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Play all of the ‘Connected World’ Ludum Dare 30 games

But be warned: There are a lot of entries to play.

Ludum Dare 30 is in the bag, and so are a bunch of cool new games and prototypes from developers worldwide. Ludum Dare 30 includes the 48-hour Compo and the 72-hour Jam, both with the theme…
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Brainiac has the whole world in his hands in LEGO Batman 3

Forget Gotham, it’s the world at stake in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Brainiac is collecting planets, and it’s up to Batman and other DC heroes (and even some villains) to stop him. While stealing planets isn’t cool, at least Brainiac got those…
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Paradox reveals out of this world RTS ‘Ancient Space’

Paradox Interactive and developer Creative Forge have unveiled a game called Ancient Space that the duo describe as “a new story-driven real-time strategy game.”

As its title suggests, Ancient Space takes players to the edges of the universe….
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RollerCoaster Tycoon World screaming onto PC in 2015

When Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 was announced as a mobile game, people were … a bit unhappy that the previously PC-centric series had shifted platforms. However, Atari promised a Rollercoaster Tycoon experience for PC was coming, and now that…
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Blizzard Honors Robin Williams By Adding Him To World Of Warcraft

When reports of comedian and actor Robin Williams's death began circulating on the web yesterday, fans and fellow film stars alike took to social media to pay tribute to his life and legacy. Now, thanks to a successful petition on, the self-professed video game enthusiast will appear in Blizzard's popular MMO World of Warcraft.

Petition organizer Jacob Holgate wrote on the petition page that Blizzard employees have resolved to handle the petition's request to add Williams into the game as a non-playable character tastefully. When questioned about the petition on Twitter (before the goal of 10,000 signatures had been met), World of Warcraft technical game designer Chadd Nervig wrote, "Yes. We're taking care of it."

Blizzard later confirmed that it would be adding Williams to the game via Twitter.

Williams was best known for his comedy performances and for his roles in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, winning an Academy Award for the latter. He was also very open about his passion for gaming, appearing in promotional videos for The Legend of Zelda and discussing his Call of Duty online matches with Jimmy Fallon.

Williams was pronounced dead yesterday, and today USA Today reports investigators have declared his death a suicide. He was 63. – The Feed

Barely Related: Terminator Genisomething, Star Wars world

We’re leaving on a jet plane and we’re definitely, 100 percent sure when we’ll be back – right after Gamescom.

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have…
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Pokemon World Championships stream live on August 16

If you can’t make it to Washington, DC for this year’s Pokemon World Championships, don’t worry, Twitch will be streaming the entire thing.

Festivities kick off on Saturday, August 16 with an opening ceremony at 9AM EST, followed by a full day of…
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Europe says ‘be our guest’ to Disney Magical World

It’s the circle of life; first a game hits Japan, then North America and then Europe. Heigh-ho, Europe, maybe you should let it go and be happy 3DS game Disney Magical World will be a part of your world on October 24. So, Euro-friends, can you feel…
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Blog: One simple hack to crack IAPs in the developing world

“Why is it that you are able to get the same levels of engagement and retention from the developing world but not the same percentage of payers and pretty much no monetization at all?” …

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How Big Is Sunset Overdrive’s World? That’s The Wrong Question

In the latest episode of Insomniac’s Sunset TV, we get a new look at Sunset City. A number of people have inquired about the city’s size. It turns out that question might not be the right one.

“It’s kind of hard to compare it to other games sizewise just because the game is so dense,” says Insomniac’s Brandon Winfrey, the host of Sunset TV. “It wasn’t built flat, it was built with many layers.”

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There’s a lot of verticality, and traversal is a big part of Sunset Overdrive gameplay. Winfrey does share that there is a fast-travel system, though.

Sunset Overdrive will be at San Diego Comic Con. There’s a panel hosted by Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb at 5:00 p.m. Pacific on July 24. There, Insomniac will be talking about more of the character customization options. Additionally, the game is playable at the Xbox booth and the Xbox Gaming Lounge. For more Sunset Overdrive, check out our hands-on preview. – The Feed