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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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Yogventures dev breaks down costs of a Kickstarter failure

Developer Winterkewl Games has issued a financial breakdown of its failed Yogventures project, offering insight into how nearly $600,000 in backer pledges was spent without a finished product to show for it. After wrapping up its Kickstarter project in 2012, Winterkewl weathered a series of...

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Humble Ubisoft Sale discounts Far Cry 3, South Park

The Humble Store is hosting a weekend-long sale spotlighting publisher Ubisoft, offering digital PC versions of standout games like Far Cry 3 and Child of Light at a steep discount. Through Monday, Humble Store shoppers can pick up South Park: The Stick of Truth for $39.99, Assassin's Creed 4:...

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Korean rating board lists The Unfinished Swan for PS4, Vita

Korea's Game Rating Board has issued content ratings for unannounced PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions of The Unfinished Swan according to a Gematsu report, suggesting that the 2012 first-person puzzler is due for a cross-platform release. Currently available exclusively for the PlayStation 3,...

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Azure Striker Gunvolt drops English voices, hitting Japan August 20

Inti Creates' Mega Man-inspired side-scroller Azure Striker Gunvolt will not feature English-language voice acting when it hits the 3DS eShop in North America later this year, the game's official Twitter account confirmed this week. Citing a last-minute change in product specifications,...

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GTA Online nabs 10 new verified jobs, including Hipster selections

Rockstar has updated Grand Theft Auto 5's GTA Online multiplayer component with ten new verified jobs created by Rockstar Games Social Club members, including five winning entries in its "I'm Not A Hipster" job design competition. Contest-winning jobs include the Grove Street Deathmatch "The...

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Hyper Light Drifter dev debuts Scrabble/DDR hybrid Alphbeats

Hyper Light Drifter developer Teddy Diefenbach has launched Alphabeats, a stylish word puzzler for iOS featuring Dance Dance Revolution-styled rhythm gameplay. In Alphabeats, players slide a paddle across the bottom of the screen that grows in size as it catches falling letters. Captured...

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Free-to-play Assassin's Creed Memories announced for iOS

Ubisoft revealed today that a new free-to-play entry in its Assassin's Creed series is coming soon to Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in collaboration with mobile publishers GREE and PlayNext. Boasting gameplay that mixes "RPG, strategy and card battle elements," the upcoming Assassin's...

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PSN service 'intermittent' during Destiny beta launch

Sony warns that the PlayStation Network is "intermittently available" as Bungie prepares to launch its Destiny public beta for registered users. "The PlayStation Network is currently experiencing high volume and users may experience issues when connecting to the service," Sony's PlayStation...

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Yogscast's Kickstarter-funded Yogventures canceled

Winterkewl Games has halted development of its crowdfunded open-world sandbox game Yogventures, announcing that it will "probably need to go out of business and possibly file for bankruptcy" after failing to deliver a product to backers. Announced in 2012, Yogventures featured characters from...

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Infographics platformer Metrico charts a PS Vita release next month

The world's first and so far only "infographics action game," Metrico, is gearing up for a PS Vita launch in August, developer Digital Dreams revealed today. Metrico is a minimalist side-scrolling platformer in which players navigate mazes of bar graphs, pie charts, and other statistics that...

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