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American Nightmare developer diary talks story and urban legends

The second developer diary for Alan Wake's American Nightmare has the developers describing the game's story direction. Although the game is a spin-off anyone can play, there is a good deal of optional story that continues the original storyline. This game is much more focused on action, so some inspiration was taken from sci-fi B movies (hence the giant spiders). They also detail Mr. Scratch, Alan's evil doppelganger that was created by the darkness after Alan himself became an urban legend. Part of the story will be told through live-action cutscenes, like the Night Springs TV show from the original game. Watch closely and you may see the live version of Mr. Scratch stealthily working his way into the discussion. Alan Wake's American Nightmare releases February 22, 2012 for 1200 MSP.

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XBLA Fans release e-book for Amazon Kindle

Guess what? XBLA Fans wrote a book! The new e-book for Amazon Kindle was released earlier this week and is comprised of some of our favourite XBLA Fans articles and most informative pieces. In what is designed to be an introductory guide to Xbox Live Arcade, the e-book hopes to answer such questions as: What is XBLA? How to get started with your XBOX 360? Why play retails games on disc? As well as sharing some touching stories of our experiences with the platform that we've come to love.

It's also FREE for one day only! So if you love XBLA and have a Kindle or perhaps you'd just like to download it to your computer, then get over there fast. Look out for more publications from XBLA Fans, we're working on compiling our guides into a handy portable format for tablet users too. Remember to rate us if you like it!

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Dungeon Defenders receives its first console patch

Update: The Title Update will actually coincide with the upcoming DLC release, apologies for any confusion.

Original Story: Dungeon Defenders received its first console patch earlier this week and fans of the game will be pleased to hear it addresses a number of minor bugs and increases the game’s level cap. The patch is great news for XBLA gamers since it was stated a while back that all DLC available for the PC version might not reach consoles. Trendy Entertainment revealed the full patch details on their official forums or you can read the full list here after the jump.

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Double Fine's new project funded exclusively through Kickstarter

Yesterday, the lovely folks at Double Fine Productions started a Kickstarter to fund a new point-and-click adventure game to be released this year. They're looking for $400,000 but in just over 6 hours, they made their goal which is crazy and shows you how much love we have for this studio. No other platforms have been announced other than Steam currently but Tim said that if they go over their goal, they'll put it on more platforms so perhaps XBLA? No one knows for certain but the more you donate, the more of the game you'll see so get donating!

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Half a million Fruit Ninja Kinect copies sold

Developer Halfbrick had some good news to deliver at the DICE conference in Las Vegas today. Their wonderful game Fruit Ninja Kinect has sold half a million copies since its release during the 2011 Summer of Arcade. They also stated they don't want to ruin their game's momentum, so there won't be a sequel in the near future. Fruit Ninja Kinect was the developer's first console experiment and a huge success, which may bode well for future XBLA releases. Congratulations to Halfbrick on their success, may your game sell half a million more.

Source: Joystiq

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Gotham City Impostors launch trailer

It's time to release your inner Batman or Joker! The launch trailer for Gotham City Impostors shows off all the chaos in the streets of Gotham when Batman is away fighting crime. Freeze guns, bows, grappling hooks, bear traps, bleeped swearing, and so much more is shown of in this action-packed video. Gotham City Impostors is available today, bringing its crazy first-person shooter action to the masses. Be on the look out for our review in the next few days.

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XBLAFancast Episode 48 – Kinectin' with Nick

Last week was a big Kinect week on XBLA, so we decided to get Xbox Kinect Fans writer Nick DePetris to join us and share his thoughts. Sadly that means no Todd this week, but don't let that put you off we still have a fun packed show for you.

Nick kicks things off by telling us about Double Fine's Happy Action Theater and Rhythm Party, both of which are pretty interesting additions to the Kinect library. Myself and Andrew played a bit of Iron Brigade DLC pack, Rise of the Martian Bear, which we don't mind telling you is pretty tough!

Perry drops many a news bomb on us, check below for links to the full stories we discussed.

In Crews' Community Corner Andrew chooses a twitter question in which @wolvie75 asked what our dream Summer of Arcade line up would be, choosing from the previous promotions. You'll have to listen to the show to find out our answers though. Also be sure to check out Carcassonne for Remember The Days and let us know what you think on twitter.

Please subscribe, comment, review the podcast on iTunes and tell your friends! We appreciate it! Check us out on twitter (@XBLAFans) where you can win codes for games, give us feedback or just ask a question. We are also now on Stitcher, so you can stream the show on your smartphone, give it a go!

Big thanks again to Chris Green for the awesome theme music, be sure to check out his site BlurredEdge and why not follow him on twitter too @BlurredEdge.

 

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Kinect with three games on sale now for $99 at Amazon

Everyone say it along with me: "Xbox, bundle Kinect with free games!" Look, it worked! Nice work, everyone. As seen in the link, Amazon is currently selling Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect bundled with three games for $99 USD. Buyers will get a copy of Kinect Adventures along with redeemable codes for XBLA titles The Gunstringer and Fruit Ninja Kinect. Acquiring the hardware and software trio would regularly set gamers back around $145 USD.

No end date is listed for the sale, so it's probably a good idea to jump on it quickly if you're interested in essentially getting two games for free with a Kinect purchase.

Source: Amazon

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Earn extra rewards this February

Overwhelmed by all the sales, deals and price drops already announced for XBLA this month? Not to mention the torrent of quality games scheduled for a February release in the House Party promotion and more? Well lucky for you the Xbox Live Rewards scheme is offering 5% MSP back on all purchases for the full month. To take advantage of the deal, you need a gold membership then make sure you are signed up for the program here.

It may not keep the bank manager off your back but it should certainly soften the blow.

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XBLA Wednesday: February 8

You feel like stabbing or do you feel like shooting? This week's XBLA Wednesday will settle both appetites. First up, Shank 2, the sequel to the original 2010 game, is back with an all new single-player mode and a survival mode that has co-op play which will set you back 800 MSP. Last on our list, if you've ever wanted to play as your own Bat-vigilante or Joker thug, you're in luck with Gotham City Impostors. The first person shooter has wacky guns, lots of character and unlockables and will set you back 1200 MSP. Whether it's shanking or blasting, XBLA Wednesday has got something for you.

Not to mention Amazon typically sells Microsoft Points for slightly cheaper (5% off at the time of posting) than on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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