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Deus Ex Celebrates 15 Years With An Animated Short Setting Up Its Oppressive World

The original Deus Ex released 15 years ago this year, and in celebration (and in anticipation of Mankind Divided) Square Enix has released a short animation that establishes the world.

This isn't the first piece of media covering the game's lineage. You can head here to see the game's original director and creator, Warren Spector, play the first game for an hour here. You can also check out our own playthrough of the game with Warren Spector for a special Deus Ex episode of Replay by following the link. We also played Suikoden.

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The next entry in the Deus Ex series, Mankind Divided, is set to release on February 23, 2016. You can learn about the game's recently re-adjusted pre-order incentives by heading here. Mankind Divided appeared on our cover back in May. You can check out all of our features for the game by clicking the banner below. – The Feed

Is Yoshi’s Island A Super Mario World Game?

The first Yoshi's Island game's full title is Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island – but is it really the true sequel to Super Mario World? We asked the game's creators.

Shigeru Miyamoto is Mario's creator, and served as producer on Yoshi's Island, which released 20 years ago today. Here's what Miyamoto had to say about the game's place in the Super Mario series of games when we asked him back in 2012.

When we first made Yoshi's Island, we considered it part of the Mario
series. After that, the Yoshi series continued on its own. As
developers, do we consider it to be part of the core Mario series? The
answer is yes.

A few years later, we had the opportunity to ask one of the game's director's and long-time Mario collaborator Takashi Tezuka. Tezuka is producer on the upcoming Yoshi's Woolly World and at E3 2015 we asked him the same question: Is Yoshi's Island a Super Mario World game?

I consider it as part of the Mario series.

We followed up asking if the Super Mario World 2 prefix was fully embraced by the team.

That was so long ago that I don't fully remember. I don't think I made
that decision alone – I don't think I could have. When that game
debuted, I wanted people to understand that Yoshi was part of the Mario
world, and that be conveyed whether through title or gameplay. To me,
it's part of the Mario series, but today's Yoshi games? They've changed
from those origins, so I think it's okay to think of Yoshi living in in
his own universe. You can think of it separately from Mario's world.

To hear former editors Dan Ryckert and Bryan Vore debate Yoshi's Island's place in the Super Mario series, check out this episode of our Yoshi's Island Super Replay. For our full Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Replay, head here.

What do you think? Is Yoshi's Island a Super Mario World game? Or does it stand on its own? – The Feed

Super Replay – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island released in North America 20 years ago today, which is the perfect excuse to revisit our full playthrough.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is one of the most underrated games of all time, especially if you're talking to myself or our video producer Ben Hanson. That's why we decided to give it some attention and sing its praises via a new Super Replay. Watch below as we try to convince a rotating cast of guests of its greatness.

Note: The first episode is lacking sound effects due to a technical mishap.

Episode 1Guest: Andrew Reiner
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Episode 2Guest: Bryan Vore
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Episode 3Guest: Ben Reeves
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Episode 4 – Guests: Tim Turi and Kyle Hilliard
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Episode 5Guests: Jeff Cork and Ben Reeves
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Want more Replay? Check out our hub to catch up on all our previous episodes by clicking the banner below. – The Feed

Inside the world of ‘secret’ game developers

“Studios like us, we rely on our portfolios to get more business. And if we can’t put something in our portfolio, then it costs.” – SuperGenius studio director Paul Culp …

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World Of Final Fantasy Gets New Screenshots Showing Off Characters And Creatures

Square Enix has released a ton of new screenshots from their upcoming chibi reimagining of Final Fantasy, World of Final Fantasy, featuring the game’s powerful Mirage creatures.

Mirages, which can be stacked in battle to improve stats, are designed to help protagonists Reynn and Lann turn the tide as they travel through various Final Fantasy worlds in search of new beasts to capture and raise. Notable Mirages include popular summoned creatures like Shiva, Ramuh, Ifrit, and Cerberus. Check it out in the gallery below.

You can also check out the wacky new Cactuar Conductor and the cutesy aesthetic in the previously released trailer. – The Feed

The mysterious world of game budgets

Veteran Ron Gilbert on budgeting: “Seeing $ 500,000 in your bank account can make you cocky. It can seem like an endless supply of cash. Every dollar matters. It’s why I like to have a budget.” …

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Activision Announces $3 Million Call Of Duty World eSports League

League of Legends, Dota 2, and Smite (among others) have their own competitive leagues. Today, Activision has announced that Call of Duty players, pro and amateur alike, have a new place to play.

The publisher has created the Call of Duty World League, with a $ 3 million prize pool. The league will be split into a traditional Pro Division with local competitions in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. These start in January 2016 and will lead to a championship in the fall.

Amateur players can begin their quest for pro status in the Challenge Division. Teams will be able to participate in local LAN events and earn a berth in the championship.

With the finals moving to the fall from the spring, players will have more time top practice in the most recent installment. Activision says that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III will have deeper eSports features, but hasn’t provided full details yet.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be out on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 6.


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With competitive Call of Duty moving from Xbox to PlayStation this year (as Sony has nabbed the early DLC and lead platform deal from Microsoft), this year brings a number of changes anyway. Players will have to get used to a new competition structure while they’re acquainting themselves with the Dual Shock 4. – The Feed

“World Of Thrones” Azeroth Animated In A Game Of Thrones-Style Intro

When it comes to fictional realms, Azeroth and Westeros might not share a whole lot in common, but that hasn’t stopped high fantasy buffs from latching onto both worlds. Now a talented animator has blended them together, animating a World of Warcraft intro based on the one from HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones.

Marc Ottensmann wrote on his YouTube channel that he started working on the intro a year ago and finished it as a final project for an animation class at his university. From Orgrimmar to Stormwind, the video swoops over Azeroth’s major landmarks as they rise and spin out of the ground. Ottensmann claimed his intro isn’t as great as the one HBO came up with, but hints there might be a second “World of Thrones” video in the future. For now, the current clip is already a fun pop-cultural crossover. I hope his professor thought so, too.

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The world design of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s world director Jonathan Dumont opens up about the challenges of recreating some of history’s most iconic landscapes. …

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Video: Blending handmade detail into your game’s procedural world

At GDC Europe 2015 indie game designer Mark Johnson speaks to the difficult balance between handmade and algorithmic content in games that use both, and how devs can deftly blend them together. …

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