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Gaming diseases that have yet to infect XBLA

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Xbox LIVE Arcade is a sort of safe haven for gamers who just want to enjoy their games. It’s a place where microtransactional games are minimal, and rarely pay-and-pay-to-play. It’s a place where pre-order bonuses do not exist, and one that doesn’t artificially lengthen a game with pointless quests. Here we can play a game that’s free of the adult content that feels so forced in retail titles. Here we can play without having political and religious agendas pushed on us. Here we can simply be gamers.

I love digital titles. I love that I don’t have to clutter my cabinet with discs. I love that I can have access to them at any time, and that the stereotypical moocher friend can’t borrow my digital games. I love how pick-up-and-play they are. I never feel forced to devote an hour or more to one play session. If I only have 10 minutes, I’ve got time for XBLA. It’s freeing. Here’s a list of problems that plague retail titles that remain (relatively) free from Xbox LIVE Arcade games.

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Title Update 4 reinforces Happy Wars

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The Happy Wars continue with Toylogic announcing the release of Title Update 4.  The highlight of this update is Special Match mode where new game types will …
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Ascend: New Gods requires online connection
8 years ago

Ascend: New Gods requires online connection

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In an interview with IGN, Signal Studios founder and president D.R. Albright III outlined the future of his company’s upcoming free-to-play RPG Ascend: New Gods. One point of interest …
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Happy Wars to get monthly DLC
8 years ago

Happy Wars to get monthly DLC

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OXM recently caught up with Yoichi Take, president of Toylogic, at a review event. During their interview Take stated that his team plans to release downloadable content for the …
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Happy Wars gets scary Halloween map
8 years ago

Happy Wars gets scary Halloween map

In case you didn’t hear, XBLA’s first free-to-play game Happy Wars launched last Friday, and is absolutely worth checking out. If a free game is great, a free Halloween update can only make it better. The new Pumpkin map captures the spirit of the season, as the land is littered with scarecrows, gravestones, and jack-o-lanterns, all illuminated by a giant full moon. The new map can be played in single player training, multiplayer, and co-op modes. Study the battlefield in the screenshots below, then go off and fight in the update available now.

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Microsoft has plans for several free-to-play games
8 years ago

Microsoft has plans for several free-to-play games

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Last Friday it was announced that Toylogic’s 15 v 15 multiplayer game Happy Wars will be free for all Xbox Live Gold members. In an interview with OXM, a …
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Happy Wars will be free for Xbox Live Gold members
8 years ago

Happy Wars will be free for Xbox Live Gold members

Toylogic’s upcoming cutesy 15 vs 15 multiplayer hack-n-slash, Happy Wars is set to be the first “Free-to-play” game on XBLA. The news was announced earlier this morning on Japanese …
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Ascend: New Gods gameplay video bloodily takes down an Ogre
8 years ago

Ascend: New Gods gameplay video bloodily takes down an Ogre

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Our friends over at IGN have posted some gameplay footage (off-screen) from Signal Studios‘ newly announced Ascend: New Gods. The footage features a …
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