Weekly-Roundtable

Weekly Panel Discussion: Problems with Kickstarter

This weeks panel discussion focuses on Kickstarter and the funding issues that have arisen over the last few years. Recently the developers of Mighty Number 9 asked for an additional $100,000, on top of the 4million that they have already received, just to add English Voice Acting. About a year back Tim Schafer’s crowd-funding game Broken Age announced that they also needed more money just to finish the project. With these developers double-dipping into the crowd-funding world, what does the future hold for these types of games? Is this a fad or will Kickstarter be around for the long haul in the video game world. Make the jump to check out this weeks panel discussion.

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New Playable Characters for Hyrule Warriors: Darunia, Ruto, and Sheik

As hinted at earlier this week, a new playable character for Nintendo and Tecmo Koei’s crossover title, Hyrule Warriors, as been announced through the latest issue of Famitsu. As of today, those characters appear to be The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time‘s Sheik, Darunia, and Ruto.

UPDATE: We now have scans of Ruto’s character spread in Famitsu, along with a tiny peek at Darunia.

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Destiny’s Beta is Live Again and Available Early on Xbox Platforms

Maintenance for Destiny‘s Beta has concluded earlier than expected thanks to some hard work from the team at Bungie, allowing players to jump right back into the action.

As an added bonus, the Beta has even been released a day early for Xbox One and Xbox 360, allowing everyone with a pre-order code to partake in Destiny‘s early trial, starting today. If you pre-ordered the game for either console and have a download code, you are free to redeem it at your leisure, but be warned, downloading the beta takes at least a few hours, so you might want to find something to do in the meantime.

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New Transformations and Call Gameplay in New Mighty No. 9 Trailer

Comcept brings forth a new Mighty No. 9 trailer, showing off sweet robot-on-robot action with a side of Call gameplay.

The video below showcases Beck and the variety of abilities and transformations he carries at his disposal. Mighty No. 2 and Mighty No. 5 make their first appearances in the trailer, showing off how they will fight against you. Call arrives around the :50 mark in the video and trailer showcases the way she maneuvers through the stage. It is unclear on how she will aid Beck or if she will play similarly.

Mighty No. 9 is set to release 2015 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo WiiU, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Defense Grid 2 Pre-Purchase Rewards Unlocked First Batch of Content

Hidden Path Entertainment brings forth the content with its pre-purchase bonuses for Defense Grid 2. Defense Grid 2 is a tower defense strategy game, utilizing towers and other means of defense to halt the imminent enemy invasion. The original Defense Grid released in 2008, receiving good reviews for its visuals, game play mechanics, and replay value along with the addition of DLC increased the longevity of the game itself. Defense Grid 2 sets to add more variety of enemies to the fray, spur out new worlds to play in with a strong foundation in its singleplayer and multiplayer experiences.

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Hyrule Warriors: Link Demolishes With the Ball and Chain in New Trailer

A new trailer has been uploaded for Nintendo and Tecmo Koei’s soon-to-be-released crossover title, Hyrule Warriors. Like previous trailers, this new footage focuses on a character and their utilized movesets while having a specific weapon equipped; in this case, it’s all about Link and the Ball and Chain, which is combined with the Ocarina of Time‘s Silver Gauntlets. The Imprisoned also manages to make an appearance, as the trailer includes several shots of the Skyward Sword stage that enemy is featured in.

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Dota 2 Shown on ESPN2

EPSN2 showed a preview this weekend of the grand finals of Dota 2′s The International, a 10 million dollar tournament for the game. Though many are excited because it gives professional gaming more legitimacy, others were not so thrilled.

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The Last of Us: One Night Live

On July 28th, fans of 2013′s most acclaimed game: The Last of Us can experience the artistry live on stage, to celebrate the remaster coming to PlayStation 4. A live read of key-scenes will be performed by the game’s principal actors, including Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson. A performance by composer Gustavo Santaolalla, creator of the game’s soundtrack, will accompany the read, all directed by Neil Druckmann. The event will be held in Santa Monica, California. For those unable to attend, a live-stream will be available on Twtich, Youtube and PSN.