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A lookback at E3 games: Super Mario 3D World

We may have seen Mario a lot lately but boy, am I excited for Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The 3DS version, Super Mario 3D Land, was an excellent new entry into Nintendo's platforming series and I'm happy to see the next one on their home console in delicious, crisp High Def. My first impression is that four player co-op (with Peach!) is a great addition and the fact that all the characters play differently is icing on the cake. The cat suit seems a little strange but looks like a fun ability all the same. New Super Mario Bros U is great but I'm glad to see a more 3D Mario. I can imagine that this is more of an "in-between" game, meaning we're still waiting for a proper entry in the vein of Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy, but I think this is a good way to please those fans who are eager to see what Nintendo has in store for us.

Source: e3.nintendo.com

by Alistair Baxter on Jun 19, 2013

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A lookback at E3 games: Fantasia: Music Evolved

Probably my favorite game from E3: a new rhythm game from Harmonix that puts a new spin on the whole music game genre. While the game does have your traditional "hit the mark with the right timing" gameplay, it also allows the user to change the song as they play it. Ultimately this conductor game should be seen to be believed. Check out this video for a good look (the gameplay starts around 3:40).

The game incoporates its Fantasia license loosely, but attempts to capture the spirit of the classic movie more than anything. Fantasia: Music Evolved comes out for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sometime in 2014, and requires Kinect to play.

Source: www.youtube.com

by Joshua Whitman on Jun 19, 2013

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E3 is over - Sony wins, probably, and everyone's still hating the Xbox One

E3!

So it's come and gone. Every year, this giant news source drops a boatload of content onto fans' shoulders, and leaves us to sort through the mess. In the coming weeks, we're going to take a look at some of the things that might have been overshadowed by the major console news.

For now, here's a quick recap of the biggest stuff with Microsoft and Sony, in case you missed it!

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E3 2013 Press Conferences

The day of E3 press conferences ended with a bang thanks to Sony's strong showing. We saw the console, got the price ($399, lower than Xbox's $499), nice announcements (Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Versus XIII)), and support for indie developers!

Tomorrow, the adventure continues with Nintendo's video presentation.

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by Joshua Whitman on Jun 10, 2013

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Kiefer Sutherland is the next Naked Snake voice

During Konami's pre-E3 press conference today, it has been revealed that Kiefer Sutherland, best known as Jack Bauer of 24, will provide the voice of Big Boss AKA Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5. Absurd!

David Hayter, the original voice of the Snake character, was shown to not be involved with this new game in the Metal Gear Solid series a few weeks back when the MGS 5 trailer was first released.

Source: www.joystiq.com

by Joshua Whitman on Jun 6, 2013

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NYU study finds that the presence of a used games market drives new game sales

Marketing professors at NYU recently investigated the notion that the sale of a used game equals lost money for the game's developer. They found that consumers are "'forward-thinking': They take the eventual resale value of their games into account when purchasing them."

Were the used games market to be eliminated entirely, game prices would need to be about 33% (down to roughly $40 in the US) lower, according to the study. Rumors surrounding the newly unveiled Microsoft Xbox One seem to suggest that the used game industry is indeed in trouble.

Source: www.wired.com

by Joshua Whitman on May 29, 2013

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Microsoft reveals the Xbox One

Microsoft finally showed us its new next gen console today in the form of the Xbox One. The system sports some new features like multitasking between apps like movies and Skype, and live TV integration (including deals with Comcast and the NFL). The box has an 8 core processor and 8 GB of ram with a 500 GB non-removable hard drive. Though the video card was not mentioned, we know it supports BluRay and video output up to 4k.

The console will require an Internet connection, but not "always online" capability. Used games can be played, but there's a fee associated with playing these games (similar to EA's now retired online pass program). Like the PS4, the system will not be backwards compatible. Microsoft claims 15 exclusive games, including 8 new franchises will be available within a year of its launch later this year.

Source: www.polygon.com

by Alistair Baxter on May 22, 2013

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Character Redesigns: Why don't they stick around?

Comic fans hear the word “redesign” a lot. It’s a tale as old as time, and every fan knows that no matter what crazy-ridiculous new look Jim Lee or Rob Liefeld can concoct, our beloved heroes are likely to be back in classic duds within a year. But what if they weren’t? What if these redesigns were actually both different and good enough to stick around for the long haul?

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s this little game that just came out called Injustice: Gods Among Us. This features the DC Universe in an Elseworlds-esque setting where Superman is tricked by The Joker into killing Lois Lane and all of Metropolis, and subsequently imposes a global ceasefire. Since this is billed as a non-canon Elseworlds story, there is no weight of continuity, no standards to adhere to, and free reign to go crazy with the status quo. (Wait, wasn’t that the point of the New 52?)

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Video games at the Museum of Modern Art

A few weekends back, I went to New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with some friends, one of whom was a studio art major (this is important later). Part of the decision to go was based on the presence of an exhibit that featured video games!

Upon entering the museum, we stumbled upon Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box. That was cool. We wandered a bit before asking a staff member about the video game exhibit, met with a curt reply of "It's not just about video games, you know." She seemed very set on making it clear.

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