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Presenting Branching Dialogue, a weekly, wordy and often worryingly pedantic discussion of video game genres, trends and err ... stuff I didn't think to put in this introductory line. var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/The_End_of_Death_in_Video_Games'; If there's one thing the year 200...

December 23rd 2008 at 8:15pm 0 Comments
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Prince of Persia series producer, Ben Mattes, tells IGN that he was "expecting a few more virtual pats-on-the-back" for exploring some unbeaten paths in the Prince's latest outing, but said pats (virtual or otherwise) have yet to be felt. "We set out to keep a few core fundamentals but to re-imag...

December 23rd 2008 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Devoid of generic rage and frustrating deaths, Prince of Persia marks quite an easy, effortless end to 2008's video game gauntlet -- at least, according to reviewers. Though the platforming has been simplified, most seem to agree that the expansive world and chemistry between the two lead character...

December 3rd 2008 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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We don't typically like to register our video game consoles with game publishers. After watching Enemy of the State, we like to stay off the grid, even if we don't exactly understand what the grid is or why it should be avoided. This may just be enough to turn us though: Ubisoft says that those who...

November 21st 2008 at 9:15am 0 Comments
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Following our recent hands-on with the soon-to-be-released Prince of Persia, we sat down with series producer, Ben Mattes, to chat about how (and why) this new installment – and, in some respects, direction – for the iconic franchise came to be. Mattes wasn't afraid to cite his team's...

November 18th 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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The DLC planned for Prince of Persia is to be of "significant value," as noted by Ubisoft producer Ben Mattes in an interview with Gamercyde (at the 19:12 mark). Mattes doesn't believe the PoP DLC will be character skins or weapons, but will be "a new story, a new experience, maybe a prequel, maybe...

November 17th 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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click to enlarge Stick a fork "do not sell until Dec. 2" label in on it, because Prince of Persia is done. The game has been submitted to Sony and Microsoft for certification and will, we've been promised by series producer Ben Mattes, ship the first week of next month as planned. Mattes, seeming...

November 14th 2008 at 9:45pm 0 Comments
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Just like every other game nerd worth his salt, we love the Penny Arcade guys when they're in comedy mode. But we're absolute suckers for when they throw their considerable literary and artistic talents into a more serious project. What appears to be just such an effort has recently been undertaken...

October 21st 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments