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Report: China Telecom opens Xbox One sales in September

Microsoft's Xbox One console will go on sale in China this September, thanks to a newly-announced agreement with the country's third-largest telecommunications firm China Telecom Corp Ltd.

According to Reuters, this arrangement will make the Xbox One the first gaming machine to be officially sold in China since the country lifted its long-standing ban on foreign consoles earlier this year. There's currently no word on what price point China Telecom will attach to the Xbox One, but the company plans to reveal more details on this arrangement at some point next week.

Shadowgate opens the doors August 21 on Steam



Shadowgate, the Kickstarted and revamped first-person adventure game, launches on August 21 on Steam for PC and Mac, and it's due to hit iOS and Android devices in the fall.

The shiny new Shadowgate comes from the creators of the original MacVenture game, and it features updated and new puzzles, hand-painted illustrations, fresh cutscenes, and a Retro Mode that turns the game into its 1989 NES version. There's also a dynamic soundtrack and more than 50 Steam achievements to unlock.

Shadowgate is up for pre-order at three reduced-price tiers, ranging from $15 to $25.
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WRUP: It is your Destiny

How's the Destiny beta going for you? Don't forget to play Saturday for an extra goodie.

What's everyone playing this weekend?

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Strike it rich in Destiny with this Glimmer-farming loop


If you're enjoying the Destiny beta but feel you could be enjoying it a bit more if only you had a massive surplus of Glimmer and Engrams to trade for precious gear upgrades, the above video should help.

According to PlayStation MVP "tripleWRECK," one of the earliest locations players visit in the beta contains a circuit of Glimmer-stocked chests that can be harvested in a loop. Each time a chest is looted in Destiny, the game spawns another chest in a semi-random location. As there are a finite number of possible chest locations, if you know where the next chest is likely to appear you can simply follow this route collecting an effectively infinite supply of loot, and ignoring or battling enemies as you so desire.

While this might seem a dull way to spend your time in the futuristic shooter, it's undeniably lucrative. TripleWRECK claims that players can earn "10,000 Glimmer or more" in just an hour using this method.

Google Play adds 'Offline Games' section

Those worried that the games they play on their Android devices might be subtly pushing them ever-closer to their carrier's data cap can rest a bit easier by perusing the offerings in Google Play's newly-launched "Offline Games" section.

Like the name says, all games found in the Offline Games section require no Internet connectivity beyond the initial download. While this means the games (which include Plague Inc., Jetpack Joyride and Minecraft - Pocket Edition) won't automatically tap into the cloud for leaderboard updates and in-app purchase reminders, it also means your monthly phone bill won't suddenly inflate to ludicrous levels simply because you spent an especially boring afternoon at the DMV with only your portable device for entertainment.

As Engadget points out, the Offline Games section is currently paltry when compared to the thousands of games otherwise available on Google Play, but it's a start. Hopefully more mobile developers will see this move as a reminder that not everyone has an unlimited data plan.
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Crimes And Punishments finds a gameplay trailer, my dear Watson

Image While it may lack the aloof, reptilian charm of Benedict Cumberbatch, this lengthy gameplay trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments seems to nail the crucial, super-sleuth aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character, right down to the borderline-sociopathic methods he... Continue Reading

Swap to the GamePad when The Swapper comes to Wii U

Porting Facepalm's The Swapper to PlayStation systems apparently isn't enough for Curve Digital, as the studio has announced via Twitter that the atmospheric puzzler will be coming to Wii U later this year as well.

Never heard of The Swapper or its original developer, Facepalm? Well, you should; the Finnish developer used a combination of clay, a sci-fi setting and gameplay based around cloning yourself to solve puzzles to create a game so unique and eye-catching that we featured them in our list of 20 developers you should get to know.
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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 gobbles up an October release


Ohhhhhhhh no / Those ghosts have got to go / Go go Paczilla

Pac-Man and his pals are back for another round of 3D platforming with the upcoming release of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, publisher Bandai Namco announced this week.

Based on the latest season of the ongoing animated series Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, this year's sequel allows players to switch between Pac-Man and new playable characters Spiral and Cylindria. Players are also equipped with new powers and skills, including the ability to transform Pac-Man into the monstrous (and, honestly, kinda terrifying) Paczilla.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will hit retail in North America on October 14.

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Video preview: Nobody expects the Dragon Age: Inquisition


EA and BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition would like to go big and go home when it launches this November - which is to say it's getting ready to show off environments much larger than those seen in previous Dragon Age games, and it would very much like for you to buy it and take it home. The shelves of a store are so cold and lonely, you see.

In this Joystiq video preview, Editor-in-Chief Ludwig Kietzmann and Community Manager Anthony John Agnello explore the continent of Thedas in search of dragons and adventure, and find instead a game that teaches them the value of trying something new. Also, jumping.

Dragon Age: Inquisition begins its hunt November 18 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Have some more lore in new Shadow of Mordor trailer

October 7th's helmeted headbutt between prominent fantasy games is officially over: Dragon Age Inquisition is moving to November, while Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets an earlier debut, on September 30. According to developer Monolith Productions, the open-world orc-stalker is progressing well enough to reach PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 a week earlier than first announced, with the PC version coming in on October 2.

Warner Bros. has also released a new trailer to coincide with the game's promotion at San Diego Comic-Con. The spectral figure paired with Shadow of Mordor's protagonist, Talion, is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the long-departed Elven smith who forged the Rings of Power. Beyond their connection to Middle-Earth's notorious mind-control jewelry, both Talion and Celebrimbor have reason to venture into Mordor and hijack Sauron's army for their own purposes.

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Joystiq Deals: MacBook Air Giveaway, Killer Instinct

Like free stuff? Joystiq Deals is giving you an opportunity to join the Mac community with our 11" MacBook Air Giveaway. Simply submit your e-mail address for a chance to win, and be sure to share the offer on Twitter and Facebook for additional contest entries. A winner will be chosen on September 23.

Xbox One owners get a discount on Killer Instinct and Powerstar Golf as part of this week's Deals with Gold promotion. The Xbox Marketplace is also offering a number of temporary price drops on superhero-themed games this week, including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Sale prices remain in effect through next week.


Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

Joystiq Streams: Last licks in The Crew beta [Update: Watch the replay!]



Update: The live stream has ended. You can relive the magic in the stream archive above.

What in the world is in that STREAM, what you got in that STREAM?
Get up out ya hater, we're playing
The Crew beta, wait to take place at a similar pace
So shake, shake it
Roll out! Roll out! Roll out! Roll out!
Get out my business, my biznass


Unable to get the lingering sense of defeat from Tuesday's stream out of our collective heads, the Joystiq driving club is going to get in some last licks with The Crew beta on Joystiq.com/Twitch.

Starting at 4PM EST, we're going to roll back into the crime ridden open world of Ubisoft's new racer. Xav de Matos, Jess Conditt, and Anthony John Agnello will be racing across the land. Alexander Sliwinski will be chilling in the chat, relaying your many questions to, well, the crew.

Remember, that's Joystiq.com/Twitch at 4PM EST! Joystiq Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM EST, but make sure to follow us on Twitch for when we decide to get brazenly weird like we're doing right now.
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Iron Banner challenges return to Destiny Beta

Heads up, Destiny level-cappers -- you've got a new challenge waiting for you. Bungie is reintroducing Iron Banner challenges in a series of special Crucible events throughout this weekend, giving Beta veterans an incentive to take on new competition.

To unlock the Iron Banner challenges, players must first visit Lord Saladin in Destiny's Tower hub area. Afterward, the Iron Banner can be accessed in a separate playlist within the Crucible. Make sure to hunt down some quality gear in the game's campaign mode first; Iron Banner matches do not place limits on player equipment, making your weapon and armor power levels key components to victory.

Matches take place across 'Rusted Lands' on Earth, 'First Light' on the Moon, 'Shores of Time' on Venus, and 'Blind Watch' on Mars, with special awards and gear available for players who advance in rank. Iron Banner events will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m PDT, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Challenges will also be available tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Firefly Online brings the crew back together (for voices)

Well, the important thing is that Sean Maher is working.
Despite the name, Firefly Online isn't really an MMO. But it does feature online interactions, and perhaps more importantly, it does feature the original cast together again. If you were hoping to hear Captain Malcolm Reynolds growl at you while you played the game -- and let's face it, odds are almost certain you were -- you can be happy to know that the main cast will be reprising their roles for the first time since the movie.

Alan Tudyk will also be voicing multiple roles, and Michael Fairman will be playing Niska, who is apparently hiring if you're none too worried about your conscience bothering you. The game is set to release in 2015 on multiple platforms.

Far Cry 4 promotional contest could send you to Mt. Everest


If you're so excited for Far Cry 4 that you'd risk death by avalanche, blizzard or grumpy yeti just to play the open-world shooter a few weeks early, Ubisoft has launched a PR stunt that may be right up your alley.

Officially dubbed the "Far Cry 4 Quest for Everest" contest, the promotion asks fans to submit a YouTube video explaining why they would be the best candidate to trek to the Mt. Everest base camp for a private, early hands-on session with the game. Ubisoft urges entrants to "be creative" with their videos, and cautions that only those in "very good physical condition" will be eligible to join the expedition. Further, the winner must have a valid US passport and be willing to travel to Everest during the month of October.

Assuming you meet all of these qualifications and can record something pithy and clever (but no more than two minutes in length), you can find details on where to submit your YouTube clip at the official contest website. Before you dash off to submit your entry though, keep in mind that the world's highest mountain has been particularly lethal this year.
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