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EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...
 

New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

As release draws near, the information ramps up.

Square Enix once again decided to share a bunch of fresh information about their upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers. This fresh batch of information includes a new gameplay video along with a little look at some of the post-launch plans that are in the works for the expansion.

The new gameplay video can be seen below. This video features clips from a recent dungeon walkthrough video from the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE #52" that happened recently. This video shows off a variety of...
 

Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

Play the first three Mana titles right now on Switch.

Those with a Nintendo Switch can pick up Collection of Mana for $39.99 (USD) right now from the Nintendo eShop. A physical release of this pack of games will be out starting August 27 and can be pre-purchased from various retailers and the Square Enix Store.

Collection of Mana includes the first three titles in the Mana series. It all starts with Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. This is the first time that Trials of Mana has been released in the West, and it is not the same as the Trials...
 

Chivalry 2 Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive

Another Tripwire published title revealed as an EGS timed-exclusive.

The Chivalry series is making a comeback at what could be a very interesting time. Despite fierce competition from Mordhau, Torn Banner Studios announced that they are working on Chivalry 2. It will once again be a multiplayer first-person "slasher" set in medieval battlefields. The game, published by Tripwire Interactive, is targeting a 2020 release on the Epic Games Store.

The publisher confirms that, just like their previously announced title Maneater, Chivalry 2 will be a one-year timed...
 

Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

Game of Souls.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director for some of FromSoftware's most notable releases and best-selling fantasy writer, George R.R. Martin, are teaming up for a brand new action-RPG title from FromSoftware. Martin may be better known as the author behind the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the basis for most of the entire Game of Thrones TV series. Miyazaki is best known for creating the various Souls titles, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro.

Their joint venture is called Elden Ring, an "epic fantasy title" that...
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  • PlayStation 4 to Receive Launch Day 300MB Software Update

    PlayStation 4 to Receive Launch Day 300MB Software Update

    Sony announced that a 300MB system update will be released on the day of the PlayStation 4 launch that will add in a bunch of essential and basic functionality to the console. The 1.5 update includes such missing features as remote play, recording of game footage, and much more.
    Remote Play
    Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link (Depending on network environment or titles, remote play performance may vary outside of the home). We anticipate that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play. The latest PS Vita system software version, to be released soon, will be required to use PS4 Link.

    Second Screen Users
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  • Minecraft 1.7.2 Update Includes New Biomes and Much More

    Minecraft 1.7.2 Update Includes New Biomes and Much More

    Today, Minecraft was updated to version 1.7.2. The update is being called "the update that changed the world" and introduces plenty of new biomes, stained glass, new wood types, new flowers, new fish, and tons more. The full changelog is below.

    Changelog for Minecraft v1.7.2 (includes 1.7 & 1.7.1) for October 25, 2013

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  • NBA 2K14 for the PlayStation 4 Has New Screenshots

    NBA 2K14 for the PlayStation 4 Has New Screenshots

    Check out these HD screenshots for the PS4 version of NBA 2K14 that were released today from 2K. They show off OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant, LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant, and Miami Heat's Ray Allen. They also show off some of the new MyCAREER and MyGM game modes.



    While these shots are from the PS4 version, the game will be available for both the PS4 and Xbone as launch day titles....
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  • Rockstar Reveals Upcoming GTA Online Content Updates

    Rockstar Reveals Upcoming GTA Online Content Updates

    The Rockstar Newswire was updated today with a few new details on when the Grand Theft Auto Online stimulus package will start to roll out to gamers and some new information on the Beach Bum pack and the content creator.
    [indent] THE GTA$ STIMULUS PACKAGE We know many of you are anxiously waiting for us to show you the GTA$ Stimulus Package money we announced a couple weeks back. As mentioned in that post, we of course want to ensure that game progress loss issues are sufficiently sorted before distributing the GTA$ to everyone. We have a few more tweaks and fixes to make in a new title update that will hit sometime next week and then we will distribute the cash....
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  • Ouya 2.0 Console Coming in 2014 for Some Reason

    Ouya 2.0 Console Coming in 2014 for Some Reason

    Less than a year after the first Ouya released to the public comes word that the Ouya 2.0 will be coming at some point in 2014. Ouya founder, Julie Uhrman, made the exciting announcement to their eager fans.
    "Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven't finalized the date of that. We're still determining what exactly we want that to be. "The software is constantly iterating because we want to make it constantly better. We don't want to wait six months and then go boom here are all these new features and functionality For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what typ
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  • The First Witcher Titles Surpasses 6 Million Units Sold

    The First Witcher Titles Surpasses 6 Million Units Sold

    In its sixth year of being released comes the six-millionth sale for The Witcher. The CD Projekt RED developed title has just sold over 6 million units. To mark the occasion, the developers have offered their thanks to the fans and have also released a sweet infographic.

    The infographic below shows how The Witcher series has evolved over the years, including a sneak peak at just how large The Witcher 3 is going to be.


    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is slated for release in 2014 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4....
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  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Arrives November 12

    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Arrives November 12

    2K and Irrational Games announced a November 12 release date for the first episode of the Burial at Sea DLC coming to BioShock Infinite.
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  • Xbox One's "Invitation" Trailer is Inviting You to Watch It

    Xbox One's "Invitation" Trailer is Inviting You to Watch It

    I make the best headlines.

    This is an invitation to a new generation. Where your games and entertainment are no longer separated, but together in one. This is an invitation from the all-in-one, Xbox One. Jump ahead.

    That trailer was pretty awesome! Good stuff so far from both sides of the coin. Want more on the Xbox One? Check out photos, a few videos, and some short blurbs about the console....
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  • Candy Box 2 Released

    Candy Box 2 Released

    Remember the first Candy Box? Yeah? Remember how much time it consumed from your life? Yeah? Good news! Candy Box 2 was released today!


    Who needs cookies when there is candy to collect? To get you started on your adventure, let the candies start to add up and then request a new feature from the developer. Good luck!...
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  • Official Call of Duty: Ghosts Minimum System Requirements Surpass Crysis 3's Requirements

    These better include the highest resolution textures I will see in any game ever released to date, that's all I'm saying. Here are the minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PC.
    • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit
    • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 40 GB
    • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 / ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • DirectX: DirectX 11
    • Internet: Broadband Internet connection for Steam and Online Multiplayer.
    No seriously, this better be the best looking game I've e...
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  • Randy Pitchford Paid $25,000 for Penn Jillette's Ponytail

    Randy Pitchford Paid $25,000 for Penn Jillette's Ponytail

    Yes, Randy Pitchford from Gearbox has paid $25,000 for the pleasure of owning Penn Jillette's ponytail. Alright, so there's a bit more to it than that, but the rest doesn't make for an interesting headline.

    Pitchford actually paid $25,000 to help crowdfund Penn Jillette's horror movie. His contribution qualifies him for an Executive Producer credit on the film and the "Big Spending Whales Get Our Ponytails" reward tier on the crowdfunding page.
    "A lot of guys in my seat spend the money they make on Italian sports cars or big houses, and I think that's great if that drives the will to make things happen, but I seem to want to keep
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