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During GDC 2013 in August, Far Cry 3's Creative Director Patrick Plourde will unveil his current work-in-progress, Child of Light. During his talk, he will discuss "the unique challenges and opportunities of producing a small title within the walls of Ubisoft Montreal."
Plourde has worked on previous games, such as Rainbow Six and the Assassin's Creed franchise, where he has compared those bigger games to Child of Light by saying his latest title has an "intimate scope" and is designed with an indie mentality and produced with Ubisoft's support. More details of Child of Light should arrive in the future, such as platforms and a release date.
Saints Row IV has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, and one of the reasons for its ban is quite hilarious - that reason? It includes an "alien anal probe".
Saints Row IV was refused classification for "interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" and "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards." What does the alien anal probe do exactly? Well, for the curious:
The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an "Alien Anal Probe". The Applicant states that this weapon can be "shoved into enemy's backsides". The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim's legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim's anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim's anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board's opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.
Routine will have you wetting your pants in both excitement, and fear - Oculus Rift support is included
Ok, so where the hell did this game come from? I've just watched the first in-game footage of Routine from Lunar Software and I'm really excited about it. It's a moon-based first-person shooter, and it looks incredible.
From the four-minute trailer, it looks like a beautiful hot mess of Half-Life 2 and System Shock 2 - two of my favorite games. It also has Oculus Rift support, which is at the top of my most-wanted gadget list. It looks freaky as hell, and I think with Oculus Rift on your head while playing this, it's going to be a truly incredible experience.
What did you think of that trailer? I'm actually impressed that something not even on my radar can come up, and blow me away like this. I wasn't even shown much, but this trailer makes me want to play the game, especially with Rift.
Minecraft is an uber-successful game for Mojang, having now sold over 11 million units for the Windows PC and Mac platforms. The news comes directly from Minecraft's official website.
At the time of writing, Minecraft on the PC and Mac has been sold to 11,008,187 people, which is really just crazy. If you had told me 5 years ago that a game that looked, and played like this, would sell 11 million+ copies, I'd have laughed at you and continued to play COD4 (the last good COD). The website has a running counter, which continues updating as copies are sold.
Since typing the original number just a paragraph above, the game has sold 11,008,202 copies and is selling around 1 copy every couple of seconds. Kudos, Mojang!
DICE's video on Frostbite 3, the engine that powers Battlefield 4, will leave you with an itchy upgrade trigger finger
EA and DICE's Frostbite engine is something to marvel at, but their latest video is truly something else. The trailers and gameplay footage for the Frostbite 3-powered Battlefield 4 showed some of it off, but this goes into much more detail.
It looks incredible, doesn't it? I'm loving the weather and water effects, which create a much more realistic environment. Compared to other games out there, it feels like the world is actually 'alive', which is what next-gen games are feeling like to me so far. Frostbite 3 has me excited for the future of multi-GPU and multi-monitor setups.
Microsoft has a long history of only releasing its first-party games on Windows-based platforms. This is because the company likes to use their games to sell more Windows-based systems. It's a business model that made sense in the past but might not be profitable in today's world.
Today, Reuters is reporting that Microsoft has partnered with Japan's KLab to port its first-party titles to Android and iOS. The deal includes both PC and Xbox games and would start with a free-to-play variant of Age of Empires that is said to be launching before the end of the 2013 fiscal year. Porting existing games to Android and iOS usually equals big bucks as we've seen from other publishing houses in the past.
Sony has announced pre-order details for the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 on it's PlayStation blog this morning. The company is offering a unique car pack with four cars to all who pre-order the game and has detailed out some pretty sweet exclusive pre-order packs from GameStop and Amazon.com.
Up first, GameStop is offering not only the four cars pictured above, but for $59.99 gamers can pre-order the exclusive GT6 15th Anniversary Edition and get an additional 16 exclusive cars with exclusive paint jobs, race suits, helmets, and a PSN Avatar. Also included is a free copy of the Beyond the Apex II app. Other features are said to be included but will not be disclosed until closer to launch. Check out the awesome list of exclusive cars that come with the GameStop pre-order below.
Earlier this year, Valve announced a new rewards system that awards you virtual trading cards based on the games you play, with additional cards being obtained through trading with friends. That service is set to launch just two days from now on the 26th and the company has just teased that "an event we think everyone can be excited about," will also begin on the 26th.
Chances are that this "event" will be the highly anticipated Steam Summer Sale, which begins every year around this time. In the event that you are new to PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is a week's long sale in which Steam puts top titles on sale for as much as 70% off with different games being added every day.
While almost everyone looks forward to the Summer Sale, I usually get pretty nervous when it arrives. Last year I bought a total of 13 games and spent roughly $100 total. Of those 13 games I think I have installed and played maybe 6, and with so many great titles out right now, I am sure I will buy many more this year.
Mind-controlled Pong is becoming a reality, with Patricia Hernandez testing out the game that involves tossing trucks telekinetically. A team of researchers have adapted the technology to popular game Pong, with the end goal in mind of being able to allow a paralyzed person to make the kickoff at the 2014 World Cup.
The work has been done by the Duke University, who unveiled it to a summer camp that would encourage high school students to look into careers in engineering and technology. A Duke Ph.D candidate, David Schwarz, developed the game and it involves "headgear with spider-like arms, each containing a saline-soaked, felt-padded electrode."
Calibration of the device obviously took some time to get it working with just your mind, but after a few attempts they were able to manipulate the paddle with their minds - very cool. Schwarz's lab is working on a way to get their technology capable of controlling an exoskeleten, which would see the paralyzed walking again, hopefully not like a Terminator.
This is something that has been discussed for quite sometime, that The Last Of Us' character 'Ellie' looks scarily like the real-life actress Ellen Page. She even sounded like her, shared mannerisms, and delivered dialogue in a scary mimic of the actress in the game's first trailer.
Naughty Dog made some changes to Ellie's facial features, making her look a little less like Page. But now Ellen Page has taken to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA), where someone asked what she thought of the character Ellie in The Last Of Us:
This has almost certainly been made clear to you several times, but are you aware how much you look like Ellie from "The Last of Us," a video game which came out about a week ago. She even sounds like you. So much so that almost everyone assumed it was you playing the role.
Which leads me to my questions:
How did you like playing the role of a video game character when doing "Beyond: Two Souls?" Do you prefer live action?
Have you seen any footage of "The Last of Us" and would you have taken the role as Ellie if approached?