Smooth McGroove Sings The Melodies Of Yoshi's Island

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Smooth McGroove Sings The Melodies Of Yoshi's Island

YouTube singer Smooth McGroove, famous for his video game acapella covers, tackles Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island in his newest video.

The song he covers is "Flower Garden" from Yoshi's Island. Being one of the first tracks you hear in-game, it's a tune that's both iconic and memorable. McGroove does a fantastic rendition of this playful tune and hits all the right notes (even the high ones). You can check it out below.

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Developer Warren Spector Hopes To Recover Unreleased IP From Disney

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Developer Warren Spector Hopes To Recover Unreleased IP From Disney

After the recent news of Disney Interactive Studios' discontinuation of the Infinity series, and Avalanche Software shuttering on May 10, developer Warren Spector, best known for Ion Storm's Deus Ex, is showing concern about losing rights to an IP he worked on at Junction Point Studios.

Junction Point Studios, headed by Spector, was a studio acquired by Disney Interactive. This means any game Spector created at Junction Point remains legally owned by Disney. One of the IPs, potentially among others, is Necessary Evil, a game that was planned to be a Deus Ex spiritual successor in a near-future setting. Spector wrote on Twitter, "Necessary Evil was one of the IP I signed over to Disney as part of the Junction Point acquisition." Junction Point Studios was behind the first two Epic Mickey games. You can view the rest of his tweets below:

Hey, Disney, now that you're out of games can I have the IP I created at @JunctionPoint back? You're never going to do anything with them.

What Would Happen If Video Game Enemies Switched Places?

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What Would Happen If Video Game Enemies Switched Places?

Dorkly's newest video game parody is one you don't want to miss. This short video tackles the hilarious ramifications of what would happen if henchmen from different games switched places.

What happens when an unsuspecting, cocky Mario is faced with Pac-Man ghosts? What if Metroids disguised as Team Rocket invaded Pokémon? Plenty more creative, cross-over scenarios are best experienced yourself by watching the video below.

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This Beastly Doom Sculpture Was Carved With Chainsaws

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This Beastly Doom Sculpture Was Carved With Chainsaws

Bethesda teamed up with Australian sculptor Rob Bast to recreate one of Doom's most iconic enemies, The Revenant, in sculpture form.

The detailed, eight foot model was sculpted from recycled cypress wood, and took over 150 hours to build. Bast used a batch of his own chainsaws, varying in size, to sculpt it. Watch the video below to see the incredible process.

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Citizens Of Earth Pulled From eShop After Exploit Is Found

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Citizens Of Earth Pulled From eShop After Exploit Is Found

The RPG Citizens of Earth has been temporarily pulled from the Nintendo eShop for 3DS, after an exploit was found that allows users to run unsolicited software such as homebrew via the game.

Citizens of Earth, which was recently included in the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle, has been removed as of yesterday evening. Atlus and Nintendo are both working on bringing it back to the eShop once the issue is fixed. 

Atlus USA released the following statement on its Facebook page:

Riot Games Owner Tencent Introduces New Game Console In Asia

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Riot Games Owner Tencent Introduces New Game Console In Asia

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At CES Asia (Consumer Electronics Show) in Shanghai, Chinese game company Tencent announced its new console the TGP (Tencent Games Platform) Box.

The TGP Box uses a sixth generation Intel core processor while running both Windows 10 and a TGP Box mode. In this mode, the console can download and stream games, including League of Legends, FIFA Online 3, NBA 2K Online, Monster Hunter Online, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Tournament. Tencent hopes to bring plenty of third-party developed games later this year.

The Banner Saga 2 Arrives On Consoles This July

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The Banner Saga 2 Arrives On Consoles This July

Only a month after its launch, Stoic Games has announced that The Banner Saga 2 will hit consoles in July.

The sequel to the viking-themed RPG is currently available on PC and Mac, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions arriving July 26.

The first Banner Saga arrived on consoles in January, which is two years after its original launch. In comparison, The Banner Saga 2 is hitting consoles much quicker than its predecessor.

Reader Discussion: Do Late Reviews Affect Your Purchasing Decisions?

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Reader Discussion: Do Late Reviews Affect Your Purchasing Decisions?

Many people use reviews to decide if a game is worth their time. In the current gaming climate, it's getting harder and harder to have reviews at launch due to day-one patches and online components, such as servers requiring testing under real-world conditions.

Years ago, not having a review at launch made people suspicious that the publisher was trying to hide something, usually a less-than-stellar game, but that's not always the case. As we saw with The Division, being an online-only title, Ubisoft opted to wait  because the game is meant to be played with a populated world - something impossible to create for the press only. Bethesda also decided not to let reviewers play Doom early, which is why our review is currently in progress. Reviews are meant to help the consumer make their purchasing decisions, which begs the question: How do late reviews affect whether or not your buy a game day one?

Microsoft Ends Support For Project Spark, No Resulting Layoffs

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Microsoft Ends Support For Project Spark, No Resulting Layoffs

Project Spark, Microsoft’s game creation suite for Xbox One and PC, is coming to an end. It was transitioned out of active development late last year and made entirely free, but now Microsoft is pulling the plug in full.

As of today, the software is unavailable for download. As of August 12, all services will be pulled offline and user-generated content will be unretrievable. If you want to keep any content you or others have created, you’ll need to download it before then.

There have been no layoffs associated with this decision, as many of the people working on Project Spark were transitioned to other projects. “This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly,” writes community manager Thomas Gratz. “When ‘Project Spark’ transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios. While this means there have been no layoffs at Microsoft, it also means it’s simply no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping ‘Project Spark’ up and running with meaningful updates and bug fixes, so we have come to this hard decision.”