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Marvel Heroes Developer Gazillion Reportedly Shut Down

The developer of Marvel Heroes, Gazillion, has been reportedly shut down with all its staff laid off the day before Thanksgiving.

This comes via multiple employees on Twitter, who claim they were laid off without their PTO or severance pay. The closure comes after Disney and Marvel shut down Gazillion’s free-to-play action RPG, Marvel Heroes. According to a MassivelyOP tipster, Marvel Heroes will now be shut down on Friday, rather than the original December date.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2017

We Can All Relate to Chrissy Teigen’s Super Mario Odyssey Journey

Everyone is loving Nintendo’s latest hit Super Mario Odyssey and it looks like even Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle host Christine Teigen is not immune from the little plumber’s charm.

The model and actress is a long time Mario fan and shared her excitement on Twitter while visiting Shanghai, with sentiments we can all relate to.

 

 

Like many of us, she was a bit surprised at the premise.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2017

U.S. Legislator Wants to Limit Sale of Games With Loot Boxes in Wake of Battlefront II

Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee is taking a stand against what he calls “the spread of predatory practices in online gaming.”

As mentioned in an announcement specifically about EA and Star Wars Battlefront II, Lee and others are currently “looking at legislation” in the upcoming year that could prohibit the sale of games to players that are under 21 years of age, and possibly even restrict the inclusion of gambling elements, which Lee believes are present in Star Wars Battlefront II via the game’s loot boxes.

Lee and his team have also been in conversations with other legislators who are examining similar options for their own states in an effort to curb what he describes as “predatory behavior” on the part of game publishers.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Pokemon Go Reveals New Rules for Mewtwo Raids

Niantic has announced new details about Pokemon Go’s invitation-only EX Raids, including new criteria and rewards.

In a blog post on Pokemon Go’s official site , Niantic announced that EX Raids have left the “field test” phase and have now officially launched. Invitations will still only be sent if a player has previously completed a raid at a gym where an EX Raid appears, and EX battles are most likely to appear at gyms in parks and sponsored locations (such as Sprint and Starbucks stores in the United States).

Players with a high-level gym badge at a particular gym or with a large number of raid battles completed overall are more likely to receive invitations, and EX Raid battle times will now “take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym,” according to the post. If an EX Raid is canceled, players will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes as a consolation.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey Jump-Rope Glitch Discovered

A glitch has been discovered that allows players to get absurdly high scores in Super Mario Odyssey’s jump-rope challenge.

Kotaku  reports that a newly discovered glitch has the leaderboard filled with scores all the way up to 99,999. This method has been dubbed the “Talkatoo glitch” as it uses the helpful bird close to the jump-rope challenge to cause the camera to freeze and suspend animations.

To get the glitch to work, players throw Cappy at the bird and talk to him just before Cappy reaches his mark, which eventually leads to Mario frozen in place as the rope moves cleanly around him.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Mario Odyssey: Every Moon in the Moon Kingdom

Don’t miss all 38 Power Moons in the Moon Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

LA Noire For Switch Review

Especially considering it originally came out in 2011, I was impressed that playing through LA Noire on the Nintendo Switch amazed me all over again. From the top-quality voice acting and the still-unmatched facial animations to the multi-layered crimes to solve, the parts that really matter work great on the Switch. The old-looking and empty open-world parts in between, not so much.

Six years later, LA Noire is still a unique game. (Read our original LA Noire review .) There are cops-and-robbers car chases and occasional gunfights, but most of it is a smartly paced, contemplative challenge that keeps you thinking. As a Los Angeles cop working in the 1940s, you’ll be sent to a weird and wonderful array of crime scenes where you find clues, interact with witnesses, and draw conclusions with a limited amount of hand-holding. I never thought I’d find myself interested in the forgery of pink slips until I met the diverse cast of suspects and witnesses involved in a grand theft auto scheme, and using the right pieces of evidence against each of them presented a test of its own. A few of the 21 cases are a little repetitive, but every time I was close to feeling bored, something completely unexpected would happen and draw me back in again.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

The Sims 4 Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Review

After struggling to get the cursor to select the “Save” button in the foreground menu instead of toggling between my Sim’s aspirations menu in the background, I somehow finagled a way to save my progress. It was tense for a moment there: I nearly lost a few in-game days of hard work. That is just one of the many small but constantly aggravating issues I had with The Sims 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Even so, I did stay up embarrassingly late playing on a few occasions because building and guiding my Sims’ lives is still fun.

The Sims 4 first launched on PC in 2014 (read our Sims 4 PC review ), and the transition from mouse and keyboard to a controller for the console version comes with expected challenges when condensing all the functions into so few buttons. Original developer Maxis and console port developer Blind Squirrel Games make an admirable attempt by using the View button/touchpad to toggle between two sets of controls: the menus that border the Sim world are one set, and all in-world actions are done with the other set with a cursor. It takes awhile to get used to navigating the menus, but pressing the left thumbstick for a quick control guide reference made learning them a bit easier. I would have appreciated a way to change the speed of the cursor, though.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Plants vs. Zombies Creator Reportedly Fired by EA

The original creator of Plants vs. Zombies, George Fan, was reportedly let go by publisher EA several years ago after objecting to the pay-to-win model that was subsequently introduced into the series.

Fan’s story was only recently told by his friend Edmund McMillen,  the mastermind behind The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy. Speaking on Alex Larrabee’s Roundtable Podcast , McMillen said that Fan was headhunted by PopCap, where he made Plants vs. Zombies with a very small team. It was, as we all know, hugely successful for the company, but McMillen stresses that it was made with an indie mindset back in 2009.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Worldwide Release Date

Nintendo’s latest mobile game Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally has a worldwide release date.

Announced via the Animal Crossing Twitter account , Pocket Camp will come to mobile devices around the world on the November 22.

Last month’s Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct dropped the news that we would see the game come late this month, but until now we didn’t have an official release date.

We reviewed Pocket Camp and it looks to be a true-to-series mobile adaption of the original Animal Crossing games with some welcome changes to the franchise’s formula.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

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