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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 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.)

Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster Coming to PS3 and PS Vita

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Those of us (myself included) who have been pretty vocal about the PS Vita’s lack of games in 2012 have been on the receiving end of exciting game announcements this week. Not only are massive amounts of indie developers bringing their games to Sony’s handheld, Square Enix also stepped up and announced that two PS2 RPG classics, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster are coming both to the PS3 and PS Vita.

More info on both Final Fantasy HD Remasters (and full trailer) after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Thief Officially Coming To PC and Next Gen Consoles

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Square-Enix recently confirmed that THIEF is officially coming to PC and next gen consoles. Developed by Canadian studio Eidos Montréal, THIEF once again casts master thief Garrett in a first-person adventure that is set to reboot and re-invent the franchise on the PS4, the next Xbox, and high end PC’s.

Like the Thief trilogy that came before, THIEF will give you freedom to forge your own legend, choose your own paths within each of the game’s levels, as well as how you go about each mission. More on THIEF after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Metal Gear Rising – Raiden Play Arts Kai Figure

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Kojima-san, Platinum Games, Konami, and even Square-Enix have been giving Metal Gear Rising’s Raiden a lot of love lately. Not only will Raiden star in his very own Metal Gear spinoff series, (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) he’ll also be getting  his own detailed, fully-articulated Play Arts Kai action figure, complete with his unique high-frequency blade, and replaceable mask parts.

Ever since last year, we’ve been covering the various Play Arts Kai action figures released by Square-Enix. They’ve all featured incredibly detailed sculptures and articulation that allows for multiple poses; definitely high quality work and worth the premium price.

Check out Metal Gear Rising’s Raiden’s Play Arts Kai action figure and specs after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Final Fantasy: All The Bravest Launches on iOS Devices

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Square-Enix announced earlier today that their newest mobile RPG titled Final Fantasy: All The Bravest has launched on iOS devices. Unlike many of Square-Enix’s premium-priced RPG’s on iOS though, Final Fantasy: All The Bravest is a unique action-RPG that’s priced at $3.99. (Quite a steal if you ask me since Square-Enix mobile titles are pretty meaty, considering)

So what separates Final Fantasy All The Bravest from other mobile RPG’s? Find out after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Eidos-Montréal Working on Tomb Raider Multiplayer

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While the team at Crystal Dynamics have been quite busy developing Tomb Raider’s campaign, Square-Enix sought Canadian developers Eidos-Montréal to work on the game’s multiplayer component. A first for the franchise, Tomb Raider’s multiplayer features key elements from the single-player game and using them to create unique levels and mechanics for the online competitive play.

Learn more about Eidos-Montréal’s work on Tomb Raider after the break. Read the rest of this entry

First Official Final Fantasy XIV PS3 Screenshots Released

Square-Enix revealed the first official Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn screenshots for the PS3 today. The screens highlight a brand-new user interface that allows for control without having to sacrifice depth required by MMORPGS.

From Square-Enix release:

“The accompanying screenshots show an action bar with 16 total slots; of which, the left 8 can be accessed by pressing the L2 button, and the right 8 with the R2.  The corresponding 8 slots are mapped to the controller’s directional pad, along with the circle, x, triangle, and square buttons.  Players can set up to 8 action bars, and cycle through them by pressing both the L2 and R2 buttons.

Additionally, the screenshots demonstrate that massively multiplayer online games can now have the rich and detailed graphics that define FINAL FANTASY — across a range of system specifications.”

Check out our Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn preview here, then hit the jump to check out the PS3 screenshots. Read the rest of this entry

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