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SEGA Pluto eBay auction finishes at $15k but with reserve price not met

10 May

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We’ve already told you about the SEGA Pluto console dropped on a eBay auction few days ago. Well, now the auction is over, but the prototype stills unsold.

We saw this coming. The seller was quite greedy to put such an high reserve price, that remains unknown, but for sure is more than $15.5k, that was the final bid reached by the auction.

Will the seller try again? We really think so…stay tuned!

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Get the Humble Double Fine Bundle and help children

7 May

The Humble Double Fine bundle

Double Fine Productions is back with a brand new Humble Double Fine Bundle! As usual the rules are the following: Pay what you want. Support charity. Get cross-platform, DRM-free games.

So we’re in, but what’s in the pack? Pay what you want and get the beloved and hilarious platformer Psychonauts; the matryoshka doll epic adventure Stacking; and the adorable adventure/RPG Costume Quest. If you pay over the average, you’ll get the heavy metal action/adventure/RTS rocker Brütal Legend. You’ll also become a slacker backer of Double Fine’s Kickstarter point-and-click adventure game, Broken Age, with a purchase of $35 or more and receive the finished game and bonus content that comes with it! And if you pay $70 or more you’ll receive a limited edition Double Fine T-shirt (choose from two color options) in addition to everything else! Additionally, this bundle includes tons of soundtracks that will have your ears jumping for joy!

The cool thing is that YOU can decide how divide your contribution among Double Fine, the Humble Bundle Inc. and the two charity foundations involved in the project, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play.

So, this all sounds amazing…you’re going to get hours of absolutely crazy fun with all those games and also you will give your help to children in need. What the hell are you waiting for? Here’s the link to get this!

The next-gen Xbox will be revealed on May 21st

24 Apr

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Like few months ago for the PS4, Microsoft has announced that the next-gen Xbox, codename Durango, will be revealed on May 21st; about time! Obviously a live stream will be available almost everywhere on the net, but particularly on xbox.com, on Xbox Live and on Spike TV.

Pin the the date. We’re looking forward to find out what’s Microsoft’s next move.

Yu Suzuki is thinking about a Kickstarter to fund Shenmue 3

3 Mar

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Yep, you heard it so many times in the past twelve years, but everytime it was just bullshit…probably also this time, but still, here is your news about a possible making of long-waited Shenmue 3.

Indeed seems that Yu Suzuki, acclaimed developer of the Shenmue franchise for SEGA, is seriously thinking about a Kickstarter project to fund the development of Shenmue 3. The news comes from Sebastien Abdelhamid, a french journalist for CANAL+ , that met Suzuki at the Monaco Anime Game Show. Here’s the tweet about the rumor.

(TRANSLATION: Yu Suzuki just said that he is thinking about a Kickstarter to fund the Shenmue 3 developement ! #MAGS)

We don’t know if this will really happen, but we hope so…still, we are a bit worried about SEGA and its ownership of all the copyrights for the franchise.

Stay tuned!

This is how an HD first person Mario game looks like

25 Feb

Earlier today we talked about Freddie Wong and his upcoming VGHS season 2 project, but now we want to share with you a (not-so) little gem he made and uploaded on his YouTube Channel.

It is called First Person Mario: Endgame, and after 50 days of rendering (yup, fifty fucking days of video rendering), it shows how an HD first person Mario game would be. The video is based on an actual game lavel of Super Mario Bros. 3 and appears to be generated from an actual replay of someone playing the game (you can see the 2D map on the upper right). IT IS JUST STUNNING (oh look at that Bowser!).

 

Thanks to Kickstarter, VGHS season 2 is going to be made

25 Feb

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Have you ever watched Video Game High School? No? Shame on you, because VGHS is a really great and well-made web series by Rocket Jump Production, filmaker company lead by YouTube superstar Freddie Wong.

VGHS is not your typical teen drama, indeed it takes place in a world where playing video games is like being an hero (see: americanized Korea), and people go to an high school where all the subjects are vg-related. Let’s make it short…it’s like being in one of your childhood dreams.

Take a look at the official trailer

Anyway, the first seasont was entirely funded via Kickstarter (and if you missed it, fix yourself here) and same for the upcoming season 2, for which they asked like $600k and raised more than $800k, and that’s actually a good news!

As we can read on Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Rocket Jump‘s twitter accounts season 2 is being filmed right now at You Tube Stages Facilities in Los Angeles, and we’ll be able to enjoy it on next July!

 

This Threadless t-shirt is something you want. NOW.

12 Feb

Threadless is an online community of artists and an e-commerce website based in Chicago, where designs are created by and chosen by an online community.

Each week, about 1,000 designs are submitted online and are put to a public vote. After seven days the staff reviews the top-scoring designs. Based on the average score and community feedback, about 10 designs are selected each week, printed on clothing and other products, and sold worldwide in limited editions.

This article is just to let you know that right now a very cool t-shirt is available. Take a look!

 A Pixel of My Childhood  Design by Adam Jhesu Rufino Nakamura threadless

This awesome t-shirt, that features some pixelated Nintendo controllers, consoles and cartridges, is called “A Pixel of My Childhood” and has been design by Adam Jhesu Rufino Nakamura. In our opinion it totally worths the $20 price tag. If you want it (and you know you do) buy it here, but hurry up, it’s not going to last forever.

There is a ridiculously huge (and expensive) games collection for sale on ebay

7 Feb

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“After a life spent collecting video games I decide to sell off my entire collection”

This is how the italian seller opened his listing on ebay. He continued saying that he just has too much things and the space to store them is finished long ago…realizing that if he wants to play at least half of his games, he should lives two or three entire human life…

This games collection is incredibly huge, and just to give an idea, he spent the last two months of his life taking pictures and making lists, working about eight hours a day just in order to make an inventory and to figure out what he has, and this is INSANE!

It counts something like 6850 games, 330 consoles, 220 controllers and 185 various accessories and peripherals from which we can recognize basically everything is worthwhile in video games history! From ultra-rare and ultra-limited edition Biohazard Dreamcasts to impossibly expensive NEO GEO AES games, from the incredibly hard-to-find Hotel FamicomBox to never-seen 80s Game & Watches.

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Enough nostalgia and collector rage? Good, let’s talk about money…do you have some savings? Or are you planning to sell your house or your 1st born? Because this collection will cost you $550.000 (yes, fivehundredfiftythousand freaking dollars), plus some unknown-but-for-sure-hugely-expensive delivery cost if you don’t live in Italy (yup, hard times in Italy right now).

If you’re interested (or just curious) you can check the complete game list here, the image library of all the items here and the actual ebay listing here.

At the time of writing the collection has received no bids.

**UPDATE (8 Feb 2013)**

Bidding has ended on this listing. The seller has relisted the items here.

**UPDATE (9 Feb 2013)**

We finally got a bidder for $550k! (but maybe it’s just a joke)

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**UPDATE (12 Feb 2013)**

The listing has been removed from ebay. Some private buyer? We’ll never know…

Game Developer Salary Survey 2013

4 Feb

The Game Developer Magazine and Gamasutra are inviting readers to participate in their annual Game Developer Salary Survey, a worldwide, publicly-released statistical study of game industry salaries and benefits.

The survey takes approximately 6-7 minutes to complete, and will run until Friday, February 22nd. The results will be published on April 2013.

So if you are a programmer, a game designer, a tester, an animator (or you just clean the toilets at Ubisoft) you can fill out the survey here. Obviously it is anonymous, and none of the information presented will be associated with any individually identifiable information.

But what are the results from the last year? Here we go! (bad news for you testers)

Programming: Already some of the highest paid talent in the game industry, programmers made even more in 2011 as their average salary jumped up to nearly $92,962 from $85,733. Salaries increased across the experience spectrum, with newer workers (under three years of experience) reporting a whopping $10,700 average increase over last year.

Art and Animation: Artists and animators’ average salaries increased to $75,780 over the previous year’s average of $71,354. The largest gains went to art directors and lead/technical artists, which bodes well for the industry veterans and less so for the younger artists and animators.

Game Design: Game designers, writers, and creative directors were paid $73,386 on average in 2011, up from $70,223. Game designers with less than three years of experience received the biggest boost over last year ($3,500).

Production: Though producers saw a huge increase in 2010 for their average salaries to $88,544, that dropped last year to $85,687. Most of these cuts were felt by producers with 3-6 years of experience, whose average salaries fell about $4,900 from 2010, and by producers with over six years of experience, whose salaries were cut by $3,300. Women continue to be comparatively well-represented in the production department (16 percent) — men absorbed most of the salary drop, while female producers’ salaries actually rose.

Audio: The average audio professional’s reported salary in 2011 was significantly higher, $83,182 compared to 2010’s $68,088. While it is difficult to draw meaningful conclusions from the data due to there being fewer respondents for this category compared to other disciplines, we received 30 percent more responses from audio professionals than we did in 2010, so the job market might just be on the uptick.

Quality Assurance: Quality assurance professionals (testers and QA leads) are the lowest-paid workers in the games industry for yet another year — and in 2011, their average salary decreased to $47,910 from $49,009 in 2010. The salary hit was mostly felt by QA leads with over six years of experience, while those with less experience in the field actually earned more.

Business: Business and legal employees are still the highest paid in the industry, but their salaries dropped from $106,452 in 2010 to $102,160 last year. Those with more than six years of experience were negatively impacted the most, making nearly $8,000 less. Newcomers, however, saw their average salaries increase by $14,000.

Sony will reveal the next PlayStation on February 20 (?)

1 Feb

We are not consoles fanboys, indeed they are just pieces of hardware allowing us to play games, and we love games, more than our own life. But we recognize that the release of a new console is always a big thing, and this generation is probably almost exhausted (anyway, there are just few software houses that tried to push X360 and PS3 to their limit, but still).

So people are looking forward to the next gen, and the two giants (no, Nintendo, we have not forgotten you. We still love you anyway) have started the HYPE WAR.

The first proper move is from Sony, that yesterday has released this teaser on YouTube

It ends with a date: February 20, 2013. Will Sony announce their next PlayStation (PS4, Orbis or whatever you want to call it) then? We’ll see. Anyway the event will be streamed worldwide, so it’s likely about something very big.

Also Shuhei Yoshida (President of SCE) seems very excited (or very confused, or very drunk, or he’s just trolling the world) about what’s going on

So, we can just wait to see what will happen next. For now write down the date and keep playing on your present-gen.