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Slender: The Arrival devs reveal first look at first-person adventure game 'Valley'

Blue Isle Studios, creators of Slender: The Arrival, have just dropped the announcement trailer for their first-person fantasy adventure, Valley. Check it out above!

Valley is a First-Person adventure unlike any other. Hidden deep within a remote region of the Rocky Mountains, you find yourself bewildered within a secluded valley. With the power of a recently discovered L.E.A.F. suit (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality), run and jump your way through beautiful forests, dangerous ruins and vast environments; all the while utilizing the power to control life and death to uncover the startling secrets of the mysterious valley.

The game will feature some very interesting mechanics. The life/death elements cause the environment itself to change depending on how long you live. The more often you die in the game, the more of the game environment will die around you, which will affect the strength of your abillities. Alex Tinter, CEO of Blue Isle Studios, had this to say:

"After the success of Slender: The Arrival, we wanted to do something completely unique that offered players an amazing amount of freedom, and Valley is just that. This is an incredibly exciting project for us – something totally new and distinct, that we expect will intrigue players.”

Valley boasts beautiful landscapes and environments, upgradable abilities and gear, as well as fun and interesting creatures and enemies, all encapsulated in a constantly unfurling mystery story throughout.

Along with the new trailer, check out the exclusive screenshot gallery from the game on the next page.

Valley releases this summer on Steam, Playstation 4, and X-Box One!

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Xbox's Phil Spencer gives his take on 'Xbox One and a half' idea

There has been tons of speculation during the last few weeks that Sony is considering an upgraded version of their PS4 console, dubbed the PS4.5. In fact, a few of the system specs are starting rumors of their own. However it seems Xbox's Phil Spencer wouldn't support Microsoft if they followed suit. 

Spencer gave his take on the rumors during a recent roundtable discussion with Game Informer. He said: 

"I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers." 

Despite the troubles that Xbox gamers have encountered with Microsoft's online experience, specifically Xbox Live, it seems the Xbox boss is pretty happy with the console's performance. 

"I don’t know anything about any of the rumors that are out there, but I can understand other teams’ motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people – an upgrade."

If these comments are anything to go off of – for now at least – it would seem that an Xbox One upgrade is not on the cards. 

[Game Informer]

Microsoft confirms the time of their E3 2016 press conference

One of the gaming world's biggest events is just around the corner, E3 which will go from June 14 to June 16. Microsoft has officially revealed the time and date for their big press conference.

As per usual, a lot of information will come out during E3 and it is important to know when the big stuff happens, like Microsoft's press conference.

Microsoft confirmed the details of their press conference in a statement to Gamespot. The event will start at  09:30 AM PT  (12:30 AM ET / 16:30 AM GMT), on Monday, June 13. Microsoft did not reveal any details about what would be in the press conference, just that they would have one.

If past Microsoft E3 press conferences are anything to go on then this is something no one would want to miss out on.

The Nintendo 64 Anthology is looking for backers via Kickstarter

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Nintendo 64 game system's US launch, a Kickstarter campaign is in full swing to bring the famed Nintendo 64 Anthology to the states.

1996 was the year gaming powerhouse, Nintendo, graced us with the most optimistic and state-of-the-art gaming console of its time, the Nintendo 64. The system was the first to feature 3D rendered worlds and gave us such classics as Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, etc. Any true child of the 90's gets a distinct twinkle in their eye when reminiscing about this technological gaming giant, and the cherished memories it helped create with friends and family alike will prove to stand the test of time.

The Nintendo 64 Anthology, originally released only in French, features 350 pages that detail the whole N64 game library, including those that were scrapped before they ever saw the light of day, a full history timeline going over the rise and fall of the console, exclusive interviews with the original game devs that created some of the most iconic games of the time, the entire line of controllers, consoles, and accessories, and much more! The Kickstarter campaign is working to have the book translated to english and available in the US to mark the 20th anniversary this September.

Two standard editions will be made available: Classic Edition and Collector's Edition. Exclusive only to Kickstarter backers will also be the Box Art Collection: Collector's Edition, which comes with an exclusive supplement guide detailing every single game's box art. Not to mention, five Limited Edition Legend of Zelda printed Nintendo 64 consoles will be available to the lucky backers who manage to snag one (Literally, a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket scenario)!

If you're looking to support the campaign and maybe secure a copy of your very own, head over to Geeks-Line's Kickstarter page to back the project.

The Nintendo 64 Anthology (US) is expected to be a available to the public by September 29th!

Stephen King's 'It' gets 2017 release date

Stephen King's 1986 horror novel 'It' is getting another film adaptation, set to release next year. Back in 1990, It was released in film as a miniseries set 30 years apart. The series, Part 1 and 2, were based on a monster that had the ability to transform itself into what people feared the most.

The new two-part series will be seeing a bigger release than an ABC series, with a September 8th, 2017 release date. The film is said to be directed by Andy Muscietti, the same man who directed Mama.

Details on the film are scarce, though it has been said that the film will be very close to its literary counterpart.

“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work,” said producer Roy Lee to EW in February. “We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”

[EW]

Modder makes six-button Game Boy emulator with a $5 computer

Modder and YouTuber wermy created a RetroPie handheld emulator using little more than an original Game Boy frame, a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer, a micro SD card and good old fashioned creativity.  

Using RetroPie, a Raspberry-based all-purpose retro emulator, as a base, wermy souped up a Game Boy with a suite of modern perks. The custom handheld sports a 3.5-inch composite screen, added X and Y face buttons and L and R rear buttons.

Additionally, the handheld has an external USB port, a mini HDMI connector, Bluetooth connectivity and a 2000ma rechargeable battery. Inside are hand-soldered buttons which can be used to adjust the screen’s settings.

Just as impressive is the micro SD-equipped cartridge which effectively puts dozens of systems and hundreds of games inside one little chip. The cartridge acts as a mini hard drive from which the custom Game Boy pulls and boots RetroPie’s extensive game archive.

It’s baffling to see so many years of game development crammed into such a small package. That’s technology for you. Now then, wermy, when does mass production start and where can we pre-order?  

Source: YouTube

Via: PC Gamer

Rumor: Valve preparing to attempt paid mods on Steam again

When Valve began integrating paid mods into the Steam Workshop with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the gaming community replied with anger, some went as far as sending death threats to Gabe Newell. The general concensus was paid mods on Steam were a bad idea.

The intentions behind the paid mod program was to give money to the individuals that spent so much time creating mods for games and making them available to everyone.

Both Valve and Bethesda quickly decided to scrape the idea after implementing it, saying that they shouldn't have attempted to integrate the paid modding program into such an established community such as Skyrim. Note that they didn't say it was a bad idea in general, just that they shouldn't have started with Skyrim.

It is being reported that terminology in the Steam Workshop has changed, suggesting that paid mods are making a comeback. According to Game Debate, any creator that heads into their Steam Workshop and check out an item will be met with a message that says:

 “You can subscribe to this item for free because you are the creator or listed as a contributor.”

While it is a subtle change, suggesting that you can subscribe to an item for free implies that other items will not be free. No official word has released on the subject, but it was questioned if the paid mod program on Steam was why the Fallout 4 Creation Kit was taking so long. 

Bethesda and Valve did originally agree to attempt the program last year, with Fallout 4's community not as established as the Skyrim community… It could be the next community to have the paid mod program attempted on it.

This has not been verified by Valve or Bethesda, we have reached out to both for a response.

Wonder Woman movie sets revealed in new video

Up until now no filmed footage has been seen from the Wonder Woman sets, but  recently an Italian news station showed footage from the sets of Themyscira and it looks pretty good.

The local Italian new station didn't show any of the actual filming, but it did show that Themyscira will be filmed on a real location and not in a green screen room. It did also show viewers what they can expect from the home of the Amazons. Viewers can get a good look at the architecture, some weapons, and something that looks like a market.

Those who understands the Italian language might get more of a glimpse into the new Wonder Woman movie, but those of us who don't just gets to enjoy what we can see in the video above.

The Wonder Woman film is scheduled to come out June 23 in 2017

Xbox One to receive minor fixes in system update next week

The Xbox One is getting an update soon, but don't get too excited – there won't be much coming with it. According to Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra, the Xbox One will see a minor update to the system aimed at making "small fixes."

Nintendo digital content prices have gone up in Canada

If you're in Canada and visited Nintendo Badge Arcade this morning, you might have noticed that the cost for five plays has jumped from $1.29 to $1.49 (compared with $1.00 USD). Before you start thinking this is Nintendo taking advantage of eager Pokémon fans wanting to grab the new sprite badges, this sudden increase actually extends beyond the arcade.

 

3DS Themes offered by Nintendo, like Splatoon: Squid Sisters and BOXBOY!: Qbby & Friends, have also been affected. Decorating your 3DS Home Menu with wallpapers of Nintendo-themed properties will now run you $2.89 CDN (from $2.49), but the prices of third-party 3DS Themes from SEGA, Capcom, and the like will continue as normal since they're dictated by the publisher. Given that Nintendo of Canada's pricing of 3DS Themes already lacked an impulse buy factor, this may well be a deal-breaker for many.

 

It should be noted that these increases are not widespread. It seems digital games have not gone up in cost (yet), and DLC for games like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are still being offered at the same prices they were before today. With the Canadian dollar still in flux, don't be surprised if these pricing changes continue to venture into baffling territory.