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TwitchCon announced

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Twitch have announced they’ll be joining the convention crowd with their first annual TwitchCon due to be held this year in San Francisco.

Created as a celebration of all things Twitch, the convention will attract members of the Twitch community from all over the globe. Attendees will have the chance to mingle with each other and their favorite broadcasters, experience live content from the convention center, and learn from the community’s thought-leaders.

Twitch broadcasters have the most passionate fans, so we want to create an amazing experience where they can come together in person. TwitchCon will be an opportunity for the entire community – broadcasters, game developers, viewers, and us – to play and learn together.

said Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch.

The event is being co-produced by Twitch and ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world.

More details about TwitchCon will be revealed over the coming months including an initial schedule and a call for content. We’ll keep you updated here on TiX but but check out the TwitchCon homepage and subscribe to the official Twitch Twitter feed.

Hi. Are you excited? Then save the date! When: Sept 25-26 Where: San Francisco Site: http://t.co/h9kTzwqQg8 Blog: http://t.co/KUBy761jWq

— Official Twitch Con (@twitchconsf) February 20, 2015

Focus Home Interactive at GDC15

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This years Game Developer Conference is from March 4th to 6th in San Francisco and with less than a month before it all kicks off, Focus Home Interactive; an independent French publisher, have today revealed a line-up of titles and new announcements which will be showcased (behind closed doors!) during the show.

Blood Bowl 2 developed by Cyanide Studio, combines Warhammer and American football together, in an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humour and brutality. Blood Bowl 2 is set for a Spring release this year.

From developer Spiders comes The Technomancer. Set on Mars and in the same universe as Mars: War Logs, this dark sci-fi RPG is currently in development for Xbox One and other platforms. You can read our review of Mars: War Logs the surprise Xbox Live Arcade RPG hit title of 2013 here.

Farming Simulator 15 is coming to Xbox One. Developer Giants Software will be meeting press to discuss this surprise hit series and reveal its plans for console release later this year. Read our review of Farming Simulator when it was released for Xbox 360 back in 2013 here.

Maybe not everything in the above list is your cup of tea, but is there something you are keen to see more off? After the success of Mars: War Logs I am really excited to see The Technomancer released.

Project Cars and Namco Bandi team up for 24-hour GamerBlast stream

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This weekend sees a lot of gaming streams go live for a very good cause, no doubt some of your favourite twitchers will be getting involved in aid of Special Effect. Well, Namco Bandi are teaming up with the good folks with Project Cars in their 24-hour Gamerblast stream.

The stream will feature never before seen in game footage of the upcoming racer. from 10:30 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 14:00 on Saturday, February 21 tune into http://www.twitch.tv/gameblastlive to see Andy Tudor, creative director on Project Cars, and Namco’s very own Lee Kirton showing off the latest footage of Project Cars.

There will be a second session with Andy and Lee shown on GinxTV’s Twitch account – http://www.twitch.tv/ginxtv/ – between 15:00 and 16:00

For more information on GameBlast LIVE visit Special Effect’s website and we urge you to donate via the GameBlast JustGiving page.

Xbox comes to EGX Rezzed

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For the first time in EGX Rezzed history, Xbox will have a presence on the show floor.

The ID@Xbox program enables all developers to self-publish digital games on Xbox One.

The title you’ll be able to get your hands on haven’t been announced yet but as soon as we get the announcements we’ll be sure to post them, in the meantime, tickets for this year’s event are available on the EGX Rezzed tickets page.

Bethesda announces first ever E3 conference

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Bethesda have announced that they will be hosting their very first E3 conference on the 14th June 2015.

Fans will be able to purchase a limited amount of tickets, otherwise you’ll have to watch via Twitch. We’re all hoping for a Fallout 4 announcement right?

Dying Light tie-in novel announced

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Dying Light is only a couple of weeks away now and it’s just been announced that the final touches are being put into a tie-in novel based on the game.

Dying Light: Nightmare Row, will be a prequel to the events depicted in the game, taking the you to the days prior to the outbreak that decimated the city of Harran. Dying Light: Nightmare Row is written by Raymond Benson, the author of over thirty published titles, including the official follow-up James Bond novels commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate.

Writing the origin story for Dying Light was an exciting adventure for me. I’d always wanted to try my hand at a zombie-genre tale and this gave me the perfect opportunity. The folks at Techland created a rich and intriguingly bleak setting for the game, so that gave me a wonderful and creepy world in which to play around. All fans of zombie fiction, gamers and readers alike, are in for a real treat.

Dying Light: Nightmare Row tells the terrifying story of Mel Wyatt, an 18-year-old American athlete who participated in the Harran 2015 Global Athletic Games two weeks earlier. As one of many Americans stranded in Harran as a result of the outbreak, Mel has been surviving with her little brother, Paul, in an isolated hotel – their parents were killed on the first day of the Infected attacks on the stadium. Thus begins a tense and ticking time bomb thriller of survival.

This is certainly something I’ll be looking to read in the future, Dying Light: Nightmare Row, including price and release date, will be announced soon.

GDC Awards nominations announced

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2015 marks the 15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 4 during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with thirteen awards that include an ‘Audience Award’ that is conducted by an online poll – the winners of the Lifetime Achievement, Pioneer and Ambassador awards will be announced prior to the event.

The nominees for the other nine categories have been announced, with Monolith Production’s Shadow of Mordor receiving five nominations. Alien has had a rocky history with gamers so it’s great to see Alien Isolation pick up three nominations although I’m a bit gutted to see my GOTY contender (Titanfall) slip into ‘Honorable Mentions’ especially as I found Destiny to be a lukewarm experience in regards to story and PvP. Far Cry 4 manages to sneak in a nomination to technology, which given Ubisoft’s difficult 2014 with game launches, it’s great to see the visually spectacular open-world shooter getting a nomination.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

GAME OF THE YEAR

    Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo) Destiny (Bungie/Activision) Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Honorable Mentions: Titanfall (Respawn/Electronic Arts), Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft), Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft), Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare/Electronic Arts), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Sora Ltd. and BANDAI NAMCO/Nintendo)

INNOVATION AWARD

    Bounden (Game Oven) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) This War of Mine (11 bit studios) Monument Valley (Ustwo) The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Honorable Mentions: Crypt of the Necrodancer (Brace Yourself Games), Extrasolar (Lazy 8 Studios), Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments), Elegy For A Dead World (Dejobaan Games), 80 Days (Inkle Studios)

BEST DEBUT

    Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight) Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall) The Astronauts (The Vanishing of » Continue Reading.

Which Kinect Games Will Stand The Test Of Time?

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When the motion controlled Kinect technology first came to fruition in 2010 there were high hopes from gamers. Of course the Wii had really made strides in popularity, but with plenty of Microsoft clout behind this one people were expecting a revolution. Originally compatible with Xbox 360, Kinect is now available on Windows and Xbox One. They’ve constantly updated with a string of new versions, leading us to Kinect 2.0 – the second generation which came with the launch of the Xbox One.

Four years on, has it made the dent on the market it wanted and will the output stand the test of time as video game greats? Of course this is mostly a matter of opinion, but some critics praised it and the units flew off the shelves. So there is some justification to say it will have its spot in the Hall of Fame. With that said, it looks like it may have had its time in the sun and is on its way out. We must have had some good times, though, right?

As with the launch of the Wii, motion-sensored consoles and add-ons were routinely seen as entertaining folly for gatherings and social time, hence the popularity of broad-based sports games. Because of this, if you were planning a bet with one of the US’ best online casinos it would be easier to wager the single most played game on the platform would be Kinect Sports. Not flashy, easy to use, and easy to get everyone involved; definitely one of the staples that the Kinect user can’t go without.

The Just Dance series is another hit and again that’s because of the ability to have fun, share and get involved. Kinect deals particularly well with this due to its advanced full-body motion tracking, but it’s not too complex and strikes a » Continue Reading.

Thoughts on Halo 5 Guardians beta Early Access

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We all have that one special game that got us hooked. Halo 2 hooked me into multiplayer gaming – and as much as I enjoyed Halo 3 and 4, nothing compared to the fun I had back on my original Xbox. 343 Industries have been at the helm of the franchise for some time now but Halo 5: Guardians is their first step into new-gen. OK, so there is Halo: The Master Chief Collection… but Halo 5: Guardians is truly our first real glimpse at 343i’s vision for the series on Xbox One.

From December 19th to the 21st, Xbox One Preview Program members, select gamers, and members of the press have been given a special treat – early access to the beta’s first week content, which goes live for everyone else on December 29th. This includes two maps: Truth (a remake of Halo 2’s Midship) and Empire; both playable in 4v4 Slayer.

The first thing I was happy to see was the removal of Spartan abilities. For me, these took away the essence of Halo and frustrated me more than empowering my gameplay. You can still sprint (which may still bother some purists) but it certainly helps to speed up the pace of the game. Spartans also have jet packs that can be used to boost in any direction (think Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). The only real ‘ability’ is the ground punch but I found this rather tricky to pull off – and even when I did, I found it nigh impossible to take someone out.

It can be said that Call of Duty took a lot of inspiration from Halo. Titanfall took inspiration from Call of Duty, and Destiny tried to make a niche for itself and establish a foothold Bungie once commanded in the competitive » Continue Reading.

Chatty Man – The Party Invite

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Ah, the chat feature. It’s something that can become the bane of any gamer’s existence while also serving as a crucial tool for conquering your next mission (depending on the game, of course). While the concept of chat in its most basic form is an admittedly wonderful thing and can even lead to friendships with like-minded people, it’s a feature that can be quickly bastardised by teenagers looking to hurl insults at everyone they can.

Enter the party invite. For those unfamiliar with the party system, you can head to the Xbox LIVE site for more information, though it works a little something like this: You can setup a group of up to eight people with whom you can communicate directly instead of throwing yourself into the world of open chat. In other words, it restricts your brain from dealing with the potential nonsense of someone talking smack about you (or in most cases, your mum). Again, this is especially helpful when playing a game such as Destiny, the Halo-RPG hybrid that pretty much isn’t the least bit entertaining when playing solo. That storyline? Awful.

In our review of Destiny, we mentioned that the game comes alive when playing with friends on your Xbox LIVE list “due to knowing it will be a co-operative effort.” But then we asked, “But how many times before it becomes stale?” The answer could potentially be that, in this case, party chat isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or, rather, it’s the idea of only playing with your party that can make a game like this stale. Sure, playing with people you don’t know can be intimidating, awkward, whatever, but it can also open a game up to new experiences. A random person may know something you don’t or be » Continue Reading.