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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Goat Simulator 1.1 teaser shows goat parkour http://www.shacknews.com/article/84209/goat-simulator-11-teaser-shows-goat-parkour http://www.shacknews.com/article/84209/goat-simulator-11-teaser-shows-goat-parkour Sure, when humans perform parkour tricks, it's pretty cool. After all, not everyone can run along walls with the greatest of ease. But how about if you saw parkour from a goat? Now <i>that</i> would be quite a sight and it's just the kind of sight you'll find in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/goat-simulator">Goat Simulator</a>'s upcoming 1.1 update. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:15:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia GameStop to increase focus on phones & tablets instead of video games http://www.shacknews.com/article/84208/gamestop-to-increase-focus-on-phones-tablets-instead-of-video http://www.shacknews.com/article/84208/gamestop-to-increase-focus-on-phones-tablets-instead-of-video It may have "game" in its name, but retailer GameStop has announced plans to start increasing its focus on "gaming-adjacent" fields while lessening its reliance on video games. CEO Paul Raines dubbed the initiative "GameStop 3.0," saying that it plans on closing about 2 percent of its retail locations, while opening <a href="http://gospring.com/about" target="blank">Spring Mobile</a> and <a href="http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/gamestop-has-its-own-apple-store-simply-mac-opened-its-first-local-store-in-uptown-village-at-cedar-hill.html/" target="blank">Simply Mac</a> stores instead. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:30:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus steps down as Chief Product Officer http://www.shacknews.com/article/84207/zynga-co-founder-mark-pincus-steps-down-as-chief-product http://www.shacknews.com/article/84207/zynga-co-founder-mark-pincus-steps-down-as-chief-product Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus has stepped down from his role as Chief Product Officer, less than a year after he gave his position <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79989/report-microsofts-entertainment-chief-mattrick-leaving-for-zynga">as CEO</a> to former Xbox chief Don Mattrick. Although Pincus will remain at Zynga as Chairman of the Board of Directors, he will no longer serve int he company's day-to-day operations. "I would like to thank Mark for his dedicated service to Zynga players, employees and shareholders since the Company's founding in 2007," Mattrick said in a note to investors. "Since that time, Mark has built Zynga into an entertainment leader, turning brands like FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker into household names and daily habits for hundreds of millions of consumers." Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:00:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution aiming to attract hardcore fighting audience http://www.shacknews.com/article/84206/naruto-shippuden-ultimate-ninja-storm-revolution-aiming-to-attract-hardcore http://www.shacknews.com/article/84206/naruto-shippuden-ultimate-ninja-storm-revolution-aiming-to-attract-hardcore <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84173/naruto-shippuden-ultimate-ninja-storm-revolution-also-coming-to-pc">Naruto: Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution</a> is the umpteenth game in the series, ever since Bandai Namco silently annualized the franchise. With the series now having to rely on telling side stories as it waits for the manga to end, what is developer CyberConnect2 focusing on? According to CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama, the focus is on attracting core fighters. "Of course we have refined the battle system over the years. But for Revolution, we have totally changed the battle system," Matsuyama said. "In order to create such a new battle system, we asked for support from other development company staff who are fighting game experts, like Street Fighter or King of Fighters." Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:30:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Abyss Odyssey trailer discusses community goals http://www.shacknews.com/article/84204/abyss-odyssey-trailer-discusses-community-goals http://www.shacknews.com/article/84204/abyss-odyssey-trailer-discusses-community-goals ACE Team, makers of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/zeno-clash-ii">Zeno Clash</a>, have released the latest trailer for their upcoming action-adventure roguelike, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/abyss-odyssey">Abyss Odyssey</a>. The development team explains some of what to expect in their procedurally-generated adventure, including details on the game's story how the game's collective community of players can unlock more content. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Galactic Stronghold' rollout delayed http://www.shacknews.com/article/84202/star-wars-the-old-republic-galactic-stronghold-rollout-delayed http://www.shacknews.com/article/84202/star-wars-the-old-republic-galactic-stronghold-rollout-delayed BioWare has pushed back the rollout of <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/star-wars-the-old-republic">Star Wars: The Old Republic</a>'s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83614/star-wars-the-old-republic-galactic-stronghold-expansion-announced">Galactic Stronghold</a> expansion. Subscriber early access is moving from June 24 to August 19, and the deadline for getting those rewards has been moved from May 11 to July 15. The official launch will be coming in October instead of August. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Higher Metacritic scores impact game sales positively http://www.shacknews.com/article/84203/higher-metacritic-scores-impact-game-sales-positively http://www.shacknews.com/article/84203/higher-metacritic-scores-impact-game-sales-positively This is how things <i>should</i> work: higher-rated games will get better sales than lower-rated ones. And while there are plenty of outliers, Ars Technica's Kyle Orland discovered that yes, for the most part, higher-rated games tend to get better sales. By compiling data released on Steam, Orland discovered that getting a 90+ Metacritic score almost guarantees some success, with games selling at least 50,000 copies when reaching that score. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:15:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Project CARS gameplay trailer shows vehicular beauty http://www.shacknews.com/article/84201/project-cars-gameplay-trailer-shows-vehicular-beauty http://www.shacknews.com/article/84201/project-cars-gameplay-trailer-shows-vehicular-beauty Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming crowdfunded racing game, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/project-cars">Project CARS</a>. The trailer is about what you'd expect, showing off some gorgeous-looking vehicles across beautifully-crafted environments. But the developer then pulls the curtain back on the trailer's big twist: all of the footage is taken directly in-game. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia PSA: Download Red Orchestra 2 from Steam for free today only http://www.shacknews.com/article/84200/psa-download-red-orchestra-2-from-steam-for-free-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/84200/psa-download-red-orchestra-2-from-steam-for-free-today Tripwire Interactive is feeling generous today, in the wake of this week's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84162/rising-storm-game-of-the-year-edition-adds-new-mode">Game of the Year</a> update for multiplayer standalone expansion <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/rising-storm">Rising Storm</a>. To celebrate this release, the publisher is offering the full <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/red-orchestra-2-heroes-of-stalingrad">Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad</a> game on Steam for free for today only. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Prince of Persia announcement teased by Ubisoft engineer http://www.shacknews.com/article/84199/prince-of-persia-announcement-teased-by-ubisoft-engineer http://www.shacknews.com/article/84199/prince-of-persia-announcement-teased-by-ubisoft-engineer Another Prince of Persia game may be on the way. A Ubisoft engineer teased an image pointing to an impending announcement for the next iteration of the long-dormant franchise. But given the speed with which the image (and his entire account) disappeared, it seems likely he jumped the gun. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Call of Duty: Ghosts adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction http://www.shacknews.com/article/84197/call-of-duty-ghosts-adds-chaos-mode-for-extinction http://www.shacknews.com/article/84197/call-of-duty-ghosts-adds-chaos-mode-for-extinction An update to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/call-of-duty-ghosts">Call of Duty: Ghosts</a> adds a free variation on Extinction mode. "Chaos Mode" has been absent from the series since <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/call-of-duty-2011-title-tba">Modern Warfare 3</a>'s Spec Ops, but Ghosts has now brought it back. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Watch Dogs multiplayer preview: shooting up Chicago http://www.shacknews.com/article/84198/watch-dogs-multiplayer-preview-shooting-up-chicago http://www.shacknews.com/article/84198/watch-dogs-multiplayer-preview-shooting-up-chicago In spite of its heavy emphasis on hacking, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/watch-dogs">Watch Dogs</a> can sometimes feel a bit too much like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/grand-theft-auto-v">Grand Theft Auto</a>. "Just like a Rockstar thug, Aiden can just as easily hop into any car on the street, race around, buy weapons at a dealer, run over pedestrians, and call attention to the police," I wrote in my <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79135/watch-dogs-preview-grand-theft-os">last preview</a>. At a recent preview event in San Francisco, I got to try out nearly four hours of the game, including a good deal of multiplayer. Like the campaign, Ubisoft's game shines when it's doing its own thing, rather than trying to go toe-to-toe against Rockstar's heavy-hitting franchise. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:00 PDT Andrew Yoon League of Legends introduces Braum, the first tank support http://www.shacknews.com/article/84196/league-of-legends-introduces-braum-the-first-tank-support http://www.shacknews.com/article/84196/league-of-legends-introduces-braum-the-first-tank-support <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/league-of-legends-clash-of-fates">League of Legends</a> has just unveiled a new champion: Braum, Heart of the Freljord. He's currently available to test out in the public beta environment, pending a full release sometime soon. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:30:00 PDT Steve Watts LEGO The Hobbit review: one brick to rule them all http://www.shacknews.com/article/84145/lego-the-hobbit-review-one-brick-to-rule-them-all http://www.shacknews.com/article/84145/lego-the-hobbit-review-one-brick-to-rule-them-all As they've done with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/lego-the-lord-of-the-rings/">Lord of the Rings</a> franchise, developer Travellers Tales has adapted the new <i>Hobbit</i> films into a LEGO game. Based on the first two films, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/lego-the-hobbit/">LEGO: The Hobbit</a> is a return to the tired-and-true LEGO formula. Once again, you'll find yourself bashing enemy forces to pieces (literally) while also building new objects to help you solve puzzles. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:00:00 PDT Robert Workman How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior http://www.shacknews.com/article/84195/how-dota-2-manipulates-your-behavior http://www.shacknews.com/article/84195/how-dota-2-manipulates-your-behavior Valve has found some creative ways to impact player behavior in <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/dota-2">Dota 2</a>. Having hired psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder, the studio has been changing seemingly minor aspects that have ended up having a big impact on players. Ambinder gave one particularly sneaky example recently, shedding some light on how these player experiments work. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Xbox One's Japanese developers revealed http://www.shacknews.com/article/84194/xbox-ones-japanese-developers-revealed http://www.shacknews.com/article/84194/xbox-ones-japanese-developers-revealed Over two generations, Microsoft has yet to find success in the Japanese market. Perhaps that's why Xbox One is releasing so late in the territory. Designated a "<a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/03/xbox-one-new-markets" target="blank">tier 3</a>" country, the console will be shipping nearly a year late, on September 4th. To coincide with the announcement, Xbox has revealed which Japanese companies have signed on to be developers for the console. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:00:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools http://www.shacknews.com/article/84193/minecraft-18-expands-custom-world-tools http://www.shacknews.com/article/84193/minecraft-18-expands-custom-world-tools Customization is central to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/minecraft">Minecraft</a>, and an upcoming update will make that aspect even more robust. With the 1.8 update, you'll be able to directly impact aspects of the terrain generator, from aspects like "Biome Depth Offset" to "Depth Noise Component." Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Shack Snack: April 23, 2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84192/shack-snack-april-23-2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84192/shack-snack-april-23-2014 Welcome to the Shack Snack--a revival of our MIA <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/tag/shacknews-daily">Shacknews Daily</a>. Every morning, we'll be giving you a one-minute recap of three big news stories. Let us know what you think and don't forget to subscribe to us on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/shacknewsgames" target="blank">YouTube</a>! <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Zhzeti3dwuA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:00:00 PDT Andrew Yoon How Minecraft helped revive Age of Wonders 3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84176/how-minecraft-helped-revive-age-of-wonders-3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84176/how-minecraft-helped-revive-age-of-wonders-3 <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/age-of-wonders-iii">Age of Wonders 3</a> came back to life after a long absence, and we might just have <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/minecraft">Minecraft</a> to thank for it. Lead designer Lennert Sas says that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson not only helped finance the game, but provided valuable feedback as well. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Star Wars: Masters of the Force trailer highlights Jedi and Sith http://www.shacknews.com/article/84191/star-wars-masters-of-the-force-trailer-highlights-jedi-and http://www.shacknews.com/article/84191/star-wars-masters-of-the-force-trailer-highlights-jedi-and <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/star-wars-pinball">Star Wars Pinball</a> is ready to unleash more of the Force on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84006/star-wars-pinball-heroes-within-tables-coming-april-29">April 29</a> with its 'Heroes Within' tables. Zen Studios has already shown off three of the four tables and has arguably saved the best for last, revealing a showcase of the film's greatest Jedi and Sith with a trailer for the 'Masters of the Force' table. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia WildStar adds bonus beta weekend and ups level cap http://www.shacknews.com/article/84181/wildstar-adds-bonus-beta-weekend-and-ups-level-cap http://www.shacknews.com/article/84181/wildstar-adds-bonus-beta-weekend-and-ups-level-cap Carbine is sensing the excitement for their upcoming MMORPG <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/wildstar">WildStar</a> and would like to get more players into the game's beta. That's why the studio is opening up a special bonus beta weekend, starting on April 25. On top of that, Carbine is upping the game's level cap from 20 to 25. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Borderlands, Civilization 3 & 4 will survive GameSpy shutdown http://www.shacknews.com/article/84184/borderlands-civ-3-and-4-will-survive-gamespy-shutdown http://www.shacknews.com/article/84184/borderlands-civ-3-and-4-will-survive-gamespy-shutdown With GameSpy's online services set to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83880/gamespy-online-services-shutting-down-may-31">shut down</a> on May 31, 2K Games has stepped forward and announced which of its online-enabled multiplayer games will survive the closure. <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/borderlands">Borderlands</a>, <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/civilization-iii">Civilization III</a>, and <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/civilization-iv">Civilization IV</a>, and their respective expansions will all begin making the transition from GameSpy servers to Steamworks in the coming days, while several other games will see their multiplayer servers go down with the GameSpy ship. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure gets whacked to May 7 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84189/tesla-effect-a-tex-murphy-adventure-gets-whacked-to-may http://www.shacknews.com/article/84189/tesla-effect-a-tex-murphy-adventure-gets-whacked-to-may Those that backed the crowdfunded <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/tesla-effect-a-tex-murphy-adventure">Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure</a> may be wondering where the game is, since it was originally scheduled to arrive <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83861/tesla-effect-a-tex-murphy-adventure-arrives-april-22-on">today</a> on PC and Mac. Unfortunately, Tex's triumphant return has hit a last-second snag and the FMV adventure has been delayed until May 7. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Plague Inc 'Mega Mutation' update adds Mega-Brutal difficulty http://www.shacknews.com/article/84187/plague-inc-mega-mutation-update-adds-mega-brutal-difficulty http://www.shacknews.com/article/84187/plague-inc-mega-mutation-update-adds-mega-brutal-difficulty Ndemic Creations recently brought a PC version of their epidemic fest <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/plague-inc">Plague Inc</a> to Steam Early Access back in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83206/plague-inc-evolved-now-available-via-steam-early-access">February</a>. But the plague is still spreading across the original iOS version and has gotten more severe, thanks to a free 'Mega Mutation' update that deployed today. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Next Ace Attorney game set in turn-of-the-century Japan http://www.shacknews.com/article/84182/next-ace-attorney-game-set-in-turn-of-the-century http://www.shacknews.com/article/84182/next-ace-attorney-game-set-in-turn-of-the-century The next Ace Attorney game looks to be an even more radical departure than <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/apollo-justice-ace-attorney">Apollo Justice</a>. According to new details from a Japanese publication, not only will the sixth Ace Attorney star a whole new protagonist, it will also take place in an entirely different century. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:30:00 PDT Steve Watts
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