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RBI Baseball 14 slides to Xbox One and PS4 next week, updates this summer

We're over two months into the MLB's 2014 season and MLB Advanced Media is now re-re-introducing the RBI Baseball series next week on Xbox One and PS4. RBI Baseball 14 launched digitally on April 9 for Xbox 360, PS3, iOS and Android, and now it'll arrive on the next-gen platforms on Tuesday, June 24.

MLBAM also announced plans to update the game "later this summer." The update will bring a new competitive multiplayer mode and a "special alumni pack" for all console versions of the game. The pack will add "60 former Major League stars from the earliest days of the RBI Baseball brand" to RBI 14.

First announced in early January, RBI 14 is an arcade-style baseball game with unlockable retro jerseys and a simple two-button control scheme. Along with iOS and Android, the next-gen versions of the game will receive updated rosters to reflect roster changes this year, such as Emilio Bonifacio (Chicaco Cubs), Brandon Hicks (San Francisco Giants), Masahiro Tanaka (New York Yankees) and Jose Abreu (Chicago White Sox). It will cost $19.99 on Xbox One and PS4.
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PSN Tuesday: Ultimate fighting champs and cheap Clanks

This week's PlayStation Store update submits a handful of new games, crowned by EA Sports UFC for PlayStation 4. There's a demo available already, paired with a fighting primer from EA that should get you into tip-top shape (for putting your tips on top of the right shapes).

The store also houses a new console version of Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, and cuts two Ratchet & Clank games, Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time, down to $10 each. Those two make for a good distraction while you wait for the PS4 remake of the original game.

Meanwhile, PlayStation Plus subscribers get Terraria for free on Vita, and Shadow of the Colossus and Ico both drop to $5 a pop on PS3. If their steady reduction in price is a secret countdown to The Last Guardian, then we're almost there!
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Valve releases new Team Fortress 2 short film, adds dancing taunts

Image You've decked out your heroes in pretty hats and now it's time to hit the town and dance. Team Fortress 2 has entered the next-generation of taunting opponents by introducing the ability to ridicule them in the form of dance. New taunts featuring the conga, square dancing, headbutting... Continue Reading

Secrets in a South American rebellion in Tale of Tales' Sunset

Tale of Tales tells high-brow, intellectual and emotional stories with its games, including The Path and The Graveyard, and its latest project is Sunset, a first-person thriller set in the loft of a fictional South American city.

It's 1972, and there's a revolution in the city – you play as a housekeeper, and each week you head to Gabriel Ortega's penthouse an hour before sunset to clean and, of course, rifle through his things. You discover he's involved with the rebellion against the dictator Generalísimo Ricardo Miraflores, and you'll be able to influence your place in the revolution. "These decisions will not radically alter the story itself, but they will affect your role in the events, your responsibility and the emotional impact of the experience."

Tale of Tales founders Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn compare Sunset to other first-person exploration games Gone Home and Dear Esther, as well as military action games. Development includes music from Journey composer Austin Wintory and a crack team of architects, actors, sound designers and consultants.

Sunset is due out in March 2015 for PC, Mac and Linux. To expedite this goal, Tale of Tales is asking for $25,000 on Kickstarter by July 17. In its first day, it's raised more than $10,000.
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Night in the Woods' snappy dialogue inspired by Twitter

The protagonist of side-scrolling adventure game Night in the Woods is a cat named Mae. Like the other characters in the game, Mae acts more human than feline, a 20-year-old college dropout that's coping with both her and her friends' gradual transitions to adulthood. After the PC, Mac and Linux game earned $209,375 on Kickstarter in November, developer Infinite Fall announced a PS4 version earlier this month, which was playable at E3.

Writer and art director Scott Benson's work to provide ambivalent quips and behaviors for Mae that complimented the cynical cat's inner dialogue was immediately apparent in the game's E3 demo. It started with Mae contemplating what news reports would sound like if she chose to burn her room down with her in it. After bounding down the stairs, Mae's mom called her to the kitchen to see if she would be home in time to watch an awful made-for-TV movie about a man that kidnapped his wife. There's an open chair, but Mae sits on the counter while the mother and daughter discuss the film's premise at length (providing players choose to keep the conversation going). The to-do list in Mae's diary then updates: "Watch misery porn with mom."

Benson, a seasoned animator and illustrator from Pittsburgh that is crafting Night in the Woods' story with his wife Bethany, admitted to Joystiq at E3 that drafting lines for a video game is new to him: "I've never written fiction or characters really before," as his previous animated shorts tended to be of the silent type. Benson had an interesting source of inspiration for his witty one-liners, then: Twitter. As he explained, the social media channel "has the same kind of cadence and kind of vague feelings" as Mae and friends display in Night in the Woods.

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Drinkbox lobs Mutant Blobs at Xbox 360 and PS3 this week

The amorphous antics of a burgeoning one-eyed blob can no longer be confined to just the PlayStation Vita. Drinkbox, which is now better known for its spirited Wrestlevania game, Guacamelee, has announced a new version of Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this week.

The game follows an irritable blob as it squeezes through pipes, wallows through cities and swallows everything in its path, with B-movie style destruction paired with an upbeat soundtrack and Drinkbox's sense of style and speed.
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack will be available on PlayStation 3 in North America today and in Europe tomorrow. The Xbox 360 will get it in America and Europe tomorrow as well, with both versions running $7.99/€6.99/£5.49. Owners of the PlayStation Vita version can purchase a PS3 "upgrade bundle" for $3.99/€2.99/£2.39, additionally gaining the game's soundtrack, some avatars and themes.
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New Pokemon trailer welcomes you back to the Hoenn Region

Image It's been over a decade since players first set foot into the long grass of the Hoenn Region, but Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby promise to offer a wholly new adventure, full of novel Pokemon, Mega Evolutions and excuses to catch 'em all. [Image: Nintendo] ... Continue Reading

YouTube wunderkind PewDiePie earns over $4 million each year

If you're contemplating a career change, you may want to look into playing video games and shouting into a camera, as doing just that has made Felix Kjellberg a millionaire.

Better known by his phonetically troublesome online handle "PewDiePie," Kjellberg has turned online video game streaming into a massively lucrative venture. According to the Wall Street Journal, the PewDiePie brand now attracts more than $4 million each year in ad revenue, thanks to the 27 million subscribers who follow Kjellberg's YouTube channel, where the 24-year-old frequently uploads videos of himself playing (and swearing at) various games.

Kjellberg attributes his success not to dumb luck or having capitalized on the streaming games trend at the exact right moment, but to a more personal touch that comes through in his videos. "Unlike many professionally produced shows, I think I've established a much closer contact with my viewers, breaking the wall between the viewer and what's behind the screen," he told the Wall Street Journal. "What I and other YouTubers do is a very different thing, it's almost like hanging around and watching your pal play games."
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Torment: Tides of Numenera pushed back to Q4 2015

InXile will release Torment: Tides of Numenera a year later than originally planned, after the studio moved the RPG's release window from early 2015 to the fourth quarter of the year. The Planescape: Torment spiritual successor was first targeted for December 2014 before Inxile pushed it into 2015 towards the end of its Kickstarter campaign.

That said, the news isn't a huge surprise. InXile is also working on fellow fundraised game Wasteland 2, which the studio recently revealed will launch in August. As Torment Project Lead Kevin Saunders noted in an extensive post, the second game's schedule was always in flux while until the Wasteland 2 plans were set in stone.

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Bastion senior programmer leaves Supergiant Games for Oculus

Oculus VR continues to snap up talent from other games industry fixtures, as Supergiant Games loses senior programmer Chris Jurney. "I'm joining @Oculus at the end of the month to help make VR awesome," Jurney wrote in a brief Twitter announcement. As senior programmer at Supergiant Games, Jurney's most famous work can be found in critical darling Bastion, and the more recent, yet no less beloved, Transistor.

Despite the success of Transistor, Jurney's departure comes as little surprise. He's only the latest in an ever-growing line of games industry professionals to join Oculus VR. The virtual reality firm previously attracted Valve employees Jason Holtman, Tom Forsyth, Steve Lavalle, Atman Binstock and Michael Abrash. Of course, for sheer name recognition, none of those hires hold a candle to DOOM creator John Carmack, who left id Software to assume the role of Chief Technology Officer at the burgeoning virtual reality firm.
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World's largest game collection draws over $750K at auction

Last time we checked in on Michael Thomasson, the Guinness-certified owner of the world's largest video game collection, his attempts at selling his massive cache of gaming goods had attracted a top bid of $50,000. Now that the auction has ended, that total has skyrocketed to $750,250.

While a full tally of Thomasson's collection would be far too lengthy to include here, some of the highlights include complete sets of all North American games released for the Sega Dreamcast, near-complete sets for every Nintendo console ever released, and some truly esoteric hardware. It's doubtful many of you have heard of the Mattel Aquarius or the RCA Studio II, yet both consoles are included in Thomasson's massive hoard, among dozens of other machines.

Though his immense collection now belongs to another devoted gaming geek, Thomasson will not be leaving the world of video games. "I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed," Thomasson explained in his GameGavel auction listing. "While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them."
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Joystiq Streams: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

Abraham Van Helsing is an absolute badass in Bram Stoker's Dracula. When everyone else just sort of stands around wondering why all these crazy things keep happening, like boats turning up in port with the entire crew murdered and local folk turning into blood sucking freaks, Van Helsing doesn't doubt. He just takes care of business like the swarthy, good humored Dutchman that he is. He never gets around to casting spells, slinging around guns and beating the crap out of monsters while hanging out with a ghost woman named Katarina in the book, but in fairness, he's older in Dracula than he is in The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2, Neocore's action RPG sequel to the 2012 cult hit. I suppose all adventurers go through a mass monster killin' and ghost chillin' period in their youth.

Joystiq Streams is rocking Van Helsing 2 on and right here on starting at 4PM EST. Orsolya Toth, Neocore's community manager, will guide us inexperienced vampire slayers through the basics. We'll also be giving away free Steam keys for both Van Helsing 2 and the original The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing during the stream, because monster hunters love company.

Joystiq Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM EST on the Joystiq Twitch channel.

Another World hits PS4 next week

Eric Chahi's classic side-scrolling adventure game Another World (aka Out of This World) is coming to the PlayStation 4 next week, publisher The Digital Lounge announced today.

Originally released for the Amiga and Atari ST computers in 1991, Another World later saw popular ports for the Super NES and Sega Genesis in North America, introducing console audiences to its harsh otherworldly environments filled with alien peril. Another World saw another resurgence in popularity in 2011 with a 20th anniversary release for PC platforms, followed by ports for iOS and Android devices.

Next week's PlayStation 4 port boasts high-resolution, redrawn backdrops and a cinematic soundtrack, along with Cross-Buy and Cross-Save functionality for upcoming PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions.

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Skylanders enters breakfast cereal territory

Skylanders-branded cereal and fruit snacks may soon stock the shelves at your local grocery store thanks to the franchise's newly expanded licensing business, Games Industry reports.

Publisher Activision Blizzard announced at the Licensing Expo 2014 that it has partnered with 175 companies worldwide in licensing its Skylanders franchise for officially sanctioned merchandise. Activision's latest partnerships with General Mills, IDW, and Crayola will soon introduce Skylanders-branded merchandise like magazines, coloring books, and snacks.

The next entry in the multiplatform Skylanders franchise, Skylanders Trap Team, will premiere on October 5 in North America, introducing outlandish new characters like tomato-spewing artichokes and rockstar werewolves.

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GTA Online claims 'I'm Not A Hipster,' update says otherwise

The latest addition to Grand Theft Auto Online will fill the virtual world with overly tight jeans, thick-rimmed glasses designed to express collective individuality and artfully distressed print tees torn from the dreams of Dov Charney.

Dubbed the "I'm Not A Hipster" update, this most recent DLC features new clothing, masks, tattoos and, of course, hairstyles that can only be described as "cool" under the most ironic of conditions. Additionally, Rockstar Games promises seven new vehicles will join the online crime-ridden wasteland. From classics like the Glendale to environmentally friendly minicars like the Panto, there's something for every carjacker. And, if you've got a large family (or crew of hardened criminals) to lug around, the update also adds a massive three-axel, six-seat Dubsta for those who reach Rank 100. Two antique weapons and twelve new jobs round out the "I'm Not A Hipster" update, for those who couldn't find gainful employment attaching birds to things or raising urban co-op poultry.

Rockstar has yet to reveal a precise release date for this latest addition, but as with all Grand Theft Auto Online add-ons, "I'm Not A Hipster" will be available at no charge.

Update: The "I'm Not A Hipster" update is out now on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Have fun!
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