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Minecraft will let you change your in-game name starting Feb. 4

<i>Minecraft</i> players will be able to change their in-game names beginning Feb. 4, developer Mojang announced today on its official blog.<p>The new ability will be available to those with a Mojang account through their account page. Those who sign in with their email address are ready to go. Those who …

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George Lucas doesn't 'know anything about' the new Star Wars trailer

On YouTube alone, the teaser trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has more than 12 million views, but you can count one person out of that number: George Lucas, the man who created the Star Wars universe.<p>Page Six asked Lucas for his thoughts on the 88-second glimpse into the future of the galaxy …

This Company Wants To Use Games To Reimagine How Your Child Learns

In the mid-20th century, Linus Pauling was one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. His discovery of the structure of hemoglobin and other biological molecules created an entirely new field of science and, when he focused his ample talents on deciphering the structure of DNA, no one doubted …

This UK politician is in trouble for playing Candy Crush Saga during boring meeting

U.K. politician Nigel Mills has issued a public apology after being caught playing mobile puzzle game <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> during a Work and Pensions committee hearing.<p>Pictures of the MP playing the game on his tablet were published by The Sun newspaper over the weekend. Mills initially admitted to the …

I can't be the only one who likes to read the patch notes

I have a secret. Do you want to hear it? I... I really love reading patch notes — those tedious, often bullet-pointed lists of alterations and bug fixes that get pushed out with game updates. They're also called change logs. Turns out, I'm not alone in my unseemly passion for them.<p>For a long time …

Silent Hills is even scarier for Octodad

When you played <i>P.T.</i>, Kojima Productions' horrifying playable teaser for the upcoming <i>Silent Hills</i>, did you ask yourself what would make the experience even scarier?<p>YouTube user John Howe has asked that question, and replaced the supposed Norman Reedus character with none other than Octodad. Instead …

Peter Capaldi says a woman Doctor Who 'next time' is a good idea

Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi reckons the time could be right for a woman to take over.<p>With a woman playing the Doctor's enemy Missy in the most recent series of Doctor Who, speculation has been rife of late, that the next person to take on the lead role might be a woman.<p>Current Doctor Peter …

What 'GTA 5' Teaches Us About The Unsettling Future Of Immersion

Grand Theft Auto 5, out for more than a year already, has found itself even causing controversy in its re-release, something only Grand Theft Auto could do. The issue is that in response to an online petition, Target and Kmart have pulled the game from store shelves in Australia, leading to an …

Marvel makes it official: Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange

Marvel Studios confirmed today that Benedict Cumberbatch, star of <i>Sherlock</i>, <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i> and <i>The Imitation Game</i>, will play Doctor Strange in the 2016 film of the same name.<p>The announcement confirms earlier reports that pegged the modern day Sherlock Holmes as Marvel Studios' choice for …

The problems with capitalism, as explained by a Minecraft hedge fund manager

<i>Minecraft</i> is a video game about placing blocks, but when Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for its developer Mojang, it wasn't just buying virtual Lego. It was buying a tool powerful enough to map entire countries, it was buying a way of involving citizens in public space design, and it was buying a …

6 Crucial Changes The Game Industry (And Its Customers) Must Make In 2015

The video game industry needs to change. While it’s true that the existence of social media amplifies the negative aspects of anything, 2014 was a tumultuous year for our favorite pastime. GamerGate divided the press and their audience, microtransactions continued to jump the shark, and publishers …

Study: Xbox One crushes the competition, made up most of Black Friday console sales (correction)

If you've been following the Black Friday discounts this year, it's probably no surprise that the Xbox One had a great day last Friday. But how great a day? Data sales tracking site InfoScout says that the console and its bundles made up more than half of all console sales on Black …

Supreme Court weighs in on whether violent posts on social media should send you to jail

Much has been written about the seeming influx of violent, disturbing threats made on the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Cases like the seemingly never ending threats made to Anita Sarkeesian and those who support her, or the death threats that drove developer Brianna Wu from her home. Or the …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor has the best response to racist critics

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> actor John Boyega has responded to critics in the wake of the negative comments that followed the introduction of a black stormtrooper in the film's recent teaser trailer.<p>Boyega, who is rumored to be the film's lead, took to Instagram to offer his insight after the …

This War of Mine made a profit in just two days

<i>This War of Mine i</i>s a grim exploration of the misery of modern conflict, but for developer 11 Bit Studios, the game has been a source of great cheer.<p>According to a report in Eurogamer, <i>This War of Mine</i> made its development budget back in just two days. The game, in which players try to survive a …

How the bow became the perfect video game weapon

You're given a bow in <i>Far Cry 4</i> almost immediately, and it's the most enjoyable weapon in the game.<p>The last <i>Tomb Raider</i> game was improved by its bow. It was the weapon I used the most, even when it wasn't the optimal choice for many situations. <i>Far Cry 3</i>, likewise, had a great bow.<p>A good bow, properly …

5 Reasons The New 'Star Wars' Trailer Was The Perfect First Look At 'The Force Awakens'

There’s been a lot of chatter about the new <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> trailer which LucasFilm and Disney unleashed upon the world this Thanksgiving weekend.<p>Some people thought the 88-second trailer was too short, didn’t reveal enough, and didn’t awaken the hype quite the way they’d hoped.<p>Others, …

If George Lucas could screw up the new Star Wars trailer, it'd look like this

Before the outright incoherent atrocity of the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels, there were the "Special Edition" re-releases of the original 1997 trilogy. You may remember, these were the simpering, unnecessary George Lucas re-cuts that gave us Greedo shooting at Han Solo first and generally crapped all over the …

Independence Day sequel confirmed

A sequel to the 1996 Earth invasion hit blockbuster <i>Independence Day</i> has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox.<p>The movie, produced by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2016. Emmerich "is in negotiations to direct" the film, according to a report in …

Things are looking black for ‘Halo: Nightfall’

<i>This contains limited spoilers — Ed.</i><p>I’ve seen the future of <i>Halo: Nightfall</i>, and it’s ugly.<p>Ridley Scott (<i>Prometheus</i>) produces the big-budget digital series, included as part of the Halo Master Chief Collection and the Halo Channel exclusively on your neighborhood Xbox. The penultimate Chapter 4 airs …

Ubisoft stops selling Assassin’s Creed: Unity season pass — gives free game to anyone who bought it

Ubisoft is busy trying to fix Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which has issues with bugs and a low framerate, but now the publisher making more overt gestures to apologize to fans.<p>The company announced today that it’s giving away the first downloadable-content pack for Unity, called Dead Kings, for free …

The 7 games you can play with the whole family this Thanksgiving

Maybe you're waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Maybe the meal's over and you're all together in the living room staring silently at a wall. Whatever the case, if you're looking to spend quality time with your friends and family this Thanksgiving <i>and</i> you want to beat them in a friendly …

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare does right by women warriors

The biggest surprise of the fall's AAA season, for me, was <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i>. The game is well-designed and well-paced, with surprisingly diverse gameplay beats that borrow touches from the likes of <i>The Last of Us</i> and <i>Deus Ex: Human Revolution</i> as much as they recall the gung-ho gameplay …

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Is Everything Good About 'Minecraft' Gone?

<i>Minecraft</i> may have jumped the shark. It may be passed its prime. The phenomenon may be dwindling. And it has nothing to do with Microsoft purchasing the game. Nor do I think the game mechanics have lost any of their excitement. But from my perspective, as a parent, I’m not as supportive of my …

Bloodsucking video game peripheral suspended by Kickstarter

Kickstarter suspended funding for a project that claimed to match a console game controller to a blood collection unit, ostensibly to draw blood in real life whenever a player was shot in a game such as Call of Duty.<p>"Blood Sport: The Ultimate in Immersive Gaming" had its funding suspended two hours …

Activision declares war on 'cheating and unfair exploits' YouTube videos

Activision is calling in its crack team of elite copyright lawyers in take-down strikes against YouTubers who reveal cheats and exploits in <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i>.<p>Eurogamer reports that YouTube network Machinima recently issued an email warning to its affiliates, that Activision is on the …