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Marion Cotillard joins cast of Assassin’s Creed movie

Marion Cotillard joins cast of Assassin’s Creed movie

News on the forthcoming movie adaptation of the hit video game series Assassin's Creed has been slim for some time now, but a new cast member has just signed on, and it's none other than Marion Cotillard. The French actress had prominent roles in the films Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, and will be joining lead actor Michael Fassbender, who will soon be known for playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic based on the Apple co-founder.

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Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo still isn't taking the plunge into mobile games, which is as disappointing as ever. It is, however, looking to dabble with mobile platforms, revealing that it will be creating a Mii app in the relatively near future. The information comes straight from Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata from an interview he recently had with The Nikkei. Amidst talks of the company's financials when asked about plans for smartphone games, he said using Mii characters as social avatars would be "fun".

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Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Consumer attitudes toward so-called freemium games are growing increasingly sour. Many mobile games are available for free, but upon downloading one finds that it was only free to download -- the content itself requires money, or the game is designed in such a way that you eventually have to pay to keep playing, otherwise you're stuck in an endless cycle of losing and then waiting a long time for another life. This has prompted a slow shift to games that have a charge to download and no additional in-game charges.

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Dying Light’s March update to bring ‘Hard Mode’

Dying Light’s March update to bring ‘Hard Mode’

Dying Light, the zombie survival game that has only just recently been released, is set to get an update in March, and with that update the entire thing will be taken up a notch: Hard Mode is inbound. This comes after some gamers have finished the game, and are looking to start again in an apocalypse world that's a bit harder the second time around. The feature will be part of a free update that any Dying Light gamer can grab.

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8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

Maybe you glossed over your philosophy homework in college, or some of the concepts were a bit too heavy to stick properly the first time around. Regardless, there's a better way to get your feet wet with all things existential and ponderous, and it's called 8-Bit Philosophy. Fans of 8-Bit Cinema will be familiar with the style and nature of the videos -- each one is short and styled after a retro game, but rather than recreating popular movies, the series sets out to simplify philosophical concepts.

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Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Despite the increasing number of individuals getting in trouble for it, some disgruntled or otherwise less-than-wise individuals are still swatting others -- calling in fake threats to have law enforcement and/or a SWAT team set to a gamer's home. One such 'prankster' was recently arrested for swatting, but already another incident has happened to fill the void, this time against gamer Joshua Peters, a USAF veteran living in Minnesota who goes by the handle "Koopatroopa787". After the incident, Peters called out his prankster.

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Destiny Expansion II confirmed for Q2, something more coming this fall

Destiny Expansion II confirmed for Q2, something more coming this fall

Players of Bungie's online FPS Destiny have been finished with Expansion I, The Dark Below, for some time now, having been released in early December. But the game developer has shared new info about when Expansion II, House of Wolves, will be available for download, as well as teasing something for this fall. Unfortunately for those in the thrall of Destiny addiction (ahem, this writer included), the second expansion is now on track for release sometime in the second quarter of 2015, pushed back from an expected March debut.

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The Sims 4 “Get to Work” expansion pack arrives in April

The Sims 4 “Get to Work” expansion pack arrives in April

In December, EA announced the upcoming arrival of Game Packs for The Sims 4, the first of which was "Outdoor Retreat". The Game Pack was akin to Stuff Packs, and it was promised that additional ones would be following in due time. That promise has panned out, and now EA has followed it up by announcing the first "Expansion Pack" for The Sims 4. This one is called "Get to Work", and it brings with it three additional careers for the Sims, as well as an option for creating a business.

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Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

Everyone loves putting together IKEA furniture, right? You just grab your toolbox and follow the steps in those cute, cartoonish instructions, and eventually you end up with something that at least resembles what you saw in the store. But what if you didn't have those instructions? Then you're entering a depth of hell that few escape from without having smashed something in frustration. On the other hand, if that sort of puzzle sounds fun to you, then the game Höme Improvisåtion is just what you're looking for.

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Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Earlier this month, Nintendo confirmed previous rumors that the new 3DS would be arriving for buyers in the United States next month, and ahead of that launch date pre-orders went up through various retailers. Among the pre-order options is a limited edition Majora's Mask version, something that was being offered by Best Buy, among other places. The February 13 release date is growing ever closer, but for some consumers it won't be quite as happy of an occasion as they anticipated.

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