Life is Strange wins Facebook and Peabody's inaugural digital media prize

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Life is Strange wins Facebook and Peabody's inaugural digital media prize

Recipient of first-ever Futures of Media Award

Life is Strange is among five winners of the first-ever Futures of Media Award, chosen by students at University of Georgia and co-sponsored by Peabody and Facebook. The prize honors "excellence and innovation in digital storytelling," according to a press release, with Life is Strange the only video game included in the diverse group.

Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix's episodic game was recognized by the collegiate Peabody Fellows for being "a non-linear [video game] that combines and subverts classic genres while challenging how [video game] narratives are told." One of our Game of the Year 2015 picks, Life is Strange has since also been used as a vehicle for anti-bullying campaigns and other socially minded endeavors.

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter arrives on mobile, unlocks rewards in Uncharted 4

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Uncharted: Fortune Hunter arrives on mobile, unlocks rewards in Uncharted 4

Watch out, Temple Run

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is still five days away, but owners of smartphones and tablets can get their Uncharted fix with a new mobile game, Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, that launched today on Android and iOS.

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter is a free-to-play puzzle game starring Nathan Drake and his mentor, Victor "Sully" Sullivan. The player navigates Nate around puzzle boards by dragging routes for him on the touchscreen. The dashing hero occasionally has to interact with objects in the environment, like rocks that can be placed on weighted panels or special stations that alter the paths available to him. Later puzzles throw obstacles at Nate, such as dart traps.

Atlas Reactor no longer free-to-play, will cost $29.99

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Atlas Reactor no longer free-to-play, will cost $29.99

The game's producer and Trion's CEO explain the huge decision to change how this game will be released

From the first time we saw Atlas Reactor and were blown away by it back in September of 2015, one thing was made clear by the developers at Trion Worlds: This was a game that was inspired by free-to-play titles and designed from the ground up to be free-to-play. Today, however, Trion has unexpectedly revealed the decision to turn Atlas Reactor into a more traditional buy-to-play game.

"We've been figuring out how to best tune our Free to Play ('F2P') game to create a sustainable business," wrote producer Peter Ju in a letter posted on the Atlas Reactor site. "To make it viable, we would have had to do some things that run counter to your feedback, making the game less fun. Instead, we've decided to change the way we offer Atlas Reactor to you."

Sonic & Knuckles, Phantasy Star 2 and more now backward compatible on Xbox One

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Sonic & Knuckles, Phantasy Star 2 and more now backward compatible on Xbox One

Throwback Thursday indeed

Several Xbox 360 games have been made backward compatible on Xbox One today, according to Microsoft. The most notable of the additions are truly old-school: Phantasy Star 2 and Sonic & Knuckles, both Xbox Live Arcade games now playable on Xbox One.

Sega originally released both games on Sega Genesis; Phantasy Star 2 came stateside in 1990, while Sonic & Knuckles launched worldwide in 1994, months after Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The original Sonic & Knuckles cartridge could be directly locked onto its predecessor's to access the older game's data.

Super Punch-Out!! joins the 3DS Virtual Console's SNES library

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Super Punch-Out!! joins the 3DS Virtual Console's SNES library

And a DS game comes to Wii U

Nintendo updated its Virtual Console selections today, with both New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U receiving notable additions. Super Punch-Out!! is up for download on the 3DS eShop, while Style Savvy is available on Wii U, Nintendo said in a press release.

Super Punch-Out!! is the latest SNES game to make it to the 3DS Virtual Console, and the first since mid-April. Unfortunately for owners of older 3DS hardware, SNES games are only playable on New Nintendo 3DS.

Here are the six 2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

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Here are the six 2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

The Strong National Museum of Play announced the six new inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame at an event in Rochester, NY this morning. Those six games — Grand Theft Auto 3, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders — join last year's inaugural group, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Doom and World of Warcraft.

Several of these winners made the list of finalists last year, but failed to make the final six, including The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders. Other games included on this year's finalists but not in the list of inductees include Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Nürburgring, Pokemon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Street Fighter II and Tomb Raider.

We have images of and information about the inductees below, provided by The Strong.

Watch new Persona 5 gameplay in this dev interview

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Watch new Persona 5 gameplay in this dev interview

Let's watch that high five on repeat

Atlus has a lot of Persona 5 news to share today, but fans still eager to get a look at the game should check out a new interview with director Katsura Hashino. Although the interview is sadly only in Japanese, the video is intercut with additional gameplay focused on battles, the cast and more.

Like its predecessors, Persona 5 will follow a group of teenagers known as the "Phantom Thieves" with the ability to summon allies known as Personas. The game launches Sept. 15 in Japan and is heading to PlayStation 3 and PS4. Atlus dropped a trailer today, which features the first in-action look at several new members of the game's cast, and revealed that the game will have a presence at E3 2016 in June.

Persona 5 launches Sept. 15 in Japan

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Persona 5 launches Sept. 15 in Japan

Atlus next big role-playing game finally has a release date

Atlus will release Persona 5 on Sept. 15, the company announced during a livestream presentation today. While that date is confirmed for Japan, it's not yet clear whether the release date also applies globally.

Persona 5 will be released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Nintendo's E3 pre-show will be focused on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

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Nintendo's E3 pre-show will be focused on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

Spend the day in the Treehouse

Nintendo will host its annual E3 pre-show conference on June 14 at 9 a.m. PT, the company announced today. But this year, instead of a news-filled Nintendo Direct, the presentation is dedicated solely to the next The Legend of Zelda game.

The E3 livestream, dubbed Nintendo Treehouse Live, will be a daylong demo of The Legend of Zelda on Wii U. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will host, according to a press release. The livestream will be broadcast on Twitch, YouTube and Nintendo's own E3 website.

Epic Games might never make another single-player game

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Epic Games might never make another single-player game

The future is free-to-play multiplayer

Epic Games has shifted its development focus away from single-player games, current and former members of the studio told Polygon. Fans should expect more titles like free-to-play online games Paragon and Fortnite from the studio, as opposed to the costly, campaign-driven titles — like Gears of War — that made it famous.

"The economics of those games forces developers to work with major publishers to succeed, and that seems to be irreversible," CEO Tim Sweeney said of the big-budget games that the company is now shying away from.