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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

Developers of Celeste cancelled their new 2D Metroidvania action game Skytorn, years in the making.

Noel Berry was the co-developer of 2018 platformer video game Celeste alongside Matt Thorson, which ended up winning in the "Best Independent Game" category at The Game Awards 2018 aside from receiving universal acclaim from critics.

He was also working on another Metroidvania game titled Skytorn from five years ago and the development was postponed for the making of the best indie title of last year but Berry always said that he would finish the game in future, until now.

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Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

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People who knew about the project were very excited for it and the team behind the game invested a lot of time into it but unfortunately, they have come to the decision of not finishing the game anymore. It was mostly because they never figured out what they were making.

Even after working on it for years, they couldn't progress because they were developing a game without permadeath and that is contradictory with the themes of Metroidvania. At this point, it will require them to throw away a huge chunk of code and gameplay design.

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Just have a look at the amazing glimpse of the gameplay preview for Skytorn that was originally planned to drop back in 2017.




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However, he assured that he is sticking together with the "Celeste" team as they will be adding some very hard new "Farewell Levels" to the game according to an announced earlier and will also be working on their upcoming title.

It is really a shame seeing all that beautiful sprites and level design going away in waste as Skytorn really had the potential to become the next indie blockbuster. Hopefully, the entire team will be able to move on with their next project at hand and implement this learning experience.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

Valve's Dota-based digital card game Artifact has just received its first balancing patch with added features.

For long, developer/publisher Valve Corporation has been enjoying the success of their multiplayer online battle arena game DOTA 2 and then came up with a digital collectible card game Artifact based on the mythos of the community-created mod.

Debuted earlier on November 28, 2018 for Linux, Mac and PC, the title has been receiving quite an attention from critics and players. The game already got its first balance patch "Build Your Legend Update" for even more intense deck-building fun.

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Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

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Players can now level up accounts with the newly deployed system, which will let them unlock tickets and card packs down the road. Ongoing card balance has a lot of perks for a digital game and realizing that, the company is just trying to embrace the change.

Valve has originally planned for the model to work like a normal trading card game and decided to ban cards only in emergency situations that calls for such action but they took a month to reach that conclusion. For more details on the changes made, take a look at the Patch Notes.

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After evaluating feedback from direct interactions, online suggestions and group discussions among their team members, they collectively decided to be flexible with improvisation. Those who have purchased the affected cards before can sell their cards back to the store within next two weeks.

However, players never expected to see a patch this soon after the launch of the game but it came as a statement from the developer team working on it. While the team was old-fashioned with some cards, they made significant alteration to others.

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Even only a few days ago, Artifact was listed among the bottom 10 of the top 100 best-selling games list on Steam and following the update, that place has significantly improved. People are mostly positive towards these new adjustments and hopefully the game is not dying down soon.

Seeing Valve taking such an agreeable approach to modification, we guess that there are more patches coming down for the foreseeable future. Despite the game being innovative, it pushes the player to spend more money and time, which can scare off many newcomers.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Insurgency Free on Steam Now

Before Insurgency: Sandstorm hits the stores, developers offer Insurgency free for a limited time on Steam.

We are only a month away from the release of upcoming first-person shooter game Insurgency: Sandstorm by developer/publisher New World Interactive and currently its predecessor, Insurgency is free on Steam for the next 48 hours in celebration for the sequel starting from 10 AM PT. You just enter the site, go to the store page and simply click on "Install Game" to claim it, adding into your collection forever. Also, having it on your library will get you 10% loyalty discount on Sandstorm.

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Insurgency Free on Steam Now

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Mostly focused on online co-op, this indie title has a several number of multiplayer modes to try out. Based on a community based mod of Valve's Source Engine, the game entered Early Access on Linux, Mac and PC in March 2013 for ten months following a failed Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the development before seeing an eventual full official release back in 2014. However, the game has been sold five million copies until now and has a trail of very positive feedback.

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Also, the game sticks to a gameplay mechanics where effects of gunshots are more realistic unlike other known FPS titles where you take multiple shots and can still play. What makes it more challenging is a very intelligent AI system that makes it quite hard to kill an enemy. This forces players to work together towards success and defeat your enemies with teamwork. The sequel adds new features like adding an option to play as a female soldier and allows character customization as well.

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Steam often gives away free game to players and some of them are really great to try aside from saving your money and perhaps even get interested for a latter installment sometime. Insurgency: Sandstorm tries to live up to fan expectation by keeping everything that made Insurgency so beloved to players. So, with no strings attached, you can definitely give this title a try before the offer expires soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

Fired IGN editor Filip Miucin talks about his involvement on the alleged plagiarism of Dead Cells game review.

When allegations of plagiarized review on newly released rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells came out online on August 7, people started calling IGN out like crazy while they quickly deleted the copy from their site and took action against the accused editor Filip Miucin by officially firing him from their team. After taking heavy fire for past few days over this controversy, the accused have finally decided to take YouTube for explaining his side of the story in a response video.

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IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

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This is the first time when Miucin actually opened up about the fiasco that has disgraced him on public and cost him his job. However, his tone towards the matter was less than expected as he starts with saying that he didn't intentionally do that and then apologized to developer Motion Twin as well as his former employer company, except for YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming, who has accused him of content theft in the first place. It clearly shows that he was not sincere about his apology.

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Even IGN was open enough to publicly issuing an apology to a relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming who made a video by making side-by-side comparison about how his original review video on the game was copied. Miucin only made the video when people kept attacking him on social media but this response video was heavily downvoted by viewers and was later removed by him. So, what really stopped Filip from mentioning the source for once that he was ripping off?

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Previously, an article on Kotaku pointed out that he partially plagiarized the FIFA 18 review from NintendoLife site in last September. On account of that incident, original author of that review Chris Scullion stated over Miucin’s speech that, he clearly failed to admit his guilt. However, Boomstick Gaming has gained the spotlight and this newfound fame has tripled the number of Subscribers to the channel since then.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

IGN Release Statement on Dead Cells Review Plagiarism

After an allegation of plagiarism was raised on media giant IGN over the review of Dead Cells, the site reached out to release a statement.

Fans of gaming and pop-culture heavily rely on entertainment websites and IGN being a media mogul in terms of that zone. After a video gone viral about them publishing a plagiarized review of a recently released game, Dead Cells, people have gone crazy as one of site's editors Filip Miucin turned out to be the culprit behind the misdeed. They came with a decision of terminating the person in question after running some internal investigation following the disaster surfaced on the internet.

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IGN Release Statement on Dead Cells Review Plagiarism

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YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming is literally a small channel compared to a giant enterprise that IGN is and they originally published a review of Dead Cells back in July. When the latter released a review on the game on August 6, he was surprised to find out that the site has completely plagiarized his own content. So, he published a video by making side-by-side comparison as proof of plagiarism by IGN. It soon became viral and people started questioning about their credibility.

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When the video with title "IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review: What do I do?" was posted on YouTube, Boomstick Gaming has never thought he will get any response from them but people on internet helped him by watching it over a million times and IGN also noticed this matter. Realizing the gravity of the situation, they fired Miucin afterwards and released an official statement on Twitter issuing a public apology for not being able to maintain a standard everyone expects from them.



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Developed by Motion Twin, Dead Cells is a rogue-like metroidvania title released on August 7 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It entered Steam's Early Access in May 2017 and upon full-version release, the received positive reception and a review from the alleged site. They came under heavy fire when resemblance between these two contents left no room for considering the event as coincidence.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dead Cells Review Plagiarism by IGN

YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming pointed out major similarities between their reviews on the game Dead Cells.

After it saw release on August 7, 2018 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells by developer Motion Twin has been receiving mostly positive reviews from various video game enthusiasts. Just as many other popular gaming sites, media giant IGN also published their perspective on the title in a broad review recently but has eventually removed it for alleged plagiarism by YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming.

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Dead Cells Review Plagiarism by IGN

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Back in July, relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming has first released a review of Dead Cells. Lately, they noticed some uncanny resemblance with the one published by IGN when they came across it. Although it could have been a coincidence, Boomstick ruled that out and made an allegation of plagiarism after comparing two reviews by doing a side-by-side analysis. The company decided to look further to investigate the claim and take out their article from site.

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To hear it from the horse's mouth, we have a clip from Boomstick channel that explains the incident of the content copied from their video.




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IGN has since gotten rid of the written version of the review article and video from their site, adding just an editor's note. They apparently begun to investigate about this matter and if the claim is true, then it is a horrible betrayal of trust from their side. Because, Boomstick is a channel with only 14,000 follower base and compared to the party in question that is a very tiny group of audience. What makes it worse is that, the review came from one of the site's editors Filip Miucin.

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With a minimalistic plot, the game advances as player character called the Prisoner goes through one castle to another on an unnamed island. Since there are no checkpoints, you start over from the beginning of that level and it feature a combat system that is similar to Dark Souls games series even though the surroundings are in 2D. Despite the aspects that makes it a bit hard to win, Dead Cells will never really become disappointing just for the difficulties it presents to player.

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This is not the first time when integrity and quality of a review came into question as we saw Warner Bros. pretending in past that covering of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War by prominent YouTuber and social media influencer PewDiePie was one of his independent works and no money were exchanged for it. Video game industry is a multi-billion dollar business and trusted personalities involved in gaming cannot just excuse them out of a controversy using ignorance.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Indie Mega Week on Humble Store

To celebrate indie spirit, Humble Store offers up to 90% off to enjoy great save on popular games in Indie Mega Week.

Indie games are always a breath of fresh air among all those AAA-titles from major developers that mostly keeps up doing the same thing over and over to bore players to death at some point. Keeping that in mind, renowned digital video games storefront Humble Store has just launched "Mega Indie Week" for everyone, which includes a whooping collection of indie games from various genre and a swing of discounted rates to leave you no excuse from getting them into your library.

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Indie Mega Week on Humble Store

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If we have counted correctly, then Humble have just unleashed a diverse pack containing 168 video games, downloadable contents and original game soundtracks in overall. Starting from a minimum of 10% price cut, the price tag drops up to 90% over an assortment of action, adventure, platformer, racing, RPG, simulation, strategy, survival and other variety of indie titles that we can count on for whole day. Although some of these games are still on Early Access, they are worth a try.

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We have already listed a selected few from the games that are offered in "Indie Mega Week" here and feel free to check out the sale if you are interested in these titles.


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While this one is not one of their signature "Humble Bundles", where hand-picked digital ebooks, games software and other stuffs are put up for purchase for pay-what-you-want to raise donations for charity, this bundle offer is still worth a try because of the addition of some recently released titles adorned by players in general like Broforce, Cuphead, Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Hob, Inside, Moonlighter, Torchlight, Undertale and Wizard of Legend.

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Humble Store Best Bets from Indie Mega Week

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The selected titles from Humble Store's Indie Mega Week are available on Steam and playable over platforms like Linux, Mac and PC. Our suggestion for you is to drop everything else and go start browsing quickly to see if can find something that you like before the offer eventually expires on August 6 at 10 AM PT. Also, you can sign up for "Humble Monthly" subscription service to get curated bundle of digital PC games each month and you can get one months for free by choosing a 12 month plan.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

Many gamers would agree that BioShock from developer 2K Games was a very unique entry among all other first-person shooter game franchises. 2007 saw the debut of the first game, then BioShock 2 came in 2010 and BioShock Infinite released in 2013. So, it's been five years since the last game of the series was released but we bet many fans are more than ready for a new installment at any time. With that, we currently have news that a new BioShock title is currently in development.

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New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

All the titles from the original series took place into the underwater city of Rapture, which was meant to be a utopia for elites. People become addicted to a substance called ADAM that grants superhuman abilities but also slowly drives them insane. Little orphan girls called "Little Sisters" were used to harvest ADAM and they were protected by giant robot like sentries nicknamed "Big Daddies". Third game of the series, BioShock Infinite took the adventure to the vintage sky city of Columbia.

News editor Jason Schreier for video game website Kotaku was recently working on a story with developer Hangar 13 about Mafia III, when he came to know about this information. There is a secret neighboring studio Parkside, currently working on an unannounced project and it is a new BioShock game. Now, this has come to many fans as relief as many of them thought that their series has ended with the fall of developer Irrational Games.



Although CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick has assured in 2015 that it wouldn't mean the end for BioShock series and they will continue it in future, they have not done anything convincing till date to back that up. However, it looks like Take-Two is making good on their word by bringing a brand-new BioShock game teaming up with publisher 2K Games. Already sold more than 25 million units, this steampunk first-person shooter was also being considered for a movie adaptation but ultimately failed though.

Officially, 2K Games have yet to confirm the validity of this news and there has been no statement from their end yet. With the release of BioShock: The Collection featuring remastered edition of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the series made it's comeback in 2016 but that was it. There was no more news from them ever since and the entirety of this franchise are put into ice. If they are truly bringing back the series, then we would love to see them explore some new location for their fictional paradise this time.