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Twitch Streaming Comes To Xbox One Alongside Titanfall

Microsoft has announced that a long-awaited Twitch streaming feature is coming to Xbox One alongside Respawn’s Titanfall on March 11. In addition to offering gameplay direct from the console and on-screen chat, the Xbox One integration will offer something not found on rival PlayStation 4: archiving.

The difference is that PS4 Twitch experience was crafted by Sony, whereas the AP article announcing the feature suggests that Microsoft had a hand in developing the Xbox One version. The update on Xbox One also includes the ability for broadcasters to directly interact with viewers through the updated party system.

"It's complete integration," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told the Associated Press. "It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters."

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a limited availability Titanfall console bundle that effectively puts the Xbox One on sale for $ 430. The company also dropped the price of the console in the UK by £30. 

[Source: AP]

 

Our Take
The archiving feature is a standout in this announcement. I’m not sure how I feel about the intersection of broadcasting and parties without more details, though. As long as the streamer can control things, it will be a nice bonus, especially if invites can be handled through the chat and delivered directly to others watching the stream on Xbox One.

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Watch as the PlayStation 4 finally comes home to Japan

At 10AM ET/7AM PT today, it will be midnight on February 22 in Japan, marking the launch of the PlayStation 4 in its home country. After three months of watching the rest of the world play a new console, for once Japan has had to wait to join the…
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Space Jam comes back to life with NBA 2K14 mod

A new NBA Jam may not be in the cards, but that’s okay; a different kind of jam is here. A Space Jam. NBA 2K series modder MGX has released a set of files that transform NBA 2K14 into an adaptation of the 1996 classic film, with the Looney Tunes and…
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Eerie Indie Mobile Title Year Walk Comes To PC

Early last year, mobile gamers got to explore a foreboding forest full of strange happenings based on medieval Swedish legend. Starting on March 6, PC players will get to creep themselves out with this unique narrative adventure game.

Year Walk was originally released about a year ago for iOS devices. Matt Miller really appreciated the title and described it as a kind of interactive narrative horror. When the game comes to PCs on March 6, Simogo will add a few additional areas, in-game puzzles, and updated art for players to enjoy, as well as Steam achievement support and an in-game encyclopedia, giving players added information about the creatures and items they encounter in the forest.

 

[Source: Joystiq]

Our Take
This sounds good. I missed Year Walk when it came out last year, but I really enjoyed Simogo's other recent mobile title, Device 6. I like when games get a second chance to reach a wider audience, so maybe I'll finally check Year Walk out when it hits PC next month.

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Hitman comes to mobile with a turn-based twist

Square Enix Montreal has been experimenting with tablet and smartphone spinoffs for its popular Hitman series, and this week revealed a surprising touchscreen-based take on the franchise. …


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NES Remix Volume 2 Comes With Full Super Luigi Bros., Out In April

NES Remix is getting a second volume in a couple of months. Along with a batch of new minigames based on later NES titles, the collection will come with a full version of Super Luigi Bros.

Players will have access to all levels from Super Mario Bros., except that you’ll be navigating them from right to left. Luigi’s familiar high jump is included.

The minigame selections will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby’s Adventure, The Legend of Zelda II, and more. NES Remix 2 will be released on April 25.

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Naughty Dog pondering new IP and what comes after The Last of Us

Now that Naughty Dog has wrapped up “Left Behind,” the first (and only) single-player DLC for The Last of Us, the studio is considering new game ideas.

“We have started brainstorming some stuff. To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some…
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Addictive iOS puzzling comes in ‘Threes’

Threes, due out on February 6, is an addictive little iOS puzzler from Ridiculous Fishing artist Greg Wohlwend and former thatgamecompany designer Asher Vollmer, both of whom collaborated on Puzzlejuice back in 2012. It’s another tile-based puzzle …
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Lego Star Wars Comes To Mobile With Tiny X-Wings And TIE Fighters

Lego is launching a new line of Star Wars-themed sets. These Microfighter kits aren’t the mammoth weekend projects like the Millennium Falcon or Death Star. They are tiny versions of familiar ships, including an X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, and Star Destroyer.

If Lego were to ever make a console kart racer, I’d expect these designs would feature prominently. The first Lego Star Wars: Microfighter game is a vertically scrolling shooter that takes place on four planets.

Players can choose from the six currently available toy kits: X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, Droid ATT, and Clone Tank. Collected studs can be used to upgrade ships and purchase super weapons. 

The game is available for iPhones and iPads now for $ 1.29. The Lego Microfighters sets are $ 9.99 each and rolling out now.

[Source: App Store]

 

Our Take
This is a clever use of the licensing agreement between Warner Bros. and Lego. I wasn’t aware of the Microfighters series before hearing about this game, and as a fan of the building sets, I’m interested. I have a soft spot for Tt Games’ work, and I’m more inclined to give this game a try because of the studio.

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Blog: When it comes to work, make every day Saturday

“On Saturdays, I’m usually busy and quite productive. This is because I know that as soon as I get my chores and tasks done, I get the rest of the time for myself.” …


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