the late ’80s at Sierra Online, where she worked her way up from the assembly line through the fulfillment, customer service, marketing, and game design departments. In the early ’90s she took a senior writer position at Electronic Arts and eventually went on to lead the EA writing team. More recently she worked on Guild Wars and Aion (for ArenaNet and NCsoft) respectively, and now holds the position of Writing Team Manager at En Masse Entertainment. Marti has also been busy outside the games industry. Over the past decade she worked as fiction editor for Scorpius Digital Publishing and Aeon Speculative Fiction and as editor-at-large for The Internet Review of Science Fiction. Her short fiction has

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  • 05Jul

    First Look: Journey (PS3) Closed Beta Preview

    A couple of days ago, I lucked out snagging a beta code to Journey after winning a contest through 1UP. I was very excited to get my hands on this title, as Journey is one of my most anticipated games for the year – other than Uncharted 3, of course – and has no set release date as of yet. Journey is a PS3 exclusive title created by ThatGameCompany, the developers of the games Flower and Flow. Santa Monica Studios – the creator of the God of War series – also co-developed Journey. However, Santa Monica’s role was not a huge surprise as they have worked on other similar projects, such as the PS3 interactive art piece, Linger in the Shadows.  Journey has a very mystical look and feel to it. As I wandered across a vast desert that the sand rippled and sparkled like a golden ocean. The sand dunes

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  • 05Jul

    School 26: Summer of Secrets

    Silicon Sisters is a female development studio from Canada. Not too long ago we interviewed them for Women in Games. Coming soon they will be celebrating the season with a brand new School 26 game. They are calling it tantalizingly subtitled. Summer of Secrets is coming to the App Store in July. Like the first School 26 installment, School 26: Summer of Secrets is a school themed game aimed for girls. It has unique psychological gameplay revolving around social skills. The School 26 games are said to have been developed with the help of academic research and had extensive focus testing among teens. School 26: Summer of Secrets includes music from up-and-coming Vancouver band Hey Ocean! The first School 26 game is currently on sale $0.99 for iPhone / iPod Touch or $1.99 for iPad.

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  • 04Jul

    Take a peek at Catwoman’s acrobatics in ‘Arkham City’

    Ever since Catwoman’s role in Batman: Arkham City was made official via a formal announcement, I’ve been wondering exactly how Selina Kyle’s arsenal of moves would work in-game. Luckily for me, Warner Bros. and Rocksteady recently released a video of what I believe is the E3 gameplay shown off this year. Thankfully, the Cat doesn’t have the same animations as the Bat, and she’s got her own set of moves to add to the mix. But in places where it matters, like the epic finishing moves featured at the end of every mob of bad guys…oh, that’s just the same. And that’s the optimal result here! This 12-minute video shows off gameplay from both Batman and Catwoman, as well as banter between the two, a look at Two-Face (oh, Harvey) and a few new game mechanics. One in particular is very interesting — singling out “informants” in a mob, then

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  • 04Jul

    ‘Gears of War 3′ emerges in an incomplete form

    A work-in-progress copy of Epic Games’ Gears of War 3 is now circulating the ‘nets, thanks to quick torrent distributions. The version of the game in question will only load on hacked or dev-kit Xbox 360s, so most people probably won’t be able to run it. (Anyone with a hacked console is just asking for trouble, in my opinion.) If you doubt it, just do a YouTube search — there’s plenty of evidence out there. The leaked version is apparently pretty buggy, but the single-player is open, at least. Epic Games and Microsoft have responded to the leak, saying that the version of the game in question is incomplete and not at all representative of the experience that customers will have in September. They are also getting law enforcement involved, so…yeah, best not to touch this thing. The complete version of Gears of War 3 is out September 20, 2011.

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