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LEGO Minifigures Online ends free-to-play, launches cross-platform

LEGO Minifigures Online ends free-to-play, launches cross-platform

LEGO Minifigures Online hast left its Beta once again, this time bringing a serious effort without the "free-to-play" nonsense of the past. This version of the game, being released for the first time today, will cost you - but only one time. Once you've got the game, the only paying you'll be doing is if you'd like to buy your own minifigures in real life - in physical toy stores - allowing you then to enter codes to gain access to the figures you've purchased. Other than that, you're free to go wild. This version of the game is the first to launch cross-platform on Windows PC, OS X, Linux, iOS (iPhone), and Android, all at once.

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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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Bethesda will accept Fallout 4 preorder made with bottle caps

Bethesda will accept Fallout 4 preorder made with bottle caps

It was only a week ago when we told you about the dedicated Fallout fan that sent a box full of bottle caps to developer Bethesda as a pre-order for the upcoming Fallout 4. The gamer, who goes by GatorMacheteJr on Imgur, detailed how he had collected over 2,200 bottle caps in the seven years since Fallout 3 as a sign of how much he loved the series. Seeing as how bottle caps are used as currency in the game's post-nuclear apocalypse setting, he figured they were just as good as cash in paying for the next game.

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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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Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Following tragic recent events, stores across the nation have rapidly moved to pull Confederate flags and products featuring them from their shelves, and it seems Apple can be included among them. Yesterday it was noticed that games featuring the flag were pulled from the App Store, leaving behind only apps have an educational slant, and soon after things changed again and it seems any app containing the Confederate flag is being pulled regardless of its context.

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Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Kickstarter has made dreams come true, whether it be some maker's dream product or a backer's dream game. But the promise of crowdfunding isn't completely foolproof, and Kickstarter has seen its fair share of people trying to take advantage of loopholes and fine prints, like this latest issue surrounding Shenmue 3. It was revealed that Sony was somewhat "supporting" the game's production, ruffling a few feathers and raising some questions. Has Sony found a way to game the Kickstarter system or is it completely within bounds? Or has Sony set a pattern that could potentially ruin Kickstarter for indies and smaller groupus?

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Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung may have its own virtual reality tech, but that hasn't stopped it from investing in eye-tracking headset startup FOVE. The head-worn display has already raised almost twice its quarter-million Kickstarter goal of $250,000 with more than a week to spare, but in the meantime its combination of 3D graphics that respond not only where your head is pointing, but where in the scene your eyes are actually looking, has caught the attention of Samsung Ventures, the investment arm of the South Korean firm.

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Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

If you think you're a hardcore, old school game fan, or one of the best speedrunners around, you've got nothing on this guy. YouTuber/Twitch streamer PangaeaPanga has beaten Super Mario World in just 23 minutes, 14 seconds… while blindfolded the entire time. It's an incredible feat just to comprehend, even more so when he says he only began practicing for the challenge on June 16th, started blindfolded runs on June 20th, and uploaded the successful attempt days later on June 23rd.

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AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

It's one thing for a computer to learn how to beat a Super Mario level from scratch and another to actually learn how to create such a level. And it is definitely another thing to learn all that just by watching people play Super Mario on YouTube. This latest and almost unbelievable feat of machine learning is exactly what Georgia Tech researchers, headed by Ph. D. student Matthew Guzdial, have accomplished. The computer program watches gameplay videos and tries to create its own unique level that a player can really play through.

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Batman: Arkham Night for PC pulled, critical issues cited

Batman: Arkham Night for PC pulled, critical issues cited

Games being delayed because of last minute showstoppers are nothing new. In fact, they have almost become expected. But games being suspended almost immediately after launch is definitely not a common occurrence. So when the PC version of a high profile, highly anticipated title like Batman: Arkham Knight gets pulled from shelves just days after its launch, you can bet that something is terribly wrong. And that is exactly what Warner Bros. Interactive is admitting to on Steam when it announced on Steam that it is halting PC sales until issues are ironed out.

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Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition arrives tomorrow

Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition arrives tomorrow

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida announced that Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will be arriving tomorrow, something promised to follow “a long time” spent preparing for the launch. The offline availability will launch tomorrow, and the online functionality will start rolling out. This follows a very long wait for the game, a wait that is going to be joined by a healthy dose of caution. Sony is careful to reassure gamers that a lot of effort has gone into getting things going without any issues…though that, of course, is yet to be seen.

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