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Press Start: Fallout 4, doping in eSports, and a disgrace caught on camera

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

QuakeCon 2015 closed out our week with another, greatly anticipated look at Fallout 4, but leading up to that wasn't your traditional menu of news — if such a thing even exists anymore. Well, OK, there was another piece of Metal Gear Solid marketing that KGB'd creator Hideo Kojima and his studio, while Konami pretends they aren't breaking up once they're done filling the pre-orders for Phantom Pain.

Hulk Hogan, evidently unable to lay low while his enemies destroy themselves, got fired from the WWE, pulled from the roster of its next video game, and absolutely wiped from its existence online. Why? He was caught on camera doing something a lot worse than having sex with a friend's wife. Snoop Dogg was another celebrity interloper on the week's report, trying to rally support for backward compatibility for a college football game. And speaking of sports, Alex Morgan of the newly crowned world champion U.S. Women's National Team will become the first woman on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA series. She'll be joined by counterparts in Canada and Australia for launches there.

But the week's biggest scandal may have been the huge steaming turd Adam Sandler and Sony Pictures dumped on theaters. Yet Pixels (#wellactually, those are voxels, yes yes) on movie theaters, and it still managed to be the top draw on Friday. It also climbed to a 19 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes which, hell, may trigger a bonus for someone.

Welcome back to Press Start , a recap of the past week in news, perspective and original reporting on Polygon, getting you ready for the seven days ahead.

Last Week in Five Stories

  1. How Fallout 4 handles romance, character progression and more

    Fallout 4's character upgrade system and companion interactions were just a few details to come out of the game's QuakeCon 2015 demonstration. There are 70 base perks in Fallout 4. Most perks will also be upgradeable; with those additional ranks included, the progression system offers 275 things to unlock.

  2. How female game characters would look if they were designed more like average women

    How would famous women game characters look if their bodies were more like average women, and less like models? That's the question posed by, which posted alternative artistic representations of Christie Montiero (Tekken), Lara Croft (Tomb Raider), Cortana (Halo) and more.

  3. Electronic Sports League to implement anti-doping policy, including drug testing

    The Electronic Sports League, one of the world's foremost professional gaming organizations, plans to introduce policies intended to prevent competitors from using performance-enhancing drugs, the company announced.

  4. Have you given up on Madden? EA believes Madden NFL 16 will win you back

    ESPN NFL 2K5 is now more than a decade old. That also means that EA Sports' Madden NFL franchise hasn't had a competitor for more than a decade. Disaffected football fans are still banging the drum that Madden is stagnant, that Madden still hasn't managed to eclipse NFL 2K5 in some ways. It's an absurd argument. But it persists, and Madden's developers are tired of it.

  5. Nintendo reminds us that games don't have to be anything but fun, sometimes

    Over the decades, video games have grown to become a thoughtful, sometimes intense form of expression. Games as fun — just fun — still exist in a myriad of ways, but no one has mastered the craft of making happy little interactions as much as Nintendo. I was reminded of this in a recent visit to the company's New York City's offices.

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