February 29, 2016

Nintendo Officially Unveils Next Batch of Nintendo Select Titles

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Jason Nason

After Canadian retailer Video Games Plus let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago, Nintendo has officially announced the twelve games which will be added to the Nintendo Selects series of games. The release date for these re-releases set for March 11th, 2016 and they will retail for $29.99 CAD

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Minecraft 1.9 ‘Combat Update’ Out Now On PC

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Minecraft 1.9

Mojang has just released the latest update for the smash hit Minecraft. Version 1.9 brings a number of changes to how combat works including the addition of shields, attacking now has a cool-down and several new weapon types like tipped arrows. It’s not all fun & games in the latest addition however as new mobs & content threaten to devour would be adventurers. A brand new mob called the “Shulker” now lurks around the world of Minecraft.

Here is a small selectin of changes that V1.9 brings according to the Mohjang Blog:

  • Added shields
  • Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks
  • You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’)
  • Swords have a special sweep attack
  • Axes have a special crushing blow attack
  • Added the elytra
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head block
  • Ender Dragon can be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
  • Added sound effect subtitles
  • Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
  • Added skeleton riders
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine

Don’t forget that Minecraft creator, and indie dev turned billionaire, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson will be receiving the pioneer award at next month’s Game Developer’s Awards as part of GDC 2016 in San Francisco. The whole thing will be livestreamed on Twitch.TV so if you are unable to make it in person, you can view the next best thing over the net while waiting for a creeper to blow up your house.


HTC Vive Pre-Orders Go Online @ $1200 Canadian

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

HTC Vive

The impressive VR system that is aware of your movements across an entire room, the HTC Vive is now available for pre-order and they ship to Canada! If you’ve got $1200 dollars laying around then you too can be one of the first to experience consumer ready Virtual Reality.


In terms of hardware specs the Vive’s head mounted display contains two 1080×1200 displays each set for 90Hz – meaning your VR games should no at no less than 90 FPS for an optimal experience. Your movement in 3-D space is calculated thanks to an onboard camera and a separate “lighthouse” sensor pods that is placed within your room.

Anyone have a spare $1200 I can borrow?

Here are the official minimum specs for the HTC Vive:

HTC Vive

  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Video port: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or better
  • USB port: 1 USB 2.0 or faster port
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer


Titanfall 2 Retail Displays Deploy Without Notice – Reveal Soon?

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Take this with a grain of salt but fans of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall have begun to hype themselves up for the supposed incoming reveal of the game. All of this kicked off this morning when NeoGaf noticed that a twitter user by the name of Niall Maher noticed a “Titanfall 2” display box in the PlayStation 3 section of a local retailer.

A few hours later it was found that the game is also listed on Amazon.co.uk for the PlayStation 4 although it currently it has no description is simply filled with “to be determined”.

Could the reveal of Titanfall 2 be only a few days away? Perhaps Microsoft revealed it at their recent closed doors media briefing in San Francisco, the embargo from that event drops tomorrow morning (March 1st). We will of course update this story if anything official is announced.


Ubisoft asks Canada to help with hostile take over by Vivendi

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Over the weekend news surfaced that Vivendi, seemed to be attempting a take over by stock purchase (hostile take over) of Publisher Ubisoft. Now in response Ubisoft is seeking financial backing from the governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as increased investment from Canadian shareholders, as it moves to prevent that take over. While such take overs are common place for Vivendi, Ubisoft hops to be able to prevent themselves from becoming another acquisition in their portfolio.

Vivendi is already a 15% stake holder in Ubisoft, and they have quite the history of takeovers. Recently they have added Gameloft to their portfolio, and after I suppose that makes sense since Ubisoft co-founder Michel Guillemot also founded Gameloft. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot wants to “increase the number of Canadian shareholders in Ubisoft to have better control over the capital.”

So what does that mean? that little quote there, from the CEO is more than just a common please for help. Its a plea to the people of Canada (where must of Ubisoft is based) to help the studio that currently calls it home. Currently, Ubisoft has two major studios in Canada, one in Montreal and  one in Toronto, and smaller operations in Quebec City and Halifax. These offices  which collectively employ more than 3000 people might be at risk if the company was taken over. It’s unlikely that VIvendi would shut them down outright, but Guillemot said Ubisoft’s independence gives it “decision-making and operational agility, as well as the ability to make deals with any companies it wants.”  If Vivendi took over operations Ubisoft might lose those abilities.

Now dont get your pitchforks just yet, Ubisoft is already a publicly held company, it already has to deal with lots of restrictions that make it less agile than say a start up indie studio. It is also worth looking at the way the Vivendi does  business. They held for some time a 61% stake in Activision Blizzard, but recently divested them selves of that stake.  In case you dont follow the markets Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) is currently trading down, and has been for most of the the Vivendi tenure. Yet they still exist and havent been shedding jobs left and right. So perhaps this isint doom and gloom for Ubisoft? Either way, even if they were acquired with Vivendi’s track record its unlikely that most stock traders would bite, since they dont have a great record for Activision Blizzard.

The coming weeks will show us who ends up winning. Keep your eyes on that ticker, if it goes up and hte  buy volume goes up, it could be happening. Oh and dont forget to show your support for all game developers by buying their games, so the industry can avoid outside influence as much as possible.


BrokenCast: Ty Taylor & Tumblestone

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Today on BrokenCast we interview Ty Taylor, developer of The Bridge and the upcoming Tumblestone. We talk about all sorts of things like what it’s like to start an indie studio, how Ty handle testing a whole bunch of different platforms and how surprisingly easy it is to translate one single game into a number of different languages.

If you’d like some insight into how indie titles are made or just want to learn more about Tumblestone give this podcast a listen.

Featuring The Voices of:

Rae Michelle Richards

Renee Gittins

Fionna Fox

Ty Taylor

You can of course also find the podcast on iTunes here:



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