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Double Fine And Adult Swim Games Team Up For The Bizarre Headlander

Double Fine's latest game stars a disembodied head capable of controlling robot bodies.

In the game, you play as an amnesiac astronaut who must solve puzzles and jump between body vessels to rediscover your past. You can check out the game's announcement trailer below. Platform(s) have not yet been announced.

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It's not a new idea for Double Fine – it's one that appeared during a recent Amnesia Fortnight session where the studio shuts down all its current projects to work on new ideas for two weeks. The game has changed from its initial pitch, which you can see below. It started as a full, 3D third-person game, but has since turned 2D.

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Our Take
Double Fine always delivers strange concepts that seem odd from a distance, but work well in practice. I'm excited to get my hands on Headlander and see how the whole thing works with Double Fine's sense of humor.

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Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen Launches Strange New Game, Fingered

Edmund McMillen may or may not be working on Super
Meat Boy 2
, but you don't have to wait any longer for another dose of his
charmingly bizarre humor.

McMillen's latest game, Fingered, launched on Steam
yesterday, and only costs $ 1.87. McMillen describes Fingered as "a randomly
generated game of Guess Who meets Papers, Please," which tasks players with
correctly identifying criminals in a police line-up and sending them to the
electric chair (coincidentally, you will also finger the switch to the chair). The criminals are randomly generated, though the game's Steam page states that
there are "loads of secret celebs to murder" as well. Fingered is currently
ranked "Very Positive" on Steam, based on 178 user reviews. Check out the trailer below, which might give you a better idea of what Fingered is all about, or at least the sense of humor McMillen is aiming for.

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Our Take
McMillen continues to
experiment with strange game concepts, and I for one couldn't be happier. His
latest creation certainly sports a unique premise, and while its sophomoric
sense of humor might not be for everyone, I can't help but give it a try.

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Valve And Star Wars Episode VII Production Company Bad Robot Team Up For Team Fortress 2 Mode

Team Fortress 2 is getting a new mode care of Bad Robot, the production company behind projects like Lost, Star Trek, Cloverfield, and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

The mode, which is currently available in beta, is called PASS Time, and is being developed by Escalation Studios under the direction of Bad Robot. The mode has more in common with traditional sports as players pass a ball back and forth and try to score goals. The carrier of the ball is also given a number of bonuses like speed and health boosts, as well as temporary invulnerability when the ball is stolen from an opponent. You can can find the fill details of the mode, and how to download it, by heading here.

This isn't the first time Bad Robot has teamed with Valve. Valve's Gabe Newell and Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams appeared on stage together at GDC in 2013, and in October 2010, Valve released an interactive teaser promoting Abrams' film, Super 8.

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Our Take
These two have been teasing collaboration for years, but have so far only released a handful of small projects. It seems like the two are building to something, but I can't tell what it is.

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Stanford team battles VR sickness by bringing worlds into focus

Stanford University research team hopes to cure nauseating side effects of VR by bringing virtual reality into focus — with new technology that helps the eyes adjust to wearing a headset. …


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Klei And Capy Team Up For Don’t Starve: Shipwreck Expansion

Don’t Starve is going to get even bigger this fall. Klei is teaming up with Capy to create a new single-player expansion for the survival game, called Shipwrecked.

The add-on, which is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux, brings a host of updates. Included are new playable characters, environments, creatures, and seasons. All of the existing playable characters can take part in the new adventure, too.

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Shipwrecked marks the third major expansion for Don’t Starve. The game was updated first with Reign of Giants and then received multiplayer support with Don’t Starve Together. For more on Don’t Starve, check out our review.

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How DICE’s Audio Team Brings Star Wars: Battlefront Locations To Life

DICE has shared an inside look at the sound design in its upcoming shooter Star Wars: Battlefront. In a detailed essay, audio director Ben Minto explains the challenges behind designing ambient sounds for several planets in the Star Wars universe. Places like Tatooine and Hoth, for example, each possess their own distinct ambiance.

For Hoth, Minto's team focused on wind. They traveled to multiple locations in Scandanavia, sampling frigid gusts from Sweden and Norway. When wind alone proved insufficient in creating an appropriate atmosphere, Minto recorded the howls of a wapiti elk, a creaking door thrown open by a storm, the inside of a cave underneath a frozen waterfall and more. For those interested, a somewhat finalized version of Hoth's ambience lies at the bottom of the article.

Tatooine, on the other hand, was less about weather and more about its inhabitants. Although Minto again recorded wind, the emphasis shifted to wildlife. In the near finished Tatooine ambiences after the article, animal sounds take center stage behind a quieter breeze.

Many of these sounds come from the locations where George Lucas filmed the Star Wars movies. While Minto appreciated visiting the original sites, he cares more about the opportunity to record in nature. "Being there in person," he states, "and experiencing those surroundings makes it easier when trying to recreate that feel in the studio."

If you want more Star Wars: Battlefront, read our hands-on preview or check out this reveal trailer. Star Wars: Battlefront releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17.

Listen to the sound samples below. Hoth is on top, and Tatooine is on the bottom.



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5 questions every QA team lead or manager should ask daily

“How do I measure the performance of my team? This is very similar to the age-old problem of evaluating a developer based on the amount of lines of code he wrote. It doesn’t work.” …


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Nintendo and DigiPen team up to bring Singapore devs’ games to 3DS

Singaporean devs will have their chance to see their games become downloadable Nintendo 3DS titles, with government backing. …


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Meet Rainbow Six Siege’s Team Of French Badasses

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege stars a collection of operators from around the world. With various training and tools at their disposal, you’ll want to assemble a multi-national force to take on the terrorist threat.

We’ve previously shared with you spotlight videos for the British counter-terrorism squad and American FBI. Now, the French take the spotlight with a combination of precision and tech that make them a formidable force.

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Rainbow Six Siege is due out on October 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out our coverage from E3.

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A Checklist Of Skylanders: Trap Team Figures

Update (6/7/2015): The entire set of Skylanders: Trap Team figures is now available. Once you're caught up, be sure to check out our extensive preview of this year's game, Skylanders Superchargers.

Update (3/18/2015): Another wave of figures will be arriving to retail soon. This batch includes three Springtime variants, including two minis (Power Punch Jet Vac and Eggselent Weeruptor) and a special Easter-themed Earth Trap.

 

Update (12/18/2014): Wave 3 figures will be arriving at retail soon. These will make available the remaining closed elemental gates, including the two "unknown" elemental areas. Those have recently been confirmed as Light and Dark, with an expansion pack available at retail for each starting on December 22.

Update (10/17/2014): Wave 2 figures are now available at many retailers. These include three Trap Masters (Headrush, Bushwhack, and Lob-Star), two new core characters (Tread Head and Fist Bump) and a second Adventure Pack (Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items.)

We've put images of the new characters as they appear in-game in the gallery below. If you're waiting for a specific character, sit tight. Activision releases them in waves through the winter and into the next year. Some figures will not be out in time for the holidays.

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Fall is here, the leaves are turning, and the air has a chill in it. That can mean one thing: everything now has a pumpkin spice flavor. OK, fine. It also means that a new Skylanders game is out and I’m running down the list of characters available now and coming later in the season for Skylanders: Trap Team.

As you might recall from our review, there are three different types of characters this year (and you may already have some of the “new” ones thanks to an older Frito-Lay promotion). In addition to the large Trap Masters and new and returning core characters, the Skylanders Sidekicks are now fully playable. Of course, all your existing core, giant, swap force, and lightcore characters work in Trap Team. You can also use the items you've collected from adventure and battle packs.

This are sold in two-packs representing each in-game element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Magic, Tech, Life, and Undead). If you have some of them from their promotional releases, you’re ready to play.

Here’s what you can find in stores now:

Starter Packs

  • Standard – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
  • Dark Edition – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Wildfire (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), three traps (water, life, Kaos)
  • Legendary (Toys R Us) – Legendary Snap Shot (Trap Master), Legendary Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
  • 3DS – Gusto (Trap Master), Barkley (Mini)

Trap Masters

  • Snap Shot (Water – included with all starters)
  • Wildfire (Fire – included with Dark Edition starter)
  • Gusto (Air)
  • Jawbreaker (Tech)
  • Legendary Jawbreaker (Tech – Toys R Us only)
  • Gearshift (Tech)
  • Wallop (Earth)
  • Krypt King (Undead)
  • Nitro Krypt King (Undead – Target only)
  • Lob-Star (Water)
  • Bushwhack (Life)
  • Headrush (Earth)
  • Blastermind (Magic)
  • Ka-boom (Fire)
  • Tuff Luck (Life)
  • Winterfest Lob-Star (Water)
  • Thunderbolt (Air)
  • Short Cut (Undead)
  • Enigma (Magic)

New Core characters

  • Déjà Vu (Magic – Mirror of Mystery Adventure Pack)
  • Legendary Déjà Vu (Magic – Toys R Us only) 
  • Torch (Fire)
  • Food Fight (Life – included with all starters)
  • Blades (Air – In three-pack or with Nightmare Express Adventure Pack)
  • Tread Head (Tech)
  • Chopper (Tech)
  • Fist Bump (Earth)
  • Funny Bone (Undead)
  • Cobra Cadabra (Magic)
  • Trail Blazer (Fire)
  • Echo (Water)
  • High Five (Life)
  • Rocky Roll (Earth)
  • Bat Spin (Undead)
  • Flip Wreck (Water)
  • Fling Kong (Air)
  • Blackout (Dark)
  • Spotlight (Light)

Returning Core characters – Compatibility: Spyro’s Adventure (SA), Giants (G), Trap Team (TT) 

  • Fizzy Frenzy Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)
  • Tidal Wave Gill Grunt (Water – SA, G, TT)
  • Tidal Wave Gill Grunt with Gill Runt Mini (Water – Walmart Only)
  • Hog Wild Fryno (Fire – TT)
  • Sure Shot Shroomboom (Life – TT)
  • Full Blast Jet-Vac (Air – G, TT)
  • Hog Wild Fryno with Small Fry (Fire – Walmart only)
  • Love Potion Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)

Minis

  • Spry and Mini Jini (Magic two-pack)
  • Trigger Snappy and Drobit (Tech two-pack)
  • Bop and Terrabite (Earth two-pack)
  • Hijinx and Eye Small (Undead two-pack)
  • Gill Runt and Thumpling (Water two-pack)
  • Weeruptor and Small Fry (Fire two-pack)

Adventure Packs:

  • Nightmare Express with Blades and two items (Piggy Bank and Hand of Fate)
    • Legendary version available at Toys R Us with Legendary Blades and gold items
  • Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items (Rocket Ram and Tiki Speaky)

Expansion Packs:

  • Light Element Expansion Pack with Knight Light, light trap, and level piece
  • Dark Element Expansion Pack with Knight Mare, dark trap, and level piece

Eon's Elite – Available at GameStop (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company.) 

  • Elite Spyro (Magic) 
  • Elite Chop Chop (Undead) 
  • Elite Trigger Happy (Tech)
  • Elite Whirlwind (Air)
  • Elite Terrafin (Earth)
  • Elite Stealth Elf (Life)
  • Elite Eruptor (Fire)
  • Elite Gill Grunt (Water)

This year, there are some unrevealed characters on the poster that comes with each starter pack. These have since been revealed as one Trap Master and regular Skylander in each of two new elements: light and dark.

You can also purchase collector-style Eon’s Elite figures (pictured at the top, listed above). These are re-releases of original Spyro’s Adventure characters with a special metallic finish, extremely power stats, and a display case. 

Finally, you’ll likely want to have at least nine traps. These are available in each element plus one styled after series villain Kaos himself. There are multiple designs and you can store one of the forty villains in each trap. Don’t worry though, these can be swapped out so you can make due with just one in each element. 

Note that the 3DS version doesn’t use the trap crystal accessories. Capture and use is handled directly on the 3DS handheld.

Check back throughout the year as more characters are released. Still catching up on Skylanders: Swap Force? Visit our checklist from last year.

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