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Game Buzz | Episode 60 - Steamy Goodness

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Game Buzz, Hitman, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Silicon Knights, Steam, Valve, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 60 - Steamy Goodness

This week on Game Buzz we discuss Nintendo's pessimistic sales predictions, we chat about some of the news out of Steam Dev Days including the Owlface revamp and the planned dissolution of Greenlight, we ask if anyone cares about SimCity getting an offline mode, and we ruminate on the open letter from IO vaguely outlining the plan for the new Hitman game.

Finally, we have a look at the Winners and Losers of the week. Oh Silicon Knights. Have some self-respect.

Game Buzz | Episode 60 - Steamy Goodness. Recorded 17th January, 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.

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Nintendo Files New Eternal Darkness Trademark, Hints At Digital Distribution

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Eternal Darkness, Horror games, Nintendo, Silicon Knights, Survival Horror Games

Nintendo Files New Eternal Darkness Trademark, Hints At Digital Distribution

Here we go again: Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Gamecube horror title Eternal Darkness, but with provisions for digital distribution. Could they be planning on bringing some Gamecube classics over to Wii U?

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Shadow Of The Eternals "Unlikely" To Release If Kickstarter Fails

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Crowd Funding, Eternal Darkness, Horror games, Kickstarter, Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals, Silicon Knights

Shadow Of The Eternals "Unlikely" To Release If Kickstarter Fails

Precursor Games have warned that Shadow Of The Eternals (the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness) probably won't come to fruition if their crowd-funding campaign fails to hit its lofty $1.5 million target.

Which, judging by the currently lukewarm reception, is looking increasingly likely.

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Denis Dyack Responds To Criticism Over Silicon Knights

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Denis Dyack, Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals, Silicon Knights, X-Men Destiny
Discuss:
X-Men: Destiny

Denis Dyack Responds To Criticism Over Silicon Knights

Remember the Kotaku article that accused Denis Dyack and Silicon Knights of funnelling development funds away from X-Men Destiny to work on a project pitch demo rumoured to be Eternal Darkness II?

Well, Dyack (who's now over at Precursor Games in an exclusively creative capacity) has responded to the allegations calling out Kotaku for running the piece, and addressing the concerns that many community members have expressed over the development of Precursor's crowdfunding effort, Shadow of the Eternals.

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Game Buzz | Episode 31 - Devil's Dance

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Avalanche Studios, Denis Dyack, Disney, EA, Game Buzz, Podcast, Precursor Games, PWNCAST, Silicon Knights, Star Wars, Ubisoft, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 31 - Devil's Dance

This week's Game Buzz kicks off with a look at Disney farming out the Star Wars licence to EA, and the hopes and fears that come with such an arrangement; we take a look at the Precursor Games crowdfunding push, and assess the messy tangle that has been the Silicon Knights saga; once again we find ourselves chatting about the Wii U, only it's not us ragging on Nintendo's machine this week, it's Avalanche; we touch upon the recent re-departure of Patrice Desilets from Ubisoft; and we look at the recent handbags between Activision and ShopTo.

Game Buzz | Episode 31 - Devil's Dance. Recorded 10th May, 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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Precursor Bought Assets From Silicon Knights For Shadow of the Eternals

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Denis Dyack, Paul Caporicci, Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals, Silicon Knights
Discuss:
Shadow of the Eternals

But Precursor Is Still A "Totally New Entity"

Precursor Games, the studio set up by a bunch of ex-Silicon Knights developers, has revealed that it bought assets and equipment from the flaming husk of Silicon Knights to use in its new game: Shadow of the Eternals.

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Dyack's Back! Eternal Darkness' Spiritual Successor Looking For $1.5 Million

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Denis Dyack, Eternal Darkness, Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals, Silicon Knights
Discuss:
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's ...

After a bunch of rumours and leaks, Precursor Games' spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, named Shadow of the Eternals, is finally out in the open. The Canadian studio, helmed by ex-Silicon Knights bods Paul Caporicci and Denis Dyack, is looking for $1.5 million in crowdfunding through their own website.

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Fascinating Silicon Knights Research Reveals Cancelled Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Eternal Darkness 2, Silicon Knights, Too Human

Fascinating Silicon Knights Research Reveals Cancelled Games

Eternal Darkness 2, Silent Hill: The Box, Too Human Sequels & More

Following Silicon Knights' recent legal disgrace, NeoGAF member Mama Robotnik has compiled a comprehensive and utterly fascinating look into what the company has been working on over the past few years. An enormous list of cancelled titles includes the Eternal Darkness 2 prototype that torpedoed X-Men Legends, a Silent Hill sequel, follow-ups to Too Human and more.

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Game Buzz | Episode 9 - Innocent Fun

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PS3, PWNCAST, Silicon Knights, Sony, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 9 - Innocent Fun

Lots of little tidbits this week. From Sony's 70 million shipped PS3s to Borderlands 2's second slice of DLC. We revisit the ongoing  nightarish saga of Silicon Knights and discuss the latest court ruling; we ask if there really is any point at all in buying a Basic package Wii U and chat about the early US reviews; and we pick apart the colourfully phallic trailer for KnapNok  Games for their upcoming Wii U party title Spin The Bottle.

Game Buzz: Episode 9 - Innocent Fun. Recorded November 16th, 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.

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Game Buzz | Episode 8 - Back to Los Santos

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
David Braben, Denis Dyack, Elite: Dangerous, Game Buzz, GTA V, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Podcast, PWNCAST, Silicon Knights

Game Buzz | Episode 8 - Back to Los Santos

All of the juicy news came in late this week. First there was the Game Informer GTA V reveal, which we discuss extensively. The Silicon Knights' lawsuit against Epic finally received a ruling, and it backfired upon Denis Dyack spectacularly. We recorded and uploaded just before the reports came in about the final, doubled fee levelled at SK, but you can read all about that here.

Elsewhere, we touch upon Medal of Honor: Warfighter's continuing bad press, and take a peek at Braben's Elite: Dangerous, and ask if it can stand up to the impressive pitch from Chris Roberts and Star Citizen, and if it even needs to.

Game Buzz: Episode 8 - Back to Los Santos. Recorded November 9th, 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.

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Silicon Knights Found Guilty Of Code Copying, Epic Games Damages Doubled

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, FUBAR, lawsuit, Silicon Knights, Too Human, Unreal Engine 3

Silicon Knights Found Guilty Of Code Copying, Epic Games Damages Doubled

Things have gone from bad to totally FUBAR for Silicon Knights, as the extent of their now-concluded legal dispute with Epic Games continues to come to light. Not only does the studio behind Too Human and Eternal Darkness have to destroy all unsold copies of their Unreal Engine titles, but a judge ruled that they're guilty of willfully copying a huge amount of copyrighted code while disguising it as their own.

As a result, Silicon Knights now have to pay out an extra $4.5m in damages and legal fees, which exceeds the original figure awarded by a Jury earlier this year.

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Silicon Knights Ordered To Destroy All Code & Copies Of Their Unreal Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
lawsuit, Silicon Knights

Silicon Knights Ordered To Destroy All Code & Copies Of Their Unreal Games

Oh dear. Just when you thought that things couldn't get any worse for Silicon Knights (who laid off all but five of their employees following allegations of shady business practices and lacklustre games) it looks like their unsuccessful lawsuit against Epic Games has backfired spectacularly. According to a newly-discovered courthouse document, Dyack and crew are legally obliged to destroy all source code and unsold copies of every game they've developed using the Unreal Engine.

Before next month.

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Game Buzz | Episode 7 - Alleged Duplicity

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Denis Dyack, Game Buzz, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Podcast, PS Vita, PWNCAST, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Silicon Knights, Sony

Game Buzz | Episode 7 - Alleged Duplicity

Oh Silicon Knights, what have you done?! This week Jon and I take a look at the rumoured duplicity of Mr. Dyack when it came to X-Men Destiny, we discuss EA's "disappointment" at Medal of Honor: Warfighter and ruminate on those "mock reviews", and we ask what Sony can do to pull the Vita out of the depressing slump in which it appears to have found itself.

We also review the new Silent Hill film. Short Version: It's really, really bad.

Game Buzz: Episode 7 - Alleged Duplicity. Recorded November 1st, 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.

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Report: Silicon Knights Secretly Worked On Eternal Darkness 2 Alongside X-Men Destiny

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Report, Rumour, Silicon Knights, X-Men Destiny

Report: Silicon Knights Secretly Worked On Eternal Darkness 2 Alongside X-Men Destiny

Ex-Staffers Allege Dodgy Developmental Skullduggery

Silicon Knights, the developer behind Eternal Darkness and more recently Too Human and X-Men Destiny, now lies in ruins. The studio now only consists of a skeleton crew of five staffers, including CEO Dennis Dyack. More damningly, however, a report from newly redundant personnel alleges that  Silicon Knights secretly siphoned resources away from Activision-backed X-Men Destiny to work on an Eternal Darkness 2 prototype, and never 'took it seriously.'

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Dyack: "There's Not Going To Be An Industry At All" If Used Games Market Left Unchecked

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
David Braben, Denis Dyack, GameStop, Pre-owned, Silicon Knights, Used games

Dyack: "There's Not Going To Be An Industry At All" If Used Games Market Left Unchecked

After David Braben weighed in on the used games debate, it seems that Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack is eager to get stuck in on the matter too. Dyack has argued that if current retail models persist, and the used games market continues to grow unchecked, that very soon "there's not going to be an industry" at all.

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Dyack: Silicon Knights "Working On An IP That's Our Most Requested"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain, Eternal Darkness, Next-gen, Silicon Knights

Dyack: Silicon Knights "Working On An IP That's Our Most Requested"

Denis Dyack has been dropping a few tidbits here and there for the next-gen title that Silicon Knights has been busily working upon, without ever really giving too much away. However, a recent statement suggests that the rumours and rumblings of a follow-up to Eternal Darkness might not be too far from the mark.

Unless of course, we're wrong and the most requested game is in fact Cyber Empires or Too Human.

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Dyack: New Eternal Darkness "Not Too Much To Ask"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Denis Dyack, Eternal Darkness, GDC 2012, Silicon Knights

Dyack: New Eternal Darkness "Not Too Much To Ask"

It's not too big a shout to declare that Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem was one of the finest games to grace the Gamecube. Although it didn't set the world alight with sales (pretty much the story of the Gamecube, that), it was a critically acclaimed slice of psychological horror. better still, Silicon Knights aren't ruling out a return.

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X-Men: Destiny | £13.85 | ShopTo | PS3 & Xbox 360

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Activision, Games deals, PS3 games, Silicon Knights, Xbox 360 games

X-Men: Destiny | £13.85 | ShopTo | PS3 & Xbox 360

  • What: X-Men: Destiny
  • Where: ShopTo (Xbox 360 | PS3)
  • Current Price: £13.85

This one lets you choose between three new characters following which you'll be dropped into the X-Men universe and you'll need to decide whether to join the X-Men or the Brotherhood Of Mutants. As you progress through the game you'll get to upgrade your powers and the choices you make within the game will have an impact on the story. ShopTo are parting with PS3 and Xbox 360 copies of the game for £13.85, which should make you a saving of just over £3.50 on the PS3 and £6 on the 360.

Top Ten Tuesdays | Gaming Disappointments In 2011

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
BioWare, Crytek, Game of the Year 2011, Gearbox, GOTY 2011, Microsoft, Most Disappointing Games 2011, Nintendo, Silicon Knights, Sony, Splash Damage, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays, Ubisoft

The hype train has had many stops this year, some good, others less so. We've seen big companies laid low through their own lack of caution, undermined by smack talk, and the best laid plans revealed to be sorely misjudged. In terms of games, we've had darlings of the press - games that have won critics over through previews and interviews, buffet spreads and bright lights - only for the end product to be rather lacking.

In the midst of our Game of the Year Season, it is only right the we look back and reflect for a moment upon some of the disappointments of the past twelve months. It should be noted that the games that make this list aren't necessarily bad (although one or two are), but rather proved to dash our hopes in some way. We weren't necessarily cross...just disappointed.

Though there's room for both at the top end.

10. We Dare

Top Ten Tuesdays | Gaming Disappointments In 2011

Forget Dead Island...anyone who finds themselves disappointed by a game on the grounds of a CG trailer only has themselves to blame. The worst culprit of any sort of trailer fiasco this year probably has to go to We Dare. Did we get a raunchy party game for adults? No. Did we get girl-on-girl spanking? No. Were PEGI right to give the game a 12+ rating? Yes. The mainstream press went nuts, with the Daily Fail as usual doing absolutely no research into the actual game; but the disconnect between the trailer and the actual game was pertinent. At the end of the day, We Dare failed to launch in this country, with reports from across the Channel being that the game was about as sexy as Salacious Crumb.

9. X-Men Destiny

Top Ten Tuesdays | Gaming Disappointments In 2011

What was it that Silicon Knights did with that multi-million dollar bankroll from the Canadian government? Well it can't all have gone on X-Men Destiny? Can it? Really? Oh dear. Having an X-Men game in which you can't actually play as any of the X-Men was a warning from the start...the awful combat and mind-numbingly boring missions didn't help. We knew it was going to be bad, just not this bad, hence the low position on the list.

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Silicon Knights: 'Returning To Its Roots' With Mysterious New Project

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain, Eternal Darkness, Silicon Knights

Silicon Knights: 'Returning To Its Roots' With Mysterious New Project

Working On "One Of Its Most Requested Titles"

Silicon Knights, the Canadian developer in the grip of massive layoffs and publishing woes after a couple of misfiring titles, has announced that they're working on revamping one of their classic IPs for a new generation. Speaking to Kotaku, Silicon Knights confirmed the rumoured job losses, but came out swinging with the following exciting tidbit.

"The company is currently refocusing and returning to its roots, working on one of its most requested titles for the next generation."

So, what could this mean? Silicon Knights will have to own the rights to the IP in order to switch publishers, meaning that the smart money is on them acquiring rights to Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain from Square Enix - who have past form in selling off properties that they don't plan to develop. Eternal Darkness 2 would also be wonderful, but they'd need to wrestle with Nintendo or make a pledge to develop for the Wii U. We'll keep you posted.