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‘The itch to make and nothing to say’ – Creative significance and games

Paul Kilduff-Taylor recently suggested that developers concentrate on “creatively significant work” — but what is that? What does it mean? He tackles the topic here. …

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Video: ‘The future of the PlayStation’ from Phil Harrison, in 2000

Former and longtime Sony exec Phil Harrison’s fascinating GDC 2000 Sony keynote, given ahead of PlayStation 2′s Western launch — right before the console went on to win the world. …

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Rumor: More Evidence Of Upcoming ‘The Taken King’ Destiny Expansion Surfaces

In early May, Bungie registered a trademark for something called "The Taken King." At the time, we posited that it could be something related to Destiny, or might be related to another Activision game (based on previous trickery).

An photograph has surfaced that seems to indicate that this is, indeed, the name of an upcoming Destiny expansion. The photo below is an image of a case of Red Bull. It bears The Taken King logo in the color (oxblood) specified in the trademark filing.

Additionally, another image has appeared online showing another angle of the box. As you can see below, it references Red Bull-sponsored pro gamer Michael "Flamesword" Chaves and includes his likeness.

We've reached out to Activision for comment. We'll update should we receive a response.

[Source: via Agrios Endendros on Twitter, The Destiny Blog]


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These box shots seem quite convincing, down to Flamesword's likeness. Of course, the possibility exists that these could be fakes. If not though, I suspect Activision is going to have some stern words for Red Bull. – The Feed

Bungie Registers Trademark For ‘The Taken King’

Bungie has registered a new trademark with United States Patent and Trademark Office for something called “The Taken King.” While our first hunch might be the name of an upcoming Destiny expansion, history suggests we might want to think more broadly.

The trademark was filed on April 28, and includes a logo (as seen above). The applicant is listed as Bungie attorney Jim Charne.

While we’re tempted to link this directly to Destiny, one thing gives us pause. Activision pulled a clever head-fake with The Dark Below, Destiny’s first expansion.

That was registered by Blizzard and, at the time, we thought it might be the name of a Diablo expansion. As history shows, that subterfuge worked perfectly.

We’ve reached out to Activision, and we’ll update should we receive a response. What we do know for sure is that Destiny’s second update, House of Wolves, is due out on May 19.

[Source: USPTO via NeoGAF]


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The logo seems like it could be connected Destiny's Hive enemy faction. The naming has the right cadence for the Destiny universe. If not for history, I’d be pretty convinced. Fool me once, though… – The Feed

Magic Leap is ‘the only safe way forward’ for VR/AR dev, says CEO

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz shed a bit more light on what sets the “cinematic reality” startup apart from competitors like Oculus VR while taking part in a brief AMA thread today on Reddit. …

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‘The Faces Of Skyrim’ Showcases Tamriel’s Most Beautiful Portraiture

It’s almost hard to believe that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is over three years old already. It still appears on Steam’s top 10 most played games list and modders continue to make the game more beautiful.

Andy Cull shared with us his work curating some of the most beautiful images taken from the snowy wilds of Skyrim. Cull tells us that all of the images have been taken directly from the game with no touch-up work in Photoshop or other image editing program. There are two galleries of character portraits featuring many (but not all, sorry Khajiit and Argonian fans) of the different races of Tamriel. 

In addition, Cull has assembled a gallery of Skyrim landscapes, featuring snowy mountainsides, hazy forests, and craggy ruins. A separate gallery houses images of Skyrim's gorgeous vistas.

You can see the Faces of Skyrim galleries here and here. For the Dawn’s Beauty landscapes (the Aldmeris name for Tamriel), visit this page.

For those interested in beautifying their Skyrim adventure, there are a number of options available. The Steam Workshop includes a number of different mods to tweak and enhance the experience.

For those looking for something a bit more technical, last year I spent a weekend going through a process called the Skyrim Total Enhancement Project (STEP). This includes dozens of mods that change visuals, sounds, textures, and menu elements.

While my results aren’t quite as striking as what Cull has assembled, the visuals are still a big improvement from what the game manages on its own. You can read up on STEP on the group’s website.

[Images: Rahna by Dovahqueen (top), TESV 2014-05-25 20-49-22-78 by Wanako Works (middle), Heading in by Pangaliosr (bottom)] – The Feed

First Evil Within DLC ‘The Assignment’ due in early 2015

The Evil Within’s first piece of downloadable content will launch early next year, Bethesda announced. Named “The Assignment,” the add-on is one of two pieces of content that follows Juli Kidman, the partner of Detective Castellanos, the game’s main …
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WB uploads Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor “The Wraith” gameplay trailer

San Diego Comic-Con brought us the scoop that the identity of the Wraith in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is Celebrimbor, the “greatest Elven smith of the Second Age”. The Wraith offers a dimension to the gameplay that will allow you to find out your enemies weaknesses and exploit them, to which Monolith and WB say will offer “different experiences with every playthrough”. This sentence scares me, because this has 10-15 hour story written all over it (although I can neither confirm or deny that this is indeed the case).

We decided to save you the time and effort of clicking through to YouTube by just posting the trailer below. A Liam Neeson sounding narrator will give you the low-down on the Wraith.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available September 30th for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, and October 2nd for PC.

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Put those goats to use in Tropico 5′s ‘The Big Cheese’ DLC

Mmm, cheese. Tropico 5′s first DLC pack is called The Big Cheese, and it involves actually making cheese in El Presidente’s very own artisan factory, The Creamery. The Big Cheese is available now for $ 4, or free for those who pre-ordered the game via…
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Ex-Irrational devs form new studio, reveal ‘The Black Glove’

Irrational may have drastically cut its staff to focus on narrative-driven games, but some of those that were laid off have their own ideas for a narrative experience. Enter Day For Night Games, a new studio founded by ex-Irrational developers, many…
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