Shack Snack: July 1, 2014

By Steven Wong, Jul 01, 2014 5:00pm PDT

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.

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QuakeCon tournaments up for $40,000 pool

QuakeCon is right around the corner, and today Bethesda announced its sponsored Quake Live tournaments. The tournament pool totals more than $40,000, which the company boasts is the largest purse in the history of the conference. Players will compete in three events.

Escape Dead Island takes a new survival horror approach

When someone talks about the Dead Island games, usually the first thing a player thinks is, "Oh, boy, I get to smack around a zombie with a crowbar!" However, Deep Silver will change this up a bit this fall with the release of Escape Dead Island, a game that will focus more on a genuine survival horror approach, rather than smacking the members of the undead into the middle of next Tuesday.

Forza Motorsport 5 invokes nostalgia with Hot Wheels Car Pack

There's a good chance that anyone that has ever played with toys as a child likely came across Hot Wheels. It's ubiquitous, practically synonymous with toy cars. Forza Motorsport 5 would like to honor this time-honored line of miniature favorites by releasing the new Hot Wheels Car Pack DLC.

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Can id build a better Doom?

Over the past twenty-one years, the Doom franchise has built up quite a legacy. That will continue in a few weeks' time when the much-rumored Doom 4 is revealed at Quakecon 2014 in Dallas, Texas. However, given the criticism that Doom 3 received, combined with how many have become desensitized to video game horror, we can't help but ask... is this a franchise that can grow beyond being a mindless shooter?

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