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Here's what you need to know for Saturday, Dec. 21

Nordic Games developing new MX vs. ATV launching early next year Nordic Games is reviving the off-road racing franchise, which the company purchased from now-defunct publisher THQ earlier this year. A team of former series developers have gathered in Phoenix, Ariz. to make MX vs. ATV Supercross, which is set to launch in early 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Chinese media sees Battlefield 4 DLC as latest attack in culture war The sentiment that video games are waging a "soft war" against specific cultures has surfaced again in China. One Chinese newspaper has called out Battlefield 4's China Rising DLC as "discrediting China's image abroad and distorting the truth." Max Temkin: Against Humanity Our latest feature details the Cards Against Humanity...
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Here's what you need to know for Friday, Dec. 20

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls hits March 25, 2014 Reaper of Souls has a date. Check out the article linked above to learn about the game's three editions and what goodies you can get alongside the expansion. Steam's 2013 Holiday Sale now live Deals everywhere, as far as the eye can see, until Jan. 3, 2014. Developer forms group to fight YouTube copyright claims In the wake of the recent YouTube crackdown, developer Lars Doucet wants to centralize information about video game companies and how they treat content creators. Republique: Exordium review: Connected We played developer Camouflaj's "stealth game for - and about - the 21st century."
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Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 19

The final Nintendo Direct of 2013: Hyrule Warriors, Kirby, Yoshi, Mario Kart and SSB Yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation from company president Satoru Iwata included the announcement of a mashup between The Legend of Zelda and ‎Dynasty Warriors called Hyrule Warriors, as well as the reveal of more information about 2014 Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles such as Mario Kart 8 and Yoshi's New Island. Meet the music companies behind many of those YouTube copyright claims The recent rise in copyright claims on YouTube is partly due to the allegedly unauthorized use of music, and a significant portion of those claims are coming from two companies: Indmusic and TuneCore. The hard road to Always Sometimes Monsters Justin Amirkhani trekked across the U.S. between the spring and autumn of...
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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Dec. 18

EA responds to Code Wars criticism, promises changes Electronic Arts took some heat for the terms of its Code Wars program today. Under the terms of the 14-hour "hackathon," game developers would retain ownership of their creations, but EA would have a royalty-free license to use the content. The company told Polygon that the FAQ was "posted prematurely." VGX draws ire, 1.1 million viewers The producers of the VGX at Spike and its parent company, Viacom, saw the three-hour show as a success, measured primarily on two metrics: VGX was a trending topic on Twitter, and the show brought in a total of 1.1 million viewers across 109 countries. While the producers are aware that co-host Joel McHale received negative feedback, they're not opposed to having him return in the future, because...
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Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Dec. 17

Everything you need to know about the YouTube copyright crisis and why you should care The facts behind the recent YouTube video game copyright issue, as well as insight from YouTubers TotalBiscuit and Northernlion. Launching Operation Supply Drop Retired army ranger Stephen Machuga explains the history and importance of Operation Supply Drop, a charity established to send care packages of video games to soldiers overseas. How one ex-game developer helped grant Batkid's wish to save Gotham City We spoke with former LucasArts programmer and veteran developer Eric Johnston, who helped organize the Make-A-Wish Foundation's recent "Batkid" event.
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Here's what you need to know for Saturday, Dec. 14

Oculus raises additional $75M in funding for consumer version of VR headset Oculus VR raised more funding, and this is what the virtual reality headset creator will do with it. Here's what was sold at the 38 Studios asset auction An auction for 38 Studios' remaining assets took place earlier this week. This is what sold, what didn't sell and what happens next. Gaming in West Africa, AMD's Mantle, Holiday crafts, Doki-Doki Universe and Redshirt Just in time for the weekend, we published a feature on gaming in West Africa, spoke to AMD about its Mantle API and continued our Holiday Gift Guide series with an entry on gaming-themed crafts for the Holidays. But wait, there's more! We've also got reviews for Doki-Doki Universe and Redshirt.
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Here's what you need to know for Friday, Dec. 13

Opinion: You're playing Battlefield 4 wrong, and so is DICE In Polygon's latest opinion piece, contributor Dennis Scimeca argues that some players and even developer EA DICE misunderstand the first-person shooter franchise. Making the secret symphony of Peggle 2 We ventured behind closed doors at Peggle 2 developer PopCap Games to learn about the game's development. YouTube defends copyright crackdown YouTube parent company Google defended its recent decision to issue thousands of copyright infringement notices to users displaying video game content. In response, Deep Silver said it "has no intention of preventing players, who like to create gaming content on YouTube using our games, from doing so."
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Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 12

GTA Online players can now create their own races and deathmatches Grand Theft Auto Online players now have the power to build their own races in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Race, GTA Race and Rally Race. Microsoft: Xbox One sells more than 2M units in 18 days More than two million Xbox One units have been sold in the console's first 18 days on the market. Rayman Legends headed to PS4, Xbox One Feb. 25 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can pick up Rayman Legends on Feb. 25, 2014. Each version will come with content specific to its console, including costumes and levels.
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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Dec. 11

Celebrating 20 years, Doom's legacy is its human connection During a recent 20-year anniversary celebration from Doom, the game's creators gathered to reflect on its legacy and impact on the gaming world. The Walking Dead: Season 2 coming to Xbox Live on Dec. 18 Telltale kicks off the next season of its episodic point-and-click game, The Walking Dead, next week on Xbox Live. PS4 users have streamed more than 38 years of gameplay since launch Since the console's launch on Nov. 15, PS4 users have produced more than 800,000 broadcasts with enough content to last for more than 38 years.
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Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Dec. 10

NSA and CIA counterterrorism efforts included Xbox Live, Second Life, WoW spying (update) American and British intelligence groups actively spied on services like Xbox Live and games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. Opinion: Are the creators of The Walking Dead games ready to adapt Game of Thrones? It's a tall order. Can Telltale Games pull it off? Behind the scenes with Hello Games' No Man's Sky Joe Danger developer's next project is No Man's Sky, a space exploration sim. We've seen it and talked to the developer. Pirate Blitz: The Sinking of the Captain Jack The real-life act of piracy that inspired an iOS game.
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Here's what you need to know for Saturday, Dec. 7

Why chat changed on Xbox One and how Microsoft plans to improve it Xbox One users have expressed displeasure at the changes made to the party chat on the Xbox One. We spoke with Xbox Group Program Manager Jeff Henshaw, who told us that because Microsoft's next-gen console can multitask, the changes the party chat were necessary. Henshaw said the feature will continue to evolve over time. Gran Turismo 6 review: checkered flag Gran Turismo 6 really is "the Real Driving Simulator." Find out why we're giving it the green light. Blade Symphony: what sound does a successful Kickstarter make? We spoke with Michael Chang, a developer who has been working on his multiplayer swordfighting simulator Blade Symphony for seven years — when he wasn't working with author Neal Stephenson and on C...
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Here's what you need to know for Friday, Dec. 6

Second gaming ceasefire held for Sandy Hook but skepticism remains Antwand Pearman is organizing a ceasefire for online shooters "to make it an annual event in remembrance of those who lost their lives to violence." Though well-intentioned, some wonder if it might unintentionally imply between video games and real-world violence. Minecraft's first opera will be livestreamed this week [Update: Watch it now!] A group of college and high school students teamed up this week to bring Mozart to Minecraft. We have the details and the video stream in our article. Best Buy tournament focuses on gamers, not in-store experience During the next few weeks, Best Buy will sponsor a series of Madden NFL 25 tournaments. The winner will be crowned Dec. 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the...
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Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 5

The 7th Guest and the Solitaire trap Our latest feature focuses on how Trilobyte co-founder and The 7th Guest creator Graeme Devine plans to escape his success making card games and return to scaring people. Why game developers are joining mass demonstrations in Ukraine Members of the studio behind Metro: Last Light, 4A Games, are joining other developers to help protest the Ukrainian government's rejection of a closer integration with the European Union. Crytek, Double Fine, Vlambeer and more join ID@Xbox dev program Microsoft announced the first wave of indie developers for its ID@Xbox program, which includes studios such as Crytek, Double Fine and Vlambeer.
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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Dec. 4

Tiny Brains review: Idiot Box Tiny Brains is a game about four friends solving puzzles together, but it's also a game that "never quite knows what to do with the idea," according to our review. Project Spark global beta kicks off today for Windows 8.1 A beta for Team Dakota's "build whatever" game is available on Windows 8.1, and the Xbox One version will follow next year. The beta is expected to last until Project Spark's launch in 2014. Battlefield 4's China Rising expansion has bumpy launch Battlefield 4's first non-exclusive expansion pack, China Rising, launched on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for Battlefield Premium members, but some users experienced technical problems.
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Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Dec. 3

Steam hits new milestone of 7M concurrent users More than 7 million Steam users logged in concurrently this week, setting a new milestone for the service. In November of last year, Steam hit its previous record of 6 million concurrent users. God of War: Ascension director Todd Papy joins Crytek for unannounced game God of War veteran Todd Papy has joined Crytek as the game director on an unannounced project. No details on Papy's work are currently available, though his LinkedIn profile promises more information soon. No Girls Allowed: Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys How did video games become a stereotypically male pastime? We spoke with academics, game designers and marketing gurus to uncover the gendered history of video games.
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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Nov. 27

Microsoft explains why there is no Halo at Xbox One launch Halo didn't make an appearance alongside the Xbox One because of Microsoft's decision to release Halo 4 last year. According to corporate vice president Phil Spencer, the team would have had to begin development two to three years ago. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hitting mobile next month Rockstar will release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Amazon Kindle next month. The game features new touch controls, updated visuals and full controller support. Double Fine acquires Costume Quest and Stacking rights, retail releases coming The rights to Costume Quest and Stacking are now under Double Fine's wing. The developer is teaming up with previous rights holder Nordic Games to release retail...
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