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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

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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Here's what to do if your PS4 ejects discs unexpectedly

Is your PlayStation 4 ejecting discs without your input, or attempting to eject a non-existent disc when the drive is empty? First off, relax -- your PS4 isn't possessed by a Blu-ray-hating phantom. This is a common issue, and Sony has issued a tutorial video demonstrating a quick fix for...

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How Spry Fox used (human) guinea pigs to evolve Free-Range Dragons overnight

If you played Spry Fox's Free-Range Dragons at PAX Prime earlier this month, you may have a vastly different impression of the game than players who returned to the team's booth during the show's final hours. This isn't just a matter of taste, either. Spry Fox actively updated its PAX Prime demo...

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD delisted on Xbox 360

The Xbox Live Arcade version of Capcom's manga-based 2D fighter JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has gone missing from the Xbox Live Marketplace, suggesting that a permanent delisting is imminent. "I can confirm that online play is not affected for existing owners," a Capcom representative told Joystiq...

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New 3DS XLs incoming, including NES-styled model

Three new Nintendo 3DS XL models will launch in North America by the end of this year, Nintendo announced today during the GameStop Expo in California. The red-and-blue Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL will hit store shelves first on September 19, commemorating the launch of Super Smash...

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Report: Xbox One missing content, voice commands in multiple regions

Microsoft's Xbox One console rolls out in 28 new regions this month, but some buyers are reporting missing marketplace content and deactivated dashboard features, according to an EventHubs investigation. Console owner Simon Lundmark at DarkZero claims that "voice commands are entirely absent...

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Humble Indie Bundle returns with Gunpoint, Gone Home

Humble Bundle breaks away from its recent mobile focus with a new Humble Indie Bundle, offering up downloadable PC versions of SteamWorld Dig, Gunpoint, and Gone Home for a buyer-chosen price. Pay any amount for Humble Indie Bundle 12 and you'll get stealth-puzzler Gunpoint, hack-and-slash...

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Xbox One October update improves Snap functionality, media playback

Microsoft has detailed a major Xbox One system update rolling out in October, revealing a suite of expanded features and tweaks in store for the platform. The forthcoming firmware update overhauls the Xbox One's Snap feature, giving users easier access to snapped content without having to back...

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Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising 2 ditching GFWL for Steamworks

Capcom is planning to release updates for the Windows PC versions of Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, replacing the trio's Games for Windows Live features with Steamworks support. Originally embedded in featured games as a way to manage DRM, achievements, and...

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