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Quebec reinstates video game tax breaks

A new budget means new tax breaks: The Quebec government has restored the 37.5 percent credit for game development, which was slashed last June. …


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10 can’t-miss video postmortems from the GDC Vault

From Steamworld Dig to Shenmue, this collection of video postmortems covers a variety of games. What they have in common is that they’re free to watch, and can’t-miss viewing. …


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10 can’t-miss video postmortems pulled from the GDC Vault

From Steamworld Dig to Shenmue, this collection of video postmortems covers a variety of games. What they have in common is that they’re free to watch, and can’t-miss viewing. …


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Top Ten Video Game Time Loops

Time loops are confusing, but that is what makes them so much fun. A good time loop might resolve a central mystery or provide poignant insight into the characters trapped within it. Other times they are just fun to play around with or are so ludicrously constructed that you can’t help but laugh. Since time loops are often integral to a plot, character, or mystery beware – there are MASSIVE SPOILERS ahead. You’ve been warned.

Here are ten of the best time loops in video games.

10. Ghosts N Goblins

Ghosts N Goblins’ time loop is worthy of mention for being downright cruel to the player. You are doomed to repeat the last two levels of the game until you acquire a cross weapon to defeat the final boss. To truly beat Ghosts N Goblins you must use the cross to defeat Satan which sends you all the way back to the beginning and the already difficult game becomes even more brutal. Only by killing Satan a second time can you actually rescue Princess Prin Prin. Super Ghouls N Ghosts also featured a similar twist, and you can get a sense of how difficult these games by looking into our Stress Test of the game.

9. Escape from Monkey Island

In The Mysts o’Tyme Marshe, Guybrush meets another version of himself from the future who gives him useful items. After wandering around for a while, you’ll stumble upon your past self and must repeat the conversation you had exactly lest you cause a time paradox and get a game over. In an interesting twist, the items you receive from your future self are random and one of them could be a gun. Should you decide to shoot your future self you will inevitably be killed by your past self later on.

8. Breakdown

Derrick Cole is sent to investigate an underground complex called Site Zero that contains ties to a mysterious alien force called the T’Lan. Time starts behaving oddly as you proceed farther into the mission. In one memorable instance, you’ll run through a long twisting series of hallways and then run into yourself wandering through them. Towards the end of the game it is revealed that you have been reliving your forgotten memories in preparation to be sent back in time to try to alter the outcome. The good ending surprisingly sees you choose to remain in the same time loop to try to stop the alien menace once and for all.

7. Shadow of Memories

In Shadow of Memories you play as Eike Kusch who one day walks out of a diner and is immediately stabbed to death. Thankfully a supernatural being named Homunculus (who is voiced by Mario’s voice actor, Charles Martinet) comes to your rescue. At this point you keep getting sent back in time to relive the hours before your death and try to figure out who attacked you and how to prevent it. Shadow of Memories isn’t just restricted to the present day, as you can travel from 2001 back to 1980, 1902, and 1580 and use objects and knowledge from those eras to alter the present and take action.

6. BioShock Infinite

The time loop in BioShock Infinite is heavily intertwined with jumping across parallel worlds, which makes it hard to keep track of. The events leading up to the time loop begin when an infertile Comstock decided he wanted to have a child by kidnapping his own from another dimension. The time loop comes from the Lutece Twins and later Elizabeth calling in different Bookers who lost their child from across dimensions over and over again to defeat Comstock. Every time you die in BioShock Infinite you experience the loop because you start over as another Booker who made all the same choices as the previous version, but you are allowed to diverge by not dying in battle. The loop is successfully completed when another Elizabeth reaches the lighthouses and can begin killing the Comstocks across the dimensions before they were born.

On the next page, we look at Final Fantasy, Zelda, and more!


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Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Dated For Release On Wii U Next Month

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, the retro platformer based on the popular web series of the same name, is moving beyond PC.

The game originally released on PC in 2013, but hasn't released on any other platforms since then. Last year, however, it was announced for Wii U and 3DS, but without release dates. A listing appeared recently on Nintendo's website pointing to a Wii U release on April 2.

For our review of the game's PC release, head here.

[Source: Nintendo, via NeoGAF]

 

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I'm surprised the game has taken this long to explore outside of PC. In any case, glad to hear it's on the way.

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Video: How theater influenced the design of Kentucky Route Zero

Cardboard Computer’s Tamas Kemenczy delivers an intriguing GDC 2014 talk about the the environment design and cinematography of Kentucky Route Zero. …


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Video: Building guns to drive the Counter-Strike: GO economy

Speaking at GDC 2014, Valve’s Bronwen Grimes describes how the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team figured out what kinds of content players would pay for, then created it with just 2 artists. …


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Weta Workshop Special Effects Company Helps Craft Augmented Reality Concept Video

Weta Workshop, the special effects studio behind a number of films most notably Lord of the Rings, partnered recently with a company called Magic Leap to put together an imaginative augmented reality video.

The video is a showcase of the potential of augmented reality for both practical and entertainment purposes. Weta's work is familiar to most, but Magic Leap (not to be confused with Leap Motion) is a new company that thinks of itself as an idea. Google invested $ 542 million dollars in the company late last year, but it's still a very mysterious company. On it's website, this is how it describes itself:

Magic Leap is an idea. An idea that computing should be shaped and forged to work for us: our life, our physiology, our connected relationships. That exploring human creativity is as great an adventure as exploring space. It's an idea based in the belief that people should not have to choose between technology or safety, technology or privacy, the virtual world or the real world.

You can check out the interesting video below.

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I'm far from being sold on augmented reality, especially considering Google, a company arguable in the best position to create a practical augmented reality device, has already all but abandoned Google Glass. It must have seen something special in Magic Leap, though, as $ 542 million is nothing to sneeze at. It obviously still believes in the technology on some level. We were all so infatuated with the idea of controlling our computers like Minority Report, but in practice (with Kinect and Leap Motion controls) it's just impractical. Why make a wide sweeping motion with your arm when a small, accurate wrist movement with a mouse does the job even better. This video is cool, but it just doesn't sell me on the idea.

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Video: Nier director discusses making weird games for weird people

At GDC 2014 Taro Yoko, director of games like Nier and the Drakengard series, talked about the process he uses to create worlds and stories that get noticed and foster dedicated fans. …


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New Chicago summit aims to raise awareness about video game law

Two Chicago-based law students are looking to raise awareness among developers about the state of video game law by organizing the first annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit next week. …


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