Saints Row 4's final DLC mission pack, "How the Saints Save Christmas," is available for download now on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
The DLC includes three new story quests, a Christmas dubstep gun, a Red Rider BB gun (you'll poke your eye out) and some vehicles: the Flying Reindeer and Santa's Sleigh. In the story missions, the Saints aim to help Santa Claus, who has become trapped in The Matrix-like simulation that is the setting for the main campaign.
Owners of the Saints Row 4 Season Pass can snag "How the Saints Save Christmas" as part of that investment. Everyone else can grab the DLC pack for $7.
On average, crowdfunding projects raised $128,573 in the last six months, but as we examined in our last quarterly report, these mean averages can be quite misleading. By comparison, the median, or middle number in the data set for the amount of money raised by each of the 186 projects, is $25,188. Given that only six of the projects raised at least one million dollars, and just seven more raised at least $500,000 during that time frame, we can conclude that the average amount of money raised by crowdfunding projects in the last six months is positively skewed. Similarly, the median number of backers per project was 542 (a sharp contrast to a mean average of 2,691). Future project creators should take note, then: Your average Kickstarter or Indiegogo gaming project earns closer to $25,188, not $128,573.
Additionally, the data shows that strategy games like Hex and Warmachine: Tactics led the genre to the top of the list, as they earned the most money of the group ($6,901,527). Conversely, the adventure genre had the most successful projects, as 46 adventurous or narrative-driven games were funded in the last six months, such as Obduction and Armikrog. Action games had the highest number of backers (145,316), thanks especially to the highest-earning game of the group, Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9, which hauled in $3,845,170 thanks to 67,226 people.
Head past the break to see the top-earning games and breakdown by genre for the six-month period.
YouTube has confirmed it's taking a fresher, steely approach to videos flagged by its "Content ID Match" system, which will have an impact on monetization of Let's Play content. Prominent accounts such as TheRadBrad, TetraNinja and GhostRobo have received claims, which seem to be targeting music specifically. A YouTube representative told Game Informer that these claims are part of some policy updates to better help content networks be more transparent."Nothing illustrates the incredible growth and evolution of YouTube better than the enterprise class of businesses being built on the platform today," the statement reads. "As these networks grow, we're making product and policy updates that will help them operate at scale. We are also rolling out tools that will provide more transparency for creators and networks alike. This is part of our commitment to ensure that all enterprise partners can continue to thrive and be successful on YouTube."
Some publishers, such as Capcom, Deep Silver, Ubisoft and Blizzard, are asking users to contest the claims so they can quickly dismiss the dispute from their end, while others report a third-party account called 4GamerMovie is specifically targeting all Metro: Last Light footage. Another company called IDOL, which has been known to issue claims on a much smaller scale in the past, is also contesting YouTube videos.
Earlier this year, Nintendo issued mass claims for a wide number of Let's Play videos. While anyone is free to upload footage of a game to YouTube, those videos technically do not fall under Fair Use.
Massively reached CCP Games for comment and received the official statement below confirming that the layoffs are real and that they are from the World of Darkness team:
"CCP today made strategic adjustments to the staffing on the team working on the World of Darkness project in Atlanta that resulted in the elimination of approximately 15 positions at the company. The change was due to our evaluation of the game's design and ongoing development needs. While this was a difficult decision, CCP remains committed to the franchise and our promise to make a compelling, rich, and deep World of Darkness experience."
Ubisoft Montpellier's manic side-scrolling platformer Rayman Legends is on its way to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year. So says ... Snoop Dogg?! Hi, Snoop! Didn't expect to see you there.
Originally announced as a Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends is now more multiplatform than it's ever been, following up on this year's PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PC and Wii U release with upcoming launches for next-gen hardware. The new ports feature upgraded graphics, reduced load times, and a selection of exclusive costumes on each platform. Xbox One players can access new costumes inspired by Ubisoft's Splinter Cell series and Far Cry 3's Vaas, while PS4 owners can look forward to a unique Assassin's Creed-themed outfit for Rayman.
The Xbox One version additionally includes 10 new challenges and time-limited achievements, while the PS4 edition features DualShock 4 touchpad support. Both ports will hit retail on February 25 in North America and February 28 in Europe.
Monument Valley is an optical illusion presented as a game – or a game presented as an optical illusion – starring Princess Ida as she travels alone, seeking forgiveness for a past misdeed. The levels twist and turn to create impossible pathways and shapes, allowing Ida to travel where she needs to go. It's due out on mobile devices "soon" from indie developer ustwo, and beta registration is live now directly through the studio.
Ustwo's past work includes mobile game Whale Trail and a handheld game with a murky history called Papa Quash. Ustwo pulled Papa Quash from the App Store last year following a cloning controversy – the game was commissioned by a third party to play like JS Joust, but it wasn't sanctioned by that game's creator, Die Gute Fabrik. The air was cleared in May and Die Gute Fabrik Lead Designer Douglas Wilson said he didn't harbor any ill will toward Ustwo.
Monument Valley takes cues from the mind-melting art of MC Escher, with gameplay influences from Zelda and Myst. That sounds like the right kind of inspiration to us.
While Obsidian offers no explanation for the new name, nor how these pillars grew to such a ripe old age, it has issued the above trailer. It describes the clip as a teaser, and while technically that might be true, there's far more footage of actual in-game content here than we normally see. Combat, spellcasting, biologically improbable huge spiders; it's all here, and the game's aesthetics look like a modern take on the Western roleplaying games of the late 1990s, typified by such classics as Baldur's Gate 2. Obviously that's by design as Obsidian's website is currently running a poll asking fans which late-90s RPG they'd most like Pillars of Eternity to resemble.
Additionally, if you happen to have put down some cash to fund Pillars of Eternity, you can now pay a visit to the game's backer's portal. This allows you to make further donations to the project, earmark your donations for specific purposes and select which backers' rewards you'd like to receive in exchange for your optimistic contribution.
Originally planned as a bonus level showcasing Sonic's transformation into Super Sonic after collecting the game's seven Chaos Emeralds, the Hidden Palace Zone was scrapped midway through Sonic 2's development. The level's remnants later surfaced in a prototype version distributed as a downloadable ROM file, sparking fan discussion and speculation for years afterward.
The mobile version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is developed by Sonic Retro members Simon Thomley and Christian Whitehead, creator of the "Retro Engine" that powered the multiplatform Sonic CD port released for Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Network, PC and mobile platforms in 2011. Whitehead is known to incorporate cut content in his modern-day Sonic ports; the recent Sonic the Hedgehog remake for iOS and Android featured an expanded debug mode giving access to items scrapped from the original game, and his Sonic CD adaptation hinted at a revival for Sonic 2's lost Dust Hill Zone.
The Hidden Palace Zone is featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 2's upcoming Android release, and is included in a free update replacing Sonic the Hedgehog 2's previous port on iOS. Both the new Android version and the iOS update are launching tomorrow.
Though Daily Royale only sells digital games, it does so using redeemable codes, and the site usually only has a limited number of codes to work with. The inaugural offering from the service is space shooter Strike Suit Zero at $5 (instead of its normal $20 price point), and with just under 67 hours left, Daily Royale has 942 codes remaining. Expect those to go quickly once word spreads of this site.
Despite its name, Daily Royale plans to offer two new sales a week initially, with more frequent sales appearing once the site has established itself. If you'd like to make sure you're up to date on what Daily Royale has on offer, signing up for the site's newsletter is the fastest way to get updates on new sales. For those of you unwilling to leave the warm, soothing cocoon of social media however, there are also Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep tabs on.
The investigation targets public statements the company made regarding Battlefield 4 between July 24 and December 4 of this year. The firm requests contact from shareholders who purchased EA stock between these two dates for legal consultation.
Battlefield 4 saw a troubled launch, requiring several patches to fix lingering issues across multiple platforms. EA has since prioritized Battlefield 4 bugfixing within its DICE studio, putting the team's other projects on the backburner until the game's issues can be resolved.
Holzer Holzer & Fistel previously targeted now-defunct publisher THQ in an investigation alleging that the company withheld information from investors regarding decreased sales of its uDraw tablet.
SteamOS will go live once the hardware ships on Friday, downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. Additionally, the in-home streaming beta will begin soon, Valve notes.
Steam Machines are due to ship commercially in 2014. Expect more information about Valve's hardware initiative at CES in January.
These weeks of frustration are hopefully drawing to a close. A communication from Battlefield 4 developer DICE says the PlayStation 4 version has received a patch that "should remove a large amount of the client crashes" currently being experienced on the console since launch.
My heart longs for your affection and for this cruelty to pass us. The constant crashing, which would occur in part when bringing up Battlelog in-game, when using the BattleScreen and when destroying vehicles, are all said to have been fixed, too. I wish and hope this to be true.
There is more in the report, but for now I must return to the Battlefield and see if I can recapture the thousands upon thousands of points I've lost due to instability.
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Non-profit computer science advocacy group CODE.org promotes its ongoing "Hour of Code" campaign by giving students an audience with Gabe Newell, managing director of Half-Life creator Valve Corporation. The full half-hour talk is archived for public viewing in the video above.
"Hour of Code" challenges students to spend an hour learning the basics of software coding, with CODE.org offering several online tutorials helping to jumpstart a career in the field of computer science. Over three million students have completed the organization's "Write your own computer program" tutorial, which is available in 20 languages and features characters from Rovio's Angry Birds and PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies throughout its lessons teaching the fundamentals of coding.
Electronic Arts announced this week that elementary and middle school students who complete CODE.org's 20-hour training course are eligible to receive a free PC game via Origin. Available games include Bejeweled 3, FIFA Soccer 13, SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition and Plants vs. Zombies.
A GTA Online glitch reveals the snowy streets of North Yankton can be found in the online component of Grand Theft Auto 5, suggesting the area may feature (officially) in some future update. North Yankton, if you recall, is the state in which the very first mission takes place, set some nine years before the main events of the game. If you fancy revisiting the area in GTA Online, this CVG video shows you how to get there.
To summarize, you'll have to replay that prologue mission, then get to a certain point and stand in a certain place, then get a friend to invite you into a GTA Online closed session. After that you'll have to call a helicopter, and head to some mountains floating surreally in the bottom right of the map. Simple, no? Well no, no it's not, but it is a bit clever.
Anyway, get your snow boots on while you still can, because it seems likely Rockstar will shut off the route in a future patch.
The Elder Scrolls Online officially unravels onto Windows PC and Mac on April 4, before scrolling to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime in June. The launch date represents the culmination of some six to seven years of development by Zenimax Online Studios, and the beginning of the first MMO in the nearly 20-years-old RPG franchise. As momentous as that all is, it's sadly 10 years too late for the even neater 4.4.4 - it's a bit on the impossible side to have 14.14.14, but there we are.
Bethesda didn't accompany today's announcement with any further details on pricing. The publisher is shirking the growing trend of free-to-play MMOs by opting for the more traditional subscription model, with the monthly fee set to be $15 (€13/£9). TESO will come with 30 days of free play, but the price of the game itself has yet to be disclosed.
"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans," Xbox Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement. "We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We're also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date."
For all the numbers Microsoft is trotting out, including 39 million achievements and 595 million GamerScore points notched to date, more significant is that the Xbox One is close to the coattails of the PS4. Sony's console hit the 2 million milestone - 2.1 million to be specific - last week, but is out in significantly more European markets than the Xbox One.
In the "Hit List" from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the video game industry's top talents describe their current gaming addictions, their most anticipated releases and more. This week: Steve Gaynor, co-founder of 'Gone Home' developer The Fullbright Company.Gone Home. Prior to this, he worked for a number of years as a designer on the BioShock franchise.
At the 2014 DICE Summit, Steve will deliver a talk entitled Strangers in a Strange Time:
"We live in a strange time. Is it a golden age, or a gold rush? The landscape is changing – because we're at the crest of the wave of first-generation indie success, and the indies that made those breakthrough games are now about to release their second titles. What does this mean for new indies now entering the field – and for the rest of the games industry?"
We'll be looking see if there's any more to it than that, but in the meantime you can check out the update for yourself: You can manually download it via the PS4's Settings menu, or grab it and future updates automatically by enabling Automatic Uploads and Downloads.
Those that pick up the Indie Capsule Bundle will receive Steam keys for the following seven games: side-scrolling adventure/shooter Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, creepy horror game Slender: The Arrival, Blood of the Werewolf, And Yet It Moves, Snuggle Truck, Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time and Plain Sight. Three of the seven games, And Yet It Moves, Doc Clock and Snuggle Truck, are Mac compatible. The savings amount to $55, or 93 percent off the combined retail price of each game.
Bundle Stars has a few other money-saving packages that are ending sooner, such as the Plains, Trains and Automobiles Bundle and the Outer Limits Bundle for $4.01 each, as well as the Ultimate Sci-Fi Bundle and the FPS Warriors Bundle for $3.50 each.
Nintendo is offering the controllers in three colors: white, black and blue. Nintendo launched the Wii Remote Plus in November 2010, combining the gyroscope tech from its Wii Motion Plus add-on with the Wii's standard Wii Remote controller. Nintendo's refurbished goods may include "minor cosmetic blemishes," but are guaranteed to be fully functional and include Nintendo's standard 90-day warranty. Given that games like Wii Sports Club and Super Mario 3D World can use the controllers, the refurbished set may prove to be a good investment for Wii U owners.
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