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Danny is a Contributing Editor for Joystiq. He specializes in indie games and retro things. He holds a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Humble Flash Bundle serves up shooters, Store launches summer sale

Humble Bundle's network offers all sorts of deals this week, with a new shooter-focused Humble Flash Bundle accompanying a series of discounts at the Humble Store. Today's 24-hour Humble Flash Bundle features pay-what-you-want copies of Boss Baddie's procedurally generated side-scroller Really...

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Japanese Super Smash Bros. players mistakenly banned for using Peach online

Princess Peach fans in Japan got a rude surprise this week, as Nintendo mistakenly banned a swath of Super Smash Bros. 3DS players due to purported cheating, Kotaku reports. The ban affects players who used Princess Peach in Super Smash Bros' "For Glory" online multiplayer mode, which forbids...

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Why did Microsoft pay $2.5 billion for Minecraft creator Mojang?

Microsoft confirmed its $2.5 billion purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang today, with Microsofts's Head of Xbox division Phil Spencer noting that the acquisition "adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms." It's a big chunk of change to spend...

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Risk of Rain, Jazzpunk among IndieCade 2014 finalists

Juried game event IndieCade has announced its 2014 finalist picks, revealing a lineup of standout independent works that will be featured at this year's festival in Culver City. Featured picks include recent releases like Jazzpunk, Hack 'n' Slash, Risk of Rain, and Mountain, along with upcoming...

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Divinity: Original Sin moves half a million copies

Throwback PC RPG Divinity: Original Sin has sold over 500,000 copies since its launch in June, developer Larian Studios announced today. Pitching its project as a return to the genre's roots, Larian surged past its Kickstarter goal last year, more than doubling its initial funding target....

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Former NEC employees tell the ballad of the TurboGrafx-16

NEC was poised to capture a significant share of the emerging North American video game market with the release of the TurboGrafx-16, but corporate indifference doomed the console to obscurity, an interview feature posted at Gamasutra today reveals. Released alongside the Sega Genesis in 1989,...

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Nintendo streaming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS today, US demo imminent

Nintendo is hosting an official stream showcasing gameplay from its 3DS mascot brawler Super Smash Bros. starting at 1 p.m. PST today, giving an early look at the finished product prior to its North American launch on October 3. Super Smash Bros. hits store shelves in Japan this week, and a...

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Rumor: Here's what a Kinect-powered Gears of War looked like

A Kinect-controlled RTS spinoff in Microsoft's Gears of War franchise made it to the prototyping stage on the Xbox 360 before it was quietly canceled, a newly released gameplay video at VGLeaks suggests. The video demonstrates motion-controlled gameplay presented from an overhead perspective....

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Natsume introduces the bachelorettes of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

Who is your ideal partner? Is it a cheery waitress? How about a shy botanist? Or do you prefer the snooty rich-girl type? These are the ladies you'll woo in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, Natsume's upcoming 3DS farming sim that features terrain-shaping elements inspired by Minecraft. The Lost...

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Report: PSP users in Europe, Asia lose PSN access on September 15

Sony is closing off PlayStation Network access for its PlayStation Portable console in multiple regions starting this week, IGN reports. A Sony representative told IGN that the shutdown affects PSP owners in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and select regions in Africa. North American PSPs will still be...

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