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TL;DR - Feb 27 - Hawken, I Am Alive, PSN Gamers' Choice

Today in TL;DR I’m going to hit up a couple more stories that happened to catch my eye throughout the day. First up: Hawken has managed to get 10 million dollars for their multiplayer mech game. Second, the team behind I Am Alive provides a video diary showing a bit about how every decision you make matters. Finally, the PSN Gamers’ Choice Award Nominations are out!


The News:

Hawken Hits 10 Million:

Believe it or not Double Fine isn’t the first to realize the potential of going around publishers to fund a passion project. There are plenty of other great game ideas that are floating around out there on the internet. The surprising thing though is that there are those that have managed more scratch than the Tim Schafer/Double Fine joint.

Hawken is a concept for a multiplayer mech game which is being aimed at the ‘hardcore’ and will be a downloadable title (when it’s eventually launched). Adhesive Games, and parent media company Meteor Entertainment, have managed to scrape together investor cash to the tune of ten million dollars; not bad at all for the company’s first title.

Want more? You can head over to Venture Beat for the full, in-depth article.

I Am Alive Developer Diary:

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sold on the concept, look or setting of I Am Alive when I first saw it. To me it looked like some kind of knock-off budget title based on the ideas of I Am Legend (or Omega Man if you prefer). Since I got time with it at CES though, I’ve been eagerly anticipating its release as part of the Xbox Live House Party. The game brings a whole fistful of unique concepts to how the game is played, and in the developer diary (provided below) you get a bit of a walk-through of some of the concepts that will make this one of those titles that everyone is likely to be talking about.

Want more? You can head on over to the game’s official site for all the info, trailers and images from the game.


PSN Gamers’ Choice Award Nominations:

Hot on the heels of this weekend’s biggest award show (The Academy Awards) Sony/PSN announced today the nominations for the PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards. There’s really not much story to it than that though (other than the fact that the winners are to be discounted), so why don’t we just jump straight to the list so you can see if your favourites made it, shall we?

Best PSN Exclusive: inFAMOUS Festival of Blood (PS3), PixelJunk Shooter 2 (PS3), TETRIS (PS3)

Best PSN Game: inFAMOUS Festival of Blood (PS3), Plants vs. Zombies (PS3), Resident Evil 4 (PS3)

Best PSN Game Playable Online: Hard Corps: Uprising (PS3), Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition (PS3), TETRIS (PS3)

Best PS3 Full Game: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3), Assassin’s Creed II: Deluxe Edition (PS3), Midnight Club LA Complete Edition (PS3)

Best PlayStation®Move Game: 4Elements HD (PS3), Dungeon Defenders (PS3), Dungeon Hunter: Alliance (PS3)

Best 3D Game: Dungeon Defenders (PS3), God of War: Origins Collection (PS3), The Sly Collection (PS3)

Best PlayStation® Classic: Chrono Trigger (PS3/PSP), Parasite Eve (PS3/PSP), Xenogears (PS3/PSP)

Best Mini Game: Angry Birds (PS3/PSP), The Impossible Game (PS3/PSP), PAC-MAN Championship Edition (PS3/PSP)

Best PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) Game: DISSIDIA 012 [duodecim] FINAL FANTASY (PSP/PS Vita), DISSIDIA 012 Prologus FINAL FANTASY (PSP/PS Vita), TACTICS OGRE: Let Us Cling Together (PSP/PS Vita)

PlayStation Community Award – Best Indie: Dungeon Defenders (PS3), LIMBO (PS3), PixelJunk Shooter 2 (PS3)

Want more? You can head to the official site to cast your vote (starting at 3pm PST tomorrow).


As tomorrow is officially ‘release day’ for the new hot games this week, I don’t have a ‘release list’ for you today. Instead, I’ve decided to, once more, fill the rest of our time with videos! Well… video, singular. I don’t have a whole lot to offer you today friends, but I do hope you enjoy a little Limbo shenaniganry from the guys over at Dorkly