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Virtual reality "kind of a step back, it's a fad" – Doom dev

Virtual reality "kind of a step back, it's a fad" – Doom dev

Id co-founder and Doom developer John Romero says virtual reality won’t find mainstream acceptance because it’s too antisocial.

Speaking at the Strong Museum of Play (as reported by GamesIndustry), Romero said that he was blown away by the quality of the virtual reality (VR) headsets like the Oculus Rift, but that he didn’t see them catching on.

"VR is going away from the way games are being developed and pushed as they go back into multiplayer and social stuff,” he said.

“VR is kind of a step back, it's a fad. Maybe in the future there will be a better VR that gets you out of isolation mode."

Romero also argued that virtual reality peripherals require too much physical effort for many users.

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Dishonored, Crimson Dragon headline August Games with Gold

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Dishonored, Crimson Dragon headline August Games with Gold

Microsoft has announced the Games with Gold line-up for August.

Topping the bill on Xbox One is Crimson Dragon.

Gameplanet scored Crimson Dragon 5/10, writing, "Rail shooters are often derided for their simplistic gameplay, but a good rail shooter can still be satisfying. All it takes is clear, punchy gameplay and good controls - but Crimson Dragon has neither. More than anything, the game feels unfinished, features and much-needed polish left by the wayside in favour of meeting the Xbox One’s launch date."

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Bungie addresses concerns over the size of Destiny

Bungie addresses concerns over the size of Destiny

Bungie has sought to reassure fans that Destiny will have plenty of content to play through when it releases on September 9.

Leaked data files indicate that Destiny will contain four areas: Earth, the Moon, Mars, and Venus. Each location will contain a single destination, meaning the Cosmodrome and the Tower are the only Earth locations so far.

In light of that, some players have expressed concern over the total size of Bungie's upcoming shooter. The beta, which appeared to include all the Cosmodrome content, could be completed in a few ponderous hours.

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Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times as large as Black Flag

Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times as large as Black Flag

Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times larger than than last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Unity is set during the French Revolution and features a single city, Paris. Even so, it will be at least three times larger than the entire combined land mass of Black Flag.

The information comes via a developer interview at San Diego Comic-Con. In the same interview, the developer, introduced only as Nick, and who identifies himself as a level design director, added that the core campaign will take 15-20 hours to complete. Together with side missions, there will be more than 100 hours of content, claimed the developer.

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Crytek addresses reports of financial difficulty

Crytek addresses reports of financial difficulty

Crytek says a strategic shift was responsible for reports of its financial difficulties, and that extra funding has been secured that will see the studio prosper in the long term.

Over the past month there have been several rumours that the Ryse developer was in financial trouble, including a rumour that Ryse 2 had been scrapped, and another that Homefront: The Revolution game director Hasit Zala was one of 100 people that had left the project since March.

“Internally, we have acknowledged that the flow of information to employees has not been as good as it should have, however we hope you understand that communicating details of our plans publicly has not always been possible,” Crytek said in a statement to Games Industry.

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BioWare announces new horror game with short teaser

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BioWare announces new horror game with short teaser

A new trailer from BioWare suggests that the Dragon Age and Mass Effect developer is working on a horror game.

The teaser is called “You’ve Been Chosen”, but according to IGN the actual file name of the video on YouTube is “Shadow Realms”.

It features the following description text: “The time is near / They are watching / Your power is rising / Cologne, Germany / You’ve Been Chosen”, which suggests more will be revealed at Gamescom next month.

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Rust creator defends new game: "Should HBO make one TV show at a time?"

Rust creator defends new game: "Should HBO make one TV show at a time?"

Garry’s Mod creator Garry Newman is attempting to calm fans angry that he is prototyping a new game while Rust remains unfinished.

Last week Newman’s studio Facepunch announced a twin-stick shooter called Riftlight – an announcement that was met with vitriol from some Rust players who believe Rust should be finished first.

“Are we crazy? Are we doing it wrong? Should every person in the company be working on the same thing? Should HBO make one TV show at a time? Should Warner Brothers make one movie at a time?” Newman asked rhetorically on the Facepunch blog.

“Our strategy at the moment is to hire talented people to make the games they want to play. We're not asking you to fund this.

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Journey and The Unfinished Swan are coming to PS4

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Journey and The Unfinished Swan are coming to PS4

It looks like Journey and The Unfinished Swan are getting a PlayStation 4 release.

That’s according to a list of PlayStation games that will be playable at next month’s Gamescom expo that Sony posted on its official German PlayStation website.

The post has been removed, but not before it was copied by NeoGAF.

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Battlefield Hardline's story involves a framed cop going rogue to clear his name

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Battlefield Hardline's story involves a framed cop going rogue to clear his name

The singleplayer campaign in Battlefield Hardline concerns a cop who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and his journey through the criminal underworld to clear his name.

As reported by Polygon, the story was detailed by narrative consultant Wendy Calhoun (Nashville, Justified) at Comic-Con 2014.

"We start off with the narrative of two cops who are good cops, and one really wants to prove himself," Calhoun explained.

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Wider variety of female bodies coming to LoL, says Riot

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Wider variety of female bodies coming to LoL, says Riot

League of Legends will soon feature a wider selection of female champion body types, claims Riot Games.

Speaking at Comic-Con (as reported by Polygon), League of Legends producer Omar Kendall answered a fan question about female diversity in the game, stating that Riot was investigating "new strategies for what our champions look like".

"It's something that we're paying a lot more attention to now and you'll see that soon," he said.

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Nintendo details Bayonetta 2's co-op mode

Nintendo details Bayonetta 2's co-op mode

Nintendo has given some details on how Bayonetta 2's multiplayer mode will function.

As reported by Siliconera, the game’s co-op mode, called “Tag Climax”, can be played with a friend, a stranger, or an AI partner, and is a wave survival mode that also features boss battles.

At the start of each round, players will be able to bet Halos (the game’s currency) on who will end the round with the most points.

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Gratuitous Space Battles is getting a sequel with some "very sexy" new features

Gratuitous Space Battles is getting a sequel with some "very sexy" new features

Top-down space strategy title Gratuitous Space Battles is getting a sequel, developer Positech Games announced today.

The Democracy studio said that Gratuitous Space Battles 2 features an entirely re-written custom engine, vastly better visual effects, a much-improved GUI, Steam achievements, mod support, and “some very sexy undisclosed new features”.

“The game is especially targeting gamers with multiple monitor setups who enjoy ridiculously over the top space battles, but the engine should comfortable scale down to much older PC’s too,” said Positech.

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Destiny beta now open to almost everyone

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Destiny beta now open to almost everyone

Got FOMO over the Destiny beta? Well prepare to get un-FOMO’d, as it is now open to (almost) everybody.

There is one catch – you’ll need Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. Oh, and a console.

It looks like the beta is being opened up to stress test the servers.

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The Walking Dead will return for a third season

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The Walking Dead will return for a third season

The Walking Dead will be back for a third season, Telltale Games president Kevin Bruner and comic creator Robert Kirkman confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con.

The fourth of the game’s five second season episodes was released last week.

There was no mention of story details or a release date for season three.

Telltale Games is working on a Game of Thrones title, as well as Tales from the Borderlands. It's probably a safe assumption that The Wolf Among Us will get a second season as well.

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Dishonored, Crimson Dragon headline August Games with Gold
Dishonored, Crimson Dragon headline August Games with Gold
NEWS A mixed bag.
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Bungie addresses concerns over the size of Destiny
Bungie addresses concerns over the size of Destiny
NEWS Beta was just "water wings".
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times as large as Black Flag
Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times as large as Black Flag
NEWS With a main campaign of around 20 hours.
Virtual reality "kind of a step back, it's a fad" – Doom dev
Virtual reality "kind of a step back, it's a fad" – Doom dev
NEWS Too antisocial for Romero.
Crytek addresses reports of financial difficulty
Crytek addresses reports of financial difficulty
NEWS Transitional phase to blame.
Rust creator defends new game: "Should HBO make one TV show at a time?"
Rust creator defends new game: "Should HBO make one TV show at a time?"
NEWS Rust team still full strength.
Journey and The Unfinished Swan are coming to PS4
Journey and The Unfinished Swan are coming to PS4
NEWS The migration continues.
2
BioWare announces new horror game with short teaser
BioWare announces new horror game with short teaser
NEWS Something sleep-related.
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Battlefield Hardline's story involves a framed cop going rogue to clear his name
Battlefield Hardline's story involves a framed cop going rogue to clear his name
NEWS Good cop/bad cop.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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The Walking Dead will return for a third season
The Walking Dead will return for a third season
NEWS No surprise there.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, Mac, iOS
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Wider variety of female bodies coming to LoL, says Riot
Wider variety of female bodies coming to LoL, says Riot
NEWS New female champion incoming.
PC
Action
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Gratuitous Space Battles is getting a sequel with some "very sexy" new features
Gratuitous Space Battles is getting a sequel with some "very sexy" new features
NEWS Designed for multiple monitors.
Nintendo details Bayonetta 2's co-op mode
Nintendo details Bayonetta 2's co-op mode
NEWS Wave-based survival with betting.
WiiU
Destiny beta now open to almost everyone
Destiny beta now open to almost everyone
NEWS All with PS+ or XBLG, that is.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Sony settles PSN outage class-action, but denies wrongdoing
Sony settles PSN outage class-action, but denies wrongdoing
NEWS Free themes!
PS3, PSP
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Far Cry 4's hero "not the white saviour, not the dudebro"
Far Cry 4's hero "not the white saviour, not the dudebro"
NEWS Aw, bro.
PC, XO, PS4
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An analogue stick has been added to the Steam Controller
An analogue stick has been added to the Steam Controller
NEWS Dual trackpads remain.
The Uncharted movie has a release date but no Drake
The Uncharted movie has a release date but no Drake
NEWS From the writer of Safe House.
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to arrive late this year
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to arrive late this year
NEWS Gather three friends.
Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter after clearing funding goal
Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter after clearing funding goal
NEWS Dev blames Russia, other studios.
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The new Nvidia Shield is an 8-inch gaming tablet with an optional controller
The new Nvidia Shield is an 8-inch gaming tablet with an optional controller
NEWS Kepler within.
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Destiny beta is back online a day early
Destiny beta is back online a day early
NEWS Xbox gamers are now in.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed
Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed
NEWS More than 100 still to come.
360, XO
1
Dragon Age: Inquisition release delayed six weeks
Dragon Age: Inquisition release delayed six weeks
NEWS Needs polish.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015
Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015
NEWS Annual release schedule broken.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak
Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak
NEWS Vertical, systemic, airtight.
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Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year
Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year
NEWS Keeping the nitpickers at bay.
PC, XO, PS4
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Not considering a The Last of Us sequel is "a disservice" to fans – Naughty Dog
Not considering a The Last of Us sequel is "a disservice" to fans – Naughty Dog
NEWS Damn straight.
PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development
Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development
NEWS Its third series in 15 years.
Here's what pop star Lorde thinks of the Oculus Rift
Here's what pop star Lorde thinks of the Oculus Rift
NEWS In case you were wondering.
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