PS4 price drop hits North America tomorrow

ps4-system-imageblock-vs-us-19jun15Tomorrow, October 9, Sony will knock $50 of the MSRP of its Playstation 4 system in the U.S. and Canada.

Sony announced a price drop for Japan at the Tokyo Game Show last month so many figured other territories would soon follow suit.  Plus, a Target ad from last week let the cat out of the bag so this news, while welcome, likely doesn’t come as much of a surprise to many.

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Bobby Jindal takes aim at ‘violent media’

republicansLouisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal put out a lengthy statement this week blaming violent media for gun violence. Dusting off an old argument, Jindal pointed fingers at Hollywood movies and video games as the cause for mass shootigs around the country.

Jindal goes on to blame America’s “garbage culture,” and veers away from inadequate control laws.

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UN pulls questionable report on ‘cyber violence against women’

unA September 24 report issued by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union about “cyber violence against women” has been taken down and the agency that released it is now expressing regret over its publication after widespread criticism over its accuracy.

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Poll: Is Konami done with AAA game development?

voters_0_0_0Last summer, Konami released P.T., a downloadable horror game that turned out to be a teaser for a new Silent Hill game to be made by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro.  Holy crap, right?!  That’s going to be amazing!

Not only did Konami cancel the game, it removed the highly acclaimed playable teaser as well.

Metal Gear Solid V just came out but series director Hideo Kojima is no longer with the company.  What does that mean for the future of Metal Gear Solid?  Or Silent Hill?  What about classic Castlevania?

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‘Far Cry’ goes prehistoric

Ubisoft announced today that it is making one of its most popular action franchises into a prehistoric affair. The company announced that it is developing a new game called Far Cry Primal, the next exciting chapter in the Far Cry franchise set during the Stone Age. Far Cry Primal hits shelves worldwide on February 23, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will also ship on Windows PC in March 2016.

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‘League of Legends’ the most popular game on Twitch

twitchtvIn its latest monthly report, game streaming leader Twitch revealed that League of Legends in the most popular game yet again. The popular MOBA from Riot Games has been the top watched game title since Twitch started reporting on these sorts of things way back in 2013.

Counter-Strike GO, Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Destiny were also popular games among streamers and viewers during the month.

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Steam hardware gets dedicated space at retail

According to a Polygon report, Steam will have its own private little section at several retailers soon including EB Games and Game UK. According to an announcement by the company this week Steam will have its own dedicated space for Steam Machines, Steam Controller and Steam Link streaming device.

The special areas within traditional retail stores will also offer important items like Steam pre-paid cards as well.

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Ubisoft Acquires ‘The Crew’ makers

Ubisoft announced this week that it has acquired The Crew developer Ivory Tower. The France-based studio is known for its popular racing game. The Crew maker will continue to work on the franchise – in fact it is already hard at work on an expansion for the game.

“We’ve always enjoyed a very positive relationship with Ubisoft. Working together on The Crew, and celebrating its success, made us both understand that we have huge potential in continuing to work together in the future,” said Ivory Tower MD Ahmed Boukhelifa.

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