John Romero Dissects Doom’s Design While Playing It

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John Romero Dissects Doom’s Design While Playing It

Double Fine’s Devs Play series features classic games played by experienced developers. In the most recent episode, John Romero walks Double Fine’s JP LeBreton through the first level of Doom.

During the 15 minute session, Romero explains how id Software created visual variety using horseshoes, the importance of looking outside, and how secrets in id games evolved. Romero and LeBreton also discuss scale and scope of hallways and how subtle angles can impact the player experience.

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Dying Light Gets Free DLC Following Distribution Problems In Some Territories

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Dying Light Gets Free DLC Following Distribution Problems In Some Territories

Dying Light’s release is becoming a bit fractured. Techland announced today that boxed copies will be delayed in some territories, though digital release is unaffected worldwide.

According to the developer, there is no release date change for digital versions. Worldwide PC digital release is on January 27. On that same day, North and South America will see digital and physical release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Digital release on those consoles will take place on January 28 in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Physical copies in those regions are delayed until February 27.

Ubisoft Unveils Innovative Procedural Platform Grow Home

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Ubisoft Unveils Innovative Procedural Platform Grow Home

Ubisoft Reflections (the team behind the Driver series) has a new game that's very different from its past titles – and it's coming soon.

On a post on the Ubi Blog, Anne Lewis writes extensively about the new project, which is being created by an eight-person team within Reflections. Here's the basic premise:

"Grow Home is the story of BUD, a Botanical Utility Droid sent on a mission across the galaxy to seek out a new species of flora to help oxygenate his home world. He finds the perfect specimen in the Star Plant. "We think of the Star Plant like a giant beanstalk," says Producer Pete Young. "BUD's mission is to grow it to maturity and harvest the seeds it produces. The plant ends up being a towering two-kilometer-high bridge from the ground to his space ship."

Play Sims Free For 48 Hours On Origin

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Play Sims Free For 48 Hours On Origin

EA is offering players a chance to try Sims 4 before they buy.

The official Twitter account of EA's downloadable game service Origin tweeted out the offer today:

"Want to try The Sims 4? You can now play 48 hours of FREE time with Origin Game Time! Go ahead and mess with life."

Microsoft Is Teasing A Presentation For May 4

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Microsoft Is Teasing A Presentation For May 4

Microsoft is starting to tease something that’s still over three months away. An image shared by Xbox Canada community manager Raj Patel (above, click to enlarge) contains a hidden message with a date and time.

Entering the Morse code into a translator yields the following message:

“PRESENTED BY XBOX 10 AM PDT 1 PM EST MAY 4TH 2015”

You Can Get Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott Free For Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire

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You Can Get Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott Free For Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire

The Pokémon Company is giving you a chance to add three new, special Pokémon to your collection. All you need to do is collect three codes during the designated periods and input them into Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby.

First up is grass type Pokémon Serperior. Head over to Pokemon.com now to get the code for this pocket monster. Once you have it, go to Mystery Gift in the main menu, and choose the option to use a code. Don’t worry that the code is too short, the game will auto-populate the remaining fields.

Next up is Emboar starting on January 29. Again, a code will be posted on Pokemon.com. Finally, you can get Samurott beginning on February 5. That code will appear in the February Trainer Club Newsletter.

Company Wants All EA Profits From Nine Sports Games Due To Alleged Patent Infringement

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Company Wants All EA Profits From Nine Sports Games Due To Alleged Patent Infringement

EA will be heading to court to defend itself against a patent-infringement lawsuit tied to its sports titles. The suit was filed on January 15 by White Knuckle LLC, which holds a patent for updating video games based on real-world changes.

The patent specifies mechanisms by which developers can update sports statistics, roster changes, and stadium updates that might occur during the year. The patent was initially filed in 2002 and refiled in 2009 with Athanasios Angelopoulos as the listed inventor. The patent was awarded on September 10, 2013.

The complaint requests a number of remedies, including injunctive relief that would prevent further infringement, damages and interest, and all of the profits related to a number of games (NCAA Football 10, NCAA Football 12, NCAA Football 13, NCAA Football 14, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14), and attorney fees. You can read the entire filing via the link below.

Free Trials Fusion Online Multiplayer DLC Available Now

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Free Trials Fusion Online Multiplayer DLC Available Now

Ubisoft and RedLynx have updated Trials Fusion once more. Today sees the introduction of online multiplayer. The best part? You don’t have to pay a dime.

There are three multiplayer modes available for up to eight players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. On Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the player cap is four.

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Game Of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords Dated For Early February

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Telltale Games has announced the release dates for the second episode of its Game of Thrones series. You won’t have to wait very long to return to Ironrath.

Episode 2, titled The Lost Lords, will take us across Westeros (and even to Essos given the appearance of the exiled Asher Forrester). We’ll travel to the Wall and encounter another familiar Game of Thrones character.

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