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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

Test Mann Co.'s beta maps in Team Fortress 2 starting this week

Feeling adventurous, Team Fortress 2 fans? Valve is beta testing a series of new maps for its hat-filled free-to-play multiplayer FPS, and all current players have a chance to check them out prior to their public launch. Starting this week, Team Fortress 2 players can opt-in to the beta test by...

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Dead Island 2 collector's edition contents up for public vote

Deep Silver is polling Dead Island series fans to determine the contents of the Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition prior to the sequel's multiplatform launch next year. Available options range from standard fare (art books, character figurines, digital content) to the unexpected (back scratchers,...

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Microsoft denies abandoning Xbox One dev kit conversion plans

Microsoft has responded to a report from earlier today stating that the company had abandoned its previously announced plans to make retail Xbox One consoles double as debug-oriented dev kits. "The comments today were inaccurate," a Microsoft spokesperson told Joystiq. "We remain committed to...

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Samsung's virtual reality headset might look something like this

Samsung's in-development virtual reality headset will look like the mockup above when it's officially revealed later this year, according to a report form SamMobile. Samsung had reportedly partnered with Oculus Rift creator Oculus VR this year in a bid to develop its own VR headset technology....

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Japanese gamers can play The Evil Within unedited with 'Gore Mode' DLC

While the retail version of Bethesda's The Evil Within will hit Japan in a censored state compared to other regions, Japanese players will have the option of restoring the game to its full gory glory with add-on DLC available after launch, Famitsu reports (via Siliconera). Directed by Resident...

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Paper Mario, Kid Icarus 3D now available as Club Nintendo rewards

Club Nintendo has added a new set of downloadable games to its rotating lineup, allowing members to redeem their collected Coins for copies of Paper Mario, 3D Classics Kid Icarus, and other featured offerings. July's Club Nintendo games include the remade NES platformer 3D Classics Kid Icarus...

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Humble 2K Bundle offers up BioShock trilogy, The Darkness 2

Publisher 2K Games headlines today's newly launched Humble Bundle, offering Steam-redeemable versions of BioShock, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and other featured games for a price of your choosing. All bundle buyers receive copies of 2K's undersea FPS BioShock, comic book-based action game The...

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10 Years, 10 Great Games: Danny's picks

Throughout the week, Joystiq celebrates its tenth anniversary by revealing each writer's favorite - not "best" - games of the last decade. Aside from selecting a number one, each list is unordered. As his number one pick, Contributing Editor Danny Cowan selects a game that a former Joystiq...

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EA addresses exclusion of toddlers and pools in The Sims 4

The Sims 4 producer Rachel Franklin addressed fan concerns in a recent blog post, explaining why the latest game in the series lacks previously introduced features like pools and the toddler life stage. Franklin explains that The Sims 4's redesigned technology base required the team to focus on...

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Sonic Adventure 2 cutscene recreation is no faker

YouTube animator Cameron Turner gives a brief but promising glimpse at what a Sonic Adventure 2 remake might look like in the fan-made scene recreation above, putting a new spin on a memorable clash between Sonic and Shadow. The recreation improves on the original scene in practically every way,...

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