[Update] Mighty No. 9 Now Available On Xbox 360

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[Update] Mighty No. 9 Now Available On Xbox 360

Update: It turns out the Mighty No. 9 delay on Xbox 360 was just a little more than a day. The game is now available on that platform after a certification issue.

Steam is now listing the Mac and Linux versions as part of its SteamPlay (buy once, play on any eligible platform) program. It's unclear if this is pre-emptive or if these versions have also made it out to the public. 

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Report: Criterion Now Working On Star Wars Instead Of Its Extreme Sports Game

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In 2014, Criterion announced, or perhaps more appropriately teased, an extreme sports game that featured multiple vehicles, wingsuits, parachuting, and more. Since its initial announcement, we haven't heard much about the game, and according to a report from GameSpot, it may be Star Wars' fault.

An Electronic Arts representative confirmed to GameSpot that the extreme sports game was no longer in development saying, "While they've moved on from the previous project they've spoken about and aren't pursuing it, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA, in addition to continuing to collaborate with other EA studios."

Criterion has served more of a support role for Electronic Arts in recent years by assisting on the development of games like Battlefield Hardline and Star Wars Battlefront. At E3 2016, it was revealed that Criterion was developing a VR offshoot for Star Wars Battlefront. You can read more about that game here.

Indie Publisher Says Grey Market Game Key Reseller Cost Company $450,000

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The topic of grey market game key resellers isn’t a new one. In 2014, we reported on a retailer scam that profited off Humble Bundle’s charity efforts. In 2015, Ubisoft took action to deactivate stolen keys appearing on reseller sites.

Now, one developer has quantified the impact of grey market sellers on its bottom line. In a post on its website, small publisher TinyBuild says that G2A (one of the companies targeted by Ubisoft for key deactivation in 2015) is directly responsible for $450,000 of lost revenue.

G2A (and others like it) function like an auction site for game keys. If you’ve ever purchased a bundle and gotten one or two keys for games you already own, you might consider selling them. However, the system is ripe for abuse.

Activision's Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle Revealed, Includes New Game and Movie

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As previously announced, a brand new Ghostbusters game that presents an original story set in the same universe as the film series is coming on July 12. A new bundle has been announced that includes the game, a digital copy of the new movie, as well as costumes and dashboard themes.

Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on July 12, the new standalone game costs $49.99 and will follow an original cast of characters after the events of the film. The gameplay will be familiar to fans of isometric shooters, and each character can be upgraded with their own gear and weapons. Local four player co-op is supported, with each player taking control of one of the new paranormal investigators.

The Ultimate Bundle, priced at $64.99, comes with the game and the classic suit pack, featuring costume designs straight out of the original movie. This DLC will also be available to any player who pre-orders the standard version of the game. A digital copy of the latest Ghostbusters film is included in the Ultimate Bundle, but the code will be delivered at a later date to coincide with the digital release.

Limbo Free On Steam For A Limited Time

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If you were eager to see more of Playdead's latest game Inside after it's presentations at E3, you could consider playing its equally as eerie predecessor Limbo, which is now free for download on Steam.

We gave Limbo a 9 in our review, and believe it's definitely worth a playthrough before you try Inside, which is scheduled to release June 29 on Xbox One, with a July 7 release on PC to follow. Better hurry though, as Limbo is free until tomorrow, June 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific. 

For a look at Inside, check out this Test Chamber where we play 10 minutes of the game. 

Sega And Humble Bundle Celebrate Sonic's 25th Anniversary With New Deals

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Sega And Humble Bundle Celebrate Sonic's 25th Anniversary With New Deals

Sega has announced a Humble Bundle deal in celebration for Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th birthday on June 23rd.

Paying $1 will get you Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic CD, and a Sonic comic sample. Beat the average purchase price and you also receive Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Sonic Adventure 2 with Battle DLC.

With $10 and above, you receive the above games as well as Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations with Casino Nights DLC, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed with all DLC. 

The Strong Museum Welcomes The Desk Of The 'Father Of Video Games' Ralph Baer

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The Strong National Museum of Play in New York is welcoming a new edition to their eGameRevolution exhibit: the desk of video game pioneer Ralph Baer.

Baer invented the first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, and adopted the affectionate nickname the '"father of video games" as a result. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 92 in 2014, and now admirers of his work can see where he crafted his inventions on his desk brought all the way from his Florida home. His desk includes many tools of his trade, including his soldering gun, oscilloscope, ohm meter, and drawers of electronic components. 

His home console creation helped bring the possibly for interactive play into the domestic sphere, and set the foundation for all future consoles that proceeded it. He is also well known for many of his other electronic creations, the most popular being handheld memory SImon, which is still selling four decades later.

[Update] Battlefield 4: Second Assault DLC Free On All Platforms

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[Update] Battlefield 4: Second Assault DLC Free On All Platforms

Update: Second Assault is now available free on EA's Origin service for PC and on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

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Over the past several months, EA has been rotating DLC from Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline as free on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. We now know what the next piece of DLC to be offered for no money is, as Battlefield 4's Second Assault DLC has made the jump to free to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One and Xbox 360. While the DLC isn't showing up as free on the other platforms, given the recent pattern of the DLC becoming temporarily free across all platforms, it would be surprising if it didn't make the jump to free on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC as well.

Mighty No. 9 Backers Struggling With Broken Codes And Three Years Of Disappointment

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Mighty No. 9 Backers Struggling With Broken Codes And Three Years Of Disappointment

It would be unfair to suggest that every Mighty No. 9 backer is unhappy with the Kickstarter experience and the final result. However, after a number of delays, tepid reviews, and poor communications during the process, many backers have come away with a bad taste.

The most recent spate of problems comes in the form of broken and incorrect codes being distributed to backers. We’ve received multiple reports from those that supported the Kickstarter that the wrong rewards have been distributed (a sample of the many messages we've received from backers can be found below)

With botched Steam codes going to backers (my Ray DLC code is a Retro Hero code so I have two of those and no Ray DLC) and no word on my physical goods (NES box and manual)... I don't really feel anything anymore. No excitement. No disappointment. Just numb to it all. I don't want to think about Mighty No 9 ever again. - Joe Walker

Bitmap Books Set To Release An NES Visual Compendium Next Year

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Bitmap Books Set To Release An NES Visual Compendium Next Year

With 10 days left of its successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $200,000 with goal of $36,733, Bitmap Books is expecting to release an unofficial visual compendium based around the Nintendo Entertainment System sometime next year.

After reaching many of its stretch goals, the book is now over 400 pages long, with eight gatefold pages, and a forward by ex-Rare developer Kevin Bayliss, who is now working on Yooka-Laylee. No specific release date for the book is given, but its Kickstarter page notes an expected launch of January 2017. Bitmap's campaign will be running until July 1. You can get a glimpse of several of the book's pages in the gallery below.

Bitmap Books has released similar books for consoles like the Commodore 64, the Commodore Amiga, and the Siclaire ZX Spectrum. We recently noted this book in our Kickstarters to watch.
[Source: Bitmap Books on Kickstarter