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Retro City Rampage to (finally) come out next week, Oct. 9th

Retro City Rampage is the early-GTA-inspired, satire-filled indie game from Brian Provinciano that we’ve been wanting to play forever. Its finally coming to PS3, Vita and PC after years of development work.

This game looks quite fun to say the least, with various movie spoofs and old video game cliches. I personally loved the heck out of GTA2 back when we used to play it at LAN parties. The free-roam top-down aspect was always pretty neat and it was otherwise just plain fun run-and-gun style.

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Cliff “CliffyB” Blesinkski leaves Epic Games

Cliff Blesinkski, who was lovingly referred to as Dude Huge in days past, has officially left Epic Games to purportedly take a break from the industry for awhile. The game designer has been with Epic for nigh on 20 years, known for classics such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament and Gears of War.

The self-described “Tony Stark of videogames” has been known to draw attention for being a little eccentric and is often seen as a bit of a playboy despite recently getting married to Lauren Berggren (with a fantastic wedding invite designed by the folks at Penny-Arcade). But what usually stood out the most about the man was how passionate he was about the games he helped make, often standing in as the face for Epic on many projects. Even on projects like People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm after Epic Games purchased the developer, CliffyB stepped in to help promote and invigorate the community about the game.

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League of Legends adds ‘Honor’ system to foster friendlier community

I can’t say this is the main reason I stopped playing LoL, but one of the biggest reasons was definitely the community. Each time I played was just a huge reminder of how much I sucked. And then the berating started. From my own team. Basically when a player in LoL figures out that you are not on the pro circuit or whatever the hell everyone seems to think they play on, that invites a slew of wild accusations of how terrible I am. Dude, like, I already know. I’m playing the damn game so I can get better.

Anyway, in an attempt to promote those who are maybe a little more helpful than simply calling me out on my IQ score, Riot will be starting a new ‘Honor’ system to reward players with ‘Honor’ points. Players will choose to upvote people at the end of the match and be asked to choose why they are giving them honor. Categories of honor include Helpful, Friendly, Teamwork and Honorable Opponent.

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Project Giana is now Giana Sisters, a Kickstarter project releasing this month

While the beginning of the year may have been filled with a lot of Kickstarters raising money, I think the new story soon will be projects that are actually finishing up their games and releasing a final product. That looks like the case for a Kickstarter project called Project Giana by Black Forest Games. Only a month after appropriating some funds from Kickstarter and setting back to work, the team has now named the project to Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and plans to release the game one way or another on October 23rd.

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The Mass Effect trilogy: you might as well wait until November if you’ve waited this long

EA will be releasing a 3 game bundle pack come November 6th for anyone who’s not had a chance to play this iconic and often divisive series. If you’ve wanted to know what all the fuss was about, then I recommend picking up this $59.99 bundle this holiday which contains Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 as well as certain DLC in a nice foil box. Currently only the Xbox 360 and PC releases are dated, the PS3 version will be detailed at a later time. The Wii U will only be getting the Mass Effect 3 version itself and for the full $59.99 price tag (but it does include the From Ashes DLC)

The PC version will include Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station DLC for Mass Effect, the Cerberus Network for Mass Effect 2 which includes some bonus weapons and missions, and the Online Pass for Mass Effect 3 granting co-op access. It does not appear that the From Ashes DLC is included in this bundle.

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Word On The Street: A Banjo-Kazooie/Banjo-Tooie spiritual successor drumming up support

Everybody, my day has come. Many a project have come by and I’ve praised its potential through the roof, but nothing quite like this. Banjo-Kazooie could quite well be one of my favorite games of all time. Its up there with Ocarina of Time and Half-Life as one of the games I’ve replayed the most. So let me just say that when talk of a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie, the 2nd game in the seminal duo of N64 classics, may be looking for some support, I’m right there. I’m all over that like a Jinjo on Mumbo’s Mountain.

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Sony to not drop price of older PS3s

With a price of about $270 to $300 for the newer, lighter version of the PlayStation 3 coming out next week, a lot of people had to think: “Wait a minute, isn’t this a price increase?” Indeed, the last PlayStation 3, dubbed the “PS3 Slim”, sold for $250 for a 160GB version and $300 for a 320GB version, often with a bundle to boot. The price increase just begs the question of “Why?” but surely Sony will be reducing the price of older consoles to get them off the shelves.

Not so, says Sony. In another bizarre move surrounding the PS3, they are keeping the old prices alongside the older models, even as the new models take up store shelves. What will this lead to? Confusion more than anything I bet. As the prices will indeed look similar to consumers alongside one another and the bundles will also be similar (both the old an new include Uncharted 3 bundles). Read More…

New PlayStation 3 model to release Sept. 25th, Sony keeping price high

Amongst some rumors that there would be a new model to be released in late September of the now 6 year old console, Sony has now confirmed that a new PS3 model will be released Sept. 25th at the Tokyo Game Show. The most curious part of the announcement, however, is the price at $269 to $299, staying at around the same price as the soon-to-be released Wii U. Does this mean Sony has decided that profit margin is finally more of a sound strategy than keeping market share? Is Sony effectively deciding not to compete this holiday season?

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Humble Bundle 6 is live! Includes Torchlight, Dustforce and Vessel

Its that time again. Time for another Humble Bundle. My only issue is that this one may have come at either the worst time because everyone is playing other games or the best time when everyone is willing to pay for more games. Its a toss-up for sure, but you really can’t argue with the offerings here! Hit the jump for a quick breakdown of the games on tap this go-round.

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Dean “Rocket” Hall of DayZ fame asks for help to free game developer friends from Greece prison, accused of spying

Dean Hall (aka “Rocket”) is the now-famous creator of the popular Arma II mod DayZ. He recently started a new tumblr account for his personal blog and found that the first thing he ended up writing about was a call to get his close game developer friends who helped with the mod out of a terrible situation.

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