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Oct
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iPad, I choose you: ‘Pokémon’ officially hits the App Store


Remember that Pokémon iPad game that was teased not too long ago? Well, if the mere mention of it stoked a fire inside that made you want to abandon Blizzard’s Hearthstone forever, Joystiq has spotted that the pocket monster trading card game is available on the App Store now. Pokémon TCG Online is free to download, but there are a few catches. As the name suggests, it requires an internet connection to play and your Apple-branded slate needs to be of the Retina-display variety — your first- and second-gen iPads won’t cut the mustard, according to iTunes. If you’re already heavily invested in the game on OSX and Windows, Time points out that progress you’ve made in the last three years transfers over to the mobile version as well. Handy! And just like that, a Nintendo property is appearing somewhere other than on one of its own devices. Somewhere, an investor is probably smiling.

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Via: Joystiq

Source: iTunes

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Oct
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Stationary bike MMO lets you race against the world without leaving home


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Indoor cycling normally isn’t as fun as the outdoor variety, and it certainly isn’t as social. Where’s the thrill of blowing past a rival? That’s what Zwift’s upcoming massively multiplayer cycling game promises to solve. So long as you have a training bike with at least speed and cadence sensors, you can race people around the world in virtual environments — think of it as an online role-playing game that builds up your real abilities. You can chat up other riders if you have a mic, and virtual reality support (through Oculus Rift headsets) might help you forget that you’re still at home.

The game will cost $10 per month to play (much like other online games), and you’ll naturally have to factor in the costs of both the indoor bike and sensors if you don’t have them already. Right now, though, the real catch is simply getting to play. Zwift just launched its beta test with a mere 1,000 open slots, and you’ll have to wait until the winter if you don’t request an invitation in time. Having said this, it might be worth the wait if you’ve ever wanted to compete against other cyclists all year round.

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Source: Zwift, Wall Street Journal

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1
Oct
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Playdate: We’re livestreaming ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’ on PS4!



Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!

Emerging like a Nazgûl in the night this fall is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. You could easily dismiss the game as a licensed cash-in on the likes of the Assassin’s Creed or Batman: Arkham franchises, but the truth of the matter is that Shadow of Mordor is better than the most recent entries in either of those series. Sure, there’s clambering up walls in very assassin-like fashion and rhythmic combat that’d make The World’s Greatest Detective blush, but the team at Monolith (perhaps best known for the F.E.A.R. and Condemned series of first-person horror games) outclasses the competition in nearly every aspect with this incredibly violent take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic source material. Until recently, it was fairly underhyped and that seems to have been its best asset; allowing the game’s quality, not its PR machine, to do the heavy lifting. Still on the fence about picking it up today, though? Well, we’re going to be streaming it on PlayStation 4, right here starting at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific.

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Oct
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Hackers plead guilty to stealing code for unfinished Xbox games, military software


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Surprise, surprise: the government doesn’t take kindly to being hacked. The United States Department of Justice announced today that four members of an international hacking group have been indicted for stealing over $100 million of software and intellectual property, and two of the accused have already pleaded guilty. Using a mix of SQL injection and stolen passwords, the group reportedly hacked into internal networks owned by Microsoft, Epic Games, Valve, Zombie Studios and the U.S. Army. Their target? Video games and specialized pilot training software.

In addition to collecting data on company employees and internal dealings, the group is said to have stolen source code and technical specifications for the Xbox One, pre-release versions of both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3, as well as an Apache helicopter simulator designed for the Army by Zombie Studios. The DoJ says the group is accused of conspiring to sell the proprietary information. “The American economy is driven by innovation,” explained Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell. “But American innovation is only valuable if it can be protected.”

Hacking happens all the time, but the DoJ says this case is a little unique– marking what may be the first conviction of a foreign hacker for stealing business trade secrets. Even so, the defendant isn’t that far away: David Pokora, who is pleading guilty, hails from Mississauga, Ontario in Canada. He hasn’t specifically been convicted yet, either — but a guilty plea pretty much secures that, doesn’t it?

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Source: Department of Justice

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30
Sep
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There will be blocks: ‘Tetris’ is coming to the big screen


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If you’ve ever pined for a feature film about the beloved 80s classic Tetris, you’re in luck. The Wall Street Journal reports that an adaptation of the popular game is on its way, thanks to Threshold Entertainment. While that studio may not immediately ring a bell, it’s the force behind transforming Mortal Kombat into two full-length movies in 1995 and 1997. So, what can we expect? A “very big, epic sci-fi” effort that aims to be much more than a bunch of CGI blocks with arms and legs. “What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance,” Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff tells WSJ. What’s more, “location-based entertainment based on the epicness” in addition to the film itself could be in the plans, too. One thing’s for sure: these folks are going to be pretty excited about the news.

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Via: The Verge

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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30
Sep
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Wii U now has folders to help organize your massive game collection


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Having too much software isn’t a problem many Wii U owners are complaining about. Nonetheless, perhaps in anticipation of brighter days ahead, Nintendo is updating its troubled console with an improved UI for organizing games and apps. After installing the update, a long press on any of the Wii U menu’s empty squares will bring up a prompt to create and name a folder that you can fill to your heart’s content. The update additionally lets you choose which games and apps appear in the console’s new Quick Start Menu, and also comes with the usual bug fixes. Now, if only Nintendo would hurry up with Super Smash Bros, we might have a reason to take advantage of all these new features.

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Source: Nintendo of America

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30
Sep
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‘Doctor Who’ skins for ‘Minecraft’ hit Xbox 360 this Friday


Fancy yourself a master of the Sonic Screwdriver? Well, in a few days you can put those skills to the test… in Minecraft, that is. Whether you’re a timelord fanperson or a Dalek-sympathizer, you’ll be able to show it off once the Doctor Who skin pack hits the Xbox 360 version of the pixely build-your-own-adventure on Friday. As if you needed another reason to look forward to this weekend, yeah? PlayXBLA (Microsoft’s official blog for Xbox Live Arcade news) still doesn’t mention any word of an Xbox One release, but considering that the company recently paid $2.5 billion for the game’s developer, Mojang, we expect to hear it break the, ahem, silence on that soon.

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Source: PlayXBLA

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30
Sep
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Playdate: We’re livestreaming ‘Hyrule Warriors’ on Wii U!


Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!

Nintendo fans have had it especially rough these past few years. The Wii U is getting better thanks to admissions from the company that there were some serious faults with the system, but, when it comes to software, games take a bit more time in the oven than a firmware update likely does. Today, we’re taking a look at one of the scant few exclusive titles coming to Nintendo’s latest home console for the holiday season: Hyrule Warriors. It isn’t a proper entry in the Legend of Zelda series, though — that comes next yearmaybe — it’s an action game from the teams most famous for the Dynasty / Samurai Warriors franchises — don’t expect to be delving into any elemental-themed temples here. Instead, hone your hacking and slashing skills. How does it fare, though? Well, we’re glad you asked! Starting at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific we’re going to be streaming the game right on this very page. Tune in then and see what the Hero of Time is up to this fall.

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Source: Twitch

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29
Sep
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Think tank hires ‘Call of Duty’ game director to predict the future of war


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If you felt that Call of Duty: Black Ops II presented an eerily plausible vision of war in the years ahead, you’re not alone. The Atlantic Council, a political think tank, has asked Black Ops II director Dave Anthony to contribute to an “Art of Future Warfare” project that looks at fiction as a possible insight into next-generation conflicts. As he explains, the next big threat to the US probably doesn’t fit into conventional definitions of war — a game developer can imagine fantastic scenarios that might just come true, such as Black Ops II‘s drone assault on a G20 meeting. This isn’t the same as directly guiding US policy, so Anthony’s effect will likely be limited. However, it won’t be surprising if the country is eventually better prepared for high-tech terrorists and other dangers that it otherwise wouldn’t have anticipated.

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Via: AFP (Phys.org)

Source: Atlantic Council

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29
Sep
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Xbox One launches in China


Xbox One launch in China

Chinese gamers have just witnessed their first major console launch since authorities lifted their 13-year ban on most video game systems. Following a last-minute delay, Microsoft has released the Xbox One in mainland China; people in 37 cities across the country can now pick up a shiny new machine without having to resort to unofficial channels. There are only 10 government-approved games on offer from day one, including Dance Central: Spotlight and Forza Motorsport 5, but over 70 China-friendly titles are supposed to be in the works. As for Sony? It has yet to confirm just when the PlayStation 4 reaches China, but it’s doubtful that the company will be far behind — it won’t want to give Microsoft too much of a head start.

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Via: VentureBeat

Source: Microsoft China (translated)

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