Warren Spector slams current state of game development

Published on May 8, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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Yesterday, Bethesda officially announced a new Wolfenstein game with the unveiling of a teaser trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Using this trailer as a catalyst for critical dialog, Warren Spector — creator of both the Deus Ex and Epic Mickey series — expressed his dismay with the current state of the gaming industry and the style of games it continues to churn out. Continue reading

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Microsoft internally dispels rumors of ‘always-on’ requirement for next-gen Xbox

Published on May 6, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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Microsoft hasn’t made any official comments regarding recent rumors that its next generation console (code named Durango) will require an internet connection to function. However, Ars Technica is reporting that an internal e-mail refuting these rumors was sent to all full-time employees working on the company’s next game console. Continue reading

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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection not coming to Xbox 360

Published on May 2, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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According to series’ creator, Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection is not coming to the Xbox 360. Continue reading

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Activision unveils release date and teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts

Published on May 1, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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Before you finish unwrapping all the cellophane off your copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, you should know about the franchise’s next installment — Call of Duty: Ghosts. Continue reading

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New EarthBound is ‘impossible,’ says series’ creator

Published on April 30, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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It was announced earlier this month in the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast that EarthBound (known as Mother 2 in Japan), the endearing cult classic RPG for the SNES, would finally make its way to the North American Wii U Virtual Console.

This comes as an unexpected but welcome surprise to longtime fans of the game, as well as those who only know of it by way of its strong cult following online. Until now, Mother fans in North America have been virtually ignored, as the only game in the series to see an official release came out nearly 18 years ago. Since then, Mother 3 (originally slated for the Nintendo 64) and a compilation re-release of the first two games, called Mother 1 + 2, were released for the Game Boy Advance, but only in Japan. The series gained further exposure in North America when Ness (Mother 2) and Lucas (Mother 3) were added to the Super Smash Bros. games. To further add to what some fans saw as taunting on the part of Nintendo, Mother 2 was re-released in Japan this past March — this time, for the Wii U Virtual Console. Continue reading

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EVE Online takes a step towards virtual reality

Published on April 26, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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By now, it’s nearly impossible not to have heard about the Oculus Rift. It’s the promising new virtual reality headset which gained exposure and monetary backing through the increasingly popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.

High profile game developers such as Gabe Newell, John Carmack and Cliff Bleszinski have thrown their support behind this new hardware endeavor, as have many big name game studios. EVE Online creators, Crowd Control Productions, more commonly known as CCP, look to possibly add their name to that list. They did, after all, contribute funding for project. Continue reading

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Cliff Bleszinski speaks out on piracy

Published on April 26, 2013, by Josh Robinson

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Cliff Bleszinski, best known for his work as lead designer for the Gears of War franchise, was one of two keynote speakers at the 2013 East Coast Game Conference this past Wednesday.

Among the myriad of topics Bleszinski spoke about, there was one in particular that resonates with gamers beyond the scope of developers — the issue of piracy. Continue reading

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