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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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Feature: Early Access, as told by the devs that live there

"Early Access" has become a four-letter word. Tales of alleged scams, abandoned or canceled projects and unfinished games being sold at retail have many questioning the service's validity and usefulness as a tool for empowering developers. Customers are increasingly concerned about quality...

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Report: 92 percent of PC game sales in 2013 were digital

Console games may still occupy a large amount of retail space with physical copies, but PC games are another story altogether, according to research firm DFC Intelligence. The organization told website PC Retail that 92 percent of all PC games sold across the world in 2013 were distributed...

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PSA: Xbox Live also experiencing connection issues

PlayStation owners, you're not alone in your plight against the demons of disconnection; Xbox Live is currently experiencing connectivity issues as well. The good news is, at least some of the service's functions are still working. A statement on the Xbox Live status page reads: "Hi Xbox...

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No Minecon 2014, Mojang 'shooting' for spring 2015

Minecon will miss its annual appearance this year, Mojang COO Vu Bui announced on the company blog. Instead of crafting a 2014 iteration of its Minecraft-themed convention, the next Minecon will be tentatively be held in 2015. "While we don't have a set date for the next MINECON just yet, I...

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Stanley goes to Silent Hill in The Stanley P.T.

P.T., the interactive teaser for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Silent Hills, has drawn a lot of comparisons to The Stanley Parable since its release on PS4 nearly two weeks ago. After all, they both prominently feature opening doors, walking down hallways and ... well okay, that...

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Sega unsheathes Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath

Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath will be the next game in the Yakuza series, publisher/developer Sega revealed this morning during a livestream event. Unfortunately, other than being in development for PS3 and PS4, little else is known about the game. Gematsu reports that in addition to revealing...

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PSA: PSN down, reportedly due to DDoS attack [Update]

At the time of this writing, the PlayStation Network is offline, reportedly due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that occurred in the early hours of Sunday, August 24. Shacknews reports that other services and online games, such as Path of Exile, World of Warcraft and League of...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup has one week til PAX Prime

PAX Prime is just around the corner. Heading to Seattle next weekend? Perhaps we'll see you on one of the many panels we'll be part of. Or maybe you can just bump into us on the floor. Either way, be sure to say hi. And if you're not going to PAX Prime, well, that's what the internet is for! And...

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Brainiac has the whole world in his hands in LEGO Batman 3

Forget Gotham, it's the world at stake in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Brainiac is collecting planets, and it's up to Batman and other DC heroes (and even some villains) to stop him. While stealing planets isn't cool, at least Brainiac got those pants he wanted. [Image: Warner Bros....

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Ludum Dare 30 theme connects worlds

Ludum Dare, the 48-hour game jam series that's resulted in games like Gods Will Be Watching and McPixel, has begun its 30th iteration, and already there are more than a dozen entries being worked on. The theme this year: connected worlds. It's hard to get a sense for what any of these may ever...

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