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Total Miner Discussion / The future of Total Miner on Xbox 360
« on: September 10, 2015, 06:44:43 PM »
    At Xbox, we have seen firsthand the magic that independent developers can bring to gamers worldwide. The reception to ID@Xbox on Xbox One has been fantastic, with more than 1,000 developers with kits in hand working on the next generation of games for Xbox One and Windows 10. As much as we are excited about what is ahead, it is important to us that we acknowledge and celebrate the path it took to get here – while taking the next step forward together with the community.

    Today we communicated to developers that we’re beginning the sunsetting process for the XNA Creator’s Club and Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) on Xbox 360. We’re working to ensure the process is as smooth as possible and to minimize any impact for developers who are still working on XBLIG games for Xbox 360.

    • As of today, we’ve stop taking new subscriptions or membership renewals, but we’ll ensure that current members who are still working on games have any memberships that expire “topped off” until September 9, 2016. After that date we’ll no longer allow new games to be published. All creators with a valid subscription as of today will receive a free lifetime Windows Developer account (normally $99).
    • In September 2017, we’ll stop selling XBLIG games, close the store and pay out all money earned by developers. Of course, players will still be able to re-download games they own and continue to play the games they own.
    • Longer term, over the next two years we’ll be working with game conservationists and creators to preserve the legacy of XBLIG content. We look forward to sharing more details in the future.

    XBLIG is where many great developers got their start, and “diversity” doesn’t even begin to describe the incredible variety of games that creators made on XBLIG. So seeing the end come into view is definitely bittersweet. But it’s also a great time to reflect on the legacy of XBLIG. Not just what it accomplished, but how far the game industry has come in the nine years since the first beta of XNA Game Studio was released in August 2006.

    In 2006, video games – especially console games – were a closed shop. You needed to work at a company and know someone to even have a chance of seeing a dev kit, never mind releasing a game. At Xbox, we started with the vision that anyone could create console games. XNA and XBLIG were our first attempts to open up the closed console world – to let students, hobbyists, and anyone with a great idea make games and publish them without needing a studio or even a business license. Over the last nine years, we have seen many great developers get their start in XBLIG and we are very proud of all that has been accomplished. Developers who came from all backgrounds and all walks of life and were able to make console video games.

    As I look back, I feel the vision of the original creators of the program has been completely proven out by subsequent events. Games are a hugely important art form and the torch of democratizing game development has been carried on with amazing tools such as Unity, GameMaker, and Unreal Engine.

    On Xbox and Windows 10, ID@Xbox is a spiritual successor of XBLIG, offering platform and Xbox Live access on console and Windows 10 to independent creators of all sizes and scale. Anyone today can sign up for a Windows Developer Account and start making games today using the tools I mentioned earlier and more. Creators have more platforms they can ship on today than ever before, and more and better tools to help them every day – and our priority is ensuring that we give independent developers the support they need to take the next step with us towards the future of gaming.

    The last word in this blog belongs to Andy Dunn of ZBuffer, who has done more for the XNA and XBLIG community than anyone on earth, from the earliest days to the present. He’s been a Microsoft MVP supporting XNA and XBLIG for years, wrote several of the early demos, a couple of indie games including “Kissy Poo” and just released what might be one of the final XNA XBLA games “Guncraft: Blocked and Loaded”:

    So it seems like Microsoft are killing off Indie Games on the Xbox 360 now and this will of course have an impact on Total Miner on the Xbox 360.[/list][/list]

    Gaming / Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
    « on: January 20, 2015, 12:46:51 PM »

    Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are coming to Xbox One and PS4 in Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

    The pack, which covers Handsome Jack's story line, includes both games listed above and all of their DLC for £50 / $60 USD. Yes, that includes all the extra character customization packs, in addition to the larger campaign add-ons.

    DLC is still on the way for The Pre-Sequel, so The Handsome Collection includes a season pass. As new DLC rolls out, you'll have access to it.

    Additionally, a special "Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition" for The Handsome Collection is on the way. It costs £270 / $400 and comes with a remote-controlled Claptrap. It looks and sounds like Claptrap, and it rolls around on one wheel. Check it out in the gallery below.

    Bring your last gen data to the next gen versions!

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection comes to North American on March 24, and will be available internationally on March 27.

    I was expecting only a Borderlands the Pre Sequal next gen version after all the DLC released, so I'm pretty happy that I saved the money buying the last gen version.

    There's no other news yet so when there is I'll update the topic.

    General Discussion / Happy Birthday, Tom!
    « on: December 17, 2014, 01:07:07 PM »

    Another year has passed and now you're a year older, I hope you have a great 20th Brotato! :D

    Here's a little gift for you. ;D

    Gaming / XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Free for Limited Time]
    « on: October 07, 2014, 03:07:25 PM »
    Thanks to my good friend Knighty, he was kind enough to share me a way to get this game free for PC and wanted me to share it for anyone else who may be interested in getting this game for free and giving it a try. I'm not going to go into depth about this game as I have little knowledge of this game and I'm sure if I said something incorrect it'd be mistaken by another member who has played this game so I'll leave it to them to explain. :P

    The dramatic tactical action of XCOM: Enemy Unknown earned it a PC Gamer score of 87 when it launched back in 2012. You command a secretive band of supersoldiers as they face off against an alien invasion. Kill the enemy, autopsy their remains and then use them to build bigger weapons with which to kill bigger aliens.

    It's still great, which is why you should consider claiming a free Steam key for Enemy Unknown. Green Man Gaming have teamed up with the Golden Joystick Awards to give away thousands of keys. All you have to do to get one is...

    1. Vote for your favourite games on the Golden Joystick site.

    2. Before voting finishes, a special Playfire site will launch dedicated to the giveaway. Once you've signed up there and linked your playfire account to Steam, you'll be able to receive the email with your key.

    3. Important: wait until voting finishes on October 23. Keys won't be sent out until after that point.

    4. Sit back and plot the demise of the invading alien species.

    Don't forget to say a thanks to The Gold Knight for sharing this out. :)

    Gaming / Gamescom 2014
    « on: August 10, 2014, 08:31:23 AM »

    What is Gamescom?

    Gamescom is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is organised by the Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software. It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware.

    When is Gamescom 2014?

    Gamescom starts on 12th August 2014 and ends on 17th August 2014. The 12th and 13th will be for Microsoft, Sony and EA to present their briefing showing their newest titles which are coming out later this year or next year. On the 14th until the 17th will be open for everyone to attend and try out these unreleased games before anyone else!

    What times can I watch these briefings?

    Microsoft: Tuesday 12th August 2014 (5:00am PST, 8:00am EST, 1:00pm BST, 2:00pm CEST)

    Sony: Tuesday 12th August 2014 (10:00am PST, 1:00pm EST, 6:00pm BST, 7:00pm CEST)

    EA: Wednesday 13th August 2014 (1:00am PST, 4:00am EST, 9:00am BST, 10:00am CEST)

    Where can I watch these Briefings?

    From your Xbox 360 and Xbox One

    *Only showing Xbox Briefing.

    So that's everything you need to know before Gamescom 2014 starts. :D All news will be posted here and discuss anything here, stuff you'd like to see announced or discuss the teasers publishers and developers have shown below.

    If I've missed any, post them! :D

    General Discussion / Happy Birthday Trubtavium Recordsmith!
    « on: August 05, 2014, 07:06:55 PM »

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    ¸¸♬•¯•♩¸¸♪•¯•♫¸¸Happy Birthday, Dear Trubtavium Recordsmith!¸¸♬•¯•♩¸¸♪•¯•♫¸¸ 
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    Happy birthday Trub, hope you have a great day! :D You're such a great friend to have and been awesome speaking with you on the forums, even if you do call me cheater 99% of the time. ;)

    Gaming / Halo: The Master Chief Collection
    « on: June 09, 2014, 01:59:03 PM »

    What's included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection?
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection delivers the entire story of the Master Chief for the first time on one console.  Play all four games at Xbox One visual fidelity and 60 fps, including a fully remastered Halo 2: Anniversary. Featuring campaigns and multiplayer maps from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Halo 2 Vista, Halo 3 and Halo 4, plus access to the live-action digital series Halo: Nightfall and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers the definitive Halo experience exclusively on Xbox One on Nov. 11, 2014.

    All in One Disc

    In a single disc, 343 has managed to package Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 all rendered in 60 frames per second and running at 1080p resolution on Xbox One. Each game will run on its own engine, meaning you'll get to play all those multiplayer experiences pretty much as they were when they released, but under a higher fidelity and optimization. This includes some of those loved exploits, button combinations (like the BXR) and other glitches as they were when their respective games came out.

    Halo 2 Anniversary

    Since it is Halo 2's anniversary, that campaign is the focus of the HD collection. Part of that anniversary treatment includes six complete remakes of maps from Halo 2, built from scratch for the Xbox One. In that case, it will not run on the original Halo 2 engine. It's considered a bonus experience. Similar to Halo: Combat Evolved's anniversary edition, you'll be able to switch between New and Classic modes in Halo 2's HD campaign. That means that with the click of a button, you can instantaneously see what Halo 2 used to look like ten years ago. And then with another click, you can switch right back. The team showed this feature off in the Cairo Station in Halo 2. Doing so showed off more lighting effects and reflections, more detail on enemies' armor—all the things you'd expect out of an HD edition.

    Mission Playlists

    You can opt to sort through 343's curated playlists, which are known as mission setlists. There are playlists for each Halo game that's in the HD collection, as well as cross-title playlists that mix and match missions from different titles. O'Connor explained the reasoning behind this: "A lot of people simply aren't going to play 70 hours of legendary gameplay, but they wanna sample it and relive whatever experience they want."

    Some examples the team provided included things like "Me and My Hog," which gathers all campaign missions across all four games that include warthog missions. Or there's "Final Four," which runs you through the four last missions of each game. These playlists are currently being curated by 343, but they're considering opening it up to users to create their own.

    Master UI

    343 executive producer Dan Ayoub followed up the presentation to showcase Halo 2's shiny new campaign in this HD package. "We can do more than just give you four Halo games," he said, "We can give you a brand new way to play it." He referenced "Netflix binging," which seems like an incredibly accurate way to describe it. While flipping through the master UI, he explains that everything—campaign and multiplayer—is unlocked from the start, giving you the ability to skip around as you see fit. "You can set your difficulty level, you can activate skulls, it lets you customize your gameplay quite a bit before you just jump into it and start going," Ayoub said.

    Multiplayer in this master UI is broken down by gameplay type. They showed Team Slayer up on the screen, and how you can choose from a variety of Team Slayer options from here. On this selection, there are a couple from Halo 2 and one from Halo 3. When you, or your lobby of fellow players, makes a decision, the game will launch the original engine of whichever one you picked.

    Halo: Nightfall
    Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. Led by Locke, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where they’re forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Agent Locke is a new character in the Halo universe poised to play a major role in Halo 5: Guardians releasing on Xbox One in 2015."

    Halo 5: Guardians Beta
    Be among the first to experience a new generation of Halo multiplayer in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, starting on December 29, 2014. Gear up for the Guardians beta by unlocking exclusive content in The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall.

    All the Multiplayer Maps
    Halo: Combat Evolved
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    ◾Battle Creek
    ◾Blood Gulch
    ◾Boarding Action
    ◾Chill Out
    ◾Chiron TL-34
    ◾Danger Canyon
    ◾Death Island
    ◾Hang 'Em High
    ◾Ice Fields
    ◾Rat Race

    Halo 2
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    ◾Burial Mounds
    ◾Ivory Tower

    Halo 3
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    ◾Cold Storage
    ◾Ghost Town
    ◾High Ground
    ◾Last Resort
    ◾Rat's Nest
    ◾The Pit

    Halo 4
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    ◾Forge Island

    Halo 2 Anniversary
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    ◾Awash (Forge Skybox map)
    ◾Bloodline (Coagulation Anniversary)
    ◾Lockdown (Lockout Anniversary)
    ◾Shrine (Sanctuary Anniversary)
    ◾Stonetown (Zanzibar Anniversary)
    ◾Warlord (Warlock Anniversary)
    ◾Zenith (Ascension Anniversary)

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    Gaming / Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age
    « on: June 03, 2014, 09:11:04 AM »

    Crytek has revealed its new four-player co-op title Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age.

    The game is described as "a spine-chilling new multiplayer experience on PC and consoles". The action apparently takes place in third-person and will task four players with banding together to fight off waves of bloodthirsty creatures and hunt down bosses.

    Set in the late 1800s, Hunt takes place in a world where myths and legends give insight into the evil that really lurks around every corner. You start as a hunter - one of the few willing to take up arms to try and reduce the number of horrors infesting the world. Content is at least partially procedurally-generated, in a bid to make sure you won't encounter the same environment, enemies or bosses multiple times. This unpredictability is what's set to scare, apparently.

    Seeing the release date is Fall 2014, we'll most likely see more of this at E3.

    Gaming / Far Cry 4
    « on: May 15, 2014, 12:24:42 PM »
    Ubisoft has announced Far Cry 4, which will release on November 18 in North America and November 20 in Europe for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

    Far Cry 4 is set in the Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan region ruled by “a despotic self-appointed king”.

    Executive producer Dan Hay said Ubisoft Montreal, who is leading development on Far Cry 4, “wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise and exceed fan expectations.”

    Trailers and such will most likely be shown during E3. I can't wait for this game, Far Cry 3 was one of my favourite games to play for my 360. :D

    If you pre-order Far Cry 4, you’ll receive a “free upgrade to the Limited Edition which includes Hurk’s Redemption, a series of three action-packed single-player missions featuring the popular character Hurk from Far Cry 3’s DLC. The Limited Edition also includes Hurk’s signature harpoon gun called ‘The Impaler’.”

    Gaming / Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™
    « on: April 12, 2014, 12:40:53 PM »
    Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™

    Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space. A New Beginning for Mankind is coming Fall/Autumn 2014.

    Gameplay Images

    Civilization Beyond Earth Announcement Trailer

    General Discussion / The White Rabbit's Birthday!
    « on: April 07, 2014, 11:17:52 AM »

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    ¸¸♬•¯•♩¸¸♪•¯•♫¸¸Happy Birthday, Dear The White Rabbit!¸¸♬•¯•♩¸¸♪•¯•♫¸¸ 
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    Have an awesome birthday Wabbit and enjoy yourself! Eat all the cake you want! o:

    Gaming / Goat Simulator
    « on: April 05, 2014, 07:48:44 PM »
    Goat Simulator uses NVIDIA PhysX and Apex for the in-game physics, which gives the game amazing and realistic physics!

    Goat Simulator is currently only available on Windows. Mac and Linux will be available another time with an unknown release date so Mac and Linux users will have to suffer without goats in there lives for now.

    Goat Simulator is the perfect game for your Goat needs and desires. The game is really realistic and plays out perfectly. This game totally deserves Game of the Year.

    BUY NOW!

    Gaming / Assassin's Creed Unity
    « on: March 21, 2014, 12:13:24 PM »

    Was when ma bestest bro was born, Tom! :D I just want to say have an awesome birthday, relax, enjoy, and most important, have as many cookies on the house! :P Also, I have made a special cake for ma Bro, make a wish! :D
    Your bro, Fergie.

    Gaming / VGX 2013 + Game Announcements!
    « on: December 06, 2013, 04:11:45 PM »
    VGX 2013
    Another year has gone, and if you remember correctly, I made a topic of this last year, asking what all your options on who should win each Category. These are all the options.

    Red means winner.

    Game of the Year:
    BioShock Infinite
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Super Mario 3D World
    The Last of Us
    Tomb Raider

    Best Action Adventure Game:
    Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
    Grand Theft Auto V
    The Last of Us
    Tomb Raider

    Best RPG
    Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn
    Fire Emblem: Awakening
    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    Pokemon X/Y

    Best DLC
    Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
    Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
    Mass Effect 3: Citadel

    Best Nintendo Game
    Pikmin 3
    Rayman Legends
    Super Mario 3D World
    The Wonderful 101

    Best Casual Game
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Disney Infinity
    Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
    Skylanders Swap Force

    Best Soundtrack
    BioShock Infinite
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    The Last of Us

    Studio of the Year
    Irrational Games
    Naughty Dog
    Rockstar North
    The Fullbright Company

    Best Sports Game
    FIFA 14
    MLB 13: The Show
    NBA 2K14
    NHL 14

    Best Fighting Game
    Injustice: Gods Among Us
    Killer Instinct
    Tekken Revolution

    Best Xbox Game
    BioShock Infinite
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Tomb Raider

    Best PC Game
    Battlefield 4
    Gone Home
    Papers, Please
    The Stanley Parable

    Best Voice Actor
    Troy Baker as Joel
    The Last of Us

    Troy Baker as Booker DeWitt
    BioShock Infinite
    Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Willem Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins
    Beyond: Two Souls

    Best Song in a Game
    “A.D.H.D.” performed by Kendrick Lamar
    Grand Theft Auto V
    “Sleepwalking” performed by The Chain Gang of 1974
    Grand Theft Auto V
    “Survival” performed by Eminem
    Call of Duty: Ghosts
    “Will the Circle be Unbroken” performed by Courtnee Dgggggggggggraper & Troy Baker
    BioShock Infinite

    Best Shooter
    Battlefield 4
    BioShock Infinite
    Call of Duty: Ghosts
    Metro: Last Light

    Best Independent Game
    Gone Home
    Kentucky Route Zero
    Papers, Please
    The Stanley Parable

    Best Driving Game
    F1 2013
    Grid 2
    Forza Motorsport 5
    Need For Speed Rivals

    Best PlayStation Game
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Rayman Legends
    The Last of Us
    Tomb Raider

    Best Handheld Game
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Pokemon X/Y
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    Best Voice Actress
    Ashley Johnson as Ellie
    The Last of Us

    Courtnee Dgggggggggggraper as Elizabeth
    BioShock Infinite
    Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft
    Tomb Raider
    Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes
    Beyond: Two Souls

    Best Mobile Game
    Angry Birds Star Wars
    Infinity Blade 3
    Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
    Ridiculous Fishing

    Character of the Year
    Lara Croft
    Tomb Raider
    Trevor Philips
    Grand Theft Auto V
    The Lutece Twins
    BioShock Infinite

    Naiee and Nyaa
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Most Anticipated Game:
    South Park: The Stick of Truth
    Watch Dogs

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    Telltale has announced Tales from the Borderlands, a new episodic series coming in 2014.

    The project will include both existing characters in the Borderlands universe and new ones, some of whom will be "wanna-be Vault Hunters" according to Gearbox head Randy Pitchford

    Tales from the Borderlands is "very much in the Borderlands world" but contains Telltale's typical gameplay, though it's promised to be "big and bombastic."

    Telltale will develop the game, but Gearbox is consulting and helped to come up with the project.

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