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It’s not often that NPR focuses on gaming, but in this late 2014 episode of All Tech Considered they focus on “empathy games” that center around smaller, more personal stories about everyday people.

Those robust gaming sales were helped by promises of better graphics and better online gameplay than previous versions of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But some game developers are pushing a different boundary; better storytelling. They’re using video games to tell sophisticated, emotionally complex stories and Travis Larchuk, has more. At first the game Gone Home feels like a first person shooter or a horror game. The player is in a house in the woods walking down dark hallways. A thunderstorm rages outside. But that’s where the similarities end. Steve Gainer is the game’s lead designer. “There’s no violence in gone home. There’s no shooting. There aren’t any enemies. There aren’t any other people in the game at all. It’s just you in this house by yourself trying to put the pieces together by exploring the space. Gone Home is actually a coming of age story told through the journals of a fictional high school student, Samantha Greenbriar. The player walks around the house opening drawers and closets and discovering letters and journals from Samantha and her parents. Each one reveals a little bit of their story. Here Samantha realizes she and a girl in her class have feelings for each other. “She put her arm around me. It was so close and whispered in my ear ‘I really like you.’ I just nodded my head and I really hoped she can tell.” It’s just about a normal family and what happened to them. You know it’s not about Science Fiction or military or supernatural stuff. It’s a story that could have happened down the street from you. And the game’s selling pretty well for an independent video game. Fifty Thousand copies in the first month. Gainer used to work on big budget blockbuster games like the Bioshock series. But he left that job to focus on more intimate projects. “I have always been interested in working on stuff that is more personal and smaller scale and more about people and individuals.” And he’s not the only one. Lucas Pope designed the game Papers, Please. In this game the player is a border guard working for a fictional communist country. The player is forced to make difficult choices about who can cross the border. All while making barely enough money to help his family survive. Pope says today’s developers have a broad definition of what a video game can be. “Like my generation, or the people who make games now they grew up with games their whole life. Probably the first generation did that. So it’s really natural to consider that you can like have a game about anything.” Nick Suttner says he’s noticed a bigger trend recently. He works for Sony the company behind PlayStation. As part of his job he frequently hears pitches from independent designers. “There was an interesting shift away from mechanics to storytelling. When you play a game and it feels like it’s about something. And it’s not just about shooting something. It’s about an experience the developer had and wanted to communicate that idea in their game. Or about this moment of beauty or sympathy.” Some call these “empathy games.” They focus on engaging with the player on an emotional level. Ryan Greene’s taking that to an extreme. His deeply personal project uses the medium of a video game to create an interactive memoir. It’s called That Drago Cancer. “My wife and I have four boys and our third son Joel was diagnosed with cancer when he was one. And we’ve been fighting that for the past almost four years.” The game puts the player in Ryan Greene’s shoes during a night at the hospital. “We’re here. I hate that he’s sick. Just want him to feel better.” It becomes apparent there’s nothing the player can do to make the situation better. Just like in real life sometimes there is no easy answer. Ryan Greene says his game is more like a poem. I asked who he imagines will play this. “I hope its people that appreciate good film and good literature.” All three developers I spoke with share that hope. That their games will also reach and audience of people who may not consider themselves gamers. Travis Larchuck NPR News.

July 14th 2015 Playstation Store Update

 

PlayStation 4 Games

  • Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN – $34.99 (10%)
  • KickBeat: Special Edition – $5.00 (10%)
  • Mortal Kombat X  – $44.99
  • Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition – $67.49
  • TowerFall Ascension – $7.50 (10%)
  • WWE 2K15 – $35.99 (20%)

PlayStation 3 Games

  • Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX – $12.50 (10%)
  • BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma – $15.00 (10%)
  • Capcom Fighting Evolution (PS2 Classic) – $5.00 (10%)
  • Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL – $10.00 (10%)
  • Darkstalkers Resurrection – $7.50 (10%)
  • Digimon All-Star Rumble – $23.99 (10%)
  • Girl Fight – $5.00 (10%)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN – $27.99 (10%)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle – $25.00 (10%)
  • KickBeat – $5.00 (10%)
  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – $4.00 (15%)
  • Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition – $8.00 (15%)
  • Pocket Fighter (PSone Classic) – $2.40 (15%)
  • Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers – $30.00 (10%)
  • SoulCalibur 2 HD Online – $10.00 (10%)
  • SoulCalibur V – $10.00 (10%)
  • Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike: Online Edition Complete Pack – $8.00 (15%)
  • Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike: Online Edition Unlock – $6.00 (15%)
  • Street Fighter x Tekken – $10.00 (10%)
  • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix – $4.00 (15%)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – $14.00 (15%)
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV – $20.00 (10%)
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late – $27.99 (10%)
  • WWE 2K15 – $35.99 (20%)

PlayStation Vita Games

  • Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX – $12.50 (10%)
  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma – $15.00 (10%)
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND – $6.00 (15%)
  • KickBeat – $5.00 (10%)
  • Mortal Kombat PS Vita – $8.00 (15%)
  • Street Fighter x Tekken – $16.00 (15%)

PlayStation Portable Games

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 (PS Vita compatible) – $4.00 (15%)
  • Def Jam Fight for New York: The Takeover – $4.00 (15%)
  • Fight Night Round 3 (PS Vita compatible) – $4.00 (15%)
  • Power Stone Collection (PS Vita compatible) – $4.00 (15%)
  • SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny (PS Vita compatible) – $10.00 (15%)

PSOne Classics

  • Street Fighter Alpha – $2.40 (15%)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 – $2.40 (15%)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 – $4.00 (15%)

Rockstar Sale
PlayStation 4 Games

  • Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card – $59.99

PlayStation 3 Games

  • Bully (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City – $5.99
  • Grand Theft Auto IV – $19.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2 Classic) – $4.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2 Classic) – $3.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card – $29.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • LA Noire – $7.49
  • LA Noire Rockstar Pass – $2.99
  • Manhunt (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • Max Payne (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • May Payne 3 – $4.99
  • Max Payne 3 Complete Edition + Red Dead Redemption Bundle – $9.99
  • Max Payne 3 Rockstar Pass – $3.99
  • Max Payne 3: Complete Edition – $5.99
  • Midnight Club (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • Midnight Club 2 (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
  • Midnight Club Los Angeles Complete Edition – $4.99
  • Red Dead Redemption – $7.49
  • The Warriors (PS2 Classic) – $2.49

PlayStation Portable Games

  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PS Vita compatible) – $4.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS Vita compatible) – $4.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS Vita compatible) – $2.49
  • Midnight Club: LA Remix (PS Vita compatible) – $19.99

Naughty Dog Sale

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind Standalone (PS4) – $5.00
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind Standalone (PS3) -$5.00
  • The Last of Us ‘Double Map Pack Bundle’ (PS3) – Free
  • The Last of Us ‘Abandoned Territories Map Pack’ (PS3) – Free
  • The Last of Us ‘Reclaimed Territories Map Pack’ (PS3) – Free

PlayStation Plus Deals

  • Attacking Zegeta (PS4) – $5.00
  • The Fall (PS4) – $8.99
  • The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4) – $8.99

Price Changes

Console Title Sale Price Original Price
PS3 Prototype Franchise Bundle $49.99 $59.99
PS3 The Last Of Us: The Last Of Us Abandoned Territories Map Pack $0.00 $7.99
PS3 The Last Of Us: The Last Of Us Reclaimed Territories Map Pack $0.00 $7.99
PS3 The Last Of Us: Double Map Pack Bundle $0.00 $12.99

Pre-orders

  • Journey (PS4) $14.99
  • N++ (PS4) $19.99
  • Galak-Z $19.99
  • Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (PS4) $19.99
  • NBA 2K16 PS4 | PS3 $59.99
  • NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition (PS4) $79.99
  • Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (PS4) $59.99
  • Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (PS4) Deluxe Edition ($69.99)

PS4 Games

  • Arcade Archives Buta san ($9.99)
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess ($49.99)
  • EA SPORTS™ Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR ($59.99)
  • The Fall ($9.99/PS+ $8.99)
  • God of War III Remastered ($39.99)
  • GODZILLA ($59.99)
  • Prototype® Biohazard Bundle ($49.99)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter ($19.99)
  • Trials Fusion: Awesome MAX Edition ($39.99)

PS3 Games

  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess ($49.99)
  • GODZILLA ($49.99)
  • Monster Jam® Battlegrounds ($14.99)

PS Vita Games

  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess ($39.99)
  • Jetpack Joyride Awesome Barry Bundle ($5.99)

PS4 Add-ons

Batman Arkham Knight

  • A Matter of Family (Free for Season Pass)

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
3-way Cross Buy

  • Elaborate Trap: UFO ($2.99)
  • Humiliating Trap: Golden Horse (Free for PS4)
  • Humiliating Trap: Queen’s High Heel ($2.99)
  • Sadistic Trap: Guillotine ($2.99)

Evolve

  • Bucket Victory Skin ($1.99)
  • Cabot Victory Skin ($1.99)
  • Hank Victory Skin ($1.99)
  • Support Victory Skin Pack ($4.99)

LittleBigPlanet 3

  • God of War III: Costume Pack (Includes Hades) ($5.99)
  • God of War III: Ghost of Athena Costume ($1.99)
  • God of War III: Hercules Costume ($1.99)
  • God of War III: Kratos Costume ($1.99)
  • God of War III: Poseidon Costume ($1.99)
  • God of War III: Zeus Costume ($1.99)

Mortal Kombat X

  • Predator ($4.99)
  • Predator/Prey Pack ($3.99)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition

  • Rocksmith 2014 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze ($2.99)
  • Rocksmith 2014 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gimme Three Steps ($2.99)
  • Rocksmith 2014 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone ($2.99)

Trials Fusion

  • Awesome Level Max ($9.99)
  • Silver Pack ($9.99)
  • Bronze Pack ($4.99)
  • Gold Pack ($19.99)
  • Platinum Pack ($29.99)

Zen Pinball 2
3-way Cross Buy

  • Marvel’s Ant-Man ($2.99)

PS3 Add-ons

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
3-way Cross Buy

  • Elaborate Trap: UFO ($2.99)
  • Humiliating Trap: Golden Horse (Free)
  • Humiliating Trap: Queen’s High Heel ($2.99)
  • Sadistic Trap: Guillotine ($2.99)

MX vs. ATV Supercross

  • James Stewart Compound ($9.99)
  • Suzuki LT-450r ATV ($2.99)
  • Suzuki RM 125 MX ($2.99)
  • Suzuki RM-Z250 MX ($2.99)
  • Suzuki RM-Z450 MX ($2.99)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition

  • Rocksmith 2014 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze ($2.99)
  • Rocksmith 2014 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gimme Three Steps ($2.99)
  • Rocksmith 2014 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone ($2.99)

Zen Pinball 2
3-way Cross Buy

  • Marvel’s Ant-Man ($2.99)

PS Vita Add-ons

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
3-way Cross Buy

  • Elaborate Trap: UFO ($2.99)
  • Humiliating Trap: Golden Horse (Free)
  • Humiliating Trap: Queen’s High Heel ($2.99)
  • Sadistic Trap: Guillotine ($2.99)

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3

  • Samurai News 03 (Free)

Strike Solitaire 2

  • 10,000 Coins ($0.99)
  • 25,000 Coins ($1.99)
  • 100,000 Coins ($4.99)

Themes

Console Title Price
PS4 Wild Felina Dynamic Theme – Full HD $2.99
PS4 $1 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $0.99
PS4 $10 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $9.99
PS4 $100 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $99.99
PS4 $25 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $24.99
PS4 $5 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $4.99
PS4 $50 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $49.99
PS4 1 Attack On Titan Sasha Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 1 Dynamic 3d Galaxy Sm Theme $3.49
PS4 2015 Nissan 370z Nismo Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 2015 Nissan Gt-r Nismo Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 4th Of July Dynamic Theme $4.99
PS4 An Elven Blacksmith Dynamic Theme $6.99
PS4 Australia’s Coast Dynamic Theme – Full HD $2.99
PS4 1 Moon And Ocean Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 A Beautiful Cat Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 A Dynamic Night Of Las Vegas Theme $2.99
PS4 Audio Theme Series Relaxing Forest And Rain Sound $3.49
PS4 A Dynamic Navy Fighter Jet In Charleston Theme $2.99
PS3 Steven Kwok: Warfare Static Theme $1.99
PS3 Tim Lochner: Hell Warrior Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS3 Tim Lochner: Holy Maria Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS3 Tim Lochner: Prepare Static Theme $1.99
PS3 $1 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $0.99
PS3 $10 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $9.99
PS3 $100 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $99.99
PS3 $25 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift (ps3) $24.99
PS3 $5 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $4.99
PS3 $50 Call Of Duty Endowment Donation + Gift $49.99
PS3 2015 Nissan 370z Nismo Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS3 2015 Nissan Gt-r Nismo Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS3 1 Spaceship Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS3 1 Surf And Sea Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS3 A Beautiful Cat Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS Vita Nfl: Patriots Super Bowl Xlix Theme $2.99
PS Vita Australia’s Coast Theme $2.99
PS Vita Egyptian Hieroglyphs Theme $2.99
PS Vita Day To Night 2 Theme $2.99
PS Vita Play Theme $2.99
PS Vita Spaceship Theme $2.99

Avatars

Console Avatar Price
PS3 Anna Marine: Valentine Avatar $0.99
PS3 Anne Stokes: Immortal Flight Avatar $0.99
PS3 Avatar Creature 2 $0.99
PS3 Avatar Devil $0.99
PS3 Avatar Galaxy $0.99
PS3 Elaine Luo: Goddess Avatar $0.99
PS3 Elaine Luo: Tory Sun Avatar $0.99
PS3 Final Frontier: Space Walk Avatar $0.99
PS3 James Ryman: Big Foot Gaze Avatar $0.99
PS3 James Ryman: Werewolf Battlecry Avatar $0.99
PS3 Pixie’s Glow Avatar $0.99
PS3 Avatar Stop $0.99
PS3 Avatar Weird $0.99
PS3 Avatar Caution $0.99
PS3 Avatar Evil $0.99
PS3 Avatar No Entry $0.99

Five Night’s at Freddy’s 4 Trailer

Five Nights at Freddy’s is one of those games that seems to keep coming back every few month’s, and after the third installment we were teased about a 4th to soon come. Creator Scott Cawthon updated us today with some surprising news about FNAF4 that we should of saw coming, an earlier release date for the 4th installment!

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 was originally announced for Halloween 2015, but creator Scott Cawthon had another plan. The new release date for FNAF4 will now be August 8, along with a content update October 31.
Do you think this will be the last game in the series? Are you ready to have the jump scares again?Leave your comments below

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