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Link Roundup for Sept. 20th: Nintendo mastermind dies; Grand Theft Auto V has the biggest opening of anything ever; Mobile Final Fantasy for everyone; and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Ex-Nintendo president — who saw the company through its legendary turn to video games — Hiroshi Yamauchi died yesterday. R.I.P.

No one’s laughing at that $200 million price tag now.

But not everyone loves it.

Looks like us North Americans will be getting a localization of Final Fantasy Agitothe upcoming mobile FF game rumored to have been Japan-only.

Some of us were luck enough to get added to the random Dark Souls II beta group. Hrmph.

22 video game flicks Hollywood hopes you’re gonna line up for.

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Link Roundup for September 6th: Bad movie games, FFXIV’s unexpected comeback, Outlast brings the survival horror goods, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Video games based on movies are, typically, pretty terrible. But a movie being released today reminds us they don’t need to be.

Joystiq’s Metal Gear Solid V preview examines how Kojima is evolving the series into an open world.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square-Enix’s overhaul of the much maligned MMORPG, is receiving unexpectedly good reviews.

Please watch the always-awesome Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw’s review of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Outlast reminds us why survival horror is important.

Polygon attempts to track down Satoshi Nakamoto, the incredibly reclusive, possibly non-existent creator of BitCoin.

Link Roundup for August 2nd: No more jerks on Xbox One, the health benefits of gaming, a new look at boobs in games, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Interesting. It seems to the next Xbox will have less players who have slept with my mom with colourful things to say about my sexual orientation.

Phil Rogers, CEO of Square-Enix for America and Europe, claims the company is changing its business strategies in a candid blog post. At least on the subject of Final Fantasy, one can only hope.

Can video games be used to treat dyslexia? A study from Current Biology suggests that they might.

And can violent games be used to sharpen your brain function? Neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier suggests that they might.

And if that’s not enough, could they be at the heart of the next major religious movement?

A new take on boobs in video games.

In our Is-That-Really-Such-a-Good-Idea?-news of the day, a new game — subtly-titled Glorious Mission — pits China against Japan over a group of islands (known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China).

10, um, interesting ways people have beaten video games.

Link Roundup for July 26th – Neil Gaiman becomes even nerdier, Activision meta-purchase, Little girl lives on as a Mech, and more…

Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussions, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

AKSLNFJSBFHbdhjbdsakdbhgfhgbgfh. Sorry, I just stopped drooling. Neil Gaiman is making a video game.

Activision buys itself back from Vivendi.

In our ‘How the Hell is that Going to Work?’ news of the day, there’s a Gran Turismo movie in the works. That will go well (?) with the upcoming Need for Speed movie.

Nintendo seems to be finally getting it.

A  five-year-old girl who died of cancer will live on in the next MechWarrior.

The top 5 weirdest sports made into video games.

Link Roundup for July 23rd: Eidos GM resigns, Ready at Dawn disses GameStop, Last of Us unstoppable, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussions, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Eidos Montreal founder/general manager resigns, citing a “lack of courage” at Square-Enix. This might explain the last few Final Fantasies.

Ru Weerasuriya, founder of Ready at Dawn (God of War: Ghost of Sparta, the upcoming The Order: 1886), trashes GameStop’s business model.

Ubisoft takes a cue from its “other” series: you can totally fight sharks in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The Last of Us tops UK sales charts for the sixth week in a row. Holy.

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has your Pacific Rim gaming fix since the two Pacific Rim games, well, suck.

Bloody Disgusting lists 6 horror movies that might make great video games. (Although a couple of them have already made the leap.)

Link Roundup for July 16th: EVO Winners, League of Legends is a Sport, Self-Publishing on the PS4, and More

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussions, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

EVO 2013 results.

Jeezum crow, does the Kinect cost almost as much to manufacture as the Xbox One?

It’s official: the U.S. State Department has officially recognized League of Legends as a professional sport.

Since literally no one (and I’m including your parents and grandparents) can get enough Grand Theft Auto V news, here’s a link to Gamespot’s collection of everything we know about Rockstar’s ambitious new game.

Agostino Simonetta, senior  account manager at Sony, gives us the lowdown on self-publishing games for the PS4.

The Zerg rush Shanghai.

JTM Games Is a Finalist For The Best Business Blog Award!

finalist-slideHi there JTM Nation,

I am proud to announce that JTM Games was recently chosen as a finalist for the “Best Business Blog” category at the 3rd annual Social Media Awards!

Taking place on May 7, 2013 the Social Media Awards’ goal is to identify, define, and celebrate excellence and best practices in social media today. And oh boy are we absolutely honoured and thrilled to be included in it.

But really, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys, the JTM Nation who’ve been with us throughout this journey. What started out as an outlet for one nerdy guy to talk about video games turned into a full-blown game industry blog with extremely passionate, knowledgeable, and hard-working writers, a lot of great friends in the awesome WordPress/Drupal/Blogging communities, and a community who love the Canadian game industry and indie scene as much as we do.

If there’s anything I learned from this experience is that social media gives even the smallest guy a voice in an overpopulated world. Through hard work, determination, a lot of sleepless nights, and a positive attitude, we can speak out and create special things that can hopefully be of service to the people around us.

A big thank you to everyone at the Social Media Awards for giving us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And most importantly, to our fellow bloggers, community, and friends, thank you very much for all of your support and guidance.

Jan Hutchings
Founder/Senior Editor – JTM Games

To check out the other award categories for the Social Media Awards, check out the event’s finalist page.

What Makes “The Last of Us” Work So Well?

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Like many of you, I recently finished Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. I found myself involved, affected, and taken aback; it moved me in a way few games have this generation. It’s probably the most emotional I’ve felt about a game since Red Dead Redemption.

Looking back, however, it’s not difficult to see the faults in Naughty Dog’s storytelling. It is derivative of a lot of post-apocalyptic/zombie fiction, but worse than that, it gives in to some of the worst habits of this genre.

But I still can’t deny the game’s strength. I’m going to break down a few of the issues I found, and then explain why I think Naughty Dog manages to overcome them.

*Major spoilers for The Last of Us follow the break*

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We Need Your Help To Improve JTM Games

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Hey everyone! The guys and gals here at JTM have been working hard to provide you with the best Canadian, Indie, and gaming content since 2011. It’s been quite a fun ride really, we’re very thankful for the opportunity to share our thoughts about the game industry with you.

But you know what?

The blog is missing something important; something social. So that’s why I wanted to ask you guys, what types of content would you like to see from JTM Games? Do you like our reviews? How about our editorials? Do you find our Indie Spotlights helpful for finding fun, unique indie games?

From now on, we want to include you guys on some of our articles; we want to know what you think of certain games. We want to know why you like certain genres, certain games, and not others. If you have anything you want to share or if you think you can help make articles better, let us know!

For now, let’s start with a survey.

If you have any thoughts, advice, and ideas, please tell us in the comment section below. I’d like to thank you guys in advance for your help and would like to welcome you to our movement!

- Jan H.

New Humble Indie Bundle 7 Includes Shank 2 and Indie Game The Movie

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I love the Humble Indie Bundle series. Not only do gamers get a number of amazing games, they also get to help out Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The seventh Humble Indie Bundle features six games (including Shank 2) as well as the critically acclaimed Indie Game The Movie; the first film to be included in the Humble Indie series.

Find out Humble Indie Bundle 7’s full list of games, DLC, and soundtracks after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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