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The word "awesome" gets thrown around a lot, but I think we as a culture have lost track of its real meaning. Originally, the word meant "awe inspiring," and Dictionary.com defines "awe" as "an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like." Nowadays, "awesome" functions as a...

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Journey composer says new AFM contract won't solve 'intimidation-based culture'

Earlier this week, the American Federation of Musicians threatened Journey composer Austin Wintory with a $50,000 fine for creating music for a video game. Wintory's actions were allegedly in violation of a contract enacted in October 2012, but a new agreement between the AFM and Microsoft is...

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Journey studio nets $7 million for 'emotionally engaging' game

Journey studio thatgamecompany has raised an additional $7 million in funding for its next project, thanks to a partnership with Capital Today and other investors. Thatgamecompany announced the investment on its blog: "With this new investment, our studio is able to scale up development efforts...

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Craft your own paper Journey traveler

If anyone would know how to make an adorable hooded traveler out of paper, it's the art director for Journey, Matt Nava. Nava created a step-by-step guide to crafting your own traveler, oragami-style, and developer thatgamecompany shared it with the world on Facebook. Scroll through the comments...

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Game Music Bundle 7: Journey, Broken Age, Luftrausers

Who needs AC/DC and Aerosmith for their gym workouts when you could listen to smooth grooves of video game soundtracks? The Game Music Bundle 7 from Loudr offers 17 albums of audio delights, including tunes from Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga), Peter McConnell (Broken Age, Hearthstone:...

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Austin Wintory takes inspiration from Banner Saga's exhausted warriors

Austin Wintory doesn't like manipulating people. He could, pretty easily, if he wanted to, because he's a gifted musician with a knack for creating evocative music, but he doesn't have any interest in forcing you to feel a certain way. His approach to scoring a game like The Banner Saga is less...

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Beyond, Heavy Rain creator David Cage loves games with 'soul'

Since he's answered so many questions about Beyond: Two Souls, and since the PS3 game comes out next week, I decided the time was right to ask Quantic Dream CEO David Cage about some other games. Specifically, the ones he admires and that emotionally affect him. "I love games where I can feel...

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Journey and The Unfinished Swan bundle up on PSN for $15

Journey and The Unfinished Swan are available in one beautiful bundle, wandering onto PS3 for $15 via the PlayStation Store. They're siblings in the gaming realm, both offering individualized, introspective gameplay, though brought about by disparate worlds and mechanics. "We're incredibly happy...

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Keita Takahashi and Journey producer Robin Hunicke working on new project

During the E3 alternative Horizon conference, former Journey producer and now Funomena head Robin Hunicke announced a partnership with Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi. Very little was revealed about the game, though Takahashi asked the audience to "imagine blocks coming...

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Journey producer Robin Hunicke to speak at Boston Festival of Indie Games

The Boston Festival of Indie Games has announced that its keynote speaker will be Robin Hunicke, former executive producer of Journey. Hunicke's talk, Finding Meaning in Gameplay, will "focus on how developers can create games that inspire new feelings, by looking inward and examining the everyday...

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Journey Collector's Edition out now on EU PSN, disc 'later this year'

Journey Collector's Edition has wandered onto the European PSN for €19.99/£15.99. The bundle includes the Joystiq Game of the Year 2012, Journey, along with thatgamecompany's other creations, Flower and fl0w. The package is nearly identical to the one that launched in North America late...

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