Grandia II HD Edition Coming to GOG.com, Set for 2015

Grandia II HD Edition, a remastered port of the acclaimed Dreamcast title, will be available for PC through GOG.com as well as Steam, publisher GungHo Online Entertainment America has told GameSpot.

The HD Edition will include updates to the game’s visuals–shown in the gallery of screenshots below–as well as a Japanese voice acting track, gamepad support, and a new, harder difficulty level.

Originally released for the Dreamcast in 2000 and ported to PlayStation 2 in 2002, Grandia II will be making its debut on PC with this new port. In April, GungHo released a survey polling fans on their interest in PC ports of classic titles by developer GameArts, including titles in the Grandia and Lunar series. In May, after an “overwhelming” response to the survey, the company announced Grandia II would be ported to PC.

Grandia II HD Edition is expected to launch in 2015.

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Ouya reportedly cutting off indie studios' funding after Razer acquisition

Yesterday, game hardware company Razer confirmed that it had bought former Kickstarter gaming sensation Ouya. Ouya’s distinctive Android console wasn’t part of the deal, but Razer is getting the rights to Ouya’s software, as well as its technical and developer relations teams. It’s a lifeline for Ouya, which will be spun into a publishing service for Razer’s own Android console. It’s a boon for Razer, which is getting access to 1,500 Android TV games and said publishing platform. But for some developers who bet on the console, it might be a disaster.

Polygon and Motherboard have spoken to multiple developers who qualified for money from the Free the Games Fund, a $1 million initiative that supported Kickstarter-funded Ouya games. The…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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How to Get Your Free Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Copy

As announced earlier this month, Mojang will soon launch the beta for a “whole new version” of Minecraft, the Windows 10 Edition. Anyone who’s purchased the PC/Mac version version previously, which some 20-plus million people already have, can get this new version for free.

Mojang today detailed the process of obtaining the Windows 10 Edition beta, and it’s quite simple. Once it’s released, all you’ll need to do is log into your account on Mojang’s website, click the Redeem button, sign into your Microsoft account, and claim your free copy.

The Windows 10 Edition beta is set to launch tomorrow, July 29, the same day Windows 10 itself launches. The new operating system–which Windows 7 and 8 users can upgrade to for free–is required for playing this version of the game. Those who don’t own Minecraft on PC or Mac can buy the Windows 10 Edition at the discounted price of $10 during the beta. As with the original beta of the existing PC/Mac version, buying in during beta entitles you to all future updates.

There’s no word yet on how long this beta will last. Sometime “soon” after its launch this week, an update will add support for multiplayer between the Windows 10 Edition and Pocket Edition. The Windows 10 Edition also offers numerous control types and has a built-in feedback system, but in terms of actual gameplay, it sounds as if it won’t differ from what you already know.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Moto X Pure Edition camera forecast: mostly sunny with scattered doubts

We’ve said it once and then said it again and won’t stop saying it: the camera matters, especially on Android, where the points of differentiation between flagship phones are becoming increasingly small. The Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, LG G4, and the new Moto X Style (or Moto X Pure Edition, if you live in the US) are all universally fast, well built, and (for the most part) have better-designed software than ever. That leaves the camera as the main sticking point, and luckily we’ve seen great progress from Samsung and LG (HTC: not so much). The last of the big four Android makers to check in is Motorola. And it’s checking in with some very big talk about its camera quality.

At today’s event, Motorola’s head of design, Jim Wicks, laid his…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

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New StarCraft 2 Mod Is Like Rocket League With Warcraft Characters

With Rocket League proving to be very popular on both PC and PlayStation 4, it was only a matter of time before it began to inspire other projects. Just a few weeks after its release, we already have a new StarCraft II mod that takes clear inspiration from Psyonix’s soccer-with-cars game.

As demonstrated in the video below from Bounty4321, Aqua League is a StarCraft Arcade game that features the basics of Rocket League: There’s a rectangular arena with two teams competing to knock a ball into the opposing team’s goal. Players can collect boost power-ups scattered around to move more quickly, and it’s possible to kill other players, removing them from play for a few seconds.

There are some obvious differences, including the fact that you’re playing as one of two Warcraft creatures–Naga or Revenant–in a pool of water. In a nice touch, instead of creating an explosion when you score, a tidal wave shoots out across the map.

StarCraft Arcade previously required you own at least one version of StarCraft II in order to play its games, but as of last year, it’s now freely available to everyone. However, Aqua League is said to still be in development and hasn’t yet been released, so you won’t find it on the Arcade just yet.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Why Grooveshark failed

Sometime in early 2006, Josh Greenberg, a freshman at the University of Florida, began attending meetings at a school club for budding business types. The son of an electronics repairman, Greenberg was a model junior entrepreneur. In high school he’d run a small web design business; at 17, he’d incorporated it, printing his first run of business cards. Underage, he couldn’t legally serve on his company’s board of directors, so he appointed his grandfather as chairman. Now 19, Greenberg was looking to build something more concrete.

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Xbox One/360 Free Games With Gold for August 2015 Revealed

Microsoft has announced the slate of four games set to be made available for free to Xbox Live Gold members during August, including two each for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Among the games coming next month are both Metro games on Xbox 360 and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on Xbox One, which comes just ahead of The Phantom Pain‘s launch on September 1. You can see the full schedule below.

Xbox One:

Xbox 360:

One of July’s two games for Xbox One, So Many Me, remains available until August 15.

Microsoft announced last month that it would begin offering two games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 each month as part of the Games With Gold program. Previously, Xbox One often received only a single new game.

Both Ground Zeroes and Metro 2033 will be available for free to Gold members starting this Saturday, August 1. In the meantime, it’s not too late to still grab some of July’s games, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Gears of War 3.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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