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It's taken a long time for it to approach launch, but Transformers Universe is closer to being ready for public consumption than ever before. It's got pre-launch bonus sales in effect, it's revealing Autobots and Decepticons alike, and it's showing off its gameplay. If you're excited to see more of...

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Licensed games have a great opportunity to build engaging experiences out of characters and environments that fans already love, but plenty end up feeling half-baked or uninspired. Marvel's head of games, TQ Jefferson, told IGN that that risk of building a botched project with the wrong studio has...

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Activision laid off 30 full-time employees, noting that this year it intended to launch fewer games based on licensed properties. Activision provided a statement to Joystiq: "In 2013, we expect to release fewer games based on license properties and as a result are realigning our structure to better...

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There are certainly a lot of intellectual properties out there that would make for an excellent MMO. Running down the list of major games currently running shows no shortage of games based on popular franchises -- Star Trek Online, Warhammer Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Age of Conan, Champions Onlin...

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Admit it -- when you first saw the trailers for Star Trek Online, you started reading the opening monologue in your head. Or maybe that was just us. Either way, there's a lot of cultural weight and expectation going into the game, as you'd expect for a series with thirty-four years of fandom and m...

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We imagine you're just as excited for James Cameron's upcoming film, Avatar, as we are. How can you go wrong with blue people, right? The game's first trailer though -- it unfortunately lives up to our expectations for games based on licensed properties, including cheesy rock music right on cue at t...

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Ever since Heat's 1995 cinematic debut, aggression-soaked psychos (like ourselves) have been clamoring for a game adaptation of the crime drama. Gearbox Software prez Randy Pitchford agreed as well, optioning the rights to develop a game back in the mid-oughts. Fast forward to 2009, and GameSpot dro...

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We've always assumed that licensed games suck because publishers rely on the character's face -- rather than high quality -- to get games off the shelves. And we're right. But according to Rebellion, the developer responsible for Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Miami Vice: The Game, scheduling is...

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We'll be straight with you: We got the press release from Ubisoft for the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tie-in games yesterday ... on April Fool's Day. Being the anti-societal recluses we are, we were completely unaware of the upcoming movie by the same name and therefore considered the releas...

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OK, clear the next half hour or so of your day, because you simply have to read Ben Fritz' stunning piece on the downfall of Brash (oh, you remember, it was the game studio that aimed to change the image of terrible licensed games by making horrible licensed games). For example, did you know Brash...

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We knew that Paramount was 'very, very excited' about the games space, but today we're getting the first look at how that enthusiasm will translate into a publishing business. Variety reported today on Paramount's expanded interactive department, which will put a focus on mobile, handheld and casu...

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We usually don't have high hopes when it comes to games that are based on movies, television shows, brands, or other licenses. With that said, though, we know that there are some good ones around. What is your favorite licensed game? And, if that license is not on the Wii yet, would you like it to b...

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