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Leviathan Warships blows everything else out of the water with one of the best trailers you’ll ever see

Did you think that you were above being seduced by a combination of smooth jazz and so-awful-they’re-genius puns? Leviathan Warships says hi, and promises to buy you dinner next time.

We’re only in April, but I’m calling it now – best trailer of 2013.

…I swear, I had my clothes on at the beginning of this video.

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What it took to make BioShock Infinite

To herald the long-awaited launch of BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games tweeted the above picture. It’s always nice to get perspective on the effort that goes into making a AAA game, which is something that we gamers don’t always know too much about. Sadly, I haven’t yet managed to get my hands on the fruit of Irrational’s labours, but the initial response has been rather positive.

Starcraft II – Heart of the Swarm gets underway in an appropriately epic fashion

If there’s anybody out there who still doesn’t believe that Blizzard are the gods of cinematics, you might want to leave the room or something. We’ve got Hydralisks slicing through Marines, Ultralisks stomping on Siege Tanks and Kerrigan gloating over it all. Or was she? Who cares? Honestly, the only way this trailer could’ve been any better was if Mengsk had shown up, screaming ‘YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!’ Wings of Liberty set the bar really high with one of my all-time favourite trailers, but Kerrigan and co. have just matched it.

I’ll hold my hand up and admit it – Heart of the Swarm wasn’t particularly high on my radar before today, but all that’s changed in 3 spectacular minutes. March 12th can’t come soon enough.

Yo dawg, I heard you like 2D platformers – Super Retro Squad gets funded

Exploding Rabbit, the folk behind the amazing Super Mario Bros. Crossover, are now ready to take their world-mashing expertise to the next level. With a little help from Kickstarter – and lots of help from people with evidently good taste – Super Retro Squad has reached double its intended goal of $10,000, with a whopping 20 days left to go. Clearly it’s not time to give up on the human race just yet, eh? Click here to check out the Kickstarter page, there’s still time to jump on the bandwagon. Although, by this point, it’s not really a mere bandwagon any longer; more like a juggernaut. Either way, world-colliding-happiness lies ahead!

If you haven’t played Super Mario Bros. Crossover, say goodbye to (at least the) next hour of your life and click here.

At long last, it’s time to meet the Pyro

Valve’s finally released the last episode in the ‘Meet the Team’ series, and…well, it turns out the Pyro’s even scarier than we thought.

Diablo III Releases New TV Spot, May Or May Not Have Done It To Taunt You

Must…hold…on…not…long…now.

 

Evil Is Back – Diablo III Will Be Unleashed on May 15th

The news we’ve all been waiting for – Diablo III will release on May 15th. That’s a mere two – two! – months from now; and what’s more, you can pre-purchase it right this very instant over on Battle.net and download it in advance of the release date so that you can be ready to play the minute the servers go live.

Twelve years. It’s been twelve years since Diablo II, and eleven since Lord of Destruction. I’ve been waiting for Diablo III almost as long as I’ve been playing games. My pre-order’s done, my download should be starting in the next few minutes. Two more months of waiting, and then…see you in Tristram!

For The Good Of All Of Us – A Look At What Portal 2 Might Have Been

Speaking at GDC 2013, Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw – Valve’s head writers – discussed the brainstorming process that resulted in Portal 2. Specifically, they spoke about all the features that never made it into the final release. Given the success and adulation enjoyed by the original Portal, creating a worthy successor was never going to be an easy task. So it proved, as their long list of discarded ideas indicates. This is why I love the Game Developer’s Conference; we get to peek at a lot of stuff that might never have seen the light of day otherwise.

Given that this is effectively a post-mortem discussion, some important plot points are discussed. If you haven’t played Portal 2 yet, I find your lack of win disturbing.

Oh, and you should probably not read on.

Links after the break.

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