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How Blizzard cross-markets its fans

“Blizzard comes out as the winner as they get more people looking at their game and the entire brand as a whole becomes stronger. But Blizzard has been slowly taking this further in recent months.” …


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How Blizzard cross-markets its fans

“Blizzard comes out as the winner as they get more people looking at their game and the entire brand as a whole becomes stronger. But Blizzard has been slowly taking this further in recent months.” …


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Yoshi’s Woolly World Is Not As Easy As You Think

Nintendo fans would be forgiven for thinking Yoshi’s Woolly World is a game you can just stroll through. After all, it features cute aesthetics that recall the charming yet simple Kirby’s Epic Yarn. In addition, every level we’ve seen to this point has been mildly challenging at best. That all changed this weekend at PAX Prime, as Nintendo introduced me to some of the more challenging levels of Yoshi’s Woolly World.

The first level I played was called Woollet Bill’s Last Ride. On this stage, Yoshi must ride on a trail that a Woolly Bullet Bill leaves behind as he travels through the fast-scrolling level. Over the course of the stage, enemies bubble onto the screen and drop onto the disappearing trail in the most inconvenient places. Plus, on many occasions, you must quickly jump up to platforms above in order to get over obstacles blocking your path, then get back down to Woollet Bill’s trail before he flies past you.

Woollet Bill moves quickly and will not wait for you if a difficult obstacle is ahead. Though that makes it tricky enough, difficulty is further added by the fact that you must exercise discipline in how you play the level. Using the Yoshi Bomb (Yoshi’s ground pound move) is out of the question, as that proves to be too much force for Woollet Bill’s flimsy trail, and my poor Woolly Yoshi immediately fell through to his death. Also, if you throw Yoshi’s eggs or use his tongue to grab enemies, you need to be careful not to hit or eat Woollet Bill, as that will kill him and immediately halt your progress and leave you trapped until the level’s scroll catches up and pushes you off the now-stagnant platform.

As much as Woollet Bill’s Last Ride tests your platforming skills and precision attacks, Yoshi's Curtain Call tests your timing and reflexes. In the early part of the stage, I jump my Yoshi into a circular object with an arrow. As I do this, it sends me flying off into the distance where Yoshi grabs on to a curtain on a line. The curtain races forward as I do my best to move Yoshi up and down on it to collect as many coins and other items as possible.

It feels like a fun mini-game with no chance of death – then I notice that the end of the line is coming up and there are no platforms in sight. I quickly climb to the top of the curtain as another curtain appears well out of reach. Using my Yoshi’s position on the curtain, the momentum the curtain has given me, and my best timing, I jump off the curtain at the right time and latch onto the next one, sending that one flying forward at the same speed. This continues for several minutes with jumps that feature varying degrees of difficulty. Some even require you to jump back and forth, completely defying the laws of physics and tricking your brain a little in the process.

Yoshi's Curtain Call isn’t as punishing as Woollet Bill’s Last Ride, but it is a blast that challenges you and has you on the edge of your seat. This was my third time playing Yoshi’s Woolly World, and without a doubt it was the most fun I’ve had with the game. Yoshi’s Woolly World comes out October 16.

For more on Woolly World, you can check out the latest trailer for the game here and a brief interview with the game's producer, Takashi Tezuka, here.

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Destiny King’s Fall Raid Launching After The Taken King Release

In a recent interview with IGN, The Taken King creative director Luke Smith offered clarification regarding the upcoming King’s Fall raid, making it clear that players won’t have access to the raid on day one. "But I promise for people who are excited about the raid will know when it's time to take time off work. We’ll give em’ a heads up,” Smith continued.

When we first announced the King’s Fall raid in our cover story a few weeks ago, Smith had already declared that it would be “objectively and emphatically the our biggest raid yet.”  

For context, when the original Destiny launched last September, the first raid, Vault of Glass, didn’t launch until a week later.

We’ve reached out to Bungie for any additional comment, and will update the story if the game developer has any additional details to share regarding raid timing.

Looking for more information on Destiny: The Taken King? We've got you covered with our now complete hub of info related to our recent cover story, which you can visit right here.

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
I don’t read this announcement as a delay of King’s Fall. It’s far more likely that the raid is complete, but that Bungie is making the decision to hold off on its release for a few days to give players a chance to level their characters and enjoy the rest of The Taken King before being faced with the potent challenge of a new raid.  

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E.T. Cartridges Bring In Big Bucks For New Mexico City

Last year, the urban legend was finally put to rest; Atari dumped a large number of unsold Atari cartridges in the New Mexico desert, including hundreds of E.T. cartridges, a game often cited as one of the worst of all time. A recent excavation uncovered the trove of lost games, along with the help of a film documentary crew. The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, has now sold off many of these cartridges over eBay, and brought in $ 107,930.15.

The announcement came via a city commission meeting in Alamogordo, in which operational consultant Joe Lewandowski reported the sale. The money will be split up, with $ 65,037.78 going to the city, $ 16,259.44 going to the Tularosa Bason Historical Society, and an additional $ 26,632.93 going towards expenses, including shipping fees for the purchased games. Shipping included buyers in 45 states and 14 countries. 

Of the hundreds of unearthed games, 881 were sold, 100 went to the film company that made last year’s documentary, and 23 headed off to museums, but Lewandowski is holding on to 297 cartridges in an archive for later sale “if a second movie comes out.”

[Source: Alamogordo News via Ars Technica]

 

Our Take
This sale represents smart and enterprising thinking from the city of Alamogordo, which recognized the historical and novelty value inherent to the discovery and confirmation of this long-running urban legend. I remember playing the E.T. Atari game when I was a kid, and I wish I had better news for the buyers out there – that game was garbage long before it went to a dump. 

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Destiny: The Taken King Launch Trailer Teases Story With The Help Of Led Zeppelin

Destiny: The Taken King is still a little over two weeks away from launch, but Activision is already sending out the launch trailer. In the trailer, we get some new looks at characters like Oryx, Cayde, Eris, and the Awoken Queen Mara Sov, along with some impressive outer space battle sequences.

Check out the trailer below, and share your theories about what you see in the comments below. For more on Destiny: The Taken King, don’t miss out on our now complete hub of cover story-related interviews, articles, and analysis.

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I’ve Finished MGS V: The Phantom Pain – Ask Me Anything (Round 2)

Update: On the eve of The Phantom Pain's release, I'm answering even more questions from our readers! Just ask me what you want to know, and I'll do my best to answer.  

As a reminder: I can not answer every question, particularly those that deal with significant spoilers. I will delve into some mild spoiler territory (only if specifically asked!), but you can stay spoiler-free if you don't expand the comments on any questions you don't want to know the answer to.

Original story (published 8/24/15):

After a long wait, next week finally sees the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I played through the whole game last week (and loved it), but I just couldn't fit every little detail or thought in my review. If you still have lingering questions you want answered before the game comes out, now's your chance to ask!

Just post your question in the comments below, and I'll come back to answer them (to the best of my ability) throughout the day. As a heads-up, there are some things I'm still not able to talk about – particularly surrounding the ending. However, I am allowed to be a little spoilery in other areas, so not everything is off-limits.

If you want to remain untainted by spoilers, you can just choose to not expand the comments on questions that veer into that territory. I promise I won't just dive into spoilers unprompted in my other responses.

Ask away!

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I’ve Finished MGS V: The Phantom Pain – Ask Me Anything (Round 2)

Update: On the eve of The Phantom Pain's release, I'm answering even more questions from our readers! Just ask me what you want to know, and I'll do my best to answer.  

As a reminder: I can not answer every question, particularly those that deal with significant spoilers. I will delve into some mild spoiler territory (only if specifically asked!), but you can stay spoiler-free if you don't expand the comments on any questions you don't want to know the answer to.

Original story (published 8/24/15):

After a long wait, next week finally sees the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I played through the whole game last week (and loved it), but I just couldn't fit every little detail or thought in my review. If you still have lingering questions you want answered before the game comes out, now's your chance to ask!

Just post your question in the comments below, and I'll come back to answer them (to the best of my ability) throughout the day. As a heads-up, there are some things I'm still not able to talk about – particularly surrounding the ending. However, I am allowed to be a little spoilery in other areas, so not everything is off-limits.

If you want to remain untainted by spoilers, you can just choose to not expand the comments on questions that veer into that territory. I promise I won't just dive into spoilers unprompted in my other responses.

Ask away!

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This Halo Speedrunner Has An Achievement Named After Him, Watch Him Demonstrate Why Live From PAX

The achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, You're Joking, awarded for completing all of Halo 4's Legendary campaign missions in under three hours, is named after speedrunner ProAceJoker, and he's going for a new record live from PAX right now.

You can watch the stream right here on the GrifballHub Twitch channel. ProAceJoker is a talented speedrunner who once held the most records at one time for any speedrunner and currently holds three world records. Watch him play Halo 4 for the next 90 minutes all while questioning you're own Halo abilities.

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Learn About The Films, Literature, And Television That Influenced Metal Gear Solid V

Did You Know Gaming usually tackles released games, but a recent video looks at what we know about Metal Gear Solid V so far – without Phantom Pain spoilers. There are, however, a few spoilers for Ground Zeroes, so look out if you haven't played that one quite yet.

In the video, Did You Know Gaming looks at how director Alfred Hitchcock, books like 1984 and Moby Dick, and TV shows like Breaking Bad have all helped to mold Metal Gear Solid V into the game we be playing on Tuesday.

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