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Boxed version of indie darling Fez announced

Critically-acclaimed indie hit Fez is coming to physical retail for the first time – three years after its launch. Polytron’s innovative platformer, which was one of the subjects of documentary Indie Game: The Movie, was originally launched on Xbox 360 back in mid-2012, later coming to PC, PS4 and Vita. …

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Dirt Rally could be coming to boxed retail

Codemaster’s Early Access racing title Dirt Rally may be set for a physical release early next month. The PC game, which launched into Steam’s in-development platform earlier this year, was listed by Amazon Germany. According to the retailer, a boxed version will be released on December 8th. Last week, Dirt …

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Nintendo set to offer ‘Loot Crate’ subscription box rival

The online Nintendo store will shortly offer a new subscription box service, MCV understands. The ‘N-Box’ will feature toys, clothes and other merchandise inspired by and branded with Nintendo icons such as Mario, Zelda and Pokmon. The boxes are expected to be available individually, with gamers also able to subscribe …

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Microsoft pondered building Kinect into the Xbox One’s case

Microsoft even toyed with the idea of building the Kinect into the Xbox One itself, Xbox One hardware designerCarl Ledbetter has said. That would have made it a permanent, non-removable feature – and prevented the recent uncoupling of Kinect and console. We actually built models of that,” he said.We pushed …

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So why does Kirby always look angry in the West?

Ever noticed that Kirby is always the embodiment of happiness and light on Japanese artwork and a right grump on Western game boxes? Well, there’s a reason for that. Basically, cute things sell well in Japan. "For the Japanese versions we are at [developer] HAL involved in everything throughout development, …

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PS3 cover art is changing

Sony is once again altering the cover art for PS3 games. As spotted by IGN, the blue makeover was revealed via the box for Tecmo Koei’s Deception IV. Sony has since confirmed that all PS3 games will from this point boast the same look. This means that PS4, PS4 and …

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Xbox One owners can connect existing cable and satellite boxes via HDMI pass-through

The impressive TV functionality demonstrated in tonight’s Xbox One reveal will be available to everyone. Previous TV integration with Xbox 360 was dependent on specific agreements with suppliers and was mostly limited to the US. This is not the case with Xbox One. Instead, users will be able to attach …

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Games are like salad dressing, and the thinking behind BioShock Inifinite’s cover art

2K Games’ choice of box art for BioShock Infinite has irked some of the series’ faithful, moving Irrational’s Ken Levine to publicly address the concerns. A huge part of BioShock’s allure comes from its intriguing setting and political themes, and Infinite’s imaginative setting in the floating city of Columbia and …

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Gabe Newell confirms Steam Living Room PC plans

A Steam-centric PC designed to live under consumers’ TVs will likely be launched in 2013, according to Valve boss Gabe Newell. Speaking to Kotaku, Newell revealed that the reaction to its recently released TV-friendly Big Picture mode for Steam has been stronger than he expected. As a result, plans to …

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Wii U: What is and is not in the box

Nintendo has, amongst other details this morning, confirmed what will be included with the Wii U in both of its launch SKUs in Japan. Note, of course, that it’s not unprecedented for European and American launch bundles to differ form those offered in Japan. The machine comes in two bundles …

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