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Official PlayStation Totaku figures are like Amiibo without the NFC

Official PlayStation Totaku figures are like Amiibo without the NFC

Fans of video game-related collectibles, be warned, there's a new range of figures coming to drain your wallet. ThinkGeek and its parent company GameStop have announced a line of officially licensed figures based on popular PlayStation game franchises, including PaRappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot, and God of War. Dubbed Totaku Collection, the figures are thankfully very affordable.

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Final Fantasy 14 update reintroduces iconic FF6 villains

Final Fantasy 14 update reintroduces iconic FF6 villains

The popularity and quality of Final Fantasy XIV has grown significantly since the release of the Stormblood expansion last year, and now developer Square Enix has detailed the online RPG's latest update. Dubbed Rise of a New Sun, the new 4.2 update will be released on January 30th and include plenty of new content for players to explore. But what has series fans most excited is the tease of an iconic villain from Final Fantasy VI making a return.

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New Xbox Elite Wireless Controller model leaks with USB-C

New Xbox Elite Wireless Controller model leaks with USB-C

A series of leaked images reveal what is said to be a new version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. The original controller, the one currently available, was first introduced back in mid-2015. According to the leaked images and details, a new version of the Elite Controller exists that updates certain features, such as adding a USB-C charging port and more.

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Hori Onyx PS4 wireless controller is officially licensed and now available

Hori Onyx PS4 wireless controller is officially licensed and now available

Last week, Sony introduced the Onyx Wireless Controller from Hori, an officially licensed Bluetooth game controller designed for all of the PlayStation 4 consoles. As promised, the Hori Onyx controller is available to purchase as of today, offering owners a gamepad option with a design that differs from the DualShock 4 models.

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Major League Soccer launches own esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

Major League Soccer launches own esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

The worlds of traditional professional sports leagues and esports just got a bit more overlap. Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new partnership with EA Sports to create its own esports league, dubbed eMLS, which will be tied to the worldwide competition for FIFA 18. eMLS will feature 19 of MLS's 23 clubs, with each real-world team selecting a professional gamer to represent them in competition.

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Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

The mobile game Star Wars: Rivals, which made a brief appearance in Australia and New Zealand last year, has launched for "pre-registration" on the Google Play Store. You can't play the game yet, unfortunately, but now we have a better idea of what to expect when it does launch. Among other things, Disney is promising to give mobile players who download from Google a special bonus for doing so.

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Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset: better bass and ultra-deep memory foam

Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset: better bass and ultra-deep memory foam

Sennheiser has a new gaming headset called the GSP 600. This model builds upon its GAME ZERO model, offering gamers improved audio and a better microphone experience, as well as enhanced durability and better comfort. The model features a modest design, at least as far as gaming headsets go, with an all-black scheme featuring red trim and somewhat angular components.

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Fortnite downtime blamed on patches for Meltdown vulnerability

Fortnite downtime blamed on patches for Meltdown vulnerability

While the recent Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities are causing wide-ranging effects on the computing and tech industries as a whole, gamers may start noticing a direct impact on their favorite hobby as well. Fortnite publisher and developer Epic Games has revealed that the multiplayer survival game may start experiencing a number of issues over the next week, including downtime, as the services behind the game are patched.

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Xbox One Sea of Thieves controller has mysterious glowing design

Xbox One Sea of Thieves controller has mysterious glowing design

Microsoft has introduced a new Xbox One controller, the Sea of Thieves Limited Edition. Channel your inner pirate with this model, which will be launching in the relatively near future. As the name suggests, the controller has a pirate-based theme, but one with a big twist -- joining its deep purple translucent color is a special pattern hinting at mystery with its own special surprise.

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US Army response to school shootings: Violent video games

US Army response to school shootings: Violent video games

The US Army just converted a war training video game to better suit future trainees with school shootings. A tactical FPS video game was made to train troops in the US Army. That game was converted by the army to instead assist teachers and faculty to fight back against attacks in public schools.

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Nintendo eShop is down on Christmas

Nintendo eShop is down on Christmas

Christmas no doubt brought the Nintendo Switch into many homes this morning, but those recipients are left hanging for now. Nintendo's eShop is down and has been for a significant portion of the day, leaving users unable to access the online store and make purchases from it. Nintendo has acknowledged the outage, saying in a tweet that it is working on restoring the eShop.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

The VR action game Star Trek: Bridge Crew just lost its virtual reality requirement, Ubisoft has announced, saying the new non-VR option is arriving as a free update. Bridge Crew lets players experience the Star Trek universe in a virtual ship, taking on a particular role within that ship to help tackle obstacles and otherwise face various in-universe challenges. Until now, you needed a high-end virtual reality headset to play the game.

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