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Extra Credits is a fantastic game design web series that is released on the web comic, Penny Arcade's website every Wednesday, under the "PATV" section. Basically, each episode is an essay on game design, written by James Portnow (a professor of game design at DigiPen: Institute of Technology) and spoken to its viewers by Daniel Floyd. To complement the spoken words, artwork is also provided for the show by Elisa Scaldaferri and Scott DeWitt (and until recently, Allison Theus, who works as an artist for the beloved Retro Studios). Episodes range from about six to ten minutes in length, but even in that short time frame almost every installment manages to be a very insightful and very in-depth study on its particular topic.

Today's episode, entitled "The JP Penny's Effect" is all about loot mechanics, specifically in MMORPGs. It centers around the difference in the psychological effects between an RPG loot system based upon gathering components and using them to craft items, versus a loot system based upon gear drops. The episode's title comes from an extremely honest and "good" marketing strategy employed by the clothing chain store, JC Penney, which backfired due to its high level of honesty. As Floyd explains, the circumstance is actually surprisingly relatable to the aforementioned loot dichotomy in MMORPGs, and I highly recommend you watch it.

Extra Credits: "The JC Penny's Effect" is an eye-opening examination of a common RPG trope. Check it out after the jump!

Warner Bros. Interactive has recently announced Scribblenauts Unmasked, a new Scribblenauts adventure that will release on Wii U, 3DS, and PC this fall.

Players will control Maxwell as he explores Metropolis, Gotham City, Atlantis, and other locales from the DC Universe and encounters famous DC heroes and villains. A new feature in the game, Hero Feats, utilizes dynamically-generated levels that will challenge players to explore new solutions. Players of the Wii U and PC versions of the game will have access to the Super Hero Creator; this tool allows players to create their own heroes and villains by changing appearance, behaviors, and powers. These creations can then be shared with the Unmasked community.

What do you think about the latest Scribblenauts adventure?

Hop inside for the full press release.

UPDATE: Even more screenshots and artwork pieces have come out, revealing the look of the Pokédex and more! It has been added to the gallery, so be sure to check it out!

Following what was revealed last Saturday in the popular Japanese CoroCoro magazine, The Pokémon Company has now announced the US names of the latest Pokémon, along with an amazing gameplay trailer and a bunch of pretty screenshots including the boxart, showing some new features that will appear in the game. First of these is, you can sit on a bench. Yes, you can finally sit on a bench. It's a nice addition to the game, and one nobody expected. And you get a nice view of your surroundings too.

Jump inside to learn more about these amazing new features.

You know that awesome PlayStation 4 trailer that has been circulating the internet? You know, the really cool one that has been getting you pumped up for Sony’s new console? Yeah? Well it’s fake. Don't feel to bad if you were fooled by the teaser, after all it does look professionally made... Except it isn't. With E3 fast approaching it is easy to believe anything that is being thrown at you. However, with some research it soon becomes apparent that every shot included in the teaser can be found elsewhere online. The game shown in the teaser is the already-announced PlayStation 4 game Infamous: Second Son.

Read more and check out the fake trailer after the jump!


Monday is Jimquisition day! Jim talks about the differences between objectification and idealisation, and what applies to men and women in games. The difference between owning and aspiring to be. Are men and women equally objectified? We'll let Jim do what he does best.


Jimquisition after the jump!

Amidst all the speculationdevelopment news, and more for the upcoming installment of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, Did You Know Gaming has been releasing videos rife with Super Smash Bros. trivia. The third installment in this video series details tons of secrets hidden throughout the Super Smash Bros. series and loads of speculation on the development processes based on hidden data in each game in the series. Check it out to learn some fun facts about Nintendo's fantastic party brawler series. Head past the jump to check it out!

UPDATE: The Kickstarter page for Pixel Press is now live. Head on over and check the project out for yourself!

Have you ever wanted to create a platformer, but didn't know how to start? If you love developing video game levels but don't quite understand the coding behind it, then Pixel Press is exactly what you're looking for. Inspired by games like Metroid and Super Mario Bros., Pixel Press is a simple platformer based on one idea: user-created levels. Pixel Press comes with custom-built grid paper on which players can draw unique levels to play through. If you aren't a fan of drawing, the Pixel Press will still allow you to access the online community and play levels created by countless other users.

Not only will you be able to easily design these games levels, but Pixel Press will allow you create custom graphics and sound, making the levels entirely your own, and developers Robin Rath & Josh Stevens hope to include a "big block" mode for younger designers. This is the game you've spent your whole life not knowing how badly you've wanted it. Peruse the official website and their FAQ to learn all about it!

Pixel Press is coming to iOS devices in Q3 2013, so be sure to keep a look out on the App Store, and be sure to head over to Kickstarter when the project launches on May 7th to show your support. To get a better understanding, check out a video after the jump!

This is a side of Pachter I haven't seen in awhile. There are a lot of Next Xbox rumors flying around and we really won't know the truth of it until May 21st. However, Pachter really starts to lay into some people, especially at the end when he finds out a certain rumor (which is true... but it's true for every major studio out there) came from Kotaku. In essence, he sees some of the rumors as being close to being absolutely spot on, but others seem a bit more far fetched (Xbox exclusive revival of the show Heroes... really?). Step inside to see Pachter's wrath in action.

Capcom announced they were porting the hit Resident Evil Revelations to home consoles, including Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3, along with a PC port. The game originally launched on the Nintendo 3DS a little over a year ago to critical fanfare. The game was seen as a back-to-basics entry in the Resident Evil franchise, with an emphasis on survival horror.

The game is fantastic, but many agree the title wasn't quite at home on a portable system (myself being one of that group). The Unveiled Edition is going to look fantastic on a bit screen, and I cannot wait to play this game again on my Wii U.

Naturally, Capcom wants to take full advantage of the GamePad, as well as Miiverse and other system capabilities. A brand new trailer showcases all of the game's big advantages!

A map will be featured on the touch screen throughout the game, making navigation a breeze. Off-TV Play is also featured, allowing you to live the nightmare even when somebody wants to watch a game of sportsball. The second screen is also used to solve puzzles when necessary. You can even write speech bubbles for enemies and allow those messages to appear in the games of your friends! Upon dying in-game, Miiverse posts pop up relating to the same death. This'll be a fun inclusion! 

Oh you want to see the trailer? Head on inside the jump!

Above is a low resolution, six minute preview of Star Wars: Battlefront III in its Alpha stage, shortly before being cancelled. The game was cancelled only a few months before being ready to release to the public, much to the bitter disappointment of the masses. Even now, years after its 2008 cancellation, it is clear what a fantastic game it would have been. To give an inkling to how massive the battles would have been, each of the Republic Cruisers seen in this video was piloted by a full crew of real players.

It's almost painful watching this trailer and knowing that it will never happen, especially given that this trailer makes the game appear much better than previously leaked footage. What do our readers think? Leave your two-cents down in the comments below.

I think everyone here is as disappointed in Nintendo's decision to not have an E3 press conference as I am. Though from a business prospective it isn't quite so bad, with both Sony and Microsoft showcasing their new hardware, Nintendo wouldn't have gotten much attention anyway. They probably can't show the Wii U Zelda game just yet as it isn't anywhere close to completion, the new 3D Wii U Mario may drum up some hype but it would never be a big a new Zelda game showcase. The decision not to do an E3 press conference may or may not end up a good decision, at this point only time will truly tell us if it was.

If you’re having some ghost trouble, there’s a new crew of spook-slaying, proton pack-wielding heroes at the end of the phone. Thanks to the genius of animator James Farr and no doubt many hours of hard graft, a brand new Super Mario Bros. 2 and Ghostbusters 2 mashup has been unleashed on the world.

The video is the sequel to the hugely popular Super Mario Busters – A Ghostbusters/Super Mario Bros. combo, a mind-meltingly cool James Farr creation that quickly went viral and to date has amassed more than 1.3 million views on YouTube.  Just a couple of months later, a sequel was posted on the video-sharing network. It doesn’t seem possible, but the new video is even more epic than its predecessor, and it’s looking set to amass even more views. 

With all the speculation going on around the new title Call of Duty: Ghosts, it has been a little difficult to discern rumor from fact. However today it has been confirmed by Activision that Call of Duty: Ghosts, is in fact this year's entry in the first-person shooter series. Below is the official Call of Duty: Ghosts teaser trailer.

 

With all this emphasis on masks, perhaps it should have been titled Call of Duty: Masks instead! Thoughts on the trailer? Leave your opinion in the comments below!

If the above video looks a tad familiar to you, you may be a fan of Final Fantasy VII. Recognized as one of the most acclaimed games of all time by critics and fans alike, Final Fantasy VII has been immortalized in more ways than one. The most recent, however, is a fan's endeavor to recreate the entirety of the game, including characters, enemies, locales, and even dialogue, in LittleBigPlanet 2. Check out the above video of the opening mission to get a better sense of his achievements, and be sure to keep up to date with his work via his YouTube channel and project website for more information as it comes.

Just a few days after the first Super Smash Bros. episode of Did You Know Gaming, the group has produced a second video on the franchise!

Plenty of interesting tid-bits are included in the trivia. There are even a few facts that escaped me the past few years. For example, the Pichu featured in Melee likely evolved into the Pikachu seen in Brawl. Seal clubbing censorship is also featured in the video, highlighting cultural differences between Japan and North America.

You learn something new everyday, and I learned quite a bit from this video. Click play to discover some fun facts.