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Temporus: Official Trailer

This retro-styled 2D platformer is looking to Kickstarter for funding.

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Chuck's Challenge 3D Review

Hey Kickstarter people with too much money on your hands: how about trying to fix Social Security?

If you were given 13 grand, would you use it to make a sequel to an Atari Lynx puzzle game? I can't say that would be my first choice, and I bet it wouldn't be yours either, but could nearly 400 Kickstarter backers go wrong? (I can see Takedown: Red Sabre players are reaching for pitchforks; easy, folks, this is nothing like that. Stand down.) Another adventure in crowdfunding has resurrected one man's decades-long dream, and after playing the final product via Desura, I consider my brain partially teased, moderately amused.

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Cloudberry Kingdom Review

Level designer > Random level generator

I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t realize that Cloudberry Kingdom is entirely made up of randomly generated stages. They demand a level of precision and contain enough traps that you’d think some masochistic level designer was madly laughing as he put most of them together. Of course, this does speak volumes of the quality of the level generator that sits behind this intensely challenging 2D platformer, but without anything pulling everything together, it’s more of a never ending gauntlet of disparate levels than a game.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Kickstarter Trailer

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Publishers: A Necessary Evil

A recent update from Double Fine gets Jesse thinking that maybe publishers aren't completely useless after all.

It’s been a little over a year since Kickstarter kicked down the door of the video game industry and introduced itself.  Double Fine’s then untitled adventure game utilized the crowd funding site to finance a game in a genre that most have presumed dead, or at least mostly dead (which means a little alive), for quite some time now.  No reasonable publisher would hand money over to a studio not known to be especially financially successful, for an unproven IP in a genre that some younger gamers may not even know exists – and it’s hard to blame them.

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American McGee Gauges Interest for "Alice 3"

Project would require fan support, rights from EA

American McGee Wednesday asked fans if they'd support a third Alice game, provided he's able to get the rights from EA.

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[UPDATED] inXile Hopes to Kickstart Torment

With Wasteland 2 well into development, the developer hopes to get a head start on their next project.

UPDATE: That was quick.  In only 6 hours, inXile has hit their initial $900k goal.  In an email to backers, Brian Fargo indicated that stretch goals are coming and will be posted soon.  You can read the original story as it was reported below. 

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Review

Did a franchise started as a Mario rip-off surpass its “inspiration”? No. No, it did not.

Somewhere during the creation of a game, there seems to be a point where the design team must ask itself, “Should we make our game longer?” Sometimes this might result in the addition of compelling new content, but so often it results in revisiting the same places you’ve already been to collect more thingamabobs.  This very decision is what ruins Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Your forward progress in what could be a wonderful game is stymied until you can perfect your collection of MacGuffins without dying in levels you’ve already completed. It’s a real shame too, because without this unnecessary padding I wouldn’t have noticed the game’s glitches or gotten as frustrated with its inconsistent responses. Most importantly, I wouldn’t have gotten so sick of playing it.

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Teaser Trailer

Check out the latest from Black Forest Games, brought to you by the Kickstarter Community.

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Wasteland 2 Comes With Wasteland

Get two games for the price of one when Wasteland 2 is complete.

During the past few months it feels like nearly every legendary game designer of the ‘80s and ‘90s has come out of the woodwork with a Kickstarter to either create a new game or a remake of one of their classics. One of the more high profile games to get funded was inXile’s Wasteland 2. Wasteland was a game that captured the hearts and minds of many PC gamers in the late ‘80s, but for a vast majority of current players it’s not a known quantity. If you’re one of those late-to-the-party people that are curious about picking up this sequel, fear not; it was announced today that Wasteland 2 will have the original game included.

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