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Rumor: Unity Technologies Up For Sale

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A new report from CNET is claiming that the heads of the gaming engine Unity is currently weighing its options about possibly selling the company.

 

According to the website, the company has already shared a presentation outlining its value with some silicon valley tech companies, including Google. In recent months, Unity Technologies has had serious discussions about a possible purchase with a “would-be buyer,” according to the article.  (more…)

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Pushed Back

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One of my favorite games of 2012 was the indie-title Hotline Miami. It featured intense, fast, overhead gameplay mechanics, which was mixed in with 16-bit graphics, and a top-notch soundtrack. So, it’s no secret that I’ve been anticipating the sequel for a while now. But unfortunately I’m going to be forced to wait a little longer then I expect.

 

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number won’t be available to purchase until late 2014 or sometime in early 2015, which would mean it’s been pushed back by a few months. According to the official Twitter account for the game, the sequel isn’t quite polished enough, so some tweaks are needed.  (more…)

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‘Myst’ TV Show In Production

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If you’re over the age of 25, then you surely remember the point-&-click adventure game Myst for the PC, and some other older consoles. If you owned it, chances are it was one of the first, if not THE first, CD ROM game in your collection. During it’s 1993 release, it was noted for its “realistic” graphics, combined with full-motion video sequences, and one of the most successful to include those features to this day. In fact it was such a huge hit, it was the most popular PC game ever, up until The Sims stole the crown in 2002.  (more…)

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Star Wars Pinball Announcement Trailer

The hype of Star Wars has never gone down towards up obscurity since the original film was released in 1975. And with the announcement of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm, and the next Star Wars movie will be released in 2015 with J.J. Abrams directing it, Star Wars is about to be as big as ever, which is perfect timing for Zen Studios to release a digital pinball game based on the franchise for mobile platforms, Xbox Live and PSN.

When the game is released digitally, there will be a few pinball tables to select from, which are inspired by “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Watch the trailer for Star Wars Pinball after the jump. (more…)

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US Senator: Video-Games Are More Dangerous Than Guns

During a discussion today on MSNBC, A Republican US Sen. Lemar Alexander of Tennessee, suggested something so outrageous that your head might literally explode. Chuck Todd, the host of the Daily Rundown, ask Sen. Alexander if he would ever support universal background checks on firearms, in wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school-shooting. His answer is so crazy that some people on the far right might think he’s demented. (more…)

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EA Looks to Bring Their Advance Graphics Engine to Mac OS X

Electronic Arts looks to be putting a little more focus on Mac computers because a new job listing has appeared online, looking for experienced developers porting Windows applications to Apple’s OS X.

If you head over to DICE’s classified section on their website, you notice that they are also looking for talented developers to join their team and bring their homegrown gaming engine to OS X. So it’s blatantly obvious that EA is thinking game’s like Battlefield 3 would be a successful title on Apple’s OS X App store. (more…)

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Boston Globe Reports on Sexism in Gaming Development

If you are a woman in the industry, there are all these little signals that you are not part of the club, that this is not your tribe. After time, it wears you down.

This was a disturbing quote in a interesting Boston Globe article yesterday, by a female game developer, who happens to also be the cofounder of a gaming studio called Green Door Labds. Marleigh Norton is her name, and she went on record with the Globe talking about some of her experiences as a female in the heart of the gaming community. And clearly, it’s not all pleasant. (more…)

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Conan’s Andy Richter Spoofs Skyrim

Imagine that! Conan O’Brien still has a late-night show on TBS and apparently they did a skit of his side-kick, Andy Richter, admitting he did all the voice-work in the popular role-playing game Skyrim.

After the jump, check out some of his improve he did during gameplay. Some of it is funny, and some…fails at getting laughter. (more…)

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New Info Concerning the Back to the Future Games

Back at E3, Telltale Games (Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People) announced they were working with Universal Studios and developing an episodic videogame based off of the Back to the Future films. While the news has been pretty scarce since the unveiling, the USA Today has reported some pretty awesome things concerning the games.

First of all, Bob Gale — the screenwriter for all three Back to the Future films — is the penning all five of the videogames that will first appear this winter for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Mac.

While we don’t know what the exact plot of the games are, we do know a few things about what to expect. The actor who played the exuberant Doc Brown from the films, Christopher Lloyd, will lend his voice to the game. We also know the likeness of Michael J. Fox‘s character, Marty McFly, will be part of the story. Although, it’s sounds unlikely that Fox will reprise his famous McFly role. Additionally, other memorable characters from the sought-after films will make cameos,

Telltale told the publication that the famed Delorean time machine will make an appearance and the saga will be told in the fictional California town Hill Valley. Obviously Back to the Future is about time travel,  because of that we don’t exactly know what the main time period of the plot will be told in; however, we do know 1985 will play a big role.

If you played any other Telltale game, you’ll know they solely focus on the point-and-click adventure genre. They also like to throw a lot of sarcastic humor in with their games, more so than the Back to the Future movies. Because of their history, I know they’ll nail down the adventure part. But I’m a little concerned how the humor will turn out. While the Back to the Future series has a lot of comedy elements to it, it doesn’t have the dry humor Telltale’s title generally have. So, it will be interesting to see if the studio can actually find a happy-medium for their newly acquired license. Having Bob Gale should help.

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Activision CEO: “I Would Have Call of Duty be an Online Subscription Service Tomorrow”

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Activision CEO Bobby Kotick knows all-to-well about the kind of profit one can make with a subscription based gaming service. Blizzard, the team behind the ultra-popular World of Warcraft franchise, is a subsidiary of Activision and has gone on to make millions from their MMORPG, all because they charge $10-a-month per-character. Kotick believes the same formula could apply to the Call of Duty franchise and if he could, he would charge players tomorrow, which he revealed to the Wall Street Journal.

I would have Call of Duty be an online subscription service tomorrow,” Kotick told the newspaper. “When you think about what the audience’s interests are and how you could really satisfy bigger audiences with more inspired, creative opportunities, I would love to see us have an online Call of Duty world. I think our players would just have so much of a more compelling experience.”

Now get this, he somehow believes gamers want to pay for a subscription for Call of Duty. His reasoning: many people already pay for Xbox Live and play Call of Duty, which obviously means they would shell out even more, just to play some kind of MMO Call of Duty.

I think our audiences are clamoring for it. If you look at what they’re playing on Xbox Live today, we’ve had 1.7 billion hours of multiplayer play on Live. I think we could do a lot more to really satisfy the interests of the customers.”

I’m not saying a subscription based Call of Duty wouldn’t succeed; I just don’t think people would pay for Call of Duty, if it played exactly the same way, as it does now. If Kotick believes gamers would pay ten bucks a month to play a Call of Duty, but the only difference would be with hundreds or even thousands of online players at once, much like World of Warcraft, he’s gonna have a rude awaking.

The reason why people are so addicted to ‘WoW,’ isn’t just because of the amount of people who play. It’s because the player creates a avatar, who then has to build his/hers reputation in a virtual world. In a way, the person who is playing, is living a second life — in a fantasy world.

Even if Activision captures the ‘magic’ of building a character in a Call of Duty universe, I’m not sold if the type of audience who play Call of Duty for countless hours, would even be up for something like that.

We’ll know one day because I think it inevitable that a MMO Call of Duty is going to happen.

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