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South Park goes tripping on the Oculus Rift

South Park’s latest season definitely seems to be taking a turn for the nerdy. Last week, Matt Stone, Trey Parker and crew lambasted freemium games that use shady business practices to make players spend more money. This week, South Park showed us a…
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South Park pokes fun at freemium mobile games

Trey Parker and Matt Stone set their sights on free-to-play mobile games in the latest episode of South Park, skewering predatory game design tactics in the process. Titled “Freemium Isn’t Free” (okay, that’s maybe a little bit too self-referential,…
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Humble Ubisoft Sale discounts Far Cry 3, South Park

The Humble Store is hosting a weekend-long sale spotlighting publisher Ubisoft, offering digital PC versions of standout games like Far Cry 3 and Child of Light at a steep discount.

Through Monday, Humble Store shoppers can pick up South Park: The…
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Sony Flash Sale Marks Down Collection Of RPGs, Ni No Kuni, South Park

The discounts aren't as steep as some of Sony's previous sales, but there are still some great titles to be found at reduced prices.

Below you will find the list of games followed by their sale price, and their original price. The sale is happening now and goes until Friday, June 6th at 12:00 p.m. PT.

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists Of The Dusk Sky (PS3)     $ 24.99     $ 49.99
Conception II: Children Of The Seven Stars (PS Vita)     $ 29.99     $ 39.99
Dark Souls II (PS3)     $ 38.99     $ 59.99
Demon’s Souls (PS3)     $ 9.99     $ 19.99
Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)     $ 4.99     $ 19.99
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS3)     $ 19.99     $ 39.99
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3)     $ 29.99     $ 39.99
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS Vita)     $ 29.99     $ 39.99
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3)     $ 4.99     $ 19.99
Mass Effect 3: Citadel (PS3)     $ 7.49     $ 14.99
Mass Effect 3: From Ashes (PS3)     $ 4.99     $ 9.99
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan (PS3)     $ 4.99     $ 9.99
Mass Effect 3: Omega (PS3)     $ 7.49     $ 14.99
Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3)     $ 14.99     $ 29.99
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (PS3)     $ 4.99     $ 19.99
Soul Sacrifice (PS Vita)     $ 6.49     $ 26.99
South Park: The Stick Of Truth (PS3)     $ 41.99     $ 59.99
Tales Of Graces f (PS3)     $ 17.49     $ 34.99
Tales Of Xillia (PS3)     $ 19.99     $ 39.99
Toukiden: The Age Of Demons (PS Vita)     $ 19.99     $ 39.99

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
The more recent releases, understably, don't have a huge markdown, but there are a lot of good games for cheap here. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch for $ 4.99 is hard to pass up, as are the Tales games and Mass Effect and its DLC.

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Jurassic Park: Trespasser remake aims to make good on long-lost promises

Fifteen years later, Jurassic Park: Trespasser still seems to bring out the dreamer in game developers.

It’s largely forgotten today, but there was a time when the 1998 first-person shooter published by Electronic Arts aspired to be the ultimate…
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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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UK Charts: South Park – The Stick of Truth is top in class

South Park: The Stick of Truth may be censored on UK consoles, but that isn’t going to stop Brits from respecting its authoritah. The long-delayed RPG ousts Thief to debut in the top spot this week, and that’s Obsidian’s first UK No.1 since Fallout:…
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Hack Nedry’s Security System In This Jurassic Park Flash Game

Not all of Jurassic Park's iconic scenes include dinosaurs. One, which has been faithfully created online, involves hacking a computer.

You can check out the scene in question below, where Samuel L. Jackson's character tries to access the security system put in place by Wayne Knight's character.

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After watching the clip, you can try to hack the system yourself by heading here. It might just be the most accurate interactive representation of an element of Steven Spielberg's landmark film ever made. Make sure you try using the magic word after inputting your command – something Jackson's character never got a chance to do.

[Source: Jurassicsystems.com, via Geekologie, Polygon]

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Joystiq Weekly: Batman: Arkham Knight, our South Park review and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a “too long; didn’t read” of each week’s biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category’s top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren’t just for The Daily…
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South Park Creator Comments On Stick Of Truth Censorship

Show creator Matt Stone explains why Obsidian’s new RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth was censored across a number of global territories.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is easily one of the funniest games in the last several years. It's also one of the most offensive, which has lead a number of countries to censor certain sections of the game with descriptive text overlays.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Stone explained how he felt about the censorship, "It does feel like a double standard, a little bit. We weren't willing to change the content, but also it doesn't ruin the game – it's like 40 seconds' worth of the whole game. As long as we could make a joke out of the fact that they made us cut this, that was fine."

Stone went on to detail how he felt video game censorship was different than TV censorship:

"There is an interactiveness that makes it different. In movies and television you can do stuff that's morally grey very easily, because you get to show consequences, you get to show reward, but in a video game there's a reason why everything is a Nazi, zombie, or alien – these are pretty clear moral choices. There are things that make people more uncomfortable in an interactive world, definitely. But that said, what we had in the game, we could have shown that on TV pretty easily, especially now."

You can check out the censored scenes for yourself in the American release of South Park: The Stick of Truth, which is out now. To help get you in the mood, here are five episodes of the show that we recommend watching before you start the game.

[Source: The Guardian via Polygon]

 

Out Take
Matt Stone isn't just a funny guy, he also seems well-spoken and intelligent. Some people might think it's unfortunate that the game was censored in other countries, but I think the fact that the team was able to make a joke out of these small cuts makes them funnier than the original content, so it's possible that Europe and Australia aren't receiving inferior versions.

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