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Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

The folks behind The Sims 4 have a treat for gamers, and it has been dubbed a "Game Pack". There will be more than one Game Pack in the future, and the first one -- called Outdoor Retreat -- will arrive some time next month. Sound fun? Likely. Details on what exactly the Game Pack is are less clear, however, with it behind said the content will follow in the tradition set by Stuff Packs, which long-standing Sims fans should be familiar with.

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Miyamoto: Nintendo already conceptualizing new hardware

Miyamoto: Nintendo already conceptualizing new hardware

When will you see the next Nintendo console? That’s anyone’s guess, but Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed Nintendo is in the early stages of planning for their next hardware offerings. Speaking to the Associated Press, Miyamoto said Nintendo is working on “new ideas” for their next hardware offering, but are remaining committed to the Wii U. Miyamoto also suggested the next time we see Mario could be on new hardware, a move he likened to Mickey Mouse and new animation techniques.

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Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Titanfall's sequel looks unlikely to be a Microsoft exclusive, with Respawn Entertainment chief Vince Zampella confirming that the studio's deal over the AAA title was for the first installment alone. Details on "Titanfall 2" are, unsurprisingly, scant at this stage, but according to Zampella the collaboration with Microsoft - which proved so valuable in leveraging the server-side processing of the Xbox One Live Cloud, among other things - doesn't mean the new game will be Xbox One and PC-only. Meanwhile, he poured cold water on rumors that the next Titanfall might be free-to-play.

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Angry Birds Epic update brings player vs player feature

Angry Birds Epic update brings player vs player feature

Rovio teased its new Angry Birds Epic back in March, rolling it out a short while later with all its epic battles, worlds, characters, and upgrades in tow. Unlike most Angry Birds games, "Epic" features turn-based battles with the birds fighting against the green piggies. Ahead of Christmas and potential new downloads, Rovio has pushed out a fairly big update that brings with it, among other things, player vs. player battles, letting gamers go at it with friends rather than digital enemies.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

The Grand Theft Auto universe is getting a couple of big additions this week, one in the form of a Holiday Fun update to Grand Theft Auto V, the other a platform-first. The platform-first is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, which will be coming to Android devices of all kinds. This game was previously released for Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as iOS for iPhone and iPad. Now it comes to Android smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Nexus Player.

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Xbox One now has Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix and more

Xbox One now has Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix and more

This week Xbox One users are going to be getting a whole new batch of entertainment apps for the holidays. Amongst the apps added to Xbox's collection are Popcornflix, Telemundo Now, Bravo Now, Vevo, and Pandora. These apps will be added immediately if not soon to Xbox One consoles inside the United States. International release schedules are not yet known. This adds to the already robust system of entertainment apps on Xbox One - everything from Netflix to HBO GO to Twitch, WWE, and ReddX.

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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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Evolve Xbox One Open Beta lands mid-January

Evolve Xbox One Open Beta lands mid-January

Eager would-be Evolve players who own an Xbox One will get an early chance to play the much-anticipated game, with an Xbox One Open Beta now on the schedule for January 15-19, 2015. Intended to allow 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios an opportunity to stress-test their multiplayer servers, there'll be support for a limited number of monsters and hunters, though still far more than were playable during Evolve's first Big Alpha access earlier in the year. Those hoping to play on their PC or PlayStation 4, however, will have to temper their enthusiasm: there'll be a slight expansion of the Big Alpha for them, but nowhere near what Xbox One gamers will be getting.

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Namco is making a Pac-Man themed entertainment complex

Namco is making a Pac-Man themed entertainment complex

Namco is planning to open a large Pac-Man themed restaurant and entertainment center in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago. The outlet will be called Level 257, and will feature a massive 40,000 square feet of food, fun, and Pac-Man nostalgia. Construction is under way, with Namco dropping occasional pictures of the progress on its Tumblr page, as well as a render of what the eventual store will look like. We've a gallery of the complex after the jump.

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