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A game-ified version of NBC's 1999 teen drama, Freaks and Geeks, is now available on YouTube, courtesy of The Fine Bros and Doctor Octoroc. The game plays out automatically as it follows a loose interpretation of the show's plot, but key decisions are left to players, with each choice leading to a...

October 6th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Codename Cygnus successfully reached its Kickstarter funding goal this week, earning a total of $13,943. The interactive radio drama app for iOS has players acting as secret agents, with their choices impacting a fictional world through both touch and voice commands. Each of Codename Cygnus' epis...

August 13th 2013 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Logan Cunningham, known as the voice behind Bastion narrator Rucks, is lending his pipes to an interactive radio drama for iOS, Codename Cygnus. Developed by Reactive Studios, the project is seeking $11,000 on Kickstarter by August 11 to fund more episodes in its story arc. Cunningham's role in t...

August 2nd 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Earlier this year, gaming industry sleuth Superannuation uncovered the possible monikers of two projects from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream. The first was Fiv5, which showed up in a domain and European trademark registered by the developer. The second was Infraworld, a project the studio can...

August 4th 2011 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Speaking to The Guardian about storytelling in games, Heavy Rain director Cage singled out the FPS genre -- its use of WWII and sci-fi settings in general -- as an example where that aspect of the medium is stagnating. His advice for other game writers: " Don't write about being a rookie soldier...

March 21st 2011 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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We know it's supposed to be a moving moment in Heavy Rain, but we can't get enough of parody tributes to the game's true protagonist, little lost Jason. First there was the hit Flash game Press X to Jason and now the Dead Workers Party brings us "Press X to Jason," a bubbly, melodic retelling of th...

May 26th 2010 at 3:00am 0 Comments
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Heavy Rain continues its slow progression from "like a movie with lots of button inputs" to "just a movie." Deadline reports that Unique Features is in the process of acquiring the film rights to Quantic Dream's game. Unique Features is a production company started by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, wh...

May 19th 2010 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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No one was exactly sure if Sony's gamble with Heavy Rain would pay off. With no aliens, no stealth kills, and no epic boss battles, the game strayed so far from the mainstream norm that some wondered if it could possibly succeed. Considering the incredible technical effort Heavy Rain represented, i...

April 13th 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Heavy Rain's "The Taxidermist" DLC is ready to fill you up with more suspense for $5. To access your wallet, you'll have to flick your analog stick up and to the right. PSP owners can download titles like BlazBlue Calamity Trigger and Perv Simu ... ok, fine, Dead or Alive Paradise -- we still conte...

April 1st 2010 at 7:35pm 0 Comments

We have a hard time watching films where people get caught being in places they totally shouldn't be. We get no enjoyment from watching a Misery or a Rear Window, for example. That kind of scenario is the bread and butter of Heavy Rain's first downloadable chapter, "The Taxidermist," which pre-orde...

March 19th 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Once a major release has been completed and propelled to the top of the sales charts, the critical discussion surrounding it typically evaporates just as the Next Big Thing appears on the horizon. But Heavy Rain -- whether you like it, love it or loathe it -- has been kept afloat in popular opinion...

March 19th 2010 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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While the Joystiq staff hasn't experienced a game-ending Heavy Rain crash, there are a number of vocal members of the PlayStation forums that have reported some serious issues, most notably save file corruption. Quantic Dream is working on a new patch for the adventure game, one that "address a ran...

March 18th 2010 at 12:18pm 0 Comments