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Borderlands 2 Live Action TV Spot Is Suitably OTT

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software, trailer

Borderlands 2 Live Action TV Spot Is Suitably OTT
Fuzzy footage of a Borderlands 2 live action television commercial is doing the rounds today - you can watch some big explosions and impressive acrobatics after the break.

In more concrete Borderlands 2 news, a Skill Tree Calculator is now live on the official site. If you've got some spare time (or are particularly bored at work), it might be time to start planning your class builds ahead of the September 21st release date.

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Report: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Big Picture, PC games, Steam, Valve

Report: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Today

Game On... In Your Lounge

Steam's Big Picture mode, which makes the user experience comfortable and intuitive to use on living room tellies, is scheduled to launch in beta today according to a new report from Kotaku.

Look out, Sony and Microsoft. Here comes trouble.

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High Voltage Teases New Conduit Game

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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High Voltage, Rumour, The Conduit

High Voltage Teases New Conduit Game

High Voltage may be working on a follow-up to their Conduit series if a recent post on GameFAQs is anything to go by. We haven’t forgotten about Conduit over here…," said a coy company rep. "I would expect some new Conduit-related news before the year is out.”

The Conduit didn't exactly cement the Wii's reputation as a hardcore console for FPS fans (to put things mildy), but its vastly improved sequel was still a blast to play through. We'll keep an eye on things.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Has Dynamic Day/Night Cycle

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kojima Productions, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Screenshots

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Has Dynamic Day/Night Cycle

Have Some 'New' Screenshots

Hideo Kojima has confirmed that open-world stealth 'em up Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will feature a dynamic day/night cycle that actively affects the world itself. Enemies, patrol routes and other variables will change depending on the time of day, making your choice of when to infiltrate as important as how you do it. There will also be loading scenes to break up different zones, if that's important to you. [Eurogamer]

Kojima Productions has also released some 'new' screenshots, which are quite obviously grabbed from the Ground Zeroes reveal trailer. You can marvel at the Fox Engine after the break.

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Techland: Retail Development Often Forces "Features That You Don't Want Or Don't Need"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Blazej Krakowiak, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger, Development, Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, Techland, Ubisoft

Techland: Retail Development Often Forces "Features That You Don't Want Or Don't Need"

With Call of Juarez: Gunslinger set to release on digital platforms in Q1 2013, Techland have moved across from retail to explore marketplace opportunities across XBLA, PSN, and virtual distribution platforms on PC and Mac.

As International Brand Manager Blazej Krakowiak told Dealspwn last week at an Ubisoft Digital event, Techland are looking to deliver a game that raises the bar for what digital games can achieve and deliver. But even  beyond that, he suggested that going digital has allowed Techland to make the game that they themselves really want to make, and given them a freedom that they never had at retail level.

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Indie Summer Uprising III Starts Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, Summer Uprising, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Indie Games

Indie Summer Uprising III Starts Today

Great Xbox Live Indie Games, Delivered Daily

Summer Uprising III, the annual semi-official festival of quality Xbox Live Indie development, has kicked off today with the launch of qrth-phyl from Hermit Games.The surreal Snake-a-like is available now for 80 Microsoft Points, or as part of an incredibly attractive PC bundle.

Qrth-phyl heralds the start of an excellent game arriving on the service every single day, including platformers, dungeon crawlers, puzzle games and even a call centre simulation. We've got the full schedule after the break.

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F1 2012 Demo Out This Week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Codemasters Racing, Demo, F1 2012, trailer

A demo for this year's F1 title will hit PSN, Xbox Live and PC this week, Codemasters Racing announced today. The sample contains two game modes: Young Driver Test and Season Challenge, which act as a tutorial and time trial suite respectively.

The Xbox 360 version comes out today, while PS3 and PC owners will have to wait until Wednesday. F1 2012 releases on September 21st across all platforms.

UK Games Charts | 8th September 2012

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Guild Wars 2, Sleeping Dogs, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 8th September 2012

Sleeping Dogs is very much the top dog this week, eclipsing the rising star of Guild Wars 2 that has sank down to sixth place (due to NCsoft temporarily restricting stock to manage the server populations). We discussed both titles at length in our cheeky extra PWNcast over the weekend, while Carl is still hard at work delivering the most in-depth review possible for ArenaNet's breakthrough MMO. Look out for a brand new Dealspwn playthrough later today.

Sims 3: Supernatural has entered the charts in second place, providing another reason to return to EA's evergreen life simulator, while Dead Island's GOTY edition has re-entered the top ten (probably thanks to a few price reductions).

Otherwise it's business as usual, featuring the likes of Darksiders II, LEGO Batman 2 and the official Olympics videogame in familiar positions. With Borderlands 2 and the silly season just around the corner, this is the calm before the storm.

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Halo 4's Promethean Enemies & Weapons Unveiled In Massive Spoilery Blowout

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo 4, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4's Promethean Enemies & Weapons Unveiled In Massive Spoilery Blowout

Halo 4 is set to introduce the new Promethean faction to the proceedings: advanced ancient robotic defenders that will challenge the Master Chief at every turn. Though broadly separated into three seperate castes - Knights, Crawlers and Watchers - the latest issue of Game Informer features a massive blowout that shows how each class is subdivided into markedly different units. We've got the new details, which some will definitely consider to be spoilery, after the break.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Screenshots & Details Revealed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo, Screenshots, Wii U games

New Super Mario Bros. U Screenshots & Details Revealed

The latest issue of Game Informer, not to mention an enormous clutch of new screenshots, sheds some light on Mario's first adventure on Nintendo's new console. Seven varied worlds have been revealed, along with an incredibly stressful scrolling Boost Mode.

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Newell: Windows 8 Will "Accelerate" Microsoft's Decline

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Gabe Newell, Microsoft, Valve, Windows 8

Newell: Windows 8 Will "Accelerate" Microsoft's Decline

Valve luminary Gabe Newell has elaborated on points made earlier this year, suggesting that Windows 8 represents an attempt to emulate Apple's success with the App Store. However, he reckons that copying a competitor's closed platform could serve to "accelerate" Microsoft's decline, not mark a reversal of fortune.

Indeed, the fact that he feels that Microsoft are in "decline" is interesting in and of itself.

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New Metal Gear Rising Screenshots Are Crazy Colourful

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kojima Productions, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Platinum Games, Screenshots

New Metal Gear Rising Screenshots Are Crazy Colourful

Hideo Kojima has tweeted a couple of new Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance screenshots based on a TGS demo. Spot the difference compared to previous, gritty offerings. Seriously, I'll give you a minute.

Questions abound. Is this a VR mission? What's the mask? Why all that lovely colour? At this stage, I'd simply remind you that insanity is assured with Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Vanquish, Okami) at the helm.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was our pick for best action game of E3 - as evidenced by our hands-on preview.

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EA U-Turn: Command & Conquer Generals 2 Has Singleplayer Now

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare Victory, Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer Generals 2, Free to play

EA U-Turn: Command & Conquer Generals 2 Has Singleplayer Now

Will Contain Red Alert & Tiberian Saga Units

EA has backtracked on their decision to excise singleplayer from Command & Conquer Generals 2, thanks to the developmental flexibility granted by its free to play status (i.e. the backlash spanked them silly).

Eventually, it will also feature units from both Westwood strategy universes.

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 2nd September - 9th September 2012

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, Game news, News Roundup, September 2012, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 2nd September - 9th September 2012

The proper Wild West Call of Juarez is back, The Last of Us gets another awesome video, a naughty man breaks into his PS Vita, Matt chats to Warren Spector, Carl battles through Guild Wars 2, Jon sets his sights on the Carrier Command remake and I get my mitts on Dust 514. It's been another busy week at Dealspwn. Check out our news highlights below along with links to our features and reviews.

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Game CEO: There Will Be New Stores

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Digital vs Retail, GAME Group, Game Retail (UK), GAME store, Games industry, Martyn Gibbs, UK retail

Game CEO: There Will Be New Stores

Despite closing nearly half of their stores earlier this year, new GAME Retail CEO Martyn Gibbs says they are planning on opening new stores in an interview with MCV.

“There have been a few closures, but in time there will be some openings as well and there will be a few new stores. We will announce these as we go.”

This may come as surprising news to many people, especially seeing as it was largely acknowledged that the company had too many stores. Take a small city like Preston, three GAME stores and a Gamestation.

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New Categories Unveiled for Golden Joystick Awards

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Awards, Game news, Games industry, Golden Joystick Awards 2012

New Categories Unveiled for Golden Joystick Awards

As a modern reflection of the digital shift in the games industry, the 30th annual Golden Joystick awards have recently added four new categories.

Best Downloadable Content, Best Mobile/Tablet Game and Best Browser/Flash Game are the new digitally themed categories. The final new entry is Top Gaming Moment; users can click each of the nominated games on the site to see which epic scene has been chosen. It would have been nice to allow users to vote specifically for their own moment, but counting/categorising this would have been a nightmare.

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Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan DLC Developer Video Looks Epic

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Developer diary, DLC, Game news, Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan, PC games, trailer

Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan DLC Developer Video Looks Epic

A new developer diary has emerged for the upcoming Lord of the Rings Online DLC, Riders of Rohan. The video shows off an impressive number of gorgeous looking environments, some familiar from the films and others brand new.

Rather than stick to the plains, the Rohan DLC will also allow you to explore Fangorn Forest and the Anduin River. And what better way to explore this new world than with your new customisable horse? Long-time players of the game will also be grateful for the Level Cap increase, which is now at Lv.85.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Sony’s Wonderbook: Book of Spells to Tour UK

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Augmented Reality, Book Of Spells, Game news, Harry Potter, JK Rowling, Pottermore, PS Move games, Wonderbook

Sony’s Wonderbook: Book of Spells to Tour UK

Keen to cash in on the Christmas shopping boom, Sony are taking their latest toys on tour to UK shopping centres with a large focus on the new Wonderbook PS3 peripheral and JK Rowling’s Book of Spells, set in the Harry Potter universe.

Using the PS Move motion controller in conjunction with the camera players will be able to interact with the Wonderbook directly thanks to its numerous large augmented reality pages that allow you to conjure up dragons and castles and take part in wizardry classes. Check out the trailer to see for yourself.

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Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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City of Heroes, Neil Gaiman, Paragon Studios, Save Paragon City!

Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

The fan campaign to save Paragon Studios and prevent City Of Heroes from shutting down is going from strength to strength, with several high-profile authors pledging support to the cause. Stardust author Neil Gaiman, Sci-Fi writer John C. Wright and bestselling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey have lent their voices to the endeavour, both in terms of tweets, blog posts and even direct pleas to NCsoft themselves.

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XBLA Summer Of Arcade 2012 Underperforms

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Microsoft, Summer of Arcade, Wreckateer, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

XBLA Summer Of Arcade 2012 Underperforms

According to recent sales figures, even the phenomenally brilliant Dust: An Elysian Tail wasn't able to stop the latest Summer Of Arcade promotion clocking up some uninspiring numbers. Wreckateer, in particular, has become the least successful Summer Of Arcade title since records began... in the least successful Summer Of Arcade since records began.

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