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Kickstarter suspends accused Airbnb squatter's game project

One of two Kickstarter projects created by accused Airbnb squatter Maksym Pashanin has been canceled by Kickstarter.The Kickstarter for Knuckle Club, a game being developed by Pashanin's studio Kilobite Inc, was canceled about 1 p.m. ET today. It had 85 backers who had pledged $921 out of a requested $25,000. There was 14 days left in the Kickstarter. The money pledged to that Kickstarter will not be given to the project creators. The Kickstarter for Pashanin's other project, Confederate Express, remains active. That fully-funded project, which brought in nearly $40,000 from 2,386 people has not been canceled. Once funded, the money for a Kickstarter project is already in the hands of the creator. Kickstarter officials declined to comment on either project. Pashanin drew national...

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If you watch one 16-minute a cappella history of video games, make it this one

YouTube users Triforce Films created an exhaustive 16-minute history of video game music, beginning with Pac-Man in 1980 and ending with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune in 2007. A cappella isn't for everyone, or at least I believed as much until Pitch Perfect became one of the great sick day movies of all time, with its lovable characters and sugar-sweet soundtrack. Oh, and its countless GIFable moments. Like Pitch Perfect, there's something both charming and impressive about this level of aca-skill. All of the songs are enjoyable, though I have a fondness for the Sonic theme. Here are the time codes, according to the video's description: Game Index and TimeCodes:1. Pac Man 1980 - 00:432. Super Mario Bros 1985 - 00:583. Legend of Zelda 1986 - 01:384. Dragon Warrior 1986 - 02:265. Tetris...
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Killer Instinct's first season is coming to retail with a TJ Combo combo

The first season of Killer Instinct for Xbox One is coming to retail this September, Microsoft announced today. The physical release of the fighting game reboot will include eight fighters from the first season and one — TJ Combo — from its second. For $19.99, buyers of the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack get Glacius, Thunder, Orchid, Jago, Sabrewulf, Sadira, Spinal and Fulgore. That's the same price as the digital Combo Breaker Pack sold at the game's launch. To sweeten the deal, buyers of the physical release will get a code for TJ Combo, the boxer coming in season two of Killer Instinct. The only other fighter confirmed so far for the game's second season is Killer Insinct 2's Maya. The Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack will be released for Xbox One on Sept. 23.
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Watch The Sims 4's emotional new trailer

Sims will be more emotional than ever in The Sims 4, the latest entry in the long-running life simulation franchise, as demonstrated in a new trailer. The Sims 4 introduces a new emotion-based mechanic for people to play with. Sims will jump from happy to drink-throwing angry, tense, playful, embarrassed, focused or even dazed — and just because one sim is feeling flirty doesn't mean it won't make another uncomfortable. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game's emotion-based gameplay. The Sims 4 will be available for Mac and Windows PC Sept. 2. For more on the game's new emotions and personality system, check out our hands-on impressions from E3 2014.
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Destiny doesn't end when its story does, and Bungie thinks you'll keep coming back

Destiny is designed to keep players coming back after its story concludes, developer Bungie's Luke Smith told IGN. The first part of the multiplayer first-person shooter will usher players and their character through a narrative, but the developer has a plan to keep players on our solar system's battlefields. "I think Destiny's endgame begins as soon as you see the way the story ends," Smith said. "As soon as you see the way we wrap up the sort of first piece of the adventure that we're going to tell … we want to set you back out into the world to keep going. We want to try to align your motivations as the player with the motivations of the character who you've been pushing around this world. So for us I think a bunch of the endgame starts right at level 20." Must Read D...
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The Long Dark is a quieter take on DayZ, and it's still terrifying

The Long Dark will make you shout with joy over finding an unopened bag of beef jerky.It's an open-world survivor game in the ilk of Rust or DayZ, but with a much quieter tone and much simpler scope. In its early alpha build, you're not a wasteland survivor, building fortresses to protect yourself from oncoming waves of enemy marauders — you're just a person, vulnerable to real person stuff like cold exposure, starvation, dehydration, third-degree burns, compound fractures and so, so much more. For a glimpse at The Long Dark's fatal possibilities and occasionally beautiful vistas, check out the Overview video posted above.
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Surprising things are hidden in the latest version of the Oculus Rift

iFixit has spent some quality time tearing doing the Oculus Rift development kit 2, and they've found some surprising things inside. The headset is covered in 40 infrared lights, which can be picked up by any camera that shows infrared. The header image of this article shows what the webcams sees to support positional tracking, the ability to move your head towards or away from objects in virtual reality. It's pretty neat stuff, and completely invisible when seen with your eyes. The older Crystal Cove Oculus prototype used white dots on the headset; using infrared lights hidden behind the plastic makes the unit look much cleaner. It also keeps the tracking data safe; with no paint or stickers to peel you can't hurt the unit by handling it. The real trick though is the screen: iFixit...
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PlayStation Now rentals cost $2.99 for four hours play, but everything could be changing

The PlayStation Now public beta for the PlayStation 4 kicks off on July 31, but the prices you'll see in the store are absolutely not locked in stone.They're one of the many things that Sony hopes to experiment with during the beta as it feels out what people are looking for and how much they'll pay for it, said Jack Buser, senior director of PlayStation Now. "We are going to be going into open beta on PS4 specifically for the rental aspect of the service," he said. "These are the early days, so we're always listening to feedback. Over time, new content and a lot of other changes will be based on feedback and usage we'll see in the beta." Already, the closed beta for the Gaikai-based video game streaming service has helped shape some of the service and what people will see when it's...
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Watch 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' a second time in Xbox One's new Syfy app

Xbox One owners can now experience the pop-culture phenomenon that is the Sharknado series in the Syfy Now app that is now available on the console, Syfy and parent company NBCUniversal announced today. Subscribers of supported cable providers (a full list is available on the network's website) can log in to Syfy Now to watch full episodes of most Syfy shows, such as Defiance and The Wil Wheaton Project, the day after they air. Full seasons of some shows are available as well. The app also offers a selection of movies — including, for a limited time, the 2013 B-movie Sharknado and its sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, which debuted on Syfy last night. NBCUniversal also released its USA Now app on Xbox One today. Similarly to Syfy Now, the app features a mix of full seasons and...
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Here's how to make Uruks cry in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The latest trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delves deeper into the powers of Celebrimbor, the ghostly Wraith accompanying Talion on his quest for vengeance against the Dark Lord Sauron. Talion's already pretty effective in combat because of his Ranger training, but the added mind-control powers of the Wraith make him all that more dangerous. Through Celebrimbor, Talion's skills are augmented, and with his new powers he can dominate and intimidate the Uruks of Sauron's Army. In this way, Talion (and Celebrimbor) can infiltrate the Dark Lord's forces as they slowly turn his own followers against him. Last week, developer Monolith Productions revealed the identity of Talion's Wraith companion as Celebrimbor, the forger of the Rings of Power and a personal enemy from Sauron's...
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Sharknado: The Video Game lays waste to Manhattan, iOS, common sense

In our latest attempt to truly confound the aliens that are monitoring our planet, last night the people of America made some popcorn, snuggled up with their loved ones and delighted as tornados filled with sharks destroyed its most highly-populated city. Also, Biz Markie stabbed a shark. Last night's premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One left not only watery, sharkey rubble in its wake, but also an endless runner that's now available on iOS. The game, developed by Other Ocean of Dark Void Zero fame, features: Hitting sharks with a baseball bat Riding a shark in a tornado while killing other sharks with a chainsaw A dull, gnawing sense that human existence was supposed to amount to something more than this Microtransaction chum It is available now for $3.
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Vin Diesel is the Muzzy of our generation

Guardians of the Galaxy opens tomorrow, and Marvel feels confident enough in the film, which stars a talking tree and a raccoon with machine guns, that a sequel already has a release date. For now though, let's enjoy this video of "Groot" voice-actor Vin Diesel reciting the character's signature line in multiple languages. "It's the first time I ever did a movie in multiple languages," Diesel told Jimmy Fallon during an interview on the subject. Going back into a recording story to re-record dialog, in case it wasn't captured properly on set or to change things for different markets, is called "looping." In many cases soundalikes are brought in to save the cost of having to pay someone like George Clooney to spend a day or two saying a few lines. In this case the character only...
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Number of eSports tournaments in North America set to boom this year

The number of eSports tournaments held in North America jumped from 8,809 in 2011 to a projected 47,500 in 2014, according to Vancouver-based eSports platform Battlefy. Using publicly-available data, in-house developed algorithms and data from tournament organizers, Battlefy today released figures showing the growth in eSports tournaments, as well as the top 10 games played in tournaments since 2013. Riot Games' League of Legends topped the list with 7,565 tournaments held in 2013. This was followed by Valve's Dota 2 with 5,012 tournaments, the FIFA series with 4,919 tournaments and the Pokémon franchise with 3,606 tournaments. The complete list can be view below. Game (number of tournaments held in 2013)                League of Legends (7,565)                Dota 2 (5,012)        ...
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Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct coming Aug. 4

Nintendo will host a special Nintendo Direct video presentation focused on upcoming hack-and-slash game Hyrule Warriors, according to a tweet from its official account. The presentation will be broadcast through Nintendo's website on Monday, Aug. 4 at 11 p.m. ET and will feature new details on the Wii U title, which will launch in Japan on Aug. 14, Europe on Sept. 19 and in North America on Sept. 26. Hyrule Warriors, developed in collaboration with Tecmo Koei and created in the vein of the Dynasty Warriors games, features characters heralding from across The Legend of Zelda franchise duking it out and crunching through mobs of enemies. The current roster includes Link, Princess Zelda, Impa, new character Lana, Midna and Agitha from Twilight Princess, Fi from Skyward Sword, and...
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The Sun Also Rises is the prettiest game about war

Developer Horse Volume has just released the first teaser from its upcoming The Sun also Rises, which is about the war in Iraq, and not about depressed lost generation types drinking their days away in Spain. The trailer has a colorful, stylized look and hints at the game's vignette structure, based as it is on real-life accounts of U.S. military personnel. This appears to be part of an encouraging trend — games about war that are more introspective and thoughtful in tone. This year alone, we've seen the release of Valiant Hearts and seen the announcement of This War of Mine, Sunset and now, The Sun Also Rises. The game will be released on PC, Mac and OUYA, though no release date has been announced. There are also plans for a Kickstarter campaign for the game, though those details...
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This leading U.K. publisher is fighting to continue on after HQ closure

Publishing label Mastertronic, one of the most established publishing labels in the U.K., is closing its headquarters in Cambridgeshire, England, company head Andy Payne confirmed in a recent post on Develop. Mastertronic, best known for publishing PC and console games including indie titles 10 Second Ninja and Richard & Alice, will also see a reduction of 40 percent of staff as the company leaves the physical games market. The company previously reached out to creditors earlier this year in an effort to receive support; however, one credit has since sued the publisher over repayment for a loan made in 2013. "To be taken to the brink of being wound up and then suddenly told we were being granted more time, stinks of brinkmanship and it has not impressed me or my remaining team all of...
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Capcom had no major releases this quarter but it's still not sinking, according to financial results

Capcom's latest results for the Q1 2015 financial year reveals an increase in operating income in the face of a quarter with no major releases. The company notes a drop in both sales and net income, which is offset by a rise in operating income based on repeat sales. Sales for this quarter were down 7.8 billion yen to 9.6 billion yen compared to the same period last year. Likewise, net income saw a drop of 63 million yen to 765 million yen. Operating income rose from 1.27 billion yen from last year's 723 million. "Although sales declined due to a lack of major titles, operating income increased on highly profitable repeat sales and cost reductions in each business segment," Capcom explained. Despite the quiet period, Capcom expects a significant boost later this year with the...
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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 in Q1 2014, Sony financials reveal

Sony's latest financial report reveals PlayStation consoles outsold Xbox systems three to one in Q1 2014. The company does not confirm how many PS3 and PS4 consoles were sold separately, stating only that combined sales totalled 3.5 million units in the first quarter of this year. Comparatively, last year the company saw sales of 1.1 million in the same pariod. Microsoft's financial report for this first quarter was announced last week, revealing total combined shipping figures for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sit at 1.1 million, meaning during the first three months of the financial year PlayStation outsold Xbox 3:1. Sony has also confirmed ¥257.5 billion (or roughly $2.5 billion) generated in sales from Sony's Games & Network Services division, which is attributed to the launch of the...
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