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Sam Prell serves as weekend editor for Joystiq. His previous work has appeared on Destructoid, G4, Dorkly, and the Penny Arcade Report. He holds both a Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Circle Award and Hearst Journalism Award.

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Reminder: Steam Holiday Sale starts today at 1 p.m. Eastern

Update: Valve themselves have officially announced the beginning of the Steam Holiday Sale, writing in a short press release that "The Steam Holiday Sale is on now thru January 2, 2015. Throughout the sale, Steam customers may take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new Featured ...

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Did You Know Gaming explores Pokemon's complicated religious relationship

There are a few universal truths in the world of Pokemon: Water-type beats Fire-type, gods can be tamed by 10-year olds, and battles between citizens can be sparked by something as small as walking into one another's line of sight. Actually, that last point is particularly poignant given the n...

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Team Fortress 2 reaches the End of the Line, finds ducks

The RED and BLU teams of Team Fortress 2 have reached the End of the Line, according to Valve. And no, that's not a capitalization error on our part. A new update to the PC version of the game - dubbed "End of the Line" - has been released, bringing with it a special event that will run until Janua...

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Tale of terminal illness That Dragon, Cancer funded

Joel Green, the 5-year-old boy who inspired the game That Dragon, Cancer may have passed, lost to the illness that plagued him, but his tale will be told on PC, Mac and Ouya thanks to the financial support of backers on Kickstarter. Developer and father Ryan Green and his team not only reached thei...

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Rosalina amiibo exclusive to the Target Galaxy

Lucario, Shulk and Meta Knight aren't the only amiibo figures to sign exclusivity deals with various retailers across the country; now Princess Rosalina and her Luma buddy (which are packaged together as one figure) will also take some extra effort to track down. According to an online listing, the...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is a last-minute shopper

Confession time, readers: I have hardly done any Christmas shopping. Only a handful of people on my list are completely taken care of, meaning I still have a bevvy of brothers, sisters, step-family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and one very sweet grandmother (Hi Grandma!) to buy gifts fo...

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PlayStation Plus' free games totaled more than $1,300 in value per subscription this year

Sony would, of course, like you to see its PlayStation Plus service as a bargain, but how much value does it really add to your gaming life? Well, according to data compiled by UK publication Push Square, quite a lot, actually. After combing through the 2014 selection of games offered as part of th...

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DayZ creator unveils new studio, RocketWerkz

Dean "Rocket" Hall has accomplished several great feats in his life; alongside creating the popular mod DayZ, which helped kickstart the survival genre of games, and conquering Earth's tallest boss (you may know it as Mount Everest), he can now add "starting his own studio" to his list of achieveme...

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Killer Instinct update 2.2 brings raptors and reindeer

Killer Instinct for Xbox One is about to get a cup of Christmas cheer with patch 2.2, which will bring holiday-themed costumes for fighters TJ Combo, Orchid and Sabrewulf, as well as the re-introduction of Riptor, a fighter from the game's original 1994 release. Players who own Orchid or play as...

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GX3 takes place in San Jose next December, tickets on sale

GX3 - or "The Convention Formerly Known As GaymerX" - will be held December 11-13 at the San Jose Marriott, located in (good guess!) San Jose, California, according to an update on the event's Kickstarter page. Those looking to secure their place at the convention can purchase tickets at an Early B...

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