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Konami Unveils Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at GDC

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Konami Unveils Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at GDC

At last year’s PAX Prime, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima unveiled Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, an amazing tech demo that showed off Kojima Productions’ new FOX Engine.

A few months later, at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, Swedish game developer Moby Dick Studios unveiled a trailer for a supernatural thriller called The Phantom Pain. It wasn’t long, however, before speculation began that The Phantom Pain was really Metal Gear Solid V in disguise.

At GDC 2013, those suspicions were, in fact, confirmed.

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[Game Connection] Marketing and Gaming, from an Insider

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[Game Connection] Marketing and Gaming, from an Insider

Game Connection is a growing site of marketing and business development in the games industry, and while there weren’t that many booths on hand, there were a number of marketing and business experts in the field present who provided an insider’s view of a very different aspect of the gaming industry than the creative one.

Among those present was Carmel Ben-Or of TAKEOFF CSH, a marketing agency that’s worked with a number of large and small companies for projects in the industry. I took the time to ask him some broad questions about his work in the field – how marketing material is conceived and how it interacts with gaming culture.

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State of Play – The Next Generation

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State of Play – The Next Generation
 
Welcome to State of Play, a new editorial column from Pixelated Geek. In State of Play, we’ll be dealing with major issues in the gaming community, and we’ll be reaching out to our community for feedback and interaction. Our goal with State of Play is to create a respectful, professional, and insightful dialogue within a group of serious interested parties. Games are serious business, not just the largest moving part of the entertainment economy but a form of expression where emotionally impactful stories are told, where communities can grow and bond, and they’re an important educational tool. We take games seriously here, and the goal of this article is to seriously analyze the serious business of game.

We’ve known that the next generation of major consoles is coming for some time via patent filings, interview slip-ups, and internal leaks. Much of what we know is based on these ephemeral sources, and so up to now, discussions of syntax and semantics have been as prevalent as grounded, factual, logical discussion.

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Review – Castlevania: Mirror of Fate 3DS

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Review – Castlevania: Mirror of Fate 3DS

Rating: 7.0

I’m a sucker for a good Castlevania game, and even more so on a handheld device. There is something special about getting to sit down and kill zombies on the go. This time around Konami went for the 3DS promising a 3D-2D Castlevania. So how does this game hold up to it’s predecessors? Is this the next great handheld Castlevania??

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct – Launch Trailer

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct – Launch Trailer

Activision’s launch trailer for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is bloody and mournful.

The game, evidently set before the series, dramatizes about Daryl Dixon’s quest to find his missing brother Merle. Unfortunately, standing in the way of his sibling are hordes of walking dead and a desolate landscape, hostile landscape. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will be released on PC, XBox 360, PS3, and Wii.

Check out the trailer for the game, released today, below!

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Konami Releases PlayStation 3 Exclusive VR Missions for Metal Gear Rising

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Konami Releases PlayStation 3 Exclusive VR Missions for Metal Gear Rising

It’s no secret that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance can feel a bit on the short side. But for those of you looking for more, Konami has you covered.

Exclusive to the PlayStation 3, Konami recently released the VR Missions DLC Pack, consisting of 30 different missions for players to test their skills on. And, if the idea of more content isn’t enough to get you excited, there’s one more detail that might. For a limited time, the VR Missions DLC Pack is free to all PS3 owners.

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Outsourcing works as a partnership – not a hand-off

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Outsourcing works as a partnership – not a hand-off

Why did DmC: Devil May Cry fail and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance succeed? What can we learn from the stark contrast of these two very different attempts to outsource popular franchises?

You might argue, of course, whether the former failed at all. After all, the aggregate scores on Metacritic place the two roughly in the same niche – if anything, Rising scored slightly lower than its competitor. But the positive reviews of DmC have not been without controversy, and the sales numbers tell a very different story.

Rightly or wrongly (our opinions on each game can be found here), DmC was viewed as a betrayal by many of the franchise’s fans, and failed to draw in the sales Capcom had hoped. Rising, also an outsourced product initially seen as a divergence from the themes of its parent franchise, has been a strong financial (selling 759,487 units worldwide as of March 2nd) and solid critical success. Why?

Outsourcing, of course, doesn’t have the best history. Sometimes it’s done for reasons of cost, other times to appeal to another market. When done well – and there are examples of overtly outsourced franchise done right, notably Mercury Storm’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Obsidian’s Knights of the Old Republic 2 – the publisher still gets credit for continuing the franchise. But when done poorly, heaven help the unfortunates chosen, who will no doubt receive the lion’s share of the blame.

So first of all: what motivates a studio to risk it?

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Deadpool is coming

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Deadpool is coming

Do you like chimmichangas? Do you thirst for endless, senseless, violence? Then brother and/or sister, High Moon Studios is bringing to you your new favorite video game: Deadpool, featuring the eponymous antihero and what is surely to be a very long list of what will be dead enemies. With this, the non-sequitur spouting star of the Marvel Universe is exploding from the pages of one of his numerous comics and into the world of video games.

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