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Keep your pants up with these GoldenEye proximity mines

Fans of the classic Nintendo 64 first-person shooter GoldenEye 007 may be able to adorn their midsection with a proximity mine belt buckle. The fashion statement appears on If Industries' blog, and you can see the blinking replica in the image above. The company also maintains an Etsy store, where you can pick up an arcade belt buckle, which lights up but presumably does not accept quarters. As of this writing, the GoldenEye 007 proximity mine is not listed for sale, though we've contacted the company to see if there are plans to begin production. For more on GoldenEye 007, be sure to check out James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, take on Jimmy Fallon recently in developer Rare's N64 game.

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What do these major changes to Twitch mean for eSports?

Why should eSports fans care about the recent changes to Twitch? Because last month saw some of the most telling examples of a push for eSports streaming to be taken seriously as a business, Electronic Sports League managing director Ralf Reichert tells Polygon. But these macro-level changes probably won't be visible at an individual level just yet, says Team Liquid director of operations Matt Webers who maintains most noticeable repercussions will be to events and not individual users. The knock-on effect for the future of eSports "I've seen very few people on the eSports side care one way or another, it's just sort of something to keep in mind. Seems like everyone I hear freaking out are either in the speedrunning community or fans who have a personal stream they cherish, which is...
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Honey, Madden shrunk the linebacker in its greatest glitch of all time

The notorious, hilarious and every other -ious "Tiny Titan" glitch discovered in Madden NFL 15 appears to have been fixed. But you can still remember the good times with all the videos, Vines and pics that went around yesterday. Even if you don't know football, you know that having a 1-foot-2 linebacker running around, high-fiving teammates, and literally grabbing a runner's ankle and holding on for dear life is straight-up funny. It appears to have been caused by, of all things, a typographical error. Christian Kirksey is the victim here; the linebacker for the Cleveland Browns is 6-2 in real life, but was 1-foot-2 on the Tennessee Titans roster in the "Pre-season Rookie All-Stars" weekly challenge currently being offered in Madden Ultimate Team. I checked this morning and he's...
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Madden 15's outspoken cover star loses with grace in his very first game

On the same day he was named to the cover of Madden NFL 15 — the Wheaties box of the 21st Century — Richard Sherman sat down in an interview room in Los Angeles and was asked, by EA Sports, to star in his own humiliation in the game. Mike Young, the creative director who came up with this idea, wasn't sure how it was going to go with the Seattle Seahawks' outspoken defensive back. Young had flown out to Los Angeles on the day ESPN would announce the winner of this fan-voted contest. When he landed, Young didn't know if Sherman would win the fans' vote, or if it would go to Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback who also plays a starring role in the game's unique beginning. Newton, at least, is set up to win in the interactive opening Young had concocted for Madden NFL 15, which...
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Payday 2's upcoming add-on pack is an homage to Battlefield

Battlefield seems to be going a little Payday with it's next installment, Hardline, so it's only fair that Payday 2 would go a little Battlefield in its latest bit of DLC. The Gage Assault Pack is a collection of four weapons, 28 mods, four melee weapons, four masks, four materials, four patterns and 10 achievements, all for $4.99. The pack, due out Thursday, is detailed on a website that cranks some very familiar sounding music and is loaded with a lot of Battlefield aesthetic — think orange and blues. On the official Steam page for the game, developers at Overkill Software acknowledge the Battlefield theme: "Yes, this is us at Overkill tipping our hats to a fellow Swedish game developer. :)" According to fictional arms-dealer, Gage, the pack is for when go south and you...
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Is Telltale teasing the setting for its new 'Game of Thrones' series?

Telltale Games, the studio behind The Walking Dead adventure game series, has posted a new image that appears to offer details about its upcoming Game of Thrones game franchise. The company's Twitter account features a non-spoiler quote taken from the latest Song of Ice and Fire novel, A Dance with Dragons, which mentions one specific family name. "...Trackers and hunters sworn to Deepwood with clan names such as Forrester and Woods, Branch and Bole," the excerpt reads. "Game of Thrones, a Telltale Games series #IronFromIce." House Forrester refers to a minor clan that is mentioned in the fantasy novel series but has yet to make an appearance in HBO's TV series. In the George R.R. Martin canon, the Forrester family is sworn to House Glover of Deepwood Motte, an area in the North...
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Dragon Quest 7 3DS remake may not be worth the cost for Square to translate

A 3DS remake of Dragon Quest 7 arrived in Japan in February of 2013. Fans in other regions have been waiting for news of a translation since then, but it sounds like publisher Square Enix is going to leave players waiting for the foreseeable future.Speaking to Siliconera at the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend, Square Enix mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto explained the problems with trying to bring the new version of Dragon Quest 7 over to English-speaking countries: "In terms of [Dragon Quest 7], it has a lot of text to go through and translate, and we've received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text." Dragon Quest 7 originally released on the PlayStation...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a mature, 'true remaster' of the original game

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will explore a more mature direction for the franchise and is Square Enix's effort to create "something for adults," producer Hajime Tabata told Polygon at PAX Prime 2014. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a remake for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One of the PSP game released in Japan in 2011; the game follows a student squad as they take part in an intercontinental war. Unlike previous Final Fantasy games, which are typically turn-based, Type-0's battles take place in real-time. They're more brutal, too, and make an effort to show the physical consequences of conflict. "We've really tried to focus on the true nature of battle — what a realistic type of magic vs. weaponry type of battle might unfold like," Tabata said. "If you're hit by fire, you burn. If you're cut, you...
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Saints Row developer: 'Sarkeesian is right'

Since the latest episode of feminist gaming series Tropes vs. Women was released a couple of weeks ago, gaming sites and forums have hosted a wide array of opinions, both defending and decrying the video. But what do you do if you're the developer of one of the games called out in this episode?In the case of Volition creative director Steve Jaros, the answer is simple: owning up to what he calls "a problem in the game industry." Speaking to The Escapist, Jaros said, "I actually think [Tropes vs. Women creator Anita Sarkeesian's] right in this case." He went on to say that he believes the Saints Row series developer has improved in its treatment of women over years but said they still have room to grow. Must Read Agent of mayhem: the life and near death of Saints Row's Volition ...
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League of Legends World Championship poised to sell out 45K seat stadium

The League of Legends 2014 World Championship is likely to sell out Sangam Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, according to Riot Games' EVP of eSports, Dustin Beck. Speaking to Polygon, Beck said the venue has a capacity for more than 65,000 people and, after Riot implements its stage designs, the stadium should be able to cater to 45,000. "We do expect to sell out," he said. "Our early ticket sales have all sold out. We're trying to create more capacity and flexibility, but so far so good." The 2013 World Championship sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles last year, which has the capacity to hold a bit more than 12,000 people. Last year's finals drew more than 32 million viewers online, with a peak of more than 8.5 million concurrent viewers. Beck told Polygon that Riot Games...
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State of Decay dev's latest project is like the online Pokémon game you've always wanted

With Moonrise, a new free-to-play online mobile multiplayer game, State of Decay developer Undead Labs is looking to fill a void in the gaming space.Specifically, one inspired by a mix of popular franchises such as Pokémon and Magic the Gathering, game designer Richard Foge told Polygon at PAX Prime. "One of the things that led to [Moonrise] existing — our founder has a thing that we go through when we're pitching new game ideas," Foge said. "He calls it the obviousness test: 'Is this a thing that people want?' "And everybody wants a Pokémon MMO. It certainly was a source of the inspiration, but this is not a Pokémon clone." Moonrise, announced earlier this month, is a role-playing game in which players catch and battle creatures. It's a concept immediately familiar to anyone who's...
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VR school girls? When a Pokemon fighting game isn't the weirdest project from Bandai Namco

Tekken game director Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia pre-TGS press conference earlier today to show off a new project being developed by "Tekken Team" and ... it's probably not what you're expecting. It turns out that curious Pokémon fighting game isn't the only unusual project Harada and team are working on. Summer Lesson is being built for Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality platform and — instead of a fighting game, per the team's pedigree — it's focused on "communication." You'll be communicating with a young Japanese schoolgirl in her room, using the VR headset to look around. It's not entirely clear what sort of interactivity will be available in the demo, which will be available at Tokyo Game Show later this month, but the...
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Here's the first trailer for the new Resident Evil 1 remake

Capcom has released the first trailer for its upcoming remake of the original Resident Evil, unveiled early last month. The remake shares the same "early 2015" release window as the just-announced Resident Evil Revelations 2, and the same platform lineup of Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game," producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi said in a video released last month. "And are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo." You can see the project looks so far in the video above, or watch the entire presentation from last month below.
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Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura coming to PS4

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia unveiled a slew of new games — and some not so new games — coming to PlayStation 4, including Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force 4.1 and a new Ys title. Disgaea 5 is coming to PS4 sometime in 2015. Earth Defense Force 4.1 appears to be an update to the most recent Sandlot-developed bug-slaying shooter. Also announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference was a new PS4 game from Bandai Namco based on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and a new game in the Senran Kagura series, subtitled Estival Versus, which is coming to PS4 and PS Vita. Tecmo Koei also re-confirmed that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, a new version of its 3D fighting game, was coming to PS4.
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Themes are coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Sony will bring themes to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in future firmware updates, the company announced at its Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. The ability to customize your PS4 and Vita will introduce game-themed wallpapers and icons for each platform. In the example shown for PS4, PlayStation mascots Toro and Kuro (above) were shown in animated form playing in a house — with nods to LocoRoco — alongside a user interface that featured theme-specific icons. On Vita, a theme for Danganropa series spin-off Zettai Zetsubo Shojo: Danganronpa Another Episode was displayed with custom wallpaper and icons.
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Dragon Quest Heroes brings the series back to PlayStation in Dynasty Warriors style

A new Dragon Quest game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3: Dragon Quest Heroes, a hack and slash, Dynasty Warriors-style action role-playing game from Square Enix, Tecmo Koei and Omega Force. Yuji Horii from Square Enix and Kou Shibusawa from Tecmo Koei unveiled the new Dragon Quest spin-off at today's Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference alongside a trailer that showcased gameplay and pre-rendered cinematics. A group of heroes was shown dispatching scores of classic Dragon Quest enemies, like slimes, cyclopses, dragons, skeletons, wizards, golems and more. Dragon Quest Heroes will be out sometime in 2015. Sony will release a special edition version of the PS4 to commemorate the launch of Dragon Quest Heroes. Dubbed the Metal Slime edition, the silver...
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Persona 5 coming to PS3 and PS4 in 2015

The next game in the Persona series has been pushed to 2015, Atlus announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's press conference today. The game, Persona 5, is now slated to come to PlayStation 3 as well as PlayStation 4 next year. Persona 5 was announced as a PS3 title last year and slated for a "winter 2014" release. Developer Atlus showed an animated teaser today, but no gameplay, and confirmed that the role-playing game was PS4-bound next year. Here's the game's latest Japanese-language teaser.
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Resident Evil Revelations 2 coming 'early 2015'

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 — and other platforms — in early 2015, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata announced at a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. Revelations 2 is being developed by the core staff members of the previous entry, which hit Nintendo 3DS and previous generation consoles, but will be set in a new period and a new setting, Kawata said. The game's protagonists will not be Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, Kawata noted, but no other game specifics were announced. The game was announced alongside a live action teaser with the tagline "Evil is watching," but no gameplay footage was shown. Kawata said Capcom will reveal new information about Resident Evil Revelations 2 next week, and a playable demo will be available at...
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Bloodborne comes to PS4 on Feb. 5

From Software's dark action-role-playing game Bloodborne will be released for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 5, 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced today. The Japanese release of Bloodborne will come with a special art book for those who pre-order the game. A worldwide release date for Bloodborne was not announced, but Sony has said the game will come to PS4 in early 2015.
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