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Steam Awards names its first-ever winners
Ten games took honors in 12 categories in the first-ever Steam Awards. Only two of them launched in 2016.
Valve announced the awards back in November during the Fall Steam Sale. All of the honors are fan-voted; Valve opened the promotion with eight categories, adding four last-minute categories that were voted on yesterday.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mod is ModDB’s ‘Mod of the Year’ for 2016
The mod, by TeamEPIC, launched Sept. 26, is a mod of 2010's S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (on PC, of course). Second place went to Enderal by SureAI Team, a total conversion mod for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim that debuted July 3. It is set in its own canon, outside the Elder Scrolls universe.
Trauma Team’s live-action TV pilot offers a glimpse at what, thankfully, never was
Atlus’ Trauma Center series hasn’t seen any action since 2010’s Trauma Team for Wii, much to fans’ dismay. Unfortunately, this full-length episode of the game’s failed live-action TV adaptation won’t make them feel any better.
An unofficial upload of the pilot episode for Trauma Team is now on YouTube, and it offers an unfinished look at what could have been. It’s still very much a work-in-progress — notice the extended periods of silence? — but the central premise is clear. The series would have followed four talented doctors, each with a unique medical skill, as they work together and treat patients in a makeshift clinic.
Nier: Automata demo has one of the year’s most shocking endings
A demo for Nier: Automata went live on the PlayStation Store just before Christmas, and many players have found it to be a good time. That is, except for the final moments, which end on a stunning and surprising note.
(Here’s a spoiler warning for you, in case you’ve yet to try the demo for yourself.)
Kojima Productions’ mascot now available to pre-order as $1,999 statue
Ludens, the spacefaring mascot of the new Kojima Productions, can be yours in deluxe, half-scale size for just $1,999.99, thanks to high-end collectibles maker Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio.
The statue, which ships in early 2018, is just one of the many physical versions of Ludens in the works. Kojima Productions has also partnered with toymakers Good Smile Company and 1000 Toys to make cute and realistic versions of Ludens, respectively, that are considerably more affordable.
There’s enough footage left over for an entirely different Rogue One
It’s no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story underwent major reshoots and according to actor Ben Mendelsohn, there’s enough footage for a completely new movie.
Mendelsohn, who plays Director Orson Krennic, told Collider they shot each scene about three or four times, with each take focusing on a different angle. Although director Gareth Edwards knew what he wanted to do with the plot and characters, the steps he took to get there changed often, and that’s why he wanted different takes.
Virtual reality may be a new, cheaper weapon in the war on pain
The best treatment for pain may not be a new drug, but a technology that’s seeing more investment and advancement due to its use in gaming.
Physicians and researchers have been experimenting with using virtual reality as a way to reduce pain for years, but the recent increase in the hardware’s quality, matched by the rapid decrease in price, suddenly makes VR pain control a much more exciting option.
Pokémon Prism finds a life after death as ROM leak spreads
Despite Nintendo ordering development to cease and desist last week, a highly anticipated Pokémon fan game has found a second life with players. Pokémon Prism, an original take on the monster hit franchise that had been in the works for eight years before Nintendo shut it down, is finding an audience with fans who were looking forward to the game, thanks to a widely available leaked copy of its last-updated version.
Right after developer Adam “Koolboyman” announced that he would take Prism downloads offline and cease production on it, days before he’d planned to release it in full, a group of Pokémon ROM-loving fans took matters into their own hands.
Star Wars fans are remastering X-Wing in Unity, and it looks fantastic
A group of modders is remastering Star Wars’ classic space combat sim X-Wing in the Unity Engine, and it looks and sounds great.
See and hear for yourself above — the soundtrack isn't much of an upgrade from the original game's MIDIs, but man does this capture the atmospheric sound very well. Rebalancing the shields and adjusting the system outputs all sound alive and connected to the cockpit environment. The Y-Wing thrums with the sound of the sublight engines (this is the early mission to save Admiral Ackbar) and the repositioned displays are nearly perfect, still booping out the mission objectives and events.
Blizzard is celebrating Diablo’s 20th anniversary in all of its games
On Dec. 31, 2016, Blizzard’s Diablo series turns 20 years old. To celebrate, Blizzard will hold a special event called The Darkening of Tristram in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, in which players will be able to revisit the original game’s cathedral dungeon, sometime in January.
But that’s not all Blizzard has planned for the Lord of Terror’s upcoming anniversary.
Amazon Prime Now replenishes NES Classic Edition stock in select cities (update)
Members of Amazon Prime Now, Amazon’s local delivery service that’s only available in select locations nationwide, can grab the elusive NES Classic Edition today. There’s a catch, of course: Only select cities are included in the offer.
The Amazon Prime Now offer does have a nice perk, though. Unlike standard Amazon Prime, this service includes free, two-hour delivery for all NES Classic Edition orders. That means that customers would be able to start playing the tiny plug-and-play system not long after purchasing it, if they can even manage that.
Cops arrest Oculus executive in underage sex sting
A sting operation by police in Tukwila, Washington last week snared a top figure in Oculus VR’s leadership, reports Seattle-based NBC affiliate KING 5. Dov Katz, Oculus’ head of computer vision, was arrested for “commercial sexual abuse of a minor,” according to a police report. He was booked on Dec. 21.
Charging documents obtained by Geekwire describe an incriminating text message exchange between a phone number later shown to be Katz’ and an undercover officer working from an area hotel.
What even is Frog Fractions?
Unless you’re well-versed in long-running, cultish alternate reality games, you may not get why everyone’s so jazzed about Frog Fractions 2. But the sequel to the bizarro browser game Frog Fractions’ launch isn’t just the culmination of years of groundwork. More than that, it’s a reason to celebrate one of the weirdest games of recent memory — and finally try it out if you’ve never played it before.
Frog Fractions is a game better experienced than explained. That’s what those in the know will say when you, on the outside looking in, approach them about the cult hit. Developed by Jim Crawford of the one-man operation Twinbeard Studios, Frog Fractions arrived in 2012 to an audience who was none the wiser about its twists and turns. That’s the best way to go into it now, too.
Frog Fractions 2 wants you to import your Mass Effect 2 save file into the game
Frog Fractions 2 was finally discovered last night, and now that players have gotten a chance to play through it, some of the game’s most bizarre moments have been revealed.
A popular sighting that people have been tweeting about is the ability to import a Mass Effect 2 save file into Frog Fractions 2. Upon doing so, a second screen pops up welcoming back the game’s main character, Commander Shepard. There have been conflicting reports circulating about whether uploading the save file actually does anything in Frog Fractions 2 beyond existing as a gag.
Everquest creators’ new RPG canceled, studio closed
John Smedley, the head of Pixelmage Games, said "it breaks my heart to have to do this," in steering his followers to the announcement, where Pixelmage vowed to offer "100 percent refunds to all of the people who bought Hero's Song."
See the full Gravity Rush: The Overture Animation
Here's the full 17-minute Gravity Rush the Animation ~Overture~ (split into two parts) stitching together 2012's Gravity Rush with the upcoming Gravity Rush 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment published it today.
Players of the first physics-defying action title, released on PlayStation Vita (and later PS4), will recognize characters like Kat and Raven, who star in the animation. It fills in their story following the cliffhanger that concludes Gravity Rush.
Double Dragon coming back in 2017
In observance of the 30th anniversary year of the original Double Dragon's arcade launch, Double Dragon 4 will come to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, Arc System Works announced today.
Double Dragon 4 launches Jan. 20, 2017, worldwide. The original development staff from the arcade version of Double Dragon is on this project, including producer Takaomi Kaneko, director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane, and programmer Kei Oyama.