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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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New Smash Bros. feature boosts damaged players' knockback power

Super Smash Bros. has a concept quite different from most fighting games; rather than trying to deplete an enemy's life bar, you're out to increase their damage percentage and send them flying off the screen. The higher an enemy's damage percentage, the further they fly. And so it has been for...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup doesn't get it

On Friday, September 19, something amazing happened. It was revolutionary. It was historic. It was ... a new iPhone. Yes, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now out in the wild, and while some people were literally trembling with excitement, I personally was very un-enthused. Don't get me...

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Engadget goes thumbs-on with new 3DS XL

There was always that one kid in your fourth-grade class who "had a cool uncle" that worked at Nintendo, and "totally knew" about all the fancy doodads and thingamajigs the company was working on. Well, we've got a cool uncle too: His name is Engadget, and he's gotten some hands-on impressions of...

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Mojang drops price, doles out freebies for Scrolls tablet launch

Scrolls, Mojang's - or is it Microsoft's? - card battle game, will see a price drop of more than 75 percent when it launches this fall, the developer announced on its blog this week. This means that the normally $21 game will drop to $5, regardless of platform. If you've already dropped a Jackson...

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Rust creator on Mojang sale: 'I'd have done the same thing'

Rust and Garry's Mod creator Garry Newman has some thoughts regarding the recent purchase of Mojang by Microsoft to the tune of $2.5 billion. Specifically, Newman gives some insight as to reasons why he views the sale as a positive thing. "Once you start hiring people your whole attitude...

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Destiny servers down, blame the cattle [Update]

Bungie's Destiny is currently experiencing issues with matchmaking and login on all platforms, according to a (since-deleted) tweet from the Bungie Help Twitter account. You can see a screenshot version of said tweet after the break. This marks the first time since we wrote our week one State of...

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Sony games division to launch internet TV by end of year

While the PlayStation 4 continues to sell like black, plastic hotcakes, not all of Sony's business divisions are doing so well. Thus, it shouldn't be too surprising that the company is trying to push their little slanted box's success as much as they can. Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony...

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More than 130k developers have signed up with Oculus

Nate Mitchell, VP of Product at Oculus, revealed today at the Oculus Connect event in Hollywood that the company has more than 130,000 users signed on via the Oculus dev center. If that number isn't quite as astronomical as you'd like, would you perhaps prefer enjoy knowing that the Oculus SDK...

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Oculus DK1 source now open to all

The source code used to build the Oculus Rift DK1 is now open and available to everyone interested in tinkering with what is arguably the most famous virtual reality device since Nintendo's Virtual Boy. This means that, regardless of whether or not you have an Oculus Rift (DK1 or not), you can...

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Steam sales arrrrr pirate-themed today

Ahoy, ye scurvy dogs! In honor of National Talk Like A Pirate Day, the landlubbers over at Valve have instituted a sale on pirate-themed games via Steam. Monkey Island, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, the Risen series and more all get their chance to come aboard your Internet-sailing vessel. Even...

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