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Nintendo co-sponsors annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Nintendo is teaming up with The White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, but the tie-in is not what longtime gamers might think. No, Yoshi is not making an appearance, though he does have a new game out now. Nintendo is instead using its participation to promote its exergaming titles Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to promote child fitness and health and curb childhood obesity. Visitors will be able to play the games at kiosks on the Ellipse, which is south of the White House. The Easter Egg Roll is an event that has been held at the White House as far back as 1876, though not continuously. In the race, children use long-handled spoons to roll an egg on the South Lawn.
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Fan-made Morrowind restoration will feature two hours of original music

Skywind, the fan-made project rendering the world of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind with the engine from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, has renamed itself the The Elder Scrolls Renewal Project, and released this second development video detailing the progress made so far. The video discusses how crafting (and the tailoring customization option) will be introduced into Skywind, as Morrowind (released in 2002) did not feature crafting. The development team also is seeking volunteers to help rewrite dialogue, and is looking for voice actors with suitable talent and equipment to record lines to make characters less robotic. Volunteer composers have also created more than two hours of original music to form Skywind's soundtrack. To see the team's first developer diary, released in January,...
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MLB The Show's neatest trick was not as easy as it looks

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball; on it, every player wears Robinson's No. 42, commemorating the anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers, which began baseball's desegregation in 1947. If you're playing MLB 14 The Show's career mode and the calendar rolls around to April 15, you'll see this happen there, too.In a video game, the layperson would assume that only requires changing a value in a database. But pulling it off is not as simple as it sounds. These things rarely are. "It's something that does seem trivial on the surface," Aaron Luke, a designer on the game, told me this week. "We have to put in code that takes a snapshot of the player, showing him as No. 42, and then restore him back to his old number when the game is finished. And if you don't do...
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Batman's new animated feature is based on the Arkham Asylum series

The Suicide Squad shows up in Batman: Assault on Arkham, a feature-length animated film based on the Arkham Asylum series of video games. Kevin Conroy, Batman's voice in the first two games of that series (and in Batman: The Animated Series) stars in the lead role. Several mainstays reprise their voice roles, including Troy Baker as the Joker (his role in Batman: Arkham Origins, as well as Injustice: Gods Among Us); CCH Pounder as Amanda Waller (her role in Origins as well the Justice League animated series); and Martin Jarvis as Alfred Pennyworth (also his role in Origins and City). The screenplay is by Heath Corson, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation for Justice League: War, another direct-to-video animated feature that was released in February. The film is not yet rated, but...
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Guild Wars' nine year anniversary festivities kick off April 22

ArenaNet will launch a series of in-game festivities for the original Guild Wars' nine year anniversary on April 22 that will run through to April 29. While some of the events have already been implemented, the complete event will open the Shing Jea Boardwalk, the Dragon Arena and Rollerbeetle Racing. Special non-playable characters will also appear, and there will be a 15 minute fireworks display at the beginning of every hour in the Great Temple of Balthazar, Lion's Arch, Shing Jea Monastery and Kamadan, Jewel of Istan. During the anniversary period, the game will also offer players special items that foes will drop. There will be festive items like bottle rockets, sparklers and champagne poppers, alcohol like hard apple cider, hunter's ale and iced tea, as well as sweets like...
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Cel Damage HD out on Tuesday for all PlayStation platforms

Cel Damage HD will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday April 22, according to Sony. The Finish Line Games' cel-shaded vehicle combat game was previously slated for a general spring release. Priced at $9.99, it is a cross-buy title, meaning that purchasers pay once for access to all three versions. Sony is offering a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members during the game's first week on sale. Cel Damage HD puts players in a cartoon racing world featuring 13 levels, with six drivers, 10 cars and more than 30 weapon power ups. The PS4 version also supports four-player split screen multiplayer. Pseudo Interactive originally released Cel Damage in 2001 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. "As longtime developers, we've...
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Splinter Cell Echoes comic coming this summer

Splinter Cell Echoes, the comic book that bridges the gap between Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, will be available as a four-issue series at both digital and at retailers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Echoes, announced in 2012, was released as part of a limited collector's edition of Blacklist. The 88-page comic follows longtime Splinter Cell protagonist Sam Fisher as he travels the world completing missions, but also puts a focus on his personal life and relationship with his daughter. The comic is penned by Nathan Edmondson, who is currently working on Black Widow and The Punisher for Marvel, and will include bonus material with its new edition. Splinter Cell: Blacklist was released last year. For more on the game, check...
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Final Fantasy 3 could be coming to PC

Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy 3 could be coming to Windows PC, according to a listing on the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body. The listing for Final Fantasy 3 was registered with the country's ratings board on April 2 by publisher Square Enix. The PC version appears to only have been registered with the German board at the time of writing — similar listings for a PC version do not appear on the European PEGI board or North American ESRB. When contacted, a representative for Square Enix declined to comment on the listing. Final Fantasy 3 was the first numbered entry in the series to feature a job-change system in which characters could switch between and level up different job classes. The story centered on four orphans tasked with restoring balance...
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Nintendo 'portable video device' registered with Korea RAA

A registration certificate submitted by Nintendo for a "small video player" has surfaced on Korea's National Radio Research Agency (RRA). The certification was issued today. Few other details are available about the device, aside from its model number and listed country of Japan. The RRA acts as a hub for radio wave research in Korea. According to the site's description, the organization "has selected the development of next generation radio wave resources and facilitation of their efficient utilization ... all employees are putting forth their best effort with change and innovation." We've contacted Nintendo for comment and will update accordingly.
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Skullgirls Encore getting its first male character April 22

Skullgirls Encore — a relaunch of 2D fighting game Skullgirls — will get its first male character, Big Band, for free on April 22, Lab Zero Games CEO Peter Bartholow announced today via the PlayStation Blog. Big Band, formerly known as Ben Birdland, was a beat cop who "got on the wrong side" of a corrupt police force. After a brutal attack, Dr. Avian and the ASG Lab 8 fixed him up and armed him with pneumatic weaponry. According to Bartholow, Big Band is a high risk, high reward character with power and versatility. He's also the only character capable of parrying incoming attacks. Although he'll still take some damage, Big Band's parry allows him to counter-attack his opponents with combos and special moves. "Many of his attacks will leave you vulnerable if you miss or misjudge...
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Danganronpa 2 coming West on Sept. 2

The sequel to Spike Chunsoft's mystery adventure Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, will launch for PlayStation Vita on Sept. 2, publisher NIS America announced today. The game will cost $39.99 and will be available at retail as well as downloadable via the PlayStation Network. Players will once again become a high school student from Hope's Peak Academy thrown into a life-or-death situation — one by one, fellow classmates are killed off — on a desolate island that can only be survived through teamwork and careful sleuthing. Each character will have a unique special ability that makes them the "ultimate" example of something. In order to solve crimes, players will have to match up evidence with classmates' stories in order to determine who is lying — and who is a...
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The Elder Scrolls Online's guild bank disabled

The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios disabled the game's guild bank feature today on European and North American servers, according to a post on the game's official forums. The developers did not explain why the guild bank feature was disabled in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game or when players might expect it to return. The halt could be in response to a bug that Reddit user Mistress-Rarity described earlier today. "Some of you may already be aware," Mistress-Rarity wrote, "but a game breaking bug has hit ESO that allows characters to duplicate stacks of materials in their bank. It is so simple, in fact, that it is possible to do it by pure accident. I will not explain this exploit, but it is the first result of googling 'ESO Item Dupe.'" The...
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OlliOlli developer Roll7's next trick, the kill combo-based shoot 'em up Not A Hero

Cover-based shooting is given a retro isometric slant in developer Roll7's Not A Hero, the London-based team's follow-up to skateboarding game OlliOlli. The PC action game combines shooting, sliding and reloading — and the occasional kitten bomb — for a combo-based affair that sits somewhere between arcade classics Rolling Thunder and Elevator Action and Platinum Games' hyper-fast shooter Vanquish. In Not A Hero, players lay siege to a building as a gunman, sliding into and out of cover, clearing rooms of enemy henchmen in an attempt to escape. In other missions, you'll have to hack terminals or paste up a series of political posters in support of BunnyLord, a purple bunny from the future with mayoral aspirations. As you pop in and out of cover and move from floor to floor, the...
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Fenix Fire launches Kickstarter campaign for arcade adventure Source

Indie developer Fenix Fire launched a Kickstarter campaign for its in-development arcade action game Source, which the studio debuted last week at PAX East. The campaign will end on May 11 and is seeking $50,000 to complete development on the title. At the time of writing the campaign has pulled in just over $8,700. According to the project page, Fenix Fire will use the crowdfunding money to develop the game's soundtrack and bring on an additional concept artist. All funding will go directly in the project, which the studio hopes to launch in mid-2015. Source is set in an alternate dimension in which players must fight back against a growing darkness by taking and using energy from other beings. The game includes puzzle-solving and combat scenarios, and players will have to...
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Chroma Squad gameplay video shows you everything you missed at PAX East

A video from Chroma Squad developer Behold Studios shows off 30 minutes of gameplay featured during the demo at PAX East, which took place last weekend. Chroma Squad is a tactical role-playing game in which players control a Power Rangers-esque squad for a TV show. When the cameras aren't rolling, players will cast actors, purchase equipment and craft Mechas. In the video above, game designer Mark Venturelli walks players through creating a studio, recruiting actors and putting together a squad. Once in battle, Venturelli also briefly touches on the role of the audience, how to take out enemies and more. Alpha access to Chroma Squad is currently available to Kickstarter backers and those that pay $25 through the game's website for the Beta Tester Edition. The game is expected to...
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Evolution-based arcade shooter Qualia 3 available today on Steam

Japanese indie developer Doujin Games is bringing its 2D arcade shooter Qualia 3 to Steam later today, the company announced. Players will control an organism called a "Multi Agent" that is constantly evolving and must kill and absorb other creatures to become stronger. Destroying other organisms and taking their energy will unlock new trophies and more powerful forms as players seek to become the most dominant creature in the deep sea environment. There are 26 different body party players can collect from destroyed creatures and then equip for use across eight different stages, each culminating in a final boss. The previous two Qualia games were published in North America as Qlione Evolve in Dec. 2010 through the PlayStation Network. According to a press statement, Qualia 3 includes...
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