The November 2012 issue of Game Developer Magazine features their “Power 50″ list. These are 50 individuals who have made significant contributions to the evolution of game development in multiple areas. As fans of Xbox Live Arcade, we want to shout out the XBLA developers who earned their place on the list with some of our favorite games this year. We salute you.
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Minecraft players have been anxiously awaiting the 1.7.3 update that will drop later this month, but the newly announced Skin Pack DLC will make the update even sweeter. The pack will include 40 skins, including both original skins and skins inspired by other games. Five skins have been announced so far: Creeper, Covenant Grunt, King, Splosion Man, and Trials Man. Although the 1.7.3 update will be free, the Skin Pack will come with a price tag. Fortunately, there will be a free trial of the DLC, so you can view all the skins and take some out for a spin before deciding on a purchase. Once the DLC drops the 8 default Steve skins can also be worn whenever you like. Skins will no longer be changed by default when joining multiplayer, so you be whoever you want, even if somebody else is already using that skin. There is currently no release date or price, but the DLC will drop around the time of the update. So, what characters do you want to appear in the skin pack?
Major Nelson has released the weekly most-played titles lists for both XBLA, XBLIG and Xbox 360 in general for the week ending May 14, and, unsurprisingly, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continued its run of dominance. Microsoft and 4J Studios’ port of Mojang’s world-building title took the 360 charts by storm, wedging between Activision’s pet 800-pound gorillas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. That’s good enough for number two on the overall list, marking the first time an Arcade game has ranked so highly. Trials Evolution didn’t quite inspire as many gamers to sink time into it, but it was still popular enough to hold down the 14th spot on the list.
Minecraft of course topped the XBLA list, followed by Trials and The Walking Dead. That’s Trials Evolution, of course, but RedLynx can proudly boast of having not one but two of its games in the top ten. Trials: HD came in at number six. Recently released Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II made it into the top five at number four.
Source: Major Nelson
Now that the Arcade Next promotion is over, and Minecraft and Trials Evolution are breaking records all over the place, Microsoft seem to celebrating with a huge sale. If Deal of the Week this week looked a bit too energetic for your tastes, what with all that Kinect madness, then you might want to check out these bad boys:
- Castle Crashers – 600 MSP (was 1200)
- Fusion: Genesis – 400 MSP (was 800)
- Iron Brigade – 600 MSP (was 1200)
- Iron Brigade DLC: Rise of the Martian Bear – 200 MSP (was 400)
- Orcs Must Die! – 600 MSP (was 1200)
- Magic 2012 – 400 MSP (was 800)
- Magic 2012 DLC: Magic 2012 Expansion – 200 MSP (was 400)
- Trials HD – 600 MSP (was 1200)
- Trials HD DLC: Big Thrills – 200 MSP (was 400)
- Worms: Ultimate Mayhem – 600 MSP (was 1200)
- Worms: UM DLC: Single-player pack – 200 MSP (was 400)
The offers are part of a Microsoft Publisher sale which also includes addons and other extras for many retail games. For the full run down click the link here. The sale is expected to run from today until May 21 and is open to all.
The regular crew of four gets back together for the first time in a few weeks, and as such it’s a bit of a bumper episode. We kick things off with Perry telling us about Bloodforge, he has some mixed feelings about it. Then it’s onto this little game that came out last week, you might have heard about it, Trials Evolution. We briefly talk about Fez again but there’s not too much new to say on that front.
Perry brings all the news as usual, then Todd Talk is more like a question than a discussion. Andrew rounds things out with twitter questions and the remember the days game, this weeks game is Heavy Weapon, you’ve got two weeks to try it out and let use know what you think!
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Expect more riding gear, editor tutorials and, of course, downloadable content for Trials Evolution in the near future. Speaking on the Xbox Facebook page, RedLynx man John Lloyd answered a raft of fan questions regarding the popular XBLA title, which has already sold in excess of 100,000 units.
We’re making a quick exception for this week’s Trials Tuesday post by showing off a track made by Redlynx that will be included in Trials Evolution when the game launches tomorrow. Trials Tuesday focuses on showcasing some of the more creative user made tracks. Make sure to bookmark the tag and check back each week. We’ve already thrown out a few ideas for the enterprising builders out there.
Mindbender features some distinctive camera shifting and is the spiritual successor to Dreamscape from the original Trails HD. Buildings rise up in the background, reminiscent of the blockbuster hit Inception. The level falls about halfway through Trials Evolution.
Trials HD community member “FatShady” shared the many details behind a collection of Easter Eggs hidden in the title as part of a complex riddle left behind by developer RedLynx’ Creative Director, Antti Ilvessuo. By properly identifying and dissecting each and every puzzle piece, it was said that both a question and an answer could be ascertained. Both were revealed today in the video above featuring none other than FatShady, bringing several years of intense searching and debating by the game’s community to a head. The final revelation may not be in line with what gamers were hoping for, but the video’s still worth watching for anyone who has spent time trying to unlock the game’s mysteries these past years.
Antti Ilvessuo had this to say about the riddle’s origins and players’ undaunted pursuit of the truth of it all: “You could say I created the riddle,” said Ilvessuo, “but what I really did was set the rules out. The game was played by the players, the riddle was discovered by them. I just started it. That was one [sic] really the key here.”
Here’s yet another reason we love Trials. Veteran Cannibal Shogun brings in his interpretation of Super Mario Bros. world 8-4. It never ceases to amaze us what folks can do in Trials, and this isn’t even Evolution, it’s Trials HD
To download this course you’ll need to send a friend request to the gamertag linked below. Once they have accepted the request you’ll be able to download all of their courses through the game menu. Please be courteous and thank them once you have downloaded the track, then remove them from your friends list so others can have a chance to download the track.
Gamertag: Cannibal Shogun