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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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Published by Donald Duong on January 1, 2015 NG+ Game of the Year 2014 – Donald’s Top Five

This week, the New Game Plus cast and crew reveal their favourite games of the year. Today, news/indie/Skylander correspondent Donald Duong stops copyediting our GOTY articles and writes one for a change. 

2014 was a great year for the throat lozenge industry; it would have received quite the windfall from gamers with very sore throats.

We grumbled at our consoles when the servers were inevitably down or when they pushed yet another update on us. We yelled at developers and publishers for pushing out games that were either broken upon release, or withering shadows of the glorious monoliths we were promised. We actively shouted at each other in an increasingly vitriolic ideology war.

We whooped in gloating triumph as we all gathered on the couch and dived into the chaos that is eight-player Smash Brothers. We cheered on our favourite players and teams from stadium seats and sports bars during marquee events like The International and the EVO Championships. We cackled in delight as we rode into the sky in our gyrocopters and shot at exotic fishes with grenade launchers, creating the kinds of moments we can still only get from video games.

And it’s those moments that form the foundations of my Game of the Year list; those, and the embarrassing amount of money I’ve spent on throat lozenges. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on December 3, 2014 Target, Kmart Pulls Grand Theft Auto V From Shelves [UPDATED]

Target logoThe department store chain Target has announced it will be removing copies of Grand Theft Auto V from its stores after receiving feedback from customers about the game’s depiction of violence against women. Grand Theft Auto V was originally released last September, and was recently re-released on current-generation consoles.

Target General Manager Corporate Affairs Jim Cooper said in a release, “We’ve been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game’s content. We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on November 12, 2014 Just Cause 3 Unveiled

Just Cause 3 altSquare Enix has revealed Just Cause 3 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.Avalanche Studios is returning to develop this open-world action-adventure title. It will see Just Cause 2 protagonist Rico deployed in a Mediterranean archipelago. The game will introduce a wingsuit for traversal, and bring back Just Cause stalwarts — the parachute and grapple-hook — albeit with “vastly improved…mechanics.”

“We’ve been waiting for this moment ever since Just Cause 2 was released,” said Avalanche Studios’ founder and Chied Creative Officer Christofer Sundberg, “This is the culmination of a decade’s worth of open-world evolution and innovation.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on November 6, 2014 Hyah! Etc.: Nintendo Direct 6/11/2014

Nintendo Direct Majora's MaskThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.

Yup, Majora’s Mask. 3D.

Amidst a Nintendo Direct focussing on 2015, featuring a whole mess of 2015 details,  a cavalcade of indie titles and the first appearance of Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata since his hospitalisation earlier this year, it was the above seven words that caused the biggest celebration. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on October 24, 2014 Local Servers Coming To World Of Warcraft

warlords-of-draenor-851x315-facebookBlizzard announced during an event held in Sydney on Thursday night that it will be deploying Australian-based servers for its MMO World of Warcraft. From October 28, players currently on Oceanic realms will automatically be transferred from American-based servers to ones hosted locally, resulting in lower latency for Australian players,

These new servers will not have any impact on individual characters, gold and guilds, nor will they impact the ability for North American and Oceanic players to play with each other. Continue reading »

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