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The Morning Papers | 30/10/14 - Bedtime with Nintendo

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Matt Gardner
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The Morning Papers | 30/10/14 - Bedtime with Nintendo

Morning all! Nintendo have finally detailed some of the stuff they've been working on regarding the "quality of life" projects that Iwata mentioned earlier this year. Apparently, Nintendo is designing a non-contact sensor that sits beside your bed and watches you sleep. If they cross this sort of technology with Amiibo, a creepy version of Toy Story could feasibly become a real thing.

Elsewhere, Elite Dangerous has gotten a massive update that includes fuel scooping from stars, Dragon Age Keep finally enters open beta, and the super-shiny cinematics for Halo 2: Anniversary are looking gloriously pretty.

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The Morning Papers | Thrawn's Revenge

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Thrawn's Revenge

Good morning! You have to hand it to Disney: they don't miss a trick.

After clearing out the old Lucasarts stockroom, Mickey noticed that they had a cupboard full of awesome legacy games sitting around doing absolutely nothing. "Why aren't we selling these," he asked. "Seriously, this is free money. You idiots. Flog these on GOG immediately! Haha!" So now we can finally re-purchase fully compatible versions of TIE Fighter, X-Wing, Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis and other reasons why we did hardly any work yesterday afternoon. Literally everybody wins.

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The Morning Papers | Thrawn's Revenge

The Morning Papers | Big Huge PS4 Update

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! The big news today is that PS4 owners can expect a massive new firmware update, which includes Share Play, dedicated YouTube App, Themes, USB music playback and more. Sony have been slower off the mark than Microsoft, but have crammed a whole host of cool features into a single long-awaited download.

In other news, Big Huge Games are back in the saddle after the legal shenanigans surrounding Kingdoms Of Amalur. This would be our lead story... if only their debut title wasn't a mobile game inspired by Clash Of Clans. Oh well. I'm sure Mobot will be all over it. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Big Huge PS4 Update

The Morning Papers | Overshadowed

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning. The big news news of the day is that Sunset Overdrive!

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The Morning Papers | Overshadowed

 

Is WildStar Doomed? - Game Buzz #94

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Matt Gardner
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Is WildStar Doomed? - Game Buzz #94

This week, we talk about Carbine's staff layoffs and whether or not WildStar can bounce back from a troubling couple of months, Carl drops the lowdown on Dreamfall Chapters and we ask if it's suitable for newcomers, Jon gushes about the power of wang, and I wonder if Shinji Mikami has lost his edge.

Game Buzz | Episode 94 - Is WildStar Doomed? Recorded 17th October, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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The Morning Papers - Gongs and fear

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Morning Papers - Gongs and fear

Last night saw the annual dishing out of the Golden Joysticks Awards, where games of the last 12 months and beyond (we'll never understand the reason the awards encompass 18 months of games) rack up some Trophies of their own. While not as trailer packed as the VGAs, Bloodborne at least got a pant-filling new video along with a release date. Elsewhere we're stoked to see new reveals for Outlast 2 and the Micro Machines-flavoured Toybox Turbos. Last up, check out the PS4 Share Play tutorial, it's going to be a big deal next week. Links are included below, along with links to our features and reviews from yesterday.

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The Morning Papers | Realms Of The Flaunting

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! The big news today is that Super Smash Bros Wii U has 8-way battles, completely overshadowing the fact that 3D Realms has returned from the distant past. The old guard is back and promise to... erm, actually I have no idea considering that Gearbox still owns Duke Nukem. Here's hoping they sell, or 3D Realms do the right thing and develop a new generation of Terminal Velocity sequels.

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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

Good morning! Today's big news is that ex-EA boss John Riccitiello is now the boss of the Unity 3D Engine. Will the gutsy little engine that can turn into a corporate juggernaut?

To be honest, though, I'm personally more excited about Titanfall's massive update that adds co-op and other unexpected features. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

Good morning! Today brings good news for Android fans, The Stanley Parable and Dark Souls PC players, but bad news for Paranautical Activity and Uber Entertainment.

What have we learned? Don't threaten Gabe Newell when your game is on Steam, don't ask for $1.4 million to develop an RTS when your last one still only has one faction, and do play The Stanley Parable before Hearthstone eats all of your free time. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

Good morning! Today brings us the news that veteran producer Jade Redmond has left Ubisoft after a decade stint working on Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs. We wish her well and look forward to seeing what she's moving on to.

On the subject of veteran producers, 343 Industries' Frank O' Connor is still trying to convince us that a 20GB day-one patch is acceptable for the Halo: Master Chief Collection. It isn't. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

 

The Morning Papers | Call Of Rudi

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! I trust you had a relaxing weekend. Here are your headlines.

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Why Far Cry 4 is set to own 2014 | Brendan's confident that it will live up to the hype.

This Week's Releases | Witches, Wangs and Warriors

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Xbox indie parity makes for second-class gamers - Game Buzz #93

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Matt Gardner
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Xbox indie parity makes for second-class gamers - Game Buzz #93

This week, we deal with Driveclub's latest woes and ask how big games sites can justify early reviews for online games, we chat about Microsoft's continued defence of their indie parity clause, and we take a look at the announcement for the rather controversial Hatred.

Game Buzz | Episode 93 - Driveclub Is A Shambles. Recorded 17th October, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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The Morning Papers | More 2015 recruits

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Morning Papers | More 2015 recruits

Morning, folks! Here's a link to some of the larger stories of yesterday for some breakfast reading. Although, we're beginning to think that DriveClub not being online is starting to become the status quo rather than news. It seems like everyone had a rough day though with delays for our favourite upcoming racer and the latest Hitman movie. I'd clear some hard-drive space on your XO too, as Master Chief seems to have put on a bit of weight.

The Morning Papers | More 2015 recruits

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The Morning Papers | Enter The Nexus

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Enter The Nexus

Good morning!

The big news today is that Google and Asus are making an Android micro-console... because... no, I have absolutely no idea either. At least the odd circular casing can double up as a hockey puck. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Enter The Nexus

 

The Morning Papers | Updates & Scorestreaks

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! Great news for Xbox One owners today as perhaps the most substantial update to date is currently rolling out. The October firmware update contains DNLA media streaming (yes!), loads of new features and efficient snap controls that seriously improve the user experience for non-Kinect owners.

Functionality that should, admittedly, been available at launch. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Updates & Scorestreaks

 

The Morning Papers | Aerial Ace

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

The big news today is that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you freely fly around Hoenn on the back of Latios or Latias, pulling off aerial manoeuvres and catching rare critters up in the sky. As a professionally detached mature adult, I can only describe this new revelation as the most incredible thing I have ever seen in my entire life.

In other news, I need to get out more. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Aerial Ace

The Morning Papers | Rogues & Tweaks

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Good morning! Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Sick As A Parity

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

The big news today, of course, is that Bayonetta 2 has claimed our first 10/10 of 2014 and Platinum Games once again secure their dominance in the field of... making games. This utter Wii U masterpiece makes all the moaning about PS4 and Xbox One resolutions seem rather inconsequential and petty, doesn't it?

Only joking, since the PS4 Parity situation has taken an interesting turn with Dragon Age Inqusition confirmed at native 1080P on PS4 and 900P on Xbox One, making Ubisoft look rather pathetic in comparison, while Mirosoft's "indie parity" clause has been touted as a good thing by Phil Spencer. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Sick As A Parity

Driveclub Is A Shambles - Game Buzz #92

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Matt Gardner
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Driveclub Is A Shambles - Game Buzz #92

This week, we talk about Driveclub's shambolic development period and release, we look further at the latest controversy surrounding Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed: Unity, and we discuss what makes a next-gen game.

Game Buzz | Episode 92 - Driveclub Is A Shambles. Recorded 10th October, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

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Carl Phillips
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Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

Special Edition contains extra goodies

Less than two weeks. That's all that remains until the long-awaited Dreamfall Chapters is in the hands of its backers. But what if you didn't back it? Well, Red Thread Games has just announced that GOG.com are now taking pre-orders for a special edition of the season pass, which will cost £22.99 ahead of its release on October 21st. Alongside the main episodic game (DRM-free, of course) it comes with a bunch of extras:

Reborn: The Art of Dreamfall Chapters Book One — a digital art book featuring concept art and illustrations from the first episode of Dreamfall Chapters
Journeys Birth — two short stories in PDF and ebook formats, set in The Longest Journey universe and leading up to the events in Dreamfall Chapters (available October 20th)
Digital soundtrack featuring music from Dreamfall Chapters Book One in FLAC and MP3 format(available November 1st)
Digital Europolis tourist map! Sponsored by Niyom Media and presented by Crowboy, everyone’s favourite crow cowboy (coming soon!)
7 HD wallpapers
5 digital avatars featuring characters from Dreamfall Chapters.

Today's update to Kickstarter backers also revealed that listings on Steam and the Humble Bundle store would be available soon. An announcement of the final crowdfunding total, comprising of both Kickstarter campaign and pledges that have been made on the Red Thread Games website via PayPal, will be made in the near future as well.

In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about Dreamfall Chapters you can always check out our gameplay walkthrough from Gamescom, or check out our recent interview with Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist. We will of course bring you our thoughts on one of our most anticipated games of this year as soon as it's in our grubby mitts, although in fairness most of it will probably be Carl screaming in excitement of it finally being here.