4cr Minute

by Gregory Gay

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Last year, indie studio SkyGoblin released the first chapter of The Journey Down. I thought it was pretty cool – a nice little adventure game that mixed notes of Grim Fandango with fascinating art direction inspired by African tribal carvings.

The developers have announced that the second episode will be released on August 25th. You can pre-order it from the official webpage for $5.99, netting you both a Steam key for the new game and a free copy of the first episode. Additionally, half of the pre-order revenue will be donated to the Mavuno girl’s school project – a project that benefits women growing up in the Kagera region of Tanzania.

Watch the trailer below, and if you dig it, head over to the developer’s site for more info.

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Stockholm’s Pride Festival is kicking off today. Webhallen, a Swedish retailer, is celebrating by auctioning off a one-of-a-kind Sony “Gaystation,” with the proceeds going to Swedish LGBTQ-rights organization RFSL.

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Although the whole “Gaystation” name is a 12-year-old Xbox fan’s wet dream, I actually think it’s a pretty cool custom system. If you can read Swedish and want more info, the details are here, and you can bid here.

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NeoGAF user fluffydelusions kicked up a brief fit of nostalgia by posting a Toys R Us Holiday ad from the mid-90′s.

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There’s a lot more at the link, but the SNES page was the one that stood out the most to me. I remember those expensive cartridge prices! I had to save my allowance for ages to raise the $80 for Chrono Trigger. That’s nearly $130 in today’s dollars, which is kind of crazy to think about. Honestly, though, some of those games were easily worth that much.

Oh, and remember when EA could charge $60 a year for Madden roster updates? Oh wait, they still do that. Some things never change.

Check out the full thread for the entire ad.

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During San Diego Comic Con last weekend, Nintendo announced that the Japan-only Famicom Disk System game, Nazo no Murasame-jou (The Mysterious Murasame Castle), will be released for the first time in America on August 7th via the 3DS Virtual Console.

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I’ve been fascinated with this Zelda-like game for some time, so I can’t wait to give it a try. It’s also quite cool to see Nintendo being more willing to release import games on the eShop. Hopefully, we will see a few other Japan-only titles on the service in the near future.

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