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Minecraft National Championship dominated by 10-year-old

Minecraft National Championship dominated by 10-year-old

A 10-year-old has won the world’s first Minecraft National Championship, beating out more than a thousand gamers from across the nation. Julien Wiltshire is a 10-year-old hailing from LA, California; in Minecraft, he goes by the name SuperKraft11. The championship was held by Super League Gaming and took place over the course of 6 weeks in the United States.

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Fallout 4 player sues Bethesda for losing self-control (job, wife too)

Fallout 4 player sues Bethesda for losing self-control (job, wife too)

Fallout 4 is easily one of the biggest hit games of the year. With its post-apocalyptic setting and near-endless list of things to do and quests to complete, it's easy to understand how players could get so caught up in the game's world that lose track of time. And their job. And their real-world spouse too. That's exactly what happened to a poor Russian gamer, and now he's suing Fallout 4's totally evil developer, Bethesda, for not providing him with a "warning," which surely would have prevented this from happening.

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Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Microsoft has pushed out an update for Xbox Fitness that removes the Kinect requirement. The change opens Xbox Fitness to a larger number of Xbox users, but with a lesser experience in that Kinect is required to fully take advantage of what Xbox Fitness is capable of. Joining this change also comes workout downloads for offline playback, making it easier to sidestep connectivity troubles and data caps.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility adds 16 more games

Xbox One backwards compatibility adds 16 more games

Good news for Xbox One users who have been enjoying the ability to play some of their favorite Xbox 360 games via the console's new backwards compatibility feature: Microsoft today announced another 16 titles have been updated with support, bringing the total up to 120 games. Backwards compatibility debuted on the Xbox One back in mid-November, allowing users to play both disc-based Xbox 360 games and those they purchased digitally online, as well as advanced features like take screenshots, stream gameplay, and record in-game clips.

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The Banner Saga finally gets PS4, Xbox One release date

The Banner Saga finally gets PS4, Xbox One release date

The Banner Saga, one of the earliest games to find major success on Kickstarter, has been on a bumpy road to console release following its original debut on PC in 2014. The viking-themed turn-based combat game was supposed to come to consoles shortly after the PC version, but kept getting pushed back year after year due to difficulties with porting. Fortunately for fans the wait is finally over, as developer Stoic has announced that The Banner Saga is hitting PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 12th.

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Rainbow Six Siege gets Ultra HD DLC for PC in first update

Rainbow Six Siege gets Ultra HD DLC for PC in first update

Yesterday, Ubisoft pushed out an update for newly launched Rainbow Six Siege, bringing it up to version 1.1. This patch is the “first of many,” says Ubisoft, with the changes going live today. The patch covers all the platform, though Ubisoft wants PC users will see an (expected) error message. The update adds new features and improvements while tweaking existing functionality.

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Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament is getting an official Wii U controller

Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament is getting an official Wii U controller

The controller you see in the image above may not look like it, but it's actually for the Wii U. The thing is, it's meant to be used with one game in particular: Pokken Tournament, the Pokemon arcade fighting game that is headed to Nintendo's home console next year. It's a wired controller and is notably missing any analog sticks, but those are unnecessary when it comes to dedicated fighting game fans, who prize smooth directional pads and zero latency button presses above all else.

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PS4 gets new Call of Duty: Black Ops III standard edition bundle

PS4 gets new Call of Duty: Black Ops III standard edition bundle

With Call of Duty: Black Ops III having already been released on consoles and PC for over a month now, it might seem like an odd time for Sony to include the game in a new PlayStation 4 system bundle. However, with PlayStation now being the official home of the Call of Duty series, basically meaning they get DLC packs and other content earlier than other platforms, Sony is betting on the bundle being a big seller this holiday season, especially for those who haven't picked up the game yet.

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Nintendo: Bayonetta heading to Super Smash Bros soon

Nintendo: Bayonetta heading to Super Smash Bros soon

Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros. will soon be getting a new character: Bayonetta. The announcement was made today in a video showcasing the character’s arrival, as well as ample gameplay and details about her various fighting abilities. The witch brings with her a bunch of guns, limbs of demons, and a couple dashing outfits. Her arrival comes after being the top voted character on the Super Smash Bros ballot.

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Report: Hideo Kojima forming new studio with Sony

Report: Hideo Kojima forming new studio with Sony

Hideo Kojima, the creator behind well-known video games and the source of speculation throughout the year, has reportedly officially left Konami and is forming a new game studio with Sony Computer Entertainment. Kojima left Konami on December 15, according to a new report; rumors that he was leaving the company surfaced back in October, though Konami had denied the speculation and claimed Kojima was still employed.

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Fable Legends beta delayed until Spring 2016

Fable Legends beta delayed until Spring 2016

Developer Lionhead Studios has announced the Fable Legends open beta, which was scheduled to launch for the holidays, has been delayed until Spring 2016. The game has already been under a closed beta, which will open to another 100,000 gamers in the coming weeks. Based on feedback and the belief that Lionhead can “make it even better,” the developer has decided to extend the length of the closed beta, pushing the open beta back a few months.

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