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OpenCritic hits Metacritic over “Translation Exclusivity”

Metacritic Policy Hinders OpenCritic International Growth at Expense of New Publications. tl;dr – We believe that Metacritic has implemented a policy for new, non-English publications that requires translated quotes be exclusive to Metacritic. In doing so, Metacritic forces additional development and localization costs on publications. We believe this is an anti-industry policy that deliberately attempts to hinder OpenCritic’s international expansion…. READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games

Every morning, I run a pick through my hair. It’s important that I do this when it’s still spongy and damp from the shower. Wait too long and my hair gets drier and less cooperative, making it harder to pull the comb through my natural. (Pro tip: A natural is something black folks sometimes call hair that hasn’t been altered or straightened by heat or chemicals.) Advertisement After the picking out, patting down and shaping are done, I always think to myself, “Goddamn, I love being black.” Video games have yet to deliver the same feeling to me. Advertisement [Note: This essay, which originally appeared on Kotaku 10/14/15, is excerpted from The State of Play, an upcoming collection of writing on video game culture that came out on October 20.] My hair doesn’t really qualify as an Afro or even a baby Afro. It’s kind of a dark taper fade, with the sides grown out a bit. It’s exactly the kind of haircut that millions of black men all over the world have been wearing for centuries. Millennia, even. And READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Attack on Titan’s Newest Smartphone Puzzle Game Launches This Month

Attack on Titan is a ridiculously popular show if you’re not already aware, and there’s plenty to love about it. There’s a new smartphone game collaboration coming through for Japanese gamers, and it’s called Attack on Titan: Chain Puzzle Fever. Pre-registrations will be opening later this month for an eventual winter release that will be on smartphones, but no word on whether For the uninitiated, Attack on Titan follows the last bastion of humanity as they eke out an existence within the walls that protect them from enormous, lumbering Titans outside. The Titans devour humans one by one, and the only way they can be stopped is by a swift strike to the neck. You can now pull this off thanks to their “Omni-directional Mobility Gear,” which gives the tiny humans the ability to zip around their towns and forests with the ease of Spider-Man. Unfortunately, sometimes that just doesn’t work thanks to the Titans’ extreme speed and strength. The game follows the main storyline of the anime’s first season, which features friends Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, all who’ve lost friends and family and many other important things. They’ve been trained for combat READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!


Netflix Has Announced a Castlevania TV Show for 2017

There aren’t any dang details about it but, at some point this year, we’ll get the chance to watch somebody from Castlevania’s Belmont family fighting bloodsuckers. Advertisement Netflix has been holding an event today where it’s announcing the bulk of its upcoming programming slate. Nestled in the press release was this: Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017 This is literally all we know for sure at the moment, but the project is likely the same one that’s been reported as being in development from Frederator Networks (Adventure Time) and producer Adi Shankar, who was behind that gritty Power Rangers short back in 2015. On an episode of the Nick Animation podcast late last year, Seibert said that Frederator was ramping up on an unnamed video game project. His words, as per Slashfilm transcription: Advertisement We have a project right now that we’re doing that needs to go unnamed, based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years, that we’ve had in our shop for 12 years without being able to get it started. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Star Wars Games Time Has Forgotten

The Star Wars video game library is insane. LucasArts (previously LucasFilm Games) dates back to 1982 with the release of the original Star Wars Arcade cabinet. Since then we have been dealt some impressive winners, to straight up poopoo. The name “LucasArts” really meant something to gamers in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Not only did they release games from the popular franchises, but they were able to show off their originality in titles like The Secret of Monkey Island and Manic Mansion: Day of the Tentacle. They were a solid company with massive appeal. But you and I both know that the Star Wars franchise was their magnum opus for the last 34 years. That is, until their departure in late 2013 after the Walt Disney Company bought the franchise outright. How many times have you wrapped a tow cable around an AT-AT’s legs at the battle of Hoth? Even though it has been done to death. To die-hard fans, it’s still comforting. With the release of the prequels (1999 to 2005), most fans of the original series had to harken back to older titles since LucusArts was only developing games based on the newer series. I call this the “dark…


How Another Star Wars Side Story Could Help Make the Prequels Better

Hello, apocalypteers! Reality is a nightmare, so let’s head immediately into the sweet embrace of pop culture. This week, I explain the many reasons why video games movies don’t work, the difference between Iron Fist and Rogue One’s Chirrut Imwe, what the hell the Super Friends cartoon is in the Arrowverse, and more. Take shelter! Revenge of the Revenge of the Sith: Another Confused Rebel: Dear Mr. Postman, One thing about Rogue One is that it makes us look at the original trilogy in different ways. Now the exhaust port is a brillant piece of “screw you” to the Empire from Galen Erso. With that in mind, I would assume the Han Solo film is going to take place timeline wise during the prequel trilogy. We do see the Millennium Falcon in Episode III on Coruscant. Do you think there is a way for the Han Solo film to improve the prequels or put a different spin on something from the prequels? Also, I have a follow-up question to the answer you gave ConfusedRebel last week. If Jedha is destroyed in Rogue One, where the crystal mines are, where does the Empire get the crystals READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Steam Quietly Adds the Ability to Move Game Install Folders

While you’ve been able to change the default install folder in Steam for a while, moving games you’ve already installed has been a pain. Valve seems ready to fix that with a new feature that lets you move games with a couple clicks. Advertisement The new feature is reportedly showing up for several users in the latest Steam client update, though I was unable to confirm on my own account. This may be a quiet rollout that Steam is testing. However, if it’s rolling out to everyone it will be a welcome feature. To move your install folder for a game, follow these steps: Find the game you want to move in your Games library. Right-click it and select Properties. Click the Local Files tab. Click Move Install Folder. Choose a new location where you’d like to store your game. The game should then be moved to the new spot on your computer. You’ll have to do this process one at a time for each game you want to move, so you still might want to try the old method. However, for moving a couple games, this is much handier. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


New Neko Atsume Film Trailer Introduces More of the Cast

If you’re an ardent mobile gamer or even a casual one who likes to troll Tumblr or Twitter, you’ve likely heard of Neko Atsume, one of the most adorable mobile games that ever existed. You basically collect a menagerie of cats and photos of said cats by attracting them to your humble abode with different houses, treats, and toys. There’s a live-action movie in the works thanks to Japan (of course) and the latest trailer gives us a glimpse at more of who and what we can expect to see from the film. The cast will include Tomoro Taguchi from the live-action version of Gantz as the heroine Michiru’s senior editor, Tae Kimura from the Densha Otoko TV series as pet shopkeeper Yoko, Kayoko Okubo as an odd real estate agent, as well as various other actors making appearances. The storyline’s pretty different from the actual game, however. The original game didn’t really have a story, but one had to be penned to make sure this could come to fruition. It follows novelist Sakumoto, who’s just won a new writer award and has transformed into a best-selling author. But after coming down with READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!


The video game trends that are shaping the industry

Progress is always on its way and there’s no industry like the video games industry to see this in action. This is an industry that is shaped by the trends of the tech landscape, here are some of the most notable trends that will influence what we see this year. Updating rather than replacing Of course, tech companies aren’t able… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Get Watch Dogs 2 For $30 From Amazon, No Hacking Required

Watch Dogs 2 represents a dramatic improvement over the original, and Amazon’s marked it down to $30 today on both PS4 and Xbox One, the lowest price its ever been. But it’s a Gold Box, which means you’d better hack it now before it’s gone. $30 From amazon 936 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $30 From amazon 211 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Best Controllers for Retro Gaming

Whether you’re playing retro games through an emulator on Windows, Mac, or a custom-built Raspberry Pi console, you need a controller. We tested some of the most popular options, from simple Xbox controllers to retro replicas and expensive Bluetooth-enabled gamepads, to figure out which are worth your money. The Contenders There’s no replacing the feel of an original controller on an original game console, but if you’re building your own retro gaming rig, you still need something better than a keyboard to play those old games. After searching through forums, blog posts, and Amazon reviews, I narrowed down my search to a mixture of controller types, from new and modern to old school replicas. Here’s what I tested: Advertisement Hundreds of other generic options are available, most serving as replicas for SNES, NES, or Genesis, but the reviews are so poor for the bulk of them that I decided to skip them. Most complaints about cheaper controllers come down to build quality and button actuation, both of which I’ve also found problematic on the generic controllers I’ve used over the years. You get what you pay READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Turn Pixel Art Into Playable Video Games With Bloxels, Now Just $20

Bloxels is ostensibly a children’s STEM toy, but it looks cool as hell, especially for an all-time low $20. Using a 13×13 grid and hundred of colored tiles, you can create your own pixel art, capture it with an iOS or Android device, and see it come to life as an interactive video game. Kids have it all these days, man. $20 From amazon 64 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Someone Hacked the NES Classic to Play More Games

The NES Classic has been a hot item ever since its debut, and despite the fact that it only offers a set number of games for players to indulge in, it remains a massive hit. It goes for several hundreds of dollars on eBay, sells out within minutes when it’s stocked at retail stores, and remains a coveted item for gamers looking for a rush of nostalgia. But it’s not without its share of problems. Its main issue is the fact that it simply won’t allow you to add your own games. There isn’t an option to pay for additional content, either. So if and when you finish all 30 games the system has to offer out of the box, you’re out of luck, at least as far as the system itself goes. So that’s why, two months after the NES Classic debuted, a group of hackers has unlocked the system and have been experimenting with adding more games to its onboard storage. It’s a pretty involved process. You might brick the system if you try to undertake it. But there are some very clear, easy-to-understand steps that you can try left by READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!


Periodic PSA: Prime Members Can Save 20% on All Video Game Preorders, Including Mass Effect

This isn’t a new deal by any means, but since Mass Effect: Andromeda just got a release date, it bears repeating: Prime members can save 20% on all (physical) video game preorders and new releases, meaning you’ll only spend $48 on Andromeda, or $56 for the Deluxe edition, which includes a soundtrack and some in-game items. $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $56 From amazon 99 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $56 From amazon 28 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Just note that you won’t see your discount until checkout. For more Prime benefits, check out our READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!