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Light up the grills and pop open those cold cans – it’s nerdy news time!

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week….
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PSA: Diablo 3 Auction House closes its doors on June 24

The Auction House in Diablo 3 that allowed players to sell items for in-game gold or real-world money will close up shop this week, Blizzard has reminded us. While the option to bid on, buyout or list new auctions was disabled back on March 18,…
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WRUP: House of Cards Season 3 spoiler

Super ultra spoiler, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is actually the plot for the next season of House of Cards. Also, yes, you have every right to call it House of CoDs going forward.

What’s everybody playing this weekend?…
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House of CoDs: Kevin Spacey to star in next Call of Duty

A big Hollywood star will lend his voice to the next installment of Call of Duty. A post on the official Call of Duty Instagram account has revealed that Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey will lend his voice, and perhaps his likeness, to Sledgehammer’s Call…
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Nintendo joins National Park Foundation for the White House Easter Egg Roll

Nintendo will bring along its fitness-oriented games when it joins the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, in attending the White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into…
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Dead Space is the first freebie in Origin’s new On the House program

Origin is following the leads of PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold by offering selected free games across limited times – the difference is you don’t pay to be an Origin member. It’s unclear how often Origin’s new On the House program is going to…
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Release dates and a dramatic new trailer revealed for The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 2 – “A House Divided”

Telltale Games has a present for all of their Walking Dead fans: a trailer for the upcoming The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 2 – “A House Divided.” Watch the drama unfold yourselves below!

I bet you all are dying to find out when this beauty is coming out! “A House Divided” will launch Tuesday, March 4th for the PlayStation 3 via the PSN and through Steam, the Telltale Games online store, and other digital distribution for PC in North America for $ 4.99 individually or as part of the title’s Season Pass, which gives gamers access to Episodes 1-5 as they come out.

Great news, but what about 360, iOS, and European PSN users? Telltale only mentioned that dates for these platforms will be confirmed shortly, and to check @telltalegames on Twitter for updates. Damn, and I just replaced my old, broken 360 with an Xbox 360 E unit and wanted to play!

At least Vita owners got some good news: The Walking Dead: Season Two is looking to release on the handheld at the end of March. Like its console and PC siblings, the Vita will see Episode 1 and Episode 2 available for $ 4.99 by themselves or as part of the Season Pass.

More information about Season Two can be found at the game’s website. Anyone big fans of the comic, show, or game excited to see this coming so soon?


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The Last of Us cleans house at this year’s D.I.C.E. Awards

 

Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic PS3 exclusive The Last of Us won 10 out of 24 awards at the 17th annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards, including Game of the Year.  Hosted by Felicia Day and Freddy Wong, the award show took place yesterday in Las Vegas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  In addition to The Last of Us, other winners included Irrational Games’ Bioshock Infinite, the mobile hit Plants Vs. Zombies 2, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.  Check out the complete list of award winners below!

 

Game of the Year

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • The Last of Us

Outstanding  Character Performance

  • The Last of Us (Ellie)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Bioshock Infinite

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

  • Grand Theft Auto V

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

  • The Last of Us

Action Game of The Year

  • Bioshock Infinite

Adventure Game of the Year

  • The Last of Us

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us

Roleplaying/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • Diablo III

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • XCOM: Enemy Within

Casual Game of the Year

  • Plants Vs. Zombies 2

Family Game of the Year

  • Super Mario 3D World

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Motorsport 5

Sports Game of the Year

  • Fifa 14

Downlodable Game of the Year

  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons

Handheld Game of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Plants Vs. Zombies 2

Online Game of the Year

  • World of Tanks

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • The Last of Us

 

Nominees that did not win any awards include Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider, The Stanley Parable, Dead Rising 3, and The Wolf Among Us: Episode One, among many, many others.  The D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games and their development teams since 1996, distinguishing those that push the boundaries for art and creativity, as well as technology in the interactive entertainment industry.  For more information about the D.I.C.E. awards, visit their website.


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House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels now free-to-play

House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels dropped from an original price of $ 5 to the much rounder free this week. The iOS remix of the 2009 Wii shooter still features in-app purchases, including $ 2 for the third and final campaign of the story …
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Patent troll crackdown measure approved by House

Patent troll haters, take heart: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill explicitly designed to punish companies for abusive use of patents today. …


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