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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.

Danny Cowan's Latest Posts

Minecraft's 'Titan City' took two years, 4.5 million blocks to build

What you see here is a labor of love -- emphasis on labor. 19-year-old Delaware student Duncan Parcells spent two years hand-building "Titan City" in the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, releasing finished versions this week for Microsoft's console and for PC platforms. Titan City's furnished...

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Ubisoft Toronto founder Jade Raymond departs to pursue 'new opportunities'

Longtime Ubisoft producer and collaborator Jade Raymond has left the company, citing a need to "pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities." Raymond joined Ubisoft as a producer of the Assassin's Creed series in 2004, and went on to found subsidiary Ubisoft Toronto. Raymond's recent credits...

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Learn to fear The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo

Author Michael Lutz has released The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo, a short work of interactive fiction revolving around that one kid you knew in school who supposedly had an industry insider relative. The story begins with players sleeping over at a friend's house on a rainy night, and recalls...

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Surgeon Simulator team tackles loaf life in I Am Bread

The warped minds behind Surgeon Simulator 2013 explore another unexpected branch in the simulation genre with I Am Bread, a game in which players assume the role of... an ambulatory slice of bread. In Bossa Studios' I Am Bread players use the bumpers, triggers, and face buttons on an Xbox 360...

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U features board game mode, says Amazon

Product details posted at Amazon today reveal new features and gameplay modes for the upcoming Wii U version of Nintendo's mascot brawler Super Smash Bros. Amazon's description reads: "Whether you're creating stages on the GamePad, competing in challenges crafted by Master Hand and Crazy Hand,...

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Son remembers his Sega-loving father in tribute video

Long before the days of YouTube, gaming enthusiasts had to make the best of home video recording equipment to express their passion for the medium. The above clip, unearthed and uploaded more than 20 years after its initial recording, shows a loving, geeky father sharing his hobby with his...

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Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- clashes with PS4, PS3 in December

Arc System Works' eminently stylish 2D fighter Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- debuts for the PlayStation 4 and PS3 in December, North American publisher Aksys Games revealed today. Abandoning sprites in favor for a stylized polygonal approach, Xrd features a roster of 16 playable fighters, and expands...

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A City Sleeps review: Bullet purgatory

PC, Mac A City Sleeps marks a bold new direction for developer Harmonix. After spending the last several years working on the big-budget Rock Band and Dance Central franchises, Harmonix is now scaling back its internal studio culture, forming small independent teams within the company to encourage...

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Google reveals $99 Nexus Player game console, controller

Google announced the upcoming release of the Nexus Player, a $99 set-top box and video game console compatible with thousands of Android apps. The hardware boasts a 1.8GHz Silvermont quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage space, and supports 1080p video streaming via...

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Layoffs hit Infinite Crisis developer Turbine

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirmed today that a round of layoffs will soon affect The Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine, Inc. "As part of our normal business process, we're routinely looking at the strategic alignment of our company," a Warner Bros. representative told...

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