Cartoon Network 'No Longer Just About Creating TV Series,' Releases New Game To Prove It

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Cartoon Network 'No Longer Just About Creating TV Series,' Releases New Game To Prove It

Cartoon Network is planning to go beyond televised animation. As reported by Wired, chief content officer Rob Sorcher recently talked about how the channel was moving original content into other spaces, including video games:

 We’re no longer just about creating TV series, we’re really about creating animated worlds....And so we want the ability to unfold those [worlds] onto any platform—and ultimately all platforms.

This announcement coincided with Cartoon Network releasing its original first game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo. Cartoon Network has had many games based on its popular IPs, like Adventure Time, published and Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's channel space sibling, has published original games such as Westerado: Double-barreled and Jazzpunk. However, this is the first time the company has released a game that wasn't based on one of its series, though OK K.O.! certainly has an aesthetic similar to the likes of Steven Universe and Adventure Time.

Final Fantasy Tactics Director's Kickstarted Game Shelved Indefinitely In Favor Of Other Projects

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Final Fantasy Tactics Director's Kickstarted Game Shelved Indefinitely In Favor Of Other Projects

The dramatic development saga of Yasumi Matsuno, the director of Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story, and Playdeck's Kickstarted game continues. Nearly two years after Unsung Story was funded, the game has been delayed for an indefinite amount of time and the prospects of the final product emerging as anything close to resembling the game concept that was originally presented are uncertain.

Unsung Story was pitched to the public in 2014 as a "spiritual successor to a storied line of epic tactical RPGs designed by Yasumi Matsuno" via a Kickstarter campaign that made $660,126. The game was delayed, missing its original release window of July 2015, with backers not receiving an update on the project until two months later.

When that update did finally arrive, it was one filled with dreary news: Playdek CEO Joel Goodman revealed that the game was being delayed to 2016 and the focus had changed from being a single-player campaign to put priority on a multiplayer PVP component. Backers were understandably displeased.

Report: Red Dead Redemption And Other Backward Compatible Games Appear On Xbox One, But Not Officially Or Uniformly

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 Report: Red Dead Redemption And Other Backward Compatible Games Appear On Xbox One, But Not Officially Or Uniformly

Though Microsoft hasn't made a public announcement yet, it seems that Red Dead Redemption, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Halo Wars, and Castlevania: Symphony of The Night are technically now backwards compatible on Xbox One. The process is not straightforward, and it is unclear whether this intentional or a testing phase gone awry.

The listings for the games were discovered by Twitter user @rockohoward on the Xbox One marketplace as he was looking for information about the next set of games that would be part of Microsoft's next backwards compatibility update. He wrote about his findings on his site Excitehype and posted a video of what he says is Tekken Tag Tournament 2 running on the Xbox One:

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Official Undertale Jazz Album Live At Grillby's Released

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Live At Grillby's, a jazz remix of nine tracks from Undertale's soundtrack by Carlos Eiene (AKA insaneintherainmusic), has just been released. According to Eiene, Live At Grillby's is "officially sanctioned" by Undertale's creator and composer Toby Fox.

Eiene is a cover artist who has created jazz covers for a number of songs from wide variety of games, including The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Super Mario 64, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Chrono Trigger. Here's a cover of "MEGALOVANIA," which is included on Live At Grillby's:

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Reader Discussion: What's The Most Devastating Loss You've Suffered In A Strategy Game?

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XCOM 2 is here! Lots of you are playing it! Lots of you are failing miserably! It's okay. That's part of that series' twisted fun factor. In fact, that's something I think can be applied to the strategy game genre as a whole: it's really good at making losing just as interesting and memorable as winning--and sometimes even more so!

I think the most humiliating loss I've ever had in a game was with Civilization IV, where I built up a technologically advanced society filled with elite soldiers and powerful weaponry...only to be taken out by a group of AI-controlled civilizations that hadn't advanced past the classical era. It only takes a handful of elephants to trump some tanks and take over New York apparently.

So what about you, reader? What tales of shame, tragedy, and hilarity from strategy games have you got for us? Share in the comments section below!

[Update] Shadowrun: Hong Kong's Free Bonus Campaign Is Now Live

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[Update] Shadowrun: Hong Kong's Free Bonus Campaign Is Now Live

Update: The Shadowrun: Hong Kong Extended Edition update, which adds 5+ hours of gameplay and an audio commentary from the developers, has gone live. If you own Steam, the free update will download automatically. It's also worth noting that Shadowrun:Hong Kong is 50% off on GOG and Steam right now, too.

Original Story (February 2 at 9:23 a.m. Central):

Harebrained Schemes is getting ready to deliver a big expansion to the third installment in its recently rebooted Shadowrun series. Hong Kong is a vibrant cyberpunk city that’s about to get bigger.

PSA: GOG's Sale On EA Classics Offers Discounts On Jade Empire, Medal Of Honor, and More

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Didn't see anything in the Lunar New Year sale that grabbed your attention? Maybe you're looking for something a bit more old school. GOG's got a new sale going on that might be up you alley then, with some steep discounts being offered on some quality classics published by EA.

The site's EA catalog is 65-85% off for the next few days, which means games like Jade Empire, Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate, Clive Barker's Undying, and Theme Hospital are in the $3-$7 range. There are over 40 games here, with a nice mix of genres ranging from action and adventure to hardcore strategy.

You can check the sale out here. It ends on February 9.

Possible Mobile Version Of The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Teased

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It looks like the infuriating and addictive roguelike The Binding of Isaac might finally be getting an iOS port. Maybe.

A few years back creator Edmund McMillen mentioned the possibility of bringing the indie favorite to mobile platforms in a blog post about The Binding of Isaac remake, Rebirth, when the remake was in development:

Nicalis is working on the port for Ps3/Vita and PC (steam) and is also currently talking to MS and Nintendo about releasing on their platforms. we are also looking into an iOS version if its not garbage.

Weekend Warrior – Looking For Our Shadow

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Weekend Warrior – Looking For Our Shadow

February is here, and Groundhog’s Day already came and went. Since the little critter couldn’t find his shadow, spring is apparently on its way, but here at the frigid GI headquarters we’re taking no chances. Safely nestled in the warmth of our homes, we’ll be blasting aliens in XCOM 2 and solving brain-teasers in The Witness all weekend, trapped in a loop of addictive gaming that would make Bill Murray proud. 

Here’s what we’re playing this weekend. Let us know what you’ve got planned in the comments. 

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I'm hoping to slow things down and get tactical with XCOM 2. I'll be streaming the game from my beefy computer in the living room to my crap-tastic laptop in my bedroom so I can have a more proper mouse and keyboard set up. I'm really looking forward to being obliterated by those ugly aliens. Other than that, I'll probably continue to mindlessly search for diamonds in Minecraft while listening to podcasts. It's a living. Have a good weekend!