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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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Journey, The Unfinished Swan to launch as Cross-Buy games on PS4

We already knew that the PlayStation 4 would be getting updated versions of two of the PS3's most visually striking games when Sony confirmed Journey and The Unfinished Swan were headed for Sony's new console. However, according to comments left by Sony Santa Monica Community Strategist Aaron...

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, I(Pad) choose you!

An iPad version of the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online is in development, The Pokemon Company has confirmed to VentureBeat. Although Nintendo has released intellectual property tie-ins on non-Nintendo hardware before, this will be the first major game from The House That Mario Built on iOS. A...

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Take on these Dance Central Spotlight launch day songs

Xbox One's Dance Central Spotlight is getting ready to take center stage on September 2, and while developer Harmonix has already revealed the 10 songs included with the $10 download-only entry in the series, today they've revealed 20 more beats to boogie down to. On launch day, Harmonix will...

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Best Buy, Amazon offer Hyrule Warriors pre-order costumes

GameStop won't be the only retailer with special costumes for Link and friends when Hyrule Warriors battles for control of your Wii U on September 26. Best Buy and Amazon have also opened some special chests and ... Dun-dun-dun-DUN! ... have pulled out some exclusive costumes as well. Fans of...

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Obsidian rolls critical success, acquires Pathfinder RPG license

Good news for tabletop roleplaying fans who enjoy using a controller as much as rolling a 20-sided die: Obsidian, developers of South Park: The Stick of Truth and the upcoming Pillars of Eternity, have entered into a licensing agreement with publisher Paizo Inc. to produce games based on the...

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Steam Tags merge languages, exit beta

Steam Tags, the system where users of the Steam digital distribution service and storefront assign keywords to games, has exited beta testing. Valve announced the change earlier this week via a news post, but noted that the removal of the b-word is "mostly a cosmetic change." Valve reasoned that...

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ID@Xbox developers achieve Unity

The Unity engine, known for powering independently-developed games like Slender: The Eight Pages and Oddworld: New N Tasty, has come to Xbox One. Any developers signed on as part of the ID@Xbox program with an Xbox One dev kit now have access to the engine completely free of charge, Unity (the...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup feels the sting of disappointment

Aliens: Colonial Marines was a disaster. I think we can use that word, right? Development took forever and thanks to it being a terrible game that looked and played nothing like the previews shown, resulted in a lawsuit against publisher Sega and developer Gearbox. Yet this is hardly the first time...

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Warframe slices up the Xbox One on September 2

The Tenno, an ancient and mysterious race - is there any other kind in video games? - will put their blades into the hands of Xbox One owners when Warframe comes to Microsoft's console on September 2, developer Digital Extremes announced at Gamescom. The reveal was made during an hour-long...

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Pokemon goes mega bro in Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire

Yo Slowbro, we gotta talk. We notice you're taking hits like a champ in the new trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire where you Mega-evolve into Mega Slowbro. We see you got these super high defense stats, and you bro-down with some of the toughest pokemon out there. We're just...

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