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Square Enix to provide Ouya with Final Fantasy 3 at launch

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Ouya FF3

Square Enix is supporting the Android-based Ouya console, which is making history with its runaway Kickstarter success and partnership with games companies like Robotoki (Human Element), by providing Final Fantasy 3 at launch.

Final Fantasy 3 will be "fully optimised" for the platform and include a playable demo.

More content is in the works for Ouya, confirmed Square Enix Japan (as translated by Square Portal).

The port of the DS remake of FF3 is already available on Android and iOS (and soon PSP in Japan).

Square Enix is the first major third-party publisher to support Ouya, which has raised over $5.8 million of its original $950,000 goal, with eight days remaining on the clock.

Ouya announced its deal with cloud gaming service OnLive last week, as it debuted the console's prototype controller and revealed that the system was about the size of a Rubik's cube.

Follow @wita on Twitter for tales of superheroes, plumbers in overalls, and literary adventures.

[Eurogamer]

Tags: Ouya, Square Enix, Final Fantasy 3

By Stephanie Carmichael

MLB 2K12 demo available today for Xbox 360, PS3

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The free demo of MLB 2K12 is now available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3.

The demo allows you to relive the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. The three inning demo, which lets you play as either team, showcases many of MLB 2K12's improved features, including the dynamic tendencies system that adjusts pitcher and batter ratings as the game unfolds; a revamped throwing system; and a new hit distribution system with more varied and realistic hit types.

This will also give baseball fans their first chance to test out the waters for the $1,000,000 Perfect Game Challenge. This year's new competition format will utilize leaderboard that ranks the top eight perfect games thrown. At the end of the competition, the top eight competitors will face each other in a live $1 million tournament.

MLB 2K12 is set to hit shelves on March 6, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC.

Tags: MLB 2K12

By Matt Liebl

PSN summer sale starts Tuesday with added PlayStation Plus member discounts

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Tired of waiting for Steam to announce their summer sale? Why wait?

On Tuesday, July 3rd, PSN will begin a summer sale of their own. And even better, they have already announced the titles that will be discounted.

The PSN summer sale offers 11 titles, all on sale for 30% off with added discounts of up to 50% off for PlayStation Plus Members. The promotion will begin Tuesday, July 3 and run through Monday, July 9, 2012. Here are the games that will be available for discount:

Gotham City Imposters – $10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition – $10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Shadow of the Colossus – $13.99. or $9.79 for PlayStation Plus Members.

inFAMOUS Festival of Blood – $6.99, or $4.89 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Crysis - $13.99, or $9.79 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Killzone 3 Multiplayer – $10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Closure - $10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Jurassic Park The Game – Full Season – $13.99, or $9.79 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Worms Ultimate Mayhem – $10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.

The House of the Dead III – $4.89, or $3.42 for PlayStation Plus Members.

Real Steel – $6.99, or 4.89 for PlayStation Plus Members.

With all of these games discounted, you should be able to last until Steam announces their deal. And with both, you won't have to step foot outside all this summer! Join here to become a PlayStation Plus member and take advantage of these even bigger savings.

Tags: PSN, PS3, PlayStation, PS Vita

By Matt Liebl

Conan O’Brien shows off the new Call of Duty game

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Image

Conan O'Brien is a funny f**kin' guy. If you think Leno is better then get the hell out of here. Conan loves doing stuff with video games, like his sidekick Andy doing all the voices in Skyrim, or Gary Oldman showing how he did his voice acting in Call of Duty. Now, Conan shows off some upcoming video games from some of the industry's biggest franchises. Only the creative minds behind his late night show could come up with a Call of Duty game where you dispose of teenage girls with insults. I kid you not.

And with the NBA playoffs to start soon, why wouldn't EA Sports capitalize on the hype and release a new NBA game just in time. So what if it only has white NBA players in it. So what if they just sit on the bench and you control their body language.

Anyways, the point is that Conan is awesome and you should watch this video. Got any other game parody ideas? Maybe a new entry in the Total War series? Like Kony Total War? Too soon?

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Tags: Team Coco, Call of Duty, Conan O’Brien

By Lance Liebl

If Video Games Were Real proves that game concepts don’t hold up so well in real life

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl Image

The comedic duo, Smosh, have made their second entry in the 'If Video Games Were Real' series. This time, they tackle concepts like saving your game, falling off of a level in Super Smash Bros. and the ridiculousness of skinny Cloud Strife being able to successfully wield his Buster Sword.

This video clearly shows how no matter what realism you're looking for in a game (though let's face it, there are no realistic games shown off here) there is always going to be some sort of convention or system in the game that's clearly unrealistic. I think the guys at Smosh truly did an awesome job at capturing the ridiculousness of those games.

[Smosh]

Tags: Smosh, Humor

By Mike Splechta

US lawmaker proposes ridiculous 1% tax on ‘violent’ video games

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A lawmaker in the United States, a country founded on violence, has proposed a new bill that would tax all video games deemed violent. Add this to the list of idiotic bills a "representative" of the United States citizens has tried to pass.

According to this new ridiculous bill, introduced by Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller, a 1% tax would be applied to all "violent" games which fall under the rating of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only. This means fairly innocent games like Final Fantasy XIII-2 and even Just Dance 2 would be taxable under this bill.

This means if a consumer buys one of these "violent" video games at new for $59.99, they can expect to pay about 60 cents on top of the state (4.5%) and city (between 3.25%-4%) sales tax.

While the money raised from the tax would go to a good cause – battling bullying and childhood obesity – the overall grounds of the bill are stupid, for lack of a better word.

Aside from no study OFFICIALLY proving video games causing violence, this law singles out video games over other forms of entertainment like television, movies, books, and music. How Fourkiller could blatantly single-out video games just shows how uninformed and quick-to-assume he really is – especially when we have songs like "Pumped Up Kicks" playing on the radio every other song.

Oh yea, did I mention Zumba Fitness 2 falls under the taxable bracket?

Great idea, jacka**. You're now added to the list of politicians who won't be re-elected due to their stupidity. You can join those who still think SOPA is a good idea. This just goes to show you how out of touch the current American politicians are with the public.

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By Matt Liebl

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