"Quick, How Can We Connect This Crime to Video Games?"

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Probably the most blatant example of old media blaming video games in recent memory.

Club Nintendo is Shutting Down

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From the official notice:

In order to focus on planning for a new customer loyalty program for our fans, we’ve decided to wind-down the Club Nintendo program. We are deeply thankful to our members for being a part of Club Nintendo for all of these years.

We will share details about our new program at a later date. For now, please see the schedule below for information on the discontinuation timeframe for Club Nintendo.


If you've been saving up your coins for a good reward, make sure you spend them before Club Nintendo is officially gone on July 1, 2015.  New items will be added to the rewards catalog in February, and members who reach elite status for the year will still be able to choose elite gifts in April.  Every member of Club Nintendo will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D in February. 

Microsoft to Sell Xbone Without Kinect, Removing Gold Paywall for Netflix

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Even though they've been adamant that the Xbox One would never come without Kinect, Microsoft has just announced a version without it. Starting June 9th, you can buy a Kinectless Xbox One for $399.



In other Xbox news, Microsoft is also removing the Gold requirement from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, meaning customers won't have to pay twice to watch streaming video on their Xbox.

Teen Has SWAT Team Sent Over to Rival's House as Revenge for Beating Him in Call of Duty

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About 3 p.m., the caller said his foe had killed his brother and mother, but cops arriving at the Long Beach address found his 17-year-old video game opponent playing "Call of Duty" in his own home, CBS 2 reported.

The perpetrator placed his emergency call using the Internet and could be anywhere across the globe. Investigators are trying to track down the call's origin.

Facebook Buying Oculus Rift for $2 Billion

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In a statement today, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's acquisition of VR development company Oculus, saying they plan to not only support Oculus' current efforts, but also to help them expand and make VR a platform for more than just games:

We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

Read Zuckerberg's full statement here. Facebook's two billion dollar purchase includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock.

Sony Announces PlayStation Now at CES 2014

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PlayStation Now is a new streaming service that will allow Sony consumers to stream PS games on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones: "In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony's BRAVIA® TV*2 lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices." The first two games slotted to be available via the service are The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. Get more details from the video above.

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