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Dead Rising 3 Super Ultra Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX plus Alpha - DLC Trailer

This was an awesome trailer for an awesome franchise. Man, I love how Dead Rising is always, kind of in on the joke. They clearly get how insane their game is, and they make no consessions. Really this was the best thing out of the Microsoft press conference.

Kinect Cut Could Lead To Two Interesting Xbox One Developments 

An interesting theory from Stephen Totilo.

Kinect-free Xbox One coming June 9 for $399 

Backtracking. The Xbox One Story.

This coupled with the announcement that Microsoft was dropping the Gold requirement for non gaming applications (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) are two huge moves for Microsoft.

I had two reactions here. First, it’s good that Microsoft is seeing what consumers want and adapting. Second, whatever they were doing wasn’t working. They made a huge misstep when they released the console only six months ago, and now they’re trying to gain traction in the market by gutting their core values. Chris Grant, the Editor in Chief at Polygon says it well:

The NPD numbers showed that Sony is currently “winning” this console war, (though, with only one holiday passed that’s hardly fair since this will be another long cycle). Microsoft was obviously scared by the trends they saw and acted accordingly. Yet this is just another in the long list of things Microsoft has gone back on with the Xbox One. From the outside they look like they’re scrambling. There is no way this was the plan from the start.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Leaked Trailer

Destructoid has the launch trailer for this years Call of Duty game. This is something I normally don’t post, but wow this game looks fun. Because it’s set in the near future you get cool abilities like to leaping high into the air, invisibility, scaling buildings. Honestly it looks pretty cool.

Oh and Kevin Spacey is the voice of the villain. From Destructoid:

Through a trusted source, Destructoid has learned the new Call of Duty, subtitled Advanced Warfare, revolves around a soldier of fortune group run by Spacey’s character that has turned on the United States government.

[via Destructoid]

[Update: Activision has confirmed everything. I swapped out the Destructoid trailer for the official YouTube version]

The Great Ace Attorney - trailer

A trailer for a new Ace Attorney game. Joystiq reports that, “the game’s protagonist is Ryuichi Naruhodo, an ancestor of the series primary hero Phoenix Wright.

Oh boy. 19th Centruy Japan here we come! It goes without saying but I will absolutely be picking this up whenever it comes across the Pacific.

[via Joystiq]

From Game Boy to skyscraper: Playing the world’s largest game of Tetris

I don’t know how I missed this video from Ars Technica earlier this month but I did. And I’m sorry. And I’m making up for it right now.

Taking 5: Xbox One and Backwards Compatibility

Earlier this month Xbox partner development lead Frank Savage let it slip that there are some plans for the Xbox One to get some backwards compatability. From Joystiq:

"There are [plans], but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately," said Savage, as reported by Kotaku Australia. “It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”

So here’s the thing. I don’t really want (or expect) 60 dollar retail Xbox 360 games playable on my Xbox One. As… fanboy(?)  as it sounds, I do have a perfectly good Xbox 360 sitting right next to my Xbox One, and if I really have the need to play Halo 4 or The Club I can very easily turn it on. Actually, I was playing the BioShock Infinite DLC over the weekend.

What I DO want, and what I think would be really important to people, is if XBLA games were backwards compatible. XBLA games are a great way to augment the library on new hardware. I (like many people I know) purchased a lot of XBLA games. Most of which are highly repayable, and really helped define the last console generation.

I’ve actually been putting some really solid time into Geometry Wars 2 (it’s basically a perfect game. The game modes, the music, and the visual aesthetic compliment each other so well, no other game I’ve played is this well put together). It’s a great way to wind down after a 14 hour day on set (as my day job I’m a commercial producer) or after a couple of really intense games of Titanfall.

I guess what I’m saying is even if it’s “hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff” and doing so uses a lot of computing power, it shouldn’t affect most XBLA titles. So I hope we see some backwards compatibility on Xbox One and I hope I can migrate some of those titles over.

-Creighton

I’m playing BioShock - Burial At Sea

Big Daddy’s are still terrifying. Even after all these years.

Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam’s most popular games 

Kyle Orland just dropped a bomb revealing two month look at Steam sales and games played. It’s incredible. Go read the whole thing. Here’s just a sample.

As you can see, just because a game is registered to a lot of Steam accounts doesn’t mean it’s popular. Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, for instance, is the third-most popular game on the service by ownership, registered to about 12.8 million Steam accounts by our count. But the tech demo, which shows off some deleted content from Half-Life 2, has only been actively loaded up by about 2.1 million of those owners, placing it behind 35 other Steam games by that metric.

Stand by for plot points: 'Titanfall' doesn't need a story 

To hear Microsoft user researcher Deborah Hendersen tell it, players genuinely do love game stories. We just can’t remember them, have trouble describing them, and usually never find out how they end. Hendersen spoke at GDC about user-testing game narratives: finding out whether early scripts are clear to and resonate with players. The answers, to anyone who hopes players pore over their stories, were probably disappointing. In an attempt to figure out what was important to players, Henderson interviewed hundreds of study participants about their favorite games. The participants took fewer words to describe the stories of games they liked than they did those of their favorite movies. Many could barely describe the plots at all, forgetting major beats and long middle sections. One participant, asked to talk about his favorite Call of Duty character, instead described the sort of person he liked to kill in multiplayer.
Well done, Adi.
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