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Japanese games companies facing difficult times in 2012 earnings reports

This week's edition of <i>Famitsu</i> magazine rounded up the 2012 earnings reports for Japan's major console publishers for a special feature. The results: It's a bad time to be launching major new IP (or, indeed, sell hardware period), but it could be a lot worse.<p>The overall console market in Japan …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows -- Donatello Trailer

TMNT: Out of the Shadows trailer debuts down-to-earth Donatello

The latest trailer for Activision's <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows</i> highlights of the skillsets of contemplative and rational technology-tinkerer Donatello.<p>The video, posted above, shows Donatello's impressive ninjitsu skills, using his staff to smash enemies to the ground. …

EA brings fantasy role-playing to mobile with Ultima Forever

Electronic Arts has been sitting on the Ultima brand for a while, but it is taking the franchise to mobile now with a new title dubbed Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.<p>This is a faithful reproduction of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, the game that Richard Garriott created in 1985. EA’s Paul …

Get down with Saints Row 4's $99.99 Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition

<i>Saints Row 4</i>'s dubstep gun is the star of both the game and its $99.99 Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition, which publisher Deep Silver announced today.<p>Available in "limited quantities," the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition comes with a 12-inch replica of the dubstep gun from <i>Saints Row 4</i>, complete with …

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17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Good Deal: 'Final Fantasy Tactics' is half-price on iPhone and iPad

If there's one thing Square Enix's mobile ports all have in common, it's that they're expensive. But if the relatively high price tag has been a deterrent for you thus far, there's good news: both the iPhone and iPad versions of <i>Final Fantasy Tactics</i> are half-price until June 12th. That means you …

Square Enix to detail 'the future of Final Fantasy' at pre-E3 Q&A

Square Enix will hold a Q&A session with senior vice president Shinji Hashimoto on Tuesday to detail "the future of Final Fantasy," according to an invitation to the event Polygon received today.<p>The event will take place from 12-1 p.m. ET next Tuesday, June 11. Square Enix didn't offer specifics …

Is Rovio In Trouble?

“I would like to warn people,” says Kiloo chief creative officer Simon Moller. “Rovio is in trouble. The problem with the way they are operating is that they’re not focusing enough on the <b>games</b>.”<p>Kiloo’s <b>Subway Surfers</b> boasts some impressive statistics in the mobile marketplace, with 175 million …

Nintendo says Wii U Basic Set model will continue to be available at retail

The Wii U's Basic Set model is not being recalled, according to a statement from Nintendo of America. The company issued the statement today in response to reports that the 8 GB model is being pulled from GameStop stores, and Nintendo says the less expensive Wii U package will continue to be …

Nintendo will continue selling Wii U Basic, is adjusting inventory

Nintendo has no plans to stop selling Wii U Basic packages, despite recall notices allegedly given to GameStop employees. Nintendo said it is making …

Hardware: Shipbreakers developer plans to carve out market next to League of Legends (exclusive)

It’s easy to look at StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and Dota 2 and assume that the PC strategy market is pretty much covered. Those massively popular games have a huge lead, and it is pointless for other developers to challenge them.<p>Blackbird Interactive’s Dan Irish, whose official title is a bit …

Gunpoint Review – Jumping Through Windows And Into Stealth Bliss

Gunpoint is a poor name for such an inventive game. It’s generic and forgettable, but those two adjectives belong nowhere near the actual description …

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Primordia novella, audio book available for free

Wormwood Studios released the first chapter of <i>Fallen</i>, a free, three-part prequel to its point-and-click adventure game <i>Primordia</i>, that provides a deeper look at the game's universe.<p>The story is penned by the game's writer, Mark Yohalem, and is available as a PDF through <i>Primordia</i>'s website. Part one …

Starry Long Exposure Photos of Fireflies in the Forests of Japan

This beautiful photograph is titled “Last Dance of the Fairies.” It was shot by Japanese photographer Yume Cyan in a forested area near Nagoya City, …

Graveyard Girls: A Photo Shoot with a DIY Dam, Water, Milk, and Flour-Covered Girls

I’ve been living out of my car and driving all over the country to create new work. This past Sunday, I stopped near Nashville, Tennessee to see my …

Researchers uncover the oldest primate fossil yet, underscoring genetic break from humans

Researchers have uncovered what is now the oldest known primate fossil, pushing our understanding of human evolution seven million years farther into history than we could see before. Discovery of the 55-million-year-old fossil allowed an international team of researchers to identify a previously …

One Great Animation about Five Great Buildings - The Fox Is Black

While I’m not sure that <i>all</i> five of these buildings are necessarily great, the animation sure is. Titled Five Great Buildings, this short was made by …

How Does a Baby Giraffe Sleep?

Duh! With its eyes closed, of course! Take a look at these cute photos of baby giraffes sleeping, using their own bodies as pillows for their heads, …

World War II Drawings By Weston Emmart Go Viral After His Grandson Posts Them Online (PHOTOS)

Many grandparents tell stories with such vivid descriptions their families can almost visualize the action. Talented illustrator Weston Emmart took his storytelling skills a step further, drawing his memories to best capture and share every single moment.<p>During his time serving in World War II, …

Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro takes some pretty fantastic photos above water, but his underwater photos are made extra magical. You’ll spot sharks, coral, and fish of the likes we’ve never...

Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro takes some pretty fantastic photos above water, but his underwater photos are made extra magical.<p>You’ll spot …

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Views Of The Hong Kong Sky, Framed By A Canopy Of Skyscrapers

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze’s photographs are a reminder of the dazzling views to be found simply by looking up.<p>For as long as he can remember, when Romain Jacquet-Lagreze has found himself walking in the forest, he’s always had the inclination to look up, searching for patches of sky poking through the …

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Hauntingly Beautiful Pictures Show Budapest Then And Now

Zoltán juxtaposes decades-old images of buildings and scenes around the cities with brand new photos, taken in the identical location as the originals.<p>The images recently went viral on Reddit, and it's easy to see why. Zoltán has shared a selection of his photographs from Budapest with us. To see …

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