Graceful Explosion Machine will be released for the Switch on April 6

Vertex Pop has announced (via Twitter) that they will bring Graceful Explosion Machine, their upcoming side-scrolling shooter, to the Nintendo Switch on April 6.

Graceful Explosion Machine will be priced at $12.99/€12.99, and it’s also expected to be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One later this Spring. And in case you missed it, Vertex Pop also released a very colorful trailer for the game last month.

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Try not to die of dysentery in The Caribbean Sail… now available for PC

For gamers of a certain age, The Oregon Trail isn’t just a game, it’s an experience that has never really been duplicated. But developer Victorian Clambake is going to try with The Caribbean Sail, a game where players try not to die of dysentery as they set sail for Nassau:

Name your crew… Choose your profession… Purchase a ship… Buy supplies… Set sail for Nassau… Spear fish for food… Get dysentery. Survive the voyage and set an online highscore or die horribly. Then do it all again

Featuring retro-styled graphics, and that “edutainment” feel you can only get from The Oregon Trail, The Caribbean Sail is now available to purchase (for $2.99) from the developer’s official website.

Victorian Clambake is also trying to get the game on Steam, and they’re seeking your votes through Steam Greenlight now.

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Enter the Gungeon will be available for the Xbox One on April 5

Dodge Roll has announced (via the Xbox Wire) that Enter the Gungeon will be available for the Xbox One on April 5. Players who purchase the game will also receive access to Enter the Gungeon on Windows 10 (with Cross-Save) as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

Enter the Gungeon is a twin-stick shooter, and players will need to delve deeper and deeper into the procedurally-generated environments of the Gungeon in search of “The Gun That Can Kill the Past.” The developer also mixed in some light dungeon-crawling elements, and found further inspiration from “Ikaruga, the Souls-Borne games, Metal Gear Solid, The Binding of Isaac, and Dungeons & Dragons“:

Enter the Gungeon mixes bullet hell mechanics with the rogue-lite dungeon crawler genre. Every session sees the player fighting through an ever-changing fortress of doom, on a quest to reach the Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: The Gun That Can Kill the Past. Along the way, you’ll wield more than 400 guns and items, dodge bullets, flip tables, meet weird NPCs, and duel massive bosses.

A new gameplay trailer for Enter the Gungeon has been embedded above.

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Daily Scoop: March 28, 2017 – Hyper Light Drifter on sale at Steam!

It’s just one week until Persona 5 hits my PlayStation 4, and I’m not sure what to play in the meantime! I don’t want to start anything that will last more than a week, but I also don’t want to not play anything. But to be honest all I can think about is Persona 5, so what’s the point? Maybe I’ll just watch television for a week.

Anyway, let’s talk about Persona 5 – I mean, today’s deals! First up is the Humble Hooked on Multiplayer Bundle, which just went live! Pay $1 for Tricky Towers, Eon Altar Episode 1, and Primal Carnage: Extinction. Beat the average to unlock Move or Die, Ultimate Chicken Horse, and Rampage Knights. Finally, pay $10 or more to unlock Helldivers and the Ranger Pack DLC.

There are some amazing deals happening at Steam as well! The Midweek Madness is one of my favorites, Hyper Light Drifter. Get the game alone for $9.99, or get the game and the soundtrack for $12.49. The Daily Deal is Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, which is on sale for $11.99. You can also pick up the soundtrack for an additional $5.19.

Hit the jump for today’s t-shirts, two of which made me scream with joy!

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Bungie and Nathan Fillion tease Destiny 2’s “Worldwide Reveal Trailer” with “Last Call” teaser

An official Destiny 2 announcement is coming soon, and to help build the hype, Bungie released a brand new teaser trailer today starring everyone’s favorite Vanguard, Cayde-6 (Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion). The cyborg is seen lamenting the destruction of his favorite bar… which is then interrupted by several huge explosions.

Destiny 2’s “Worldwide Reveal Trailer” will be available on Thursday, March 30, at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time). Earlier this week, Bungie also unveiled the game’s official logo.

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First episode from Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy series will debut on April 18

Telltale Games has announced the first episode from their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy series will be released on April 18. Titled “Tangled Up In Blue,” it’ll be available as part of a Season Pass ($19.99), or as a standalone download ($4.99).

As expected, Guardians of the Galaxy will be available to download for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, as well as mobile devices running iOS or Android. A “Season Pass Disc” that contains the first episode, along with downloadable access to all subsequent episodes, will also be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on May 2.

Telltale will release the first trailer for “Tangled Up In Blue” this Thursday, March 30, at noon (Eastern Time). But for now, we’ve got new artwork from the game featuring Thanos doing battle with Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Drax, Gamora.

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USC takes back its crown as 2017’s best Game Design program for undergraduates

After losing out to the University of Utah in last year’s ranking, the University of Southern California has once again topped the Princeton Review’s list of “Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” for 2017. The Princeton Review also found a lot to recommend about USC’s Game Design program as a Graduate School, which ranked #5 on that list.

“Game design is an exciting field and programs are springing up in colleges all over the world,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s Editor-In-Chief. “We want to help students find the best program for their needs and interests. The top schools on our lists have outstanding faculties and great facilities which will give students the skills and experience they need to pursue a career in this dynamic and burgeoning field.”

While the Utes at the University of Utah aren’t the top choice anymore, their program still ranked #3 in both the Undergraduate and Graduate rankings. Other schools that broke into the top ten on both lists include the Rochester Institute of Technology (#2 in Undergraduate, #4 in Graduate), the DigiPen Institute of Technology (#4 and #7), New York University (#7 and #6), and Rexel University (#9 and #8).

The Princeton Review’s full ranking of Game Design programs is available after the break. And more information about their survey methodology and how to apply to each of these programs can be found at PrincetonReview.com.

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World Video Game Hall of Fame announces 12 finalists for the Class of 2017

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior fought against Mortal Kombat for the hearts (and quarters) of arcade players in the early 90s. Next month, they’ll square off again as two finalists the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.

Announced this morning by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, this year’s finalists also include Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy VII, Halo: Combat Evolved, Myst, Pokemon Red and Blue, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Wii Sports, and Windows Solitaire.

“These 12 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms, and countries of origin… but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” said Jon-Paul C. Dyson, the Director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “Whether it’s a pop culture icon like Donkey Kong, an innovator and true original like Portal, or a game like Wii Sports that transformed millions of living rooms into interactive zones for all ages, they’re among the most influential games of all time.”

An international advisory committee made up of journalists and scholars familiar with the history of video games will advise the Hall of Fame’s selection of this year’s inductees, which will be announced on Thursday, May 4, at 10:30 AM (Eastern Time).

You can learn more about all of this year’s finalists after the break.

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