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Like many MMORPGs, World of Warcraft can be a grind. To sidestep the time commitment required to continually level up a character, gather resources, improve skills, or whatever else is desired, some gamers turn to bots, software that automates the process. The only problem is, Activision Blizzard isn't so keen on this behavior and has dropped the ban hammer hard on gamers who've been using them. Activision Blizzard didn't specify exactly how many people it booted, saying only that it was a "large number of World of Warcraft accounts." However, a screenshot of a conversation between a player, Game... Read more...
Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame is getting back in the game development saddle, though he's not designing another Castlevania title, nor is his next project for Konami. You may recall that he left Konami just over a year ago to form his own studio and for the opportunity to develop the types of games he wants. And what he wants is a throwback to the side-scrolling platformer days, which he's resurrecting through Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.According to Igarashi, he's found partners willing to support his vision with funding, but only if he can prove there remains a demand for side-scrolling... Read more...
Despite a string of annual losses (that finally ended, by the way), Nintendo is careful not to pounce on every money-making fad, choosing instead to focus on its reputation for putting out games that people generally like to play. It's that mindset that kept Nintendo out of the mobile game business, one that's littered with a mix of crappy casual titles and some surprisingly good ones, but that will finally change when Nintendo releases its first mobile game later this year.Nintendo plans to take a cautious approach to the industry, and instead of releasing a multitude of games in hopes that one... Read more...
Nintendo developed an unfortunate habit of posting losses for the most of the past several quarters, though for the first time since 2011, the company can call itself profitable on an annual basis again. Specifically, Nintendo recorded net income of 41.8 billion yen (around $350.6 million in U.S. currency) for its fiscal year ending March 31, compared to a loss of 23.2 billion yen (~$194.6 million) a year ago. One of the keys to Nintendo's turnaround was the "depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar at the end of the period compared to the exchange rate at the end of the previous fiscal... Read more...
There are several different contraptions designed to allow men to simulate what it's like being pregnant, but as most women will attest, none of them truly duplicate the experience. That's especially true when it comes to the act of child birth -- we're just not equipped for such things. However, that hasn't stopped male characters in The Sims 4 from getting pregnant. The quirky phenomenon appears to be an unintended side effect of the The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack. It's one of the more hilarious bugs the add-on brings to the game, and it has some Sims players intentionally trying to get... Read more...
Microsoft and 343 Industries have been stomping out bugs like the Orkin Man ever since Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in November of last year, but they keep popping up. Not only has it created an embarrassing situation, but 343 Industries had to cancel an official Halo tournament after the Xbox One title had trouble connecting players.343 Industries delivered the news via Twitter by saying, "We're aware of and investigating party joinability issues. As a result, we'll be canceling HCS Cup #1, and apologize for the inconvenience." It's worth pointing out that the Halo Champion Series,... Read more...
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is about to get a pretty sweet content update. In a blog post today, developer 343 Industries announced that Halo 3: ODST and Halo 2's Relic map remake are both on track to be added to the collection next month, details of which will be shared at a later date. Those details will include the final map name for the Relic remake, specific release date, and more.While you wait, you can enjoy some new features and bug fixes courtesy of a currently available content update. One of the changes the update brings is penalizing quitters and betrayal -- in ranked playlists,... Read more...
This has been a tremendous week for Star Wars fans. First we got to see Han Solo and Chewbacca make an emotional appearance in the newest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (the second official trailer Disney has put out) and now Electronic Arts is treating us to a visual smorgasbord of cinema-quality footage showing the forthcoming Star Wars Battlefront game. Had you not known it was a game, it would be easy to mistake the trailer for an upcoming movie. Instead, you're seeing actual game engine footage of the multiplayer shooter, which was unveiled Friday at Star Wars Celebration, an annual... Read more...
It looks as though 2K Australia, the game development studio that designed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Bioshock Infinite, has closed up shop for good. All staff members from top to bottom have reportedly been let go, though 2K said in a statement that it's working with those affected by studio's closure to find reassignment. "We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams," 2K said in a statement. "We are very grateful for the team’s valuable... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to avoid the temptation to pick up an Xbox One console these days. Microsoft's moved on from forcing the second generation Kinect motion controller down gamers' collective throats, and on top of that, price cuts and game bundles make strong arguments for taking the leap. And speaking of price cuts, gamers living in the U.K. can now pick up an Xbox One console for £299.99. That works out to around $440 in U.S. currency, which is a bit expensive compared to the $349 price tag we enjoy in the States. However, the console's been selling in the U.K. for £329.99 (around... Read more...
Wipe that frown upside down, Xbox 360 owners. Just because much of the focus today in the console category is placed on the Xbox One, that doesn't Microsoft has forgotten about you. In fact, if you're holding firm onto your Xbox 360, Microsoft is getting ready to throw you a bone with support for 2TB hard drives.This is the result of expanding Microsoft's Preview Program to the Xbox 360. Similar to how it works for Xbox One owners, select members will be able to sign up directly from their Xbox 360 and once registered, will get the jump on the general public when it comes to system updates and/or... Read more...
It took a bit of time to weave through all the red tape and get the various paperwork in order, but you can finally take Sony up on its cash back or merchandise settlement offer if you purchased a PlayStation Via handheld console before June 1, 2012, and have not returned the product for a full refund. If so, it's your turn to fill out some paperwork.The settlement agreement is the same that was reached with the FTC back in November. It's in relation to the Vita's "cross-save" functionality and how it was advertised. At the time of the complaint, the cross-save feature only worked with a few PlayStation... Read more...
OnLive, the promising cloud gaming service that launched in June 2010, is going dark. In a somber message posted on its website, the streaming games pioneer explained that Sony is in the process of acquiring key parts of Onlive -- patents, in other words -- and that the service as you know it will shutter on April 30, 2015. "After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all data deleted including game save data, achievements, and credit card data will be deleted," OnLive said. "If you purchased a Steam game from... Read more...
We had a feeling Nintendo would take notice of developer Roystan Ross's recreation of the first level of Super Mario 64, which he made playable in a browser window. Sure enough, after attracting widespread media attention, Nintendo's legal team sent a takedown notice to Cloudfare, the company that was previously hosting the remake. Ross didn't have any nefarious intentions when he built the level. Instead, it was supposed to serve as a proof of concept demo for his "Super Character Controller" platform that he made from scratch using Unity. He tested the demo with controllers for the Xbox One and... Read more...
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