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Watch Sony's Shuhei Yoshida and Mark Cerny talk all things personal and PlayStation

Earlier this month, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida and game designer and PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny had a public conversation about all things personal and PlayStation. The chat, which runs more than 80 minutes, touched on Yoshida's background and history with Sony Computer Entertainment. A replay of Yoshida and Cerny's conversation, which took place at the Computer History Museum on April 8 in Mountain View, Calif., is now available to watch on YouTube. Discussion topics range from Yoshida's education to his customer service role on Twitter to exactly what the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios does day-to-day. The talk is packed with PlayStation history, told from an insider's point of view. For more on...

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Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male

Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive reaction to the project. This backlash, along with a number of other recent high-profile harassment incidents targeting women, has highlighted sexism in the gaming community and brought the issue to wider public and media attention. One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as...
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The modder who fixed Dark Souls' PC graphics releases Dark Souls 2 mod

Peter Thoman, the modder better known as "Durante" and for his mod that vastly improved the visual quality of the original Dark Souls' PC port, released a new graphics mod today — this time for From Software's sequel, Dark Souls 2. The release, which is currently in an initial public alpha state, Thoman warns, brings with a host of graphics enhancements: texture modding, ambient occlusion, anti-aliasing and depth of field and post-processing effects. And while the tool is timed with the release of Dark Souls 2, which Thoman recently scrutinized from a graphics standpoint, the mod is being designed to work with a number of games. Thoman calls his mod GeDoSaTo, or the Generic Downsampling Tool. He explains on his personal blog that after developing graphics fixes for Dark Souls and D...
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Moebius: Empire Rising review: remedial history

Moebius: Empire Rising was difficult for me to get through. It's not difficult in the traditional sense — any determined player with an eye for adventure game logic will be able to complete it. No, I found it hard to get through because of its unlikable lead character, dopey writing, uneven puzzle design and omnipresent sexism. There were times during my playthrough where I caught glimpses of what writer/producer/designer Jane Jensen (famous for her work on the Gabriel Knight series) was going for — but Moebius utterly failed to recreate the charm of a 1990s-era adventure game. Moebius stars Malachi Rector, a genius art appraiser with a cold, misanthropic demeanor courtesy of a difficult past. Throughout the game, Malachi traveled the world, appraised rare artifacts, solved...
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A coming compendium to the world's most fascinating and completely fictional history

"There's no good reason why one of the greatest stories in the history of video gaming should be left untold," former Penny Arcade Report writer-turned-author Andrew Groen tells Polygon.Over the past year, Groen has been working on a book that compiles the history of war in the Eve Online universe. The result is A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online, which Groen is taking to Kickstarter in an attempt to meet a funding goal of $12,500 and see the book finished, printed and distributed. "Eve is one of the first truly inhabited virtual worlds that mankind has ever created," says Groen. "I think that in the future as virtual worlds become more intricate and common, people may want to know what life was like in one of them years ago. Even if you're not personally interested in Eve...
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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition saves will transfer to Xbox One version

Save data for the Xbox 360 edition of Mojang's Minecraft will transfer to the forthcoming Xbox One version of the game, Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed today. "After months of teaming up with Mojang, we can confirm that Minecraft [Xbox 360] Edition will save transfer to Xbox One Edition," Spencer said on Twitter, promising "more news soon" about the console-to-console transfer. Minecraft for Xbox One was announced at last year's E3 and is expected to be released this year. Discussion about Xbox 360 to Xbox One save transfers has been going on since last summer. Mojang has similar plans to support transfer of Minecraft saves from the PlayStation 3 version to the PlayStation 4 version. Microsoft announced earlier this month that the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft has s...
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Injustice: Gods Among Us gets multiplayer mode on iOS today, Android in May

NetherRealm Studios is updating the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us, the DC Universe fighting game, with a multiplayer mode starting today, the company announced after yesterday's teaser. The mode isn't direct head-to-head combat. Instead, it extends the game's existing three-on-three fights to two people. Players set up their unit of heroes and villains, and then pit their squad against the AI of a team another player has put together. Battles provide players with Multiplayer Points, which determine one's place on the game's leaderboard. At the end of each week, players receive tiered rewards based on their leaderboard rank. Those rewards include gear that can be used to upgrade characters' statistics and performance. In addition, players will be able to watch replays of...
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The entire country of Denmark has been recreated in Minecraft

Denmark has been totally recreated in sandbox game Minecraft, making it the first country able to be explored in the game "in the ratio 1:1," the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reports. The map is the work of Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency, who reportedly pulled public data about roads, buildings, elevation models and more. Dynamite has been disabled on the map to prevent serious modifications. "This means that all of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside the Minecraft," the mod's description (translated with Google) reads, "thus you can freely move around in Denmark, find your own residential area, to build and tear down as you can in whichever any other Minecraft world." You can view the Minecraft version of...
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Why a deal between Netflix and Comcast matters to gamers

When U.S. cable giant Comcast recently announced a deal with Netflix, in which the video-streaming service would receive a direct connection to the cable company in exchange for an undisclosed fee, it had the tech industry worried.Netflix's performance had been suffering on Comcast's network while its performance on other internet service providers saw little degradation, a fact it made known publicly. Comcast denied it was stifling Netflix's traffic. While the cause of the poor performance was not revealed, the two companies reached an agreement where Netflix would pay Comcast a fee to directly interconnect with the cable company, vastly improving the quality of video streams for Comcast customers. The deal is a boon for Comcast subscribers, who will now experience better-quality...
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MLB Perfect Inning: Can a baseball sim work on a mobile device?

Sports are notoriously difficult to simulate in a video game. There's so much going on under the hood that it requires a lot of processing power, and so many different actions in the game that a typical control scheme uses most of the buttons and sticks on a standard console controller. Those factors make it seem like it would be near-impossible to do a simulation baseball title on a mobile device, but one publisher is giving it a shot this spring. Gamevil, which has offices in Seoul, South Korea, and the Los Angeles area, is working on MLB Perfect Inning, a baseball title aimed squarely at die-hard fans of the sport. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the league's digital-media division, makes its own mobile games — it released R.B.I. Baseball 14 this year and had two other titles...
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Ryse: Son of Rome Duel of Fates DLC adds three new maps

Crytek's third add-on pack for its action-adventure game Ryse: Son of Rome, Duel of Fates, adds three new maps today for Xbox One, according to a post on Xbox Wire. Those who pick up the pack can play two new arena maps, "Invictus" and "Barbarous," as well as survival map "Island." According to the post, each map is "loosely based" on historical events. "Invictus" is inspired by the Serville Wars, a series of slave revolts in the Roman Republic. "Barbarous," meanwhile, takes a cue from barbarian invasions said to have assisted in the fall of Rome. "In these maps, gladiators are tasked with seizing and holding special landmarks such as the God Tree, lighting wicker men on fire, defending Emperor Nero from harm, and avoiding numerous firetraps and arrow jets," the post reads. "New...
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now free on Android and iOS

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sega's kart racer filled with a cast of video game characters, is now free on Android and iOS, publisher Sega announced today. You can download the game at no charge now on Google Play and the iOS App Store. Those who previously purchased the game will receive a "VIP Pass" valued at $4.99, which includes four playable characters, including Sonic. Their version of the game will remain ad-free. Next Tuesday, April 29, Wreck-It Ralph and Metal Sonic will join the game as unlockable characters, and two new tracks, Galactic Parade and Outrun Bay, will arrive as unlockable content. Developers will also add two new modes, Boss Cup Challenge and World Tour, as mobile version exclusives. For more on Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, be sure to read...
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Experience the terror of drowning in this interactive video

Sortie En Mer: A Trip Out to Sea, an interactive video from French marine wear manufacturer Guy Cotten, aims to promote lifejacket use by turning an idyllic boating trip into deadly game of survival. The story begins on a sailboat where things take an unexpected turn. You experience Sortie En Mer entirely from the eyes of the unnamed protagonist. Soon, you're overboard, and uninterrupted scrolling with your mouse or trackpad or tapping the up arrow key is the only way you can stay on the water's surface. Stop swiping, and you start drowning. Keep swiping, and you'll survive, at least for a time, as your body and mind tire, deteriorate and hallucinate. You can visit the video's site to experience Sortie En Mer (which, though in French, contains some NSFW subtitles) for yourself.
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Dark Souls 2 review update: PC

There was reason to be concerned about the PC port of Dark Souls 2. When From Software brought the original Dark Souls over to PC in 2012, it was hamstrung, limited to the same framerate cap and resolution as the console versions and tied to Games for Windows Live for online play. It took a fan-made mod to eventually fix the former problems. Praise the sun, it seems like From Software has learned a lesson from that disappointment. The PC version of Dark Souls 2 may have taken a little more time to see the light of day, but it's a much more fully-featured port, with all the technical additions we've come to expect from the platform. Most notably, Dark Souls 2 on PC looks incredible. Between the higher resolution and the solid 60 frames-per-second that it runs at, I was shocked and...
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Watch Dogs inspires a clothing line with a 'near-future aesthetic' from Frank & Oak

Watch Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal's upcoming open-world game overflowing with futuristic technology, serves as the inspiration for the capsule collection, a 12-piece men's clothing line from Frank & Oak. Must Read Watch Dogs: Invasion_ According to the capsule collection's official site, the clothing line consists of "minimal menswear that blurs the lines between fashion, art, and technology." It includes four t-shirts ($32 each), canvas pants ($65), long-sleeved shirts, a henley and a hoodie ($42-$65), a duffle bag ($115), a hat ($35) and two collared shirts ($55 each). Watch Dogs is scheduled for a May 27 release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC with a Wii U version to follow. For more on the game, be sure to read our recent hands-on...
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Sony announces schedule for its PS4, Vita game Road to Greatness tour

Starting this month, Sony will bring its new and upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita titles on the road for its cross-country Road to Greatness game tour, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The road show kicks off tomorrow at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif. and will hit a new U.S. city every week until November. Titles featured on the tour include PS4 launch games like Knack, recently-released games like Infamous: Second Son and upcoming games including Destiny and The Order: 1866. Complete lists of titles to be showcased at each event are available on Sony's website. Confirmed stops include: Stagecoach Music Festival, April 25 - 27; Indio, Calif. Beale Street Music Festival, May 2 - 4; Memphis, Tenn. Nascar Sprint Cup Series, May 9 - 10; Kansas...
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Classroom games are likely to fail if teachers aren't on board

It's all well and good to develop games and technology to be used in the classroom, but if school teachers aren't on board, the games are likely to fail, according to a panel of developers and researchers speaking at the Games for Change Festival in New York. "Presuming we're talking about K-12 public schools, one novel piece of advice is perhaps engaging a teacher in the [development] process early on," said associate professor of digital media at the University of Wisconsin, Constance Steinkuehler. "Technology doesn't get taken up in many classrooms because it's a solution looking for a problem no one ever had. [We need to] make sure it's useful and it's a problem the teacher wants to solve, whether it's a conceptual understanding or making something faster or better." Managing...
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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn patch ups PvP rank cap, adds new content

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's 2.25 patch is now live and adds new content and a higher level cap for player-vs-player matches, Square Enix announced today. PvP players can now raise their rank from the previous level cap of 30 to 40. New weapons, armor and other gear is also now available to purchase, while some class requirements for gear have been changed. The patch also brings new items to dye, quests and unlocks the Material Transmutation system, which becomes available after the Marvelously Mutable Materia quest is completed. For the full list of changes, check out the patch notes. Final Fantasy 14 relaunched as A Realm Reborn last August. The game is now available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. For more on where the original game went wrong and how...
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