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Adam Sessler takes you behind the scenes of Evolve’s development

Adam Sessler is hosting a new miniseries about Evolve, called “The Evolution of Evolve.” He sits down with Design Director Chris Ashton and Creative Director Phil Robb from Turtle Rock Studios and discusses the development and design of this enormous game. “Part 1: Asymmetric Multiplayer Design and Big Alpha” takes a look at the way the game throws balance on its head, as well as what the developers hope to gain from the Big Alpha.

Evolve is scheduled to launch on February 10, 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Square Enix wants you to “Enter the Fray” in new Final Fantasy Type-0 trailer

Square Enix just released an awesome new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 to kick off Paris Games Week. It’s surprisingly violent, truly beautiful, and it looks like every YA novel I’ve ever loved. You get to play as teenagers with special magic abilities who are fighting against the aggressive country that has taken them over. I mean come on.

I, for one, cannot wait to control the fourteen students of Class Zero and fight against my oppressors. Final Fantasy Type-0 will be out on March 17, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Pre-ordering the game also gives you access to a demo for Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (when it’s available). So. Much. Final. Fantasy.

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Insert Quarter: A Profile of the Video Game Archivists at the Library of Congress

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

With more than 6,000 titles, the Library of Congress is home to one of the largest video game archives in the world. But the curation and management of the collection is in the hands of just four part-time employees. BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein reached out to these four men to learn how the Library of Congress is attempting to preserve America’s gaming heritage and how much more still needs to be done:

No, the work of game copyrighting and archiving at our country’s signal institution for cultural preservation is not done by a dedicated full-time staff. Instead, it’s the passion project of a handful of archivists who want to be the new standard-bearers in the preservation of video games. Indeed, the state of video game collection at the Library is something of an expression of the liminal state of video games in American popular culture writ large. The Library recognizes the cultural importance of video games, but only devotes four people part-time to their archiving; Game companies insist that their products are the medium of the future, but don’t trust archives with their source code; Collectors sell their troves on Craigslist and eBay rather than considering donation.

Even to get to this point, though, has been a journey in and of itself.

You can read the rest of the article at BuzzFeed.

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Xbox Store Today: Volgarr the Viking

Crazy Viking Studios has added Volgarr the Viking, their retro-styled side-scroller, to the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One today. With it hand-drawn art and “high” difficulty level, Volgarr the Viking is meant to evoke the feeling of a lost NES/Super NES classic.

Volgarr the Viking ($9.99)
Remember when games were tough? Return to the Golden Age of arcades with an all-NEW hardcore action experience that pulls no punches. Volgarr the Viking possesses all the hallmarks of the true classics – simple controls, high challenge, and meticulous design – combined with hand-made pixel animation, an epic soundtrack, and buckets of blood. Flex your gaming muscles and step into the arena with Volgarr the Viking. We dare you.

As you can see, Volgarr the Viking has been priced at $9.99 for the Xbox One community. But if you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can get it for free as part of Microsoft’s Games With Gold offer for November.

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Tom Savini will bring the slasher genre to PC, PS4, Xbox One with Summer Camp

Tom Savini, the wizard of gore responsible for Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th, has teamed up with Gun Media to create Summer Camp, a splatter-themed game for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Wes Keltner, the founder of Gun Media, is heading up the project and he has also recruited Harry Manfredini, creator of the “Ch Ch, Ch, Chhh, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ahhh” sound from Friday the 13th, to compose the soundtrack.

“This is my love letter to the classic films of the slasher/splatter era,” said Wes Keltner, Founder and Creative Director of Gun Media. “I want that experience of being helpless, running for my life against an unstoppable killer. But I knew I needed help to do it right. Who else could I turn to for a campy, 80s slasher than the Sultan of Splatter, Tom Savini? His FX defined the splatter/slasher genre.”

Summer Camp will be a third-person survival horror game set within the spooky confines of Camp Forest Green (Easter Egg Alert! Camp Crystal Lake was known as Camp Forest Green in Friday the 13th Part VI). A masked killer is on the loose and players will take control of a teen counselor attempting to survive the night in the multiplayer game. Working together with five-to-seven additional counselors, players will work together to evade the killer. However, if you identify with Jason more than those naughty oversexed teens, you can also play as the killer and stalk your prey until the morning light.

Gun Media plans to create an entire series of games based on 80s-style splatter movies and Summer Camp is just the first entry in what they’re calling the “Slasher Series.”

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Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below, will be released on December 9

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While Destiny didn’t quite set the gaming world on fire, it did sell a lot of copies. So surely someone out there will be excited to learn that Bungie will release the game’s first expansion on December 9. Priced at $19.99 (or free as part of the Destiny Season Pass), Expansion I: The Dark Below will add new weapons and armor to the game, raise the level cap to 32, and include multiple new story quests:

After years hiding amongst the Hive shadows, a new character, Eris, has come forth bearing an ominous warning: The Hive seek to summon a god, Crota, to destroy the Earth. Find Eris in the Tower to take on special quests that include three new missions where you will increase your Light and earn new rewards.

The Dark Below will also include three new competitive multiplayer maps, a new co-operative Strike, and a new Raid:

  • “The Will of Crota” (Strike), pits you and your Fireteam against Omnigul as she works to expand the Hive army at the command of her master, Crota.
  • “Crota’s End” (Raid), set deep within the depths of the Hellmouth.
  • “Pantheon” (Competitive Map), set deep within the Black Garden in an ancient Vex temple that features Vex-designed landscapes and tight corridors
  • “Skyshock” (Competitive Map), an old interplanetary defence array that offers both vehicle and infantry engagements.
  • “The Cauldron” (Competitive Map), an abandoned Hive ritual site that offers close-quarter combat.

Finally, Destiny players on the PS3 or PS4 will receive access to multiple pieces of exclusive content including another Strike (“The Undying Mind”), an Exotic weapon, and more. These gametypes and items won’t be available on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One until “at least Autumn 2015.”

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CoD: Advanced Warfare’s “live-action trailer” is pretty unreal

What happens when you create a live-action that is so heavily augmented by CGI that it might as well be a cartoon? If you’re Activision, you throw in an Emily Ratajkowski (the naked woman from Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video) cameo and you call it a day.

OK, that’s not entirely true. This brand new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer was directed by Peter Berg (Hancock) and stars Taylor Kitsch (John Cater and Battleship), so it’s actually pretty great on it’s own. And Jack White’s other band, The Raconteurs, supplied the soundtrack (“Salute Your Solution” from 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely).

If all of this has you super excited, then you likely already know that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 4.

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No Kinect or Move Controller? Play Just Dance 2015 with your smartphone

justdance2015-logoAre you just dying to play Just Dance 2015 but you don’t have a Kinect sensor or a PlayStation Camera/Move Controller? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that now.

The Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller app is now available (for free) through the iOS App Store and the Google Play store. And it’s the only thing you need (besides a copy of the game, of course) if you want to play Just Dance 2015 on the PS4 or Xbox One. The game interfaces with the app through wi-fi, allowing your smartphone to track your movements and tabulate your score. Up to four players can use the Motion Controller app on the PS4 while six players can crowd around an Xbox One with it.

“We’ve always strived to make Just Dance the most accessible dance game experience on the market,” said Jason Altman, an Executive Producer at Ubisoft Paris. “With the Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller app, we’re taking that dedication to accessibility to the next level by giving our fans a way to play Just Dance 2015 on PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One by using their own smartphones to keep score.”

Head over to the UbiBlog for more details on how the Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller app works.

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