Virginia Beach mom gets a Minecraft sword and 800 rounds of ammo from Toys R’ Us

wtfA Virginia Beach mother was shocked to find 9mm luger ammo packaged with a foam Minecraft sword shipped from toy retailer Toys R’ Us. According to local station News 13 Now, Jasemin Stephenson ordered a “Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword” from the toy store’s website last week for her son. Her son received the sword on Tuesday, along with 800 rounds of 9mm ammunition in the box.

Toys R’ Us had no comment on the story.

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Report: Curt Schilling and Rhode Island officials tried to keep 38 Studios deal a secret

38studios_4According to a report in the Providence Journal a small group of insiders tied to the $75 million loan deal between 38 Studios and the state of Rhode Island tried to keep the whole thing a secret. According to the report, the director and the lawyer for the R.I. Economic Development Corporation and 38 Studios founder and former Red Sox all-star pitcher Curt Schilling tried to keep their negotiations on the down low.

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‘Block N Load’ goes free-to-play

RuneScape maker Jagex Software announced today that Block N Load has officially gone “free-to-play.” The game will retain its core gameplay mechanics while adding new features that cater to free-to-play players. The free-to-play update – detailed in the trailer to your left – adds a number of new characters, perks, new daily challenges and new ways for players to progress in the game.
The new perk system allows players to customize their characters, simply by making progress in the game for kills, or other specific actions.

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‘Humble Monthly Bundle’ launches

The people behind the mostly DRM-free, pay-what you want PC and mobile bundles are going monthly. Today Humble Bundle announced Humble Monthly Bundle, a “highly curated bundle” of its favorite games once a month.

The Humble Monthly Bundle costs $12 a month and will offer games that have appeared in Humble’s various Weekly and special bundles – and even some games that haven’t been featured. Five percent of the subscription automatically goes to charity as well.

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The Great Polygon Article Author Uproar

WTF Is Wrong With Video GamesEarlier this week, Polygon posted an excerpt from game journalist and critic, Phil Owen’s recent book “WTF Is Wrong With Video Games?”  The article led off with the two paragraph product description you’ll find on Amazon and Gumroad, followed by a paragraph explaining that the following text is an excerpt from the book’s first chapter.

When the article was first posted (you can read an archived version here), its byline read “Polygon Staff” but by the following morning it had changed to “Phil Owen,” the book’s author.

According to one of our readers, this is proof that Polygon is a “den of shoddy, unethical non journalism” and not to be trusted.  Owen told us that some folks on Twitter are so upset over this that they’ve threatened to contact the Federal Trade Commission.

So what happened?

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Twisted Pixel goes solo

‘Spolsion Man, Comic Jumper, and The Maw maker Twisted Pixel announced that it is parting ways with Microsoft. The company was acquired in 2011 by Microsoft. The Austin, Texas-based company will now have the ability to publish games on non-Microsoft platforms if its wants to.

The split appears to be an amicable one too. Financial terms of the split were not disclosed, as of this writing.

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Nvidia rebrands ‘Grid’ as ‘GeForce Now

Graphics chip maker Nvidia announced that it has rebranded GRID as GeForce Now. In case you didn’t know, GeForce NOW is Nvidia’s answer to cloud gaming, promising “1080p, 60 FPS gaming over the internet.”

“GeForce NOW is a service designed, built and operated all by NVIDIA,” notes Nvidia on its blog.

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‘Nintendo Quest’ debuts on Vimeo this week

nintendoquest1Vision Films has released its documentary Nintendo Quest, which will get an exclusive world-wide premiere on Vimeo on Demand on October 1st, followed by a release on all other major digital platforms and DVD in North America on December 1st, 2015.

The film follows two gamers – director Robert McCallum and his life-long friend Jay Bartlett, as they hit the open road in hope of buying all 678 official retail licensed Nintendo games in just 30 days, with no online purchases.

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Google and Microsoft will no longer sue each other over patents

Microsoft and Google announced this week that they would no longer be suing each other over patent lawsuits, according to a Bloomberg report.

Both companies issued a joint statement announcing that they’ve reached “an agreement on patent issues.” Part of this new agreement includes dismissing all patent lawsuits between the two companies, including cases involving Motorola. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed as of this writing. Here’s part of that joint statement:

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