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Alleged Breach Thief Appears in Court

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Justin May, the man accused of trying to steal a copy of Breach during PAX East 2010, had his first day in court today, pleading not guilty to the charges levied against him.

May faces charges of larceny and trade secret after the events of the trade show. According to Breach maker Atomic Games, May "used his laptop to hack into an Xbox 360 Test Kit being used to demonstrate the game" and "downloaded about 14 megabytes" before fleeing the scene and eventually being apprehended by police. Read more »

"They always have the Breach booths surrounded by people who either used to be in the military, ..."
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Developers Discuss Future of PC Gaming at PAX

It was a dark, albeit not that stormy, night as the "Future of PC Gaming (Yes, there is one!)" panel kicked off at PAX East around 10PM EST. Considering what the panelists had to say, the setting was oddly appropriate.

Across the hour-long discussion, two things were abundantly clear. First, things need to change, and they're not going to do so overnight. Second, "Honestly, I think PC gaming isn't where it was ten years ago and it's never going to be there again." Read more »

" With ballooning budgets, increasing advertising costs and more piracy for consoles as this ..."
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Monday Night Combat Preview: It's Like Team Fortress 2 and DotA Made a Baby

You wouldn't know it by looking at the game, but Monday Night Combat--a team-centric third-person shooter coming to Xbox Live Arcade--is being made by some strategy game veterans.

Uber Entertainment, the studio behind MNC, is staffed by some Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander veterans from Gas Powered Games. But just because it's a shooter doesn't mean they've forgotten their roots. Read more »

"wow. Ok i guess if you can pull the moves off in reality you are free to make the animations. No ..."
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Report: PAX East Attendee Attempts to Steal Breach

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At PAX East 2010, a man reportedly attempted to steal the code for Breach, the new multiplayer shooter from Atomic Games, which I had a chance to play before the show.A man had been seen hanging around the Breach booth on the show floor with a laptop. He was confronted by Atomic quality assurance members before running away and being caught.

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"I'd argue that physical security is a lot more important than software security. In other ..."
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PAX East Locked Down for 2011 and 2012 in Boston

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This past weekend, the now-annual Penny Arcade Expo East kicked off in Boston, Massachusetts. Our own Chris Faylor was on site for the festivities, checking out Crackdown 2, Red Dead Redemption, and LIMBO in the process.

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"I know I come to the shack for all my professional cosplay photography needs."
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Penny Arcade Adventures Series Cancelled

After two outings, the interactive adventures of Gabe and Tycho are no more, as Penny Arcade artist Mike "Gabe" Krahulik told Joystiq "there won't be an Episode 3."

A four-episode series inspired by Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins' game-centric webcomic, Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 1 debuted on PC and Xbox Live Arcade in May 2008, followed by a PlayStation 3 release and then Episode 2 in October 2008. Read more »

"Technically it was Tycho that discussed it being canceled so using that title would have been ..."
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APB Trailer: Cheese It! It's the Fuzz!

APB developer Realtime Worlds has released a new trailer for its Grand Theft Auto-style cops vs. robbers MMO with over six minutes of gameplay, action shots and dev chat.

APB is currently in closed beta and scheduled for release on PC between July 1 and September 30, 2010, but Realtime has been silent on the previously-announced Xbox 360 version as of late. EA is publishing the game through its EA Partners scheme. Read more »

"it looked great at PAX. the character customization itself is huge with seemingly unlimited ..."
- RumpleForeSkin72    See all 18 comments


LIMBO Preview: A Profound Silence

The first project out of independent developer PlayDead, LIMBO is a stylish black-and-white side-scroller that simply must be experienced.

The downloadable game, coming to Xbox 360 sometime this summer, presents a variety of environmental obstacles. To overcome those obstacles, players must carefully explore the surrounding area, avoiding traps and hazards while looking for a solution.

The entirety of the experience revolves around that sense of exploration and experimentation. The bulk of the time a player spends in the game will be spent trying to figure out these these puzzles--pushing, pulling, jumping, and so on. Once you know the solution to the puzzles, that's it--there's no real challenge, as the various attendees of PAX East learned first-hand by watching others play while waiting in line. Read more »

"Such a shame Indie games isn't available for download everywhere on Xbox Live (depends on the ..."
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Crackdown 2 Multiplayer Impressions: The Orb Has Been Captured, Dropped and Captured Again

The goal of Rocket Tag, one of the two Crackdown 2 multiplayer modes available to play here at PAX East, is simple. Grab the shiny thing, and hold on to it as long as you can.

Everyone else? You've got a rocket launcher. Kill the guy with the shiny thing. He's hard to miss. He's the one with the shiny glowing thing.

The result, as you'd expect, is pure explosive chaos. Even with only eight players in the match--half of the game's maximum--there were rockets everywhere. Getting close to the shiny was nearly as dangerous as holding the shiny itself. You have to understand. Everyone is going after this one dude. Everyone can see where he is. Everyone wants to kill him and take the shiny for themselves, and hold on to it for as long as they can--roughly twenty or thirty seconds, in my experience. Read more »

"Depending on where you grew up, this timeless children's game may also have been called "Kick ..."
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Red Dead Redemption Preview: 30 Minutes in Rockstar's Wild West

Ever since it was first announced, I've been thinking of Red Dead Redemption as "Grand Theft Cowboy." And now that I've had a chance to actually go hands-on with Rockstar's wild western, I can say that isn't too far off.

Almost everything you'd expect from a Grand Theft Auto--a huge open-world, an assortment of memorable characters, stand downs, shootouts, and enough distractions to keep one busy for quite some time--are here in full force, complete with an old-timey twist. Read more »

"Looks neat, I've been thinking about buying a PS3, maybe if this doesn't come to PC it will push ..."
- Gish Forever    See all 35 comments


New Crackdown 2 Media Shows High-Flying Fun

Crackdown 2 is in full effect at PAX East 2010 and Ruffian Games and Microsoft Game Studios are celebrating with some new screenshots.

If you're more of a "show me the game in motion" type of person, Ruffian also has some video footage of some players enjoying a rousing game of "Rocket Tag": Read more »

"JC2 doesn't have coop. I think it's going to impact their sales quite a bit. The game would've ..."
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Hydro Thunder Gets Full Sequel on XBLA

Kotaku reports that a full sequel to Midway's arcade classic Hydro Thunder will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade this summer from developer Vector Unit.

Vector Unit was founded by Ralf Knoesel and Matt Small who both worked on Blood Wake, a boat combat game released in 2001 with the launch of the original Xbox. Here is Hydro Thunder Hurricane's first trailer: Read more »

"There's a pizza place down the street with a Hydro Thunder arcade cabinet, complete with ..."
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Hands-on Preview: Breach

On Monday, Atomic Games announced Breach with little to no detail. Today, they stopped holding back. The game uses technology developed for Six Days in Fallujah to offer fully-destructible buildings and cover.

The game is playable at PAX East 2010, but I had a chance to play a build of the game on the Xbox 360 earlier this week and I came away impressed. The game is still a little rough around the edges, lacking the polish of a final version, but I had a really great time playing against Atomic's QA team. Read more »

"first person till cover system. Coming to PC in a bit. developed and tested by actual specops by ..."
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Hydrophobia Now XBLA Exclusive, Gets New Media

Hydrophobia developer Dark Energy Digital has announced that its sopping action-adventure will be an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, releasing new screenshots, art and a trailer in celebration.

Hydrophobia is the first game to use Dark Energy's 'HydroEngine' water tech, which it describes as "a true physics simulation with emergent behavior which affects objects and characters in the scene with jaw-dropping authenticity." Procedural generation tech is also used, to keep the download size small. Read more »

"Watch the trailer - she gets powers to do that!....She can control the water!. Plus you gotta ..."
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'Splosion Man Dev's 'Comic Jumper' Revealed

'Splosion Man and The Maw developer Twisted Pixel has revealed its latest side-scrolling comic action caper, Comic Jumper, in style.

No fast-cut montages and 'bullshots' here, no no, TP offers a selection of screenshots, sound and music samples, concept art and a full ten-minute play-through of the demo it'll be showing at the PAX East festival later this month. Now that's how you do it. Read more »

"Yea i'm kind of feeling the same... I thought Splosion man's gameplay was so original and fun ..."
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