Monthly Archives June 2014

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Let's get one thing out of the way right now. Yes, at first glance, Abzu looks and plays and feels kinda like Journey underwater. Abzu creator Matt Nava was the lead artist on the extraordinary Journey leading up to its release in 2012. After finishing his work there, Nava set up a Santa Monica-based developer called Giant Squid. Abzu is its…

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"Where are the women?" That's the question that kicks off a fascinating blog post from Swen Vincke, the founder of developer Larian Studios. Last year, Larian released Divinity: Original Sin, an old-school RPG that grew quite popular. Now it's gathering funding on Kickstarter for a sequel. But Vincke took a break from the fundraising to dig into some interesting (and potentially alarming) statistics on…

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will no longer appear on the cover of NHL 16 or be a spokesman for the game, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. Kane is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Hamburg, New York, police department into an alleged rape at his home. "In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no…

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LucasArts gave composer Jesse Harlin a home for 10 years before it was dissolved last week. In return, Jesse Harlin gave LucasArts a proper burial. Last weekend, Harlin published a tribute to the development studio days after its closure; a eulogy for his recently departed home. It was spread widely and quickly around the gaming community through Imgur, accompanied by…

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When Los Angelenos saw that the Invader had been destroyed, passers-by assumed it was the work of the Black Cat people. The historic Sunset Junction restaurant was undergoing renovations. Maybe the owners didn't want a multi-colored ceramic Space Invader on the side of their building. But the restaurant owners are just as bemused and annoyed about the destruction as everyone…

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Video game Plants Vs. Zombies, master of smartphones, tablets and computers, makes a leap to Facebook this week with an intriguing twist on the game's winning formula. In Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, players will still protect their home from an army of cartoonish zombies with defensive plants, but now they'll also take to the road, traveling in a beat-up RV…

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It’s a trope as old as video games themselves — the sentry gun, an unfeeling mechanical contrivance that fires on unsuspecting players as soon as they come within range. These enemies have been a staple in thousands of games, causing gamers of every stripe to throw down their controllers in frustration. Science fiction as well is full of robotic killers…

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