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Hello readers, viewers, and Chatty members,

We have spent the past 7 months working on a strategy to revitalize Shacknews, and we officially open a new chapter in our site’s history with tonight’s relaunch!

Over the past several months, we’ve tried a bunch of different things — we have daily video news with our Shack Snacks, fun programming like 8-Bit Cuisine and Shack Reels, and great written editorial led by Steven Wong, Steve Watts, and Ozzie Mejia. We are constantly engaging the Chatty community to find out what they want to read, hear and see, including at the recent Shackcon (pictured above). We’re even on our second official episode of the Shacknews' Chattycast podcast and we have plans to introduce new shows in the near future. Read more »

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Shack Snack: July 9, 2014

Kick back and treat yourself to a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

Watch: Today's Shack Snack »

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Shadow Warrior slices onto Xbox One and PS4 in late September

Shadow Warrior slices onto Xbox One and PS4 in late September

Lo Wang isn't done cutting up his enemies just yet. Devolver Digital and Majesco Entertainment have revealed that Shadow Warrior will indeed make its next-gen console debut this year, narrowing its release to late September.

Read more: At a slightly lower price »

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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut coming to PC next week

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut coming to PC next week

Developer WayForward has been known for digging into gaming's past with games like DuckTales Remastered and Contra 4. But now the studio is about to dig into its own past by re-visiting Shantae: Risky's Revenge. The second installment of the Shantae series is set to hit Steam next week with Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut.

Read more: Magic Mode included »

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Gear-ing Up For Gaming: Evil Controllers

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Gear-ing Up For Gaming: Evil Controllers

Welcome to Gear-ing Up For Gaming, providing you with tips for essential gear that you could use for your epic gaming sessions. From headphones to controllers to special peripherals, these will help you get the most out of what you play, whether it's a casual round of Tetris or a hardcore get-together of Titanfall. This week, we kick off this column with a look at the modded controllers being offered by Evil Controllers.

Read more: Forget Build-a-Bear; build a controller! »

"Says on their site, u can buy a $20 DIY d-pad for 360 controllers. Tempting. "
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Team Fortress 2 opens Early Access beta maps with new game mode

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Team Fortress 2 opens Early Access beta maps with new game mode

Valve is aiming to keep Team Fortress 2 going with new content, but not everything is quite ready for public consumption. So they're enlisting the help of their loyal player base to help test out new areas through an Early Access program for maps currently in beta. And while the standard game modes will be present, some new ones are apparently popping up, as well.

Read more: Catch the machines »

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Grim Fandango coming to PC, Mac, and Linux too

Grim Fandango coming to PC, Mac, and Linux too

Sony made a point of touting Grim Fandango coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita at its E3 press conference. The inventive view of the underworld can't be contained there, as Double Fine has announced it will hit PC, Mac, and Linux as well.

Read more: "Reap your heart out!" »

"I kinda enjoy DotT as it is. Fandango is hard to run and has the odd controls, but ScummVM makes ..."
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Chatty Q&A: Payday 2 devs discuss DLC, upcoming features, and more

Chatty Q&A: Payday 2 devs discuss DLC, upcoming features, and more

Heists have become serious business in multiplayer games, as of late. But before the idea was a blip on Rockstar's radar and before EA thought about stepping into the wonderful world of larceny, Overkill Software was taking a walk on the wild side with Payday 2. The multiplayer heist gambit paid off in dividends, quickly becoming one of the developer's most successful games.

Payday 2's substantial DLC lineup has also gone a long way towards helping keep the game in gamer crosshairs. The latest DLC pack, the Big Bank Heist, is the biggest add-on to date in both size and scope, offering the game's greatest challenge to date. So the time felt right to reach out to Overkill's Almir Listo and Andreas Häll-Penninger about Payday 2, the game's ongoing development, and its future, as well as toss over some questions from the loyal Chatty community of hardened thieves.

Read more: Big Bank, balance improvements, and more »

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Summer Spotlight: Shovel Knight digs up a diamond

Summer Spotlight: Shovel Knight digs up a diamond

The summer is always a slow point for video game releases, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time catching up or playing indie games. We've covered how to escape the summer doldrums, but starting this week we're going to take a closer look at some of the best with roundtable discussions. This week, Ozzie and I can really dig it.

Read more: Every day I'm shovelin' »

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Letter from the EIC

Letter from the EIC

Greetings Shackers,

Welcome to an ever evolving Shacknews. I’m sure many of you have noticed that we’ve been going through some changes, including new faces and more original content that reaches out to our dedicated community for input and feedback. Our goal is make Shacknews your ultimate destination for information, insight, and entertainment. Above all, we want to share our love of games with everyone. So, as we bid a fond farewell to Andrew Yoon, we thank you for visiting our site and we hope you enjoy the ride. Read more »

"No. Ozzie will put up the link on the top of Chatty so people can read Andrew's thoughts, which ..."
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Hello, and goodbye

Hello, and goodbye

Hey Shackers,

It's been a while since we've last chatted. If you've been a front pager, you may have noticed that I haven't been around as of late. It's been three years since I joined Shack. Since then, I think our team has done a tremendous job. My motto has always been "we're one of the few sites with the word News in the name," and I think we did an excellent job of bringing you top-quality no-nonsense news. Sure, there were some flubs along the way, but I think we've excelled well beyond the resources given to us. Read more »

"I'm not a fan of this new wave of online media sites with the emphasis on the headlines or ..."
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Report: Beyond: Two Souls coming to PlayStation 4

Report: Beyond: Two Souls coming to PlayStation 4

When it came out last year after a long development cycle, Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls met with modest success. It appears Sony will give gamers a chance to grab it again on PlayStation 4.

Read more: Press X to Aiden »

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Sharknado: The Video Game lurching towards mobile

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Sharknado: The Video Game lurching towards mobile

Can we just go ahead and proclaim July the month of the Sharknado already? Rifftrax is going to rip the original movie apart in a special presentation tomorrow and July 15th. SyFy Films is set to premiere the sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, at the end of the month (with Andy Dick, no less!). And now Majesco is teaming up with SyFy to bring the swirling predator cyclone to the mobile front.

Read more: No sign of Tara Reid »

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Watch 16 minutes of Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay from E3 2014

Watch 16 minutes of Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay from E3 2014

Update: We've also gone ahead and added our E3 interview with creative director Mike Laidlaw. Enjoy!

Shacknews had a chance to check out Dragon Age: Inquisition at this year's E3. Now the public will get a chance to take a look at the 16-minute gameplay clip from this year's expo, which was released by BioWare this morning.

Watch: The narrated E3 walkthrough »

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Rogue Legacy coming to PlayStation this month

Rogue Legacy coming to PlayStation this month

The indie game Rogue Legacy is coming to PlayStation platforms on July 29, developer Cellar Door Games announced today. It will hit PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita simultaneously, and features cross-buy and cross-save through all three platforms.

Read more: All of the PC features and patches »

"Cross buy and cross save! why doesn't every game do this! this is a wonderful day!"
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