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Joystiq

Jessica Conditt

Barely Related: Hello Kitty is not a cat and other nonsense

Deep breaths, everyone.

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we're not stopping our focus on industry and...

Kotaku

Nathan Grayson

Mad Science Cat Game On Hold For Mobile Super Meat Boy

You might remember that Team Meat, two-man studio behind uber-tough platformer Super Meat Boy, was working on a mad science cat breeding sim, Mew-Genics . Moral of the story? Cats are gross, but awwww kitty! Now, though, it's on hold in favor of a new Meat Boy game—for phones (and Steam).

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Joystiq

Joystiq Staff

Remasters of the universe: Obscure titles we want to revisit

It was no great shock when Sony released a PlayStation 4 version of its super-popular third-person title The Last of Us. Deep Silver bathing its new Metro franchise in the spotlight for next-gen consoles was no great surprise either.

A new...

Kotaku

Nathan Grayson

Peggle 2 No Longer Xbox Exclusive, Coming To PlayStation 4

Peggle 2, PopCap's previously Microsoft-exclusive black hole time vortex of sheer addiction , is finally coming to PlayStation 4.

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Polygon

Colin Campbell

Is Activision pondering a Take-Two takeover?

Has Activision turned ts eyes on buying Take-Two? That's the Wall Street scuttlebutt today, fueled by a research note by Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey, subsequently reported by various investment sites.

Hickey reckons Activision wants to get into the movie business, and would benefit greatly from some of Take-Two's franchises, most particularly Grand Theft Auto.

"For Activision, acquiring Take-Two Interactive would be a no-brainer, in our view, circling some of the strongest...

Polygon

Michael McWhertor

Peggle 2 is coming to PlayStation 4

PopCap Games' addictive pachinko-style peg-smashing game Peggle 2 is ending its Xbox exclusivity soon. The developer announced today that the Peggle sequel is PlayStation 4-bound on Oct. 14.

Peggle 2 was originally released for Xbox One in December 2013, followed by an Xbox 360 release in May. PopCap and publisher EA have released a handful of downloadable Peggle Masters for the game, including Jimmy Lightning and Windy the Fairy.

The official Peggle Twitter account posted box art...

Kotaku

Yannick LeJacq

The Good And Bad Of Mario Kart 8's First Major Update

Nintendo made a few changes to Mario Kart 8 this week—some big, some small, some the size of a luxury card brand's new SUV. If nothing else, this gives us a good opportunity to pause and reflect on how one of the summer's biggest games is doing. So let's do that.

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Polygon

Christopher Grant

PAX Prime 2014: All the games and news, live from Seattle

The Penny Arcade Expo is underway in Seattle this weekend. The fan-focused celebration of all things gaming — both video and tabletop — runs Aug. 29 - Aug. 31 at the Washington State Convention Center. Polygon is there to cover the news, panels, hands-ons, interviews and goings-on during the show throughout the weekend and beyond. Stay tuned to this stream for all of our coverage.

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Polygon

Megan Farokhmanesh

More Dragon Quest games heading to mobile, including the original, very soon

The Dragon Quest series will continue to migrate to mobile with the release of the original game in September, executive producer Yuu Miyake and mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto said during a translated interview at PAX Prime today.

"We are planning to release in the first part of September the first Dragon Quest," Fujimoto said. "We're hoping to release [Dragon Quest] 2 and 3 in order in a period of two or three months, in a short span. We're planning to release subsequent...

Joystiq

Richard Mitchell

Xbox One update adds Smartglass features, USB media playback

It's official, the Xbox One September update is poorly named, as it has already been released, days before September even begins. The update adds several new features, most notably the Media Player, which allows users to view and listen to media...

Kotaku

Yannick LeJacq

Track: Industrial Revolution | Artist: Immortal Technique | Album: Revolutionary Vol. 2

Track: Industrial Revolution | Artist: Immortal Technique | Album: Revolutionary Vol. 2

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Kotaku

Nathan Grayson

The Most Realistic Fighting Game, In A Manner Of Speaking

I believe that Double Fine's latest venture into indie publishing, Gang Beasts, is one of the most realistic depictions of combat ever seen in a game. This is because 90 percent of fights are sloppy, awkward affairs where all involved fall down and give each other angry hugs.

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Kotaku

Evan Narcisse

​How Mortal Kombat Is Getting More Complex

The next Mortal Kombat is going deep. Not just in the 'show you highly detailed internal organs' kind of way, either. The newly announced Variations feature and other tweaks in Mortal Kombat X are going to give players other layers of options for how they beat each other up.

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Gamespot

Eddie Makuch

Peter Molyneux Wants More Developers to Make Free-to-Play Games

Fable creator and industry veteran Peter Molyneux wants more developers to start making free-to-play games because, if they do, the model might lose its stigma. Right now, the free-to-play sector has been held hostage by match-three and casino games, he says, but this could change if "true" game designers started making free-to-play titles.

"I think that if more and more designers get into free-to-play then free-to-play will just get better and better," Molyneux told Game Informer....

Gamespot

Chris Pereira

Nintendo's New 3DS Aims for the Hardcore, But Is Bound to Create Confusion

The New 3DS (right) and New 3DS XL

That another revision of a Nintendo handheld system is coming is no real surprise--routine hardware refreshes have been part of the company's business model for upwards of two decades (the DS had four different designs, for example). But the latest versions of the 3DS announced today, intriguing as their potential is, seem likely to create confusion.

The New Nintendo 3DS, as it's being called, offers a suite of new features: an analog nub (the new...

Gamespot

Eddie Makuch

Nintendo of Europe Cutting 320 Jobs

Nintendo of Europe is cutting around 320 jobs, the company has confirmed. This includes the 130 full-time staff confirmed to be on the way out back in June, and an additional 190 people who worked out of the company's Germany-based localization office.

The cuts were confirmed to Kotaku today. The site points out that, though the 190 people in Germany were technically temporary staffers, they all worked only with Nintendo, and in some cases, for periods of multiple years. All 320...

Gamespot

Chris Pereira

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Review Roundup

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the long-awaited crossover between the two franchises, has finally arrived in North America, almost two years after it was originally released in Japan. The first reviews went live this week, and we've gathered up a selection for you to peruse below.

The game is a collaboration between the respective developers of the two series, Level-5 (Professor Layton) and Capcom (Ace Attorney). It consists of separate sections that each play...

Polygon

Colin Campbell

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer gets cozy with vile Orc

Ratbag is a sniveling, whining wretch, a scumbag, even by Orc standards.

In this new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor we get to meet Ratbag and learn about his relationship with heroic human protagonist Talion. In the Monolith game, due to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Sept. 30 for consoles and Oct. 2 for Windows PC, players create feuds with their enemies, even as they climb through the Orcish ranks.

To find out more about the game, take a look...

Polygon

Ben Kuchera

Ambitious, beautiful multiplayer space combat game GoD Factory: Wingmen launches today

GoD Factory: Wingman is a four vs. four mutiplayer shooter where you customize your ship and work with your team to take down the other team. It's had a storied path through development, with an unsuccessfully Kickstarter leading to a publishing deal with Bandai Namcoi, and the game has finally been released on Steam for $19.99.

It also looks pretty great, and supports the Oculus Rift, if you're into that sort of thing.

Nine Dots founder Guillaume Boucher-Vidal shared the cost, both...

Polygon

Megan Farokhmanesh

Super Meat Boy Forever is an endless platformer, not a little 'throwaway game'

Team Meat's mysterious new project, first revealed as A Voyeur for September, is actually an endless runner called Super Meat Boy Forever that follows in the steps of its classic Super Meat Boy series, co-founder Tommy Refenes told Polygon today at PAX.

The game features a the titular meat man himself as he dashes through levels. Along the way, players avoid saws and hop over gaps by touching the game's screen. Precision control exists in the game through a new ducking mechanic; when...

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