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Police: San Diego Comic-Con cosplayer wasn't assaulted, she fell

The teenage cosplayer found injured and unconscious at a San Diego hotel during Comic-Con this week was not the victim of an assault, according to a San Diego Harbor Police investigation. Her injuries, police said in a statement today, were likely the result of a fall. On Sunday, the young woman was found with "significant injuries" in the pool area of the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel and was transported, still in her costume, to a local hospital for treatment. San Diego Police arrested 29-year-old photographer Justin Kalior in connection with the case, charging him with sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Kalior told Polygon he was friends with the victim, and denied having sex with her or giving her any alcohol. The girl, who...
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Sonic fan art expert rates the pornographic potential for Sonic Boom cast

Content warning: graphic descriptions of Sonic characters in fan-created sexual escapades follow. You've been warned. Tumblr user and Bad Sonic Fan Art curator MykonosFan has a difficult job. He has to scour the internet, looking for the best-worst pieces of fan art the Sonic fan community can muster, and post them for the world to see. There are entire worlds of bad fan art, but for some reason, Sonic's fans make some of the most... colorful. A great deal of the art MykonosFan is exposed to is erotic in nature — often in very creative ways. "The way I see my role, I guess, is that plenty of people find this stuff funny," he told me by email. "Whether it's bad art, bad spelling, Shadow fingering Sonic, or just the rare masterpiece that triggers the 'Oh. Oh my. What on earth...
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Is your connection good enough for PlayStation Now?

The company line from Sony is that players need a minimum of 5 mbps to stream games from PlayStation Now. But we've had varying degrees of success even on the same connection. So we wanted to put the question to you: Have you been able to stream successfully from PlayStation Now? Today's the first day of the streaming platform's open beta on the PS4, so this could just be a case of a rush of first-time users gumming up the works. But with real money being charged for games, we figure it's worth finding out how well PlayStation Now is performing. Haven't tried it yet? Here's a video walkthrough of exactly what you can expect.
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Rayman creator Michel Ancel leading new indie studio Wild Sheep, will stay at Ubisoft (update)

Renowned game designer Michel Ancel is one of the co-founders of Wild Sheep Studio, a new independent developer, and he will continue in his current role at Ubisoft while working at Wild Sheep, the latter company announced today. Wild Sheep Studio is based in Montpellier, France — the same location of Ancel's longtime home, Ubisoft Montpellier. According to a press release from Wild Sheep, Ancel is working there with "a team of experienced developers" on an original game. The studio gave no further details, but released the team photo above, which features 13 individuals (Ancel is in the center, wearing the partially buttoned shirt). Ancel has spent nearly 25 years at Ubisoft. Reached for comment, a Ubisoft representative sent Polygon a statement from Xavier Poix, managing director of...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts' latest map pack lets you kill with mine carts, extreme Canadian weather

Nemesis, the fourth and final downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, launches Aug. 5 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, giving players all-new ways to kill each other in multiplayer. From mine carts to evil Canadian blizzards to vertical take off fighter jets, there's no shortage of fresh opportunities for virtual killing. Included in Nemesis are the maps Dynasty, Showtime, Subzero and Goldrush. Dynasty is a hectic small to medium-sized map, according to Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, set in a Chinese lakeside village. It has a map-specific killstreak reward, a nod to the harrier strike from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Showtime plays out like a game show in a tight, tiny map based on Call of Duty 4's Shipment. Things get a bit crazier in Subzero, which lets...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gearbox fights back in Aliens suit, says it paid millions of its own cash to finish game

Attorneys for Gearbox Software this week filed requests to have four claims against the developer dropped in the class-action lawsuit which claimed it and Sega falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines. Another motion requests that the entire suit lose its class-action status.In the motion for partial summary judgement, filed with the Northern District of California court on Wednesday, attorneys for the developer argue that Gearbox shouldn't be included in the suit because it was a contractor and that Sega had final say on the game and its marketing. The filing also noted that Gearbox sunk millions of its own money into Aliens to finish the game. "Gearbox never belonged in this lawsuit," according to the motion. "Gearbox is a video game software developer.  It was neither the...
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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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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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