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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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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is hungry

When I go to Subway, I usually get a toasted footlong of the Spicy Italian variety on honey oat bread, with pepperjack cheese, lettuce, onion, green peppers, tomato, banana peppers, jalapeno and the Chipotle Southwest Sauce. How about you? What do you like? I ask because there was a Subway...

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RollerCoaster Tycoon World screens show worlds of fun

Watching a roller coaster being built isn't terribly exciting or pleasant, what with the loud, heavy machinery and often simple nature of the ride's scaffolding. Thankfully, watching RollerCoaster Tycoon World be built is at least a little more eye-catching. Atari has released the first screens...

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Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR headset coming this year

Samsung and Oculus have partnered for a mobile virtual reality headset to be used with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the companies announced this week. They're calling it the Samsung Gear VR, and it will be available later this year as an "Innovator Edition." The Gear VR slots in the Note...

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Unreal Engine Marketplace opens, UE4 free to educators

*You enter a building marked with the Epic Games and Unreal Engine logos. As you do, a cheerful voice comes over the intercom.* Greetings, shoppers! Welcome to the just-opened Unreal Engine Marketplace, where Unreal Engine 4 developers can peruse and purchase all of their community-created...

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You can now pre-load Destiny, servers go live at 3 a.m. EST

Destiny is almost upon us, and if you just can't wait to become a Guardian of the galaxy, Activision and Bungie have good news: if you've pre-ordered the digital version of the game for either Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you can now pre-load the game so that you'll be ready to blast off at the...

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The slowest parts of Sonic Boom might also be the best

Poor Sonic. Ever since transitioning to 3D, our dear blue hedgehog has stumbled. His games find only so-so levels of success, and there's even a meme named after the cycle of hype and disappointment that each new title generates. And it's all because he's too fast. Focusing on speed worked in...

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Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer builds on Mass Effect 3 legacy

I remember when BioWare and EA announced that Mass Effect 3 would feature a multiplayer mode. Multiplayer? In a Mass Effect game? It was blasphemy! It was sacrilege! It was ... pretty fun, actually. The squad-based third-person shooter/RPG formula used throughout the previous games in the series...

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Hearthstone expansion coming 'soon,' iPhone and Android versions by end of year

Eric Dodds, lead designer for Blizzard's digital card game/spare time killer, Hearthstone, told Joystiq at PAX Prime that an expansion for the game will be coming "soon." The expansion will add new cards and lots of them - more than 100, actually. Unfortunately for those who enjoyed taking on...

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Heroes of the Storm is late to the MOBA party, but Blizzard isn't worried

Blizzard's upcoming MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, has a lengthy development history. Officially, development on the game began in 2010. The full story however, goes back to 2002, with the release of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and a mod called "Defense of the Ancients" (DOTA). If that acronym sounds...

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Heroes of the Storm gave me a green thumb (and tentacles)

Heroes of the Storm (previously known as Blizzard All-Stars, previously known as Blizzard DOTA) makes small changes to the MOBA standard of 5v5, three-lane-style gameplay that add up to create something that feels wholly fresh. The development team at Blizzard has done away with the item shop,...

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