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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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Grand Theft Auto 5 drives up with gameplay trailer


Time to throw the bag of popcorn in the microwave and get ready to check out the Grand Theft Auto 5 gameplay trailer. Will there be cars? Likely. Will there be guns? For sure. Can you expect one of the most slickly produced pieces of marketing media of the year when you watch it? Um, fashyeahhhhhh.

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Shadows of the Eternals crowdfunding drives to be canceled this week


Precursor Games, the development studio of ex-SIlicon Knights employees that has been attempting to fund a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness dubbed Shadow of the Eternals, will cancel both its Kickstarter campaign and its self-powered crowdfunding campaign through PayPal this Thursday, June 6. Precursor plans to re-launch the Kickstarter campaign in “just a few short weeks,” at which point “exciting new developments” will be revealed.

“Since we announced this Kickstarter campaign we have seen more support from our community than we had ever hoped for,” the announcement reads. “Along with this support has come a host of a new exciting opportunities that will make the game better than we envisioned. As a result, we have chosen to temporarily take down the Shadow of the Eternals crowdfunding campaigns on both Kickstarter and our own website on Thursday, June 6.”

Due to Kickstarter’s architecture, no one that donated to the fundraising drive will be charged for their contributions. Likewise, the studio says that anyone who donated via the official Shadow of the Eternals website will receive a full refund through PayPal. As of press time, the still-active Kickstarter campaign has raised $ 127,364 of its $ 1.35 million goal. Meanwhile, donations through the game’s official site have totalled at $ 157,545, for a combined $ 284,959.

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Real Racing 3 Drives This Week’s Mobile Games

With the anticipated release of Real Racing 3, it hardly overshadows the rest of this week’s mobile games. The Silent Age is a surprisingly well-developed point-and-click adventure while the update for Plague Inc.’s Necroa Virus certainly makes killing off the human race more thrilling. From defying gravity in Gravity Duck to battling the Dark Side in Star Wars Pinball, the week’s mobile games won’t disappoint.

Real Racing 3

Developer: Firemonkeys

Price: free

Platforms: iOS, Android

The third installment of the Real Racing series boasts a Multiplayer mode that lets you race against opponents at any time. Choose from 43 different vehicles to race on real world maps in more than 900 events.  

Star Wars Pinball

Developer: Zen Studios

Price: $ 1.99

Platforms: iOS, Android

Star Wars Pinball combines the classic game features with the overarching Star Wars theme fit to satisfy any diehard fan.  The game features three different tables, Boba Fett, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. 

Gravity Duck

Developer: Ravenous Games

Price: $ .99

Platforms: iOS

As a duck, you are granted the power to flip gravity. Each level challenges you to strategically flip gravity so that you make it safely to the golden egg. This means avoiding the conveniently-placed spikes. 

The Silent Age

Developer: House on Fire

Price: free

Platforms: iOS

It’s 1972, and Joe is just a custodian, until he meets a dying man in the basement of the company building. Then, his life changes forever. It’s Silent Hill-Meets-The-Terminator in this point-and-click adventure with a strong emphasis on atmosphere and a mission to travel through time and save the world from extinction. Seriously, view the trailer. 

Plague Inc. Necroa Virus Update Now Available

Developer: Ndemic Creations

Price: $ 1.99

Platforms: iOS, Android

NDemic Creations has recently added a Necroa Virus update to Plague Inc. The Necroa Virus, better known as the zombie virus, will let you create reanimated corpses and turn them on other healthy human beings to spread the virus. Play as a virus of your choice and take out all of humanity. If you are good enough and beat the game on Brutal difficulty, then the Necroa virus update is free. 

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Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed 3DS drives, flies and floats in February

Sonic and AllStars Racing Transformed 3DS hits retail Feb 8

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for 3DS took the “slow and steady” approach in its race to retail, with Sega announcing it’ll finally arrive on February 8 and 12 in Europe and North America, respectively.

The racer will get in your face with StreetPass challenges and allows multiplayer up to seven with multi-cart or single-cart play. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was available late last year on other platforms, with our review calling it “a fun, exceptionally well crafted racing game.”

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