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A Virus Named TOM Celebrates Its Birthday With 75%-Off Sale & Competition

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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A Virus Named TOM, Birthday, Competitions, Misfits Attic, PC games, Puzzle games, Sale

A Virus Named TOM Celebrates Its Birthday With 75%-Off Sale & Competition

The folks over at Misfits Attic are celebrating the anniversary of the release of their highly enjoyable puzzler A Virus Named TOM. To mark the occasion, they have slashed the price for the game by a whopping 75%, making it practically a steal at £1.65 for the game (although spending an extra 30p or so can get the soundtrack edition.) Click here to take advantage of the sale, which ends tomorrow.

In addition to the major saving, Misfits Attic have also begun a competition to create a Steam Card of TOM’s very own. The best designs will be put to a vote and the winner will be added to Steam’s virtual collection / swapping service. You can read all the details, as well as get hold of some official assets for inspiration, by heading over to the Misfits Attic Blog.

In our review, Jon said that AVNT was “an accessible fusion of brainpower and thumb-caning precision, packing both polished quality and an impressive amount of quality for solo players and social gamers alike.” In short, you should probably get involved while the getting is good. Happy Birthday, TOM!

Celebrate Atari's 40th Birthday With 100 Free iOS Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Atari, Birthday, iOS games, many happy returns

Celebrate Atari's 40th Birthday With 100 Free iOS Games

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Atari... right, where's our party bag?

On iOS, it turns out. Today only, you can download the Atari Greatest Hits app on iOS and get all the 100 games for free.

A very happy 40th birthday indeed. Does anyone have any rose-tinted Atari memories to share from the last four decades?

EVE Online Is Eight Today, Buys Players A Six-Pack To Celebrate!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Birthday, CCP Games, EVE Online, Free stuff, Games deals, Games news, Quafe Zero

quafe zero

Happy birthday, EVE Online! CCP Games' epic space MMO has just turned eight, and has witnessed incredible power struggles, assassinations and fully-fledged intergalactic wars that rival any science fiction movie.

To celebrate the happy occasion, CCP are giving away a free gift to every user: a booster drink that upgrades speed and scanning capability for an hour.

As a thank you to all of you who actively play the game, we would like to give each of you a six-pack sample of the Quafe Company's newest product, Quafe Zero. Made from compounds found only in Sleeper vessels, each can of Quafe Zero promises to boost your Speed and Scan Resolution 5% for one hour, with zero booster side effects. Tastes great, won't fill you up, and makes you a better pilot? For free? What a deal!

To get your free six pack of Quafe Zero, simply log into the EVE client and click on the "redeem items" icon. Bottoms up!

NCsoft Celebrates Flagships' Birthdays With Lots Of New Stuff

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Birthday, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Lineage, MMO, NCsoft, News

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NCsoft has announced that City of Heroes, Guild Wars and Lineage are all celebrating their anniversaries today with some new content, updates and other birthday treats.

Click here to see what treats NCsoft have prepared...

Happy Birthday Zelda: The Legend of Zelda Turns 25

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Birthday, News, Nintendo, Zelda

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Dust off your party hats, people, as Nintendo's much loved series, created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, turns 25 today. February 21st 1986 saw the release of the very first title - The Legend of Zelda - in a series that would go on to shift 59 million units and delight fans across the globe.

Read more about Zelda's birthday here....

From Inception Confirmation To Physical Domination - News Roundup 2nd December 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Birthday, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Christopher Nolan, Digital Distribution, Inception, News, Take-Two, Xbox 360

Nolan: Inception Videogame "Moving Forward"

inception news banner

Felix pitched the idea of an Inception film-tie in back in August... and rumours have been circulating for the last couple of months. However, director Christopher Nolan has now confirmed that an Inception game is definitely in the works and is moving forward with a higher priority than a silver screen sequel.

I always imagined Inception to be a world where a lot of other stories could take place. At the moment, the only direction we’re channeling that is by developing a videogame set in the world.

As for [movie] sequels, it’s not something I want to say no to, but it’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought about. - Nolan to Entertainment Weekly

Apparently this project is "a longer-term proposition"- and we hope that Nolan takes as much time as possible to make it work. And maybe cut down on the grinding nonsensical pseudoscience to focus on more gravity-defying action? We'll let you know more once we can pin down a developer. [EW]

Castlevania LOS Finally Gets PS3 Patch

castlevania los

Hurray! Castlevania Lords Of Shadow has secured positive reviews and reasonable sales, but a terrifying monster lurked within the PS3 version's code. This slavering horror put werewolves and demons to shame, devouring innocent save files with gleeful abandon over the last two months.

Luckily, the Van Helsing of PS3 patches is finally out- and the beast is slain. Enough with the metaphors: the saving glitch should now be fixed. Apparently the original problem was due to "PS3 Pad Interference," whatever that means. [Eurogamer]

Take Two: "Packaged Goods Will Dominate" In Five Years

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Take Two Chairman has prophesized that physical, packaged games will still command the majority of the games market in five years time- but even if traditional retail does fail, it won't change the face of games development in a significant way. [GI]

I still think in five years the packaged goods business will dominate. It's kind of irrelevant to us -- basically the same gross margin, basically the same risk.

However, this view isn't shared by a number of industry figures. id Software megamind John Carmack firmly believes that digital distribution is "the wave of the future" and will strangle the life from traditional retail outlets. Not only that, but high street retailers are still petrified by Steam and other digital platforms (as demonstrated by their recent desperate threats to boycott the service).

As consumers, we're just going to have to support the sales platform of our choice. Let is know where your loyalties lie!

Xbox 360 Turns Five Today

xbox 360 cake

The venerable PS2 hit a decade last Wednesday... so pick up your party hat, an unused party popper and the most hygienic slice of cake off of the floor, because it's time for another celebration. The Xbox 360 has turned 5 today in Europe- so, happy birthday and many happy returns! Microsoft's next-gen console has succeeded on levels that the original Xbox could scarecely dream of, cementing their place as bona fide console manufacturers and major players in the console arms race.

So where to go from here? There's no doubt that the 360 is starting to show its age, but with Kinect and a few more exclusives in the offing, it's not going anywhere soon.

Want to share some of your Xbox 360 memories? Fancy weighing in on the future of the console? Have your say in the comments!

From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Birthday, gamers, Games news, Good Old Games, Identity Crisis, Nintendo, Shadow of the Colossus

60% of Gamers... Deny It

gamers

Our favourite pastime is becoming more and more ubiquitous these days, with a third of Brits claiming to be gamers and a whopping 74% of the 18-24 audience gaming regularly. However, many of us seem to be having an identity crisis. According to a new survey of over 2000 subjects (commissioned by developer/publisher PlayFirst), only 40% of males 'strongly' identify themselves as gamers, despite two in every three subjects playing games on a daily basis (including casual games or iPhone apps) on a daily basis.

60% of females who play games regularly also refuse to identify themselves as gamers. While the entertainment medium is becoming as common as reading, music or even reading in some age groups, there still appears to be a stigma attached to the label. [Gamesindustry]

I'm a gamer. Are you? Does the term 'gamer' still have a derogatory connotations... or have we grown beyond the need for the word altogether? Have your say in the comments!

LittleBigPlanet 2 Delayed Into 2011

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A quick look at the comprehensive creation suite suggests that LBP2 might well be the last game we'll ever need to buy. However, every games company in the world has now been given a few months of extra breathing space as the release date has been been pushed back into January 2011.

Media Molecule will apparently be using the time to polish LBP2 in order to ensure that it "gives you the best experience imaginable". Which, in devspeak, means that it isn't anywhere near ready yet. [Media Molecule]

Shadow of the Colossus Movie Producer Seeks Constant Ueda Feedback...

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We all know that godawful movie adaptations of videogames far outnumber the few half-decent attempts out there. Seriously, we're spoiled for choice. This has made us more than a little suspicious about Misher Films' upcoming take on Shadow of the Colossus... but executive producer Kevin Ping Chang has updated us on the current progress of the project. Surprisingly, it appears to be shaping up rather well.

Chang has reassured us that the colossi battles will be momentous affairs that won't use montages to shorten the action, and that series creator Fumito Ueda is being kept in the loop at every stage.

“I think people realize the value of having the creator’s involvement more nowadays. They obviously know the material the best. We want Ueda’s feedback as much as possible, especially in terms of knowing certain character’s motivations for what they’re doing, where the character is born, etc. With that information we can begin to build the movie.”

It's always great to see directors actively seek out the creator's feedback... and as one last reassurance, Chang has revealed that he's an avid fan of the game and has completed it several times. Team ICO fans can sleep a little easier. [Play Till Doomsday]

GoG Relaunches. Shame on you.

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We reported that some odd shenanigans were happening over at Good Old Games earlier this week, with the online distribution company claiming to have shut down. However, we correctly identified this as a PR stunt... and it's now out of Beta and open for business once again. Account access is now back to normal.

Listen up, GOG: A publicity stunt is no excuse for denying your members access to their accounts and games portfolios. Shame on you.

And Finally... Happy 121st Birthday, Nintendo!

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Happy 121st Birthday, Nintendo! [thanks, Kotaku]

From Mario's 25th Birthday to Capcom's Four Games - News Roundup 13th September 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Birthday, Capcom, Games news, Kinect, Mario, Resident Evil 6, Xbox 360

Happy Birthday, Mario!

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of gaming's most recognisable and beloved mascot... and to be honest, I'm not sure that I can do the occasion justice in this short news post. Mario is much more than a collection of sprites or even a well-known brand name: he's a genuine icon that's practically synonymous with videogaming itself as well as our emergent gaming culture.

Shigeru Miyamoto probably didn't know that Mario would become such a massive part of our lives when he was putting the finishing touches to Super Mario Bros 25 years ago. In fact, most of the design decisions (such as the bright contrasting overalls) were simply chosen to cope with the hardware limitations of the NES... and he was even named after Nintendo's warehouse landlord who continually demanded rent money from the fledgling company! Had a sequence of happy coincidences and accidents not played out in the way that they did, we could be celebrating a very different anniversary altogether.

Regardless of how unlikely an icon Mario appears to be, there's no doubt that the Italian plumber and Shigsy deserve seriously special treatment today. We invite you to raise a glass and wish him a very happy 25th birthday. Many happy returns!

Want to wish Mario a very happy birthday? Fancy telling us about your favourite Mario or Nintendo Moments? Drop us a line in the comments- or head over to the official site to enter the Mario Birthday competition!

Capcom To Announce 4 New Games This Week

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The Tokyo Game Show is kicking off this week- and Capcom's European division has announced that they'll be bringing an impressive four new titles along.

“Tokyo Game Show this week. If i had to guess at the Capcom announcements I’d guess at 4 new games announced and some new MvsC3 characters.”- via Twitter

So, what could these four new games possibly be? Resident Evil 6 will almost certainly be confirmed thanks to last week's intel- and rumours seem to suggest that a new Devil May Cry could also be in the works. Naturally we'll keep you updated by the wire. [via VG247]

New Kinect Dashboard In Action

kinect dashboard

Today's exciting trailer to set you up for another long week is none other than... the new Xbox 360 dashboard. Sorry, folks.

At least you'll get to see the smooth, slick new stylings and the slidy Kinect functionality in all its glory; though I'd recommend turning your speaker volume down before mashing play. We're glad to see that it's finally working, since the version we sneakily saw running at Gamescom was bricked beyond all recognition.

Game Buzz 32: Top Ten PS1 Games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Birthday, Game Buzz, Playstation, PSOne, PSX, Top Ten

Game-BuzzGame Buzz is a weekly opinion column designed to take an irreverent look at one of the biggest news stories to break in the past week. Every Friday we’ll be bringing you another slice of reaction to topical gaming news, and inviting you to agree, disagree, shout assent, vent rage, scream and complain to you heart’s delight. This week, we ruminate on the top ten PS1 games...well is was its birthday after all.

It's been 15 years since the original Playstation hit our shelves and changed the gaming landscape, loosening Nintendo's strangehold on the industry. So here's a quick top ten to commemorate the PS1's birthday, with a handful of the best games to ever grace Sony's little box of wonders.

10. Driver

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There were a number of games that found homes on the PSOne fresh from the arcades, and a number that made that conversion effortlessly and beauitfully. But it was Driver that managed to marry both the allure of the arcade with some of the finest driving mechanics of the period thanks to exceptionally detailed handling models and physics, bucketloads of Seventies' retro charm and classic cops and robbers gameplay.

9. Tekken III

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Boasting fifteen new fighters, a multitude of bonus modes, universal sidestepping and gorgeous FMV, Namco did the impossible with Tekken III - they brought a stunning-looking arcade game into the home on a platform that no-one believed was capable of handling it...and they did it pretty damn well. Sure there graphics took a bit of a hit, but this is by far one of the finest looking PSOne games out there and the depth of gameplay remains impressive to this day.

8. Resident Evil 2

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Nemesis looked better and the original took us all by surprise, but before that hideous camera got fully rectified with Res 4, the second instalment was by far and away sitting pretty at the top of the survival horror food chain. Four separate stories to play through, dialogue that actual humans would probably speak (unlike that of the first game) combined with splendid voice acting, an intro movie that made you crap your pants and an action packed story that never really let up with the tension all made for one hell of a game.

Click here for zombies, vampires, kickflips and rapping!

Birthday Blowout: The Winners

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Birthday, Competition, iPad

Birthday Blowout iPad - MEdge

Bring on the trumpets and the baton twirlers and the backflipping dolphins and more fireworks than Guy Fawkes could have ever dreamt of because it's time to announce the competition winners. Three days ago we managed to whittle down the 144 or so entries we received to a shortlist of ten favourites and now that number gets sliced in half once more.

A little note on how we went about doing so: Each staff member was given five votes and to determine the winners it was a simple case of totting up the votes and seeing which titles amassed the most nominations. After the final five had been uncovered, each staff member was then called upon to rank the winners from 1 to 5, with 1 as the most deserving and so on. At the end of that we would have found our winner.

Again, congratulations to everyone who entered, and  we may well do one or two imaginative follow-up features envisaging what some of these titles might actually entail should they ever go into production. Big kudos to those ten who made the shortlist, whether through laughter, anticipation or intelligence, you all made this fina lround of voting incredibly difficult indeed!

And so, without further ado, Ladies and Gents, Boys and Girls....I give you, in alphabetical order....The Birthday Blowout Winners!

Jump below the break to see who our winners are....

Birthday Blowout Competition: The Shortlist

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Birthday, Competitions, Dealspwn, iPad

Birthday Blowout iPad - MEdge

To begin with, all of us here would just like to say a big thank you again to everyone who took part in the competition. Whittling down the 144 submissions to a ten-strong list was no easy feat at all. Each of the Dealspwn staff was asked to nominate their top five and the results were collated and measured, with the highest scoring entries - those with the most nominations - making it onto the shortlist. There were some close calls to be made and, as the nominations trickled into my inbox over the course of this weekend, I became so very excited that I may have fainted and fallen off of my chair. The doctors wrote it off as heatstroke...but that's only because I lied.

We've had entries that have made us laugh and cry, made our jaws hit the floor and our gaming hearts sigh, if we could award prizes to you all we would, but sadly mailing out 150 Chupa-Chups would be far from cost-effective. We could only include ten titles in our shortlist, but there were some entries that came very close and so Honourable Mentions go to 'Cooking Motherfucker', 'Mirror's Hedge', 'Marvel Zombies', 'Paxman' and 'Katarmari Damasea'.

Congrats to you all. And so, ladies and gents, we move on to the Dealspwn Birthday Blowout Shortlist - the ten entries, propelled into stratospheric heights thanks to democratic process and all of the Dealspwn staff.

Jump below the break to witness our Top Ten Shortlist in alphabetical order!!

Birthday Blowout Competition Now Closed!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Birthday, Competitions, Dealspwn, iPad

Birthday Blowout iPad - MEdge

Please note that this competition is now CLOSED! No more entries will be considered. Entries will be judged by the Dealspwn staff this weekend and a shortlist will be created. From that shortlist the winners will be decided upon next week.

It has been a busy year, but thank you to all of you who've helped to make our first year a great one. Massive kudos to everybody who entered, you've made this first birthday for the site very special indeed, and the very best of luck to you all!

Check out the full showcase here.

REMINDER - Win An iPad: Less Than 36 Hours To Go!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Amazon, apple, Birthday, Competitions, Dealspwn, iPad

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That's right ladies and gents, as of this post you have less than 36 hours to get your entries in if you want to be considered for the grand prize of a shiny new iPad. In fact, here's a full breakdown of what you could win...

First Prize: iPad

4 x Runners-up: £25 Amazon voucher

The competition will close at Midnight tomorrow night on Friday 2nd July.

Any entries submitted after that time will not be accepted so, if you're yet to participate, get your skates on!

A very big thank you to everyone who has entered so far, there have been some absolutely fantastic entries to date and our job as judges is certainly going to be a tough one. But there's still time to get your name into the hat. Check out the guidelines and rules for entry by clicking here, and you can have a browse of all of the entries so far at our Flickr gallery here.

Go! Go! GO! And the very best of luck to you all :)

Birthday Blowout: Win An iPad!!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Amazon, apple, Birthday, Competitions, Dealspwn, iPad

Birthday Blowout iPad - MEdge

NB. Please note that this competition is now CLOSED! No more entries will be considered. Entries will be judged by the Dealspwn staff this weekend and a shortlist will be created. From that shortlist the winners will be decided upon next week. Thank you to all of you who've entered, and the very best of luck to you all!

Yes, that's right folks! Dealspwn is officially one year old! To celebrate this illustrious occasion and to thank you guys and girls who pop along to the site each day and give our roles some meaning, it's time for another opportunity to bag yourselves some free stuff. However, it's a big occasion, so we're going to be holding a big competition and, as everybody knows, in order to do that you need a Big Fat Prize.

So we thought we'd give you lot the chance to win an iPad!!

Try as I might to hate the thing, as a gaming platform it's actually rather good. In fact, some of the games that have been coming out for the super-sized iPhone are so good that I've actually given some serious thought to selling my soul on eBay and using the proceeds to actually hand over money for one. Thankfully, if you win this competition you won't even have to do that and will be the proud owner of the trendiest piece of kit on the planet without having to spend a penny.

Of course, we can't just give one away. That would be incredibly boring, so we've set a little task for entry: designing a game cover. Check out the guidelines below to see how you can get in on the anniversary excitement.

How To Enter - Designing A Game Cover

Right, before you all panic, let's spell out exactly what we're looking for. We'll provide you with a template for a video game case, all we need you to do is design a cover for the game of your dreams. It can be anything you want, in any format you want. So if you want to take an existing game cover and Photoshop the hell out of it then by all means go ahead. If you want to grab an HB pencil and sketch something before scanning it and sending it to us the do it. Fancy making a cover collage out of abandoned SEGA titles? Why not.You could even send us a drunken scrawl on a beer mat if you really wanted, but we'd probably just use them for their original purpose.

So...in a few easy steps...

  1. Think of an awesome game you wish existed, it can be a play on something that's already out there or something from the depths of your imagination, we don't mind.
  2. Think up a kickass title!
  3. Create a cover for the game - Photoshop, sketch, paint, build etc. You can download a template here.
  4. Save your masterpiece as a digital picture (if it's actually tangible then either take a picture of it or scan it in)
  5. Upload the picture to Image Shack (no registration required)
  6. Post a link to your picture in the comments section using a valid email account!

First Prize: iPad

4 x Runners-up: £25 Amazon voucher

There are a few steps there, but then it is a Big Fat Prize!

It is very important to note here that we're not looking for technical proficiency. Aesthetics are nice but not everyone's going to be a Photoshop whizz kid and we know it. So what we're really looking for is something inventive, a game that might make us laugh or gasp or wee a little with excitement.

The competition will run for two weeks, only one entry per person and all entries must be in by July 2nd 2010.

Check out all of the entries by clicking here and heading over to the gallery on Flickr.

Good luck!

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