It's going to be difficult to watch the new season of video game of Thrones without humming South Park's vocal variation of the theme song. We won't reprint it here, but it rhymes with "Meeners, ploppy Meeners."
The third and final episode in South Park'sGame of Thrones-style, next-gen console wars storyline aired last night, wrapping up with Kenny as an anime princess, the Black Friday mob, George RR Martin on a horse and a Red Robin wedding. And it includes a line that would fit in most video game of Thrones episodes: "Whose betrayal is this?"
We usually hate to spoil the ending of anything, but in this case it's both obvious and harmless: The episode closes with an ad for Ubisoft's South Park RPG, The Stick of Truth. The US audience can check out all of the drama at South Park Studios.
Though Microsoft has said every retail Xbox One can be used as a video game development kit, the company is recommending against consumers enabling an early developer mode on their consoles through the settings menu.
In a statement to Engadget, Microsoft says the sequence of buttons that unlocks additional menu options in retail consoles does not necessarily turn the Xbox One into a developer's console. "Changing the settings in this menu is only intended for developers for Xbox One, and this alone does not turn the console into a development kit. We strongly advise consumers against changing these settings as it could result in their Xbox One becoming unusable. Customers who have put their consoles into this developer setting can revert by restoring factory defaults under Settings / System, select Restore Factory Defaults."
Microsoft has previously stated we'll see the first self-published Xbox One video games, through the ID@Xbox program, sometime early next year. The ID@Xbox program will support any and all payment models available on Xbox One, including free-to-play, premium pricing and micro-transactions.
Sony has confirmed the rumored PlayStation 4 and Vita bundle for the UK, and it told Eurogamer that it will be available today to coincide with the European launch of the PS4. The bundle, however, may not be what you were expecting and almost certainly isn't what you were hoping for. The offer will be a "soft bundle," meaning that it's dependent on retailer stock of both consoles. In other words, you won't necessarily get your PS4 and Vita in the fancy "Ultimate Edition" box that was reported last week.
Retailers will be allowed to combine the Vita and PS4 however they wish, but Sony expects the bundle to sell for under £500, not exactly a steal given that the PS4 is priced at £349 and the Vita hovers around £150, according to Eurogamer. Again, availability will depend on retailer stock - and remember there are a lot of PS4 pre-orders to fill - but the bundle should go on sale as of today, continuing into the holidays.
Rovio's kart racing video game,Angry Birds Go!, is heavy on microtransactions - including one in-video game car that sells for $100, Pocket Gamer reports. The video game is out in a soft launch in New Zealand, though it doesn't hit worldwide until December 11.
Angry Birds Go! is free-to-play with a classic mix of in-video game currency: gems and coins. Players grab coins in races and use them to upgrade a kart's specs. Upgrading a kart increases your CC ratings, and the higher CC rating, the more tracks you can play. Gems are the premium currency, used to get more coins. Players can also buy gems with real money.
The standard cars can only be upgraded so far and the better cars cost real money, the site reports. The Big Bang Special Edition car costs $100 (though a picture on Pocket Gamer shows it costs $125). Buying the video game's related real-life Hasbro toys, Telepods, can also unlock cars and video game modes.
This is all based on the soft launch of Angry Birds Go!, so prices and processes are subject to change.
Dead Rising 3 ups the zombie count considerably. Like, 2 to 3 times the amount of its predecessors. I'm talking tons of shambling, terrifying corpses walking the streets. If you are wise, you should be afraid - and you should be prepared. They don't call the city Los Perdidos ("the lost ones") for nothing. Here are a few pointers that should keep you from being lost to the undead.
In the "Hit List" from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the videogame industry's top talents describe their current gaming addictions, their most anticipated releases and more. This week: Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO of Major League Gaming.
Sundance DiGiovanni, Co-Founder and CEO of Major League Gaming, is a seasoned executive, recognized thought leader in videogame culture, and veteran creative director with more than 18 years of experience in the media, technology and videogame industries.
Sundance focuses on the global growth of competitive video gaming, expansion of MLG as a digital media property, and the its distribution platform MLG.tv that is bringing this burgeoning sport to an ever-growing community worldwide. The company operates MLG.tv, the #1 online broadcast network for professional level competitive gaming; the MLG Pro Circuit, the longest-running eSports league in North America; and MLG: Play, the largest cross platform online gaming tournament system with 8 million registered users across the globe.
At the upcoming 2014 D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, Sundance will discuss the growth and evolution of eSports, the similarities with traditional sport, how eSports has become the go-to sport for many, and how free to play video games are impacting the eSports space. He will also discuss the future of the eSports landscape and how new consoles, new video games and a wider global audience will catapult eSports into the mainstream in the next 5 to 10 years.
Hidden in Microsoft''s Xbox One launch blurb is a fresh 2014 release window for Insomniac shooter Sunset Overdrive. Insomniac didn't date the Microsoft-published video game when it was announced at E3, but it's on course for next year according to the big M.
Sunset Overdrive is in a playable state and has "passed its vertical slice" according to Microsoft Studios Corporate VP Phil Spencer, which in non-management speak means it's been demo-ed successfully. Speaking to Polygon, Spencer said, "We're playin a full section of the video game and feeling really good about the open world gameplay that they've put together. I like the investment around new IP at the launch of a new console."
Insomniac hasn't revealed too much about its stylized open-world shooter, which looks to be an over-the-top, vibrant multiplayer video game like Fuse once was. With Spike TV's VGX show around the corner, we wouldn't be surprised to hear more in the near future.
Are your flipper fingers getting rusty? Do you need a last-minute Thanksgiving present for Great Aunt Cheryl? Are Thanksgiving presents even a thing? Humble Bundle has those first 2 problems covered with the Zen Studios weekly sale, which includes more than 20 pinball tables spread across eight video games.
Pay what you want for the following Pinball FX2 video games: Core Pack, Classic Pack, Earth Defense Table, Paranormal Table and Epic Quest Table. Pay $6 or more to also snag the Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles Pack, Star Wars Pack and Marvel Pinball Original Pack. All of the packs are available for PC via Steam.
Payments for the Pinball FX weekly sale are split, however you choose, among Zen Studios, Humble Bundle and 2 charities, Watsi and American Red Cross. Humble is currently donating to the American Red Cross Typhoon Appeal to provide food, shelter and emotional support to people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Remember Humble Bundle also has the Humble Mobile Bundle 3 right now, which includes Android premieres of Ridiculous Fishing and Swordigo. And there's the new Humble Store, which hosts crazy daily deals on a broad swathe of indie video games, today including the Giana Sisters Twisted Bundle, the Magicka Collection and one of our favorite brawlers of the year, Foul Play, among others.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House finds himself in the auspicious position of assuring a "good supply" of PlayStation 4 consoles across the holidays. Speaking to video game Informer, House said Sony had a "good sense" of ramping up production to meet rising demands, evidenced by the 1 million consoles sold on launch day last week
However, as House explained it's not simply a matter of having enough consoles to meet demand. The perception of a console that looks like it isn't selling can be catastrophic, and Sony has to balance the need to meet customer demands against the danger of having too much stock on store shelves.
"We are ensuring that we have the broadest reach to ensure that people are satisfied, especially when they've been loyal to brand for so long," House told video game Informer. "On the other hand, we're not engendering frustration by having a shortage of supply. I think through the holiday season that we'll be in good supply. The sales target that I announced for the company is 5 million units sold by the end of our fiscal year. March 31, 2014"
The PS4 launch is ongoing, with Europe to receive the console on November 29, and then Japan a while later on February 22, 2014. Of the later Japanese launch, House said, "We paid careful attention to when we had enough confidence that we would have developed from the ground-up experiences that the Japanese consumer would really respond to."
For one, the PS4's arrival in Japan coincides with the launch of Final Fantasy 14's beta on the system, while free-to-play Capcom RPG Deep Down enters beta near that time too.
Good Old video games has discovered a new branch of software compatibility wizardry that apparently involves a magic bucket, which has resulted in 36 video games being added to its storefront for Mac. Some of these have previously been available for Mac on other services like Steam, but we're not one to question the selection process of magic buckets.
Among the newcomers is Fallout Tactics, Smugglers 5, Iron Storm, Enclave and Wizardry 8. The full list is provided here, though, if you'd prefer to see which of the new additions cater most to your interests.
Stealthy indie video game Light will be published by Worms developers Team17, the publisher recently announced. Currently in development for PC, Mac and Linux by Just a Pixel, Light is a top-down 2D video game in which players guide a square icon through a maze of doors and rooms, hacking terminals and avoiding guards along the way. This is Team17's first foray into publishing for almost 2 decades, as it once funded video games like Super Stardust and Alien Breed on Amiga, but has since focused on video games in the Worms series, including Worms: Clan Wars and Worms 2: Armageddon.
The prototype video of the video game above shows off its simple style and basic mechanics, which players can expect to see firsthand sometime in 2014. Light is currently seeking community approval via Greenlight to achieve distribution on Steam.
Update: It's over! Fret not, gentle reader, because you can watch replays of the North American and European livestreams here on this post. Also, we have all those lovely news morsels for you to digest right here.
Blah blah PlayStation 4 blah Xbox One blah. Yes, there may be some new consoles nearing the wild, but for half an hour starting at 11AM ET (8AM PT) the focus will shift to arguably the hottest gaming system already around (well, I'd argue it): the 3DS.
It's been a stellar year for the multi-liveried handheld, with the likes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pokemon X/Y, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team all coming to the popular portable. The upcoming line-up looks strong too: Mario Golf: World Tour, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy to name but a few of those waiting in the 3D-enhanced wings.
Nintendo says today's Direct will focus on already announced 3DS video games that are due between now and early 2014 - possibly including the video games I listed, possibly others. You'd think there'd be a few release dates frittering about, but I've predicted what seemed like sure-fire release date hauls before, only to end up with nothing but a few trailers and an image of Iwata dressed up as Luigi, or Phoenix Wright, or Donkey Kong (image not found). In other words, let's wait and see.
Either way, you can find out right here on Joystiq, either via the North American stream up top or the European stream below the break (no Japanese stream today). If you just want the newsbites, we'll chew into all the major announcements as they come.
We know what you're thinking: "What about all those launch video games for PS4 and Xbox One that I want?" We filtered the platforms down on Target's sales page, and found that only 4 next-gen video games are seemingly eligible for the sale: NBA 2K14 on PS3 and Battlefield 4, Fighter Within and Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox One.
PlayStation socialites can add 2000 of their nearest and dearest to their PSN friends list, after Sony activated the previously-announced limit increase this week. You can begin cultivating your buddy list via the Vita ahead of the PS4's launch next week, but the PS3 XMB still supports up to 100 pals only.
If your friend count goes over the 100 mark on PS4 or Vita, PS3 servers will automatically filter in active friends on the XMB. According to PlayStation Europe Community Manager Chris Owen, you'll be able to lock a preset PS3 friends list if you so wish. Additionally, Sony is planning support to display all of your friends in "most applications and video games" on the system, but some video games will keep to the 100 friends limit.
German developer and publisher Daedalic is a giant in the adventure video game genre, but this week eight of its video games are going for a tiny price in the Humble Weekly Sale. Get Edna and Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, A New Beginning: Final Cut, The Whispered World, The Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet and The Chronicles of Shakespeare: A Midsummer's Night Dream for whatever amount you want to pay ($1 or more gets Steam keys for eligible video games). Add Deponia, Journey of a Roach and The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav for $6 or more.
Anyone who gets in on the Humble Weekly bundle also gets the documentary An Inconvenient video game, and some digital and printable art from Daedalic's video games. Check out the lineup here.
Want to save a few bucks on Infinity Ward's unique blend of dog-wrangling and outer space cover-shooting? Newegg's eBay storefront currently has the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts on sale for $45 -- a significant savings over the video game's MSRP of $59.99 on its first day of release.
Better hop on this deal while it lasts, though. While the eBay listing will run through Friday, stock is limited to quantities on-hand. Do it for Riley!
Update: Green Man Gaming is currently offering the Steam-redeemable PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for $48 with the promotional code GMG20-P6Y1F-KC19F.
Twitch and Mojang have partnered to deliver an integrated streaming experience in indie sensation Minecraft, the companies announced at MineCon today. Players on PC and Mac with a Twitch account will be able to easily stream their video games to their Twitch.tv channels "soon," according to a press release.
Matthew DiPietro, vice president of marketing at Twitch, said in the same press release that Minecraft has "struck a very powerful chord" with Twitch users. "Its constantly escalating popularity illustrates that people love to watch videogames outside of the headline-grabbing eSports titles. Expect a watershed moment for both players and spectators once the ability to easily broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch goes live."
While this announcement is for PC and Mac users, it's important to note that the Xbox One will be getting its own version of Minecraft, and Twitch is integrated into Microsoft's next-gen system. So the possibility is there for Twitch streaming from a console version of the video game. You know, unless a creeper comes by and blows everything up. Sssssssss.
Following its recent launch, Batman: Arkham Origins greeted players with a number of video game-breaking glitches - so many that publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has issued a public apology.
The lengthy missive does its best to reassure players before outlining the 3 issues causing the most problems: players falling through the video game's geometry, a vanishing "Continue" option on the main menu and an odd bug that removes FreeFlow Focus combat mode once a player has attained a third rank in the Shadow Vigilante skill.
Helpfully, Warner Bros. claims to be working diligently to fix these problems. "The team has been working around the clock to review, validate and pinpoint the problems that have been reported and we have identified 3 main issues which we are tackling first, and are listed below," reads a message added to the official Arkham Origins forums.
"For these issues, we expect the software update to be available within the next week."
Sony revealed as part of today's comprehensive PlayStation 4 pre-release FAQ that the console will not allow content sharing via YouTube at launch, though support for additional video-streaming services is in the works.
At launch, the PlayStation 4 will only be capable of sharing recorded video via Facebook, while gameplay footage can be streamed via Ustream or Twitch. Sony did not completely rule out the possibility of YouTube support being added in a future update, however, as it hinted that PS4 owners should be on the lookout for "further news on other services to come after launch."
Sony additionally notes that Ustream footage will not be saved for later playback. PlayStation 4 stream archiving is only available for Twitch users, and can be enabled via Twitch's site.