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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Hey, you got your Clash of Clans in my Puzzle & Dragons, and Ouya slowly ships

Above: Can Deadpool's fourth-wall breaking schtick entertain for an entire game?

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

This week, the Ouya Android-based game console launches, but some early Kickstarter backers still haven’t received their system, Zynga faces more trouble as its head of partner publishing leaves the company, and Clash of Clans and Puzzles & Dragons cross-promotional efforts increases each game’s international presence.

You’ll also find reviews for Company of Heroes 2 and Deadpool.


News

The DeanBeat: The Last of Us is this generation’s masterpiece
Time Warner Cable brings 300 live channels to Xbox 360

Supercell and GungHo’s cross-promotion mutually boosts presence in Japan and U.S.
Zynga turns to darker themes with its Hidden Shadows for its core Facebook audience
Total War: Rome II needs 35GB of free space to install

BlueStacks’ second game console, the GamePop Mini, will launch as a freemium bundle
Oddworld developers petition Kojima to let them remake Metal Gear Solid
New PlayStation 3 update available — this one shouldn’t brick systems
This is what Dragon Age: Inquisition looks like running Frostbite 3
Irrational releases downloadable content for BioShock Infinite
Trion drops Warface from its website; Crytek still working on U.S. release
Sony details Gran Turismo 6 preorder details
Nintendo’s Reggie takes us on a tour of his Animal Crossing home
Watch Elijah Wood go Cujo on enemies in Call of Duty: Ghosts


Mobile News
Aiming beyond 700M downloads, PlayFirst launches Diner Dash Rush on mobile
Player-aquisition costs fall for mobile developers in May
Kabam lays off a ‘small number’ of employees as it moves to mobile game growth
Applifier introduces Everyplay FaceCam replays for mobile games
How game publishers like Kabam and Zynga use mobile ads to get on app store leaderboards
PopCap delays Plants vs. Zombies 2
RuneScape developer plans Brazilian, mobile expansion after big 2012
ESRB expands its ‘Privacy Certified’ services for mobile apps


Kickstarter Double Fine

Above: Art for Double Fine’s Massive Chalice.

Image Credit: Double Fine

All this funding
Double Fine’s Massive Chalice crowdfunding campaign has mere hours left


Xbox One 
It’s not self-publishing, but Microsoft reveals deep Xbox One Unity support
Microsoft demonstrates how DIY game Project Spark integrates Xbox One, PC, and tablet
Microsoft reveals how it’s improving visual detail on Xbox One and Windows 8.1


Business happenings
Bethesda confirms departure of id Software’s longtime biz guy
‘Business as usual’ for Atlus despite parent company’s financial troubles
Parent company of publisher Atlus files for government-assisted reorganization
Zynga’s head of partner publishing latest to bail on the company
Developers team up for Puzzle & Dragons and Clash of Clans cross promotion


Ouya

Tech
Google rumored to be working on an Android game console
Playing Angry Birds on a $21K 82-inch touchscreen is awesome (video)
Sixense to develop wireless motion-sensing controller
Nvidia delays Android-based Shield gaming handheld
Ouya CEO ‘pissed’ about delays, but angry fans aren’t buying the apology
Pokki working with Acer and Zynga to build-in games app for new Acer PCs
How Twitch is using metadata to change video on the Web


Reviews
Company of Heroes 2 reestablishes the series as one of the best strategy experiences (review)
Deadpool hilariously hacks and shoots his way to gaming greatness (review)


Pieces of Flair
Naughty Dog ‘constantly’ asks Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write film based on its Uncharted game
King cuts a licensing deal for Candy Crush Saga socks
Report says fitness video games are proliferating as gamers get off the couch
Conan O’Brien visits E3 to pick his favorite console
How the top 25 YouTube channels earned 144B views, 520M comments, and 1B likes
The GamesBeat E3 2013 Non-Award Awards: The stuff no one else is writing about
ROUNDTABLE’D! Game characters do an Xbox One-eighty!


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