Pacific Northwest-made indie video game ‘Celeste’ picks up long shot Game of the Year nomination

Celeste splash screen. (Matt Makes Games Image) The Vancouver, B.C.-made indie game Celeste picked up a surprise Game of the Year nomination as the annual Game Awards announced their nominations Tuesday. It’s the only independently-produced game in the category, up against five multi-million-dollar blockbusters from major studios. This puts Celeste up against Spider-Man (2018), Red Dead Redemption 2, Monster Hunter World, God of War (2018), and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey for the award. Celeste making it this far makes it a dark horse contender by default. Celeste also picked up Game Award nominations for Best Score (by Seattle-based composer Lena Raine), Best Independent Game, and “Games for Impact,” a category that honors games that, in the words of last year’s presenter Andrew House, “don’t just entertain us, but also inspire us.” Celeste is a retro-styled game from Noel Berry (creator of the terminally-delayed Skytorn) and Matt Thorson (director of 2013’s TowerFall), who created Read the full article…

Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoles

Microsoft’s November update for Xbox One consoles brings a plethora of new capabilities and changes, including the ability to directly stream from Amazon Music. The app is available for Xbox One users today for customers based in the United States, according to a press release. More countries are expected to be added “soon,” but there isn’t a firm launch date just yet. Amazon Music joins Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and YouTube as apps that people can use to stream music. Amazon Prime members can use the new Xbox One app to stream from their library at no additional cost, according to Microsoft. The app is available in the Xbox Store now. Read the full article…

The Verge holiday 2018 gaming guide

The end of the year is busy for a lot of reasons, but it’s especially busy if you’re a fan of video games. With the impending holiday shopping rush, it’s the best chance for developers and publishers to get their games in front of a potentially huge audience of shoppers. This means that from September on, it can feel like a constant deluge of new game releases. 2018 is no different. Things started out strong with a slick new version of Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4, and the momentum has only continued. Huge franchises like Pokémon, Fallout, and Red Dead Redemption are making a return, while indie games like Donut County and Return of the Obra Dinn are offering brand-new interactive experiences. In December, the year will be capped… Read the full article…

Certain Telltale Games Have Been Removed From Steam As The Developer Prepares to Shut Down Completely

Certain Telltale games have been removed from Steam as the troubled company is in the process of completely shutting down and liquidating its assets. As reported by GameDaily.biz, Telltale Games is working with Sherwood Partners to help it through its complete shut down. In a process similar to bankruptcy, Telltale is currently going through assignment proceedings where “they were able to find someone to give them enough money for assets to pay any creditors or they had the money on the hand.” These assets include “physical goods, trademarks, copyrights, software, and source code.” Read the full article…

GameStop’s pre-Black Friday deals discount games, PS4 and Xbox One consoles, and accessories

It always pays to find a good deal on video games, consoles, and accessories, especially on newer titles and hardware. This year, GameStop has the usual round of deals on controllers and some slightly older titles, but there’s also some standout deals, like a sharp discount on Forza Horizon 4 and other recent games, deals on Xbox One X and One S bundles, as well as a deal on a new PS4 Slim bundled with Spider-Man. All of these deals start on November 18th, a few days before most Black Friday specials begin, and GameStop claims to have more discounts as the week proceeds, so be sure to check back to The Verge. Games Starting November 18th: Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, PC) will be $39.99 (usually $59) Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, PC) will… Read the full article…

Sony filed a patent for a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller

According to a patent application continuation filed in 2017 and published recently, Sony may have tentative plans to build out a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller. Whether the value added from having a touchscreen right on the controller will be worth the added cost is not yet clear. Right now, PlayStation controllers have a touch-enabled center button that allows users to navigate through menus and other activities with a touch-based interface. The center button also lets gamers access more information, such as game stats, when clicked. This patent application also leaves us wondering what type of content might be displayed on the touchscreen. As you can imagine, controller content could include in-game information that is usually shown on a heads-up display on the main screen. However, it’s far more likely that a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller would offer a new interface for console-based information and actions, such as sharing a video broadcast or Read the full article…