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Successful Kickstarter Clang gets cancelled

Successful Kickstarter Clang gets cancelled

Clang, a motion-controlled medieval sword fighting simulator that was successfully crowd-funded through Kickstarter, has been cancelled.

Clang finished its 30 day Kickstarter campaign with US$526,125 (NZ$660,150) from 9,023 backers. Its developer, Subutai Corporation, then sought additional revenue from a publisher, but was unable to find one willing to support the game.

In a final update on Clang's Kickstarter page, project leader, sci-fi author, and would-be game developer Neal Stephenson announced the game's cancellation.

"Members of the team made large personal contributions of time and money to the project before, during, and after the Kickstarter phase," Stephenson said. "Some members, when all is said and done, absorbed significant financial losses. I am one of them; that has been my way of taking responsibility for this."

"The team had considerable incentives - emotional and financial - to see Clang move on to the next round of funding. They showed intense dedication and dogged focus that I think most of our backers would find moving if the whole story were told. I will forever be grateful to them. In the end, however, additional fundraising efforts failed and forced the team to cut their losses and disband in search of steady work."

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Californian county offers to trade ice cream for violent games, toy guns

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Californian county offers to trade ice cream for violent games, toy guns

The people of Marin county, California, have been invited to trade in their toy guns and violent games for ice cream.

The move is a new initiative by Marin county district attorney Ed Berberian, in partnership with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, and the Center For Domestic Peace.

"As we know domestic violence incidents almost always have children present and these children develop over time imprinted images of the family violence," Berberian said. "These children then carry those experiences into their adult lives and often repeat the pattern of violence in their own family units."

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Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month

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Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month

Final Fantasy XIII will be released on Steam for PC next month on October 8, Square Enix has announced.

The game will cost US$15.99, and those who pre-order now will receive a 10 percent discount.

Final Fantasy XIII for PC will be followed by all others in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, which includes Final Fantasy 13-2, and Final Fantasy XIII - Lightning Returns.

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Destiny sells US$325 million in five days

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Destiny sells US$325 million in five days

Destiny achieved sales of more than US$325 million to consumers in the five days following its release, says publisher Activision.

Activision reportedly spent US$500m getting Destiny on to shelves. The day after release, the publisher announced that more than US$500m worth of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter had been sold-in to retailers and first-parties (Microsoft and Sony).

On the strength of these sell-through figures, Activision has now declared that Destiny is the best selling new game franchise of all time. The publisher had previously announced that Destiny was the most preordered new franchise of all time.

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NBA 2K15 allows users to scan their own face on to a player

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NBA 2K15 allows users to scan their own face on to a player

2K today revealed new in-game technology that will enable NBA 2K15 players to scan their own faces into the game.

The new tech only works with new-gen consoles, and requires a PlayStation Camera or Kinect for face capture.

The user scans his or her face in – a process that takes fewer than 30 seconds according to 2K – and can then customise it to their satisfaction before it appears in-game.

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FBI investigating bomb scare, threats against Sarkeesian

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The FBI is investigating awards show bomb threat, those threatening Anita Sarkeesian

This year’s Game Developers Choice Awards went ahead despite a bomb threat related to Anita Sarkeesian’s appearance there, say the show’s organisers.

Speaking with Kotaku, GDCA organisers said that an anonymous person contacting them via email threatened to detonate a bomb at the show’s venue unless an award for feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian was pulled.

"We can confirm that approximately 25 of GDC's organizers received an anonymous email early in the morning of Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 during GDC 2014," the organisers said.

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Microsoft unveils wired controller for Xbox One and PC

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Microsoft unveils wired controller for Xbox One and PC

Microsoft has unveiled a wired controller that works on both Xbox One and Windows PC.

According to Microsoft, the aptly-named Xbox One Controller + Cable “is the culmination of over 200 prototypes; featuring over 40 awesome innovations, it’s the best PC controller Microsoft has ever produced”.

It functions both as a wired and a wireless controller, and after being plugged in to any USB slot updates automatically.

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Ubisoft might bring Assassin's Creed Rogue to PC

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Ubisoft might bring Assassin's Creed Rogue to PC

Assassin's Creed Rogue might make it on to PC, Ubisoft says.

The game is currently only slated for an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release, unlike bigger brother Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is coming to new-gen consoles and PC.

However, speaking in a Uplay Q&A video, Rogue associate producer Karl Von Der Luhe said community feedback has made a PC version a real possibility.

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Phantasmal is a Kiwi survival horror roguelike that needs your money

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Phantasmal is a Kiwi survival horror roguelike that needs your money

A local developer who left steady employment to make games full-time at age 39 is looking to crowdfund a procedurally-generated survival horror title for PC.

EyeMobi founder Joe Chang put in 14 years of corporate IT work and a stint at his wife’s immigration business before he decided it was finally time to take the plunge and pursue his real passion: video games. “Secretly, it’s all I wanted to do,” he says. By 2012, the now or never moment arrived: “Bugger it, I’m actually going to try and make something from something I like doing.”

That time in IT wasn’t wasted of course: Chang was a software tester and test manager, so his transition from HTML5 games to mobile to PC was smoother than you might expect.

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Trade Offers removed from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode

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Trade Offers removed from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode

Trade Offers will not be an option in FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team mode, as EA continues to wage war on cheaters in the best-selling football franchise.

In prior versions of the game, Trade Offers allowed users to exchange items directly rather than rely on the game's auction mechanism.

Trade Offers were in the game so players could barter or share items with friends, but the system quickly became the domain of coin sellers.

Friday 19 September


Win a World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta invite
Competition
Win a World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta invite
250 invitations to be won!
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Successful Kickstarter Clang gets cancelled
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Successful Kickstarter Clang gets cancelled
No publishers forthcoming.
The Crew - Truly Driving Social part 2 trailer
Trailer
The Crew - Truly Driving Social part 2 trailer
A slice of gameplay life.
F1 2014 - Singapore Hot Lap trailer
Trailer
F1 2014 - Singapore Hot Lap trailer
On the circuit.
Styx: Master of Shadows - Die Harder trailer
Trailer
Styx: Master of Shadows - Die Harder trailer
On failure.
Deep Down - TGS 2014 trailer
Trailer
Deep Down - TGS 2014 trailer
More from Capcom's dungeon crawler.
Final Fantasy XV - TGS 2014 trailer
Trailer
Final Fantasy XV - TGS 2014 trailer
A peaceful kingdom invaded.
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Bloodborne - The Hunt Begins trailer
Trailer
Bloodborne - The Hunt Begins trailer
From TGS 2014.
Pro Rugby Manager 2015 launch trailer
Trailer
Pro Rugby Manager 2015 launch trailer
Kicking off.
Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month
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Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month
Lightning strikes late.
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Destiny sells US$325 million in five days
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Destiny sells US$325 million in five days
Sales achievement unlocked.
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Thursday 18 September


NBA 2K15 allows users to scan their own face on to a player
News
NBA 2K15 allows users to scan their own face on to a player
White guys are back in the NBA!
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NBA 2K15 – The Beard Guru trailer
Trailer
NBA 2K15 – The Beard Guru trailer
Hope this isn't gameplay footage.
NBA 2K15 – Your Time Has Come To Facescan trailer
Trailer
NBA 2K15 – Your Time Has Come To Facescan trailer
Put yourself in the game.
The Evil Within – TGS 2014 trailer
Trailer
The Evil Within – TGS 2014 trailer
Tokyo special.
Alien: Isolation – Survivor Mode trailer
Trailer
Alien: Isolation – Survivor Mode trailer
Dodge the alien, race the clock.
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The FBI is investigating awards show bomb threat, those threatening Anita Sarkeesian
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FBI investigating bomb scare, threats against Sarkeesian
"The bomb will kill at least a dozen."
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Ubisoft might bring Assassin's Creed Rogue to PC
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Ubisoft might bring Assassin's Creed Rogue to PC
"We'll be looking into that very soon."
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Wednesday 17 September


Watch Dogs: Bad Blood DLC hands-on
Preview
Watch Dogs: Bad Blood DLC hands-on
T-Bone takes the lead.
Magicka 2 – Karaoke Singalong trailer
Trailer
Magicka 2 – Karaoke Singalong trailer
Archmage Idol.
Shadow Warrior new-gen trailer
Trailer
Shadow Warrior new-gen trailer
You can't keep Wang down.
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