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Microsoft will allow indie-game self-publishing on the Xbox One

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In the latest admirable attempt to radically alter the conversation around the terrifying Orwellian nightmare known as the Xbox One, Microsoft has confirmed that their next-generation console will allow indie developers to self-publish their own games.

The manufacturer has taken some serious flak for the Xbox One’s curious definition of ownership — and has already had to walk back some of the more controversial policies — but the news offers the possibility that the Xbox One will be a democratizing space in the videogame universe. Game Informer originally broke the news, and Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten released a follow-up statement, proclaiming: “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development.”

Microsoft made a big push at E3 for its new game-creation software known as “Project Spark,” and it’s clear now that they’re serious about offering a space for self-expression in their new console. When the holidays roll around, we’ll see whether anyone will choose to self-express on a console that’s $100 more expensive and at least 35 percent creepier than the PlayStation 4.

Twister (board game, not 'nado): A pop culture timeline

Charles Foley, inventor of the board game Twister, died yesterday at 82. May he rest in peace in whichever socially awkward color-coded contortion was his favorite.

I always thought Twister was the greatest board game ever invented — in theory, anyway. In execution, I think I was playing it wrong. I have distinct memories of ending up with my face smushed onto my uncle’s stomach and my other little cousins’ bare toes (THEY were doing it wrong) wriggling under my butt as I tried not to fall. I almost always surrendered out of embarrassment. What I really needed to do was grow up, work out, and play with sexy peers so my strategy could become less “Avoid the body hair of relatives” and more “Whoops! I fell down and touched your whole body.” I can still do it! Twister is timeless and shall never be forgotten.

Below, a brief timeline of the button-candy board game in pop culture:
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Google Easter egg celebrates Atari arcade game 'Breakout'

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As if Google image search wasn’t already enough of a time suck, now it can pull you into playing games. Well, one game in particular: Old school arcade fave Breakout.

To commemorate the 37th anniversary of Breakout, created by Atari, Inc., Google is rewarding anyone who types “atari breakout” into its image search with a playable Breakout game, rearranging the search results into multi-colored blocks reminiscent of the 1976 game.

The hidden nod to Breakout follows Google’s recent Seinfeld-themed Easter egg that greeted anyone searching for “Festivus” last December.

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Review: Guacamelee! is a tasty mix of combat and platforming

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There aren’t many games that feature Mexican culture, and even fewer that do so in a positive light; they tend to focus on drug cartels and gang members (see Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, where you basically blow up Mexico). So a game like Guacamelee!, a bright and cheery celebration of Mexican folklore, really stands out. The game stars Juan Aguacate, an ordinary agave farmer who sets out an epic quest to rescue El Presidente’s daughter after she is kidnapped by the evil charro skeleton Carlos Calaca.

It’s not really a spoiler to say that Juan as-we-know-him is pretty much destroyed right away, but he soon finds a magical luchador mask that grants him superpowers and the ability to hop between the world of the living and that of the dead, which looks like stunning dia de los muertos art come to (un)life. Guacamelee! is a love letter to 16-bit video games, with charming references to Mario, Zelda, and Metroid in particular, from which it takes its greatest inspiration but adds its own unique spin.

The game starts out simply enough with basic melee-based combat but quickly ramps up as Juan gains new wrestling moves that open up the game. Each ability is color-based and can be used to break corresponding color blocks that reveal new areas. Enemies also have color shields, so you have to fight strategically to break them down before you can do any damage. Additionally, some enemies and platforms exist only in the land of the living or the land of the dead, requiring you to switch to the appropriate dimension on the fly. This seems like a lot to manage, but the controls are so tight and perfect that you always feel in control, even as you’re using almost every button on the controller.
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'New Girl': Help Jess get to her date with Nick in new Facebook game -- EXCLUSIVE

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For a while, it seemed like New Girl‘s Jess and Nick needed all the help they could get to realize how great they’d be together. They’re a little more clued into their compatibility now, but Jess can still use your help getting to her first date with Nick.

To promote New Girl‘s special Thursday timeslot this week, Fox has created a Facebook game called “First Date Dash” (in honor, of course, of Jess and Nick’s first date that we can’t wait to see in this week’s episode). EW can exclusively tell you Newbies that the game launches today on the show’s Facebook page. Check it out here.

In the game, players must use their arrow keys to collect heart icons and maneuver Jess on the road to the finish line, where Nick is waiting for her. Naturally, the road isn’t without some obstacles (the feeling stick, puppy in a cup, etc.), placed there by Schmidt and Winston, the roommates who are not too keen on having a romantic couple in the loft.

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Liven up your Oscar night with EW's Academy Awards Bingo

How many winners will get played off during tonight’s Oscars ceremony? How many times will we see unnecessary montages, musical numbers, or George Clooney reaction shots? How likely is it that Jennifer Lawrence will win — and make another reference in her acceptance speech that nobody in the theater understands?

There’s no way to know, of course, until this year’s Academy Awards begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. But know this: The minute any of these things happen, you may be on your way to total Bingo dominance — provided you and yours are playing EW’s extra-classy Oscar Bingo game. We’ve provided three distinct boards; simply print and enjoy. (You do remember paper, don’t you?) High-res versions of the cards can be found here, here, and here.

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CES 2013: The World's Most Interesting Windows 8 Tablet

One of the clearer messages coming from CES this year relates to Windows 8. Namely, that despite billions of dollars and endless man-hours of design, engineering and marketing, no one has been able to figure out what the right form is for a Windows 8 device. There are hybrid tablet/laptops with slide-out keyboards, there are Ultrabooks with touchscreens, there are tablets with styluses, and ones with optional click-on keyboards. Our favorite, though, is one we played with from Lenovo, an over-sized tablet so bold and crazy it just might work.

The IdeaCentre Horizon is a 27-inch tablet — yes, about triple the diagonal display dimension of a conventional iPad — that has a full suite of inputs and all the functionality of a desktop Windows 8 device, including a front-facing camera, microphone and speakers. When you flip it on its back, however, it clicks into a mode Lenovo calls Aura, and the interface and functionality completely changes to become a multimedia and gaming table. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The Best and Worst of 2012

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It’s not easy saying goodbye to 2012. Whether we were cheering at The Avengers, dancing Gangam style, or tracking the bad guys on Homeland, this was a wild year for entertainment — and we’ve captured all the excitement for posterity in EW’s 2012 Best & Worst issue, on stands now. Want to debate the year’s greatest hits? Our critics’ annual top ten lists spotlight all the best movies, TV, music, books, games, and stage, from the edgy genius of FX’s Louie to the sugar-rush high of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. We’ve also come up with our list of Great Performances, honoring the artists — Jessica Lange in American Horror Story, Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Jennifer Hudson remembering Whitney Houston at the Grammys  — who made 2012 so unforgettable. And we didn’t forget the jeers either: Our lists of 2012′s worst include clunkers like Christina Aguilera’s Lotus and Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve.

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Please tell me the 'Angry Birds Stars Wars' game will include Slave Leia...

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Just when you thought you had conquered your Angry Birds addiction, the game is getting a Star Wars makeover.

Launching worldwide on Nov. 8, the new Angry Birds mobile game will adopt the stories and settings (including the deserts of Tatooine and the depths of the Death Star) of the legendary film.

“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done,” Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio Entertainment, which has partnered with LucasFilm for the project, said in a statement. “It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in in a galaxy far, far away. As a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited about this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one.”

The game will be available on iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Hasbro will launch an Angry Bird Star Wars line of merchandise ranging from Halloween costumes to collectible plush toys on Oct. 28.

We don’t know yet what scenes from the saga will be incorporated into the game, but we certainly hope the five moments below are included in some capacity.

1. The defining moment of the series: Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker “Luke, I am your father” in Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.

2. The gold bikini: Princess Leia being held captive in Jabba’s court, sporting the most iconic two-piece in movie-nerd history in Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.

3. The killer opening:  The opening crawl of “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in Episode IV — A New Hope.

4. The ultimate race against the clock: Wedge, Biggs, and Porkins joining Luke to take on the Death Star in Episode IV — A New Hope.

5. Han Solo offing Greedo at the Cantina: Let the Who shot first? debate continue on a whole new platform.

What Star Wars worlds and iconic scenes are you hoping to rediscover in Angry Birds?

Watch the trailer below:

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'The Godfather' Monopoly: Same pink money, more dead horses

I’m gonna make him an offer for Marvin Gardens he can’t refuse!

USAopoly, Hasbro, and Paramount have introduced a new version of Monopoly based on The Godfather, no doubt to appease fans who have always felt that the classic board game had too many thimbles and not enough severed horse heads. READ FULL STORY

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