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Star Wars’ last great video game character almost made it into the mainstream story

Star Wars Rebels, wrapping up its fourth and final season, almost crossed over with the franchise’s video game canon, says the guy who voiced Starkiller, the protagonist of the last two Star Wars games LucasArts published before Disney bought the property. That's according to Sam Witwer, who voiced Starkiller in the two video games games. Starkiller's namesake harkens to the earliest drafts of George Lucas' story for Star Wars (my God, even going back to the Journal of the Whills!) Anakin, Luke,

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Star Wars’ last great video game character almost made it into the mainstream story

Star Wars Rebels, wrapping up its fourth and final season, almost crossed over with the franchise’s video game canon, says the guy who voiced Starkiller, the protagonist of the last two Star Wars games LucasArts published before Disney bought the property. That's according to Sam Witwer, who voiced Starkiller in the two video games games. Starkiller's namesake harkens to the earliest drafts of George Lucas' story for Star Wars (my God, even going back to the Journal of the Whills!) Anakin, Luke,

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Here’s ‘Gnomageddon,’ the game-jam concept that PlayStation canceled

Gnomageddon was in development at Sony San Diego (SSD), mainly known for its work on sports titles like MLB The Show (and, before that, an NBA game). Sony San Diego developers, according to Unseen64, resented the lack of promotion for and commitment to Kill Strain coming from Sony at large. Developers working on Gnomageddon were pulled off to maintenance Kill Strain after its launch. The death of Kill Strain and its resulting layoffs, doomed Gnomageddon as well.. Sony San Diego survived, of cour

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Here’s ‘Gnomageddon,’ the game-jam concept that PlayStation canceled

Gnomageddon was in development at Sony San Diego (SSD), mainly known for its work on sports titles like MLB The Show (and, before that, an NBA game). Sony San Diego developers, according to Unseen64, resented the lack of promotion for and commitment to Kill Strain coming from Sony at large. Developers working on Gnomageddon were pulled off to maintenance Kill Strain after its launch. The death of Kill Strain and its resulting layoffs, doomed Gnomageddon as well.. Sony San Diego survived, of cour

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Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5: Eastwatch recap

Game of Thrones fans were left hanging last week, although few of us thought Jaime Lannister was in any real danger. He may not survive the entire show, but he’s not going to die by drowning off-screen. He’s seen a lot of blood, and he’s going to see a lot more on this path. Game of Thrones is doing an admirable job of showing what power brings you, and proving that it’s a narrowing of choices as often as it’s a broadening of them. We just saw what amounts to the Game of Thrones version of the S

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Game of Thrones’ latest reveal may be disproven by a famous prophecy

Game of Thrones revealed an interesting piece of news this week that, if fans have been paying attention to the details, may have left them scratching their heads. “I’ve come to believe that an accommodation with the dragon queen may be in our immediate interest,” Cersei says. One of the most iconic prophecies to appear on Game of Thrones is about Cersei and her future. Cersei and Tyrion have always hated one another, and with Tyrion joining forces with Daenerys, that outcome seemed to make sens

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Here are the winners of Valve’s $24 million 2017 International Dota 2 Championships

The winner of the 2017 International Dota 2 Championships, or TI7, is EU team Liquid, who in addition to the Aegis of Champions will also take home a $10.8 million prize. Their opponents, Chinese team Newbee, will receive more than $3.9 for its second place finish. Liquid beat Newbee in a dominant 3-0 set in TI7’s final best of five series. The 2017 International Dota 2 Championships full prize pool exceeded $24 million, all but $1.6 million of which was crowdfunded via in-game purchases within

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In Dota 2, bot beats pros

Dota 2's world championship, The International 2017, is going on right now, and as a sideshow, Valve put a top pro up against a formidable AI bot. Spoiler alert: The bot mopped the floor with him. Danil "Dendi" Ishutin confronted the OpenAI bot, which evidently learned to play Dota 2 for itself over repeated playthroughs. Valve unleashed the bot on other attendees of TI17, offering some big loot as an incentive. Many found ways to confuse the bot and draw its defenses away from the critical obje

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The 101 video games kids should play before growing up

Introducing a young person to a work of art is a uniquely fulfilling moment, for both mentor and mentee. In that spirit, Ben Bertoli, a contributor at Kotaku and a guy I wrote about when I worked there, is publishing a book called 101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up. As a first draft, this is a well considered catalog, speaking to a very personal love of video games. It's still intriguing that no Metroid nor Castlevania games make an appearance, but the metroidvania Guacamelee! Bertoli, a

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Team Liquid are The International 7 champions

After a year of highs and lows for Team Liquid, the European squad culminated a year of work and events in a massive victory at The International. Team Liquid was the final hope of the non-Chinese teams going into the final few days of The International; they had the unfortunate task of taking out the final other one, Virtus.Pro, in the lower brackets. This meant that they had to make up for their performance versus China’s LGD-Gaming in the upper brackets that brought them down into the lower.

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