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Sword & Sworcery's positive female character

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Femenist Frequency kicks off a new chapter in its video series, introducing Positive Female Characters in Video Games. Host Anita Sarkeesian talks about The Scythian, protagonist of 2011's superb Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Sarkeesian discusses how The Scythian is a hero first, who happens to be a woman—not a caricature of a woman with hyperactive gender signifiers, like pink clothes, bows in her hair, or the recipient of jiggly breast physics. The most important takeaway from this video is that women can quietly fill the role of hero as easily as men can.

Star Wars Rebels pinball table launching a week before May the Fourth

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Looks like Zen Studios is still firmly in the Star Wars business. This newest pinball table, Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels (say "Star Wars" again, I dare you, I double dare you) adds to the already robust library of Star Wars tables in the Zen Studios library.

The Star Wars Rebels table is based on none other than the animated TV show, Star Wars Rebels. And, as the other Star Wars tables have enjoyed doing, this one is a deconstruction of pinball. Sure, it has the requisite components of what makes a pinball table a pinball table—such as flippers, a plunger, and a few bumpers—but, other than that, it pushes out the boundaries of what a table looks like.

If these screenshots are any indication (which, they are) then there's going to be a lot of swordplay antics going on at the top of the table. TIE fighters and the Ghost ship make prominent appearances, too.

The Star Wars Rebels table comes to Pinball FX2, Zen Pinball 2, and Star Wars Pinball on console, PC, and mobile on the week of April 27.

    
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New Star Wars Battlefront trailer will be released April 17

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No joke, I had a dream about this game last night. In my dream, I was trying to get some work done, and all I could think about was how much I wanted to get back to playing Battlefront.

That's how I excited I am for this game.

And lo and behold, just a few hours after that dream they announce the release of the reveal trailer for Battlefront: April 17th, 10:30 AM PST. It will be shown at the Star Wars Celebration event as well, and it's unclear if it will be released online at the same time it's shown at the convention or not. All I needed to know was that it will be released online that day. Gameplay will be shown behind closed doors at the convention as well; here's hoping someone will risk their jobs to leak it online (not really, don't do that guys)!

Get hype for release this coming holiday season. I've been waiting for this game for 9 years, but the homestretch is killing me!

Nintendo forces the Super Mario 64 browser remake to be taken down

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That didn't take long.

Just four days ago, you could play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser with the Unity Web Player plugin. Made my Roystan Ross as a way to test his new Super Character Controller, which would allow people to have third person in Unity engine games, everything but the meshes for Mario, goombas and the Power Star had been remade. And even though Ross said there was no intent to monetize it, Nintendo made him take it down anyway.

If you downloaded it, however, you can keep playing like there's no tomorrow.

It's kind of a shame that companies are so protective of their IP, because things like this are pretty cool to see. It is what it is, however. Maybe we'll see another demo for the Super Character Controller in the near future.

Horror game Nevermind launches as early access title

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Developer Flying Mollusk has announced its horror game Nevermind is now available on Steam as an Early Access title. Nevermind has players assuming the role of Neuroprobers, which are described as:

Neuroprobers, specialized physicians who use cutting-edge technology to venture into the minds of victims devastated by psychological trauma, exploring the darkest and most surreal corners of their subconscious minds while solving puzzles to ultimately help them come to terms with their past.

Different from other games is that Nevermind utilizes biofeedback features that can be activated with various sensor options, such as laptops with built-in RealSense. The official Nevermind website has a complete list of the available sensors that work with the game. The sensor support for the game is optional as players can opt to play without them.

Now you can turn your neighborhood into a Pac-Man maze...sort of

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Ever wonder what it would be like if your neighborhood streets were like a giant Pac-Man maze?  Well now you can experience just that...digitally anyway.  If you go to Google Maps there's a button on the bottom-left corner of the map that will cause the screen to take the streets shown and turn them into a game of Pac-Man.  There is a slight catch though.  The map will zoom in to a specified size, so central Ohioans can't turn everything inside of I-270 in a maze.  It was fun though to turn my block into a maze, but it works best with streets that naturally run north to south and east to west (my neighborhood has streets that run diagonally and it's a pain to turn the right directions).

Check out this awesome Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 edition

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Now this is how you do a special edition for a console. Sony will be releasing a Limited Edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle with custom designed console.

Take a look at that. For $449, you'll get a grey PlayStation 4 with the Batman faceplate. Even the controller's color scheme is made to match the look of the console. You'll have to find a nice place to stand that up and display it though.

There'll also be a normal bundle with the game, but it's nothing compared to the Limited Edition bundle.

Either way, there will be DLC that will be release first to PlayStation 4 owners. So, fancy a new PlayStation 4 with Batman on the side?

April’s PS Plus games are no joke

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With a week left until the service is updated, Sony has outed the free games lined up for PS Plus members for the month of April. Things went right up to the last minute last month, but not this time. The new lineup is extremely stellar, particularly with Killzone Mercenary on the Vita, which is one of the best games available for the portable console. There are also a couple of day one releases in this batch too.

The new lineup consists of the following:

  • Tower of Guns for PS3 and PS4
  • Never Alone for PS4
  • Dishonored for PS3
  • Aaru’s Awakening for PS3 and PS4
  • Killzone Mercenary for Vita
  • MonsterBag for Vita

All six games will be available, free of charge, for PlayStation Plus members when the first update for the month of April goes live on April 7, 2015. Don’t forget to add all of the games to your account on the web version of the store, even if you don’t own the associated system. That way they will be in your purchase history if you should ever get a new console down the line.


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Get ready to walk the Path of the Warrior in WWE 2K15

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Growing up in suburban Chicago, I latched on to professional wrestling quickly.  My favorite wrestler upon discovering the old World Wrestling Federation was the late Ultimate Warrior.  Sure, he wasn't the greatest mat technician and he was pretty much insane, but that's why I liked him:  He ran to the ring like his hair was on fire, shook the ropes like he was in an insane asylum, destroyed whatever was in the ring, and then got out.

Now, WWE 2K15 is letting fans of Ultimate Warrior walk his path with their latest DLC "The Path of the Warrior."

The DLC highlights the entire career of the long haired wild man, including his Intercontinental Championship victory over Honky Tonk Man at Summerslam 88, winning the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania VI over Hulk Hogan, and the waterfall-inducing retirement match between him and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Be sure to get this DLC and become the Ultimate Warrior yourself!

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition headlines this week's Deals with Gold

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Major Nelson has revealed the games coming to this week's Deals with Gold, the weekly Xbox sale that discounts games for Gold members. 

Xbox One owners can pick up 10 games in the sale this week, including Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition (50% off), FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition (50% off), and LEGO Marvel Superheroes (75% off).

Gold subscribers on the Xbox 360 can buy games such as Diablo III Reaper of Souls (50% off), LEGO Lord of the Rings (75% off), and FIFA 15 (50% off).

This weeks discounts are valid today through April 6. For a full list of the games and add-ons on sale, check out the tables below.

Xbox One:

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition Xbox One Game 50%
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Xbox One Game 75%
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Xbox One Game 40%
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40%
The LEGO Movie Videogame Xbox One Game 67%
LEGO The Hobbit Xbox One Game 60%
FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50%
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One Game 67%
Peggle 2 Magical Master Edition Xbox One Game 60%
Battlefield 4 Ultimate Shortcut Bundle Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Vehicle Shortcut Kit Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Soldier Shortcut Kit Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Weapon Shortcut Kit Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Air Vehicle Shortcut Kit Add-On 50%
BF4 Ground & Sea Vehicle Shortcut Kit Add-On 50%
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50%

Xbox 360: 

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Diabo III Reaper of Souls Games On Demand 50%
LEGO Marvel Games On Demand 75%
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Games On Demand 40%
LEGO Movie Games On Demand 75%
LEGO Lord of the Rings Games On Demand 75%
LEGO Hobbit Games On Demand 60%
LEGO Harry Potter 5-7 Games On Demand 75%
LEGO Batman 2 Games On Demand 75%
Bioshock Infinite Season Pass Add-On 33%
Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Ep 1 Add-On 33%
Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Ep 2 Add-On 33%
FIFA 15 Games On Demand 50%
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Games On Demand 67%
Battlefield 4 Ultimate Shorcut Bundle Add-On 50%
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening Add-On 75%
Dragon Age: Origins – Warden’s Keep Add-On 75%
Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin Add-On 50%
Dragon Age 2: Legacy Add-On 50%
Kingdoms of Amalur- Teeth of Naros Add-On 50%
Kingdoms of Amalur- Legend of Dead Kel Add-On 50%
NFS Most Wanted Complete DLC Bundle Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Soldier Shortcut Bundle Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Weapon Shortcut Bundle Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Air Vehicle Shortcut Kit Add-On 50%
Battlefield 4 Ground & Sea Vehicle Shortcut Add-On 50%