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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin arrives April 7

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin arrives April 7

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be arriving on April 7 for a wide array of consoles and the PC. Both Namco Bandai and From Software made the announcement today, and with the game will come both enhancements and Dark Souls II's three DLC packs. The game will be available for the latest-generation consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), as well as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. We've got a trailer of the game, as well as all the details, after the jump.

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Counter-Strike pro players banned for cheating

Counter-Strike pro players banned for cheating

The world of professional gaming is in a bit of an upheaval, with multiple professional Counter-Strike players finding themselves banned after being discovered cheating. The spat is said to have started when the E-Sports Entertainment Association's tools banned Simon "smn" Beck for cheating. This caught the attention of Valve, which then received details from the ESEA and used that to upgrade its own anti-cheat tools. That, then, resulted in multiple players being caught, including professionals players.

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Blood Sport game controller collects blood when you’re hit

Blood Sport game controller collects blood when you’re hit

A Kickstarter campaign for "Blood Sport" has been suspended, according to its page. The reasons for the suspension aren't yet known, but the product itself has caught quite a bit of attention: a game controller that draws blood from gamers when they're hit during gameplay. This is achieved using a regular blood collection machine wired to a game controller so that every time the controller rumbles the blood collection machine briefly turns on. The reason for such a device, according to the makers, is for blood donation events.

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Grand Theft Auto V Update fixes transfer issue for PS4

Grand Theft Auto V Update fixes transfer issue for PS4

In recent times some Grand Theft Auto V gamers on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have had trouble transferring over Online characters -- if they hadn't played since 2013, that is. Trying to play GTA Online with the Xbox 360 or PS3, then, resulted in a notice that Rockstar's service weren't available. Rockstar Games had responded to the concerns, saying that it was looking into the issue and would have more to say later on. That spawned a series of new updates today, ultimately leading to the now-available patch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles specifically.

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Sweden mulls over gender equality labels for video games

Sweden mulls over gender equality labels for video games

The Swedish agency Vinnova has given a gaming industry trade organization a grant to pursue a new project looking into whether video games in the nation should be labelled according to gender equality themes. The news comes from The Local, which reports that the project is inspired by the Bechdel Test, and that under it the association -- Dataspelsbranchen -- will work alongside multiple game developers to evaluate the issue. The project specifically aims to evaluate how women are portrayed in games and other gender-related issues.

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Super Smash Bros. ported to a TI-83 calculator

Super Smash Bros. ported to a TI-83 calculator

With the weekend officially upon us, you might be looking for something interesting to take up your time, maybe a little DIY tinkering to fill the hours. If you have an old TI-83 calculator lying around, Omnimaga user Hayleia has a project that might fit the bill: a Super Smash Bros. port for the calculator of seemingly endless possibilities. The project has been on-going since this past August, and has carried on nicely over the last few months, leaving in its wake a download you can grab now and enough instructions to get you started.

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Tales from the Borderlands’ first gameplay trailer goes live

Tales from the Borderlands’ first gameplay trailer goes live

Telltale Games has put its Tales from the Borderlands gameplay trailer up on YouTube, giving a long-awaited first look at the gameplay and the dangerous-as-always world in which it takes place. Tales from the Borderlands was announced back in December 2013, and is a five-part episodic game series set after Borderlands 2, as explained in the video (available after the jump). The game is set on Pandora, and follows two characters as they go gallivanting around in a "quest for greatness".

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Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Back in May, Mercedes introduced a commercial in Japan featuring its GLA cruising down an 8-bit Mario world, only to swoop into real-life where a buff Mario steps out of the car and into a live-action rendition of the world. This Mario accidentally hits a goomba with his foot and comes to a startled stop. The commercial was bizarre, but it wasn't the end. On Monday, Mercedes released two more commercials for the Japanese market, both featuring the same Mario character joined by Luigi and Peach.

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Assassin’s Creed Phantom Blade replica transformed into real weapon

Assassin’s Creed Phantom Blade replica transformed into real weapon

We've seen a lot of interesting fictional weapons come to life, such as the Katana Lightsaber and the more recent Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel. Both were created by the industrious folks at Man at Arms, who have published the video of their most recent project: transforming a replica Phantom Blade from Assassin's Creed Unity into a real, functional weapon, per the requests of many. As always, we have a video of it in action for you after the jump.

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