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Volume isn't a movie, though it does feature a major film star, a popular YouTube personality and a BAFTA award-winning voice actor. Not bad for the sequel to Thomas was Alone, an adorable video game about basic shapes and friendship. Volume stars Andy Serkis (Gollum in The Lord of the Rings), Dan...

August 18th 2015 at 8:18pm 0 Comments
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Onward into E3 2015! Our week in Los Angeles has left us wild and crazed. We interviewed the director of the Final Fantasy VII remake. We played Star Fox Zero. Now we're going to give you a chance to talk to the developers of some of E3's biggest games right here on JXE Streams. Join us starting a...

June 18th 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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"Honestly? Volume is my inner 12-year-old," gushes Mike Bithell one evening. The game in question is a futuristic stealth-puzzler; a non-violent Metal Gear Solid played to the rhythms of Hotline Miami. Its protagonist is a man named Robert Locksley who, after stumbling over a military training pr...

June 17th 2015 at 7:00am 0 Comments
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The follow-up to indie darling Thomas Was Alone finally has a firm release date. Developer Mike Bithell's incredibly stylish stealth-puzzler that hinges on you being heard, Volume, hits PlayStation 4, PlayStation TV, PS Vita and Steam August 18th. Performance capture and voice-over extraordinaire...

June 10th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Compared to other trade shows (E3 being the prime offender), the Consumer Electronics Show floor is relatively quiet. That didn't stop the folks at DTS from showing off their new DTS:X codec however. It separates audio into objects instead of channels so instead of say, left, right, front, rear, c...

January 12th 2015 at 6:48pm 0 Comments
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The last time we saw Volume, it wasn't a proper game so much as a mass of half-formed yet intriguing ideas involving stealth mechanics and neon walls highlighted by the involvement of Gollum actor Andy Serkis. In the new "Enemy Reveal" trailer, however, developer Mike Bithell's stealth game begi...

January 12th 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Volume, the stealthy follow-up to Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone, stars famed character actor Andy Serkis as the main antagonist – the powerful and dastardly CEO, Guy Gisborne. Serkis is best known for portraying Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, though he also starred in The Prestige a...

November 3rd 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Apple's OS X has one little feature that makes me nuts. When you adjust the volume with the keyboard or Menu Bar slider, it makes a little "pip" sound as the volume increases or decreases. On one hand, it's a nice confirmation that you've successfully made a change; on the other hand, it's an anno...

June 10th 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, is always up for a fun chat. A lot of what we discussed while checking out his new game Volume at GDC was left on the digital cutting room floor, including a chat about his dream of doing a musical game (like, West End/Broadway), but we do touch on it b...

March 20th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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"It's been hell," Volume creator Mike Bithell says about working with his friend, concept artist Daz Watford, over the past six years. "You love it," Watford replies, laughing. It's clear that they both enjoy working together, even though they admit to having disparate views on minimalism, concep...

January 9th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Thomas Was Alone narrator and super-successful author, filmmaker, and actor Danny Wallace returns in indie dev Mike Bithell's next game, Volume. Wallace stars in the stealth game as a companion AI, or as Bithell directed it "the Microsoft Office paperclip as a military training program." Wallace's...

October 25th 2013 at 3:30pm 0 Comments