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GI Show 170: Nintendo 2DS, Madden 25, Diablo III Console

Nintendo surprised us with a new handheld this week, so we talk about! We also break down Madden 25 and Diablo III for consoles.

First up, Dan Ryckert and Ben Hanson stop by to react to Nintendo's odd new console. It's definitely not what we were expecting and it leads to some interesting discussion.

The second segment revolves around Madden 25. It's a landmark anniversary for the series, but is the game up to the occasion? Matthew Kato lets you know.

Finally, Jeff Marchiafava and Adam Biessener join the show to talk about the long-awaited console version of Diablo III. One of the guys loves it and one of them acts like a big PC snob about it! Can you guess who? Tune in to find out.

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Soul Calibur II HD Online to get previous console specific characters

Looks like I was wrong. Previously, I had said that we probably wouldn’t be getting some of the console specific characters from Soul Calibur II when its update, Soul Calibur II HD Online, releases this autumn for the PSN and XBLA. Well, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. announced today that I don’t know what I am talking about and that I am a dirty liar…

…more or less. It turns out that Spawn, originally only available for the Xbox version of SCII, and Heihachi, a PS2-only combatant, will BOTH be ready to fight in Soul Calibur II HD Online, for both PSN and XBLA. Those wondering where Link is need a serious lesson about the world of copyrights. Anyone downloading this bad boy, especially knowing these two will be available?


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Monaco breaking into German stores with collector’s edition

Monaco breaking into German shelves with collector's edition

The Mole has been quietly polishing his Freedom Spoon, waiting for the opportune moment to strike the walls of every German retailer – and it’s almost time. Monaco is getting a PC retail collector’s edition in Germany this year from publisher Headup Games, the same company behind German collector’s editions of Super Meat Boy, QUBE, The Basement Collection, Terraria, Limbo, Frozen Synapse and SOL Exodus.

We spotted a Monaco poster at Headup’s Gamescom booth and the publisher said it was working on the German collector’s edition, with another company figuring out a UK boxed version. Andy Schatz, Monaco mastermind, said he’s excited about launching in the UK and Germany and he hopes to enter more markets later on.

Keep your eyes and Freedom Spoons sharp, everyone.

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Nextpeer multiplayer mobile SDK comes to Android

Nextpeer, a mobile game platform that allows iOS developers to easily integrate multiplayer modes and options into their titles, is launching for Android games and devices. …


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London Museum Holds World Of Minecraft Event

If you're in London tomorrow check out the Victoria and Albert Museum's The World of Minecraft event, which will explore the design culture of Minecraft's world as well as how game's influence real life.

The Victoria and Albert Museum holds original contemporary late night event on the last Friday in every month. These usually involve live performances, fashion shows, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bars with food, guest DJs, and late-night exhibition openings. This month (tomorrow), the museum is dedicating their event to Minecraft. Check out the free event, which takes place from 6:30 – 10:00 pm, and features a talk by Minecraft’s lead designer Jens Bergensten.

[Source: The Victoria and Albert Museum via PC Gamer]

 

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It's nice to see video games getting more love from institutes of refinement and knowledge. Last year the Smithsonian hosted a video game exhibit and this year, New York's MOMA announced that it would be add 14 video games to its installation on video games. It seems like the debate on whether or not video games are art is over, but we can still argue about something else.

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Resident Evil haunted maze joins Universal Halloween Horror Nights


Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City is the latest maze added to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2013, starting on September 20. Capcom is in on the fright fest, and it’s helping Universal craft a world that begins on the streets of Raccoon City, in the area that kicks off Resident Evil 2.

Visitors will have to navigate a city filled with Hunters, Lickers and Nemeses, mostly pulled from Resident Evil 2 and 3 – “not the films,” Universal notes. Universal Studios Japan got a taste of Resident Evil at its horror night in 2012, and it looked a little something like this.

Silent Hill took the video game spotlight in last year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Escape from Raccoon City joins The Walking Dead, Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead, La Llorona, Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance, Havoc: Derailed, and An American Werewolf in London at Universal this September.

[Thanks, Billy!]

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Get a job: Wargaming Seattle is seeking a gameplay engineer

“Wargaming Seattle is looking for great engineers to join our passionate and talented staff. Get in on the ground floor and help us build the next-generation of technology.” …


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Plan Your Strategy With Total War: Rome II’s Tech Tree

Each faction in Total War: Rome II has its own tech tree that features special advancements that will allow players to tailor their battle strategies in various ways. The game doesn't release until next week, but you can start planing your worldwide conquest right now.

Creative Assembly recently posted a giant panoramic graphic on the Total War Wiki. Check it out here.

Total War: Rome II releases on September 3. Check out a few of the game's most recent trailers here and here.

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September’s PlayStation Plus freebies include Ico, Rayman Origins and more


Sony has announced the lineup of free PlayStation 3, PSP and Vita games it’ll be gifting to PlayStation Plus subscribers over the month of September, and the list is full of both moving experiences and Move-ing experiences. Get it? See, because there’s a PlayStation Move-enabled game in here. Anyway!

September’s stable of complimentary entertainment includes Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection, Ico and Galaga Legions DX for PS3, Rayman Origins for Vita and GTA: Liberty City Stories for Vita and PSP. Sony’s announcement doesn’t specify what order these games will be delivered in, so keep an eye on our weekly PSN Tuesday posts for ever-vigilant coverage of when new free stuff is available. In the meantime, allow us to apologize for that PS Move joke.

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Opinion: What’s so confusing about the Nintendo 2DS?

People seem to really be at a loss for what Nintendo’s attempting with its latest handheld. It seems fairly obvious to me… …


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