Teens React To Tiger Handhelds

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"This not Madden!" one puzzled teen exclaims as he clutches a now ancient Tiger handheld. These relics are now almost impossible to conceive in the era of phone, mobile, and modern day handheld games, but were a staple of video gaming entertainment in the land that time forgot (the 90s, of course).

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The latest video from TheFineBros does an excellent job of showing teen reactions to these once popular games based on all kinds of sports and the coolest movies. It begs the question - in another ten years, will games today be completely overshadowed by upcoming technology to a new audience, presumably one growing up on the potential of virtual reality? I suppose we'll find out!

Patrice Désilets’ Panache Digital Games Has Announcements Slated For E3

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Patrice Désilets’ Panache Digital Games Has Announcements Slated For E3

Last month, Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets announced his new studio's first game. Ancestors: The Human Odyssey was unveiled at Reboot Develop 2015 as a third-person “action-adventure survival episodic” game.

Today, we find out a little more about what that means. Panache sent out a newsletter today with a letter from Désilets discussing the game’s reveal in Croatia. Specifically, he started to put shape around his vision for episodic gaming.

For us it means to present you the best AAA experience through a progressive approach. The narrative experience part will be shorter at the beginning because we will not have the same production capabilities as the big guys out there. We are a small indie shop after all!  

Curse Voice Boasts Safety From DDOS And Swatting For 1.1 Million Monthly Users

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Curse Voice Boasts Safety From DDOS And Swatting For 1.1 Million Monthly Users

If you’ve attended a major gaming convention, chances are you’ve heard or seen the name “Curse.” The company was started almost a decade ago as a way for founder Hubert Thieblot to organize add-ons for World of Warcraft (which he claims to have played for 16 hours per day at one point). Now, the company maintains over 40 websites, including LoLNexus (for League of Legends), MMOChampion, and FUThead (for FIFA Ultimate Team) among others.

In 2014, Curse launched its own VOIP service to compete with the likes of Teamspeak and Mumble. The platform is entirely free and protects user IP addresses from DDOS and other harassment and incursions (similar to Razer Comms).

The company boasts over 1.7 million installations and 1.1 million monthly active users, with League of Legends and Smite the most popular on the service. The platform also features group messaging and an overlay, as well as voice matching for those playing the same game using Curse Voice. 

New Releases This Week: May 10 - May 16

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New Releases This Week: May 10 - May 16

Right now, pollen counts across the country are at absurdly high levels. In other words, it is a perfect time to stay indoors and play video games.

This week brings the release of the oft-delayed Project Cars, another remastered version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 (this time on PS4), and the absurd Not a Hero on PC. If those don't strike your fancy, perhaps a glance at the full list will reveal something more appealing:

Inside My Radio (PC) - May 11Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS) - May 12Color Guardians (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac) - May 12
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
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The Last of Us: Left Behind - Standalone (PS4, PS3) - May 12
Lost Orbit (PS4, PC) - May 12
Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4) - May 12
Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 12
Toren (PS4, PC) - May 12
Ultratron (PS4, PS3, Vita) - May 12
Axiom Verge (PC) - May 14
Galactic Civilizations III (PC) - May 14
Not a Hero (PC) - May 14
Quell Logic (PC) - May 14
Ultratron (Wii U) - May 14

Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night Producer Announces Kickstarter Project

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Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night is often heralded as one of the best games of all time, but its producer Koji Igarashi left Konami a little over a year ago. We finally know what he's been working on all that time, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The game is already partially funded, but Igarashi is turning to Kickstarter to help complete funding.

As you can see on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's Kickstarter page, Koji Igarashi has teamed up with developer Inti Creates (Mega Man 9, Mighty No 9, Azure Striker Gunvolt) for a new 2.5D game that looks very much like a spiritual successor to Igarashi's work on the Castlevania series.

The story focuses on an 18th century Alchemist Guild that calls forth a demon plague and then disappears. Ten years later, a monstrous castle filled with demons appears in the same spot that the Alchemists once called home. A young orphan woman who had been cursed by the Alchemists awakes with amnesia and sets off to defeat the evil in the castle. The game is missing Dracula, but otherwise it sounds similar to the Igarashi's Castlevania games. All of the game's enemies and Gothic art style are based on theancient grimoire Lesser Key of Solomon.

A Lego Millennium Falcon Made Of 10,000 Bricks

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Standing in 40 percent larger than Lego's pricey (and sold out) UCS Millennium Falcon, Titans Creations' version of this iconic ship took two months to build and consists of over 10,000 bricks. This build shows the Falcon's interior, and shows four different scenes from the Star Wars films.

For a better look at this impressive creation, check out Titans' video tour, which shows off Luke's training, and the engine's LED lights in action.

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Xbox One May Update Out Today, Includes Voice Messaging

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Xbox One May Update Out Today, Includes Voice Messaging

Microsoft isn’t quite ready to give all Xbox One gamers access to better voice chat. Dedicated voice chat servers aren’t going into full distribution yet, but in the next few weeks, more people will have access.

The dedicated servers, which have been in preview since March, kick in when party members have issues connecting. This is typically caused by moderate or strict network address translation (NAT) settings.

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Lego Inadvertently Reveals Lego Dimensions' Roster

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Lego Inadvertently Reveals Lego Dimensions' Roster

This weekend, Lego posted the instructions for Lego Dimensions' Back to the Future Level Pack. On its surface, it doesn't sound like a big deal; the set was announced alongside the game's reveal last month. As with most Lego instruction manuals, however, it had a gallery of images featuring other upcoming sets for Dimensions. Those images confirmed earlier reports that Scooby-Doo and Portal are coming to the platform, and reveal a load of new content, too.

A member of the Lego fan community Brickset named Bert found the listing, and shared the images with the site (click here to check them all out). The six Level Packs include characters and vehicles from Jurassic World, Scooby-Doo, Portal 2, and Doctor Who, Back to the Future, and The Simpsons. There are 18 Fun Packs listed, which include a minfig and a vehicle (or Shelob, in Gollum's case). Ninjago, The Legend of Chima, The Lord of the Rings, and The Lego Movie, and The Simpsons get multiple themed packs, but a few stragglers including Wonder Woman and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz pop up as well. You should definitely check out the gallery, even if it's just to see one of the goofiest-looking dinosaurs ever constructed. Maybe you can do better?

PSA: GOG Strips DRM From Darksiders, Metro: Last Light Redux, And Three More

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PSA: GOG Strips DRM From Darksiders, Metro: Last Light Redux, And Three More

GOG has announced the addition of five new titles to its library. In partnership with Deep Silver and Nordic Games, these games are available without DRM and at a discount for the week.

Included in GOG’s library now are the following titles:

In addition, a bundle of Darksiders II DLC is available for 60 percent off ($7.99). These pricing offers expire on May 18 and can be found on GOG's website.

Sega Announces Alien: Isolation Shipments Of 2.1 Million, Blames ‘Harsh Market Environment’

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Sega announced its financial performance for the year ending March 31, 2015 today. The company posted net losses of ¥11.26 billion down from from profits of ¥30.72 billion last year. The company also suffered from a 54.3 percent drop in operating income indicating a drop in corporate efficiency.

In addition to its flagging financial performance, Sega released shipment numbers for some of its titles from last year. The company has sold 2.11 million copies of Alien: Isolation to retail. 

The combined shipment numbers for the Wii U and 3DS Sonic Boom titles are 620,000. Sega attributes problems to a softening in the market and transition to mobile gaming. “Performance in the field was weak due to the harsh market environment,” the company writes.