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Saturday, January 6th, 2018

6 Pulses

Acclaimed puzzle game rejected by GOG.com for reasons unknown

Zachtronics, the independent studio founded and run by Zach Barth, has five games listed on GOG.com. Its sixth, Opus Magnum, is not among them, and for reasons that are literally inexplicable.

That’s because GOG.com itself, in a message to Barth that he posted yesterday afternoon, refused to describe what standard Opus Magnum failed in its curation process.

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Fallout: New Vegas in Fallout 4? Modders set ambitious goal

Modders behind an ambitious project to bring 2010’s Fallout: New Vegas into the Creation Engine of Fallout 4 have released a tantalizing video showing the beginning of that game.

The mod is called Fallout 4 New Vegas and it’s by Team F4NV, which announced their project back in August. The goal is not only to update Fallout: New Vegas, beloved by many fans as the best in the series, but also to expand and refine its gameplay. Take a gander at that perk system, for example, as the Courier strolls into Goodsprings and levels up.

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Injustice 2 roster adds Enchantress next week

Enchantress is the next fighter coming to Injustice 2, available in early access beginning Tuesday Jan. 9 for those who have either the game’s premium Ultimate Edition, Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack 3. Everyone else can buy Enchantress on Jan. 16.

Naturally, NetherRealm Studios and WB Games are saving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — announced in November along with Atom and Enchantress — for last in Fighter Pack 3. They’ll probably show up sometime in February, as Atom became available last month.

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Everything you need for a DIY Raspberry Pi SNES is on sale and more of the week’s best gaming deals

SNES Classics are sold out just about everywhere. Unless you’re willing to pay the premium on resale or you’re quick enough to get it on Amazon Prime Now, it might feel like you’re out of luck, but you’re not. You can make your own. Raspberry...

Veteran focused, games-based charity Stack Up to focus on suicide prevention

Stack Up, the military-focused charity centered around a shared love of video games, has announced a new suicide prevention...

Nintendo Switch eclipses Wii U lifetime sales in Japan

The Nintendo Switch, reaching two impressive sales milestones in the past 10 days, has notched a third. It’s already sold more than the Wii U...

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Friday, January 5th, 2018

10 Pulses

Nintendo better announce a Nintendo Direct before fans explode

Fans across the internet are convinced that Nintendo will hold one of its Nintendo Direct presentations on Jan. 11, and over the past few weeks, anticipation for that (still unannounced) event has reached a fever pitch.

More than a month of build-up — from general excitement, to unconfirmed “leaks,” to Twitter trolling — has gotten fans so worked up that, if Nintendo doesn’t say anything soon, who’s to say what could happen to the company’s enthusiastic community?

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 schedule and where to stream

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) begins this Sunday, live from inside the friendly confines of a banquet hall in beautiful Herndon, Virginia. The annual event brings together top speedrunners from around the world in the hopes of raising millions for charity.

The event’s beneficiary is, as always, Prevent Cancer Foundation. AGDQ has raised more than $6.6 million for the cause since 2011.

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Zelda, Horizon lead 2018 Game Developers Choice Award nominees

The organizers of the annual Game Developers Choice Awards have announced this year’s nominees, with Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn leading the pack. Both titles were nominated for a total of six awards, including Game of the Year, for the 2018 GDC Awards.

PlatinumGames’ Nier: Automata, PUBG Corp.’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods and StudioMDHR’s Cuphead were also nominated for three awards each.

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Pokémon Go’s new regional exclusives have already moved

A pair of Pokémon Go’s latest

VR and self-driving cars are a fascinating, scary combo

The rise of self-driving cars is going to radically change how we think about driving, and Renault partnered with Ubisoft to drive that point home with a virtual reality experience that can be enjoyed while you’re taking a spin in Renault’s...

Nintendo Switch’s green and pink Joy-Cons coming to America

The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con gamepads are already available in a variety of hues, but Switch owners in the U.S. will finally be able to get their hands on last summer’s Neon Green and Neon Pink controllers — by themselves — “later this month,”...

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Thursday, January 4th, 2018

9 Pulses

Pokémon Go’s EX Raids are still a mess, even after promised fixes

A new set of Raid invites went out to Pokémon Go players this week, allowing them to participate in the game’s most exclusive battles. But despite promises from Niantic to adjust the confusing, oft-criticized system, players still find themselves locked out — and they don’t know why.

Officially known as EX Raid battles, these time-sensitive battles are the only way to capture especially rare Pokémon. To participate in the co-op multiplayer feature, players must meet a specific eligibility criterion: Only those who have won regular Raid battles can receive the required Premium Raid pass. They can also increase the likelihood that they’ll be invited into if they’re high-leveled, or if they’ve fought in a large number of Raids.

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Cree Nation headman unhappy with Civilization 6 portrayal

Earlier this week, 2K Games introduced a new historical leader into its world conquest game Civilization 6. Cree leader Poundmaker (Pîhtokahanapiwiyin) joins the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Queen Victoria and Genghis Khan as characters whose actions players control as they seek global domination.

But one of today’s leaders of the Cree — a First Nations people who mainly live across Canada — says the portrayal is insensitive to their values.

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Paladins is getting a battle royale mode called Battlegrounds

Hi-Rez Studios announced Paladins: Battlegrounds today, a new battle royale-style game mode for its free-to-play, fantasy hero-based shooter. Just like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, 100 players will drop onto a “massive map” to “explore, loot, and survive” in a fight to be the last Champion — or team of Champions — standing.

The developer calls Paladins: Battlegrounds “the first-ever hero shooter battle royale.”

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Help Kylo Ren go undercover to learn about teamwork, and himself, in Battlefront 2 mod

Saturday Night Live put guest host Adam Driver to work making fun of both Undercover Boss and his Star Wars character Kylo Ren back in 2016, and now Matt, the radar technician, is a playable character in

Nintendo Switch eShop very quietly rings in 2018

It’s a new year — and the beginning of our first full 12-month period with Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is kicking off 2018 with a very tiny set...

Crowdfunding on Fig investment platform down in 2017

Fig, the equity investment platform for games, was down more than 28 percent in 2017. The platform raised only $5.6 million, after raising more than $7.8 million in 2016.

Fig blends equity investment with traditional rewards-based...

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

9 Pulses

Spain cuts €2M in indie game funding (update)

Independent developers in Spain are today counting the cost of a ministerial decision to block €2 million (about $2.4 million) in European Union funding, designed to invigorate the local gaming scene.

According to a report in El Español, Spain's minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal, canceled the planned grant, which was planned to be sent to 20 different developers. Each company would have received between €50,000 and €150,000. Some of the money was specifically aimed at development teams of five persons or fewer which are working on their first game. It's not clear why the decision was taken.

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IGN editor-in-chief fired for ‘alleged misconduct’ (update)

IGN has fired Steve Butts, its longtime editor-in-chief, over “alleged misconduct.”

“IGN initiated an investigation into alleged misconduct involving Steve Butts. As a result of the investigation, the Company has appropriately determined to part ways with Mr. Butts,” Mitch Galbraith, IGN’s executive vice president, told Polygon in a statement.

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Speedrun world record claimed for N-Gage

Speedrunning has come to this.

Twitch streamer ZEN_Ivan says he has just registered the first speedrun world record on the N-Gage, the electronic choco-taco that attempted to revolutionize mobile gaming 14 years ago and has been a punchline ever since. Officially, that record is for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which they completed in 26 minutes, 20.8 seconds.

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Monster Hunter: World coming to PC in fall 2018

Capcom said that it’s aiming to release the Windows PC version of Monster Hunter: World sometime during “autumn 2018.” Producer Ryozo...

IGF Awards’ 2018 nominees point to this year’s games to watch

The nominees for the 20th Annual Independent Game Festival are out, and the list contains a fascinating mix of some...

Star Citizen raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter combined in 2017

For the second year in a row, the team working on Star Citizen say they’ve raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter...

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

10 Pulses

Fans release translation of Japan-only Tingle game

Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love, the sequel to Nintendo DS curiosity Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, is now playable in English, thanks to a fan-created translation. A translation patch, more than five years in the making, is available to download from the project’s official website.

Nintendo and developer Vanpool released Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love in 2009. Unlike its predecessor, the game was never officially translated or released outside of Japan. So if you’re not fluent in Japanese and have a legally obtained ROM of Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love, now’s your chance.

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Microsoft ends free Kinect adapter promotion for Xbox One S owners (update)

Microsoft has ended its program of providing free USB adapters to Xbox One Kinect owners who purchase an Xbox One S.

The Xbox One S debuted in August 2016, more than two years after Microsoft unbundled the Kinect from the original Xbox One. The slimmed-down white console does not include a Kinect port. People who want to connect a Kinect to the Xbox One S must use an accessory known as the Kinect Adapter, which allows the Kinect to be hooked up to one of the system’s USB ports.

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Valve’s Team Fortress 2 bans sow confusion, anger

The Team Fortress 2 community found itself butting heads with Valve this weekend, as the company banned numerous players found to be using a popular cheating script. But misinformation, suspected to have been spread by banned players themselves, led numerous users to criticize Valve’s ban efforts as overreaching.

After a GitHub user reported that Valve was issuing permanent, anti-cheating bans through Valve’s Anti-Cheat system (VAC), players on Linux complained that the company’s targeting method was misguided. Users reported that Valve was automatically banning anyone with the word “catbot,” a cheating tool commonly used by Team Fortress 2 players on the operating system, in their username.

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Tabletop games are exploding on Kickstarter, video games are flat

Crowdfunding for games was up overall on Kickstarter last year, with a massive increase of nearly 30 percent. But that boost was entirely...

Super Mario Odyssey cracks top speedruns list

Super Mario Odyssey has become one of the biggest games to speedrun in the history of the sport. The game recently entered the upper...

Try Escape From Tarkov, for when PUBG is just too easy

The survival shooter genre has dominated Steam for a few years now, but one of the most interesting new titles isn’t being sold there. It’s called

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Monday, January 1st, 2018

3 Pulses

Mario and Zelda topped Amazon’s 2017 best-selling games list

Super Mario Odyssey was the best-selling video game of 2017 on Amazon, according to the online retailer. Nintendo also had the second and third best-selling video games on Amazon, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch rounding out the top three.

PlayStation Store credit was the number one (and two) top seller on Amazon, however. Amazon lists the $20 PlayStation Store gift card, which can be used to purchase PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games as the number one video game item customers bought in 2017.

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Civilization 6 on iPad is a marvel

Civilization 6 was recently released on iPad, which came as something of a surprise. Publisher Aspyr Media had made no previous announcements. This is not some “lite” version of Civ stripped down for touchscreen, mobile implementation. It’s the whole game. It’s the first time a full Civ game has been released on mobile, though previously we’ve seen arcadey versions like the underwhelming Civilization Revolution.

When it arrived on PC last year, I reviewed Civilization 6 and was generally impressed. It's a useful evolution of the empire-building series, engaging geography as a major factor in societal progress while honing systems like combat, science and culture.

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Mutant Football League kicks off the New Year with a console launch

Twenty-five years later, mutant football is coming back to consoles.

Mutant Football League, by the Chicago-based indie studio Digital Dreams, and the creator of the 1993 Sega Genesis classic Mutant League Football, will launch Jan. 19 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game launched on Windows PC last Halloween (appropriately enough), but the console release fulfills Michael Mendheim’s promise to restore the zany, blood-and-guts, body-parts-flying brand of football he pioneered a quarter century ago, to the living room couch, where it always belonged.

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