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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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Modder takes a page (and parts) from Sony, creates Playbook 4

Modder Ed Zarick, creator of an Xbox One / laptop hybrid called the "Xbook One" is back at work making this generation of consoles more mobile. This week, he shares with us the "Playbook 4," a combination of Sony's PlayStation 4, custom 3D printed parts and a 22-inch Vizio televsion. Like the...

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Costume Quest 2 review: Sweet tarts

PC, Mac and Linux. Also coming to PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3 A pterodactyl, a wizard and Thomas Jefferson walk into a bar that exclusively serves candy. No, this isn't the set-up for an old-school joke; this is Costume Quest 2 from Double Fine, and it is a bag bursting at the seams...

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Gone Home dev goes Where The Water Tastes Like Wine

After Johnnemann Nordhagen split from Gone Home developer Fullbright, he formed his own studio called Dim Bulb Games. Now, he's giving everyone a peek at his next game, Where The Water Tastes Like Wine. And when we say "peek," we mean peek; there's no information regarding what to expect from...

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Conan O'Brien, Daffy Duck and more join LEGO Batman 3

Late night TV host Conan O'Brien will be a playable character in the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, according to a New York Comic-Con panel for the game. Ironically, the man who calls himself a "clueless gamer" will also act as a sort of guide for players, showing them around a game he may...

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Clementine action figure from McFarlane Toys coming soon

A new action figure from McFarlane Toys was announced today at New York Comic-Con, and it's one bound to make fans of Telltale's The Walking Dead happy: say hello to the miniature, plastic version of Clementine as she appears in The Walking Dead, Season 2. Developed as a partnership between...

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Superheroes go breaking, bad in PlayStation show Powers

Powers, a Sony Pictures Television-produced adaptation of the comic of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Michael Avon Oeming (Judge Dredd), has been given its first trailer. And judging by the footage, these aren't your wisecracking, happy-go-lucky superheroes. See for...

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Lionhead accepting applications for Fable Legends beta

Lionhead and Microsoft have opened up beta registration for Fable Legends, meaning brave heroes ready to join together and save the world of Albion can now take their first steps toward glory. To register for the beta, head over to the Fable Legends website and enter your email address. Confirm it...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is cowering under the covers

With the recent release of Alien: Isolation and Halloween a few short weeks away, October's seasonal horror is in full swing. Time to start putting together your costumes, decorating your home and getting cozy with a scary movie or two (or three, or four). I consider myself a fan of the...

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Make contact with 10 minutes of Star Citizen gameplay footage

Space is big. Very big. The-next-closest-planet-is-more-than-30-million-miles-away-on-a-good-day big. That's going to give any spacefaring readers out there plenty of downtime, so why not spend 10 minutes of it with Star Citizen gameplay, pulled from a Twitch stream of CitizenCon 2014? [Image:...

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Xbox head Phil Spencer defends ID@Xbox parity clause

The ID@Xbox parity clause that requires indie games to launch on Xbox One at the same time as on other platforms (unless they already have an exclusivity deal and, we imagine, a bunch of other legal red tape) is meant to make each Xbox One owner feel like a "first-class citizen," according to Phil...

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