Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Just in time to confirm your Thanksgiving weekend, Garnett Lee, Jeff Cannata, and Andrew Yoon are joined by Sony Santa Monica's Ariel Angelotti and Seth Killian. Our guests talk up their newly released game, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and offer some revealing insights on how the game was made. Fighting guru Seth explains his love for smash-type games, and explains exactly why fighting games should be excited for PlayStation's brawling mash-up. Then, Andrew talks about his lengthy hands-on with Wii U, and explains how he's warming up to Nintendo's unique GamePad. We throw in some football and some Last Story in there as well, so grab some stuffing and listen to this holiday Weekend Confirmed.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 140: 11/21/2012

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    Round 1 - 00:00:38 - 00:24:42

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:26:04 - 00:56:17

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 00:57:01 - 01:26:52

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    Tailgate - 02:02:58 - 02:09:43

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Shacknews - Steve Watts

Nintendo was apparently hedging its bets a bit when it claimed video services would come to the Wii U "in the coming weeks." Netflix came at launch, and Hulu Plus is available starting today -- less than a week after the console's launch. But better to under-promise and over-deliver, right?

The Hulu Blog announced the launch of its app, and walked through some of the second-screen features. You'll be able to check out additional info on your TV shows using the second screen, or switch to watching your show from the second screen. Yes, that means you can take 30 Rock with you into the bathroom like you've always wanted, assuming your bathroom is within the Wii U's range.

The blog also promises easy, touch-based navigation and queuing, and a dedicated "Hulu Kids" section with more than 40 commercial-free, kid-friendly shows. This is similar to a Netflix initiative that started rolling out last year.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

A new title update is rolling out for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which fixes a few pesky bugs just in time for your family's post-turkey naps. The full patch notes won't be available until tomorrow, but design director David Vonderhaar has mentioned a few of the fixes.

Vonderhaar's Twitter (via Eurogamer) has revealed fixes to a Theater Mode UI error (226117), a Dragonfire glitch, and an escort drone glitch. The former would simply fail to deploy, while the latter had the much more terrible (and hilarious) effect of sticking under the map and attacking its owner. Vonderhaar also said the studio is working with Sony to iron out the persistent issues in the PlayStation 3 version, such as matchmaking crashes.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Sony's previously announced Resistance Collection has set a firm release date. The compilation will launch on December 5 for $39.99, well after the Black Friday rush but in plenty of time for the holidays regardless.

The set will come on three discs, which will include Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3. It will also contain the Aftermath Multiplayer map pack, skin bundle, and wraith skin weapon for R2, and the Brutality and Survivor packs for R3. The PlayStation Blog gives word that the games will be straight re-releases of the originals, which means no Trophy support for Fall of Man.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Battlefield 3 is one of EA's biggest franchises, and the one it used to take on the Call of Duty series most directly. But DICE is a large studio, and the publisher has claimed it's taking careful steps not to tie the developer down to one franchise.

"The DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio," EA Games VP Patrick Soderlund told OXM UK. "Not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that's intentional, because we don't want to become a Battlefield factory"

He suggested that employees can get bored with repeated franchises, so the company moves people around. "The minute we start saying 'you're going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life', they're going to go some place else," he said. "So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well."

Sonderland didn't mention what those other projects might be, but a former EA boss claims it's a much-anticipated sequel. "It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror's Edge 2 is in production at DICE," said ex-EA Easy studio general manager Ben Cousins. This is second-hand information, though, so take it with at least a few grains of salt.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

A trio of, er, well, maybe not 'classic,' but certainly vintage, Sega fighting games are coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next week. Sega has dug up its AM2 studio's face-punchers Fighting Vipers, Sonic the Fighters, and Virtua Fighter 2 and plans to drop them digitally at $5 a pop.

1995's Fighting Vipers was, you may recall, the game that revolutionised the genre by letting you kick a lady's clothes off to see her digital underwear. Sonic the Fighters came in 1996 as Sega started to really ramp up the awful sprawling expanded Sonic universe, but on the plus side did let you kick Tails in the face. Lastly, 1994's Virtua Fighter 2 was, well, the sequel to Virtua Fighter.

Sega says that they're "complete versions of the arcade originals," jazzed up with online multiplayer and achievements. They'll hit the North American PlayStation Network on November 27 and Xbox Live Arcade on November 28, costing $5 each, then the European PSN on December 5.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

If you're prone to the occasional rage quit, it may be sensible to get in a few spare mice or gamepads. VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh's delightfully difficult spin 'em up Super Hexagon is whirring onto PC and Mac next week via Steam, sure to test your patience and perhaps provoke a peripheral-tossing or two.

Super Hexagon was originally released for iOS in September. Pleasantly, the Steam edition will cost the same as its handheld counterpart, $2.99.

"I'm sorry this has taken so long. I appreciate your patience with me!" Cavanagh said. "I wanted to launch much sooner than this, but ultimately I just wasn't happy with the performance of the flash version. So, I knuckled down and rewrote everything in C++ - this new version of the game runs at a higher resolution than the iOS version, and runs fast and silky smooth on every machine I've been able to get my hands on â€" a very important thing for a game like this."

Cavanagh's currently sorting out someone to handle the Android port. Look, video!

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Now that Steam's all couch-friendly thanks to Big Picture mode, it'd be nice if more games were reconfigured for slouching. Oh, what luck! Just after I write that sentence apropos of nothing, I notice that Valve has released a Portal 2 patch enabling split-screen co-op in its puzzle 'em up.

Portal 2's console edition came with split-screen co-op options but it was never officially supported on PC. Cunning fans had managed to tweak and cajole the game into supporting split-screen, but poking around in config files is not for everyone. Now, all you need to do is play with two controllers in Big Picture mode, which is easy enough.

The patch notes have a little more information, and details two fixes too.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Stompy, stompy, Late Night Computing is here for November 20, 2012.

The Walking Dead isn't out for me until tomorrow, so it looks like I'm hitting the battlefield of MechWarrior Online to test out the brand new Cataphract. I've been running the first hero mech in the Yen-Lo-Wang, a Centurion-class mech, and doing pretty well. The C-bill boost is probably the best part about that mech at the moment, helping me to quickly rebuild my reserve since the open beta reset. What type of mech are you running?

News bits.

  • Electronic Arts keeps the hockey season alive as the strike carries on with their NHL 13 simulated Week 7 highlight reel. [via Youtube]

  • Use your gaming skills to become a modern surgeon. Though, before you apply to medical school, find your old Operation! set and see how you fare. [via ArsTechnica]

  • Continuing the weeks Twinkie craze, Business Week investigates the real reasons behind the bankruptcy. [via BusinessWeek]

  • Syfy reboots Battle Bots as the Robot Combat League. Hugh Jackman seen working out in the background. [via Entertainment Weekly]

  • Popular Science takes a look at the Israeli Iron Dome system, which helps to knock incoming missiles out of the sky. [via Popular Science]

Chatty posts of the moment.

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  • this post. valcan_s shows off Hitman: Absolution on his powerful gaming PC with the details cranked to the max. And it looks amazing. [by valcan_s]

  • "This really has been the year of stealth games. It is a good time to be alive! Between Dishonored, Mark of the Ninja, Hitman: Absolution, and Batman: Arkham City (although that was technically 2011), we have a healthy mix of original and franchise stealth games. I used to think of the sub genre as lacking the attention of developers, but this year has turned that opinion around. I hope the trend continues. What are some other great stealth games or series?" [by amrbean]

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DmC: Devil May Cry demo trailer:

Get your hands on Dante with the DmC: Devil May Cry demo, available now.

NBA 2K13 launches for the WiiU with a celebatory trailer, watch the full Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 3 cinematic, see what Tripwire Interactive is releasing for free this fall with a new Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad trailer, and Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse launches with a new trailer.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Adventure studio Telltale Games has a bona fide hit on its hands in The Walking Dead, and the company has now announced it is expanding to handle a larger workload. This spring, Telltale will begin an expansion plan that will continue through the next few years.

The expansion applies to both the physical space and number of employees. It has signed a lease on a new office with nearly double the space, and the new building will support up to 160 employees compared to its current 125. The company says it will be expanding its staff over the next few years. This is after the studio has already doubled in size over the past two years.

"We've maxed out where we're at," CEO and co-founder Dan Connors told the North Bay Business Journal (via Develop). "Civic Center will give us room we need to grow our team and take on more projects on a yearly basis."

One of those projects will certainly be Season Two of The Walking Dead. The Season One finale, No Time Left, is debuting this week. Check out our review for more details.