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‘Weird’ Al Yankovic Bringing Off-Kilter Sense Of Humor To BlizzCon

Al "Weird Al" Yankovic is closing out this year's BlizzCon 2016, on November 5 in Anaheim, Calif. The song parodist is ending the two-day event with a concert, which makes a lot of sense.

If you'd like to see the show in person, you're probably out of luck – tickets to the event are sold out. You can still pick up a Virtual Ticket for $ 39.99, which will get you streaming access to the concert, as well as the panels and rest of the show.

BlizzCon 2016 starts Friday, November 4, at 11 a.m. Pacific, and runs through 9:30 p.m. Pacific the following day. Go here to see the complete schedule.


Our Take
This really does seem like a perfect fit. – The Feed

IndieBox is bringing select indie games to GameStop stores

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Sony is bringing this year’s PlayStation Experience to California

Sony’s uniquely focused PlayStation Experience conference will this year be heading to Anaheim, CA, on December 3. …

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Tencent is bringing Hi-Rez’s F2P team-based shooter Paladins to China

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Sony is bringing its PlayStation Now game streaming service to PC

More than a year after its official debut, Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service is being prepped for launch on PC and Mac in the U.S. and Europe. …

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Fantasy Flight Is Bringing Doom To The Tabletop

Fantasy Flight is no stranger to adapting popular video game franchises to the tabletop. Starcraft, Gears of War, and XCOM have all made the transition with success. Id Software’s Doom is the latest to get the board game treatment.

Doom pits a group of up to four players in control of marines against another player taking on the role of Hell’s forces. The Invader player will get to summon forces through portals around the modular, tile-based map.

Each of the six included missions has different objectives and special rules. Items and weapons are handled with cards, and each round of play is based on initiative draws that dictate when marines can move and attack and when the forces of Hell press in. Death is a certainty, but the marines can only respawn a set number of times before losing the mission. 

Doom appears to build on Fantasy Flight’s experience with asymmetric games like Descent and Star Wars: Imperial Assault. It also seems to build on themes similar to the Gears of War tabletop game but instead of enemies that function on an “AI” system, a player takes control here.

Doom will be in stores during holiday 2016. For more, check out the full rundown on Fantasy Flight's website. – The Feed

Halo Wars 2 and the challenge of bringing new players into the RTS genre

343 and Creative Assembly think they’ve figured out how to attract new players to the strategy genre with their latest entry in the Halo Wars series. …

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Activision Bringing Animated Skylanders Academy TV Show To Netflix

Activision launched a studio last year to start creating original content for its assorted franchises and Skylanders Academy is the first production out of the gate.

The show will air on Netflix this fall and boasts an impressive cast. The show is being run Eric Rogers, who is credited as an assistant to writers for Futurama. The cast includes Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks, of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. Other talent announced for the show includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Harland Williams among others.

The show folows Skylanders characters going on a series of adventures as they show, "the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the 'Skylander way.'"

For more on Skylanders and what's next for the franchise, head here. – The Feed

Bringing developers into into game education

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Nintendo Is Only Bringing One Playable Game To E3, NX A No-Show

Nintendo announced early this morning that its next console, the NX, won’t be coming until March 2017. The company seems to have its eyes firmly set on that launch leaving 3DS and Wii U games coming before then in the background.

To that end, it will only be bringing one game to E3. The Legend of Zelda, which has been delayed to launch simultaneously on the NX and Wii U, will be playable on the show floor.

Nintendo says that it is the only title that the Wii U version will be playable for the first time, and it is the sole focus of the company’s presence at the show. The NX will not be making an appearance, with a formal reveal planned for later in the year.


Our Take
Nintendo still has a few big games coming out between now and the NX launch. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will be out in late June. Paper Mario Color Splash is coming to Wii U later in the year. On 3DS, Nintendo has Pokémon Sun and Moon and two Dragon Quest remakes (VII and VIII), which it lists as first-party published games.

I understand the focused approach Nintendo is taking. A lot is riding on both the new Zelda and the NX launch. But with nearly a full year before that console hits, the company is gambling with nearly an entire fiscal year. – The Feed