A New Way To Taunt In Madden

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Taunting your opponent is half the fun, either in real-life football or in Madden, and EA Sports is giving you a new tool to do this.

The GIFerator is an EA website that lets you create GIFs using Madden NFL 15 images.

The website has you select a team, background, and gives you 40 characters to send a message to your opponents. The GIFs themselves are pre-generated (with new ones coming all the time), but you have the option to share them with your Madden and football frenemies via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and a generated URL.

Buy An Xbox One Next Week, Get Any Retail Game Free

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Buy An Xbox One Next Week, Get Any Retail Game Free

Microsoft is offering new incentive to purchase a new Xbox One. The company is giving away a free new game with every new Xbox One purchase.

The publisher is putting no restrictions on the titles included in the promotion, and the deal applies even to existing bundles. Since the deal runs from September 7 through September 13, you could conceivably come home with a free copy of Destiny.

Usually these deals come with redemption instructions and the free games are digital codes. In this case, you’ll be getting a retail disc.

Minecraft Arrives On PlayStation 4 Today, Vita Later

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By the end of the week, Minecraft will be available to anyone with a new-gen console. Sony and Mojang have announced that the sandbox crafting game arrives today, Thursday, September 4, on PlayStation 4.

For those that already own a retail or digital copy of the PlayStation 3 version, you’ll be able to upgrade for just $4.99. For those with a disc, you’ll just need a saved game and to be logged into the same PSN account as you used on the PS3 version. For others, the price is $19.99. 

The Vita version of the game is still in the works, though there are no details at this time. “Mojang and 4J are working hard on it,” says Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Brian Silva. “We hope to update you soon.” The Xbox One version will be released tomorrow, Friday, September 5.

Ray's The Dead Heading To Vita

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Ray's The Dead Heading To Vita

Developer Ragtag Studio's zombie game where you play as a zombie is expanding into the world of handheld.

In the game players play as the deceased Ray LaMorte as he tries to expand his zombie army by reanimating the corpses of the recently deceased. The game will be a Cross-Buy title meaning purchasing the game once will offer access to both the PlayStation 4 and Vita versions of the game.

Ray's The Dead has reached its Kickstarter goal, but it's still gathering funds to hit some of its stretch goals.

Twilight Princess Link Stands Ready For Your Shelf

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Twilight Princess Link Stands Ready For Your Shelf

It’s always nice when toy makers opt to release cool figures from a great game, rather than always going back to the well of movies, comics, and cartoons. In this case, Dark Horse is the North American distributor for this beautiful sculpt of Link from Twilight Princess, which stands at an impressive 10 inches in height. The figure will run you between $70 and $80 (depending on retailer) if you want it for your home collection.

If you’re really looking to punish your wallet, you could also pick up the accompanying Twilight Princess Ganondorf figure, who has a good two-inch height advantage on his sparring partner, Link. You can purchase Link or Ganon direct from Dark Horse, or find both hero and villain from a third-party toy store like BigBadToyStore.

Click on either Link or Ganondorf image in this story to see the full figure.

TSI Announces Seven Dragon Saga

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TSI Announces Seven Dragon Saga

Anyone who played computer role-playing games in the 80s and 90s likely remembers the gold box RPG games from SSI. Including titles like Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, and Champions of Krynn, these great games  offered hundreds of hours of exploration and combat based in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons ruleset of the period. Some of the alumni from SSI have come together to form TSI, and the team has announced the game they hope to continue in the gold box legacy – Seven Dragon Saga.

The setting for Seven Dragon Saga is described as a “high-powered fantasy universe, revolving around the Empire of the Seven Dragons.” Players control heroes that are already powerful and dangerous as the game begins, and the gameplay focuses on turn-based party combat. TSI is also promising a campaign focused on meaningful story choices that change the course of the game world. 

The digital game is based upon an unreleased tabletop system designed by Keith Brors and David Shelley, both of whom came out of SSI’s glory days in the 80s and 90s. An early look at the art and details on the setting seem to balance evenly between classic fantasy and wuxia-style martial arts action. 

Gallery Nucleus To Host Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Exhibit

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Gallery Nucleus To Host Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Exhibit

Uncharted and The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog turns 30 this year, and the studio is celebrating. Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California will host an exhibit featuring production art from a number of the developer’s titles.

The event takes place from September 27 through October 12, with an opening reception on the 27th from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Admission is free, and the first 30 attendees will receive a commemorative anniversary pin.

The event will also include a number of workshops, including painting, concept art, and character modeling demonstrations. Art from Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, and The Last of Us will be featured.

Reader Discussion: Are You Interested In Portable Virtual Reality?

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This morning, Samsung and Oculus announced a new collaborative venture that will use the new Samsung Note 4 as a virtual reality display. The Gear VR isn’t a substitute for the Oculus Rift, it’s another branch of development (and one that was foreshadowed over a year ago when we spoke to founder Palmer Luckey).

There are certainly some advantages to a portable virtual reality solution. You’ll be able to take it on an airplane, use it anywhere in the house, and load up some of the more relaxing scenic apps while laying in bed. If you want, you could even use it while driving a car (please don’t use it while driving a car).

There are, of course, some drawbacks to this solution. For now, you’ll need a very specific phone model, and you’ll be limited by battery power. The GPU and CPU are also a bottleneck, and the Gear VR only offers three degrees of freedom (instead of the Rift DK2’s six degrees). 

Sega Details Extensive Breakdowns In Relationship With Gearbox Over Alien: Colonial Marines

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Sega Details Extensive Breakdowns In Relationship With Gearbox Over Alien: Colonial Marines

Whether the class action lawsuit over Alien: Colonial Marines ever results in meaningful compensation for consumers is something we don’t yet know. However, the legal matter has served to bring to light serious relationship problems between Sega and Gearbox, according to the publisher’s testimony.

As we reported in August, Sega is attempting to settle its part of the lawsuit for $1.25 million. Despite extracting itself from financial obligations, the publisher took the opportunity to rebut Gearbox’s claims that Sega was responsible for the game’s failure.

New testimony from Sega of America filed on September 2 claims that Gearbox handled the majority of marketing for the game, and that a significant level of public relations autonomy was demanded by the studio. Gearbox claims that Sega was solely responsible for the marketing of the game, and the testimony rebuts the assertion with a number of instances to the contrary.

Fireproof Games Announces The Room Three

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Fireproof Games Announces The Room Three

We really liked the most recent entry in Fireproof’s puzzle game series, The Room Two. Given the success of the series, it came as welcome news when Fireproof took to Twitter today to reveal the existence of The Room Three. Fireproof’s Barry Meade brought us the announcement, but sadly offers no details about the content or plans for the new game.

Meade had earlier today posted to Twitter with another announcement from Fireproof; the studio is also working on a game for the newly announced Samsung Gear VR, but no details have emerged about this VR game, other than that it is not related to The Room. 

Our TakeFireproof has a proven track record in the mobile space. Both of the first two games in The Room series were atmospheric and compelling. A new mobile entry is very exciting. As an established studio, Fireproof’s other announcement of a Gear VR project helps lend credence to Samsung’s goals to enter into the burgeoning VR marketplace.