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Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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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.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mod is ModDB’s ‘Mod of the Year’ for 2016

ModDB.com, the enormous modding repository, has named its Mod of the Year for 2016 and the user-voted honor goes to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Chernobyl (pictured).

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.

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Friday, December 30th, 2016

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Dragon Quest 11 footage shows off dragon-riding and more

In honor of Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary, Japanese television channel NHK aired a special presentation dedicated to the series. Not much of it has made it online yet for Western fans, but the big news — new footage from Dragon...

When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android?

Super Mario Run is out now in hundreds of countries

NES Classic Edition in stock at the Nintendo World Store in New York City today

It may be ultra-short warning, but Nintendo announced this morning that the Nintendo store in New York City will have the NES Classic...

When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android? Register to get an alert, now

Super Mario Run on Android still has no date beyond 2017, but today a placeholder for the game popped up in the...

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why Alan Wake's creators want to make you the storyteller

Sheep coming to Ark: Survival Evolved after Steam Awards promo blows up

Ark: Survival Evolved will receive a modern farm animal — a sheep called the Ovis Aries — in its next big update across all platforms,...

PlayStation Plus gets Day of the Tentacle Remastered and more next month

Sony will offer Day of the Tentacle Remastered and This War of Mine: The Little Ones free to PlayStation...

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Carrie Fisher dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has died. She was 60 years old.

Family spokesperson Simon Halls confirmed Fisher’s death in a statement to

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s second global mission offers a chance at redemption

Here’s how to play Frog Fractions 2

Frog Fractions 2 has finally been found, and if you’re looking to play, there are a couple of different options available....

Frog Fractions 2 found in another game

Frog Fractions 2, the mysterious game that was Kickstarted in 2014, has finally been found.

After more than two years of...

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Monday, December 26th, 2016

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Everquest creators’ new RPG canceled, studio closed

Pixelmage Games is closing down shop and Hero's Song, the role-playing game it was working on, has been canceled, the studio's founder announced today.

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."

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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.

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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.

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Brett Favre returns to Madden, and brings a couple of friends

Brett Favre is returning to Madden NFL and, like every offseason from 2008 to 2011, he can show up in any team's uniform.

Favre, inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, comes back via Madden Ultimate Team. There will be four...

2017 so far..

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