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Sunday Roundup: December 17, 2017
2 years ago

Sunday Roundup: December 17, 2017

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It’s Sunday everyone, and you know what that means, it’s roundup time. In this weekly article, we put together everything worth mentioning that we didn’t get posted. We also link …
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Tuesday new releases: May 16, 2017
3 years ago

Tuesday new releases: May 16, 2017

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There are no new releases today that fall under our coverage but a few titles launched over the weekend, as well as a new update for Shovel Knight, that are worth …
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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment revealed
3 years ago

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment revealed

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Yacht Club Games, the developer behind Shovel Knight, took to the stage last night at The Game Awards to unveil the next entry in the series, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. …
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Yacht Club releases new details on Specter Knight DLC for Shovel Knight
3 years ago

Yacht Club releases new details on Specter Knight DLC for Shovel Knight

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Yacht Club Games continues to support its Mega Man and Ducktales-inspired game Shovel Knight, releasing new details about DLC that centers around the Specter Knight character. The DLC will let …
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Shovel Knight developer hopes to finish game in 2016
4 years ago

Shovel Knight developer hopes to finish game in 2016

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2015 was a big year for Shovel Knight and its developer, Yacht Club. Shovel Knight was released on new consoles including Xbox One, the free Plague of Shadows expansion was …
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Shovel Knight’s Xbox One retail release canceled
4 years ago

Shovel Knight’s Xbox One retail release canceled

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It was with “extremely heavy hearts” that Yacht Club Games announced last week that the studio would have to cancel the physical, boxed version of Shovel Knight for Xbox One. …
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Shovel Knight getting free Plague of Shadows content Thursday
4 years ago

Shovel Knight getting free Plague of Shadows content Thursday

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It’s almost time to dig up their buried copies of Shovel Knight. The platformer’s free Plague of Shadows update will release for all platforms and regions on Thursday, September 17, …
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XBLA Fans Streaming Schedule: 5/25 – 5/31

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Get ready for a week full of new release streams, early looks, game giveaways and much more on the XBLA Fans Twitch Channel!

In addition to our scheduled streams …
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XBLA Fans Streaming Schedule: 5/19 – 5/24

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In addition to our scheduled streams below we also sometimes do impromptu streams. The best way to stay informed of those is to follow XBLA Fans on Twitter and follow us on Twitch.

If there is a game you want to see streamed, please contact us.

All times are listed in EST.

Tuesday 5/19

  • 7p – 9p K4rn4ge – Mega Coin Squad (Early look!)
  • 9p – 1a Cain141 – Smite

Wednesday 5/20

  • 12p – 3p Zero Jehuty – Lifeless Planet or Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • 4p – 7p K4rn4ge – Day of Knights (Rogue Legacy and Shovel Knight)
  • 7p – 10p Cain141 – Mega Coin Squad (New game!)
  • 10p – 1a PamdemoniumXOXO – Game TBA

Thursday 5/21

  • 7a – 9a RazorPriest – Neverwinter and/or Happy Wars
  • 5p – 7p K4rn4ge – Throwback Thursday (XBLA Xbox 360 games)
  • 7p – 11p Cain141 – New release or extended XBLA Throwback Thursday Block
  • 11p – 1a The Snapple Cap – Game TBA

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Opinion: Every hard game should have an easier mode
5 years ago

Opinion: Every hard game should have an easier mode

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There was once a time we now call the “Good Old Days.” In those days, instant classics spewed forth from every developer’s spicket at such a torrid pace that there was nary an excuse to ever emerge from your parents’ basement and absorb so much as a single UV ray.

Ah yes, they were glorious, those days, weren’t they? Every game was a masterpiece of innovation and craftsmanship, and there wasn’t a single rushed sequel or licensed shovelware release in sight. Replay values were always near infinite, color palettes were consistently varied and vibrant and every single game featured stellar multiplayer and single-player modes.

There’s just one problem with the Good Old Days – they weren’t really that perfect. Certainly it was exciting to grow up during the days of gaming’s so-called Golden Age – sometime between the late ‘70s and mid ‘90s, depending on whom you ask. Everything was new and exciting back then, but not everything was necessarily better. There were good games and bad, just like today. One thing that was almost universally true, though, is that every game was much harder than modern games are. But that doesn’t mean today’s developers should rush to emulate that difficulty – at least not without providing some conceits.

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