[Games] Citizens of Earth coming from Atlus

The niche RPG publisher is backing a failed Kickstarter project in a big way.

[Games] Sleeping Dogs developer at work on a new game in that world

You'll have to wait until 2014 for the meaty details, but for now, know that you can look forward to more Triad fun!

[Games] Idea Factory announces launch of Idea Factory International

The developer and publisher responsible for the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise is looking to expand North American operations.

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Successful Mighty No. 9 project enters the home stretch

The Mighty No. 9 project on Kickstarter comes to a close in less than 30 hours (as of the time of this writing), and already it is a huge success. Keiji Inafune and others who worked on Mega Man 2 have come together under the Comcept banner and they are working on a spiritual successor to one of the most beloved NES platformers of all time.

The project launched on August 31, 2013, and runs through October 1. Its original goal was a modest $900,000, but numerous stretch goals were offered and the project currently has raised more than $3,100,000 on Kickstarter alone. Separately, Comcept is accepting funds through other sources, and all of the money in the pot goes toward the stated stretch goals.

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Valve announces Steam Controller

Valve today announced a special new controller that it hopes to eventually make available to gamers who want to use a controller as they play games using the popular Steam service. The controller resembles a traditional gamepad, but features a number of differences in layout and interface that are inspiring conversation around the Internet.

"We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living room," the device's page notes. "We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system. But that still left input -- our biggest missing link."

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GTA 5 sales top $1 billion in only three days

Grand Theft Auto V is now working on only its fourth day of availability in stores, and already it has surpassed a significant sales milestone: $1 billion. That figure is one that most games can't expect to match in their lifetime, let alone in the first three days.

According to Take-Two Software, the Rockstar Games parent company, the impressive number includes copies sold worldwide. GTA 5 saw simultaneous release in North America, Europe and Australia and carries the standard MSRP of $59.99 in North America. A special edition is also available at a higher rate.

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Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi dead at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's president from 1949 through 2002, passed away earlier today from complications of a battle with pneumonia, as reported on Nikkei. Yamauchi was 85 years old.

Hiroshi Yamauchi's impact on the company can hardly be overstated. He took the company from what it was--a manufacturer best known for playing cards--and turned it into a force within the electronics industry. He was known as a ruthless but savvy businessman, and he remained a special advisor after his son-in-law, Satoru Iwata, took the reins.

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