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A new title update for Spelunky on Xbox Live Arcade aims to eradicate the ignominious, agonizing fates caused by errant programming. This brings the brutal cave exploration game more in line with designer Derek Yu's vision, which is basically a die-o-rama of ignominious, agonizing fates caused by d...

December 21st 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Welcome to Living in the Past, a weekly column about what's new in old games. Now get off our lawn. I'm a fan of the genre of game that I can best encapsulate as "people dying in caves." For whatever reason, there's a subset of sidescrolling platformers that puts players in the role of an archaeolog...

September 18th 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Unlike every other form of interaction with Spelunky, listening to the breezy soundtrack probably won't result in dozens of painful deaths. Composer Eirik Suhrke's Spelunky compositions are now available as a "pay what you want" download, provided you want to pay at least $7.In addition to everythi...

August 4th 2012 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Before it was a frustrating XBLA game, Spelunky was a frustrating freeware PC game. And now it's a quietly, addictively frustrating browser game. Using a new version of the Game Maker software in which Derek Yu coded the original game, developer Darius Kazemi ported Spelunky into HTML5, allowing us...

July 31st 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Spelunky, an Xbox Live Arcade revamp of a free PC indie game, straddles the line between insurmountable addiction and a precise extractor of self-hatred. Like other rare indie gems, such as Metanet's N series, Spelunky is equal parts diabolical and ingenious.The concept is simple: explore worlds fi...

July 4th 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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It may not be the Summer of Arcade until mid-July, but it's going to be a good summer for XBLA even before then. In a list of upcoming Xbox Live content, Microsoft announced that Derek Yu's long-awaited Spelunky will be out July 4, for 1200 Microsoft Points (alongside Bellator MMA Onslaught).Other...

June 26th 2012 at 10:45am 0 Comments
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The 14th annual Independent Game Festival finalists have been announced, and this year's finalists are indie-licious (yum). Titles include pop-indie hits Fez, Frozen Synapse, Spelunky and Atom Zombie Smasher, as well as some of our own understated favorites, such as Freebird Games' To the Moon....

January 10th 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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You go to a fortune teller and ask what will happen in 2012, expecting her to repeat rejected phrases from the Panda Express fortune-cookie line in a wistful, croaking manner. Instead, she busts out this ratings list for coming XBLA titles and you tip her 200 percent, leaving with your mind blown...

December 31st 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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At some point in the future, you'll be able to lay out your own randomly generated Spelunky adventures on your desk -- or just stare at some adorable round noses. Developer Derek Yu worked with his father to produce a line of "Spelunky Minis" toys, based on the characters in the upcoming XBLA rem...

August 23rd 2011 at 2:59am 0 Comments