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Valve gets episodic webcomics, Wahoo opens up beta, Hasbro game going digital.

Penny Arcade comics headed to Steam
Valve sends along word today that Penny Arcade's triweekly updated game-centric webcomics will be offered through the publisher's downloadable-game service, Steam. New comics will be available to all Steam users at no charge. In recent months, Valve has partnered with several publishers to bring episodic content to Steam, not the least of which being Telltale Games' Sam and Max series. Penny Arcade has its own episodic adventure game in development at Hothead Games, which it plans to make available in the future as a downloadable offering for PCs and possibly next-gen consoles.

Wahoo's Saga enters open testing
Wahoo Studios this week announced its free-to-play massively multiplayer online game has entered an open beta stage. Saga offers a unique persistent-world real-time strategy game where players can choose between five different factions and maintain armies of more than 100 unique troops types. Players can choose to purchase "booster packs" that contain random troops and spells, similar to a collectible card game. Interested parties can sign up for the MMORTS through the publisher's Web site.

Atari stacking Jenga blocks on Wii, DS
Adding to the influx of board games rushing to consoles, Atari today revealed it would be bringing Hasbro's classic block-stacking game Jenga to the Nintendo Wii and DS. Developed by Atomic Planet, Jenga has been designed specifically to take advantage of both systems' unique control schemes. Power-ups and other enhancements have also been added in to provide a new twist. Jenga will ship for both the Wii and DS this November.

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33 comments
StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

Wow... let me see... $10 for real Jenga pieces. I wonder how much for a Wii game about Jenga. I know the Wiimote is novel with it's motion sensors, etc, but come on, who in their right mind would spend more on a Wii game about Jenga than to actually purchase Jenga and play it? No wonder Atari has been losing money. They should fire the brainiac behind their game development division.

boobush
boobush

News about games should be about good games, not just any game.

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

I'm sorry ... i fail to understand why is this in the news section .... move it to useless junk section !!! :D

Daelock
Daelock

Jenga?...JENGA?! What the CRAP!? Seriously, the Wii needs to get more than just some neat proof of concept games and a couple of remakes or it's not gonna last...

umbracascade
umbracascade

Jenga... No matter how realistic the physics will be it still won't feel the same

EssaregeeX
EssaregeeX

KingSigy What isn't on Steam? ---------------------------- a lot...

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

Jenga?? Atari is really reaching in the bottom of the barrel. I don't see a virtual block stacking game as being the publisher's savior :P

vaejas
vaejas

Steam has taught me that PS3 system updates are nothing to complain about.

Zonic505
Zonic505

Jenga.....worst gaming idea ever. Why buy something that you can buy in real life for ALOT cheaper & w/o electricity?

KamaKase
KamaKase

Why the hell would I want to load up steam to read Penny Arcade? I've got a perfectly good web browser here.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I love Jenga. Not so sure if brining in a game form is a good thing though.

bigmick07
bigmick07

How the heck is Jenga going to work on the Ds and Wii, what a stupid idea.

Dante_Fox
Dante_Fox

Wow, Jenga in the form of a video game? Now developers really are running out of ideas.

Franzkill
Franzkill

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sieg6529
sieg6529

what the hedge is STEAM?

Homes225
Homes225

I wouldn't be shocked if Penny Arcade's game is going to be on Steam.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I love Penny Arcade, but I don't see why I would want to download it through Steam. I understand how companies want digital distribution to be the next big thing, but it's hard to beat the simplicity of a web site.

DryvBy2
DryvBy2

Oh man, I can't wait to get new Penny-Arcade comics on my Steam account. This certainly isn't pointless.

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

Jenga for the Wii. Apparently when your company loses 70 million dollars Jenga will be the solution to make you profitable again. We look forward to it Atari. . . schmucks.

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Jenga better have a full-blown plot or someone dies in the morning...

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Don't you just love all the exclusive games for the Wii...

finaleve
finaleve

PA comics on Steam is...well its stupid. What a waste of an idea. Though I guess its a way to get those who haven't read the comics to understand the game more when it's released. Sega's game sounds interesting... Jenga on the Wii...well thats kinda cool. Maybe the should do a collaboration of games on there as well. Not just Jenga.

Insania_aeger
Insania_aeger

There's really no reason why anyone would read PA on Steam as opposed to Mozilla or IE.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

My thoughts exactly, Simu. If you have net access, you don't need Steam feeding you webcomics.

SimuLord
SimuLord

Was it so difficult for people to go to penny-arcade.com (or add the RSS to their LiveJournal friends list) that they really felt another distribution channel was necessary?