Joystiq will also enable its seldom-used second screen experience functionality throughout the show. While tuning into the liveblog here, you can open this link on another device and watch the VGX 2013 show along with us. Let's do this!
The VGX awards, hosted by Joel McHale and Geoff Keighley, kick off at 6pm ET (3pm PT, 11pm Brit Time) and will once again be streamed online. You can watch the entire show just above this text thanks to mildly impressive technology.
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The Spike VGX 2013 awards will go on for three hours, so check out the schedule for more info.
The New Console Age and Black Friday Age are dead, let the Dragon Age begin; Heroes of Dragon Age, a free-to-play strategy game developed and published by EA, is now available on the Google Play and iTunes stores.
Heroes of Dragon Age combines elements from strategy games, collectible card games and traditional RPGs by having players earn - or purchase - a collection of heroes with varying stats, which they then mix and match before heading into combat with them. The characters are rendered as 3D models arranged in lines across the battlefield, and the fights themselves play out automatically.
The next proper installment in the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition, isn't due until fall of 2014, so you've got plenty of time to start collecting. No need to be dragon your feet, huh? Huh?
The first artwork for the game, visible in the gallery below, shows the return of Om Nom, the candy-crazed protagonist of the first game, but he's also brought along some friends. Not much else about the sequel is known, but if you load up the original Cut the Rope right now, you'll notice a suspicious lack of Om Nom, who has been oddly replaced by a pair of spiders.
You can snag BioShock Infinite for $10, Divekick for $5, Rayman Legends for $20 and Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot for $10. On top of that, there's the oddly-priced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for $5.09 and Metro: Last Light for $13.59. You can skim through the rest of the deals over on Steam's sale page.
The VGX live show kicks off tomorrow at 6pm ET (3pm PT, 11pm British) on Spike TV and via online streaming. We've already stocked up on Doritos and Mountain Dew in preparation for the show, and will be covering it in full through a live blog and posts surrounding the major announcements. Feel free to join us for the festivities!
Mobile retrogaming specialist DotEmu has released its arcade beat-'em-up compilation Double Dragon Trilogy for iOS and Android devices, following up on its previous mobile ports of R-Type and Out of This World.
The collection includes the original arcade version of Double Dragon, along with its coin-op sequels Double Dragon 2: The Revenge and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. All games offer optional remixed soundtracks, Bluetooth-enabled co-op and controller support, and a new "mobile" difficulty mode that tones down the quarter-munching challenge of the arcade originals.
Bear in mind that the arcade version of Double Dragon 3 is completely different from the widely hated NES version, but it's arguably just as bad; among other things, it served as an early progenitor of paid DLC, requiring players to insert additional quarters for weapons and other in-game bonuses. Fortunately, the mobile version lets you feed its virtual arcade machine with as many credits as you want, making the game a breeze.
Gun Commando is a stylish first-person shooter from Ripstone Ltd. inspired by retro shoot-em-ups. As a veteran commando, you must single-handedly quell an alien invasion.
Mononoke Slashdown, from F K Digital, is a side-scrolling action game starring Kagemaru – a ninja on a quest to save innocent townspeople from monsters and demons.
If you're on PS Vita, you can grab these games from the PlayStation Mobile section of the PlayStation Store. Those on PlayStation Certified mobile devices can find these games in the PlayStation Mobile Store.
If you loathe fiat currency and love independently produced games, you're in luck. Ouya is now accepting bitcoin payments for its Android-powered microconsole, making it easier to support indie developers without using a credit card. A sense of superiority over your fellow humans is optional, but recommended.
Currently, bitcoins are only accepted for the Ouya unit itself -- the platform's online storefront only allows players to buy games with a credit card. Company co-founder and CEO Julie Uhrman notes that PayPal support for store purchases is coming soon.
Originally released in 1993, The Shadow and the Flame featured creative, difficult puzzle-platforming gameplay in the same vein as its 1989 Apple II predecessor. A mobile remake hit iOS and Android in July, which will likely serve as the base for the upcoming GameStick edition.
Funded by a successful Kickstarter project earlier this year, the GameStick met with a series of delays before finally hitting store shelves last month alongside the PlayStation 4. The GameStick is currently available at GameStop and other retailers.
Assassin's Creed Pirates, a mobile adventure for iOS and select Android devices, is ready to cast off today for $4.99 of your booty. If you thought Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag was channeling the spirit of Sid Meier's Pirates!, this one is straight-up going for it. Also, what are Creed Pirates?
The game has players taking on the role of Alonzo Batilla, focusing on the seafaring elements of Black Flag, as they "manage their crew, upgrade their ship, recruit new crew members" and go plundering other boats that dare cross the path of a pirate.
Namco Bandai announced that the next entry in its long-running Ridge Racer series will premiere for iOS and Android platforms later this month with 20 playable tracks and a wide variety of customization options in tow.
Ridge Racer Slipstream features 12 vehicles that can be outfitted with over 300 customization items unlocked during gameplay. Slipstream follows up on the recent free-to-play Ridge Racer Driftopia on PC, and is the second game in the series to hit iOS since 2009's release of Ridge Racer Accelerated.
Ridge Racer Slipstream will launch on December 19.
Additionally, Wilson said the company has plans to launch FIFA Online World in Brazil and Russia leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup event slated to take place in Brazil. The free-to-play game is built on the same technology as FIFA Online 3, which EA will bring to China after having already launched it in Korea with Nexon as its publishing partner.
"We are absolutely looking at [Brazil] in detail, and we think we have at least two, but likely more products that will have strong appeal there," Wilson said.
In the "Hit List" from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the video game industry's top talents describe their current gaming addictions, their most anticipated releases and more. This week: Trip Hawkins, Founder of Electronic Arts and CEO of If You Can Company.
For his upcoming 2014 D.I.C.E. Summit session he will speak on "Tipping Points," where he will illustrate how several tipping points are challenging the game industry to change and pointing the way toward a golden age for games.
Telltale's The Wolf Among Us is set to launch today on iOS. The game's first episode, titled "Faith," will cost $4.99, while a pass for the game's entire season will be priced at $14.99, Touch Arcade reported. The latest trailer for the game notes that it will also arrive "soon" on PlayStation Vita.
The Wolf Among Us' first episode launched in mid-October on Xbox 360 and PC. The series is based on Bill Willingham's Fables comic series, guiding the werewolf-like Sheriff Bigby through a section of New York City known as Fabletown. Our review of the episode found the game to be a "perfect beginning" to Telltale's new series, and it made us "invested in protecting these curious creatures from our storybooks."
Franz Kafka's mind is a ripe setting for a video game, full of anxiety, bureaucracy, daddy issues and a little bit of magic. Indie developer Denis Galanin, known as "mif2000," has transformed The Castle, The Metamorphosis, Amerika and a few other works from Kafka into The Franz Kafka Videogame, due out for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android in 2014.
Mif2000 was previously responsible for translating William Shakespeare's Hamlet into a game with a ridiculous name but respectable accolades.
The Franz Kafka Videogame follows the main character, K, after he gets a new job that requires traveling to a distant land. And then things get weird, just as Kafka intended.
Wadjet Eye Games told Joystiq that while it doesn't own the rights to Emerald City Confidential, any of its other games could be ported to iOS, "starting with the Blackwell series." The developer's first attempt at adapting an adventure game to the platform using AGS was with Gemini Rue, which we found to be particularly enjoyable on iPhone.
According to a report on ZDNet, "Threshold" will include updates to all three platforms that will "advance them in a way to share even more common elements," with the goal being for all platforms to ultimately share one storefront. Microsoft is also working to bring parity to developer tools across all three platforms, in the hopes of attracting more multi-platform applications.
The codename "Threshold," while likely chosen due to the initiative's goal of removing the boundaries between Microsoft platforms, also has a coincidental link to the Halo universe. It's the name of the planet you'll see in the distance beyond the original ring-world in Halo: Combat Evolved.
"The mobile gaming market is strategically important to Koch Media," Koch CEO Klemens Kundratitz said. "These days, games are played anytime and anywhere – both at home and on the go. The know-how and brands which Fishlabs brings along give us the expertise required in order to establish ourselves in this exciting field for the long term."
Fishlabs was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2004 and is best known for Galaxy on Fire, a series of space flight sims made mainly for mobile devices. The mobile strategy MMO Galaxy on Fire: Alliances recently launched and has nothing to do with the Hunger Games or Alicia Keys. Fishlabs says in a Facebook post that it's happy to be part of the Koch Media family:
"We still don't know how and to what extend the replacement of the ownership is going to effect the course our studio will take in the future, but Koch Media ... has already told us that they'll fully support the development and expansion of both Galaxy on Fire: Alliances and the next action-packed installment of the GOF saga. There's exciting times ahead of us."
In Mew-Genics, players acquire furniture through Baby Jack's store then place it in a room in their house. Each piece of furniture, which belongs to one of five "types," influences a variety of stats in the game, from disease rates to each cat's life span. The five types of furniture are large, medium, small, wall furniture and those belonging to item sets. Team Meat says Mew-Genics will include 750 pieces of furniture in total, not including rare alternates for each one.
The cat genetics and breeding game will launch in 2014 for Steam, iOS and Android.
Telltale already broke the news in July that Clementine, the leading lady of the adventure game's first season, would be a part of the second season in some capacity. As for the other character, we've placed the original screen Telltale tweeted after the break to account for those that consider it just a little too much of a spoiler. No, the image above does not indicate that Kitten McFluffykins is returning in All That Remains, but that would be pretty unexpected, wouldn't it?
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