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Weekly Warp-Up: Hall of Fame Nomination Edition

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Every January, baseball fans slap their foreheads in amazement at the absolutely terrible job that the Baseball Writers Association of America does in selecting the annual crop of Hall of Fame inductees. This June, video game fans will get to experience this same frustration firsthand when the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame are announced.

But June is a long time away, instead we should sit back and read Nicole Kline’s account of her IndieCade East 2015 trip in Nicole’s IndieCade East 2015 Diary. And if you’re a fan of indie games, Andrew Rainnie has published his Kickstart This! column.

You can find more news from this week after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: PAX East 2015 is Three Weeks Away Edition

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PAX East 2015 has begun to take shape as a handful of announcements this week gave us our first glimpse at who’s coming to the largest game convention on the east coast. As of right now, the two biggest PAX East-related news stories have to be Cliff Bleszinski panel’s on his free-to-shooter BlueStreak and Avalanche’s Just Cause 3 presentation. If you like your action games big and bombastic, then both titles should be your upcoming releases radar.

In other expo news, Bethesda will hold an E3 Press Conference for the first time ever. That should be interesting.

Even more interesting news (though very little of it is connected to E3 or PAX East) from the past week can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Liam Neeson Will Have His Revenge Edition

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The National Football League closed out the month of January by hosting Super Bowl XLIX to big ratings and even bigger profits. The game itself ended just as Madden NFL 15 predicted it would and a pair of video game-related commercials occupied fans in between the action. Sony’s spot for The Order: 1886 was a pretty-straightforward cinematic trailer but Liam Neeson’s seething hatred for a Clash of Clans player who bested him in the mobile game is the stuff of advertising genius. Beware BigBuffetBoy85, Liam Neeson will have his revenge.

The Warp Zoned staff similarly turned the page on the first month of the year with a look at What We Played in January 2015 and The Games of February 2015. And our UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie, published a double dose of Kickstarter analysis including the latest edition of his Kickstart This! column and an opinion piece that asks Kickstarters Need To Kick It Up A Gear.

You can find the rest of this week’s big news after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Super Bowl XLIX Edition

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The Super Bowl starts in a few hours and if you’ve got some last-minute gambling to do, be sure to study the Official Madden NFL 15 Prediction, which picks the Patriots to win over the Seahawks. EA Sports is usually right about these things.

But the biggest video game-related news this week has to be the announcement that Gearbox Software is ready to officially begin work on Borderlands 3. Right now, the only “work” that has been completed is this announcement, but it’s a start.

Finally this week, our UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie, dug into Dejobaan’s Elegy For A Dead World and published this review for your reading pleasure. “Reading pleasure” is a recurring them in Elegy For A Dead World and if you love the written word you might want to check it out.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Are You At PAX South 2015?

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The Penny Arcade Expo is conquering another bit of territory with this weekend’s first-ever PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. The convention appears to be a big hit, so here’s to PAX South 2016!

Nintendo is enjoying the PAX South climate and they’ve brought their fancy new New 3DS XL handheld to the show along with playable demos of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter Ultimate 4. In other big Nintendo news, the consolemaker has announced that they will discontinue Club Nintendo this year. But don’t worry, a new loyalty program for Nintendo’s most loyal fans (which is basically all of them) will launch later this year.

Finally, Warp Zoned recently published our review of Alien: Isolation. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Creative Assembly’s survival horror masterpiece, perhaps our review will be what sways you.

If not, there’s always more news from the week that was after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: 2014 Games of the Year Edition

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2015 is still moving at a snail’s pace, so now’s the perfect time to reveal the winners of Warp Zoned’s 2014 Golden Pixel Awards. All of our favorite (and not so favorite) games of the year are available for your perusal, so go peruse!

In other Game of the Year news, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor collected the most nominations for the GDC Awards and the DICE Awards. Also, the nominees for the 2015 Writers Guild Awards have been announced.

Finally this week, Senior Editor Nicole Kline sat down with Ascension: Deckbuilding Game and wrote up a review. While the core Ascension action is still good, this adaptation is not.

More news from Warp Zoned’s week that was can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: One… Two… Three… Four… Edition

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Welcome to another week of the Weekly Warp-Up and welcome to the beginning of Warp Zoned’s fifth year of operation. Running this site for the last four years has been pretty fun, so we’re definitely not stopping now.

Instead, we’re going to look forward. Forward at all the Games of January 2015 that we’re excited for. They’re aren’t many, as the entire release calendar is pretty bare, so maybe we’ll have to replay some of What We Played in December 2014.

One of the games we’re definitely looking forward to playing again is The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back, the thrilling conclusion to Telltale’s second Walking Dead adaptation. Warp Zoned Staff Writer Mike Ryan loved it quite a bit and you can read why in his review.

You can also read more of our ramblings from this past week after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Welcome to 2015 Edition

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

Should old acquaintance be forgot and blah blah blah… Welcome to 2015, ladies and gentlemen! If you’re a video game fan, you’ll probably want to take a nap for the next four weeks as there is very little on the calendar for January. But a few things still happened this week, such as our review of The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack, the first Mario Kart 8 expansion. We also compiled our very first edition of Insert Quarterly, a quarterly look at some of the best game writing ’round the Internet.

And finally, our Fall 2014 Video Game Fantasy League has come to an end and Mike Ryan, one of Warp Zoned’s dedicated Staff Writers, is the winner. Congratulations, Mike!

The rest of the news from the rest of the week can be found after the break. (more…)

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