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Social functionality has been one of the key selling points of the next generation of consoles: Sony and Microsoft have spent a great deal of time touting how gamers will be able to share their experiences with other gamers through streaming and clips. Well the Xbox One vision for social gaming may held up just a little bit as Microsoft explains that clip sharing will only be available via Xbox LIVE at launch with other social networks to follow next year, according to a piece in Destructoid.

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The trend these days is to have controllers be a seamless part of the game playing experience, to the point that they're virtually transparent. The Kinect and other purely motion based solutions is perhaps the best, most extreme example of this increasingly popular train of thought.

So thank goodness that some folks out there are willing to go against the norm, and create controllers that both bold and absurd. Like the "Doom Piano", which as the name implies, is a piano that's been modified to play "Doom".

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In a feature piece about developer Quantic Dream, French journal Le Figaro has tagged their PS3 mocap supernatural thriller with a €20 million ($27 million) price tag, giving the game the budget of a modestly expensive indie film.

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The SEGA reps on hand for the "Sonic Lost World" demo for the Wii U and 3DS seem very cognizant that this game needs to reach both lapsed Sonic fans and newcomers to the speedy hedgehog's platforming adventures. Throughout my 45 minutes of so with the game (both hands-on and guided by the developers), they would reiterate how the new 3D platformer was the result of extensive fan feedback after years of mixed reviews on previous 2D and 3D Sonic games.

With a slower Sonic, multiple paths, new bosses, and an Eggman team-up, will this be the Sonic for all fans?

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"Rogue Legacy," Cellar Door Games' procedurally-generated roguelike-meets-Punnett-square platformer became the surprise indie hit of the summer and the quirky, colorful figurehead atop a general resurgence in the genre. There's only one problem, though -- "Rogue Legacy" was announced for PC, Mac, and Linux.

The PC version was released back in July, but the other versions are nowhere to be found.

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My favorite part of the videogame press cycle happens a few months after release: the hype has died down, the op-eds have been written, and the marginalia of game development starts coming to light. In this case, Naughty Dog creative director and writer Neil Druckmann has shared, for example, that one version of the deadly Cordyceps fungus in "The Last of Us" only affected women.

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Finally, the day we have all been waiting for. No, not the release of "GTA V"; that was last week. No, the first major in-game cheat has been revealed, the kind that cranks up the wacky yet another ten notches, like all good "Grand Theft Auto" tricks.

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The first of Valve's three ticking clock announcements has reached zero, and now we know what the Seattle-based studio is up to in 2014: a standalone operating system based around the Steam digital distribution platform.

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Those in charge of the video game version of the WWE scored a home run with last year's "WWE2K13", which was steeped heavily in the World Wrestling Entertainment's most successful time period to date, the "Attitude Era".

So they knew that ha to top themselves, hence the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode, which borrows matches from the self appointed "grandest state of them all", including the aforementioned point in time in which Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock reigned supreme.

The mode also explores that period that came before and after; many figured the latter would be the primary focus for "WWE2K14". And at last, 2K Sports has finally revealed ever single match that one can expect.

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Many eyebrows were raised when Sony introduced Vita TV last week. The idea of device that played Vita games on a TV, much like a console, seemed a bit weird at first.

But add in the fact that one could also play PSP, PSone, plus PSN games (don't forget its ability to support the PS4 via Remote Play), as well as stream media, all for just a $99 price point, and you basically have something that goes head to head against the Ouya and Apple TV (and in many ways outshines them both).

Which is why news that it wasn't coming to America was such a big blow to many. Something that took Sony completely off guard.

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