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Joystiq Weekly: Amazon buys Twitch, Madden 15 review, Early Access feature and more

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. PAX Prime 2014 is already underway, but as fun as joining...

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Interstellar Marines uses the buddy system, gets co-op in September

Interstellar Marines has sold over 100,000 copies since it launched in July 2013 on Steam Early Access, developer Zero Point Software announced this week. The sci-fi game has generated "more than $1.5 million in revenue" for the studio. Still in "heavy development," the tactical FPS will also...

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Feature: Early Access, as told by the devs that live there

"Early Access" has become a four-letter word. Tales of alleged scams, abandoned or canceled projects and unfinished games being sold at retail have many questioning the service's validity and usefulness as a tool for empowering developers. Customers are increasingly concerned about quality...

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The Long Dark's Early Access sandbox opens September 22

It can be fun to wonder whether you could survive being stranded in the wilderness using solely your wits, but actually testing that theory isn't particularly advisable. The Long Dark is probably a safer way to get your answer, and developer Hinterland Studio has announced Early Access patrons...

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Musical puzzler Sentris brings the funk to Early Access

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, developer Timbre Interactive has released Sentris to Steam Early Access. Equal parts rhythm game and puzzler, Sentris sees players aligning musical components on a series of rotating disks. Line up the notes and beats properly and you've completed a...

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The Golf Club climbs into a tiny cart, departs Early Access

To coincide with its Xbox One debut earlier this week, HB Studios' picturesque golfing simulation The Golf Club has just exited Steam's Early Access program. Now available on Steam at $35, The Golf Club offers players a spartan simulation complemented by a wealth of gameplay options, including...

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The good and bad of early access from Arma 3 dev

Arma 3 was one of the first games to launch on Steam's Early Access program, releasing day-one with the service in March 2013, though the game had already been out in alpha form for a few weeks. For developer Bohemia Interactive, making something in the public eye, with most of its bugs and secrets...

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Arena shooter Minimum's Early Access price minimized

Updates are to be expected when a game is on Early Access, but patches that also halve a game's price are a little more rare. The latest addition to Minimum, Atari and Prey developer Human Head's third-person arena shooter, is among those rarities, dropping the price of Minimum's Early Access...

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It's dangerous to Shadowrun Online alone, take a friend

Shadowrun Online, the successfully-Kickstarted game set in the magic-meets-cyberpunk world of Shadowrun (no, not that one), has been updated to include two-player cooperative gameplay and character customization. So now when you blast that cyborg Ork, you can do so with a friend and look good...

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Olé! The Matador joins the battle of Secret Ponchos

Listen up, pilgrim: arena battle game Secret Ponchos has received a new update this week, introducing a new character, a new map and new mode in which to obliterate your enemies, Old West-style. The Matador is Secret Ponchos' fifth playable character, and uses a combination of her saber and...

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