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About Ryan Thompson

Ryan is a ludomusicology graduate student at the University of Minnesota currently researching interactive audio and how it is changing modern gaming.
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Microsoft layoffs likely cause for cancellation of Xbox Originals
6 years ago

Microsoft layoffs likely cause for cancellation of Xbox Originals

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote a company wide e-mail entitled “Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture” today in which he describes a forthcoming reduction of the Microsoft workforce …
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Minecraft gets an Honest Game trailer
6 years ago

Minecraft gets an Honest Game trailer

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Smosh Games, creator of the Honest Game trailer series, has parodied Minecraft in their most recent video. There’s lots of excellent parody content to be had here, but the …
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The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 available now
6 years ago

The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 available now

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The conclusion to the first season of The Wolf Among Us released yesterday for Xbox 360. The series has only improved as the season has marched towards the finale, …
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Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 trailer
6 years ago

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 trailer

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The 2015 set of Magic: The Gathering cards is on its way very soon, and with them comes the Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers digital edition of the …
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Magic 2015  Duels of the Planeswalkers game designer cards announced
6 years ago

Magic 2015 Duels of the Planeswalkers game designer cards announced

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The 2015 set of Magic: The Gathering cards include a number of cards created by people involved with the video game industry. A subset of those cards will be …
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Blood of the Werewolf review (XBLA)
6 years ago

Blood of the Werewolf review (XBLA)

Blood of the Werewolf was developed by Scientifically Proven and published by Midnight City. It was released on June 11, 2014 on Xbox 360 for $6.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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In Blood of the Werewolf, players take on the role of Selena, werewolf mother out for revenge. The game is made up of various combinations of two types of gameplay — indoors, Selena is a crossbow-wielding vampire hunter, and at night, she transforms into a vicious werewolf. The game attempts to recapture the best of classic games like Capcom’s Ghouls ‘n Ghosts by focusing on difficult sidescrolling gameplay. Unfortunately, it is an attempt only, thanks to extreme repetition of the worst elements of those games without success at carrying over much of the charm of the classics.  A lack of enemy variety and a failure to integrate many of the game’s abilities into the core gameplay hampers what might have been an enjoyable experience.

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July Games with Gold titles announced
6 years ago

July Games with Gold titles announced

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Just in from Major Nelson today is the list of games that Xbox Live Gold members can download for free during the month of July. For the Xbox One, …
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Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3: Part V
6 years ago

Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3: Part V

ID@Xbox E3 2014

At Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Monday morning, there was a video montage of many games that are coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program. Over the next few days, XBLA Fans is bringing you a slightly longer glimpse of those titles than what the montage trailer allowed for. Our coverage of these titles will be in alphabetical order. Following is a look at the fifth set of those games.


Spectra

Spectra, by Gateway Interactive, is something akin to a cross between F-Zero and Audiosurf. The composer behind Super Hexagon, Chipzel, returns with a driving chiptune soundtrack that should make fans of speed feel right at home with this challenging procedural racer.

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris announced for Xbox One
6 years ago

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris announced for Xbox One

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In addition to an announced sequel to the retail Tomb Raider game that redefined the character for modern gaming in 2013, the XBLA title Lara Croft and the Guardian …
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Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3 2014: Part I
6 years ago

Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3 2014: Part I

Xbox E3 Media Briefing

At Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Monday morning, there was a video montage of a lot of games that are coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program. Over the next few days, XBLA Fans is bringing you a slightly longer glimpse of those titles than what the montage trailer allowed for. Our coverage of these titles will be in alphabetical order. Below is a look at the first seven of those games.


Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

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Previously known in the United States as Out of This World, Another World might recall the original Prince of Persia — both titles were animated in similar fashion, using rotoscoping to create more precise animations than were previously possible in the early 1990s. This 20th Anniversary Edition, developed by The Digital Lounge, looks to be more historical preservation than remaster, which shouldn’t stop modern gamers from getting a taste of the old world by looking at this forgotten gem.

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