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Earlier this summer Deep Silver announced a Escape Dead Island, a Dead Island spin-off, which acts as a bridge between Dead Island and the upcoming sequel Dead Island 2. The game has just been given an official release date - November 18, 2014.

Word is: "Delivering the key features of a Dead Island game – visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting – ESCAPE adds a completely new tone to the zombie universe. The visually unique styles accompanies the player on his struggle against insanity as he experiences the secrets of the Dead Island universe, fights off zombies with a vast and unique array of weapons and opens the path to the events that will happen in Dead Island 2."

Check out the latest trailer:

Be on the lookout for this one on Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3.

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Nintendo has confirmed there will be DLC for Mario Kart 8, and two of the DLC packs are available for pre-purchase as of today, August 27th for $7.99 each or $11.99 for both. One pack will be available in November, which will include Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, 4 new vehicles, and 8 new courses. The second pack will not release until May 2015 and will contain the Animal Crossing Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Dry Bowser, 4 new vehicles, and 8 new courses.

In addition, a new game update is also available today, and it includes three new cars: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s, and the Silver Arrow of the 1930s. A video showing off the Merceds-Benz is above.

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I don't want to know how many of you are too young to remember a cult classic of the 80s called WarGames, which featured a game called Global Thermal Nuclear War. A game developer in the UK has apparently been inspired by this Matthew Broderick movie, and he wasn't entirely careful with his game planning notes.

He left out diagrams and maps of nuclear war attacks in his apartment, and his letting agency (similar to a realtor in the US) called the police regarding it.

The agency informed the developer, Henry Smith, of their concerns, and he naturally panicked.

At first I was ridiculously frightened by the whole thing. When they said they'd told the police I absolutely bricked it. I ran home to check if the police had raided the house or something. It was definitely very frightening to think that the police had a report in their system alleging that I was up to something suspicious involving nuclear warheads. Knowing how the police here deal with suspected terrorists, I was worried they'd do a dawn raid or worse. It was genuinely scary for a while.

Fortunately for Smith, the police, as of yet, have not acted upon the agency's concerns. Smith may want to keep his notes somewhere else, or perhaps mark them as game ideas and make them seem more gamey instead of war plans.

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"If i where to plan a nuclear war, I would mark the notes as game ideas and make them seem more... - Snowy007"2


Just in case those who buy a Kinect-less Xbox One decide they do indeed want the Kinect, Microsoft will be selling it separately for $149.99 on October 7th. So far, that date and price is only for North America. A release date has not been set in Europe.

The standalone peripheral will come with a digital copy of Dance Central Spotlight and 10 tracks. 

Even though Microsoft has had Xbox One sales climb since they've offered the Kinect-less option, they also claim that they've seen an increase in sales with the Kinect-bundled Xbox One as well.

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"that's one mighty expensive paperweight. - Vodoo"1


GOG has had a reputation for awhile now for selling DRM-free games, and now they want to add DRM-free movies to the mix. To kick it off, they have two free movies available now, so users and studios can see how the DRM-free model works.

For now, they have over 20 documentaries on "gaming and geek culture" priced at $5.99 each, and they hope to bring in the big Hollywood blockbusters as well.

"Our initial idea was to start with the big guys, but the process is not easy," said Guillaume Rambourg, GOG.com VP for North America, in a press reelase. "In our first round of talks, the response was largely, ‘We love your ideas, but we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk’.”

"Most studio officials agreed that DRM is pointless, but were quick to add that the lawyers would not allow them to get rid of it," he added.

They've also given their website a spiffy new redesign.

"i am so proud of these people, GOG is Steam's good twin. - Vodoo"3


Anita Sarkeesian has released another Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video, which is part two of her analysis of the "Damsel in Distress" trope. YouTube briefly pulled the video after several members flagged it as inappropriate, but after Sarkeesian's appeal, it is back for all to take in.

While Sarkeesian has once again been attacked on Twitter for her latest video, she's also been supported by two of media's largest creators, Tim Schaefer and Joss Whedon.

 

Sarkeesian's series, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, is the result of successful crowdfunding in 2012, where she asked for $6,000 and raised $160,000. This video makes the fourth entry in her series.

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"Such utter nonsense. As if the "damsel in distress" trope qualifies as "misogyny". Fucking please. - deadrody"10


Alrighty, folks, Blizzard has already released the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls content patch and accompanying the update is this trailer. Community Manager Brandy Camel gives a better idea of what to expect with Blizzard's latest update for their action RPG:

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It makes sense. According to the folks at BioWare, Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature multipalyer coop, which is going to be delivered by "a special team of veteran developers from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of Inquisition’s party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager, BioWare. “It was early in the game’s development that we realized how much fun fans of our series were having, with so many players teaming up in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode. We can’t wait to give Dragon Age fans an even bigger and deeper experience.”

Check out the multiplayer coop gameplay trailer:

And a few snapshots to boot:

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Questioning everything should really be one of your main mottos in life. Take a critical view of things, especially things like history, politics and religion. Don't question fun things too much. Let fun things be fun. Games do fall into the fun category. It's when you start to criticize, that's when the fun stops. Of course, you should have standards and I'm sure you all do. Don't play any old trash. What the fuck am I talking about?

Yeah, it's really important to question things. The point I'm trying to make is that you should question and criticize most of the things you watch, read or play. AT definitely falls into that category too, so question away. Fire away with the questions. Now, I know that when it comes to AT the kind of questions that usually pop into your head are "what the fuck am I doing here?" "why is this taking so long?" "this is not my mantra, where's my mantra?" This time though, I'd like you to try different types of questions.

Oh and do try to stick to one topic: like sex, for instance. Or cold, hard Mexican ceramic tiles.

"Wasteland 2 is out in 3 weeks ! - Un Om Bun"14


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Vince takes the re-release of 4A Games popular shooter for another spin. Relax, relax, you lovely buttholes! It's the PC version.

Anyway, here's a snippet:

To make matters worse, horrible monsters, possibly mutants or demons, depending on who you talk to, constantly attack travelers and enclaves alike. Ammunition for firearms that are mostly cobbled together from spare parts, are used as currency for guns and the lifesaving gas masks worn when you venture to the surface to scavenge for materials. Bullets as money is an interesting mechanic as entering combat forces you to ensure every shot count or you will find yourself out ammo and broke. Too many times I had expended my ammunition on the hordes of beasties and found myself with no way to get vital upgrades or replace damaged equipment.

Read our review of Metro: Redux.

"They are still a rather unknown developer. I believe they are trying to build a reputation, similar... - optimus slime"5


I know all of you have been sitting on pins and needles about this game, so let me help you with your anticipation. Warner Bros has confirmed that LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will release on November 11th in North American and November 14th everywhere else. No need to ask which platform it will release on, just assume that if you have a console or a PC it will release on it (unless you have a Wii).

This officially seals November as the month where I will have absolutely no money and will never see my friends and family again. I'm strangely okay with that.

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Amazon did indeed purchase Twitch yesterday as rumored, and the company has promised that they will not change the streaming service. 

"Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all," Michael Frazzini, vice president of Amazon Games, said. 

"The exciting thing about the Amazon deal is I get to keep doing what I do," Twitch CEO Emmet Shear commented. 

"The reason I thought Amazon would be a good home for Twitch is that we had a really shared vision around where gaming industry is going," Shear added.

Many are speculating that Amazon will somehow incorprate their Prime service with Twitch, but nothing of the sort has been said as of yet.

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Just two days after recovering from a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, the PlayStation network is down yet again. Sony hasn't confirmed whether it's another DDOS attack or if it's something else, but they have acknowledged that it is down and they are working on it as quickly as they can.

Consider this a dress rehearsal for what will inevitably happen when Destiny launches on September 9th. Both the PSN and XBL are sure to have extreme server issues.

"I'm hoping not enough people care about Destiny to take down Xbl. They would be wise to do so. - RenegadeCZ"1


Nintendo and Bandai Namco, the developers behind the Tekken series, have announced a new Pokemon tournament game, Pokken Tournament, which will be a Pokemon-based two-player fighting game.

Currently, the game is slated for arcades in Japan only, but if it's successful, it most likely will hit consoles in the East and the West, and then I'm sure we can expect fighting tournaments as well.

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Publisher Microsoft and dev. studio Smoking Gun Interactive have announced Age of Empires: Castle Siege, a real-time strategy that's in development for Windows PC and Windows Phone 8.

Here's the trailer:

Age of Empires: Castle Siege is scheduled to be released next month.

"Age of Empire and Age of Mythology franchises were dead when M$ decided to fold Ensemble Studios.... - Avus"4


Well this news has taken the wind completely out of my sails this morning. Kurt Sutter, the creator of hit drama Sons of Anarchy, has said that his upcoming video game for the series will be "a very high-end tablet game." Tablet game, not PC or console. He has promised that it will be "really fucking awesome", but it's hard for me to imagine a first-person game being "really fucking awesome" on a tablet.

He explained on his YouTube show that he brought his video game idea to Rockstar, as Grand Theft Auto ideals would be perfect for a Sons of Anarchy-based game. However, the studio was not interested, which is not entirely surprising as Take-Two has never been a fan of publishing licensed games.

So tablet it is. Looks like I won't be playing it after all.

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Okay, understandably, Blizzard's expansion pack Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is currently the top-selling game in the UK. I say 'understandably' because console gamers have been waiting for the release for a while now. Also, because it's a damn fine release. We liked the fuck out of it.

According to Chart-Track the sales of Diablo 3: RoS UEE were split thus:

  • PS4 - 47%
  • Xbox One - 32%
  • Xbox 360 - 13%
  • PS3 - 8%

Here's the full weekly sales chart for the UK:

01. Diablo 3 RoS Ultimate Evil Edition (Activision Blizzard)
02. The Last of Us Remastered (Sony)
03. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (EA)
04. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
05. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
06. Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
07. Minecraft PS3 Edition (Sony)
08. The Lego Movie Videogame (Warner)
09. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
10. Tales of Xillia 2 (Bandai Namco)

In case, you've decided to ignore the previous news item completely, here it is again - Blizzard's releasing the new 2.1.0 content patch for Diablo 3 PC this Friday.

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Good news for those of you who are playing Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls on PC. And it's good news for those of you who are planning to jump back into the game. Blizzard has officially confirmed that they intend to issue the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1.0 content patch on Friday August 29.

The 2.1.0 content patch introduces numerous improvements and changes, including Greater Rifts, Seasons and Conquests, Legendary Gems, changes in combat, class skills and a whole lot more.

Here's when Blizzard is going to launch Season 1:

  • Asia: 1:00 a.m. KST (UTC +9)
  • Europe: 9:00 p.m CEST (UTC +2)
  • Americas: 6:00 p.m. PDT (UTC -10)

Read more info on the patch right here.

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I have a question for you guys. Has anyone tried out the game Kentucky Route Zero? Looks kinda cool. Hm, is this the first time I've asked this question? I may have asked it earlier, only I have no recollection. 

Also, to anyone who is interested, we're continuing the Diablo 3 thread argument.

"there is no need to continue the Diablo 3 quibbling. - some people like D3 full stop. - some... - Vodoo"11


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