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GI Show 198: News Round-Up, Smite, Rise of The MOBA

In this week's Game Informer show we have an in-depth discussion about some of the week's biggest news topics and chart the appeal and breakout success of the MOBA genre.

First up, GI news editor Mike Futter joins host Matt Helgeson to talk about some of the big stories of the week, including Uncharted creator Amy Hennig's new job at Visceral Games helming a new, unannounced Star Wars project, Amazon's foray into the Android console market, and new leader for Microsoft's Xbox division.

In the second segment, Matt is joined by GI PC editor Daniel Tack and intern Cameron Koch to talk about Hi-Rez Games' excellent Smite, and a deeper discussion about the rise of the MOBA genre, from its origins to its bright future.

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Nintendo Direct news roundup: Yoshi 3DS XL in UK, new Ace Attorney

During its UK Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday, Nintendo revealed a Yoshi 3DS XL system – just the hardware, no Yoshi game included – heading to Europe on March 14, Tiny Cartridge points out.

Earlier this month, we caught wind of a…
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Titanfall Beta News Likely Coming Tomorrow

Welcome to day 246 of Titanfall beta watch. Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted some hopeful news for those that are eagerly awaiting the release of the studio’s first game.

Titanfall is due out exactly four weeks from tomorrow, and Zampella is hopeful that Respawn will mark the date with news (and possibly signups) for the upcoming beta.

“Good progress,” he writes. “Should be beta news tomorrow. There will be signups. So close!”

[Source: @VinceZampella]

 

Our Take
First, yes. I calculated out how many days it has been since Titanfall was announced. Second, we reported recently that the beta is slated to begin on Valentine’s Day (this Friday). Given how quickly EA and Respawn turned around the Alpha test codes, that date is still within reach.

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Titanfall Beta News Likely Coming Tomorrow

Welcome to day 246 of Titanfall beta watch. Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted some hopeful news for those that are eagerly awaiting the release of the studio’s first game.

Titanfall is due out exactly four weeks from tomorrow, and Zampella is hopeful that Respawn will mark the date with news (and possibly signups) for the upcoming beta.

“Good progress,” he writes. “Should be beta news tomorrow. There will be signups. So close!”

[Source: @VinceZampella]

 

Our Take
First, yes. I calculated out how many days it has been since Titanfall was announced. Second, we reported recently that the beta is slated to begin on Valentine’s Day (this Friday). Given how quickly EA and Respawn turned around the Alpha test codes, that date is still within reach.

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Joystiq Weekly: News, reviews and original content from January 27 – February 2

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a “too long; didn’t read” recap of the week’s most happening … happenings. Yes. We’ll summarize the biggest news, freshest reviews and original content from each week every Sunday, just in case you missed it while tending …
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Super Joystiq Podcast 083: Octodad, Thief, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Nintendo news

This week’s Super Joystiq Podcast is an award winning audio show masquerading as a podcast.

Games: new, revamped, and rebooted. This week, Ludwig, Richard, Alexander, and Anthony kick things off with the age-old plight of an octopus just trying to …
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Super abridged Joystiq news review of 2013

A lot happened in 2013, but since we couldn’t get the budget for an eight-part documentary directed by Ken Burns and narrated by Morgan Freeman, we had to pick some highlights. Our key focus ended up being the console launches, Steam Machines, along …
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Reader Discussion: Will News Of NSA/CIA Snooping Change Your Gaming Habits?

I don’t expect that many of our readers are hardened terrorists that are plotting something nefarious (just a few of you). Nevertheless, this morning’s confirmation that the NSA and CIA have been aggregating and analyzing data from World of Warcraft, Xbox Live, and other services might give you pause.

From our past coverage, we’ve had comments from those that are outraged. We’ve also had people share that since they aren’t doing anything wrong, there isn’t a reason for concern.

Now that we have a better idea of how the United States government collects information in these games, will you be changing your habits? Let us know what you think of the news and what it means for how you’ll be gaming in the future.  

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Sponsored News: Havok wants you for the Project Anarchy Game Dev Challenge

Havok wants you develop games using its free, mobile-focused engine and toolset Project Anarchy, and is ready to put up the money to get game developers on board. …


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Watch Game Informer Discuss Extra Life Marathon On The News

We're going to be livestreaming our 25-hour Extra Life gaming marathon on November 2 at 9:00 central, where we'll be giving away prizes and raising donations until our eyes bleed. A local news station took notice and came by our office to talk about this year's marathon and have a look around.

Click the image below to watch the video on KSTP Channel 5's Eyewitness News website. When you're done, swing by Team Game Informer's Extra Life 2013 page to join the team or donate.

If you haven't checked out any of our livestreams or marathons before, things tend to get a little goofy. We'd love for you all to come watch, donate, play along, and enjoy the 25 game-filled hours with us. 

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