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Joystiq Weekly: Sonic's scarf, The Banner Saga and heart-monitoring horror

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a "too long; didn't read" of each week's biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category's top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren't just for The Daily Prophet. Sonic has a history of being a bit too social for his own...

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The Banner Saga review: Needles and pins

I never learned how to play chess. Every time I remind my dad of this fact, he's surprised – he adores chess and swears he taught me how to play, at least once, and he probably did. That doesn't mean I learned anything. Chess involves a lineup of pieces with individual rules, boundaries and...

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Banner Saga dev will make another 'saga' game despite King's trademark

Candy Crush Saga developer King says it isn't trying to strip Stoic Studio's The Banner Saga of its name – but a legal opposition to the word "Saga" remains in action, Stoic says. In a statement on its website, Stoic says it's making another game in the Banner Saga universe, regardless of...

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Candy Crush Saga dev won't oppose The Banner Saga's name

Stand down, everyone: Candy Crush Saga developer King won't attempt to enforce a trademark on the word "saga" against Stoic's The Banner Saga. GI.biz reports that King claimed in December The Banner Saga was "confusingly and deceptively similar to [King's] previously used Saga marks" but King has...

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Joystiq Streams: The Banner Saga [Update: Watch the replay!]

Sure, we already have Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and countless other epic fantasies in which to get lost – but there's always room for more. There's especially always room for an epic, hand-painted, Viking fantasy RPG with music by Austin Wintory and turn-based...

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PSA: The Banner Saga begins today

The full Banner Saga – not just the Factions PvP multiplayer – is available now through various digital distribution networks for PC and Mac. Raising the flag on the single-player hand-drawn Viking RPG saga will cost $20 (€22.99/£18.99). Created by Stoic Studio, which...

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The Banner Saga marches to PC and Mac in January

Stoic Studio's strategy RPG The Banner Saga will launch on January 14, 2014. The developer announced that the game is essentially "playable from front to back," in an update on its Kickstarter page. Stoic Studios earned $723,886 on the funding platform in April 2012 to develop the full game. ...

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The Banner Saga: Factions flies its flag on Steam

Strategy game The Banner Saga:Factions is available now on Steam for PC and Mac. The game is free and is currently a player-versus-player experience. This appears to be the first step in the full game's release. Created by a group of ex-Bioware employees under the banner of Stoic Studio, the game...

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The Banner Saga adds XBLA/PSN ports, player-owned cities to its plans

The Banner Saga, the turn-based strategy adventure game by ex-Bioware Stoic Studio, has hit the $650,000 mark on Kickstarter, which means the team can afford to port it to XBLA and PSN (for PS3). It's also flown past the $700,000 goal, meaning that player-owned cities will be part of the...

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BioWare vets' Banner Saga Kickstarter a massive success, one day left to support

"This Kickstarter has renewed my faith in humanity," Stoic Games' John Watson said in the upstart game company's latest video update, addressing the successful funding of Stoic's project, "The Banner Saga." His company just raised well over its original goal, and he's understandably elated. Stoic...

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