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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Angry Birds, the Ouya console, and Penny Arcade’s ad-free gambit

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

This week, web comic Penny Arcade launched a Kickstarter to go completely ad-free, the Android-based Ouya console caused quite a stir, and Angry Birds is coming to home consoles at a higher price than the current mobile versions.

We also sport a review for NCAA Football 13 and a preview for the upcoming Tomb Raider game.

Oh, and we had this little conference: GamesBeat 2012.

GamesBeat:

The DeanBeat: 10 takeaways about game investments from GamesBeat 2012

Warner Bros. making web video series on Hawken

NCAA Football 13 is a fun experience that’s still too raw to turn pro (review)

Official trailer for the live-action film series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

The Art of Blizzard collects 20+ years of skulls, mushroom clouds, and giant wyrms (exclusive images)

BioWare brings back Britannia with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar

Nintendo sells more than 5 million 3DS consoles in the U.S.

Minecraft on Xbox 360 update: new character skins, new tools, and safer TNT

GamesBeat 2012 roundup: The Crossover Era, Ouya, the iPad as this generation’s console

Epic: Fortnite is the first Unreal Engine 4 game (and a PC exclusive)

Tomb Raider reboot: Are you playing or watching Lara Croft? (preview)

If your kids like Pokémon, they’ll go nuts for Nukotoys (with video)

Mass Effect 3: Earth downloadable content targets more warzones, recruits new soldiers, and boosts difficulty

Ouya gaming console smashes Kickstarter record in one day

Mobile industry bigwigs Tapjoy and Kontagent form partnership (exclusive)

Source Filmmaker now available for free in open beta

CBS Films details Deus Ex: Human Revolution adaptation

Penny Arcade starts a Kickstarter to go ad-free

Nintendo will finally be able to rescue data from stolen systems…if you have a police report

Cloud gaming finally coming to South Korea (exclusive)

10 Internet comments about games that actually make us laugh

5th Planet taps into your inner Gambit in Legacy of Heroes (exclusive)

New gaming crowdfunding site Gamesplanet Lab vets projects for quality

Halo 4 dev: “Loadout system looks more like Gradius” than Call of Duty, no public beta

Beatles legend Paul McCartney is working on music for former Halo dev Bungie

GamesBeat 2012

The panoramic view of GamesBeat 2012

GamesBeat in pictures

Mobile VP for Activision reveals motivation behind Flurry partnership

Electronic Arts envisions a future free of platform shackles

Design panel divulges how mobile apps try to hack your brain

The People’s Box: Ouya launches Kickstarter for sub-$100 console

The road ahead in gaming: Welcome to the Crossover Era

Seamus Blackley marries “geriatric” and young game designers to build arcade mobile games

Even Will Wright’s PowerPoint slides are fascinating

Raptr and Kiip mine game rewards for new business models

Social gaming startup Akamon claims top prize in our ‘Who’s Got Game’ competition

Design guru Yves Béhar dishes on the Ouya console (video interview)

Rising costs of marketing iPhone games scares developers

Ouya designer Yves Béhar’s dream: Reboot the console world (exclusive)

Kickstarter gives game developers control over their destinies

Electronic Arts envisions a future free of platform shackles

Mobile industry bigwigs Tapjoy and Kontagent form partnership (exclusive)

Ouya founder: ‘We never anticipated that it would blow up like this.’ (exclusive interview)

Indie devs: Quality content trumps following trends, free-to-play ‘is kind of a slum’

Legendary game exec Bing Gordon on epic poems, the golden age of gaming, and Xbox as a platform

Game pioneer Will Wright wants to make games ‘as personal as our dreams’

Gaming investors say the iPad will be this generation’s console

Zynga’s Mark Pincus says focus more on content, less on investing in platforms

Dean Takahashi’s opening comments for GamesBeat 2012

VentureBeat:

Angry Birds creator’s new game, Amazing Alex, is out now

Angry Birds console versions cost at least 10x the mobile equivalents

Mobile VP for Activision reveals motivation behind Flurry partnership

Electronic Arts envisions a future free of platform shackles

Xbox boss: Halo 4 will work with Surface tablet

Design panel divulges how mobile apps try to hack your brain

The People’s Box: Ouya launches Kickstarter for sub-$100 console

Indie game developers weigh in on Valve’s Steam Greenlight

Portalarium raises $7M for Facebook and mobile role-playing games (exclusive)

Zynga’s 1.8 trillion minutes and other cool facts about the game industry

Betable’s potential jackpot: Bringing real gambling to social casino games

June retail video game sales expected to be a dud


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