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Unreleased footage of cancelled Doom 4 shows why they restarted

Unreleased footage of cancelled Doom 4 shows why they restarted

By now you've probably heard all about that new Doom teaser that was released yesterday as a build-up to Bethesda's full unveiling at E3 next month. But did you know that developers id Software completely restarted the project back in late 2011? Prior to that, they had gotten pretty far on what they were then calling Doom 4, but eventually realized it just didn't have the "soul" of a Doom game, and needed to be scrapped. A brief, unreleased video of that old version has surfaced today, and it's pretty clear they made the right call.

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Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

When you choose a username in certain places — like Minecraft, for example — it’s expected that you abide by certain decency rules. No crude or offensive names and such. Many people don’t listen to such rules, of course, and so there are also word filters into place to weed out many of them. Humans are a creative lot though and so word filters can only do so much; many times offensive and crude names squeak through and enter into the wild, living on until spotted or tattled on. Such was the case with one Minecraft player who spent years playing with a particular crude name before getting hit with a light-hearted jab from Mojang itself.

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GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

Telltale Games' upcoming title "Game of Thrones Episode 4: Sons of Winter" will be arriving very soon for a handful of devices, and ahead of that the company has decided to tease gamers with several screenshots, some of which tease actions and others that tease landscape -- and that, as far as we can tell, don't spoil anything too big about the game. This is the fourth installment in the series, and before all is said and done there will be two more episodes arriving in the future.

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DOOM gameplay teaser has us flipping out for E3

DOOM gameplay teaser has us flipping out for E3

This week the folks at Bethesda have given us just a few seconds of footage from the next DOOM. This footage isn't gameplay, strictly speaking, but it does tease gameplay that'll be shown at E3 2015, so they say. Here we're getting up close and personal with what's very likely some of the most terrifyingly detailed blood-filled action first person shooter gaming the world has ever seen before. And it'll be appearing in full in a collection shown by Bethesda their full E3 showcase at 7PM PT, June 14th.

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NVIDIA SHIELD, “Pro” version appears, disappears from Amazon

NVIDIA SHIELD, “Pro” version appears, disappears from Amazon

It might be nigh time for NVIDIA's take on an Android TV gaming rig for your living room to come to market. That is, if the "accidentally" outing of the NVIDIA SHIELD is any indication. Amazon's product listings showed, and then swiftly removed, the NVIDIA SHIELD as well as an unannounced SHIELD Pro model, hinting that we're close to seeing one or both in the retail flesh soon. If that soon will be before May ends, it could give Android TV a serious boost before Google I/O 2015 kicks off.

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Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Get Set Games receive the latest in a line of Unreal Dev Grants, a series of awards made by Epic Games for Unreal Engine developers. Just so long as a developer is developing their game with Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 and they've contacted Epic Games about the Unreal Dev Grant series (with some stipulations, obviously), they'll be eligible for a ton of cash. Get Set Games have been awarded $18,000 to continue developing their wild styled maniacal mobile game by the name of Mega Blast.

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NPD: Mortal Kombat X was April’s top game, 3DS sales spiked

NPD: Mortal Kombat X was April’s top game, 3DS sales spiked

The NPD Group has released its numbers for April, and overall things looked good for the gaming industry. As you might have expected, Mortal Kombat X (check out our review) took the #1 slot in terms of bestselling games (GTA V came in second), and things were looking particularly good for portable console sales — Nintendo’s 3DS saw a large jump in sales over the first four months of this year in comparison to last year, with a 65% or so increase.

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Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Good news for Windows users who are also Candy Crush Saga addicts! Although, it's bad news for Windows users who value their productivity. Microsoft has just announced that when its latest operating system, Windows 10, launches later this year, it will have the free-to-play mega-hit game Candy Crush Saga preinstalled. The game will join other Microsoft classics Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts, giving users a wide ranging choice of either card games or brightly colored candy.

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Microsoft ban of Gears of War leakers doesn’t brick console

Microsoft ban of Gears of War leakers doesn’t brick console

Leaks in whatever industry, be it mobile or gaming, isn't a new thing, but most of the time, these "sources" are able to get away scot-free. However, rare and unfortunate is it for those who have been caught red-handed and have been punished for being too eager to share things covered by NDAs. Microsoft has apparently taken such action against testers of an unannounced but also leaked Xbox One remake of Gears of War. But what would normally be a non-event has been blown into a full scale drama involving claims of bricked Xbox One consoles.

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Konami President: shifting gears from consoles to mobile

Konami President: shifting gears from consoles to mobile

The gaming landscape is changing rapidly. Smartphones, previously relegated to casual games like snake, have become serious instruments of play, to the point that even stubborn Nintendo can no longer deny its lucrative appeal. The latest big name in the gaming industry to bite the mobile bullet is Konami, whose new president Hideki Hayakawa was quoted, in translation, of course, to practically say that the company's future will lie primarily in mobile games, or at least games that can span the divide separating devices and experiences.

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