Team Meat's Edmund McMillen Launches Strange New Game, Fingered

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Team Meat's Edmund McMillen Launches Strange New Game, Fingered

Edmund McMillen may or may not be working on Super Meat Boy 2, but you don't have to wait any longer for another dose of his charmingly bizarre humor.

McMillen's latest game, Fingered, launched on Steam yesterday, and only costs $1.87. McMillen describes Fingered as "a randomly generated game of Guess Who meets Papers, Please," which tasks players with correctly identifying criminals in a police line-up and sending them to the electric chair (coincidentally, you will also finger the switch to the chair). The criminals are randomly generated, though the game's Steam page states that there are "loads of secret celebs to murder" as well. Fingered is currently ranked "Very Positive" on Steam, based on 178 user reviews. Check out the trailer below, which might give you a better idea of what Fingered is all about, or at least the sense of humor McMillen is aiming for.

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Beautiful Sega Genesis Art Makes Painted Controller Look Real

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Beautiful Sega Genesis Art Makes Painted Controller Look Real

Randy Gallegos, a freelance illustrator, has taken the advice "Paint what you love" to heart. On his website Hearts For Hardware, he paints video game consoles and controllers, a subject that has fascinated him since a young age. Regarding the first time he saw an NES, Gallegos recalls "That gray and black rectangular console held the promise of so much wonder and enjoyment."

In the picture below, Gallegos has painted a light gray PlayStation controller. 

Nintendo hardware also makes an appearance with two Wii remotes.

Yo-Kai Watch Scares Up November Release On 3DS

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Nintendo has announced that the $2 billion Yo-Kai craze will land here in November. That means it’s time to put the Pokeballs down for now and pick up your Yo-Kai Watch.

While the Yo-Kai have ghost-like qualities, Nintendo and Level-5 are being careful just to call them “Yo-Kai.” In the game world, fears and concerns often manifest as mischievous spirits. There are over 200 of the Yo-Kai available to capture and use in battle.

More than 8 million copies of the games have been sold in Japan, but the Yo-Kai blitz is more than just the 3DS title. In addition to the game launching November 6, Disney XD will premiere the animated Yo-Kai Watch show this fall. VIZ Media will be bringing the manga to North America, also.

You Can Sign Up For PlayStation 4 Firmware Beta Testing

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You Can Sign Up For PlayStation 4 Firmware Beta Testing

Sony is giving PlayStation 4 owners the chance to put new versions of the firmware through their paces. The application process is simple, and you can complete it right now.

You can only apply via a master account, so if you are a sub-account holder, ask your parents’ or roommate’s permission. The program is schedule to begin in early September.

If beta users do run into problems, Sony is making it possible to roll back to the last public release. You can sign up here with your PlayStation ID.

Destiny Livestream Explains The Taken King Progression System

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As reported yesterday, Bungie is running a livestream today in which the studio plans to detail how leveling, gear, investment, and other progression features will work in Destiny once The Taken King launches. We’ll be watching the stream, and we’ll update this story every few minutes with the new info, adding in our editorial commentary where appropriate.

(All times noted in Pacific standard time, where Bungie is broadcasting)

11am: Livestream scheduled to begin.

State Of Washington Victorious In Suit Against Deadbeat Kickstarter Manager

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State Of Washington Victorious In Suit Against Deadbeat Kickstarter Manager

Last year, the State of Washington initiated the first government suit against a Kickstarter project manager. The state claimed that Altius Management perpetrated “unfair or deceptive acts of trade or commerce” with regard to its stylish Asylum Playing Cards campaign.

Rewards and products were supposed to be delivered by December 2012, but nothing was delivered and communications from Altius and its owner Edward Polchlopek III (a.k.a. Ed Nash) ceased. Altius also failed to respond to backers, including those asking for a refund for non-delivery. 

The state sought $2,000 per infraction on behalf of the 31 residents of Washington that had backed the project (out of a total of more than 800). Late last month, it scored a victory as the courts found against Polchlopek and Altius.

Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament Expansion Launches August 24

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Blizzard is giving you through Sunday to pre-purchase your Grand Tournament packs. Starting on Monday, you can begin cracking those open and building new decks.

The Grand Tournament is scheduled to launch on August 24 with 132 new cards. You’ll be able to purchase packs at launch, of course, but discounts and the limited card back available with pre-purchase expires once the gates to the new content are opened.

For more on The Grand Tournament, check out our previous coverage.

Final Fantasy VII Launches On iOS Today Complete With God Mode Cheat

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Final Fantasy VII Launches On iOS Today Complete With God Mode Cheat

Last December at PlayStation Experience, Sony and Square Enix announced a port of Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation 4. Today, we have good news and bad news. There’s a port out today, but it isn’t on PS4.

Square has launched an iOS version that includes a couple of additional features not found in the original. You can completely turn off random battles to hit the story points and narratively critical fights.

Of course, if you do that, you won’t be able to level up. To fix that Square Enix has included a “max stats” option to make your characters unstoppable.

Nearly 30 Million Hours Of Fallout Shelter Played In The First Month

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Nearly 30 Million Hours Of Fallout Shelter Played In The First Month

If it only served as a gauge for Fallout 4 excitement, Bethesda’s free, mobile Fallout Shelter app released during E3 would be a success. However, it’s also raked in millions of dollars, as players purchase lunchboxes to welcome rare Vault Dwellers and equip them with powerful weapons and armor.

In an attempt to quantify engagement with its first foray into free-to-play, Bethesda put together an info graphic featuring some impressive statistics from the first month. To date, 85.4 million vaults have been created, with nearly 30 million hours played across 1.08 billion sessions.

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Picross 3D 2 Announced (For Japan)

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A sequel the fantastic DS puzzle game of the same name is on its way – in Japan.

Announced with a dedicated page on Nintendo Japan's website, the game is slated for release in Japan on 3DS on October 1. There are some new types of blocks with new types of numbers and it's unclear exactly how they work. You can check out a trailer for the game below.

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