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EA announces eSports division with focus on Madden, Battlefield, FIFA

EA announces eSports division with focus on Madden, Battlefield, FIFA

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has announced the creation of its own Competitive Gaming Division (CGD), a new arm that will focus on professional gaming, often known as "eSports." The division will be headed by Peter Moore, who previously served as EA's chief operating officer and the president of EA Sports, and have a goal of developing eSports opportunities around its own gaming properties, including Madden NFL, Battlefield, and FIFA.

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8-player NES Super Mario Bros projects gameplay in 360 degrees

8-player NES Super Mario Bros projects gameplay in 360 degrees

A group of researchers from Swiss university ETH Zurich teamed up with none other than Disney on a project that resulted in a 8-player version of Super Mario Bros. running on a Nintendo Entertainment System and played through a 360-degree projection system. If that weren't hard enough to believe, the NES console wasn't hacked or modded in any way, and it was running a standard game cartridge, also in original condition.

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PlayStation promo brings year of gaming, WB titles

PlayStation promo brings year of gaming, WB titles

Starting December 8, PlayStation owners will be able to get a year of game streaming at a discounted rate for an entire year. In addition to the promo rate, Sony has also added nine new games from WB to PlayStation Now, expanding its library just in time for all the new subscribers it hopes to get. The new titles include Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham Origins, F.E.A.R, a couple Harry Potter titles, and more.

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Nintendo confirms Minecraft: Wii U Edition, release date revealed

Nintendo confirms Minecraft: Wii U Edition, release date revealed

Just over a month ago it was hinted that the hit game Minecraft was finally coming Nintendo's Wii U console, one of the few platforms not to have a version of the title. A listing for the game was discovered on the website for PEGI, Europe's game ratings association, and scheduled for the next day was one of Nintendo's Direct livestream announcements, making it easy to believe an announcement was inbound. Well, Nintendo said nothing about Minecraft at the time, but now they've confirmed the game is coming to Wii U, even sharing the release date.

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Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Following a leak, the new characters coming to Mortal Kombat X in the Kombat pack 2 have been officially revealed: Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Xenomorph from Alien. In addition, the game will also get Bo Rai Cho, a classic Mortal Kombat character, and Tri-Borg, a new “Kombatant” comprising series characters Cyrax, Sektor, and Robot Smoke.

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Dark Souls 3 launches April 12: new gameplay video arrives

Dark Souls 3 launches April 12: new gameplay video arrives

Bandai Namco Entertainment has dropped a load of Dark Souls III information today, not the least of which is its precise availability date in North America and South America: April 12, 2016. On that date, the game will arrive for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on Steam. Bandai is encouraging fans to pre-order the title; those who buy the Day One Edition will be paying $59.99 USD, while the Collector’s Edition will be priced at $129.99 USD.

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Telltale Games announces episodic Batman title for 2016

Telltale Games announces episodic Batman title for 2016

Video game developer Telltale Games has been maintaining an unbroken streak of hit games for more than a few years now, honing their style of releasing titles in episodes, several weeks apart, starting with Back to the Future, two Walking Dead games, and The Wolf Among Us, moving up to their latest releases like Game of Thrones and Minecraft: Story Mode. Now they've announced one of their next games, a Batman series for 2016, thanks to a partnership with DC Comics.

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Temple Run 2: Frozen Shadows expansion now available

Temple Run 2: Frozen Shadows expansion now available

Temple Run 2 has received an expansion called Frozen Shadows. As its name suggests, this expansion brings with it winter, an appropriate theme for these long dark December days. This is the game’s biggest expansion so far, according to Imangi Studios; it has the same general theme as Temple Run 2, which is to say you’re going to be running and the Demon Monkeys are going to be chasing.

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‘Amplitude’ launches for PlayStation 4 on January 5

‘Amplitude’ launches for PlayStation 4 on January 5

Harmonix’ reboot of the PlayStation 2 game Amplitude came about thanks to a healthy Kickstarter campaign, but has seen multiple delays throughout the year. As of this past summer, the maker had announced Amplitude was again delayed, and that it would be arriving in early 2016 for most users. Fast forward to today, with Harmonix announcing the official launch date: January 5. This pertains only to the PlayStation 4 version, however.

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Microsoft HoloLens streams Halo 5 from Xbox One

Microsoft HoloLens streams Halo 5 from Xbox One

Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset continues to get more and more interesting; just recently we saw it used in interactive car shopping, now we're seeing it used to stream Halo 5 gameplay from an Xbox One. The company seems to be letting HoloLens developers share short clips of the headset in action on Twitter under the hashtag #MadeWithHoloLens, and program manager Varun Mani may have the most impressive of all, with a 30-second peek at Halo 5 running on a virtual screen on his living room wall.

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PS4 Battlefront and Uncharted bundles arrive December 6

PS4 Battlefront and Uncharted bundles arrive December 6

Sony has a couple of new PlayStation 4 bundles up its sleeve and they’ll be arriving on December 6, remaining available for a couple of weeks before disappearing shortly ahead of Christmas. First among them is the Star Wars Battlefront Standard Edition PS4 bundle, which is priced at $299.99 USD, and joining it is the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundle, which comes with the same price tag.

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