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Newsbits: A free game, TV on XBLA? and more game updates!
4 years ago

Newsbits: A free game, TV on XBLA? and more game updates!

  • Doritos Crash Course 2 will be coming soon as a free-to-play game on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The game uses your Avatar to navigate through five new levels, …
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More Walking Dead content coming that is not Season 2

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In an interview with IGN, Gary Whitta confirmed, "You won't have to wait for season two to play more Walking Dead." As a lead writer in the episodic series …
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Domain registration hints at next-generation Xbox event
4 years ago

Domain registration hints at next-generation Xbox event

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Just days after Sony announced the PlayStation 4 at a special event in New York, a new domain registration is pointing to the possibility of a similar reveal from …
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Xbox Durango tipster 'SuperDaE' has home raided by Australian police

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He's real all right. He is one man, and he really did gain inside knowledge of Microsoft's next-gen Xbox, among other once-secretive industry projects. But he's not a former Microsoft employee or developer who has worked on a game for the platform said to be codenamed Durango. He's a hacker.

The skilled Australian hacker previously known to the public only as "SuperDaE" has at varying times gained surreptitious computer access to Microsoft, Sony, Epic and Blizzard. What exactly he was privy to once on the inside of any of these industry titans' systems is still up for some debate, as many of the reported details differ between publisher and hacker. However, there was a time when he was almost certainly in possession of myriad whitepapers containing intricate details about Microsoft and Sony's respective next-gen console plans.

"Was" is the operative word here. SuperDae, whose real name is Dan "Dylan" Henry and who once attempted to sell what was either an actual Xbox Durango development kit or an uncannily convincing replica of one, has been caught. On the morning of Tuesday, February 19, Australian police — along with an American who Dylan alleges to be an FBI agent — raided Henry's home and confiscated enough items to fill a 6-page police report. In a tell-almost-all, Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Stephen Totilo recounts in fascinating detail not just the search and seizure of Henry's belongings, but Totilo's entire history of dealings with the man who is undoubtedly the most publicly known spiller of next-gen beans.

"I've lost everything," Henry told Kotaku a few days ago. After the seizure of his computers, paperwork, his Blackberry, his Visa, banking records and, strangely, a phallic-shaped cup, the hacker described his life as now being in ruins. Members of Western Australia's Technology Crime Investigation Unit who took part in the raid reportedly told Henry, who has not been charged with any crime, that he was not allowed a lawyer and taunted him over how he would be treated in prison.

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Get a new Skullgirls character for a mere $150,000
4 years ago

Get a new Skullgirls character for a mere $150,000

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Lab Zero Games is back in the news, this time shooting for a lofty goal of $150,000 in order to bring a new character to all platforms. The new …
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Former Microsoft engineer disagrees with vision for the Xbox 360
4 years ago

Former Microsoft engineer disagrees with vision for the Xbox 360

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The team at Polygon shared a fascinating summary of former Microsoft developer Nat Brown's blog a few days ago. He expresses his disappointment with the direction Microsoft has taken …
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Xbox 360 is the best-selling console 25 months running
4 years ago

Xbox 360 is the best-selling console 25 months running

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Although details of next-gen hardware are expected in the near future, Microsoft's Xbox 360 shows no signs of slowing down just yet. The company has announced that, according to …
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Terraria port to XBLA required rewrite
4 years ago

Terraria port to XBLA required rewrite

505 Games recently spoke with Polygon on the difficulties of bringing sandbox adventure game Terraria to XBLA and how re-aligning the game mechanics for consoles required a complete re-write. The …
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Scott Pilgrim vs The World was developed in five months
4 years ago

Scott Pilgrim vs The World was developed in five months

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Development of Scott Pilgrim vs The World was proceeding as normal over at Ubisoft Montreal. The levels were designed, the game was working and all that needed to be done was build the rest of the content and put it together. But then, six months before launch window, Ubisoft's higher-ups commanded a change in priorities, shifting to bigger next-generation projects. The schematics for Scott Pilgrim were ready to go, but the idea needed to be realized in no more than five months so it could successfully pass through the certification procedure and make its concurrent release with the movie.

Enter Richard Tsou and his studio, Ubisoft Chengdu, the folks who had the guts and persistence to double-time this gem down the production line to meet its release goal. "No other studio around Ubisoft would pick this up," said Richard in an interview with Siliconera. "They wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole. Why? It’s like five months to make 80% of the game. You know? Who in the right mind will sign up for that? But it was a great opportunity for us. I’m like, no problem." And to top it off, Richard included, "We were a rookie studio. We’ve never shipped a game before." Read More

Guardians of Middle-earth adds Snaga to character list
4 years ago

Guardians of Middle-earth adds Snaga to character list

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Guardians of Middle-earth now has a third DLC character, the flesh-hungry Goblin, Snaga. It is now available for purchase for 160 MSP and is free for Season …
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