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Click here to read Another Glimpse at the Future of Video Game Planets

Tinkering around with Directx 11, Romanian developer Silviu Andrei is building an engine capable of rendering not corridors, or arenas, but entire planets. More »

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Click here to read When Did Video Game Characters Start Looking This Damn Good?

The correct answer, as EVE Online players already know, is last year, when an expansion to the game brought about avatars that must surely be the envy of every other video game involving human characters on the planet. More »

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Anyone who's ever hung out on a warez board is probably familiar with NFO files, the explanatory text files that accompany cracked versions of many popular games (for the more law-abiding among you, textfiles.com has some examples). Now, Swedish developer Starbreeze is using the format to hide a pithy recruitment message in the legitimate version of Syndicate, the first-person revamp to Bullfrog's classic PC strategy title released last week.

In addition to some tongue-in-cheek "Install Notes" ("1) Insert disc 2) Play ;)") and basic gameplay information, the NFO file, as discovered by Reddit user MikkelManDK, includes a call for those "bored with watching from the sidelines" to apply for Starbreeze jobs in art, modeling, texturing, sound design, programming or game design. The file also includes a message
pointing out that "over a hundred people spent several years of their lives making this game" and asking players to "please consider purchasing it if you haven't."

While the note is easily discoverable by anyone who delves into the Syndicate directory on their hard drive, the NFO format suggests that Starbreeze is actively reaching out to the piracy community with its recruitment message. That might not be a bad move: As Torrent Freak point out, many high profile members of the game cracking scene have gone on to development positions with a variety of game companies.

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Click here to read Let's Watch the Intro to <em>Syndicate</em>, Circa 1993

The single best piece of video game news today is that the original Syndicate is this Thursday going on sale over on Good Old Games for $6. You'll get more fun out of that game than you will most games costing 10x as much. More »

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Click here to read <em>Deus Ex</em> Mod Removes &quot;Gold&quot; Filter, Game Suddenly Looks Even Better

Deus Ex: Human Revolution's "gold" filter may be a visual trademark, but it also affects the way you see the game world. A new mod for the PC version removes this (and makes a few other changes), and boy, do things look different. More »

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Click here to read The iPhone Game You Can Only Play Once Gets a Sequel, Infinite Lives

Released earlier this year, One Single Life for the iPhone achieved a massive 2.6 million downloads based on one simple concept: When you die, you can't play it again. Next week the sequel hits the iTunes store, but some of the magic is gone. More »

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 This Game Begins at the End and is Played in Reverse. With a Guitar.

Matt Gilgenbach is the kind of forward thinker who makes a video game to propose to his girlfriend, fakes his way onto an MTV reality show (or so he told me), and creates a video game like Retro/Grade that is played entirely in reverse. More »

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