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Infinity Ward: Many Call Of Duty Players "Aren't Hardcore Gamers, Or Even Gamers"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Casual Games, Infinity Ward

Infinity Ward: Many Call Of Duty Players "Aren't Hardcore Gamers, Or Even Gamers"

The term 'gamer' is becoming increasingly irrelevant as gaming becomes more ubiquitous, and Infinity Ward reckon that the Call Of Duty franchise has become so popular by tapping into a massive casual audience who don't identify themselves by their pastime.

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UK Games Charts | 19th October 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FIFA 14, Grand Theft Auto V, Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Skylanders: Swap Force, UK Games Charts

UK Games Charts | 19th October 2013

Little change, please. This week's chart sees one major new entry into the top ten, Skylanders: Swap Force, while the likes of Pokemon X and Y, Beyond: Two Souls and Just Dance jostle for position below. It's another strong showing for Activision's annual transmedia toy game, but sales are down 35% compared to last year. It's hardly surprising since Disney Infinity and the next-gen transition are both breathing down its neck.

GTA V and FIFA 14 still sit pretty atop the charts, as you'd expect, while Sonic: Lost World just missed the top ten and debuted in 11th place. It's a fairly impressive feat considering the Wii U and 3DS exclusive launch, mind.

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The Stanley Parable Review | IncomParable

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Adventure Games, Galactic Cafe, Indie Games, Parody games, PC games, Steam, The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable Review | IncomParable

Platform: PC (Steam)

Developer: Galactic Cafe

You have a choice here, dear reader.

You could continue reading the next several hundred words to discover exactly why The Stanley Parable is one of the most thought-provoking, insightful and genuinely hilarious games of recent years, but that would seriously undermine your enjoyment of this mod-turned-standalone-download. What's more, who has the time? You're busy, a go-getter, too important to waste your valuable downtime on these witterings.

Instead, why not just try the free demo and sample The Stanley Parable for yourself? I'll even spoil it for you: I'm giving it 9/10 and an Editor's Choice Award. There we go. Nothing to see here. Whatever you do, don't read the rest of this review.

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Fighter Within Requires Five Feet Of Floorspace For Kinect Fisticuffs (Also It Still Exists)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fighter Within, Kinect games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Fighter Within Requires Five Feet Of Floorspace For Kinect Fisticuffs (Also It Still Exists)

Oh yes, Fighter Within. We'd practically forgotten that Ubisoft's Xbox One exclusive is set to offer some virtual full-body beat 'em up action at launch, but a new Xbox Wire post reminds us that it is a thing and is very much happening. What's more, it will only require five feet of free space to play. "Only," of course, being a very relative term depending on the size of your lounge.

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PlayStation Nostalgia Video Takes Us Through Two Decades Of Sony Consoles

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSOne, Sony

Sony are keen to remind us that they've been a force in the gaming scene since 1995, and have published a new nostalgic video to show how their consoles and brand have evolved over the last 19 years. They've frequently promised that the PS4 will be the culmination of their years of experience and history, and that they've learned from both their successes and failures over that time.

Either way, this is a neat way of recapping the legacy of the PlayStation brand, though you'll likely feel slightly depressed at how old you are now, grandad. I'm off to drink some ovaltine once my dentures have set.

Lone Survivor: The Directors Cut Coming To PC On Halloween

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Horror games, Indie Games, Jasper Byrne, Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut, PC games, Superflat, Survival Horror Games

Lone Survivor: The Directors Cut Coming To PC On Halloween

Free If You Own The Original

Superflat's Jasper Byrne has confirmed that the retooled PSN version of Lone Survivor, his utterly exquisite survival horror adventure, will be available on PC from October 31st. However, in a neat twist, it will be entirely free if you happen to own the original... which you probably do since it was available in a massive Humble Bundle last year!

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PS Vita Memory Cards On Sale At Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Memory Cards, PS Vita, Sony

PS Vita Memory Cards On Sale At Amazon

Amazon are running a discount on PlayStation Vita's bespoke memory cards, which will be music to your ears if you're filling up your usable space with Instant Game Collection titles and massive Killzone: Mercenary patches.

The 8GB card will run you £12.76 (a £3 saving vs ShopTo), while the 16GB version costs £24.99 and the 32GB option commands a £39.99 price tag.

Note that shipping might take a little while. Thanks to ather7851 @ HUKD!

Devil May Cry 4 | £1.00 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Brawler, Capcom, PC games

Devil May Cry 4 | £1.00 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Devil May Cry IV | Green Man Gaming | £1.00 (save plenty)
Voucher Code: GMG20-IWGQX-41IS1

Deal lasts until 17:00 GMT. You'll get a Steam code. Thanks to ALW4RD1 @ HUKD!

Xbox 360 'Games With Gold' Scheme Will Run Indefinitely

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Games With Gold, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Gold

Xbox 360 'Games With Gold' Scheme Will Run Indefinitely

Will Be An "Ongoing Benefit" Past Xbox One Launch

Microsoft's Games With Gold scheme, which lets Xbox Live Gold subscribers download and keep some free games refreshed twice-monthly, won't stop once the next console generation starts.

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PS Vita 3G Console, Killzone: Mercenary, Virtua Tennis 4 & 8GB Memory Card | £139.99 | Argos

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita, Sony

PS Vita 3G Console, Killzone: Mercenary, Virtua Tennis 4 & 8GB Memory Card | £139.99 | Argos

Argos have kicked off their PlayStation Vita promotion touted earlier this week, which will last until Tuesday 22nd. £139.99 gets you the all-singing, all-dancing 3G-enabled version of Sony's handheld, along with the excellent Killzone: Mercenary, Virtua Tennis 4 and an 8GB memory card. Be sure to select option 3.

Other alternatives are available through the link, but this is pretty special if you're in the market for the top-flight Vita model. The £170 option is also rather tasty.

Credit to csi_guy @ HUKD, who was quick to foreshadow this deal on Wednesday.

Point & Click Adventure Sale (Inc. To The Moon, Richard & Alice) | 60% Off | GOG | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Machinarium, PC games, Point and Click, Richard & Alice, The 7th Guest, To The Moon

Point & Click Adventure Sale (Inc. To The Moon, Richard & Alice) | 60% Off | GOG | PC

As dependable as the tides and the Autumn rain, GOG have launched another weekend sale, this time focusing on point & click adventure games. It's a neat mix of old and new, including the likes of The 7th Guest, To The Moon, Richard & Alice, Critter Chronicles and Machinarium.

If you want to see how the genre has evolved over the years, or just fancy combining some random objects together, be sure to check it out via the banner or link above. Or this one. We're all about convenience here.

Nintendo Promises To Fix Save-Corrupting Pokemon X & Y Bug

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Bug, Game Freak, Glitch, Nintendo, Patch, Pokemon X & Y

Nintendo Promises To Fix Save-Corrupting Pokemon X & Y Bug

Explains How To Avoid It

Pokemon X and Y are thoroughly excellent, as we exhaustively detail in our 8/10 review. However, some players have reported a tragic glitch that effectively destroys their save file, requiring them to start again from scratch. Nintendo are apparently working on a fix, and have told players how to avoid running into problems in the meantime.

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Square Assembles Final Fantasy Committee To Police Franchise Quality

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Final Fantasy, Square Enix

Square Assembles Final Fantasy Committee To Police Franchise Quality

Well, It Couldn't Hurt

Square Enix have reportedly put together an all-star team to oversee the quality of future Final Fantasy games, likely in reaction to the somewhat shaky reception of Final Fantasy XIII. Not to mention a rash of terrible mobile spin-offs.

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GTA Online: Stimulus Package Delivery Starts Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Grand Theft Auto Online, PS3 games, Rockstar, Xbox 360 games

Many players have found themselves flummoxed and exasperated by Grand Theft Auto Online's shaky launch, but now that things have settled down (a relative term considering the multiplayer insanity on offer here!), Rockstar are planning to roll out their 500,000 GTA$ apology package next week.

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Pokemon X & Y Review | The Eyeful Tour

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Game Freak, Mega Blastoise is my new God, Nintendo, Pokemon X, Pokemon X & Y, Pokemon Y

Pokemon X & Y Review | The Eyeful Tour

Platform: Nintendo 3DS (X | Y)

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo

There's a surprisingly profound moment in Pokemon X and Y. Five children meet in a rain-swept playground; its slides, swings and roundabout ignored and empty. Just a few days previous, they'd have come here to play, but they're not children any more. Far from home, they're on their journey of self-discovery and independence, and the once-cheerful park soon plays host to a all-out battle between friends. Pokemon is very much about those first steps away from home, the coming of age, and it's perfectly encapsulated by this lovely (perhaps even accidental) scene.

We've been on that journey countless times ourselves, of course. Pokemon X and Y are just the latest in a long line of similar experiences, the glorious conveyor belt of starters, long grass, catches, battles, gyms and badges, and it's very much business as usual in that regard. However, they're also by far the most important Pokemon games since Red and Blue.

Pokemon X and Y make the classic formula more vital and vibrant than it has been in Generations, and more beautiful than ever. Despite a couple of missteps, some amazing new features and a gorgeous 3D visual hook make this a huge leap forward for the franchise, and a perfect foundation for the series to flourish on the 3DS. Plus, Snorlax is back. I loooooove Snorlax. Please excuse any other embarrassing childhood regressions over the next few hundred words.

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DriveClub Officially Delayed Into 2014, PS4 Loses Key Launch Title

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Delays, DriveClub, Driving games, Evolution Studios, PS4 games

DriveClub Officially Delayed Into 2014, PS4 Loses Key Launch Title

'The Visuals And Experience Are Only Going To Get Better'

Following some worrying rumours, Sony has officially confirmed that DriveClub will miss the PlayStation 4's launch - in fact, it will miss 2013 altogether. This isn't ideal for Sony's upcoming console to say the least, since its list of major launch exclusives is looking somewhat thin.

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The Stanley Parable | £7.99 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Galactic Cafe, PC games, The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable | £7.99 | Steam | PC

The Stanley Parable | Steam | £7.99 (save £2)

Utterly amazing, hilarious and mindblowing. This new version even improves on the original mod, which is still a work of interactive genius.

DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue & Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 1 | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue & Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 1 | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

Pay what you want for DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue & Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 1.

Beat the average to also get Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2 and Deathspank: The Baconing.

Football Manager 2014 | £19.99 (With Code) | Simply CD Keys | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Football Manager 2014, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive

Football Manager 2014 | £19.99 (With Code) | Simply CD Keys | PC

Football Manager 2014 | Simply CD Keys | £19.99 (save £5 vs Grainger)
PC Price Comparison | Voucher Code: FM10OFF

You'll get a Steam key. Thanks and credit to goonertillidie @ HUKD!