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Gore Verbinski’s Blink Wink to release XBLA title utilizing Kinect in 2012

Gore Verbinski’s Blind Wink production studio has announced that they are developing an XBLA title that will utilize Kinect and launch sometime in 2012. Known throughout the film industry for directing Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango, Verbinski is now entering the gaming realm for the first time. Beyond this unnamed XBLA title, more games from Verbinski and the minds at Blind Wink are on the horizon. A partnership between the studio and Microsoft was announced today that will see all future gaming content from Blind Wink come exclusively to Microsoft platforms. While details on the game(s) themselves are currently unavailable, the potential itself is very exciting. We’ll bring you coverage of Blind Wink’s XBLA title as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned.

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Alan Wake XBLA title not ‘Alan Wake 2′ according to Remedy

Earlier this week, we wrote a post about Geoff Keightly seeing the teaser for the rumored Alan Wake’s Night Springs for XBLA and he discussed how it’s effectively “Alan Wake 2 when you really look at it”. But Remedy believe otherwise when employee Mikko Rautalahti responded on the Remedy forums about Keighly’s claims.

While they’re very “glad that he’s excited about it, he’s obviously saying very nice things and we’re proud of the game!” but Rautalahti states “I think that since he invokes the ‘Alan Wake 2‘ name, I should reiterate what we’ve said all along: this new game is not Alan Wake 2, and if we intended it to be that, we’d have named it that.” This all leads to believe that Remedy have other plans for what Alan Wake 2 might be and the XBLA title will be from an entirely different light. We’ll bring you more news and the trailer when it’s announced at the Spike VGAs on December 10.

Source: IGN

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The perilous platforming of Pid from Might & Delight

If you were watching Giant Bomb’s livestream yesterday, you would have seen a lovely trailer for the new XBLA platformer Pid from Might & Delight, former GRIN employees. Now we’re showing you what you might have missed or if you saw it yesterday, catch the gorgeous trailer above. The plot of the game is you’re a boy on the school bus who falls asleep and ends up lost…in space. On an unknown planet, the boy must dodge the aliens and missiles coming his way and use a floating mechanic for hard-to-reach platforms. You’ll also see some co-op play in the trailer for two player platforming. Look out for this title when it hits sometime in 2012. Shout out to Stephan in comments for the link!

Source: Might & Delight

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What, no update?

It’s dashboard day today but it seems there’s been a slight delay. Xbox Live’s Major Nelson tweeted earlier:

FYI: The timing for Xbox 360 dashboard update has been slightly delayed. I’ll have a status update later today

In the meantime let’s take a look at those new TV services that have been announced and are due to be rolled out along with the new dashboard. Head over the page for the scheduled release dates in each country.

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Deal of the Week: The Guardian of Light with the Prince of Persia

We got some pretty good deals today with both ends on the amazing and bad spectrum of co-op. All deals are 50% off but we advise you try out Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime or at least read our review before you buy. As usual, the deal is exclusive to Gold members.

Prince of Persia Classic – 400 MSP
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime – 400 MSP
Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light – 600 MSP

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Vote for new NFL Blitz cover


EA will be making a new mark in there gaming history next January by gracing the first digital cover with a professional NFL player. EA felt what better way to commemorate this milestone then to involve the fans and let them vote on who they would like to see. Voting will take place during the Video Game Awards airing on Spike TV Saturday December 10, 2011 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans will be able to head on over to VGA.spiketv.com and place their vote for either Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice or San Francisco 49er’s linebacker Patrick Willis. Let us know who you will be voting for and why in the comments section below.

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Voltron: Defender of the Universe review (XBLA)

Voltron: Defender of the Universe was developed by Behaviour Interactive and published by THQ. It was released on November 30, 2011 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

It’s a trend in not only Hollywood, but also in the game industry across the world. Companies are looking back to their roots, resurrecting franchises, and bringing them to new and old audiences alike. It comes as no surprise, then that the 1980′s anime Voltron would get similar treatment. It was beloved by so many children of that decade, and it’s been the subject of a comeback in the last few years. The original series is available for streaming on Netflix, a 2011 resurrection of the series, entitled Voltron Force currently airs on television, and Voltron has finally graced current-gen consoles in the form of Defender of the Universe.

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is primarily a twin-stick shooter. Players are given control of one of the five Voltron lions, each with a unique special attack and stats. Primary cannons are controlled with the right thumbstick, while the right trigger is used to pounce. Melee attacks can be performed with the right bumper, and the left trigger powers a given lion’s special attack. The Voltron stages are presented as a turn-based/quick time event hybrid.

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Thor announced as final Vengeance and Virtue table

Zen Studios announced that Thor would be the final table in the new Marvel set Vengeance and Virtue for Pinball FX 2. On this new table you will have to harness lighting and the power of the hammer to defend the Asgard from his half brother Loki, as well as Ymir and Surtur. The new DLC pack will also include Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and the X-Men. It will be available December 14, 2011 for 800 Microsoft Points.

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Might & Delight unveil Pid coming to XBLA

Just a few moments ago, we told you that previous GRIN employees formed a new company called Might & Delight but what we didn’t know is their new game in the works entitled Pid. Might & Delight showed a new trailer of its new game on Giant Bomb’s livestream as it displayed a platformer with a unique art style that’s all hand-drawn. It also showed off some co-op play and is looking to be released in the later half of 2012. Keep an eye out here as we post the trailer and any upcoming news when it’s released for this promising new platformer.

Source: Joystiq

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DLC Quest review (XBLIG)

DLC Quest was developed by Going Loud Studios. It was released November 2, 2011 retails for 80 MSP. A copy of the game was provided for retail purposes.

DLC Quest is a hilarious parody that completely lampoons the entire DLC concept. It contains a great deal of referential humor that goes all the way back to possibly the most infamous DLC: the horse armor. The backbone of the game is platform exploration that allows you to collect coins, meet NPC’s, and find secret passages. It is the collection of coins that allows you to buy the in game DLC packs that cause the game to progress.

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