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Execs explain the rationale behind Amazon buying Twitch

If yesterday's news that online megaretailer Amazon had purchased streaming game footage hub Twitch for $970 million took you by surprise, you're not alone - not by a long shot. However, a recent Time interview with Amazon vice president of games Michael Frazzini and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear...

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GaymerX conference to return as GX3: Everyone Games

GaymerX, the gaming convention that seeks to "create a safe space for all gamers, especially gamers who are queer, women, and people of color," will return, and the event's organizers could use your help in funding the show. Earlier this year, it was announced that GaymerX2, the second iteration...

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Tropes vs Women further examines misogynist decoration in games

In the second part of Anita Sarkeesian's examination of women as decoration in games, the Feminist Frequency founder examines games in which female characters exist purely as sexual objects to advance the plot. Brief scenes of sexual assault in Metro 2033 and BioShock, for example, offer no...

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Destiny devs nix player-to-player item trades

In its latest Destiny update, developer Bungie makes it absolutely clear that players will not be able to swap weapons and gear within the open-universe first-person shooter. A fan asked Bungie if player-to-player trades will be available at Destiny's launch and was met with a succinct denial....

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Civilization dev launches Firaxicon fan conference

Following in the footsteps of Blizzard and Mojang comes Firaxicon, an upcoming conference dedicated to Civilization developer Firaxis Games. According to Eventbrite, fans attending Firaxicon will enjoy "unique Firaxicon swag," a tour of the Firaxis offices, a chance to meet the developers and an...

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Slowpoke used reggae music video, it's super effective

While it's not exactly Bob Marley strumming a guitar in the summer heat of Kingston, this Slowpoke music video is a solid representation of reggae ideals - assuming Pokemon lazily devouring their own bloated bodies in a psychedelic ouroboros of Pepto-Bismol-colored nightmares is a core tenet of...

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Legend of Grimrock iOS port announced, sequel enters beta

Finnish developer Almost Human Ltd. has two pieces of great news for fans of its classically-styled first-person dungeon crawl Legend of Grimrock: Not only has the game's sequel reached beta testing, but the original Legend of Grimrock is now coming to iOS. According to an official press...

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Musical puzzler Sentris brings the funk to Early Access

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, developer Timbre Interactive has released Sentris to Steam Early Access. Equal parts rhythm game and puzzler, Sentris sees players aligning musical components on a series of rotating disks. Line up the notes and beats properly and you've completed a...

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Puzzle & Dragons tops 30 million downloads in Japan

Publisher Gung Ho Entertainment has announced that its massively addictive puzzle-RPG Puzzle & Dragons has been downloaded over 30 million times in its native country of Japan, reports Siliconera. If one were attempting to design a game that could be described as "systemically addictive," it...

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Assassin's Creed: Unity devs answer the question, 'why co-op?'

According to Ubisoft's developers, the co-operative multiplayer found in Assassin's Creed: Unity was a chance to do something new that still felt wholly appropriate to series canon, but more crucially the devs also came to the undeniable conclusion that stealthy, acrobatic murder is greatly...

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