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“YouTube has a problem…the most recent one involves something that I absolutely hate, which is drama,” Pewdiepie, YouTube’s biggest star, said in a video on Saturday that is approaching three million views. “Drama is the hot new thing. Drama is what everyone is talking about.”

There are a number of YouTube channels out there who cover this sort of gossip, but the most notorious channel of all is Drama Alert and its host, Keemstar. Pewdiepie doesn’t call Keemstar out by name during his video, but anybody who talks about YouTube drama automatically associates it with Drama Alert. Pewdiepie trashed Keemstar on Twitter recently, so it’s no stretch to see him as the type of YouTuber Pewdiepie is complaining about.

“YouTube is changing,” another huge YouTuber, Markiplier, declared in a recent video. “When people are doing YouTube, they are after a few things. And you can’t fault them for it, because of course people would want to do this for a living. But they’re after influence, more viewers, and money.”

Read the full article here at Kotaku.

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What are your opinions on the YouTube Drama? Do you pay attention to what happens to YouTube stars or watch them purely for their content? Let us know in the comments below!

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Per Kotaku:

The percentage of U.S. gamers who are over age 50 has increased rapidly, from just 9 percent in 1999 to 27 percent in 2015, according to the Entertainment Software Association’s annual reports. This is a global trend. In Europe, a 2012 study by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe found that 27 percent of people between 55 and 64 played video games; in Australia in 2015, 41 percent of people between 65 and 74 played video games.

How can the industry respond to these numbers? Per Gameindustry.biz:

“There is a need for creating games that can be played by a more physically challenged, aging segment of the population. I have no doubt that the creative designers will respond in time.”

That’s a quote from the father of video games and Magnavox Odyssey creator Ralph Baer. He understood what many developers in the modern industry have thus far mostly ignored: older people enjoy playing games too. At a GDC talk today, Miami University professor Bob De Schutter discussed the implications of an aging player crowd.

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As you get older, what aspects are you looking for in games that will keep you going? Can the devs deliver? Let us know in the comments below!

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Eight people have been arrested following an investigation into match-fixing in the StarCraft II pro tournament scene. According to a report by the Changwon Regional Prosecution Service, translated from Korean here, one top-class StarCraft 2 pro-gamer has been charged 70,000,000 won (roughly $62,000 USD) for manipulating two matches.

Meanwhile, four brokers were charged with facilitating the match-fixing, two financial backers have been charged with providing cash in exchange for the activity, and another individual is also charged with placing a bet. Another pro-gamer has been charged 30,00,00 won (roughly $26,000 USD) for manipulating a match, along with two financial backers, one of whom is “currently at large”.

Read the full article here at PC Gamer.

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What if this was implemented into other games or MMOs? Let us know in the comments below!

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A little over a year after leaving Early Access on Steam, the free-to-play multiplayer MOBA Magicka: Wizard Wars is coming to a close. Publisher Paradox Interactive said it kept the lights on for as long as it could, but the game has been losing money for the past nine months and the time has come to pull the plug.

Read the full article here at PC Gamer.

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Did you play Magicka regularly? Are you sad to see it go? Let us know in the comments below!

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After showing off they key art for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Blood and Wine expansion earlier this week, CD Projekt Red today released more screenshots from it. The images showcase the new region Toussaint, and are colorful and vibrant like the first screens that CD Projekt Red released in 2015.

We see new characters, too, along with some mushrooms and monsters. Click through the gallery below to see all the newly released images.

In a statement today, CD Projekt Red’s Marcin Momot teased Blood and Wine further, saying it will deliver a “fascinating” story that contains “every sort of twist and turn you’d expect from our writers.”

Read the full article here at GameSpot.

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What are you speculations for Witcher 3’s upcoming DLC? Let us know in the comments below!

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A couple weeks ago, survival hit Rust added playable women. This is, however, Rust we’re talking about, so players don’t get to choose whether they’re a dude or a lady. Controversy ensued. People threatened to stop playing. Some said Rust had dug its own grave. Turns out, the game’s player count has actually gone up.

Facepunch Studios founder Garry Newman tweeted stats showing that, despite a vocal negative reaction from dudes who didn’t want to look like a lady (and a bit of vice versa), Rust has seen a significant uptick in sales and players since the update. Thousands more, in fact.

Read the full article here at Polygon.

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Do you think this was just an act of publicity? What’s your experience with Rust? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gearbox has officially confirmed at a PAX East panel attended by Eurogamer that it will be developing its third Borderlands game (the Pre-Sequel was created by 2K Australia) after it wraps up production on Battleborn and its DLC.

“It’s no secret, obviously there’s going to be another Borderlands,” Gearbox CEO and president Randy Pitchford said.

Battleborn art director Scott Kester said he will be the art director on Borderlands 3.

“We don’t even know if we’re going to call it that. We could call it Borderlands 4 for all we know,” Pitchford added.

Click here to read the full article at EuroGamer.net.

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Are you hyped for the next Borderlands? Who is your favorite Borderlands character? Let us know in the comments below!

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Retail giant Amazon is no longer selling certain high-profile video games to customers who aren’t paying Amazon Prime members.

As picked up by VideoGamer, a number of notable releases, such as the PS4 versions of GTA V and FIFA 16, currently can’t be purchased directly from Amazon without Prime.

Amazon has a history of temporariliy or permanently preventing non-Prime members from buying certain items, though this latest spate is notable both because of the high profile of these games and the fact that different games are being blocked in the U.K. vs. the U.S.

Read the full article here at Gamasutra.

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Are you affected by this and does it really matter? Where do you buy your games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Prepare to roll yo. Dark Souls has come, murdered you like a superhero in a Zack Snyder DC Comics movie and left its mark in the third and final game. And you lot still want more of the Dark Souls brand in your life. Well alright then. While From Software has moved on from the series following the release of the latest game, there is another option. A simpler, more traditional option of dungeons and possibly dragons, played out in the 4K landscape of the real world.

I’m talking board games of course. The idea of a Dark Souls board game actually sounds pretty neat. All the lore, characters and the fiends of that universe, condensed into a playable form of dice rolls and character cards. But ideas like that cost money, funds which Steamforged Games and Bandai Namco were asking for when they hit Kickstarter.

The original goal was to gather $72 000/£50 000 pounds over a month to help realise that dream. Within three minutes, that dream was a reality.

Read the full article here at lazygamer.net.

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All we can say is… Bring this to retail store now! Are you stoked? Let us know in the comments below!