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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 15, 2013 7:30AM PST

As someone who largely skipped consoles growing up, the countless modern indie platformers inspired by the likes of Super Mario Bros. and Metroid hold no nostalgic draw for me. But hearing Dustforce developer Team Hitbox cite Quake 3's dizzying potential for "majestic moves" as an influence upon its new platformer Spire, now that makes my nostalgia gland fizz all right. Read more

Bad news, Dethkilla69[420]! You still can't pay to change the name on your StarCraft II account. But good news, Dethkilla69[420]! To apologise for not adding that long-promised paid option, Blizzard is offering everyone a free name change. Arise, Dethkilla69#YOLO. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 14, 2013 6:00AM PST

Now that Dust 514 is all snuggled up alongside EVE Online on one single server, the PlayStation 3-exclusive MMOFPS is almost ready to let everyone in. After six months of a closed beta which players could pay their way into, it'll enter open beta on January 22, so all and sundry can became pawns in someone else's cross-game scheming. Read more

The spiritual successor to PlaneScape: Torment being developed by inXile Entertainment is going to rely on many of the themes and exotic settings hat made the original so popular, according to inXile chief Brian Fargo. Since the PlaneScape world is unavailable, the recently Kickstarted RPG world of Numenera will be used. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 9, 2013 12:45PM PST

Marvel Heroes has opened its "Founders Program," offering three packs ranging from $20 to $200 that grant early access, extra costumes, in-game currency, and more. Read more

In Spoiler-Talk, we take a no-holds-barred look at some of the biggest games and discuss what the future holds for these franchises. Expect many, many spoilers. Today: The Walking Dead Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Jan 9, 2013 10:45AM PST

If city building games can be spoiled, then you have been warned. Past the break lies the first few minutes of the new SimCity. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 8, 2013 5:00PM PST

Dust 514 servers will be making the migration to EVE Online servers this Thursday, starting the process of finally integrating the two games into one whole universe. Read more

Indie Developer Cardboard Computer releases Act 1 of its five-chapter "magical realist adventure" game, Kentucky Route Zero, along with a new trailer. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 7, 2013 9:15AM PST

The Walking Dead has sold 8.5 million episodes, according to Telltale, and 25% of those sales were on iOS devices. Read more