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A cavalcade of nerds discuss fellowship in this War in the North dev diary

October 31st, 2011 No comments

Who do you trust to tell you what you need to know about Lord of the Rings: War in the North? The game's producer? A fan of the franchise, perhaps? How about Samwise-effing-Gamgee himself? All speak their minds in the War in the North dev diary posted above.

JoystiqA cavalcade of nerds discuss fellowship in this War in the North dev diary originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 01:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City beta coming ‘early next year’

October 31st, 2011 No comments

Capcom's admittedly going out on a limb with Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, its re-interpretation/re-telling of the events that transpired in Resident Evil 2 and 3. At just about every trade show this year, Capcom has brought out multiplayer builds of the squad-based shooter to get feedback and, at Capcom's Gamers Day 2011 event last week, producer Mike Jones revealed the public at large will get a stab at the game before its launch.

A public demo is planned for "early next year," Jones said, though he wouldn't offer exact details on the nature of the demo or when we should expect to be able to download it. That should give you plenty of time to come to grips with your new position as "the bad guy."

JoystiqResident Evil: Operation Raccoon City beta coming 'early next year' originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Now Playing: October 31 – November 5, 2011

October 31st, 2011 No comments

Jump into the action this week with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception...

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JoystiqNow Playing: October 31 - November 5, 2011 originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lord Of The Rings: War In The North Is A Journey In The Dark Indeed

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The Lord of the Rings: War In The North promised an expansive experience where players take part in the epic War of the Ring. Unfortunately, what we got was ...

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Why Hulu Plus isn’t available on Apple TV yet

October 31st, 2011 No comments

It’s only fitting that, on Halloween night, we find out the reason streaming video service Hulu Plus has yet to make its way to the Apple TV is that Apple is apparently scared of the competition.

Hulu could take business away from Apple’s TV show and movie purchases via iTunes. Apple’s $99 set-top streaming media box was also recently upgraded to permit  customers to take advantage of past purchases, which can be downloaded through Apple TV’s iTunes store using Apple’s iCloud service.

A native Hulu Plus app for Apple TV has been ready to roll out to users for at least a month, according to a report from 9 to 5 Mac. However, the development is on hold despite the absence of any technical problems.

Although Apple TV allows native apps from both streaming video services Netflix and Amazon, neither service is much of a threat because they don’t offer current programming. Both streaming services have quite a large TV offering but are prevented from streaming the most recent season of all TV shows currently on the air.

Apple also restricts the Hulu Plus iOS applications for the iPhone and iPad. The iPad version is unable to take advantage of high-definition video playback when devices owners use an HDMI iPad adapter cable with their television sets. As for the iPhone version, users are unable to use the new Airplay feature, which lets people mirror their phone’s screen with a television screen that’s connected to an Apple TV.

Another reason Apple might have delayed Hulu Plus on Apple TV could be the streaming service’s efforts to sell itself during the last few months. Hulu’s owners — News Corp., Disney, Comcast and Providence Equity Partners — initially put the service up for sale in June but eventually decided to call off the auction. Some of the potential bidders in that auction included direct Apple competitors like Google. Apple could just as easily have waited to see how the situation played out before agreeing to add the service to Apple TV.


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Ken Levine and Guillermo del Toro talk films, monsters, and narrative on latest Irrational Interviews

October 31st, 2011 No comments
We've got a perfect excuse for you to once again don that Big Daddy costume from Halloween of aught seven: a podcast. Wait, wait, hear us out -- the podcast is Irrational Games' own "Irrational Interviews," and stars none other than BioShock and BioShock Infinite creative lead Ken Levine. Oh, also, it's totally Halloween again, so you probably need a costume anyway.

Furthermore, Mr. Levine's speaking with film director slash game developer Guillermo del Toro -- behind films such as Pan's Labyrinth and Blade 2, and heading up creative duties on THQ's inSane -- and it's just the first half of a two-parter. If it were ever a good day to hear two creative virtuosos wax philosophical about making scary monsters, today is that day.

JoystiqKen Levine and Guillermo del Toro talk films, monsters, and narrative on latest Irrational Interviews originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Smule to make beautiful music with $12M in funding

October 31st, 2011 No comments

Music app maker Smule today announced a new funding round of $12 million to support future expansion plans, and to hire more employees.

Smule is the company behind the I am T-Pain autotune app, Ocarina, a very early hit on the iPhone, Glee Karaoke, and many more.

“This gives us some confidence we should put our foot on the gas,” Smule co-founder and chief executive officer Jeff Smith told VentureBeat. Smith said the money will go towards a rapid push to expand its team with more engineers, more product and creative teams, more marketing managers and more business analysts.

In a release issued along with today’s announcement, Smith said that Smule’s board and executive team will be taking more “aggressive steps to dominate the burgeoning market for mobile social music.”

Smule’s free-to-play Magic Piano app has been downloaded to more than 5 million iOS devices, and more than 200 million songs created on Smule products have been shared on the Smule Sonic Network.

“If we saw opportunities to accelerate inorganically, we would pursue that as well,” said Smith,  meaning the company might grow by acquisition, if necessary, though he added that the company did not have any buyout plans in its immediate future.

The music industry is a $65 billion annual pie, and Smith is confident that his young company has what it takes to shift the existing paradigm from the passive consumption of a static product, and one that is controlled by professionals, to one that is interactive, and democratic.

Founded in 2008, the latest round of investment brings Smule’s total funding up to $25.7, according to VentureBeat Profiles. Bessemer Venture Partners, Granite Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Floodgate. The current round of funding was led by Shasta Ventures.


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Battlefield 3 secures top of UK charts

October 31st, 2011 No comments
As expected, Electronic Arts and DICE's Battlefield 3 got the drop on its competitors and came out victorious atop the UK Charts, becoming the tenth biggest (by units) UK All Formats week one seller ever. Chart-Track notes that the game did double the sales of EA's Medal of Honor last year (which DICE also had a hand in), but here's the crazy stat: Battlefield 3's first week sales were greater than those of the last 17 Battlefield (retail) game debuts combined since 2002.

The rest of the top five is a case of making room for Battlefield 3, with Batman: Arkham City justifiably moving down one spot, then FIFA 12 doing the same, and so on. Well, except for Just Dance 3, which maintains its spot in fifth, because it's protected by dark dance magic, provided by the power of the babe.

Premieres this week include Namco Bandai's Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi at 23, also Kinect Sports: Season Two at 18. The original Kinect Sports was "by far the best-selling Kinect game in the UK," according to Chart-Track. Dance Central 2 does a little better in its second week, electric sliding from 40 to 34. Check out the UK top ten after the break.

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Daily Wrap-Up 10.31.11

October 31st, 2011 No comments
Watch Larger Version of this Video Happy Halloween!! Here today's stories covering video games, gadgets, and pop culture. GameStop is now selling ...

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inFamous: Festival of Blood is a Quirky Little Standalone Halloween Special

October 31st, 2011 No comments

A universal problem with canon -- whether for a video game, a television series, a saga in either graphic or prose novel form -- is that it takes commitment and following to fully enjoy. A property with a deep canon rewards those who have followed from the beginning and can pick up on all the jokes, references, "previously ons", and so forth. But if you haven't been actively following said property, then such a thing might appear daunting; which leads to, "nah, I didn't play the others, so I'll skip this one." One solution that other media has provided is the standalone special: a frivolous holiday themed adventure that requires little knowledge and has no bearing on the story. Think Star Wars: Holiday Special or It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. inFamous: Festival of Blood presents itself as a video game equivalent of such.

Festival of Blood has no particular time or place -- it simply chronicles a tall tale told from faithful sidekick Zeke to a prospective woman at a bar. In an attempt to snare her, Zeke goes off about Pyre Night, a local festival in New Marais, and Cole MacGrath's solitary crappy night celebrating it. That is, how Cole gets bitten by Bloody Mary, a local vampire queen, and spends the whole night trying to figure out how to break free from turning into her vampire thrall.

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