The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim: Falskaar

"Falskaar" is a fan-made mod for "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." That's not really that unusual -- mods for popular games are a dime a dozen -- but "Falskaar" took 19-year-old Alexander Vilicky over 2,000 to design, develop, and implement, and it adds almost 25 hours of Draugr-slashing content, 26 quests (including a new storyline), unique spells and abilities, full voice acting, and its own soundtrack.

Whoa.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

If there were ever a question that San Diego Comic-Con had ever evolved through its comic-book roots and into a full-fledged destination for all things nebulously "geeky" or "nerdy" or -- increasingly -- normal and widespread, let it be put to rest: "Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII" has its own booth, with a new trailer and batch of screenshots to show for it.

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by Joseph Leray

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Firefly

According to an announcement during San Diego Comic-Con, Joss Whedon's merry band of Malcontents will be making their way to mobile phones and tablets next year as a massively multiplayer social game called "Firefly Online."

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The Maker's Eden

Screwy Lightbulb in an awkwardly-named multinational indie game studio that stretches from South Africa to Minnesota. Their first game is called "The Maker's Eden," a stylish first-person sci-fi noir adventure game that's kept my attention all afternoon.

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Metro: Last Light

As expected, the first bit of post-campaign downloadable content for "Metro: Last Light," 4A Games' oppressive, first-person necky-stabby-sneaky-shooter, is live. This is, naturally, good or bad news depending on your affinity for "Metro"'s towering, disgusting Librarian enemies.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

When we saw "Assassin's Creed IV" late last week, game director Asraf Ismail mentioned that an early prototype of the naval combat in "Assassin's Creed III" really cemented his team's desire to make a pirate-themed game. "When the very first prototype of ['Assassin's Creed III']'s naval battles started coming around, and we gaiged all the play-testers' reactions, we knew we had something in our hands," he said.

Watching this new trailer, it's easy to see why.

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In conjunction with the release of Atlus' "Shin Megami Tensei IV" yesterday, Nintendo has kicked off a cross-promotional program that could net American and Canadian gamers a $30 credit on their next eShop purchase.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl

Spurred by strong sales of "Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan," Atlus announced back during the halcyon days of E3 that they were remaking the original "Etrian Odyssey" to provide curious players with a somewhat gentler entry point into the infamously difficult first-person cartography RPG.

Today, we know that "Etrian Odysssey Untold: The Millennium Girl" will be in retail stores and the Nintendo 3DS eShop on October 1, for $39.99.

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Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches

After a bit of teasing -- those giant videogame publishers are so precocious! -- Bethesda and Arkane have officially announced "The Bigmore Witches," the third (and last) bit of downloadable content planned for last year's action-stealth-China-Miéville-novel-simulator, "Dishonored."

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If you're a high school student interested in getting a job in the games industry, turn your bright, carefree, trusting, naive eyes northwestward: Valve Corporation recently announced Pipeline, a new project meant to educate young students on how games get made.

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