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amazon announces game dev tools lumberyard
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Lumberyard is a free 3D game engine for PC, consoles, mobile devices, and VR devices. It's supported by Amazon's cloud services and also features Twitch streaming support. 

The announcement of Lumberyard also includes GameLift, which allows developers access to scaling game servers that grow as player demand does.

Check out the announcement video below:


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Via: Collider
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Again with the buggy graphics rendering issue, really?

Okay, not really. Check out the actual picture below. Michael Fassbender's set to play both Lynch and Aguilar in the up and coming Assassin's Creed movie. He's pictured alongside his co-star Ariane Labed. We're all crossing our fingers and wishing upon falling stars that this doesn't end up the next 'Prince of Persia' catastrophe.

Fassbender who's also producing this film, employed his Macbeth filmmaker Kurzel, to take charge on the video game adaptation. This move adds great depth to the behind-the-scenes team. Even better, Kurzel brought along Adam Arkapow, who served as the DP on Macbeth and the first season of a little show called True Detective. It's no great mystery that we've a lot to be excited about here. The film features a knockout supporting cast, which includes Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams; it's slated to premiere December 21st, 2016.

video game news new katamari game trademark filed
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There hasn't been a new Katamari game since 2012, but the time may finally be coming! 

Bandai Namco just filed a trademark for "Touch My Katamari" as well as registered a domain for the same name. There are no details about the game yet, but don't be surprised if you hear of a new Katamari some time in the near future.

video game news more us women own consoles than men
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According to the Pew Research Center, ladies are leading in console ownership in the US. 



A survey conducted in March of this year found that four in ten US adults own a gaming console (e.g. Xbox or PlayStation), with the largest racial group being Hispanic at 45%. 42% of American women own a console, while only 37% of men do.

Where are all the stereotypical white dude gamers? Still on PC?

White dudes are definitely leading the charge in computer ownership, clocking in at 79% and 74% respectively, but the survey does not specify whether or not those computers are used for gaming, and 71% of women surveyed also owned computers. Meanwhile, only 14% of both men and women reported owning a portable gaming device

video game news nintendo account my nintendo miitomo
Via: Nintendo
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Now that Nintendo is expanding their IP to include mobile games and theme parks, they've unveiled a new service designed to integrate your experience across all your devices. It also replaces the Club Nintendo rewards program.

The new system, Nintendo Account, will let users create one account across all of their Nintendo devices and programs. Users will be able to log in with existing social media accounts, which Nintendo believes will make remembering your account easier. You will also be able to log in with your existing Nintendo ID (if you don't want your Facebook friends knowing how much you play Animal Crossing, I assume). It also features a rewards program that functions much in the same way Club Nintendo did (RIP):

Whether you have played the software for dedicated game systems or our applications for smart devices, you can earn points that can then be used on our dedicated game systems or on smart devices.Naturally, you can also earn points by purchasing software.With the new points, you can obtain digital add-on content, which will make the game you are playing even more fun, original merchandise or a coupon, which can be used as a discount for new software.


Within your Nintendo Account, you will also find a membership service, My Nintendo, which will serve as a bridge between smart phones and Nintendo consoles, as well as theme parks, movie theaters, and other IRL outlets. The first service coming to My Nintendo is their newly announced mobile application, Miitomo. Using Miitomo, you'll be able to chat with friends using your Mii.




If you're shy about talking to your Miiverse friends, Miitomo can help!

Instead of the users proactively sending their own messages,Miitomo has a unique characteristic that can be called “friendly communication starters” as your Mii will automatically dispatch the answers you gave to certain questions to your friends.

These “friendly communication starters” have an advantage that even the people who are less willing to send messages can easily participate. Another unique characteristic of Miitomo is that you may be able to find out unknown aspects about your friends or unexpected commonalities you share with your friend because Miitomo may pick up the topics that you usually do not discuss but would be willing to answer if asked.

What we would like to realize is, through such communication, you will be able to deepen friendly relationships and have more people with whom you can play games.


Both Miitomo and Nintendo Account are launching in March of 2016.

ninetendo phone video games
Via: Kotaku
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Nintendo is finally getting on the phone and tablet game bandwagon. They will be releasing the first Nintendo mobile game in 2016, the free-to-play Miitomo. In the game you will create a character, answer questions about their personality and watch them interact with other characters based on those traits.



According to Kotaku, it's "a social networking game, but for Miis". This will be the first release of five smartphone games that Nintendo has announced.

video game news batman arkham knight pc patch released
Via: WB Games
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An interim patch for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC has finally been released, allowing PC players to get their hands on the game without crippling framerates. User feedback suggests all is going well with the new patch, which fixes the following:

Reduced frame rate hitches
Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage
Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
More Comprehensive In-Game Settings
Fixed low resolution texture bugs
Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)

More optimization is planned for the future, which will add more support and optimize the game for Windows 10. You can read the full patch notes here.

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