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.
Dubbed "Flat Joystick Controller" for the purposes of the patent filing, the device is described as having a Move-like ball attached to its end, a small complement of buttons on its handle and a touchscreen that "provides an area for receiving directionality control in response to interfacing by a finger of a user." Translation: The touchscreen doubles as a joystick for games that require directional input.
With the Move already in existence, why create another, very similar device? Sony's summary explains: "Broadly speaking, the present invention allows for three-dimensional with a multi-positional controller. The multi-positional controller enables control for a variety of applications and simulations while providing an intuitive interface to interact in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional renderings of the computer programs being executed through a game client."
This being a patent, there's no telling when or if this Flat Joystick Controller will ever be released to retail, or for that matter, what name Sony will choose to replace "Flat Joystick Controller." Whatever happens, it's clear that motion control is key in the minds of Sony's engineers. Expect many more years of flailing your arms at and near expensive electronics.
Starting this month, Terraria players might pick up a Christmas ornament while chopping down trees. Use this ornament and you'll summon Elfa, a new pet. Afterward, any new world you create will be a winter wonderland filled with more pets to collect, and enemy mobs will have a chance of dropping Christmas presents.
The PC version of Terraria hosts its own unique variation on the holiday, allowing players to meet up with Santa Claus and earn presents during gameplay.
All games come with Steam keys. The Humble Jumbo Bundle has already raised more than $2 million benefiting a mix of the developers, Humble itself and two charities, Child's Play and Watsi. The sale is on through December 17.
Those who spend nothing will receive two new multiplayer maps, "Hill 331" and "Don River," alongside an unspecified list of "several improvements to the game." Further, the update also adds Steam Workshop integration to the recently-launched Company of Heroes 2 World Builder construction suite.
As always in life, those who spend a bit of cash will be receiving more stuff. This "Two Fronts" DLC promotion includes all of the above content, as well the "Southern Fronts" Theater of War pack, which you can see in the above trailer.
The Southern Fronts pack adds 10 new scenarios to the game that drop players into the boots of either German or Soviet soldiers as they slowly grind toward victory through a number of battles that feature new tweaks to the Company of Heroes 2 formula. For example, deep mud may inhibit vehicle movement in these maps while also exposing their soft flanks to explosives. The Southern Fronts DLC will set you back $5.
Owners of the original Company of Heroes aren't left out of today's announcement. According to Sega, the original tactical strategy game will be adding improved "Steam functionality, such as secure leaderboards, battle and arbitration servers." This update, like the first we mentioned, is utterly free, and should be downloaded automatically the next time you fire up Company of Heroes.
In an excerpt of the English translation of Daniel Goldberg's Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, posted by AllThingsD, Notch explains that at the time Valve was either interested in buying Minecraft or offering Notch a job. It ended up being the latter.
Notch visited Valve that September, took part in a programming exercise and even met Gabe Newell before being officially offered a job, which he ended up turning down. Despite being a dream offer for Notch, he was much more interested in starting his own company than working for Valve. Soon after, Mojang – which he co-founded with Jakob Porser – was formed. "Somehow, I felt that Minecraft was maybe my chance to create a Valve, rather than work at Valve."
You can pick up Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
In The Novelist, you play a ghost inhabiting the summer home of the Kaplan family. You must watch them, learn about them and make decisions ultimately affecting their relationships with one another. Every choice has a cost and "there are no easy answers," the game's description reads.
The Novelist, which is compatible with both PC and Mac, supports Steam Play – so if you pick it up for one platform, you own it on both.
On the PS Plus side, the PS3 version of Borderlands 2 is this week's free download for subscribers. The PSN Holiday Sale also continues unabated, with discounts on Tomb Raider, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Dragon's Crown, Spelunky and more. In addition to that, Saints Row: The Third: The Full Package and Dead Island Riptide have had their prices permanently reduced.
For the full list of this week's content, head on over to the PlayStation Blog.
In a bid to prove that it's not just a one-hit wonder, King announced that it will bring its Facebook hit Farm Heroes Saga to iOS and Android devices in 2014. Boasting match-three gameplay in the same vein as King's Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga will sync save data with Facebook, allowing players to resume their progress and unlock new levels on any supported platform.
Rival social game publisher Zynga began public trading on Nasdaq in 2011, but faltered when it failed to follow up on the success of its Farmville games. Rovio faced similar concerns with its Angry Birds series, announcing recently that it has no plans for an initial public offering.
Previously, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture was locked to hour-long playthroughs, encouraging players to take alternate approaches to in-game events, a la the film Groundhog Day. After an hour of playtime, the game would start over from the beginning, challenging players to explore as much as possible in the limited time they had.
"Imagine reading a novel and you're really into it, and 30 pages before the end someone comes up and takes it out of your hand and goes, 'I'm afraid that's it. Your time's up,'" writer Dan Pinchbeck explained in a recent interview with Eurogamer. "It's an artificial conceit that doesn't necessarily produce a good player experience."
Pinchbeck notes that time still plays a "fairly central role" in the experience, and assures that the removal of the time limit does not change the game's focus or storyline. A release date for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture has not been announced.
Earlier today a tweet revealed that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will set you back $20 for a digital copy or $30 for a physical one. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 iterations of Ground Zeroes are a bit more costly, at $30 for the digital version and $40 for the physical.
Those wondering which version to purchase should know that both Sony and Microsoft consoles have their own exclusive missions not found in the other company's version of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
The update addresses SmartGlass standby issues, multiplayer problems when rejoining games, notification glitches, dashboard performance and the console's wireless networking driver. It also updates the TV, system update and content update services.
For consoles in "Instant On" mode, the update will automatically begin downloading in the background once the console is off. Then the box will power down completely and users will have to turn it back on manually for the update to be applied. See the full details from Major Nelson.
Unfortunately, waiting for Inafune's cutesy pirate adventure is nothing new for fans. We first reported on Kaio: King of Pirates in 2011, at which time it was supposed to hit the 3DS in 2012. Obviously, that never happened, and almost nothing has been said of why the game has been in development for all these years.
"It is (and always has been) up to game developers to do demos for their own games," wrote Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb on his blog. "They'll [sic] be more demos for Xbox One as the platform goes forward." Hryb was later asked why Microsoft changed its demo policy, but offered no response to that question.
Hryb's statement came in response to discussion of Peggle 2, a recent release that offers players a free demo. That's good, but problematically the Xbox One interface does nothing to separate what were previously considered Arcade games from their retail brethren. As a result, finding the demo is more difficult than it reasonably should be.
Teknopants' stylish Bushido brawler, Samurai Gunn, has launched on Steam and through the developer's website today. You can grab it for $12 up until December 17, at which point it'll revert to its full price of $15.
Samurai Gunn is a 2D deathmatch-style game for two to four players. Each samurai, armed with a blade and gun, must duel to the death because that's just how samurais solve disputes. The game is characterized by its quick-paced combat and pronounced retro art style.
Samurai Gunn was an IGF 2013 stand-out and was also a featured game in the EVO 2013 Indie Showcase. PS4 and PS Vita versions are due sometime next year.
Twitch solicited donations via a Teespring store advertised in channel pop-ups, with proceeds from all sales donated to the Red Cross. The site raised $82,751 from the sale of over 6,300 shirts, then kicked in an additional donation to raise the total pledge to $90,000.
Twitch additionally announced that the Extra Life charity raised a record sum for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals this year, with many participants using Twitch channels to solicit donations. Over 7,500 Extra Life participants reported Twitch affiliation at signup, with collective donations reaching $1.22 million.
[Pictured above: Danny Moresco (Red Cross volunteer), Victor Cordon (Corp. Developer Specialist, Red Cross), Emmett Shear (CEO/Founder, Twitch). Photo by Jarques Pretorius.]
Hack 'N' Slash started out as an idea during Amnesia Fortnight, Double Fine's internal game jam, and was then chosen by the public to become a fully-realized game. It stars a young elf who uses her hacking skills to cheat at an action/adventure game. We're also told there are algorithms, which we hope is shorthand for dancing alligators.
Funding for Hack 'n' Slash was achieved through a joint effort between Double Fine, Indie Fund, Humble Bundle, Hemisphere Games, make all, AppAbove Games, Adam Saltsman, The Behemoth, Morgan Webb, and Rob Reid. It's part of a two-game financing deal that also includes Spacebase DF-9, Double Fine's Early Access space station management sim.
Four such librarians work within the Minuteman Library Network, a consortium of 43 tax-funded institutions across MetroWest Massachusetts, just outside Boston. Their respective philosophies are unique, but they all agree that one of the public library's most sacred tasks is to archive cultural artifacts and video games - just like books, music, and film - fit that bill.
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