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Don’t Miss: The creative process that drives Valve’s writers

In this classic chat, Valve writing lynchpins Marc Laidlaw and Eric Wolpaw dig into the narrative structure and pithy quips driving critically feted games like Half-Life 2, Portal, and Left 4 Dead 2. …


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Grand Theft Auto drives off with top UK spot for third week

Oh, hey! Ok, so, we know it’s Thursday and all, but there’s a perfectly good reason we’re posting the UK sales data late this week. First off, Grand Theft Auto 5 was top of the pops for the third week in a row. Now, excuses time: Monday, the Chart-Tr…
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Nintendo: Sales tracking below forecasts, weak yen drives profit

Nintendo reduced its annual sales forecast by 6.8 percent today, leading to a 50 percent drop in the projected operating profit for its core business. Nonetheless, the ever-weakening state of the yen is balancing that out by boosting the company’s ov…
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Demand for new consoles drives GameStop earnings growth

The company beat analyst expectations to report significant growth in both sales and profits for its most recent financial quarter, including an upswing in its long-falling sales of new software. …


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Grid Autosport announced, bringing ‘authentic’ drives to PS3, Xbox 360, PC in June

Codemasters whisked off the sheet on Grid Autosport today, a new entry in the racer series that’s swerving onto retail shelves as soon as June 24 in North America and June 27 in Europe. The UK studio unveiled the game for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, which…
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All Gran Turismo 5 DLC drives off into the sunset April 30

Online play for Gran Turismo 5 is set to expire in May, but the company has announced it’s pulling the plug on the game’s DLC early. On April 30, all Gran Turismo 5 DLC will vanish from the PlayStation Store.

In order to access Gran Turismo 5′s…
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YouTube User Creates Final Fantasy VII Song Using Floppy Disc Drives

Fans might be clamoring for a remake of Final Fantasy VII, but one musical fan has taken the series in the opposite direction. A rendition of the song Those Who Fight Further composed with 16 floppy disc drives has appeared on YouTube. Anand Jain, who goes by MrSolidSnake745, created the video to add to his repertoire in the medium, which includes the Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones themes.

Jain uses the motor found in floppy disc drives to generate different pitches, which are then arranged into a song. He also uses software that was written by fellow YouTuber Sammy1Am to piece it all together. 

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The Nexon Computer Museum in South Korea asked Jain to build them a musical floppy disc drive exhibit, which he states has kept him busy the past few months. While there, he used the museum's setup of 16 drives, as opposed to the 8 of his own he usually uses. 

Jain currently has a 49-track album composed with his floppy discs available on Bandcamp, where customers can name their own price. Check out his YouTube channel if you’re interested in hearing more songs performed on floppy disc drives. 

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Disney Infinity drives Interactive group to $403 million in revenue

Disney reported $ 403 million in revenue for its Interactive group in its fiscal first quarter 2014 financial results, a three-month period that ended on December 28, 2013. It is a 38 percent increase over the revenue earned by the Interactive group…
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Jay Leno Drives His Own Car In Gran Turismo 6

Jay Leno is best known as a comedian and late night talk show host, but he's actually one of the world's preeminent car collectors. Recently, he got together with Polyphony Digital to drive a virtual version of his 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado in Gran Turismo 6.

Leno starts off by driving his Toronado in the real world. The car is heavily modified and outputs over 1,000 horsepower, so it's not something you can really hammer down in the wild. He then transitions to playing a virtual version of his car in GT 6 with a full force feedback racing wheel set-up.

It's interesting. He's obviously not a gamer, but is clearly impressed by the accuracy with which his car has been reproduced. Later, he checks out a Mercedes Benz concept car that was made specifically for the game.

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Our Take:
Leno definitely knows his cars. His real-world skills definitely seem to come into play. The game is accurate enough that, within apparent minutes, this non-gamer is already doing much better in GT than I ever do. Fun fact: This isn't the first time that Leno's car habit has intersected with games. During the production of Rockstar's L.A. Noire, he actually let members of developer Team Bondi into his huge garage facility to take reference photos later used to model vintage cars for the game.

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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational PS3 drives onto PSN next week

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational drops onto PS3 in next week’s PSN update in North America, a treat for those awaiting the console port of the Vita game. Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment quietly mentioned a while ago the PS3 version, released in Japan last year, was in the works for the west. Similarly quietly, this week’s PlayStation Blogcast spills the beanies on the arcade golfer’s PSN arrival – there’s no news of a physical version.

In Japan the PS3 port, which supports cross-platform play, features additions including two new characters, two new courses, and two new modes, including one completely devoted to those short-but-sweet Par 3 holes. We’ll keep our ears to the fairways for further details on the western version.

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