Gaming headlines include: A “new” kind of Mario game, new South Park game will let you play as a girl, Sony pays millions to settle Linux issue and Overwatch sales numbers are staggering. Plus, we check in with Kooky Persona and listen to her interviews from the E3 2016 show floor! Continue reading

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A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player filed suit against Valve today, accusing the game maker of allowing an “illegal online gambling market” to spring up and propagate around the popular online shooter.

Valve Corporation, the suit says, “knowingly allowed … and has been complicit in creating, sustaining and facilitating [a] market” where players and third-parties trade weapon skins like casino chips.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Connecticut resident Michael John McLeod alleges that Valve and third-party sites (CSGO Diamonds, CSGO Lounge and OPSkins) “knowingly allowed, supported, and/or sponsored illegal gambling by allowing millions of Americans to link their individual Steam accounts to third- party websites.” Through those websites, the suit says, skins for CS:GO, which can be purchased from Valve, “can … easily be traded and used as collateral for bets.”

Read the full article here at Polygon!

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Legend of Zelda Breath of Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the highlights of this year’s E3 event, so much so that we thought it was one of the best games shown at the conference. While the game isn’t scheduled to release until 2017, it appears that there are already a few interesting non-single-player ideas being thrown around for a follow-up title.

In a recent interview with IGN, series producer Eiji Aonuma hinted that after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ships next year, he wants to take all the lessons learned and put them into a new multiplayer Zelda title.

“I would like to take what I learned from Breath of the Wild and see if we can somehow fuse those learning points into another multiplayer Zelda. For example, with Triforce Heroes, which followed a similar format of Four Swords, there was a multiplayer involved in that game.”

Read the full article here at Game Rant!

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RZA

RZA already made one big announcement this summer, and the member of the Wu-Tang Clan doesn’t appear to be done yet. The rapper/producer announced this week that he’s teaming up with Atari on a new album that takes inspiration from the audio in the company’s video games. “I’m so excited to work on these iconic games to deliver what I believe will be one of my best albums,” RZA told Billboard.

The album will feature original music “based on Atari’s iconic video game sounds and music,” according to company’s CEO Fred Chesnais. This isn’t the first time the two have collaborated either, as RZA supplied a voice over for Atari’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure: a game about a graffiti artist. For the new project, RZA will lead production while Chesnais and Stephen Belafonte will be in the mix as executive producers. Details are scarce for now, but at least you have another album from the artist to ease the wait. RZA is set to release his album with Interpol’s Paul Banks in August under the moniker Banks & Steelz. Don’t forget: Atari 2600 is for the children.

Read the full article here at Engadget!

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Despite having only launched a year ago, the online services for Devil’s Third will be coming to an end once 2016 draws to a close. Nintendo announced today that the game’s multiplayer is to be shut down on December 29 at 1 PM local time in Japan. Furthermore, players will no longer be able to purchase Golden Eggs – the game’s form of microtransactions – on June 27, also at 1 PM local time.

As part of today’s news, Nintendo will be reducing the price of Devil’s Third on the Japanese eShop from 7,236 yen to 3,618 yen. This will take effect starting on June 24 at 10 AM local time. There are no plans to remove Devil’s Third from the eShop as it will simply be a single-player game.

Read the full article here at Nintendo Everything!

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He is the one who shocks… with casting news: Bryan Cranston will join the Power Rangers team.

The six-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee will assume the role of Zordon, the Power Rangers’ mentor and nemesis of Rita Repulsa, in the new Power Rangers movie, it was announced on Tuesday. Cranston tweeted the news, noting that Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, was named after him.

Read the full article here at Entertainment Weekly!

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No Man's Sky

Did you think that the highly anticipated, procedurally generated space exploration game No Man’s Sky was in any way related to British telecommunications and broadcasting giant Sky? Of course you didn’t. But it apparently took the legal system three years to come to the same conclusion.

Apparently Skype’s logo resembles “that of a cloud,” which can be “in the sky.”
That’s according to Sean Murray, managing director of No Man’s Sky maker Hello Games. Over the weekend, Murray tweeted that the company had settled a legal dispute with Sky over the game’s name after “3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense.” In a follow-up tweet, he added that “this is the same folks who made Microsoft change Skydrive to Onedrive… so it was pretty serious.” (“On the plus side perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened…” he joked)

Read the full article here at Ars Technica!

This is being discussed live right now for Episode 22 at Final Encounter Cast at Twitch.tv.

The Warcraft movie has now taken more at the box office than any previous video game adaptation.

Duncan Jones’ film has fared very well in China, contributing over $200 million to its combined $377.6 million worldwide takings (according to Box Office Mojo). That sets it above previous record holder, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which took $335m back in 2010.

That’s even adjusting for inflation – in today’s money Prince of Persia took approximately $370m.

Read the full article here at IGN!

This is being discussed live right now for Episode 22 at Final Encounter Cast at Twitch.tv.

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Blizzard’s ultimate attack causes a storm that sucks dollars out of your bank account.

Overwatch was the No. 1 premium-priced PC game for digital revenues in May, according to SuperData Research. On console, it was No. 5 for overall digital sales. That includes both microtransactions and full-game downloads from Battle.net, Xbox Store, and PlayStation Store. That was enough to generate $269 million in revenues last month for Blizzard Entertainment’s excellent class-based team shooter. The gaming industry is worth $99.6 billion a year, and SuperData reports that digital sales across console, PC, mobile, and the web produced $6 billion in May alone. That’s up 11 percent thanks in part to Overwatch, which sells for $40 on PC and $60 on console and was the fastest-selling game last month.

Read the full article here at Venture Beat!

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One of the highest ranking Overwatch players in the world, Gegury, has been cleared by Blizzard Korea over allegations that she had somehow managed to hack her way to a top spot position.

The 17-year-old, who plays as Zarya, first caught the eye of other Overwatch players when she began to compete in regional tournaments. With a win rate of 80 percent in 420 games played, Gegury quickly became one of the most revered players, but it wasn’t until her team kicked out some of the other major Korean teams while playing in the Nexus Cup qualifier that people started accusing her of cheating.

To prove that she wasn’t using any kind of cheating method to win games, Gegury streamed herself playing the game live, even after Blizzard Korea had cleared the accusations. Her stream can be seen in the video above. By the end of the stream, Gegury was in tears, and said the stress of the accusations over the past few days had finally gotten to her.

Read the full article here at Polygon!

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