Daniel Shannon

Daniel Shannon is a former editor of Voodoo Extreme and a freelance writer whose work has been published in PC Gamer and Gamespot. At Broken Joysticks he holds the title of “Seneschal” as well as “Voivode of the Hellhounds.” He may be reached at danielshannon@gmail.com.

Daniel’s favorite Halloween Games

In an effort to exorcise Monty, Broken Joysticks’ official demonically possessed bulldog, I’ve been continuing my Halloween tradition of replaying some of my favorite horror games. Unfortunately, my efforts have only empowered “demonty,” but I’ve gone too far to turn back now.

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INDIEGALA 10 Begins

The tenth IndieGala has started. As with previous iterations, you’ll get to pay what you want. Furthermore, you may choose how to divvy up your donation between the developers, Indie Gala, or Charities. This time the Charities are the Able Gamers foundation and the Italian Red Cross which is raising funds to help Emilia Romagna, a region of Italy that was recently hit by an Earthquake. You may watch the trailer and read about the games after...

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Hearts of Iron 3: Their Finest Hour Contest

Monty, Broken Joysticks’ official wargaming bulldog, has just secured some copies of the latest HOI 3 expansion, Their Finest Hour, to giveaway to our readers. I understand that his meticulous planning allowed him to succeed in an amphibious landing near Stockholm where, after a visit to the Vasa, he liberated some Steam codes from Paradox Interactive. We have 7 steam codes for Their Finest Hour and 5 steam codes for The Hearts of Iron 3 Collection (which...

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Indie Gala Seven Begins

Indie Gala has just launched its seventh “pay what you want” game bundle. If you purchase a copy of this bundle, you can choose how to split up your money between the developers, two charities, and Indie Gala. The charities you may donate to in this bundle are the Italian Red Cross (to help in efforts in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy that suffered from a series of earthquakes in May) and AbleGamers, which works to...

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Quake Con 2012 Panel Schedule Released

Bethesda has just released the full list of panels and panelists that will be at Quakecon 2012. I’ll be there as well and will have an opportunity to interview some of these people and ask questions at the panels. If you have any questions you’d like asked, then post a comment here or email me at danielshannon@brokenjoysticks.net with the subject QuakeCon 2012. The full schedule is posted below.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Patched and Cold Stream Release Date Set

While PC gamers have been able to play Left 4 Dead 2’s Cold Stream DLC content for a year now, a release date has finally been set for the Xbox 360. Cold Stream, which includes the new Cold Stream campaign as well as the entire original Left 4 Dead campaigns that haven’t already been released as DLC, will be available for the 360 on July 24th. Meanwhile, the PC version of the DLC has just received a...

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Arma 2: Combined Operations Patch Released

After Day Z came out, Arma 2: Combined Operations has sold, and this is just a rough estimate, about a bazillion copies. In fact, it always seemed to be in the top 5 best sellers of the latest Steam summer sale even when it wasn’t heavily discounted. Now that so many more people are playing Arma2: Combined Operations, Bohemia Interactive has released a patch (version 1.62) for the title. The press release promises lots of “fixes to...

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Steam Summer Sale Deals for July 19th

Well, yesterday’s plot didn’t work out so well, and the Steam Sale marches on. I’ve been thinking about ways to stop this ravager of wallets. Perhaps I’ll start a Kickstarter project to bring an end to these deals. The basic concept is that I will build some sort of giant magnet as well as a “mancannon.” We’ll suck out Valve employees with the magnet and shoot them into the Puget Sound with the mancannon, forcing Gabe Newell...

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QuakeCon 2012 Registrations Begin

Registrations have begun for Quakecon 2012. As always the annual bring your own computer LAN party will be free to attend, though there are a few paid options, including a swag pack (featuring both an official QuakeCon 2012 and a Dishonored t-shirt). In addition to the LAN party, the event will feature the annual keynote address by John Carmack, opportunities to play both Dishonored and Doom 3: BFG edition. Additionally, there will be panels featuring people like...

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Rock Band Blitz Release Date Announced

Harmonix has announced the release dates for Rock Band Blitz (or as we like to call it, because it uses a controller rather than instrument peripherals, Frequency 3/Amplitude 2). It arrives on the PlayStation Network on the 28th of August and will retail for $14.99. Blitz will roll onto Xbox Live Arcade on the next day and retail for 1200 Microsoft Points. Rock Band Blitz is apparently compatible with thousands of songs in the Rock Band Music...

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Carrier Command: Gaea Mission Teaser Trailer Released

Bohemia Interactive just released a nebulous teaser trailer for their upcoming real time strategy game/ vehicle simulator hybrid Carrier Command: Gaea Mission. As the name suggests, this is a remake of 1988’s Carrier Command. The basic gist of the game is that the players’ main base is an aircraft carrier used to launch assaults on various islands and, naturally, the enemy carrier. In addition to playing it like an RTS, you can assume direct control over any...

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Paradox Interactive announces its “Six Games and Rock’n’Roll Tour”

Paradox Interactive has kicked off what it dubs the “Six Games and Rock’n’Roll Tour.” The Swedish publisher and some developers will be embarking on a “coast to coast tour” of the United States, showcasing five previously announced games and one mystery game. Highlights from the tour are available on their tumbler page. The first stop was New York City, where they showed off the upcoming Salem MMO. You can watch the just released trailer for that title...

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MechWarrior Online Community Day and Centurion Mech Announced

Mechwarrior Online Developers Piranha Games have been very busy this week. First, they released a video showcasing the upcoming free-to-play game’s latest Mech, the Centurion. This medium sized Mech is sort of like the T-34 of Mechs, boasting a good mix of speed, armor, and firepower. You can watch the video with some pretty gameplay footage below. [youtube id=”3m24i6iTeyc” width=”600″ height=”350″] Additionally, Piranha games, Nvidia, and Infinite Game Publishing (the publisher of Mechwarrior online),  are hosting a...

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Steam Summer Sale Deals For July 18th

The Steam Summer Sale continues despite my best attempts at monkeywrenching. In fact, I used all the knowledge at my disposal. For instance, while cutting my cable company’s fiber optic lines, I made certain to cut a section of wire out and take it with me. That makes things harder for the technicians to fix. I also used a taser on my modem and router for good measure. Then I discovered that this DIDN’T affect Steam in...

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