How exactly did Nintendo change the ‘petting’ minigame in Fire Emblem Fates?

In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, you can invite characters to your private quarters for a chat and increase your affinity with them (which has certain gameplay advantages) by stroking their face with your 3DS stylus.  Click here to see a short video of what it looks like (you might want to use headphones as the character in the video makes a lot of suggestive noises).

Last week we learned that this “petting” feature wouldn’t be found in the localized version of the game.  So, what exactly did Nintendo change?

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One man’s strange interaction with Bethesda customer support

Paul Watson, who happens to work for UK-based Gamer Network (it owns Eurogamer and other UK and European gaming websites) has had a number of interesting exchanges with Bethesda Softworks customer support. Ultimately these exchanges led to the destruction of vinyl albums that came with the Collector’s Edition of Fallout 4.

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Secretary Clinton’s support of TPP gets fact checked

In the midst of the war of words between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders about who is a progressive and the undue influence of Wall Street’s money on campaigns in the American political system, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP, as it is commonly referred to) got a little attention at last night’s Democratic debate at the University of New Hampshire.

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Warner Bros. cancels Mac and Linux ports of Batman: Arkham Knight

To say the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight has had a troubled history would be a gross understatement.  The game released last year buggy as sin, got yanked from Steam for a few months, relaunched in a state most still felt was unacceptable and culminated in Warner Bros. offering full refunds to anyone who wanted them.

Warner Bros has continued to update the game but with that many problems, it probably comes as no surprise that the Mac and Linux ports have been cancelled.

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Poll: Should tattoo artists be paid when a person inked with their design appears in a video game?

voters_0_0_0Earlier this week we reported that a tattoo studio is suing 2K Games for using its art in NBA 2K16.  The basketball video game includes likenesses of players LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe, all of whom sport the actual tattoos their real-life counterparts are inked with.

Reportedly, the studio approached 2K Games about licensing their designs for the in-game character models to the tune of $1.1 million.

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‘The Offworld Collection’ inches towards crowd-funding goal

offworldWriters Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, two former primary contributors to Boing Boing’s alt-games blog Offworld, are probably pretty happy today. The crowd-funding campaign for “The Offworld Collection” on Kickstarter is at $24,864 – just a few thousand dollars shy of its $30,000 goal with 28 more days to go until it ends. That funding was generated by 457 backers in the last day or so.

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AbleGamers announces ‘Expansion Packs’ program

AbleGamers Foundation, a charity dedicated to accessibility in gaming and helping gamers with disabilities, announced a new initiative this week called “Expansion Packs.”

Born out of existing partnerships with the video game industry’s biggest companies, Expansion Packs offer what the charity calls “the best assistive technology and specialized controllers available, along with top notch video games and related swag.”  These special packages are delivered and installed in various locations that serve people with serious disabilities, including group homes, special needs daycare facilities and long-term living centers.

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