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Telltale Game's Game of Thrones Promises That Winter Is Still Coming

Posted by Jack Gardner


Sometimes highly anticipated games reveal their release dates months in advance and other times they try to sneak up on their audience. The latter scenario is representative of Telltale's Game of Thrones title, Iron from Ice. 

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First Destiny DLC Coming In December

Posted by Jack Gardner

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Destiny fans, mark December 9 on your calendars.

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Preview: Hyper Light Drifter

Posted by Jack Gardner


I played through the preview build of Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter not once or twice, but four times. The abandoned laboratory called me back again and again because one playthrough wasn’t enough to see every area in the build. Each run through the test tubes swirling with dark pixelated horrors revealed fresh paths, more enemies, and new weapons. Thorough investigation revealed secret paths to keys that would open a special door holding the bloodied body of a fallen wanderer very much like the titular Drifter. The molding halls into the depths of the facility led me to glimpses of far off giants, long dead and decayed, but still unnervingly present. One of the highest compliments that I can pay Hyper Light Drifter is that it captures the unique blend of disturbing unease and excitement of Super Metroid, but repackages it as an isometric action title with a gorgeous pixel art aesthetic. It is beautiful, creepy, and fun.

Hyper Light Drifter was previewed on PC with an Xbox 360 controller. 

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Microsoft Offers $350 Xbox One Starting November 2

Posted by Jack Gardner


From November 2 through January 3, 2015, customers will be able to purchase Xbox One consoles for $50 off their normal price. The discount applies to any Xbox One purchase even bundles that include games as well as the console. 

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Review: Legend of Grimrock 2

Posted by Jack Gardner


The Isle of Nex, an isolated land of mystery and monsters, has a will of its own. Four prisoners wash ashore, guided through the rocky shoals by a mysterious intelligence. The nature of the convicts’ crimes, even their previous identities, no longer matter as the group of four attempt to survive and escape the deadly designs of the island’s master. It is a simple set up, certainly one that has been used countless times before, but Legend of Grimrock 2 squeezes every bit of traction out of that familiar scenario. The island presents itself as a giant puzzle for the player to solve, a puzzle surrounded by deadly traps and hungry monsters. 

Legend of Grimrock 2 was reviewed on PC.

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Microsoft Releases Halo: Nightfall Trailer And Announces HaloFest

Posted by Jack Gardner


It is a good time to be a Halo fan. The Master Chief Collection is heading to Xbox One next month and Microsoft is launching the hype machine with today's announcements. 

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Trove Closed Beta Access Now Available to Extra Lifers!

Posted by Rick Heaton


 For several years now, the Extra Life community has enjoyed the ardent support of Trion Worlds and their community of generous players.  Today, I’m thrilled to announce that Trion Worlds is granting access to the closed beta for Trove to Extra Lifers that raise at least $15 for their local hospital.

 Trove is an open-ended voxel adventure through countless realms filled with quests, chests, and enemies great and small. It’s a potent, cube-shaped brew of RPG features combined with the thrill of exploring procedurally-generated worlds – and the unlimited creative freedom to build your own!

Level your character with a growing range of Classes from the Gunslinger to the upcoming Candy Barbarian. Each Class has unique abilities and play styles to help you vanquish enemies and rake in powerful magic items, rare trophies, and more!

Build to your heart’s content in massive Club Worlds and in your personal Cornerstone, a home away from home wherever you go. Collect items and gear made by your fellow players or make and submit your own – including items, gear, Dungeons, Lairs and more!

 Access codes are triggered automatically to come to anyone that reaches the $15 fundraising level, so be sure to watch for an email with yours, once you pass that amount.  They do not trigger in real time, so please be patient.

 For more information on Trove, including system requirements, please visit http://www.trionworlds.com/trove/

 We’re thrilled to offer Extra Lifers another new experience on game day.  Thank you Trion Worlds!


Community Post: Gaming Marathons - The Healthy Way

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It’s finally here. The day you’ve been waiting on for months. Your gaming frenzy. Your chance to act like a giddy teenager and play video games for hours on end. You haven’t been able to do this since college, but at last you’ve got permission from your spouse and by golly you’re going to do it. 24 hours of pure bliss. No kids, no interruptions. It’s just you and your pixels on a mission to fill your face with more gaming than you can handle. So, are you interested in doing it right? You should be. Why? Because gaming for hours on end, despite how fun it may be, can be hazardous to your health if you don’t do it the right way - the healthy way. 

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Twitch, reddit, Trion Worlds, SOE and more team up for Humble Flash bundle: Extra Life

Posted by Jeromy (Doc)

Extralife_flash_badgeThis year Extra Life is teaming up with Humble Bundle to provide a pay-what-you-want bundle of PC games to the community with proceeds going to support our mission to heal sick kids. We're bringing in awesome stuff from all over the internet including content from great indie developers, Twitch, reddit, Trion Worlds, Sony Online Entertainment and more!

To help make this year's event even more special we've made a Humble badge that you can embed on your livestream page to show your support for the bundle. We're also proud to announce a brand new global emote on twitch that you can activate by typing HumbleLife. 

The bundle festivities are now live at https://www.humblebundle.com/flash. Please see below for the full list of products in the Humble Flash Bundle: Extra Life. 


Pay what you want for:

Potatoman Seeks the Troof

Trove Closed Beta Humble Extra Life Starter Pack

Defiance Humble Extra Life Starter Pack

Lone Survivor Director's Cut

Twitch Turbo 30-Day Subscription

Reddit Gold 30-Day Subscription

Landmark 1-Week Beta Access

Pay $6 or more to also unlock:

You Don't Know Jack Classic Pack

King Arthur's Gold

SpeedRunners (Early Access Game)

Rift Humble Extra Life Starter Pack

Pay $13 or more to receive all of the above, plus:

Nom Nom Galaxy (Early Access Game)

King Arthur's Gold Squad Pack (three additional copies of the game)

Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything to help support this campaign!

Promote your Extra Life campaign with Instant Replay clips, easily stream with Raptr

Posted by Jeromy (Doc)

Promoting your own personal Extra Life campaign to friends and family is key, both before and during your marathon. One tool that can help make the process easier and more effective is Raptr’s free PC client.


Our Extra Life movement is super-enthused to have gained the support of Raptr for 2014!

There are two things the Raptr client can do that are especially relevant to Extra Life: video Instant Replays and easy Twitch streaming. Instant Replays are short form (like 15-30 second) gameplay clips that don’t require editing and are shareable on Raptr.com, YouTube, and social media. These clips can include microphone voice over or an inset webcam, so you can actually use Instant Replays to create short pitch videos for your Extra Life efforts, which you can even embed on your Extra Life profile! Or, if you’re not streaming your marathon, you can use Instant Replays to update your backers during your play time. Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to capture Instant Replays.

Raptr itself is participating in Extra Life (here’s their team page), and also working with hardware partners AMD, CyberpowerPC, XFX, Mionix, and Astro to offer a gaming PC and peripherals to one lucky Extra Life fundraiser who creates an Extra Life-themed replay -- full details on their #ExtraLife2014 event over here.


Twitch Streaming With Nearly No Set-up

There are many ways to stream your PC gameplay to Twitch -- But what if you lack the time for experimentation or the technical know-how  to get up and running?  If you want to stream your Extra Life marathon with a minimum of set-up, consider giving Raptr’s integrated Twitch streaming a try. If you have a modern video card, you’ll notice hardly any performance impact while you stream, thanks to hardware video encoding! Here’s a streaming walkthrough.  

One note: You can’t take Instant Replays at the same time as you’re actively streaming.

If you want to get started, you can download Raptr thusly: