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Analysis: First-year Wii U sales suggest grim lifetime sales

Judging from how recent consoles have performed over their lifetimes, Wii U could very well be set up to sell extremely poorly in the long run, Matt Matthews argues. …

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The Last Of Us Fan Film Sequel Is Appropriately Grim

The sequel to Iron Horse’s fan film is a wonderful love letter to Naughty Dog’s post-pandemic masterpiece. The newest fan film revisits Joel and Ellie’s encounter with Bill in the game, and things go just as poorly.

Impressive costumes and setting make this one fantastic fan film. It gives The Last of Us the shot in the arm the bleak world needs. The game of the year contender should be revisited before the year is up. I for one can’t get enough.

The original fan film went up a few months ago. If you like the two films, be sure to check out their indiegogo project for part three. 

If you’re interested in seeing more, The Last of Us received a glowing review from GI and the paperback of their comic American Dreams released last week. 

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BioForge lead: grim games need a ‘campiness pill’ to succeed

“I don’t think that anyone was or even now is ready” for a truly grim game, says BioForge lead Ken Demarest, who believes a touch of camp was what helped BioForge’s subject matter seem palatable. …

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Might and Magic 6: Shades of Darkness pre-order bonuses are really grim

Ubisoft has revealed a handful of pre-order bonuses for the standalone Might & Magic Heroes 6 expansion, Shades of Darkness. Pre-ordering the $ 30 package directly from Ubisoft will net you several in-game items, including the hero Belketh – who looks just a bit like the Grim Reaper – as well as four special weapons.

Shades of Darkness will be released on February 28. Check out the trailer above for a peek at its story (just be sure to set your monitor to “maximum cheese”).

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Play As A Freelance Grim Reaper In Ambient Studios’ Death Inc.

Independent game developer Ambient Studios is inviting players to become Grim T. Livingstone, a freelance reaper who is bringing death to 1660's England. Death Inc. is in development for PC and Mac and delivers what Ambient calls "streamlined strategy, with no micromanagement or complex menus.Paint your orders into the land and unleash your infected minions on serfs, wenches, and noblemen."

Grim can unleash the bubonic plague upon cities, and call upon plague rats and exploding livestock to bring in souls for his start-up reaping business. Since most people don't want to die, they'll fight back. Some wield sticks and pitchforks, others use muskets and bows. Once their souls are taken, Grim can exchange them for new abilities and bonuses.

Ambient Studios is home to former LittleBigPlanet, Burnout, and Fable developers. Death Inc. is listed as "coming soon" on Ambient's website, and appears to be one of two projects in the works at this studio. – The Feed

Stiq Figures, June 25 – July 1: Grim Fandango edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don’t matter. Every week, we take a look at, uh, something – meanwhile, the previous week’s Japanese hardware sales figures are posted after the jump, and a discussion of said figures takes place in our comments. It may not be conventional, but it’s a time-honored Joystiq tradition.

Stiq Figures, June 25  July 1 Grim Fandango edition

Before Tim Schafer hit the jackpot in a Kickstarter campaign, he had a storied career as a designer for games such as Grim Fandango, a 1998 LucasArts adventure title for PC. The game, as seen above, follows the hilarious and creative journey of Manny Calavera, a travel agent uncovering corruption in the Land of the Dead.

Grim Fandango borrows distinct style elements of film noir, which explains why many of the characters in the game smoke cigarettes. Interestingly enough, Schafer and company address the dirty habit in a footnote in the game’s manual, seemingly to put the minds of players and parents at ease:

“For those who are disturbed by the amount of smoking in Grim Fandango, we offer two reasons: 1) we wanted to be true to the film noir atmosphere, and 2) everybody in the game who smokes is DEAD. Think about it.”

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Prototype 2 Leads Grim April Sales

According to U.S. retail tracker NPD, total video game sales in April 2012 fell 32 percent year-over-year from $ 930 million to $ 630 million.

Physical software sales dropped even harder, from $ 533.7 million to $ 307.2 million, a 42 percent decline. Microsoft's Xbox 360 led console sales for the month with 236,000 units sold. Sony and Nintendo have not released hardware numbers at this time.

“This year, Easter fell very early in April, which means most Easter-related purchases may have fallen into March this year, whereas last year, Easter fell late in April causing most sales to fall in that month," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "We usually find that Easter-related purchases generate an extra 10 percent in revenue in the month they occur, so some of the softness compared to last April could be attributed to the shift in Easter timing.”

Below are the top 10 best-selling games in the U.S. for April 2012.
  1. Prototype 2 (360, PS3)**
  2. Kinect Star Wars (360)
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)**
  4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (360, PS3)**
  5. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC, PS2)
  6. The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (360, PC)**
  7. Mario Party 9 (Wii)
  8. Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)**
  9. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
  10. MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

“I think what the new physical retail content sales reflect a very light release schedule in terms of the amount of compelling new games," Frazier added. "Last April, the top seven titles outsold the top-selling title this year, and, simply stated, there were notably fewer new market introductions.

"I think it’s a simple as that because when we see compelling content come into the market, the games are still selling as well as ever – we’re just saw a lot less this April as compared to last.” – The Feed

Latest NPD results paint grim picture of current U.S. retail game landscape

With the release of the March 2012 U.S. retail sales figures from the NPD Group last week, the search continues for a silver lining of any kind from that side of the market. It is truly grim if you’re working in brick-and-mortar, and it’s likely to feel that way for a while. Hardware sales, for example, were down in practically every conceivable way. The leading console, the Xbox 360, fell from 431,000 systems to 371,000 …

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Pre-Alpha Video: Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn is an upcoming action RPG from Crate Entertainment, a small studio founded by ex-members of Iron Lore Entertainment. The game is being built on Iron Lore’s Titan Quest engine.

In this August 2011 interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Crate’s Arthur Bruno spoke quite candidly about the demise of Iron Lore and how the Grim Dawn team is planning to please “the hardcore gaming audience” on a smaller budget.