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Review: Thief

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Review: Thief

Thief is the latest installment in a franchise that is near and dear to my heart – in fact, I can think of one title only that predates the first installment in the franchise in my experience, and that was some nonsense pack-in with the first computer my family ever purchased - Thief was the first real ‘game’ I ever played. It has a very special place in my heart, along with the early Elder Scrolls games, Might and Magic, and Baldur’s Gate.

I walked into Eidos Montreal‘s Thief with extraordinarily high expectations. Not only was Deus Ex: Human Revolution one of my favorite titles in recent history, but I was surprisingly pleased with their work on the multi-player element of Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex: The Fall was one of the more ambitious ‘real’ gaming experiences on mobile devices to date. Consequently, their stewardship of one of my favorite franchises built great hopes.

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Batman: Arkham Night Preview Trailer

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Batman: Arkham Night Preview Trailer

Hold on to your utility-belts, Bat-faithful, because today brings us some bat-tastic news regarding Rocksteady‘s next entry into the brilliant Arkham franchise! Appearing today on Warner Brothers’ Games UK channel, the new trailer gives us a glimpse of Bruce’s new bat-suit, a smattering of baddies, including fan favorites Harley Quinn and Two-Face, but most importantly a brand-new, shiny and just-plain-mean looking Batmobile that will be … wait for it … completely pilotable, in a Gotham City completely redesigned to better suit your new mode of transport.

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[State of Play] Nintendo Plays Their Own Way

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[State of Play] Nintendo Plays Their Own Way

Welcome to State of Play, an 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 throughout communities that 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 gaming.

The interactive entertainment industry is a particularly sensitive, complex, competitive and trend-driven market, as has been evidenced by the last six months of brutal back-and-forth jabs between console giants Sony and Microsoft. The hype-machine is the army of the console war, forty-second trailers stuffed to bursting with sound bites and dub-step and carefully-edited ‘game-play’ the infantry. The war is waged in every corner of print and electronic media, from the dingiest of basements to the grandest halls in the greatest of convention centers, and on almost every available scrap of space on the internet. The biggest moments of the year in interactive entertainment are those brief hours of biggest conferences when the biggest of companies announce what we get to be excited about next year.

It’s all so unendingly corporate, it’s all such a ordered, structured machine and once you start seeing through the layers of clever packaging down to the core product it’s all so very tiring. The console wars, the endless fanboy-dom, the intensity of argument and attack and the vehemence with which the sides declare their undying hatred of the competition has always seemed small and strange and pathetic to me, especially in an industry that’s about . . . games.

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

A surprise open letter to the public from Ken Levine (creator of the Bioshock franchise) today has announced that Irrational Games will be “winding down” and will be forming a smaller entrepreneurial endeavor over at Take-Two. In the letter, Levine details his plan to take “all but around 15 members of the Irrational team” to his new, smaller creative group, along with his plan to create games for a “core gaming audience”.

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TITANFALL – Hands-On Beta Impressions

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TITANFALL – Hands-On Beta Impressions

im·pres·sion

noun \im-ˈpre-shən\

: the effect or influence that something or someone has on a person’s thoughts or feelings. … 2.C: an especially marked and often favorable influence or effect on feeling, sense, or mind.

We’ve had several teeth-jarringly intense hours to get our feet wet in Respawn‘s high-profile FPS-Hybrid Titanfall. And boy, are we impressed.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re heard of Titanfall. Its origin story alone is news-worthy, the mass exodus of Jason West, Vince Zampella and other crucially important artists from Infinity Ward after Herr Kotick’s controversial MW2 “business decisions,” the founding of Respawn (and my word, what a thumbed nose THAT constitutes), and the amiable(?) departure of Mr. Ward. Then, finally, the long, tactical, and silent development of Titanfall under the controversial publisher-ship of the monolithic EA umbrella. In the interactive entertainment industry, that sort of story usually ends in tears, or worse still in a tragical farce like Duke Nukem Forever.

Somehow, against all odds and hope, Titanfall reeks of polish, potential and promise.

Investors Call For Microsoft To Drop Xbox

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Investors Call For Microsoft To Drop Xbox

The CEO of Microsoft is being pressured by investors to drop the company’s Entertainment & Devices division, which produces the Xbox gaming system and the Surface tablet. While the Xbox business is several billion dollars in the red, investors are less concerned with the Xbox and more with the search engine Bing, which is currently making a loss. Investors argue that the company should focus on software and services only.

This latest development has been a long time coming. Entertainment & Devices was losing money until 2008, and while Microsoft has yet to release a detailed report of what is responsible, it’s now making profits (presumably thanks to the Xbox). However, the aforementioned profits have been negligible compared to Microsoft’s other divisions (see the graph below).

According to the Washington Post, even the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, thinks the Xbox should be sold to another company so that Microsoft can focus on its declining Windows business. And compounding this is the fact that current CEO Satya Nadella does not have a hardware background.

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Player Two Has Entered The Game!

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Player Two Has Entered The Game!

Are you and your partner tired of the Valentine’s frivolities? Already drunk off the champagne? Have you been pricked by too many rose thorns this year? Sick from the boxes of chocolates? Fear not! You can settle down with your loved one and play with each other for a while… No, not like that!

Get yourselves settled on the couch, relax, and get ready to blow brains out, solve puzzles, and perform surgery, together.

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