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Just breathe, Star Wars: A New Hope in Minecraft is coming

An enterprising Star Wars fan is giving other devotees of Lucas’ universe a new hope; a new, low-resolution, super-blocky hope. “Paradise Decay” is recreating Star Wars: Episode IV inside of Minecraft, using only custom textures and art – no special…
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StarCraft, Guild Wars veterans go big with Gigantic

Gigantic is a five-player, free online game from Guild Wars and StarCraft veterans at Motiga. Players team up as a ragtag group of quirky characters with a giant guardian to protect, and one to kill on the opposing team. Guardians attack the enemy,…
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Gears of War’s Bleszinski teaming with Nexon America for arena shooter

It looks as if Cliff Bleszinski is getting exactly what he wanted, as the former Epic Games design director is partnering with Nexon America to create a PC arena shooter. Just one week after Bleszinski announced his return to game development…
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Vita action game Freedom Wars offers Japanese audio only

The Western version of Freedom Wars features Japanese audio with subtitles in multiple languages, but no English dubs, says Producer Nick Accordino, who also revealed a physical edition of the sci-fi Vita game is “definitely planned” for North…
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Barely Related: Star Wars, Powerpuff Girls and Pokemon Masters

There are still a few E3 stories the soak up around here, but let’s take a break from all that for a few moments, shall we?

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq…
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Barely Related: Star Wars puts Harrison Ford in the hospital

So that was E3. The week was wild for everyone at Joystiq, but now it’s time to take a step back and look at some news that isn’t within the confines of the gaming industry. Cheers!

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday Saturday column…
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New turn-based action strategy game from the developer of the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series announced

At a roundtable event during E3, Nintendo announced a new turn-based title from developer Intelligent Systems, creators of the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series. Named Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., the title will be hitting the 3DS exclusively sometime in 2015.


Inspired by third-person shooters, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. incorporates strategy into its gameplay like Intelligent Systems’ previous titles, but with a twist. The game takes place in a steampunk world, with characters battling aliens using a behind-the-shoulder perspective. The battlefield is fully 3-D with a customizable 4-member team, and cover, counter-attacks, and ambushes are emphasized (like Gears of War for handhelds!). Also, a steam gauge is depleted every time a move is made, so players have to really plan their actions out before they run out of steam. New weapons and items will also become available to gamers over time, meaning more explosions and kabooms for everyone involved.

Bear Grenades better mean that bears appear out of a cloud of smoke to kill enemies

Visit Nintendo’s E3 website for more info on Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., as well as other Nintendo titles.


A creature named Slasher is never your friend

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Sony’s Freedom Wars spins single player in the US in 2014

Freedom Wars outwardly looks like a near and dear family member of the Japanese monster hunting clan. Grand pappy Monster Hunter set the trend on PSP, and descendants like PS Vita’s Soul Sacrifice and Toukiden have carried it forward with aplomb….
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Angry Birds Star Wars 2 fights off an army of clones

There have been a lot of bird clones flapping about lately, but you can now put an end to their feathered tyranny in Angry Birds Star Wars 2. Rovio has announced a new update for the game, titled “Rise of the Clones,” which adds 40 new levels across…
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Paradox casts ‘open beta’ on Magicka: Wizard Wars

Those looking to murder somebody with arcane energies will be pleased to hear that the mano a mano magical duels of Magicka: Wizard Wars have now entered open beta testing.

To celebrate the milestone, developer Paradox North has added a handful of…
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