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by Garnett Lee, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 6:00AM PDT

Simulation racers just happened to be the natural outlet for that energy in the videogame world when they sat down to do it. With Forza Horizon the team hopes to find a different expression that triggers a more emotional response. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 30, 2012. Topics include: Spec Ops has inoperable 'cancer'; PS3 users are mad about Hearthfire; more desertions hit Zynga. Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 29, 2012 5:00PM PDT

Though the female teams of gender-segregated sports may be far less popular unless they wear skimpy outfits, it's a shame that they're so often entirely excluded from sports video games. Huzzah, then, that EA is continuing its ladyfication of ice hockey in NHL 13 with a pair of female Olympic ice hockey medalists. Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Aug 29, 2012 12:30PM PDT

Not much has been revealed about LocoCycle, Twisted Pixel's next game for Xbox Live Arcade. But nothing could have prepared us for this... Read more

Edmund McMillen's cult hit The Binding of Isaac is being remade by a new team courtesy of a to-be-revealed publisher. The goal is to bring the remake to consoles and PC some time next year. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 29, 2012 7:30AM PDT

Two-person studio Vlambeer has made a name for itself with tight arcade-y games like Super Crate Box, Radical Fishing and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, and it seems set to continue that streak across PC and consoles with Luftrausers. The sequel to free 2D dogfight 'em up Luftrauser sends you into the skies in a plane of your own design to destroy oodles of enemy planes and ships, because something something they're naughty. Read more

Bethesda's Pete Hines has assured fans that Hearthfire didn't take the place of Dawnguard for PS3 development, saying the team works on multiple projects at a time. Read more

It's no secret that publishers often foist multiplayer modes upon single-player-focused games to make them more attractive to would-be customers, but it's rare to hear a developer speak so openly and contemptuously of this practice as Spec Ops: The Line lead designer Cory Davis does about its bolted-on multiplayer. The box-ticking addition 2K Games wanted turned out to be a "low-quality Call of Duty clone in third-person," hes said, which "tossed out the creative pillars of the product." Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 29, 2012. Topics include: Foolish gamers in Guild Wars 2; dropping some cash on Black Ops 2, a nice Hearthfire in Skyrim. Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

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