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Indie developer Frozenbyte is keeping fans updated on the progress of its upcoming sequel to Trine, slated for release this summer on XBLA, PSN, Windows, OSX, and Linux. Mikael gives gamers a quick look at how the animation process works in the video below. via Frozenbyte’s blog
Dejobaan Games artist Amy posted a few pieces of concept art for the indie studio’s currently-in-alpha frenetic rhythm/action game on the company’s blog. It’s worth a gander if you’re into game design, especially game design with an emphasis on insane(ly awesome) art direction. You can take a look at the rest here and here. via Dejobaan Games
Independent Portal mapping site Thinking With Portals has teamed up with Valve to run a mapping contest for Portal 2. The top two map designs, judged in a variety of categories, will take home a Portal 2 Gift Pack including signed goodies from the game’s developers, as well as having their maps featured on Valve’s official Portal 2 website. Get mapping, test subjects. Via Portal 2 Blog
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six or seven months then I’m sure you’ve heard about Minecraft, the open world, build anything sandbox game that’s become a phenomenon among gamers, even though it’s still in beta. But while thousands praise it, there are many who aren’t fans of it, myself included, mostly due to the fact that people call it a game when it’s more of a creation tool. A literal sandbox, not a video game in the modern sense. If that sounds like you then […]
You’d have to be living under a rock to remain unaware of the PlayStation Network’s major downtime the past week. But regardless of your current living conditions you’d be forgiven for being none the wiser on the cause; as Sony have been very tight-lipped on the matter.
Today, Valve and Sony released details on how the union of PS3 and Steam will go down when Portal 2 releases next week. And to go along with that we have a bunch of screens of the overlay in action.
This year’s VG BAFTAs (which this is the first year I’ve noticed they’re BAVGAs) was once again hosted by the ever funny and avid gamer Dara O’Brian. He warmed up the night making quips about the magical healing properties of hiding behind a wall, suggesting the inclusion of a zombie mode to FIFA, and questioning the lack of Irish voice-acting, specifically himself, in games. The awards quickly moved on after a brief message for aid to those affected by the Japan quakes.
And hello to Gaikai. The game streaming service from industry veteran David Perry went live beta yesterday with a limited selection of games. The first whispers of the service surfaced around two years ago and for the longest time has been mostly silent, with streaming service OnLive taking most of the spotlight.
French achievement-tracking site “Success Full” have posted what appears to be the full list of Portal 2 Achievements; giving you a glimpse into the story and co-op challenge modes. In the interest of spoilers I suggest you stop reading around about now.
You probably didn’t even know it was in development, did you?
Mozilla, developers of the Firefox browser, opened up a competition last September for budding developers and programmers to code games built using web technologies; HTML, Java, WebGL etc. Voting for the winners opened January and the vote has now been completed.
UK gamer advocacy group Gamers’ Voice is looking to expand its base of volunteers and has put out a call to UK gamers who might be interested.
Team Fortress 2 started adding community items a while back, and more recently introduced the Mann Co. Store, opening a flood of new items made by avid fans of the game. However, these fan-made items, and even some of Valve’s own-made stuff, have a bit of an optimization issue. This has gotten a few members of the TF2 community in a stir, and one user in particular has brought some excellent tidbits to light.
An EA employee has confirmed to Press X or Die that Valve’s upcoming first-person-puzzle-platformer Portal 2 will be sporting cross-platform co-op between PC and PS3.
UK Publisher Ghostlight have announced that they are publishing Persona 3 Portable in Europe. No specific release date has been confirmed but they have said it will be available at retail and on the PSN. The boxed version will contain some Collector’s Edition type stuff but no word on what it is yet. Source