Red Dead Redemption multiplayer XP challenge for Avatar awards begins

Posted on January 19, 2011

With all of the planned DLC out the door and a shelf full of Game of the Year awards to display, you might think Rockstar is done riding the Red Dead Redemption train — but not so fast, pardner. A Rockstar XP challenge is now underway in the Wild West shooter which has players collectively earning XP in the multiplayer modes towards unlocking special Avatar awards for Xbox Live and PlayStation Home for everyone. The items include system-specific versions of both the RDR T-shirt and John Marston’s in-game Elegant Suit.

Of course, each system’s goodies will only unlock when the totals for the platform are met. You can watch the bars rise on the official Rockstar Games newswire or Social Club site. What’er you waitin’ for, cowboys and cowgirls? Get to yer XP earnin’!

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Best of 2010 Awards: Introduction

Posted on December 27, 2010

Best of 2010 Awards
We picked a good year to reboot the Shacknews “Best of” awards. Looking back over 2010 to put together the nominees reminded us that award-worthy video games started arriving in the very first week of January, and kept coming throughout the rest of the year. Whatever your favorite style of game or platform of choice may be, chances are pretty good this past year offered up more than a couple titles that really grabbed you.

Through these awards we aim to recognize the best of them for a variety of achievements. Our editorial team, consisting of myself, Xav, Jeff, Alice, and Brian used a three-tier voting system to select the winners. For each category we ranked our top three, with first place getting four points, second receiving two, and third taking one. Points were then tallied resulting in a winner and runner-up. In the case of …


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Nidhogg, Hazard, and more nominated for IGF Nuovo Award

Posted on December 20, 2010

The Independent Games Festival has announced the nominees for the 2011 Nuovo Award, a special category within the IGF for “abstract, short-form, and unconventional game development.” In other words, weird art games!

“I think what we’ve decided now is that even more light needs to be shed on this particular sub-section of the ever-growing sub-section that indie games already occupy in the wider gaming sphere,” IGF chair Brandon Boyer told Joystiq, “the bit where developers are truly pushing at the edges and limits of what games can and probably should grow to encompass, whether that’s videogames that move off the screen and into the playspace of the participants themselves, or games that tackle documentary, more personal and otherwise autobiographical subjects, or games that simply tonally run counterintuitive to the kinds of emotions games usually elicit.”

The eight nominees include the following:

  1. Monobanda’s Bohm, a game in which you control the life of a tree.
  2. A House in California by Cardboard Computer, a “surreal” adventure game about four characters exploring a house.
  3. Nidhogg, Messhof’s two-player, side-scrolling versus fencing game.
  4. Dinner Date by Stout Games, in which you listen in on Julian Luxemburg’s thoughts as you follow him through the agonizing wait for his date to show.
  5. Loop Raccord by UFO on Tape creator Nicolai Troshinsky, a game based on video editing — you have to create “continuous movement” by stringing together clips from
  6. The Cat and the Coup by Peter Brinson and Kurosh VaiaNejad, a “documentary game” from the perspective of former Iranian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh’s … cat.
  7. Copenhagen Game Collective’s Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now, a one-button game for up to eight players, with rules that players must enforce themselves (or choose not to).
  8. Hazard: The Journey of Life by Demruth, an abstract first-person puzzle game in which the world is constantly changing.

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