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Halo gets serious about eSports with the Halo Championship Series

343 Industries and Microsoft are serious about making Halo a legitimate player in a growing eSports landscape. So serious, in fact, that they're forming an official eSports league for it.<p>Dubbed the Halo Championship Series, it will see 343i partner with Twitch, the ESL and other entities to form an …

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Collector's Edition packs six games and more for $99.99

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is set for release next month on PlayStation 3, and publisher Square Enix has put together a special edition that's packed with games and physical goodies, the company announced today.<p>The Collector's Edition of <i>Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix</i> includes the game discs for that …

Harmonix will return to Rock Band 'at the right point in time,' says CEO

Harmonix will eventually return to Rock Band, but whatever the studio does will differ from the franchise's existing games, said Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos in an interview with GamesBeat.<p>When asked if it was difficult to leave behind Harmonix's long-running Rock Band and Dance Central franchises …

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty half off until June 11

<i>StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty</i> is now on sale 50 percent off its usual price through the Blizzard Store, the developer announced via Battle.net.<p>The game is available for $19.99 until June 11. Released in 2010, <i>Wings of Liberty</i> is the first of three installments. <i>Heart of the Swarm</i> launched in March of …

StarCraft 2's Spawning system launches today, unlocks content for Starter Edition players

<i>StarCraft 2</i>, Blizzard's spacefaring real-time strategy game, will receive a new Spawning feature today that allows players who own the full game to play with those who don't, according to a post on Battle.net.<p>With Spawning, those who download <i>StarCraft 2</i>'s Starter Edition — a free, feature limited …

OMGPOP closure was not a surprise to staff, says former employee

The closure of Zynga's OMGPOP studio was not a surprise to staff who worked there, one former employee told Business Insider.<p>According to the unnamed staff member, work at the company slowed prior to the studio's eventual closure. While previously the team, led by former studio head Dan Porter, …

Twitch announces full E3 2013 game streaming schedule, kicks off June 11

Twitch will be broadcasting game footage, previews and interviews for upcoming titles on the E3 2013 show floor, and revealed its full schedule for the event today via press release.<p>Twitch's programming schedule includes video demos for titles like <i>Saints Row 4</i>, <i>Murdered: Soul Suspect</i>, <i>Fantasia: Music</i> …

Music license expiration means loss of song required for Rock Band 3 Achievement

Harmonix's next quarterly instance of Rock Band music license expiration will make it impossible for players to obtain one <i>Rock Band 3</i> Achievement as of June 30, the studio announced recently.<p>In April, Harmonix said that as music licensing agreements begin to expire, the studio won't be able to …

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix E3 2013 trailer leaks (correction)

An E3 2013 trailer for <i>Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix</i> leaked today showcasing new weapons, abilities and bosses.<p>In being a Kingdom Hearts release, the trailer features characters from Disney-owned properties including Donald Duck, Aladdin, Snow White and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The footage …

Xbox LA community meet up includes Xbox One controller demo, open to all

Microsoft will hold a meet up for the Xbox Community on Monday, June 10, Major Nelson announced via his blog.<p>The event will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Microsoft Store in Century City in Los Angeles. Attendees will have the chance to meet members of the Xbox team and demo the Xbox …

Blizzard Entertainment to release Diablo 3 148-page Book of Tyrael in October

Blizzard Entertainment and Insight Editions will release a new <i>Diablo 3</i>-based book, <i>Book of Tyrael</i>, this October, according to a post on Battle.net.<p>The 148-page hardcover book includes art and lore from the series. According to the post, the book will take "players even further into the events in …

Vancouver cops searching for missing former Rooster Teeth personality

Vancouver authorities are searching for David "Knuckles Dawson" Dreger, who was last seen on Sunday, May 26, and have asked the public for help in locating the missing 28-year-old.<p>Dreger is best known for his past involvement with Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter. According to a post from …

Sonic: Lost World trailer shows Sonic speeding, reveals 2013 release

A trailer released today for <i>Sonic: Lost World</i> shows what's in store for Sega's speedy blue mascot in the upcoming Nintendo-exclusive game that's set for release in 2013, according to the trailer.<p>Check out the video above to see Sonic speeding through the game world as he ignores gravity, protects …

Microsoft dismisses Xbox One online requirements and used-game fees as 'potential scenarios'

Reports of Xbox One's online requirements and used-game fees are no more than "potential scenarios" and not concrete details, Microsoft told Polygon via email.<p>"While Phil [Harrison] discussed many potential scenarios around games on Xbox One, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One …

Xbox One lets you save and restart your game at any point

The Xbox One will include the ability to pause or save a game at any point without losing progress, Microsoft officials told Polygon.<p>"One of things that we haven't talked about is the way the saved game architecture works," said Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Interactive …

Xbox Live Gold memberships apply to both Xbox One and 360

Xbox Live Gold memberships on Xbox One will be flexible and streamlined, according to Microsoft, allowing console owners to use their Gold account on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 and letting multiple users share the same account.<p>"If you have an Xbox Gold membership today for 360 and you buy an …

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition coming to PC July 3 digitally, Aug. 6 at retail

The "Komplete Edition" of NetherRealm Studios' <i>Mortal Kombat</i> will be available on Windows PC this summer, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.<p>A worldwide digital release is set for July 3, while a physical retail version is scheduled for Aug. 2 in Europe and Aug. 6 in …

PlayStation Network Europe discounting fighting games for two weeks

The European PlayStation Store is offering discounts on select fighting games today through June 5, including titles from the Virtua Fighter and Mortal Kombat series, the company announced today on the European PlayStation Blog.<p>For the next two weeks PlayStation 3 users can snag the following games …

Backward compatibility is 'backwards' thinking, says Microsoft's Don Mattrick

The Xbox One's lack of backward compatibility doesn't just result from hardware differences with the Xbox 360 — it's because Microsoft doesn't believe many players would use it, said Don Mattrick in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.<p>"If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards," …

Xbox One architect: Operating system is the Xbox One's game changer

The most significant improvement that Xbox One brings with it is something gamers may never really notice: The operating system.<p>Speaking to Polygon, Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business and one of the chief architects for the new console, said the …

Family builds a free play basement arcade crawling with classic cabinets

A Missouri family built an arcade in their basement where classic cabinets like <i>Donkey Kong</i>, <i>Punch-Out</i> and <i>Tron</i> are always set to free play, according to a post by redditor mertzlufft.<p>The Vintage Vault Arcade and Gameroom, as the sign above calls it, is located outside of St. Louis. Mertzlufft's …

Halo TV series early in development, but Microsoft expects 'dramatic impact on how people think about TV'

The original Xbox owed much of its success to one game: launch title <i>Halo: Combat Evolved</i>. Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer hopes to repeat that Halo-driven success as the Xbox maker becomes a first-party producer of an original live action TV series based on the franchise Bungie created in 2001.<p>"I …

Pokemon X and Y region revealed, four new Pokemon detailed

A new issue of CoroCoro Comic features details on four new Pokémon and Karos, the region <i>Pokémon X</i> and <i>Y</i> will take place in, Gematsu reports.<p>The Karos region's main city is Miare City, which features a structure similar to the Eiffel Tower. This region will include newly revealed Pokémon Yancham, …

Sega Pluto protoype auction ends at $15,500, reserve price still unfulfilled

Sega Pluto prototype owner Roger Vega (kidvid666) is still unable to find a high-enough bidder for the console, with his most recent auction attempt ending at $15,500.<p>Eighty-nine bids were placed during the auction, none of which met the reserve, or minimum price. As such, Vega isn't obligated to …

Diablo 3 gold-multiplying bug profits will be donated to charity

All profits made by <i>Diablo 3</i> players who exploited the gold-multiplying bug will be donated to charity, production director John Hight announced via Battle.net.<p>Hight addressed the recent bug, unleashed after the game's 1.0.8 patch went live, that allowed players to duplicate gold from stacks of 1 …

GungHo's mobile title Puzzle and Dragons earned $199M in April alone

Japanese game corporation Gungho Online Entertainment reported sales of <i>Puzzle and Dragons</i> were $113 million in April, according to the company's recent financial report as translated by Japanese consultant Dr. Serkan Toto.<p>On his website, Toto wrote that based of sales of the social …

Puzzle and Dragons Z coming to 3DS in North America

Japanese game corporation Gungho Online Entertainment plans to bring upcoming social puzzle game <i>Puzzle and Dragons Z</i> to North America, Siliconera reports.<p>In an interview with Siliconera, Kazuki Morishita CEO of GungHo Online Entertainment confirmed that GungHo Online Entertainment America will …

Netflix removing 1,794 titles from streaming catalogue, licensing agreements expiring

Netflix will drop 1,794 titles from its streaming library this month due to the expiration of licensing agreements with several studios, according to Netflix content cataloguing site InstantWatcher.<p>The Netflix streaming service is currently available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and the …

GameStop Expo 2013 open to the public in Las Vegas Aug. 28, PS4 will be there

GameStop Expo 2013, the retailer's annual event showcasing products which will arrive in their stores in time for the holiday season, will be open to the public in Las Vegas on Aug. 28, the company announced in a press release today.<p>It's only the second time that the event has allowed in …

Sledgehammer Games is not working on Call of Duty: Ghosts

Developer Sledgehammer Games, who contributed to the creation of <i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3</i>, isn't working on the latest game in the series, <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>, according to the studio's official Twitter account.<p>"Our team is heads down on our next project, but best wishes to the hardworking …