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Published by Donald Duong on April 16, 2015 2K Australia Closes Down

The Canberra based studio 2K Australia has confirmed it is shutting down, citing operating costs. It was Australia’s last AAA developer, having most recently led development on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and assisted on Bioshock Infinite.

The studio made the following statement: “We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on April 8, 2015 Five Nights At Freddy’s Film In The Works

(In brief) Warner Bros. has obtained the rights to make a movie based on the horror series Five Nights At Freddy’s, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is set to be produced by Roy Lee, who was producer on the American adaptations of The Ring and Run All Night, as well as Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon said of the deal, “The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to.” A writer has yet to be attached to the film.

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Published by Donald Duong on March 24, 2015 Twitch Servers Breached, Passwords Reset

(In Brief) Twitch is requiring its users to changer their account passwords after breach of its systems. In blog posts and emails to its community, Twitch has confirmed that unauthorised people may have had access to user information, including: Usernames, emails, cryptographically-protected passwords, IP addresses used to log in, names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

Twitch users will be prompted to change their password upon login.

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Published by Donald Duong on March 13, 2015 Respawn Working on Titanfall Sequel

(In brief) Respawn Entertainment is working on a sequel to 2013 first person shooter Titanfall. The studio’s founder and CEO Vince Zampella confirmed development in an interview with IGN, also mentioning that, “It’ll be multiplatform!” Zampella also hinted at changes to the single-player aspect, as well as a new approach to delivering DLC, citing Evolve’s model as a possibility.

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Published by Donald Duong on March 5, 2015 EA Shuts Down Maxis Emeryville

EA has shut down its Maxis Emeryville studio, which was responsible for creating SimCity and The Sims. The news, originally reported by BeyondSims.Com, came out when lead gameplay designer Guillaume Pierre tweeted: “Well it was a fun 12 years, but it’s time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door. #RIPMaxisEmeryville”

EA confirmed the move in a statement: “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to our studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne locations as we close our Emeryville location.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on January 22, 2015 Xbox Streaming, HoloLens and Other Windows 10 Announcements

Microsoft HoloLensMicrosoft unveiled more details of the upcoming Windows 10 OS in a media briefing on Thursday morning local time.

The new operating system will mark a renewed push to integrating gaming with Windows. The highlight from this will be the ability to stream Xbox One gameplay onto a local Windows 10 computer or tablet. Selected games will also support cross-platform gameplay between Xbox One and PC versions; the first title to feature this will be Fable Legends. Microsoft has not confirmed if cross-buy support will also be implemented. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on January 15, 2015 [Updated] Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been Refused Classification in Australia, effectively banning it from local sale. The Australian Classification Board reached this decision last Wednesday.

The Board currently cites the National Classification Code, stating that games which “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”

Publisher Devolver Digital has released a statement on the decision, which has been included below. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on January 14, 2015 Grand Theft Auto V PC Delayed

Rockstar Games has delayed the release of the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V to 24 March. GTAV PC was previously scheduled for release on January 27; before this, it was intended to launch with the Playstation 4 and Xbox One editions.

“Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be,” said the company on its Newswire, “Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on January 7, 2015 Internet Archive Makes Available 2,300 MS-DOS Games

The Internet Archive has added 2,334 MS-DOS titles to its Software Collection. Some of the games made available include Bust A Move, Liero, Jazz Jackrabbit and Oregon Trail, as well as commercially available games including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. All these titles are playable in-browser via Em-DOSBOX.

A random sample of games indicates that performance is fine, albeit with some audio issues. Other outlets have reported satisfactory experiences with the emulator. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on January 6, 2015 NG+ GOTY Bonus Round – Donald’s 2014 Favourites

We have revealed our Games of the Year, but the celebrations continue! This week, we bring you some of our non-gaming favourites of 2014. Today, our news editor and Senior Spelling Sergeant Donald Duong talks about his miscellaneous selections of the past year. 

I mentioned in my Game of the Year article that our attention spans are getting shorter than ever. Unfortunately, this isn’t just limited to gaming. A major news story can break, develop, be overanalysed, opined over and disposed of in under 24 hours. Memes become passé before you press the retweet button.

And yet there is still an undeniable thirst for longer-form storytelling. There’s nothing quite like diving deep into a story and pouring over the nuance and detail. These kinds of stories absorb you before finally letting you go a changed person.

It was, in hindsight, a theme that came up over and over again in my (unordered) favourite things of 2014. Continue reading »

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