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Plex media streaming comes to PlayStation, but not to America ... yet

The video streaming application Plex has been made available on the Sony app store, and is compatible with the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. There are no plans to support PlayStation Vita or PlayStation TV. Plex allows users to maintain their own personal collection of video files on a home server and stream that video to multiple devices in their home. This includes iOS, Android, Macintosh and Windows PC platforms as well as devices like Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku and Vizio televisions. Users have been clamoring for a PlayStation option for some time, and starting today Plex is rolling their new application out worldwide. In a blog post published today Plex stated that it actually began work on the PlayStation app before the Xbox One app. Only now is it complete, and has been...
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Pac-Man themed restaurant coming to Chicago

Namco Entertainment will open a Pac-Man themed restaurant near Chicago's Woodfield Mall. In January, the 40,000 square foot facility, named Level 257 in reference to the famous final "killscreen" level in the original Pac-Man game, will open in a former warehouse space owned by Sears. The website for Level 257 cheekily reads "Noming soon... to Chicagoland early 2015." The site lists a Facebook as well as a Tumblr account and a mailing list. They are now hiring. Must Read Community service: the story of Chicago's Indie City Arcade Cabinet "Level 257 seeks to explore Pac-Man’s impact upon our society and pop culture," reads the Tumblr, "reminding us all of the importance of play in our lives, while facilitating our desire to relive those times when beating the next...
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Skip a trip to jail and punch this virtual Monet painting instead

Art can make us feel many things, from sadness or joy to unmistakable, unquestioning, gotta-punch-a-painting rage. While we don't condone that kind of action in the real world, there's a new game that can let you explore your art hating side guilt-free. Punch a Monet is the work of Tom Galle, Eiji Muroichi and Dries Depoorter. It was inspired by, yup, you guessed it — a guy who actually punched a painting by Claude Monet. In 2012, Andrew Shannon knocked a hole through "Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat." Although he claimed it was part of a fainting spell, Shannon was convicted earlier this month and received jail time for the damage. In Punch a Monet, the experience is much simpler. There are no guards, no shocked onlookers. It's just the painting and your fist of rage,...
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The Sims 4's latest patch brings you holiday cheer and much-needed time off

The holidays have come to The Sims 4 with special items and additional updates that add new careers and paid time off for your exhausted Sim, Electronic Arts announced via its website. New content is available with the game's latest patch. The Holiday Celebration Pack adds a wreath, snowman, wall decorations and special sweaters; it's available to download for free through Origin. Other additions include the Business and Athletic careers, which add new outfits, rewards and more. Working Sims can also now take PTO to relieve stress, or family leave to prepare for a new baby. The patch also resolves several bugs and performance issues, and adds access to additional cheat codes. A list of detailed changes and updates is available on EA's website. For more on The Sims 4, check out our...
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Report: Nintendo eyeing shape-shifting LCD screens from Sharp

Nintendo is looking to buy "free form" LCD screens from Sharp, the Japan Times reports. According to the publication's sources, Nintendo could use the technology to power the successor to the Nintendo 3DS handheld or a sleep mapping device. Nintendo unveiled the sleepy, health-focused product in October as part of its QOL or "quality of life" platform. As The Verge reported in June, Sharp's display technology rearranges circuitry throughout the display allowing for screens in shapes that break from the traditional rectangular shapes of smartphone and TVs. As you can see in the image above, Sharp's reveal focused on the ways car manufacturers could use the displays. Nintendo revealed a new Nintendo 3DS in August of this year that sports a second stick and shoulder buttons. For more on...
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2014 in review: Polygon's best feature stories

Over the past 12 months, Polygon sent writers around the world to put together stories on people in and around the video game industry. From a fight club in Sweden, to a boatyard in Tokyo, to a desert landfill in New Mexico, these trips spanned a wide gamut. So for the end of the year, we figured it was a good time to look back on some of the highlights, and resurface some of our favorite stories that you might have missed the first time around. I, School Shooter (January) "When news of the massacre at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., reached Danny Ledonne, he was sitting in his sophomore English class. By midday, about 40 minutes after the shooting began, his school was placed on high alert in fear of a copycat attack. 'No one really knew what was going on...
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Life is Strange's first episode arrives in late January, watch the debut trailer

The first episode of Life is Strange, the five-part adventure game from Remember Me developer Dontnod Entertainment, will be released Jan. 30, 2015, publisher Square Enix announced today. Life is Strange will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The episode will cost $4.99 by itself, and players who buy it will be able to pick up a season pass for the remaining four episodes for an additional $16.99. Those who want to get the entire package from the start can save $1.99 and purchase the complete season bundle, which will be sold on all platforms except Xbox 360, for $19.99. Dontnod expects to release the episodes about six weeks apart. The story of Life is Strange focuses on a teenage girl named Max Caulfield who lives in the fictional...
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Gran Turismo 6 now includes Infiniti's gorgeous new concept car

Gran Turismo 6 players can now download the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo, a beautiful new supercar for the PlayStation 3 driving simulator. After installing update 1.15, Gran Turismo 6 owners can purchase the car or receive it after completing a lap in the game's current Seasonal Event. Check out the video above and the gallery below for closer looks and the story behind the digital car's development. Infiniti created the car as part of Gran Turismo 6's Vision Gran Turismo initiative. "Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world's leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans," a post on the series' official website explains. "Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!" For more on the game, be...
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Lords of the Fallen's sequel is in development

Lords of the Fallen, the Dark Souls-inspired action role-playing game from developer Deck13 Interactive, is getting a sequel, executive producer Tomasz Gop told Eurogamer. "We're now working on vision and concepts for Lords 2," Gop said in an email. Gop was a senior producer at CD Projekt Red who led the development on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before he joined Deck13 in 2012. Yesterday, CI Games, which co-produced Lords of the Fallen with Deck13, announced that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is in development. In November, CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski told Polygon that the studio has two AAA games in development, though it's unclear whether the next Lords of the Fallen constitutes that second game. For more on Lords of the Fallen, which was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and...
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Dragon Age: Inquisition offers 'Destruction,' a free expansion

Dragon Age: Inquisition is offering two expansions, one free and another for $9.99, available now on all platforms. The free upgrade, Destruction, "adds new paths to existing destinations," BioWare says on Dragon Age's official site. "The conflicts raging throughout the world have upset the balance of nature. Wild creatures now roam the battlefield, introducing chaos as they attack both friend and foe." The premium upgrade essentially delivers the special in-game content given to those who ordered the "Inquisitor's Edition" deluxe online version. For $9.99, the Deluxe Upgrade offers two unique mounts, the "Flames of the Inquisition" weapons and armor and a digital soundtrack. The full details are at this link, along with several screenshots. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, see...
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Bandai Namco changes its name for the second time this year

Bandai Namco Holdings' board of directors made another name change official today: As of April 1, 2015, 20 company subsidiaries will be rebranded from Bandai Namco Games to Bandai Namco Entertainment. "With the advance of technology and diversification of user preferences, the Group has expanded into new products and service domains that extend beyond its previous game business domain," a press release (PDF link) announcing the change explains. You can see the subsidiaries affected in the image below. This is the second name change for the company this year. In February, the parent company rebranded from Namco Bandai Games to Bandai Namco Games. Bandai Namco's latest decision is not without precedent. In January 2007, on the same day that Apple revealed the original iPhone, the...
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Screwup means Assassin's Creed Unity's patch is the 40GB full game on Xbox One

The mishaps keep happening for Assassin's Creed Unity. The fourth major patch to fix a game deeply flawed at launch already weighed in at a chunky 6.7 gigabytes. But on Xbox One, a mistake means users will redownload the entire 40-gigabyte game. There's no timeframe for when this supersized download problem will be fixed, either. "Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch," Ubisoft wrote on the official Assassin's Creed site. "This is obviously not the expected behavior, and we apologize that many of you will have to wait longer than expected to complete this download. "We are working with Microsoft on a solution to reduce the total download to the intended size so that you can get back...
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Until Dawn's light gameplay, and trope-filled story feels a bit too light

Strip all but the most basic of action elements from a survival horror game and what you have left may look a lot like Until Dawn.Both times I've played through small sections of the horror game, it's felt like the powerful PlayStation 4's answer to a choose-your-own adventure. That's less an indictment of the game than it is surprise that so powerful an engine of play might be used to thoughtfully probe the grey space between a computer generated graphics movie and, say, Call of Duty. What concerns me is the word thoughtfully, mine, not the developers. It remains to be seen if Until Dawn is the by-product of too many developers in the code or a deliberate attempt at introducing something unusual into the PlayStation game space. In Until Dawn, players take on the roles of eight...
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Hatred is back on Steam Greenlight (update)

Destructive Creations' ultra-violent shooting spree game Hatred is back on Steam Greenlight, the day after Valve removed the controversial title from its platform. Hatred was pulled from Greenlight, a section of Steam that Valve uses to gauge community interest in software, just hours after Polish developer Destructive Creations submitted the isometric shooter for consideration. "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam," Valve's Doug Lombardi said of the decision to pull the game. "As such we'll be taking it down." "Even though games like Manhunt or Postal are still available on Steam we of course fully respect Valve's decision, as they have the right to do so," Destructive Creations said in a response to Hatred's removal. "In the same time we want...
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Disgaea 5 confirmed for North American release in 2015

Nippon Ichi's tactical role-playing game Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to North America next fall, publisher NIS America confirmed on the PlayStation Blog today. The game will be exclusive to PlayStation 4. The next major entry in the Disgaea series will feature a completely new cast of characters for "a tale of rebellion and revenge," NIS America's Jordan Vincent said. Players will control a young demon named Killia and his army of rebels in an attempt to prevent the evil overlord Void Dark from enslaving the Netherworlds. Disgaea 5 will pack more characters onto the RPG series' familiar grid-based battlegrounds than ever before and will feature a new revenge system based on the game's narrative theme. The PS4 release of Disgaea 5 was confirmed earlier this year, just...
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Novelist Neal Stephenson joins Magic Leap to figure out future of games

Magic Leap, the stealth-mode start-up behind the mysterious wearable computing / VR technology called Cinematic Reality, has hired best-selling author Neal Stephenson as its chief futurist. Stephenson's novels have generally dabbled in technological change, even while detailing the past. He wrote Reamde, a thriller about an MMO game and the company that created it. More recently, he was involved in a failed project to launch a game called Clang, pitched as a realistic sword-fighting simulation. "Magic Leap is bringing physics, biology, code, and design together to build a system that is going to blow doors open for people who create things," said Stephenson. "Anyone who reads, watches, studies, or plays on screens today is going to enjoy and benefit from the results. I've never seen...
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