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Dragon Quest Builders takes more than a few cues from Minecraft

Dragon Quest Builders takes more than a few cues from Minecraft

By this time, there should be little doubt that Minecraft has ascended to pop culture status. Although still a game, its influence, and particularly its style, has reached far and wide, from games, to books, to media references. Now those Minecraft tendrils seem to have reached and taken root in Japan, where a new Dragon Quest spin off is brewing. While details of the game are still pretty slim, there is one thing that is immediately obvious. This world building game is, perhaps unabashedly, torn off from Minecraft's book.

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Game streaming: fad or future?

Game streaming: fad or future?

Sony, NVIDIA, and, just recently, GameFly. These are the companies that are trying to push game streaming to the forefront. And they are just the bigger ones, with smaller players also trying to make a name for themselves in this niche, either through innovation or through sheer force of will. But behind all these attempt lurks one unanswered question: is it worth it? Is game streaming just a fad that will fade away quietly or is it the path to the future? While the technology admittedly has benefits, who is it really benefiting, players or the big companies?

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Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle arrives in September

Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle arrives in September

Not satisfied with your regular ol’ PlayStation 4? Sony has taken the wraps off a new limited edition Destiny console that will be arriving in September as part of a larger bundle. The bundle centers around a 500GB PlayStation 4 with a silver themed design and a matching white controller, and will include a copy of Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition. The bundle will be available for purchase starting on September 15; the price has not yet been revealed.

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FF XIV for Macs pulled from sales, lengthy apology issued

FF XIV for Macs pulled from sales, lengthy apology issued

Square Enix may have just launched its biggest update to Final Fantasy XIV, but what could have been an almost perfect release has been marred by performance issues on a single platform: Macs. Now while this may sound almost like the situation with Warner Bros. and Batman: Arkham Knight for PCs, Square Enix is doing something differently and, to its credit, perhaps more satisfying. Producer Naoki Yoshida has provided a rather detailed account of the blunder that happened and, unusual in this business, has taken sole responsibility for the fiasco.

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Minecraft: Story Mode, Windows 10 Beta coming soon to an OS near you

Minecraft: Story Mode, Windows 10 Beta coming soon to an OS near you

This year's MINECON has just happened, a continuing testament to the culture that has grown and flourished around this unexpected hit game. And to grace this year's momentous occasion, two huge announcements were made. The first, which will delight Minecraft players of all shapes and sizes, is Telltale Games' Minecraft: Story Mode, a version of the Minecraft world with a plot of its own. And heroes, of course. And pigs. The other, which will delight Windows players, is the announcement of Minecraft's first ever Windows 10 version. coming later this month.

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Splatoon is getting a new ‘Tower Control’ mode

Splatoon is getting a new ‘Tower Control’ mode

Nintendo has announced that Splatoon is about to get a new multi-player game mode for both “kids and squids”, a mode that is called Tower Control. This will join the multi-player modes already offered in the game, and will be applied in Ranked Battle — says Nintendo, this includes Splat Zones. With Tower Control, gamers are tasked with riding a tower that is floating into the enemy base — this will, however, also leave the person who is riding it more open to being splatted.

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Nintendo Miiverse has ‘big changes’ inbound

Nintendo Miiverse has ‘big changes’ inbound

Nintendo has revealed some upcoming ‘big’ changes for Miiverse, with new features being inbound as part of a redesign that will improve one’s ability to talk about the titles they’re playing. Included among all this will be a new look for different aspects of Miiverse, with items being broken down by category and those categories are getting a new look. Discussions, Drawings, and Journal entries will all have their own sections, and some other current features will be going away as a result.

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King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember arrives next month

King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember arrives next month

As we’d first talked about in late summer last year, Sierra Entertainment has been revived and its first order of business was bringing back King’s Quest, a title that debuted earlier this year. Now the second installment of the title is upon us, and it is called King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember. This will be the second installment of what will eventually be a five-part series, and it has been announced that it will arrive on July 28.

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Mojang to close down Scrolls server July 2016

Mojang to close down Scrolls server July 2016

It has only been half a year since Minecraft creators Mojang unleashed its second big game to the public, and now it is announcing that it will no longer be actively developing the collectible card battle game Scrolls. To some extent, it isn't that surprising given how Scrolls paled in comparison to Mojang's real cash cow, Minecraft. But the announcement does call into question the profitability of such card games in general and perhaps even sparks some speculation regarding Mojang's future direction inside its new Microsoft mothership.

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One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

Smartphone and tablets have changed the landscape for gaming. For one, it has made a gamer out of those who would have never even imagined playing a PC or console game, much less consider themselves a gamer. But even for those who have already been whiling away hours in front of the TV or the monitor, the culture of mobile has also changed a few things. Take for example the corner of the gaming world known as online RPGs and how the ubiquity of smartphones have somewhat redefined that genre, for better or for worse.

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Apple says oops, starts returning games with confederate flag

Apple says oops, starts returning games with confederate flag

Apple upset many when it began pulling games from the App Store that included depictions of confederate flags, a move that appeared to be an overreaction to the current movement by businesses and state governments to nix the flag. Apps were removed that included the flag for educational or historical reasons, such as historical games that included confederate flags as a necessary part of being accurate. Fortunately this nonsense was short lived, and Apple has reversed some of its bans.

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Xbox Live Gold now gets 2 more free games a month

Xbox Live Gold now gets 2 more free games a month

Hot on the heels of E3 2015, Microsoft is raising the cap on the free Games with Gold games it dishes out each month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. And to celebrate the fact that the promo is now on its 2nd year, Microsoft will be giving Live Gold members two new games to chew on each month. That means that starting July, Live Gold users have a total of four titles to try out for free, two on the Xbox One and two on the Xbox 360.

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