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Prey’s Director On The Polarizing Final Act: ‘There Was Definitely Too Much’

The problem with developing a video game is: Sometimes you need to stop. Even when you’re not totally happy with your final act. This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss all that and more.

First, Kirk and I talk about the appeal of Dead Cells, the problems with video game grind, and Diablo III coming to the Switch. Then, Arkane co-founder Raphael Colantonio joins me for a fascinating chat about the video game industry, crunch, Prey’s strengths and flaws, and much more.

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Colantonio, you may remember, wrote the now-infamous e-mail calling me and other reporters “press sneak fucks” back in 2013. With him departing Arkane last year—and therefore, being free of Bethesda’s PR, who have blacklisted Kotaku for nearly five years—he and I were able to get on the phone and mend fences earlier this year. So I’m thrilled to have him on our podcast this week.

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Jason: I absolutely loved Prey. Well, I should correct that—I absolutely loved Prey for three-quarters of the game, then the final act came and the security bots started attacking me and I was like, ‘this isn’t the game I signed up for.’ I’m curious to hear your perspective… What made you guys decide to approach it that way?

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Colantonio: It comes back to the thing we were talking about a little bit earlier: crunch versus triple-A or reacting to changes toward the end of the production. Budget, shipping on time, etc. I think we did our best as far as planning — we thought on paper it’d be a nice change of pace toward the end, so it feels more intense and more like an acceleration as opposed to ‘Here is more story.’ So on paper it seemed right. The problem is when you implement those things, even the designers can only see so much of it, because they don’t see the rest of the game, they only see their part. And it’s only, believe it or not, it’s only around alpha, like three months before the game ships basically that you can see the entirety of the game in a state where you can fully comprehend it. It doesn’t crash too often, there’s not too many showstoppers.

Jason: All the assets are in instead of grey boxes.

Colantonio: Exactly, everything is in, and it’s in a good state enough that you can truly appreciate the level of what you’re trying to achieve. In this case, yeah there was definitely too much at the end, it was too intense, not only the security bots but there was some other stuff. In general, I think it was too intense, we were trying to ask the players to backtrack, and do some stuff. It was just too much. We should have cut it short. But we could not know. Sometimes you hope, you shoot in a direction and hope you hit the target, then in the last months you try to adjust, correct, etc. We probably were running out of time, and people did work, they did their jobs, and… We could have done with another few months of polishing for sure.

Jason: I think every developer says that.

Colantonio: There are some economic realities behind it. We had been developing the game for a while. There’s a moment where you book the shelves, because that’s also part of the ecosystem of our activity is that you have to book shelves at the retail stores. So once it’s there, you cannot tell them at the last minute, ‘Oh by the way we’re going to delay the game.’ There’s an entire chain, an entire organization. So it’s not just money, it’s a full thing, at some point when you’re committed, you’re committed… We have so much momentum, so much inertia when we do things, that there’s a moment at the end when you just have to wrap it up.

Jason: Did you try to delay Prey?

Colantonio: We did delay Prey a little bit compared to the very initial date we agreed on. There’s a moment when you can, because there are staged gates when you develop a game… There’s the prototype, vertical slice, alpha, beta, etc. Mid-game, there’s still time to delay the game if you have to, and Zenimax was really good with that. They were good with evaluating the game together with the developer and making the decision that makes sense for the game.

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Jason: So when you guys got to those last three months, was that something you specifically brought up, that final act being too much action, too intense? Was it something you discussed but realized you couldn’t change?

Colantonio: Yeah absolutely, it was a recurring theme, the feedback was very clear. We have to accelerate the end just because it’s too intense, not that fun. If you had played the version we had a month before that, you would have thought it was even worse.

Jason: Maybe you should’ve put that out, then released the new one, so people could be like, ‘Wow by comparison this is amazing.’

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Colantonio: Yeah, again, I think creators are never fully happy with what we do, and there’s tons of things that we wish we had done a little differently, but it worked out. Given how hard it is to make games. Prey was a very rich game, there was tons of things in there, tons of things that layer on top of each other, so I think it worked out in the end.


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Sunday’s Best Deals: 82″ Samsung TV, Funkos Under $5, Philips Hue Bulbs, and More

Don’t miss deals on an 82" Samsung TV, Philips Hue lights, Funko figures, and a whole lot more.

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Best Tech Deals

Echo Buttons 2-Pack | $15 | Amazon
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Echo Buttons let you turn your Alexa device into a trivia-based game console, and you can get a pack of two for $15 today, down from the usual $20. Using Amazon’s game show template, you can even program your own trivia night, with custom questions.


The Amazon Echo Plus isn’t just a smart speaker – it also combines the hub capabilities of a variety of smart home gadget ecosystems, allowing you to seamlessly control all of them with your voice, without plugging a bunch of different dongles into your router. Get it for $100 today, complete with a bonus Philips Hue White bulb that you can control with nothing but the speaker.


Samsung 82" Class 4K (2160P) HDR Smart LED TV | $2300 | Walmart
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Want a big new TV for football Zion Williamson season? This massive 82" Samsung TV is marked down to $2300 at Walmart right now, a full $1100 less than it costs at Amazon. It should go without saying, but this set includes 4K resolution, HDR, and Samsung’s excellent smart apps as well.


If you need some more lights to feed your Philips Hue addiction, several styles of full color bulbs have rare $10 discounts today on Amazon, including the standard A19 bulb that you can never have enough of.

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You’ll need a hub to control these, so if you don’t already have one, you can still get the two-bulb starter kit for $100, or $50 less than usual.


ADATA Ultimate 1TB SSD | $139 | Rakuten | Promo code AD23
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We’ve posted a lot of SSD deals around these parts, but I’m pretty confident this is only the second time we’ve seen a ~1TB drive fall below $140. It’s not the fastest drive you can buy, but it’ll still be a massive improvement over any mechanical hard drive. Just be sure to use promo code AD23 at checkout (must be signed in) to get it for just $139.


Brother HL-3170CDW | $150 | Amazon
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You all have bought a ton of Brother monochrome laser printers, and with good reason! But if you really need to be able to print in color, today’s your lucky day.

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The Brother HL-3170CDW has all the features you’d expect from a Brother printer, including wireless networking (including AirPrint and Google Cloud Print), and the ability to spit out roughly 20 pages per minute, but with the added bonus of printing in color.

$150 is a little more than you’d spend on a monochrome printer, but that’s within $10 of the best price ever, so it’s time to kiss that inkjet goodbye.

Note: We posted this yesterday at $175, which was itself a good deal, but it’s since gotten even cheaper.


Fire TV | $40 | Amazon

For one day only, Amazon’s matching its Black Friday discount on the 4K/HDR/Dolby Atmos-packing Fire TV.

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While they last, you can snag the streaming box stick dongle for $40, a $30 discount, and a match for an all-time low. This is one of the best streaming devices you can buy at any price, so if it’s been on your wish list, don’t miss this deal.


Foldable Home and Office Lap Desk Tray Laptop Stand White | $19 | Amazon | Promo code 76VMX9OY
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If you do a lot of work on your laptop in bed—hey, I’ve been there—this lap desk can make the experience much more ergonomic for just $19 with promo code 76VMX9OY. One side tilts to bring your keyboard to a better angle for typing, while the rest can stay flat to hold documents and snacks.


20% Off Select Amazon Warehouse Items | Amazon
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Amazon aficionados know that the company sells lightly used products at significant discounts under its Amazon Warehouse brand, and to celebrate back to school season, you can save an extra 20% at checkout.

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Several categories are included in the sale, including computers, furniture, and Amazon devices, but it seems that a lot more items are eligible than you’d expect from advertised categories. For example, I got it to work on a DSLR, though it didn’t on a SONOS speaker. The search bar tool at the top of the page seems to return all Amazon Warehouse items, not just eligible ones, but it’s worth a shot if you have an out or production or rarely-discounted item you’ve had on your wishlist.

Have any suggestions? Let us know what you got in the comments!


Executive Racing Style Desk Chair | $65 | Best Choice Products | Promo code WOW5
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Its two-tone design might not be for everyone, but $65 is a very nice price for a racing-style desk chair with height and recline control. Just use promo code WOW5 at checkout to get the deal.


Oittm Stainless Steel 42mm Apple Watch Strap | $19 | Amazon | Promo code 78UO5H8Y. Multiple colors available.
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The best part of the Apple Watch might just be its ingenious, easy-to-change band system. While Apple’s own straps are hilariously expensive, third party ones are plentiful, varied, and very affordable. Today, you can get a handsome stainless steel strap (42 mm model only) in the color of your choice for just $19 with promo code 78UO5H8Y.


iPad Mini 4 128GB | $299 | Walmart
iPad (Fifth Generation) 128GB | $349 | Walmart
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Apple hasn’t updated the iPad Mini 4 in a few years, but if you don’t need the latest and greatest processor, and you prefer the smaller footprint, Walmart’s taking $100 off the 128GB model today, the best price we’ve ever seen.

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Or, for $50 more, you can opt for the 9.7" iPad fifth generation with the same amount of storage, and a processor that’s one year newer. It’s priced at $80 below its original MSRP, though unlike the iPad Mini, there is a newer model available.


VAVA USB-C Connectivity Hub (Space Gray) | $34 | Amazon | Promo code KINJA8888. Silver also available with code KINJA7777
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Turns out, having a laptop with only USB-C ports means you need to carry a dongle with you from time to time. Who knew? Luckily, these $34 hubs from VAVA are designed to perfectly match your space grey (promo code KINJA8888) or silver (promo code KINJA7777) MacBook, and turn one USB-C port into an ethernet port, an SD card reader, an HDMI output, and three USB 3.0 ports. There’s even pass-through USB-C charging, so you’re not even really using up one of your precious ports.


Anker PowerPort Cube | $20 | Amazon
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We’ve seen power cubes with more ports and outlets from other manufacturers, but Anker’s take on the category has a few nice touches. While it leaves one side of the cube empty, it does come with adhesive pads that let you mount it on a wall or underneath a desk. It normally sells for $25, but you can get it for just $20 today ($1 less than our previous mention), no promo code required.


Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Harmony Hub | $60 | Walmart
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$60 for a Logitech Harmony remote is a great deal on its face, but the real reason to buy this model is the included Harmony Home Hub.

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The Hub allows you to use your iPhone, Android device, or even an Amazon Echo to control everything a Harmony remote can (which is basically any piece of home theater gear you can think of). So even when you inevitably lose the included remote behind the couch cushions, you’ll still have multiple ways to take control of all of your home theater gear.

Considering the hub alone sells for $77 right now, getting the hub plus a remote for $60 is an unbelievable deal.


Bose’s wireless QuietComfort 35 noise-cancelling over-ears are basically a mute button for the rest of the world, and you can get them for $299 today, down from the usual $329. In addition to amazing sound quality and noise cancelation, they even work with Google Assistant, and as of a firmware update last week, Alexa too.

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If you prefer in-ear headphones, the Bose QuietControl 30 Bluetooth earbuds are also on sale for $249, or $50 less than usual.

<Waves frantically in your eye-line to get your attention>

Those are the best deals we’ve ever seen on these!


VPNs have been in the news, and whether you want to get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, or just keep prying eyes out of your browsing data while using sketchy public Wi-Fi, reader-favorite Private Internet Access has a deal to fit your needs.

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Private Internet Access doesn’t do much in the way of discounting, but they offer exclusive pricing and packages just for our readers that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are your options, and what you’d pay if you bought the same plan elsewhere:

These deals are only for our readers, but we aren’t sure how long they’ll be available, so go ahead and sign up while you can.

Best Home Deals

Once you start drinking out of double walled stainless steel, everything else is second rate. This $19 tumbler includes a handle, a metal straw, and two different kinds of lids, and will keep drinks hot for up to six hours, or cold for an entire day. You even get to choose from several different colors for the same price.


Beautural Portable Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover | $13 | Amazon
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If you have any clothes, furniture, or sheets that have a bad case of pilling, this electric fabric shaver is the cure. It features adjustable shaving height and two different speeds, so you can use it on pretty much any piece of fabric that needs it.

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$13's not an all-time low, but it’s the best price we’ve seen since April. I bought it myself to revive my all-too-new sofa which my cat decided to turn into a scratching post.


Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker | $400 | Woot
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My parents bought a wood pellet grill like this one a couple years ago, and holy crap it’s cool. You pour wood pellets (there a ton of different kinds) into the container on the left side of the grill, select the temperature you want, and the grill feeds the pellets into a heating element at whatever speed is necessary to maintain that exact temperature. The result is smokey deliciousness with the ease of using an oven. Get your grill for just $400 from Woot, today only.


Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow | $30 | Amazon
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It may be time for a new reader poll, because Cabeau just improved our readers’ favorite travel pillow, and the new model just got its first discount ever.

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The Cabeau Evolution S3 is the same shape, and made of the same memory foam material, as the standard Evolution. The only significant difference is the inclusion of two adjustable straps on the back that can hook into airplane seat headrests to keep the pillow (and thus, your noggin) in place as you drift off to sleep. You can even choose to position the pillow below the headrest (as pictured) to support your neck, or directly in front of it to surround your head.

The S3 is regularly priced at $40, the same as the standard Evolution, so there’s really no reason not to choose it, as far as I can see. Today’s $30 deal is also about as cheap as the old model ever gets, so I wouldn’t wait around for a better deal. Safe travels!


20-Pack Oh My Clean Thick Melamine Sponges | $8 | Amazon | Clip the $1 coupon
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You know those “Magic Erasers” that can wipe stains off seemingly any surface? They’re really just melamine sponges with a marketing budget, and you can get 20 off-brand (but well-reviewed) equivalents for just $8 on Amazon (after clipping the $1 coupon), an all-time low. I used these after moving into a new apartment last year, and they made quick work of all of the scuffs I made on the walls.

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We’ve seen packs with more sponges for about the same price, but they usually ship from China, whereas these have Prime shipping, and are even eligible for Subscribe & Save. They’re also twice as thick as most of the inexpensive competitors on Amazon, so they should last longer and be easier to use.


Extra 10% Off at Sheets & Giggles | Promo code GIZMODO
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Sheets & Giggles new bed sheets are made from eucalyptus trees instead of cotton, which is way better for the environment, and just as importantly, makes for really comfortable sheets. They’re already 10% off this month as a preorder special, but for a limited time, promo code GIZMODO will save you an extra 10% on top of that.

Want to know more? Check out our impressions over on The Inventory.


Masterbuilt MES 130B Digital Electric Smoker | $114 | Walmart
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This Masterbuilt electric smoker makes cooking jerky, brisket, or (insert meat of your choice) as easy as dropping in some wood chips and hitting a few buttons to set your temperature. And at just $114, you’ll have a lot of money left over to buy meats.


$10 Rebate With 5 Quart Penzoil Synthetic Motor Oil Purchase | Walmart | Rebate form here
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If you do your own oil changes, or would like to start learning, Walmart has several five quart bottles of Penzoil synthetic on sale today, and you can stack those savings with a $10 rebate from Penzoil. The best part? You can do the rebate entirely online, no stamps or licking required. Just double check that the bottle you’re buying is included in the promotion, and that it’s eligible for the full $10; some oil varieties have smaller rebates than others.

Best Lifestyle Deals

Amazon Leather Goods Sale | $55 or Less | Amazon
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If you get your hide over to Amazon today, you can save big on a variety of leather goods, including purses, wallets, messenger bags, and even toiletry kits. With the exception of a $55 messenger bag, everything in the sale costs $35 or less, so you can add a bunch of it to your cart.


299 Piece First Aid Kit | $15 | Amazon

A first aid kit is one of those things you should probably keep in your glove box, and you should definitely have at home, and at $13 for 299 pieces, there’s no excuse not to be prepared for minor accidents.

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It includes bandages, gauze, medicines, an instant cold pack, and more, all tucked away in a refillable soft pack. You can thank us later.


15% Off David Archy Underwear | Amazon
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David Archy might not be a household name yet, but they sell some of the most popular underwear and clothing basics on Amazon, and a whole bunch of it is on sale today.

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You’ll find several different cuts here to fit your style, many in your choice of either soft and warm bamboo fiber, or light and airy micro modal. I own a few of both, and they’re absolutely terrific, especially at these prices. At this time of year, my pick of the bunch would be the micro modal boxer briefs, which are a steal at under $8 per pair.


Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost water gel sunscreen is a pretty good facsimile of Biore’s cult favorite (and personally life changing) Watery Essence sunscreen, with one notable difference: It’s actually sold in the U.S.

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You can read more about the water-based sunscreens in my recent review, but spoiler alert: They completely changed my perceptions about what sunscreen can be. Amazon’s currently offering a $3 coupon on three-packs of Neutrogena’s version today, in both SPF 50 and SPF 30. It’s still fairly expensive as sunscreen goes, but once you try it, you’ll never buy anything else.


Perfect Pushup Elite | $20 | Amazon
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You don’t need any accessories to do push-ups, that’s sort of the point. But nevertheless! The freely-rotating Perfect Pushup system reduces stress on joints and works out some extra muscle groups, so you’ll get the most out of your workout. At $20, they’ve never been cheaper.


Best Media Deals

Up to 80% off New York Times Bestsellers [Kindle] | Amazon
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It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for another Kindle ebook sale. The theme this week is “New York Times Bestsellers,” which is a pretty great focal point, as these things go. Everything costs $5 or less to download, so get reading.


10% off $100+ Textbook Order | Amazon | Promo code TEXT10. Maximum $50 discount
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If you’re going to buy your textbooks on Amazon anyway this year, be sure to use promo code TEXT10 at checkout to save 10% on any $100 textbook order (shipped and sold by Amazon.com), up to a maximum $50 discount. That might not seem like much, but for a semester’s worth of books, 10% savings could buy a whole lot of ramen and Natty Ice.

Terms and conditions here.


Best Gaming Deals

Though you’ll still need an expensive-ass computer to run it, the Oculus Rift VR system is finally approaching affordability, with the headset and controller bundle now available for $349. That’s a match for the price we saw around Black Friday last year, and an all-time low.


Funko Toy Sale | $2-$5 | Walmart
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If your desk isn’t adorned with quite enough adorable Funko figures at the moment, you can fix that right now with Walmart’s big sale. A bunch of licensed figures from Stranger Things, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more of your favorite media are on sale for $5 or less today.


Up to this point, Nintendo Switch console bundle savings haven’t really been a thing. Right now though, Walmart’s taking preorders for the new Nintendo bundle of the Switch, plus Mario Tennis Aces and 1-2 Switch, for $359. You’re basically getting one of the two games for free at that price.


6 Months Xbox Game Pass + 3 Month Bonus | $60 | Amazon
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With Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft basically created the Netflix of video games, and it’s a great deal at its usual $10 per month. But for a limited time, you can get a three bonus months when you buy a six month membership for $60. Xbox Game Pass grants you access to new releases like State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves, as well as classics like KOTOR and all of the Gear of War games. Even Fallout 4 is included now!

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Just make sure you see the bonus months in the “special offers and product promotions” section of the product page.


Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Super Mario Odyssey | $45 | Walmart
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Mario Tennis Aces | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
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If you have any notable holes in your Nintendo Switch game library, you can fill them today with rare discounts on first party Nintendo games. Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Mario Tennis Aces are all marked down to $45.


Preorder Commodore 64 Mini | $80 | Walmart
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The Commodore 64 Mini finally comes out this October, and while shortages aren’t guaranteed like they would be for, say, a new Nintendo Classic mini console, it never hurts to preorder.

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The half-sized scale model C64 Mini includes 64 games onboard, with the ability to add your own as well. Lock in your order now for $80, then drop your favorite C64 game suggestions in the comments below.


When these 3/4-sized Arcade1Up arcade cabinets first went on preorder for $299, we thought it was a mistake, since they were supposed to cost $399. At this point though, it seems clear that $299 is in fact what they now cost, but inventory is still limited, since they were out of stock for awhile.

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Anyway, they’re all back now, and they’re still $299, so if you want one, now’s your chance.


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Sunday Comics: Plenty Of Room

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Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich. Published August 13. Read more of Awkward Zombie.

Corpse Run by Alex Di Stasi. Published August 16. Read more of Corpse Run.

Double XP by M.S. Corley and Josh Crandall. Published August 17. Read more of Double XP.

The GaMERCaT by Samantha Whitten. Published August 13. Read more ofThe GaMERCaT

Life in Aggro by Fei Hsiao and Cecilia Vasquez. From the archive, originally published August 2013. Read more of Life in Aggro.

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things by Kelly Turnbull. From the archive, originally published March 2014. Read more of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.

Nerf NOW!! by Josué Pereira. Published August 17. Read more of Nerf NOW!!

Penny Arcade by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Published August 19. Read more of Penny Arcade.

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The Powerpuff Girls | Mojo The Jojo | Cartoon Network

The Powerpuff Girls | Mojo The Jojo | Cartoon Network
Mojo Jojo performs a magic show for Lester, which quickly turns into a fight that The Powerpuff Girls must join!

Episode: Small World: Heart to Heartstone Part 4

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NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu | Skylor’s Power | Cartoon Network
Skylor must break free of Garmadon’s power and learn to control her own.

Episode: Saving Faith

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Craig of the Creek | Pen Pals | Cartoon Network

Craig of the Creek | Pen Pals | Cartoon Network
Craig makes a long distance connection with a kid that loves the creek as much as he does.

Episode: Doorway to Helen

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Feed Your Philips Hue Habit With $10 Off Spare Bulbs

If you need some more lights to feed your Philips Hue addiction, several styles of full color bulbs have rare $10 discounts today on Amazon, including the standard A19 bulb that you can never have enough of.

You’ll need a hub to control these, so if you don’t already have one, you can still get the two-bulb starter kit for $100, or $50 less than usual.


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Feed Your Philips Hue Habit With $10 Off Spare Bulbs

If you need some more lights to feed your Philips Hue addiction, several styles of full color bulbs have rare $10 discounts today on Amazon, including the standard A19 bulb that you can never have enough of.

You’ll need a hub to control these, so if you don’t already have one, you can still get the two-bulb starter kit for $100, or $50 less than usual.


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Capcom vs Konami – Game Sack

Capcom vs Konami – Game Sack

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Subscribe to me here on Youtube! Episode 227 – Both Konami and Capcom are amazing companies with a history of amazing games. But which one is the best? Let’s find out as we explore many of their games!

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Capcom vs Konami – Game Sack

Capcom vs Konami – Game Sack

❤️
Subscribe to me here on Youtube! Episode 227 – Both Konami and Capcom are amazing companies with a history of amazing games. But which one is the best? Let’s find out as we explore many of their games!

►Consider supporting us on Patreon! – http://www.patreon.com/gamesack
►Twitter! Official (run by Joe): http://www.twitter.com/GameSack Dave – http://www.twitter.com/GameSackDave
►Instagram! – http://www.instagram.com/gamesackofficial
►Game Sack Blu-ray!
Volume 2 – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WVG9HY4/
Volume 1 – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0199ITMVG/
►Mega Power shirt and Blu-rays – https://store.screenwavemedia.com/collections/game-sack
►The Game Sack Web Site! – http://www.gamesack.net
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Video Of An Early Magic Tournament Is An Awesome Piece Of Game History

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Magic: The Gathering commentator Marshall Sutcliffe had Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall on his MTG Breakdown show recently to show off an amazing piece of game history: video of a Magic tournament from 1994.

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As Sutcliffe and David-Marshall explain, the footage is mostly unedited, freewheeling capture of what an early Magic tournament was like. And, to be clear, this is very early in Magic’s history.

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The video is from November of 1994, and the game had only launched in August of 1993. While the game sold well, it didn’t go everywhere all at once, and it slowly trickled east from its birthplace in Seattle, Washington.

Organized by David-Marshall and several others, the tournament was envisioned less as a pure competitive environment and more as a convention. As he explains in the video, the basic model here included free play areas, artists, and other things for enthusiasts to do. This tournament served as the model for the first Grand Prix events, which are the most common big competitive Magic events today. The organizers expected maybe 70-80 people, but ultimately 200 or so showed up to embrace early Magic.

The second half of the archival video is a sort-of-complete video of the final match of the event in which two players repeatedly repeatedly shoot each other with Fireballs for 1 or 2 damage in between attacking each other with Mishra’s Factory.

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The entire video is full of Magic history treasures, but there are two things that I want to really highlight:

GIF: MTG Breakdown

The first is that one of the players in the finals has an unsleeved Unlimited edition Black Lotus (which currently goes for about $8,000) that he is handling in a very cavalier way. I love it. These cards were meant to be played, dammit, and that’s just what people did!

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The second thing I want to highlight is the absolutely mind-annihilating shuffle this dude does. Sutcliffe’s reaction is pretty serious, and I wouldn’t recommend shuffling any cards this way. To add to the horror, David-Marshall points out that those cards definitely include a bunch of dual lands, most of which are worth hundreds of dollars each at this point. There’s also a Mox Ruby ($2,250). Again, he didn’t know the future, but dang.

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The final match is very instructive about how Magic has evolved over the years, but the prize is the best part. It’s a complete collection of Arabian Nights, the game’s first expansion. The winner loudly declares that he does not want to trade, and part of me hopes that he has the whole thing in his closet at this very moment.

If you’re even a little bit interested in the history of Magic, I recommend watching the entire video. It’s amazing, and the contextualization that David-Marshall does is super valuable for even a casual fan.

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Video Of An Early Magic Tournament Is An Awesome Piece Of Game History

GIF: MTG Breakdown

Magic: The Gathering commentator Marshall Sutcliffe had Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall on his MTG Breakdown show recently to show off an amazing piece of game history: video of a Magic tournament from 1994.

https://kinja.com/ajax/inset/iframe?id=youtube-video-6l0U13vCZ4U&start=0

As Sutcliffe and David-Marshall explain, the footage is mostly unedited, freewheeling capture of what an early Magic tournament was like. And, to be clear, this is very early in Magic’s history.

Advertisement

The video is from November of 1994, and the game had only launched in August of 1993. While the game sold well, it didn’t go everywhere all at once, and it slowly trickled east from its birthplace in Seattle, Washington.

Organized by David-Marshall and several others, the tournament was envisioned less as a pure competitive environment and more as a convention. As he explains in the video, the basic model here included free play areas, artists, and other things for enthusiasts to do. This tournament served as the model for the first Grand Prix events, which are the most common big competitive Magic events today. The organizers expected maybe 70-80 people, but ultimately 200 or so showed up to embrace early Magic.

The second half of the archival video is a sort-of-complete video of the final match of the event in which two players repeatedly repeatedly shoot each other with Fireballs for 1 or 2 damage in between attacking each other with Mishra’s Factory.

Advertisement

The entire video is full of Magic history treasures, but there are two things that I want to really highlight:

GIF: MTG Breakdown

The first is that one of the players in the finals has an unsleeved Unlimited edition Black Lotus (which currently goes for about $8,000) that he is handling in a very cavalier way. I love it. These cards were meant to be played, dammit, and that’s just what people did!

Image: MTG Breakdown

The second thing I want to highlight is the absolutely mind-annihilating shuffle this dude does. Sutcliffe’s reaction is pretty serious, and I wouldn’t recommend shuffling any cards this way. To add to the horror, David-Marshall points out that those cards definitely include a bunch of dual lands, most of which are worth hundreds of dollars each at this point. There’s also a Mox Ruby ($2,250). Again, he didn’t know the future, but dang.

Advertisement

The final match is very instructive about how Magic has evolved over the years, but the prize is the best part. It’s a complete collection of Arabian Nights, the game’s first expansion. The winner loudly declares that he does not want to trade, and part of me hopes that he has the whole thing in his closet at this very moment.

If you’re even a little bit interested in the history of Magic, I recommend watching the entire video. It’s amazing, and the contextualization that David-Marshall does is super valuable for even a casual fan.

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GTA V World Record Speedrun Is A Grueling, Fascinating Ten Hours

Speedruns are all about completing a game quickly, and the world record for 100%ing Grand Theft Auto V is a breezy ten hours of skydiving, helicopter flying, bike racing, and story missions. It’s a wonder to behold.

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Clocking in at 10:15:44, ToriksLV’s world record 100% speedrun is about completing all of the tasks of GTA V in as little time as possible. That means all of the collectibles, missions, and side tasks. Watching the run, doing all of this stuff in as time-efficient a manner as possible is a pretty astounding act of memorization.

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Remembering, for example, that a mission is close to a collectible spaceship part is probably easy. But routing all 50 ship parts, and the scrap paper as well, produces this labyrinth of knowledge that ToriksLV simply affably chats his way through.

Sitting down to watch the video of the speedrun is a, well, marathon that takes ten hours, but even scrubbing through and watching 20 minute segments is a real masterclass in how to play through GTA V. ToriksLV never takes their foot off the gas, taking shortcuts by hopping up mountains or simply headshotting every single enemy in every story mission in the game (seriously, the gunplay is astonishing). It’s just a joy to watch the execution of the basic mechanics at this level, and seeing this massive, sprawling game ran through as quickly as possible is a real treat.

I’ve got nothing but respect for runners who go the distance on these marathon games, and in the last half hour of the run you can start to hear the stress in ToriksLV’s voice. Not getting the record at the end is a loss of hours and hours of your life. It’s an interesting additional stressor.

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In any case, shoutouts to the people who are sitting down and practicing these massive speedruns. You’ve got the fire in you.

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Snag a 4K and HDR-Capable Fire TV For Just $40

Fire TV | $40 | Amazon
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For one day only, Amazon’s matching its Black Friday discount on the 4K/HDR/Dolby Atmos-packing Fire TV.

While they last, you can snag the streaming box stick dongle for $40, a $30 discount, and a match for an all-time low. This is one of the best streaming devices you can buy at any price, so if it’s been on your wish list, don’t miss this deal.


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Infinity War’s Epic Thanos Fight Would Have Made a Killer 16-Bit Video Game Boss Battle

As hyper-realistic as modern video game graphics look, the blocky, pixelated aesthetic of the 16-bit era still has a certain charm. And as animator John Stratman demonstrates with his video game de-make of Avengers: Infinity War, all those superheroes working together would have made for a fantastic side-scrolling adventure.

The first half of this video features Stratman’s wonderful 16-bit treatment of this summer’s biggest blockbuster, but the second half compares it side-by-side to the actual film so you can see how true it is to the original—save for the incredibly limited color palette he had to work with.

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Twenty-seven years ago this game would have been a must-have for your console, and knowing that Thanos inevitably wins in the end, and that half of your characters would be wiped out with a finger snap, would have been another great reason to buy a Game Genie to cheat and tip the odds back in your favor.

[h/t Tastefully Offensive]

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