Get A Free Pair Of In-Game Headphones For Sunset Overdrive By Blowing Stuff Up

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Get A Free Pair Of In-Game Headphones For Sunset Overdrive By Blowing Stuff Up

Sunset Overdrive is out in 12 days, but you can start outfitting your character now. Microsoft and Insomniac have opened up Walter’s Workshop, showing off real-world versions of in-game weapons and traps.

You can check out the TNTeddy, Roman Candle, Hack-n-Slay, and Pyro Geyser as they each blow up, slash, and ignite four different targets. You’ll also be able to see how those weapons work in-game.

Spend enough time in the workshop, and you’ll get a code for a unique pair of headphones that you can wear when the game is out on October 28. For more, check out our preview from Gamescom.

Blog Herding: Community Edition 10/16/14

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We're halfway through October and gearing up for a busy holiday season. There's plenty to be excited about as each console has some big name titles about to release. We've also enjoyed a steady increase in activity from the community, so find a blog or review you're interested in and start reading.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed:  October 06 – October 12, 2014Number of User Blogs: 56Number of User Bloggers: 35
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Digital Extremes: No Changes To Leadership Following Majority Acquisition By Chinese Firms

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Digital Extremes: No Changes To Leadership Following Majority Acquisition By Chinese Firms

Digital Extremes, the developer of Warframe and The Darkness II, has announced that a majority of its outstanding shares have been acquired by two Chinese firms. Multi Dynamic Games Inc. (a subsidiary of Sumpo Food Holdings Limited) and Perfect Online Holding Limited (a subsidiary of Star Trek Online publisher Perfect World) will purchase 61 percent of Digital Extremes.

The deal comes with a commitment to bring Warframe to Chinese consoles. Perfect World, which will own 3 percent of the company following the close of the deal, is also bringing Cryptic’s Neverwinter to Chinese Xbox Ones. 

In a post on the official forums, game director Steve Sinclair addressed concerns and lays out how the deal will impact the company and Warframe. “For me, it’s business as usual, with zero changes in DE management and no outside interference whatsoever,” he writes. “For you, I hope you read the deal and realize it’s not the doomsday scenario you may fear. I hope you agree to at least wait and see what it means and I hope you engage with us and our community on what is important to you as a player as Warframe and Digital Extremes grows from this partnership.”

Demon’s Crest, One Of The Most Valuable SNES Games, Hits Virtual Console This Month

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Demon’s Crest, One Of The Most Valuable SNES Games, Hits Virtual Console This Month

Associated editor Kyle Hilliard has been tracking the most valuable SNES games for some time now. As more of them come to Nintendo’s virtual consoles on Wii U and 3DS, the rarest gems are becoming accessible once more.

In June, Capcom promised that Demon’s Crest would be coming to Wii U. On October 30, that commitment will be fulfilled.

At our last check in with the Top 15, Demon’s Crest was available for about $200 (according to the website videogames.pricecharting.com). That has dropped to $123 for the complete version. We anticipate it will dip more before the month is out.

Swery And Capy Team Up For Super Time Force D4 DLC

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Swery And Capy Team Up For Super Time Force D4 DLC

The team at Capybara Games are big fans of the enigmatic developer Swery65, and have made some DLC based on their games Super Time Force and Sworcery for his oddball murder mystery D4.

In tribute to the truly kooky works of Swery, Capybara made a selection of downloadable clothing featuring design elements from Sworcery and Super Time Force for D4. These DLC packs are available now for free at the Xbox Live store.

[Source: Twitter]

Google Announces Nexus Player Media/Gaming Android Console

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Google is set to release its own version of Amazon's Fire TV - a set-top media and gaming box that has the ability to use an optional controller.

The Nexus Player is an Android device and – unlike Google's successful Chromecast – can run Android apps and games from the Play store. If you want to get serious about gaming with the device, you'll need to shell out $39 for an Xbox-style controller. The unit itself will retail for $99, and boasts some solid specs, including a 1.8Ghz quad-core intel processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Google says the unit can deliver impressive graphics with a new 64-bit Imagination PowerVR graphics chip and stream media at 1080p.

In addition to the Android gaming functions of the Nexus Player, it will also run media apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Xbox One October Update Brings New Snap Controls, Password Security

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Xbox One October Update Brings New Snap Controls, Password Security

Microsoft is beginning to roll out a new update that brings some new media functionality, plus a needed tweak to the system's password security.

The biggest change is new controls for the system's sometimes wonky Snap feature. Now, a quick double tap of the Xbox button will bring up a quick menu that allow you to snap, unsnap, or flashback to apps quick -- and record the last 30 seconds of gameplay.

There also some new social features, including the ability to put captions on unlocked Achievements, a friends Achievement activity feed, and a monthly Gamerscore leaderboard.

Ex-Torchlight Devs Announce Space Swashbuckler Rebel Galaxy

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Ex-Torchlight Devs Announce Space Swashbuckler Rebel Galaxy

Double Damage Games, a new studio started the co-founders of Torchlight developer Runic Games, has announced a new space combat game named Rebel Galaxy.

Rebel Galaxy bills itself as an "an action-packed, swashbuckling space opera", and seems to favor the rogue-ish, lightly comedic tone of the cult classic TV show Firefly. While the game has you having interactive conversations with a variety of sketchy interstellar characters, the emphasis -- at least based on this trailer -- seems to be on explosive space combat with large-scale, customizable ships.

For a small studio (Double Damage's own press release calls itself a "micro-studio"), this is a pretty ambitious project. Rebel Galaxy is bound for Steam and PlayStation 4, and there is not tentative release date at this time.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Added To EA Early Access Vault

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Added To EA Early Access Vault

Electronic Arts continues to nurture its EA Access subscription program by adding more content to its vault.

Today the company slipped Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare into the library alongside Battlefield 4, Need For Speed: Rivals, Peggle 2, FIFA 14, and Madden NFL 25 as games Xbox One owners can play if they subscribe to the $4.99/month service. This access for subscribers is coupled with the ability to play games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and NBA Live 15 before they release to retail.

You can read our review of Garden Warfare here.

Infinite Crisis Developer Suffers Layoffs

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Infinite Crisis Developer Suffers Layoffs

The Massachusetts-based developer Turbine is currently hard at work developing Infinite Crisis, the MOBA starring DC Comics superheroes, but that hasn't stopped parent company Warner Bros. from trimming its staff.

Today Warner Bros. confirmed that the studio has been hit with a round of layoffs. "As part of our normal business process, we're routinely looking at the strategic alignment of our company," the company said in a statement obtained by Game Informer. "Unfortunately, in order for us to invest in growth areas at Turbine, we have to eliminate some positions. These are always tough decisions, which we don't approach lightly, but it's crucial that Turbine is structured in a way that reflects the current and coming marketplace."

Infinite Crisis remains in open beta, and is scheduled to release later this year.