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by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Jan 25, 2013 12:01PM PST

The Walking Dead for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, and iOS is Shacknews' 2012 Game of the Year Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Jan 25, 2013 12:00PM PST

XCOM: Enemy Unknown for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is #3 in our Best of 2012. Read more

Ubisoft Montreal head Yannis Mallat talks about how they're integrating the studio's staff and current projects, but shies away from talk about staff reductions or the legal hurdles surrounding South Park: The Stick of Truth. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 25, 2013 9:30AM PST

The Game Developers Choice Awards nominees have been announced. Journey leads with six nominations including Game of the Year. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 25, 2013 9:00AM PST

If you've got the Dota crazies and are stuck by an irresistible urge to play every last one of the games inspired by the classic mod, here's another for you. Tribes: Ascend developer Hi-Rez's Dote 'em up Smite entered open beta yesterday, with the twists of controlling more like a regular third-person action game and boasting a lineup of real, actual, live, living gods and mythological creatures. Read more

Those microtransactions in Dead Space 3 that you've grumbled and griped about? Don't worry, EA says, you won't need to use them to beat the game. Heck, they're not even meant for you! Supposedly the option to buy crafting materials was added so mobile gamers who, presumably on a whim, buy a console and a copy of the game will feel at home coughing up even more cash. Read more

by Kat Bailey, shacknews.com, Jan 25, 2013 6:00AM PST

Having spent a day with SimCity, it's easy to leave some of the cynicism about the project at the door. The general impression is that the online-only integration stems in part from Maxis' desire to have as many tools at their disposal as possible. Inevitably, it will rub some long-time fans the wrong way. But one leaves with the sense that we're only scratching the surface with what Maxis can do with SimCity over the next several years, and that online integration is a big part of that. Read more

DC Universe Online is getting its sixth expansion, "Home Turf" on January 29. It adds home bases that house a "Mainframe" for research and boosts. Read more

Relic was purchased by Sega during THQ's auctions, but Homeworld seems to have been left out of the arrangement. App developer teamPixel has started a crowd-funding campaign to purchase the rights to Homeworld and continue development. Read more

Disney Infinity discs will contain assets for the next 12 months of content plans, which means hackers may spoil future movie PR plans. Read more