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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Mar 20, 2013 6:00AM PDT

As pleasingly eclectic as ever, Psychonauts and Kinect Party developer Double Fine announced earlier this month that its next game is a rhythmic score-attack game made for a weird hand-tracking controller. If you had trouble imagining just what Dropchord would look like, here, the debut trailer shows off its sparkle-sparkle boom-boom gesture-gesture action. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Mar 19, 2013 4:20PM PDT

Hey, you! Want to see something weird? Download the prototype of SoundSelf, turn on your microphone, and embark upon a "sensual" adventure in the "euphoric exploration game controlled by chanting." Then whip out your credit card to chip in a few bucks to its crowdfunding campaign. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Mar 19, 2013 7:30AM PDT

Our first hands-on of The Elder Scrolls Online reveals a slightly more optimistic portrait than some skeptical early impressions, but the game's fate still rests on its business model. Read more

The Elder Scrolls Online creative director Paul Sage talks about how two players who make different choices will sometimes have their versions of the game reconciled, and other times will split apart. Read more

A sequel to action-RPG tower defense Dungeon Defenders is on the way, imaginatively titled Dungeon Defenders 2. And, like almost anything with even a whiff of towers nowadays, it's picked up a competitive MOBA mode inspired by the likes of Dota and League of Legends. Announced yesterday by developer Trendy Entertainment, it'll be free-to-play on PC, Mac, browsers, iOS and Android. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Mar 18, 2013 7:00PM PDT

You try hurrying when your knees are splintered and tear rotten flesh with every step. After almost three years of development, Source mod Zombie Master 2 launched over the weekend. The follow-up drags the asymmetrical multiplayer RTS-FPS into the Orange Box version of Valve's engine with new features t'boot. Read more

Since StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm launched last week, Blizzard has been closely monitoring the multiplayer experience and the the pro-player matches. While some competitors have changed up their style of play, "nobody is close to figuring the game out yet." Read more

It seems people are quite keen to play a new RPG from Richard Garriott, creator of the hallowed Ultima series. As Shroud of the Avatar races towards its crowdfunding goal of $1 million, his studio has dropped more information on the various multiplayer options it'll offer. They range from barely online, just seeing other players' effect on the persistent world, to essentially an MMO. Or hey, just play offline. Read more

"Could we have built a subset offline mode" in SimCity, Maxis asked. "Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn't fit with our vision." Read more

Valve loves collaborating with third-party partners whenever they come a-knocking. Capcom has announced that the upcoming PC version of Resident Evil 6 will have cross-over features with Left 4 Dead 2. Read more