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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Apr 17, 2013 6:00AM PDT

Telltale's original Poker Night at the Inventory rewarded good play with shiny unlockables for Valve's Team Fortress 2, and Poker Night 2 is really upping the ante. With characters from Portal, The Evil Dead, Sam & Max, Venture Bros. and more, the sequel will rifle through their possessions to offer Borderlands 2 heads and skins on all platforms, as well as other platform-specific unlocks. Read more

Gosh, wouldn't it be great to have the World's Largest Ball of Twine or a giant dinosaur statue in your SimCity to attract tourists? Yes, wouldn't it just. Unfortunately, these and another three roadside novelties are exclusive to a marketing promotion with Crest and Oral B, through codes in specially-marked packages. Sponsored content is to be something of a thing with SimCity, it seems. Read more

The Alliance archmage Jaina Proudmoore and former Horde Warchief Thrall have a mutual respect and trust with each other in the Warcraft universe, but that doesn't keep them from facing off in a new video showing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in action. Read more

"Say, that FarmVille certainly is popular," executives the industry over observed, "Let's make one of those too." And so innumerable copies of Zynga's social games (which, while perhaps not original, refined and better-marketed what came before) flooded Facebook and pocket telephones. Then they didn't do so well and many were shut down. And that's just what EA will do to SimCity Social, The Sims Social, and Pet Society in June. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Apr 15, 2013 6:50AM PDT

Do you remember that funny Flash video about badgers and mushrooms? Oh, how you laughed as you sang the song months after the novelty had worn off! But a real badger's life is not all singing and dancing, according to Might and Delight. The maker of Pid today announced Shelter, an "original emotional experience" which'll have you protecting a litter of badger cubs as their mother. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Apr 12, 2013 6:00AM PDT

Death Inc. may have failed its crowdfunding attempt, but developer Ambient Studios hasn't given up. It's continued making the game and today launched an alphafunding program, letting you pre-order the Pikmin-y, Dungeon Keeper-ish, soul-harvesting RTS for $10 and score instant access to development builds. Read more

Pwnee Studios had a dream: to create an "endless" platformer, one that would be able to randomly generate an infinite number of platforming levels, customized to whatever difficulty setting you'd want. Read more

SimCity is coming to Mac on June 11, and PC purchasers will get it for free and be able to switch back and forth with their cities intact. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Apr 10, 2013 9:30AM PDT

In a sizable databurst broadcast across cyberspace, Harebrained Schemes has revealed that Shadowrun Returns will launch in June on Steam, using the Steam Workshop to share what deckers make in its editor. The developer also shared a few plans for potential DLC, the state of the Linux edition, deadlines for pre-ordering the Collector's Edition, and what using Steam means for the promised DRM-free edition. Read more

Obsidian has returned to the site of Project Eternity's first screenshot for a proper in-motion look at the crowdfunded retro RPG's pre-rendered backgrounds. These aren't your younger self's pre-rendered backgrounds, oh no, as they're jazzed up with shiny tech like dynamic lighting and water which can ebb and flow. Read more