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Cardboard Children – Jamaica

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 5 hours 38 min ago

Hello youse.

Every home should have a good family game. What is a family game? It’s a game that the whole family can play, obviously. Can’t you work any of this stuff out for yourself? If I have to explain every single concept to you we’re going to be here all day! Anyway, a great family game is something that mum, dad, the kids, granny and the weird lodger in the basement can play. It is easy to explain, plays quick, and great fun. It also helps if it looks beautiful. Sadly, a game with all these qualities is as rare as rocking horse shit (which is even more rare nowadays – jeez, when was the last time you even saw a rocking horse?). Oh, but, anyway, point is, I got a family game for you. Read on.

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Downloadable Coronet: Dark Souls II – Lost Crowns DLC

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 6 hours 38 min ago

Hats are a core part of the gamer experience. Team Fortress 2 knows how strong the craving for sweet skull-socks truly is. Dark Souls takes itself a bit too seriously to join in with the hat hunting though. Like the sneering monarch that it is, From’s not-quite-as-much-of-a-masterpiece-as-the-previous-two is usually seen wearing a helmet in place of a hat. It anticipates an assault. Occasionally it’ll upgrade to a crown, which is essentially a very expensive hat that is too heavy to lob onto a hatstand. A DLC trilogy covers the retrieval of Dark Souls’ favourite posh hats and the first part is out today.

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Wot I Think: Dynetzzle Extended

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 7 hours 38 min ago

Dynetzzle Extended may be the worst name of a game I’ve ever seen, but the puzzle is interesting. I took a look at the free 10 level version back in March, and now the full 25 level version is released, for a mere single dollar. Does it expand nicely into a larger puzzle game? Here’s wot I think:

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Viking Versus Giants: Jotun Now Kickstarting

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 8 hours 38 min ago

Say the name Thora and I’ll think of dear Thora Hird or Thora Birch, entirely missing its origins as the feminine version of Thor. Seeing Jotun makes this smack-bang blindingly obvious. Not one to give an Alan Bennett monologue or act precocious, she’s more into slaying giants. Giant giants.

“Imagine the mysterious romantic mood of Journey mixed with the scale of the boss fights in Shadow of the Colossus in top-down 2D,” developers Thunder Lotus Games suggest. Don’t mind if I do! If you enjoy imagining that enough, you mighty fancy helping make it unimaginary. Thunder Lotus are running a Kickstarter for Jotun, do you see?

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How A Successful Kickstarter Lost Half A Million Dollars

Kotaku - 9 hours 8 min ago

The world of crowdfunding is full of projects that never quite deliver what they've promised, but how often does a half-million-dollar Kickstarter simply disappear?

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Editorial: Game Names Are Almost Universally Terrible

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 9 hours 38 min ago

NEW SINGLE PURPOSE CONSULTING FIRM TARGETS GAME INDUSTRY
Don’t Name Your Game That, Ltd. Has One Piece Of Advice And You Can Have It For Free

Bath, EnglandJuly 21, 2014–Don’t Name Your Game That, an internet-based consulting firm today announced that it would lend voice and cheap jokes to the internal screams of followers of game news everywhere. “It’s time to put an end to forgettable, unsearchable, derivative, non-sensical and downright awful names everywhere,” said company founder Dr. Stephen Farts.

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How Much Game Makers Get Paid

Kotaku - 9 hours 38 min ago

Making video games sure looks like a fun gig from the outside, doesn't it? Pouring your talents into a creation that can get played by thousands or even millions of people worldwide is not something many people can say that they do. But bragging rights and cool points don't pay bills. Just how much did video game designers, programmers and artists earn in 2013? Let's take a look.

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Deals: Red Vs. Blue, Dark Souls II Season Pass, PS4/One, Halloween

Kotaku - 9 hours 43 min ago

Hard to believe Red vs. Blue began way back in 2003. Today, the RVBX Ten Year Blu-ray Box Set is down to its lowest price ever of $54. As one of the first big items I ever put on Moneysaver Kotaku Deals, it's got some personal sentiment for me as well. [RVBX]

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The Story Of Areal, One Of Kickstarter's Weirdest New Games [UPDATE]

Kotaku - 10 hours 8 min ago

UPDATE (12:45 pm): Shortly after we published this story, Areal's Kickstarter campaign was suspended. A representative from Kickstarter wouldn't go into detail about the project or its suspension, and referred Kotaku to this relevant section of its FAQ.

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A Team Won Dota 2′s International, Plus Misc. Thoughts

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 10 hours 38 min ago

So, The International 2014 is over. Newbee gave fellow Chinese team ViCi Gaming quite the drubbing on Monday to win $5,028,174. Competitive Dota 2 was broadcast on the ESPN cable sports network. Are digital sports now mainstream? Is this It, is this The Moment? No, of course not.

This year’s International has widespread attention because of that honking great prize pool of $10,930,814, the spectacle, and the novelty. Minor details like who won only matter on the day to most. So today, any old Tuesday, why post about it? The International 2014 will still matter in days, weeks, or months because of where loads of that moolah came from: fans. Valve are crowdfunding arena-filling tournaments and gamifying fandom. And somehow making that not awful?

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TheWorse mod, which pumps up Watch Dog's graphics to more closely resemble the visuals shown during

Kotaku - 10 hours 38 min ago

TheWorse mod, which pumps up Watch Dog's graphics to more closely resemble the visuals shown during E3 2012, has now released its final update. You can see the mod in action here , and download the final release here.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Starting Area, Recreated In CryEngine

Kotaku - 10 hours 58 min ago

Not that Deus Ex: Human Revolution didn't already look great. It did. But the game's unique environment, and the room we start in, Megan Reed's office, recreated in CryEngine 3 by fan artist Jovcem, just look super.

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Here's Halo's newest character.

Kotaku - 11 hours 57 sec ago

Here's Halo's newest character. Played by actor Mike Colter, Agent Locke will be showing up in the live-action Halo: Nightfall series being produced by Ridley Scott. The character will then appear in next year's Halo 5: Guardians . Variety has more details.

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Offworld Trading Company Prototype Now Available For $80

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 11 hours 38 min ago

Offworld Trading Company, the “economic RTS” being developed by Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson and Mohawk Games, now has a playable prototype available. The catch: it costs $80, its under NDA, and there’s no publicly available screenshots, videos or comments to help you decide whether it’s worth your time.

The game’s FAQ explains that they “intend the $80 Founder’s Elite Edition to cater to people who want to get their feedback into the design process as early as possible, either out of love for the concept of Offworld Trading Company or respect for Soren Johnson and the rest of the Mohawk team’s previous work.”

Is this a good thing? I can’t decide, so you tell me.

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High Level Starcraft II Play Starts Here

Kotaku - 12 hours 18 min ago

StarCraft II might be off the radar nowadays, but that doesn't mean the pros stopped getting better and better at the game. One highlight was a recent match between two Koreans, Parting and Byul, where the Protoss veteran basically destroyed the Zerg with perfect control of only a few units.

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First Person, Cuter: Lovely Planet

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 12 hours 38 min ago

I spent almost a year of my life lugging a few Lonely Planets around in a backpack but I don’t think I’ve ever had a Lovely Planet to call my own. Gaming often introduces me to dead planets, toxic planets, desolate planets, living planets that eat other planets, and the occasional meat or bone planet, but lovely planets are rare. Quick Tequila’s first-person shooter lives up to its name though, with colours and cuteness aplenty. The aesthetic caught my eye but it’s the running, jumping and targeting that kept the eye from wandering.

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Nvidia’s New Tablet Tries Damn Hard to Earn Real Video Game Respect

Kotaku - 12 hours 38 min ago

What would a tablet have to do to be seriously considered as the best place for you to play games? Native Twitch streaming? Good-as-console versions of popular games? Play-from-your-couch capability? Nvidia's new gaming tablet can do all of that. And some extra stuff besides. You can use a controller with it, too.

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