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OZombie Kickstarter Campaign Cancelled

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Jonathan Lester
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OZombie Kickstarter Campaign Cancelled

American McGee: "It's Been An Interesting Ride"

American McGee and Spicy Horse have cancelled the Kickstarter campaign for OZombie, their proposed action-adventure set in a warped version of The Wizard Of Oz. The TL:DR version: the whole thing was an utter shambles.

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American McGee Takes OZombie To Kickstarter

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Adventure Games, American McGee, Kickstarter, Linux games, OZombie, PC games, Spicy Horse, Tablet games

American McGee Takes OZombie To Kickstarter

American McGee (him of Alice and Akaneiro: Demon Hunters fame) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an action-adventure set in a warped version of The Wizard Of Oz. Based on the Oz universe created by L. Frank Baum, OZombie certainly looks as twisted and imaginative as you'd expect from the ex-id Software developer.

We've got the trailer, pitch and links after the break.

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American McGee Pitching New Online Alice Game To EA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Alice, American McGee, Spicy Horse

American McGee Pitching New Online Alice Game To EA

"Alice In Otherland"

American McGee would very much like to make a new Alice game, so long as EA is willing to licence the rights to it. Instead of a AAA game, McGee will be pitching an online cooperative experience that lets Alice descend into user-generated worlds.

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Game Buzz | Episode 23 - Getting the Hardware Horn

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Matt Gardner
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Game Buzz | Episode 23 - Getting the Hardware Horn

In this week's Game Buzz we kick off with a look at the love that the PS4's been getting from certain quarters, including apparently making Suda51 "horny"; we have a gander at the Xi5 Piston saga and the divisive price point at which it's been placed; we ask if Call of Duty really has ruined a generation of FPS players; we discuss whether or not we'd like to see a third game in American McGee's Alice series; we chat briefly about the God of War trophy controversy; and Jon delivers his verdict on the Army of Two demo.

Game Buzz | Episode 23 - Getting the Hardware Horn. Recorded 15th March, 2013.

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.

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Would You Help Crowdfund Alice 3? American McGee Wants To Know

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Matt Gardner
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Alice 3, Alice in Wonderland, Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter

Would You Help Crowdfund Alice 3? American McGee Wants To Know

American McGee, he of Alice in Wonderland and Alice: Madness Returns fame, the man who accidentally kicked up a fuss when he called EA's marketing tactics disingenuous, has taken to the social networks, putting feelers out to see if fans of the Alice games would be willing to stump up some cash to help fund a third instalment.

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Game Buzz | Episode 16 - Dismembering THQ

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Matt Gardner
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American McGee, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Podcast, Project X Zone, PWNCAST, Sony, Steve Ballmer, THQ

Game Buzz | Episode 16 - Dismembering THQ

This we discuss the enormous auction for THQ's assets and the sale of their top franchises; we get very excited over Project X-Zone and the Nintendo/Atlus mashup; we look a little at the recent marketing-related controversies and pick apart American McGee's recent comments; and we touch upon Microsoft and Sony's recent financial reports.

Game Buzz | Episode 16 - Dismembering THQ. Recorded 25th January, 2012.

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.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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American McGee Retracts EA "Tricks Gamers" Statement

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Matt Gardner
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, EA, Marketing, Spicy Horse

American McGee Retracts EA "Tricks Gamers" Statement

After suggesting that EA were trying to "trick gamers" with the  marketing campaign for Alice: Madness Returns - with the trailers making the game out to be rather more horrific and gory than it actually was - American McGee has moved to clarify his statement and amend his previous criticism.

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American McGee: EA "Wanted To Trick Gamers" With Disingenuous Marketing

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Jonathan Lester
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, EA, Oh EA

American McGee: EA "Wanted To Trick Gamers" With Disingenuous Marketing

American McGee, of id Software and Alice fame, has accused EA of trying to deceive consumers about Alice: Madness Returns with a deceitful publicity campaign.

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American McGee: Home Consoles Were "Unsustainable From Inception"

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Jonathan Lester
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, Consoles, Free to play

American McGee: Home Consoles Were "Unsustainable From Inception"

F2P Made More Money Than Alice: Madness Returns

American McGee, the ex-id Software Staffer behind Alice and its sequel, reckons that home consoles were doomed from the very beginning - and Free To Play is already more profitable than consoles ever were.

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American McGee's Fairytale Game Is 'Crazy Fairies'

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Jonathan Lester
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American McGee, Crazy Fairies, iOS games, Mobile games, Spicy Horse

American McGee's Fairytale Game Is 'Crazy Fairies'

Won't Return To Home Consoles Any Time Soon

American McGee (him of id Software and Alice fame) has announced that his fairytale social game teased last week is called Crazy Fairies - and will be a turn-based artillery title reminiscent of Worms. He's also got a dark and twisted mobile verison of Red Riding Hood in the pipeline - and isn't planning to peddle his wares on home consoles "out of the gate."

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American McGee Teases Potential Jack And The Beanstalk Game

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Matt Gardner
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, Fairytales, Jack and the Beanstalk, Spicy Horse

American McGee Teases Potential Jack And The Beanstalk Game

It would appear that American McGee's Spicy Horse studio have been busy at work on a new fairytale game, with a sliver of concept art making its way onto Facebook yesterday from another children's story: Jack and the Beanstalk.

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A Couple Of Alice: Madness Returns Trailers For Your Retinal Delight

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Matt Gardner
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A Couple Of Alice: Madness Returns Trailers For Your Retinal Delight
More Alice, more madness, more lashings of American McGee's twisted imagination. We were generally pretty pleased with what we saw of Alice at the EA Showcase a few weeks back, and we're hoping to get to grips with the finished version at the end of the month, but for now have a gander at a couple of relatively new trailers we've yet to run after the jump.

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American McGee Will Switch To Mobile & Browser Games After Alice: Madness Returns

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Jonathan Lester
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Alice, Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, Casual Games, Games news, Mobile games
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Another Casual Casualty

American McGee, the ex id Software developer behind the surreal Alice franchise, has announced that Alice: Madness Returns will probably be his last AAA retail release. His studio will be switching its focus to the increasingly lucrative mobile and free-to-play market, though he admittedly has a few ideas for Alice 3 if EA makes it worth his while.

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Alice: Madness Returns Will Include Original Game On All Formats

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Jonathan Lester
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Alice: Madness Returns

Damn it, I never played the first one.

You're not alone. Plenty of gamers were eyeing up the backwards compatibility lists to work out whether or not to play the original Alice, but creator American McGee has confirmed that all versions of his upcoming platformer Alice: Madness Returns will include a code to download the original.

There’s also going to be pretty significant release, the original Alice brought over to the consoles, so that a person who’s purchased Madness Returns gets a download code and is able to play through the entire original game alongside playing Madness Returns. - American McGee to CVG

Awesome. Why not check out Matt's recent hands-on preview to whet your appetite?

Alice: Madness Returns Preview | Mad As A Hatter

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Matt Gardner
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Alice: Madness Returns

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Dear Alice has been away for some time. It's been eleven years since American McGee first turned Carroll's fantastical world into a dark and foreboding place filled with danger and desperation, Alice delving deep into the Wonderland of her mind to burn away the scarring memory of watching her family and their Victorian home go up in flames. It's been eleven years since Rutledge Asylum...and Alice is free, albeit under the care of a psychiatrist.

Except she's not actually doing too well. The madness is coming back, more vividly and stronger than ever since she moved back to the city. So it's back to Wonderland for the young lady, diving back into her own psyche as she once again struggles to battle against her recurring demons and, by healing Wonderland, heal herself.

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At GDC, those present had been treated to a demonstration of one of the later levels that saw Alice returning to Queensland, now decrepit and derelict. The GDC demo was on display at the showcase too (more on that in a bit) but we were rather more interested in the new environment we got to see - Hatter's Debate. Set more or less halfway through the first level, we were told by the rep that Tweedledee and Tweedledum had gone a bit mental, tearing the Hatter up into a number of pieces, and it was Alice's job to go and find all of the bits of him and reassemble the nutty gentleman.

Read on for tiny shrinkage, leaps of faith, and a macabre mechanical teapot...

ESRB Rating Reveals Combat And Swearing In Alice: Madness Returns

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Matt Gardner
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The ESRB has issued a rating report on American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns, detailing gory combat with kitchen utensils and language that would turn a Victorian governess pale as a ghoul. There are a few mini-spoilers in terms of gameplay elements in the report, but nothing really plot-wise.

Check it out after the jump...

Alice: Madness Returns & Shadows Of The Damned Dated For Summer

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Jonathan Lester
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alice madness returns

We've got two creepy and disturbing new dates for your diary courtesy of GDC announcements. American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns and Grasshopper Manufacture's Shadows Of The Damned will be launching this summer, and we have the gory details below.

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From McGee's Shovel Love to Remastered PS2 Classics - News Roundup 28th June 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, American McGee, Games news, Kinect, Nintendo, PS2, PS3, Shovelware, Sony

American McGee: Kinect Shovelware is The Way Forward

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Whilst our recent Game Buzz savagely laid into Kinect's marketing machine and launch lineup, it appears that the potential for half-assed shovelware is getting a few people excited. And the leader of the charge might surprise you. Famed developer American McGee (of Alice and id fame) has spoken out in defence of...well... half-assed shovelware.

"Shovelware plague? If a “plague” brought with it success and riches beyond my wildest dreams I’d hardly deride it."

Nor would I think of altering the plague in hopes of re-creating that success the came with it. If plague equals success, then more plague, please! Makes me wonder… are they launching a platform or an ideal?"

The Wii certainly proved (at least, for a while) that shovelware can shift consoles- but I'm personally unsure about whether following in Nintendo's footsteps is the right idea for Microsoft's exciting new platform. After all, Nintendo already has the target audience firmly in their camp- and it's up to Kinect to cater for a slightly more mature and demanding class of gamer in my opinion. [Now Gamer]

The ball's in your court, folks. After all, your money is going to decide whether Kinect succeeds or falls by the wayside! Is shovelware a good business model? Is it even a good thing? Have your say in the comments!

Nintendo 3DS Will Be Released Next Year. Maybe.

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After several reputable retailers suggested a holiday season release, Nintendo's top brass has spoken out to confirm that the 3DS will be hitting stores next year instead. Whilst we currently believe that Japan will receive the 3DS in time for Christmas, the official line is that Europe and the States will have to wait until March.

However, some fairly solid rumours are still abounding about whether Reggie's actually on the level with his projected 2011 release date. Apparently several Ninty sources are still convinced that the 3DS will be ready for a holiday release. Watch this space! [Gamesindustry]

More HD PS2 Games Headed to PS3

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Sony polled a few regulars while back to see whether we'd be interested in seeing more reskinned and revamped versions of PS2 classics on the PS3. Turns out that yes, yes we would. A thousand times yes. SCE President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that a concerted is now currently in the works.

"So we are looking to continue to do these HD conversions. We are looking into ways how we can deliver the PS2 library to PS3 consumers, but were are not ready to announce anything yet."

Short, to the point and refreshingly free of non-denials and management speak. This is happening. Currently, Sony have announced that The Sly Cooper Collection's in the works... and Team ICO's almost certainly got an HD ICO and Shadow of the Colossus pack in the offing. It's about time. [IGN]

So, what old-school classics do you want to be given a new lease of HD life? I can think of a fair few myself...and please remember that FFVII was on the original Playstation. I'd be happy with Zone of the Enders and a Gran Turismo collection myself...