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2014 Writers Guild Awards nominees announced

wgaThe Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Award. The award, which honors “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Videogames,” will be given out on Saturday, February 1 during the 2014 Writers Guild Awards ceremony.

This year, the writers behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Lost Planet 3 will all battle it out for the award. A full list of every nominated writer can be found right here:

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
Story by Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon
Lead Scriptwriter: Darby McDevitt
Scriptwriter: Jill Murray
AI Scriptwriter: Nicholas Grimwood
Scriptwriter Singapore: Mark Llabres Hill

Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Narrative Director: Dooma Wendschuh; Writer & Senior Narrative Designer: Ryan Galletta
Writer: Corey May

God of War: Ascension (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Written by Marianne Krawczyk
Additional Writing: Ariel Lawrence

The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Written by Neil Druckmann

Lost Planet 3 (Capcom)
Head Writer: Richard Gaubert
Writers: Orion Walker, Matt Sophos

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God of War: Ascension, The Wolf Among Us, more added to PS Store

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Kratos returns (again) as God of War: Ascension is now available to download from the PlayStation Store. I could have sworn this happened months ago, but the weekly PlayStation Store update doesn’t lie. Also available this week is the first episode of Telltale’s latest episodic adventure series, The Wolf Among Us. The Fables spinoff stars The Big Bad Wolf and he’s going to huff and puff and…

…let you know that hunting sim Cabela’s African Adventures, horse racing sim Champion Jockey, and game show sim Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Special Edition are also available as PS3 downloads today.

Over on the Vita, Activision has added Angry Birds Trilogy to the PlayStation Store and XSEED has released their prison-set action RPG Valhalla Knights 3.

More information on all of these games are available after the break and a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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God of War: Ascension, GOW Legacy PS3 Bundle lead interesting Amazon Gold Box day

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Are you in the market for a PS3? If so, Amazon has a great deal for today as part of their latest Gold Box promotion. Today only, he retailer has slashed the price of the God of War Legacy PS3 Bundle by $70. Regularly priced at $349.99, it can be yours for $279.99. The bundle, which includes a Garnet Red PS3 with a 500GB hard drive, God of War: Ascension, and the God of War Saga collection, is every God of War fan’s dream. And if you’ve already got a PS3 setup and all the other God of War games, Amazon has also taken 33% off the price of God of War: Ascension today ($39.99).

Ten “Lightning Deals” round out today’s sale, let’s see if we can guess what they’ll be:

EXPIRED 12:00 AM (Pacific) - Gears of War: Judgement
5:00 AM (Pacific) - Halo 4
7:00 AM (Pacific) - Agent 47 he takes on his most dangerous and personal contract to date. (Best Guess: Hitman: Retribution)
9:00 AM (Pacific) - Team up to take down the Necromorph threat. (Best Guess: Dead Space 3)
11:00 AM (Pacific) - Envelop yourself in a richly detailed, 3D sound field as you… (Best Guess: headphones)
1:00 PM (Pacific) - Give yourself an audio advantage! (Best Guess: more headphones)
3:00 PM (Pacific) - What choices will you make to escape alive? (Best Guess: Tomb Raider)
5:00 PM (Pacific) - Race on some of the best driving roads in the world (Best Guess: Forza Horizon)
7:00 PM (Pacific) - Put 13 great sports at your fingertips! (Best Guess: Kinect Sports or a similar minigame collection)
9:00 PM (Pacific) - Experience the LEGO The Lord of the Rings heroes come to life in a… (Best Guess: Lego Lord of the Rings)

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BioShock Infinite is exceptional atop the March 2013 list of bestselling games

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Good news everyone! The NPD Group (via Game Informer) has released their report on the best-selling games of March 2013 and they’ve confirmed that total game sales saw a 2% increase over March 2012. That’s the first year-over-year increase since November 2011. So good job game-buying public!

BioShock Infinite was the top-selling game of the month, just ahead of Square Enix’s Tomb Raider reboot. New games dominated the list as eight of the top ten titles were released in March. Only Call of Duty: Black Ops II and NBA 2K13 managed to fight through the new release wave to earn a spot in the top ten.

Here’s the complete list of the top ten best-selling games in March 2013:

1. BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
2. Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PS3)
3. Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
8. NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)

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God of War: Ascension’s “Bros Before Hos” Trophy renamed with day one patch

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Sony Santa Monica courted a mini-controversy (again) yesterday after Adam Sessler reviewed God of War: Ascension and registered his disgust for the game’s “Bros Before Hos” Trophy. Reacting quickly, the developer has informed Joystiq that the offending award will be renamed in a day one patch.

The Trophy will now carry the much-less-misogynistic name “Bros Before Foes.” In addition to being less likely to cause complaints, it also has the bonus of being funnier. The patch won’t change any other part of the game.

In the game, Kratos receives the “Bros Before Hos/Bros Before Foes” Trophy after defeating one of the Furies (read: ripping her limb from limb), a group of demonic vengeance spirits popular in Greek mythology. While it was likely unintentional, it’s not hard to make the leap from the Trophy name to charges of misogyny.

God of War: Ascension was released exclusively for the PS3 today.

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New Releases: GOW: Ascension, SC2: Heart of the Swarm, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, More

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A pair of dueling sequels highlight this week’s new releases.

Kratos returns in a God of War prequel that brings multiplayer to the series for the first time. God of War: Ascension is available as a standalone game and also as part of a new PS3 system bundle that include Ascension and the previously released God of War Saga. Also new on store shelves this week is StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the first expansion in the StarCraft II trilogy saga.

And speaking of sequels, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is also available this week for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. And speaking of snipers, Sniper Elite V2 comes to the PC this week, almost a year after first appearing on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Finally, the 3DS will receive another Monster High game thanks to Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze.

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God of War: Ascension launch trailer shows a kinder, gentler Kratos

Even though God of War: Ascension‘s release is still two weeks away, Sony has uploaded a launch trailer that shows a softer side of the Ghost of Sparta. Kratos kisses his daughter and hugs his wife in the opening frames of the trailer above and then he skips through a meadow, picks a few daisies, and laughs with a friend over a nice pot of tea.

Nah… Actually he guts a variety of beasties in the way that only he can! Though his daughter really does get a kiss.

God of War: Ascension will be available exclusively for the PS3 on March 12, but if you’re itching to give it a shot, the single-player demo can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store beginning today.

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Daily Scoop: February 4, 2013 – Post-Super Bowl blues

Boo, it sure is sad now that the Super Bowl is over. All that sports just finished until the sports start again. What am I going to do without the commercials, the pigskin, the ladies dancing?

Ha! I really had you going there, didn’t I? I don’t know anything about sports these days, really. I used to watch hockey, and then I had a brief affair with baseball, but for the most part – despite the fact that my uncle is a coach for an NFL team – I avoid sports altogether. Maybe I should get into it for the spirit of things with my family, but… boooorrrrriinnngggggggg.

Not too many deals going on today, but there are some decent pre-order bonuses going on. Amazon hasn’t really been advertising their promotional credit so much anymore, but there are a few happening right now – Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, and SimCity – Limited Edition will all net you $20 in promotional credit with a pre-order. You can also get $10 for pre-ordering God of War: Ascension. I got my Dead Space 3 order in just in time. Isaac is my co-pilot! Or something.

I’ve got a few shirts for you today… (more…)

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