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  1. Seamus Blackley, affectionately known as the father of the Xbox, announced last June that he had secured the go-ahead from Microsoft to resurrect the brick-like controller with the assistance of accessory and retro-console manufacturer Hyperkin. We've known that Hyperkin has been working on reviving the original Xbox controller for hobbyists since then, but now there are a few tasty details coming out about the controller courtesy of Blackley. According to an interview with CNET, Blackley stated that the controller would retail for about $70 and release sometime in late March. Not only that, but the controller will finally fulfill a function its creator intended for it to have from the very beginning. The Xbox logo on the original Xbox controller was supposed to play the Xbox start-up video when it was pressed. That feature got scrapped to save money - not so on this revival version. Additionally, Blackley revealed a unique quirk about that Xbox startup visual that even Microsoft didn't know: It was never a video. Every time someone started up their Xbox, it was a procedurally generated set of visuals. The Duke will have some changes from the original. It will obviously have a USB cable to allow for it to interact with PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles. The aforementioned screen underneath the central jewel screen makes a second difference. There will also be no slots for memory cards. Finally, it will have an unobtrusive set of secondary bumpers places for the index finger to use while playing more modern games that call for those buttons. There's a certain strain of incredulity running through the whole process of creating the new Duke controller. It's a market that no one really believed existed until Seamus Blackley happened to tweet about finding an old OG Xbox controller while moving and received an outpouring of nostalgia from fans of the controller. From there, he brought it to Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, and floated the idea. Spencer reportedly loved the idea and gave the thumbs up despite resistance from elsewhere in the company. Blackley explained it this way: I don't know a lot of brands that would rerelease an unpopular product from the past ... and Phil, I think correctly understands that it sends a message. He understands that it sends a message about how serious Xbox is about its heritage, and about the fans. Nintendo and other companies have released nostalgia products but those are ... different types of exercises, and I don't want to criticize them but this is a much purer thing. This isn't a nostalgia trip where you can play all your 8-bit games, this is the place we started from. You can play the most modern technology we've released with the most modern games we've released with this controller. There is not inconsiderable resistance and politics inside of Microsoft about this. The idea of a retro exercise like this, you get an allergic reaction with the marketing team. Yesterday, Blackley tweeted out a production model of the new Duke in action, showing its boot up animation in a video. More details about the controller should be coming on February 1. That info should touch on the particulars of pre-ordering the controller and its specific release date. View full article
  2. Seamus Blackley, affectionately known as the father of the Xbox, announced last June that he had secured the go-ahead from Microsoft to resurrect the brick-like controller with the assistance of accessory and retro-console manufacturer Hyperkin. We've known that Hyperkin has been working on reviving the original Xbox controller for hobbyists since then, but now there are a few tasty details coming out about the controller courtesy of Blackley. According to an interview with CNET, Blackley stated that the controller would retail for about $70 and release sometime in late March. Not only that, but the controller will finally fulfill a function its creator intended for it to have from the very beginning. The Xbox logo on the original Xbox controller was supposed to play the Xbox start-up video when it was pressed. That feature got scrapped to save money - not so on this revival version. Additionally, Blackley revealed a unique quirk about that Xbox startup visual that even Microsoft didn't know: It was never a video. Every time someone started up their Xbox, it was a procedurally generated set of visuals. The Duke will have some changes from the original. It will obviously have a USB cable to allow for it to interact with PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles. The aforementioned screen underneath the central jewel screen makes a second difference. There will also be no slots for memory cards. Finally, it will have an unobtrusive set of secondary bumpers places for the index finger to use while playing more modern games that call for those buttons. There's a certain strain of incredulity running through the whole process of creating the new Duke controller. It's a market that no one really believed existed until Seamus Blackley happened to tweet about finding an old OG Xbox controller while moving and received an outpouring of nostalgia from fans of the controller. From there, he brought it to Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, and floated the idea. Spencer reportedly loved the idea and gave the thumbs up despite resistance from elsewhere in the company. Blackley explained it this way: I don't know a lot of brands that would rerelease an unpopular product from the past ... and Phil, I think correctly understands that it sends a message. He understands that it sends a message about how serious Xbox is about its heritage, and about the fans. Nintendo and other companies have released nostalgia products but those are ... different types of exercises, and I don't want to criticize them but this is a much purer thing. This isn't a nostalgia trip where you can play all your 8-bit games, this is the place we started from. You can play the most modern technology we've released with the most modern games we've released with this controller. There is not inconsiderable resistance and politics inside of Microsoft about this. The idea of a retro exercise like this, you get an allergic reaction with the marketing team. Yesterday, Blackley tweeted out a production model of the new Duke in action, showing its boot up animation in a video. More details about the controller should be coming on February 1. That info should touch on the particulars of pre-ordering the controller and its specific release date.
  3. Pre-orders have gone live for PlayStation 4 owners. Those who pre-order Rock Band 4 will get access to ten select bonus songs for free. Rock Band 4 will be fully compatible with most wireless first or third-party controllers and microphones. Players will also have access to all of their previous Rock Band DLC song purchases in Rock Band 4. Project manager, Daniel Sussman stated, “We’re excited to be able to give fans who have already invested in Rock Band and other band games a chance to get new value from their hardware. We can’t wait to let fans start their own band and rock the world in Rock Band 4 this fall.” You can find the full list of songs below. Bonus songs include: All That Remains – “Divide”Blitz Kids – “Run For Cover”Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”Duran Duran – “The Reflex”Janis Joplin – “Move Over”Of Mice & Men – “Would You Still Be There”Oh Honey – “Sugar, You”Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival)”Seasick Steve – “Summertime Boy”Rock Band 4 releases later this year on October 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. View full article
  4. Pre-orders have gone live for PlayStation 4 owners. Those who pre-order Rock Band 4 will get access to ten select bonus songs for free. Rock Band 4 will be fully compatible with most wireless first or third-party controllers and microphones. Players will also have access to all of their previous Rock Band DLC song purchases in Rock Band 4. Project manager, Daniel Sussman stated, “We’re excited to be able to give fans who have already invested in Rock Band and other band games a chance to get new value from their hardware. We can’t wait to let fans start their own band and rock the world in Rock Band 4 this fall.” You can find the full list of songs below. Bonus songs include: All That Remains – “Divide”Blitz Kids – “Run For Cover”Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”Duran Duran – “The Reflex”Janis Joplin – “Move Over”Of Mice & Men – “Would You Still Be There”Oh Honey – “Sugar, You”Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival)”Seasick Steve – “Summertime Boy”Rock Band 4 releases later this year on October 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  5. Double Fine's Tim Schafer wants everyone to know that the HD remaster of the classic adventure game Grim Fandango can now be pre-ordered on Good Old Games and the PlayStation Store. Pre-ordering will net customers a swanky wallpaper or PlayStation dynamic theme in addition to the game itself, which has been mostly unavailable for the last 16 years. The remaster includes a re-orchestrated score, HD graphics, redone controls (alongside the original tank controls, of course), and developer commentary. I wish more developers released commentaries for their games alongside HD remasters. That'd be swell. Grim Fandango Remastered will release January 27 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Vita.
  6. Double Fine's Tim Schafer wants everyone to know that the HD remaster of the classic adventure game Grim Fandango can now be pre-ordered on Good Old Games and the PlayStation Store. Pre-ordering will net customers a swanky wallpaper or PlayStation dynamic theme in addition to the game itself, which has been mostly unavailable for the last 16 years. The remaster includes a re-orchestrated score, HD graphics, redone controls (alongside the original tank controls, of course), and developer commentary. I wish more developers released commentaries for their games alongside HD remasters. That'd be swell. Grim Fandango Remastered will release January 27 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Vita. View full article
  7. Just a friendly reminder that the Destiny beta hits on July 17 at 10 AM Pacific for PlayStation owners and July 23, also at 10 AM Pacific, for Xbox. Also, there is a new Destiny trailer. Oh, and a couple spiffy, expensive collector's editions. It is important to remember that people who pre-order Destiny are guaranteed a spot in the beta and that PlayStation Plus will be required for certain features on PlayStation systems and Xbox Live required to function on the 360 and One. The Beta will be offline for scheduled maintenance on July 21 - July 22 and open back up to pre-order participants across all platforms until 11:59pm PDT on July 27. "Wait," you might be asking yourself, "What about those different versions of the game you mentioned earlier, Mr. Writerperson?" Activision and Bungie also revealed today three different collector's editions of the game as well as how much they are going to hurt your wallet. The Destiny Ghost Edition and the Destiny Limited Edition both include a SteelBook case with physical disc; a Guardian Folio containing Postcards from the Golden Age, Antique Star Chart, and an Arms & Armament Field Guide; a digital content pack consisting of a unique ghost casing, player emblem, and ship variant; and the Destiny Expansion Pass which grants access to two of the post-launch Destiny expansions. The first expansion, titled The Dark Below, will take players beneath the surface of the Moon to battle an alien god that leads an evil army of Hive forces against Earth. The second expansion has no details as of yet beyond its name: House of Wolves (Editor's Note: I originally typed this Hose of Wolves, which I imagine would be a game about wolf fire fighters). PlayStation platforms will also include additional exclusive content for The Dark Below and House of Wolves that will remain exclusive until at least Fall of 2015. And that is only what the two editions have in common. Continuing on.... Destiny Ghost Edition comes with a replica of Ghost, complete with motion-activated lights and sounds voiced by Peter Dinklage; a letter of introduction; Golden Age Relics which include a photo, patch, sticker, and two chrome slides of the Traveler. Digital pre-orderers will be receiving the Digital Guardian Edition of Destiny which includes a digital download copy of the game, the Destiny Expansion Pass, and the Collector's Edition Digital Content Pack. All pre-orders will include access to the Vangaurd Armory that includes early access to weapons, gear and exclusive player emblem. That's a lot of cool stuff. Now for the bad news: Ghost Edition will retail at $149.99; the Limited Edition will cost $99.99; the Digital Guardian Edition will bite at $89.99. Destiny's Expansion Pass alone will be $34.99 and the expansions individually will cost $19.99 apiece. All of these editions are available now. I suppose it is nice that we seem to have ourselves quite a few options. Destiny fully releases for all platforms on September 9.
  8. Just a friendly reminder that the Destiny beta hits on July 17 at 10 AM Pacific for PlayStation owners and July 23, also at 10 AM Pacific, for Xbox. Also, there is a new Destiny trailer. Oh, and a couple spiffy, expensive collector's editions. It is important to remember that people who pre-order Destiny are guaranteed a spot in the beta and that PlayStation Plus will be required for certain features on PlayStation systems and Xbox Live required to function on the 360 and One. The Beta will be offline for scheduled maintenance on July 21 - July 22 and open back up to pre-order participants across all platforms until 11:59pm PDT on July 27. "Wait," you might be asking yourself, "What about those different versions of the game you mentioned earlier, Mr. Writerperson?" Activision and Bungie also revealed today three different collector's editions of the game as well as how much they are going to hurt your wallet. The Destiny Ghost Edition and the Destiny Limited Edition both include a SteelBook case with physical disc; a Guardian Folio containing Postcards from the Golden Age, Antique Star Chart, and an Arms & Armament Field Guide; a digital content pack consisting of a unique ghost casing, player emblem, and ship variant; and the Destiny Expansion Pass which grants access to two of the post-launch Destiny expansions. The first expansion, titled The Dark Below, will take players beneath the surface of the Moon to battle an alien god that leads an evil army of Hive forces against Earth. The second expansion has no details as of yet beyond its name: House of Wolves (Editor's Note: I originally typed this Hose of Wolves, which I imagine would be a game about wolf fire fighters). PlayStation platforms will also include additional exclusive content for The Dark Below and House of Wolves that will remain exclusive until at least Fall of 2015. And that is only what the two editions have in common. Continuing on.... Destiny Ghost Edition comes with a replica of Ghost, complete with motion-activated lights and sounds voiced by Peter Dinklage; a letter of introduction; Golden Age Relics which include a photo, patch, sticker, and two chrome slides of the Traveler. Digital pre-orderers will be receiving the Digital Guardian Edition of Destiny which includes a digital download copy of the game, the Destiny Expansion Pass, and the Collector's Edition Digital Content Pack. All pre-orders will include access to the Vangaurd Armory that includes early access to weapons, gear and exclusive player emblem. That's a lot of cool stuff. Now for the bad news: Ghost Edition will retail at $149.99; the Limited Edition will cost $99.99; the Digital Guardian Edition will bite at $89.99. Destiny's Expansion Pass alone will be $34.99 and the expansions individually will cost $19.99 apiece. All of these editions are available now. I suppose it is nice that we seem to have ourselves quite a few options. Destiny fully releases for all platforms on September 9. View full article
  9. Yesterday, Nick Thornborrow, a concept artist working at BioWare, announced on his tumblr that a 184 page volume titled The Art of Dragon Age: Inquisition will be releasing on the same day as the game. The hardcover book will contain hundreds of never before seen pieces of artwork that went into the design of Inquisition. Expect to see early renderings of heroes, creatures, villains, and the world of Thedas."It throws back the curtain to show you the work that has gone into shaping Inquisition by many talented artists," said Thornborrow. The book will retail at $39.99, but the pre-order price is $30.39, so the best time to purchase the art book might be before October 7.
  10. Yesterday, Nick Thornborrow, a concept artist working at BioWare, announced on his tumblr that a 184 page volume titled The Art of Dragon Age: Inquisition will be releasing on the same day as the game. The hardcover book will contain hundreds of never before seen pieces of artwork that went into the design of Inquisition. Expect to see early renderings of heroes, creatures, villains, and the world of Thedas."It throws back the curtain to show you the work that has gone into shaping Inquisition by many talented artists," said Thornborrow. The book will retail at $39.99, but the pre-order price is $30.39, so the best time to purchase the art book might be before October 7. View full article
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