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The only thing more charming and out of place than an interactive, full-motion video addendum to a game about an undead marionette cowboy is free DLC. "The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles," an anachronistic add-on to Twisted Pixel's Kinect debut, The Gunstringer, is currently free only to Xbox Live Gold...

September 13th 2011 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Today, I'm breaking one of the biggest rules of criticism: Don't attempt to write an objective review if you're personally invested in the success of the product. No, I don't have an uncle at Twisted Pixel (as far as I know). And no, I don't have stock in the skeletal puppetry biz. But there's...

September 13th 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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A sample of Twisted Pixel's next, Kinect-infused project, The Gunstringer, is now ready for your enjoyment -- or your unenjoyment, on the off chance you possess some deep, inexplicable fear of marionette puppets. The run-and-gunner now has a demo available on Xbox Live Marketplace, where you can...

August 30th 2011 at 12:10pm 0 Comments
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Twisted Pixel is known for its charming games, but something darker lurks just beneath the surface of The Gunstringer. Namely: there's a secret option on the Kinect shooter that makes it hate you. It's called "Hardcore Mode," and it sounds terrifying. Enemies shoot three times as much, health dro...

July 27th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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The phrase "on rails" has something of a negative connotation in the video game industry. It implies that one's game design is lazy, or that it takes freedom away from the player. As developers come to grips with Kinect's controller-free technology, many of its experiences remain on rails, includ...

June 13th 2011 at 9:20pm 0 Comments
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You've seen Nintendo's E3 2011 setup, and you've seen Sony's, but had you considered that they might've been "Better with Kinect?" Microsoft undoubtedly believes as much, but, well, the publisher is only able to outfit its own booth, silly! Don't be ridiculous! Given that, you'll clearly see in...

June 9th 2011 at 9:10pm 0 Comments
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The Gunstringer is breaking all sorts of barriers this week. First, the title made the jump from Xbox Live Arcade to a full retail product. Now, the seemingly family-friendly adventure has been branded "T for Teen" according to Twisted Pixel's Dan Teasdale. So, what makes a game seemingly ripe fo...

June 9th 2011 at 3:30am 0 Comments
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Forget that Xbox Live Arcade business, pardner! According to comments made by Twisted Pixel's Dan Teasdale, the once Xbox Live Arcade-bound game is headed for the greener (more expensive?) pastures of retail this fall. Twisted Pixel isn't talking price right now, but considering most Kinect games...

June 7th 2011 at 11:40am 0 Comments
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Twisted Pixel is taking a page from the script of TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000 -- and its web heir, Rifftrax -- for some of the bonus content in its upcoming Kinect shooter, The Gunstringer. Designer Dan Teasdale dropped the news on the developer's blog, saying that the team was inspired to...

May 24th 2011 at 9:00pm 0 Comments