Tennis World Tour puts a top spin on the career mode

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Tennis World Tour puts a top spin on the career mode

If you play Tennis World Tour’s career mode, be prepared to suffer from jet lag.

Career modes across every type of sport represented in a video game have all featured rest (MLB The Show, for pitchers) recovery (EA Sports UFC 3, between fights) or injury systems. But none have deliberately involved skipping an event as a strategic choice. Tennis World Tour, coming in May from Breakpoint Studios and Bigben Interactive, will make a player plan their schedule, just like a real world pro.

Blizzard celebrates StarCraft’s 20th anniversary with in-game giveaways

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Blizzard celebrates StarCraft’s 20th anniversary with in-game giveaways

The original StarCraft turns 20 years old on March 31, and Blizzard Entertainment is celebrating that anniversary with a series of streams and in-game giveaways. The celebration will extend to all of Blizzard’s active games, with skins and in-game rewards coming for Diablo 3, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft 2, Starcraft: Remastered and World of Warcraft.

Here’s a peek at what Blizzard has in store for players for StarCraft’s 20th anniversary, followed by how players can earn these in-game rewards.

This Breath of the Wild Guardian figure comes with its own ‘Game Over’ screen

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This Breath of the Wild Guardian figure comes with its own ‘Game Over’ screen

Good Smile Company, the maker of Nendoroid and Figma toys, will release a toy version of the Guardian from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild later this year. Not only does it nicely complement Good Smile’s Nendoroid Link figure from Breath of the Wild, it also lets you recreate many familiar moments from the game thanks to its included “Game Over” screen.

The Nendoroid Guardian features a movable head and eyeball, as well as a number of accessories: an eye beam attack, an Ancient Bow and the aforementioned translucent “Game Over” screen. The toy is currently up for pre-order at Good Smile’s online store for 5,800 yen (about $55). Pre-orders close on April 18, and the Nendoroid Guardian is expected to ship in August.

Far Cry 5 gets a live-action short movie on Amazon Prime

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Far Cry 5 gets a live-action short movie on Amazon Prime

Ubisoft is touting this month’s launch of Far Cry 5 with a live-action short film titled Far Cry 5: Inside Eden’s Gate premiering Monday, March 5 on Amazon Prime.

The teaser embedded above makes the film out to be a scene-setter establishing the Eden’s Gate cult and its doings in fictitious Hope County, Montana. The story is told through the eyes of three vloggers who head out west to learn more about the cult, and it looks like they get way more than they bargained for, once they encounter the Koresh-like leader Daniel Seed.

A brief history of the ESRB rating system

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A brief history of the ESRB rating system

The Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, announced this week that it would make changes to the way it rates games, adding a descriptor that will call out the presence of in-game purchases. It’s a concession to the furor among the gaming public about loot crates that began late last year, one that even led some lawmakers to propose restrictive legislation against them.

This isn’t the first time that the ESRB has made changes to the way it rates games. Here’s a quick history lesson on what the ESRB is, what it isn’t, and how its ratings have changed over the years.

Nintendo Switch’s one-year anniversary: Looking back on a breakout year

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Nintendo Switch’s one-year anniversary: Looking back on a breakout year

Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Switch. And boy, was that a day of days — a console debut smack in the middle of Game Developers Conference 2017. Let’s take a look back at the year it had, because it was more than just sales at a breakneck pace and a comeback story for Nintendo hardware.

• March 3, 2017: The Switch launches with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We scored the game a 10, and we weren’t out on a limb, either; when the dust settles, the game Metacritics a 97, and it’s the game-of-the-year choice for many, including us. Breath of the Wild goes on to briefly outsell the Switch itself — and yes, that’s the Switch version, not combined sales (it launched on Wii U, too). Players can’t get enough, either; a 2D, retro-style fan-made game based on a concept shown at GDC makes it out, although it was quickly DMCA’d. It takes about five weeks to log the first 100 percent speedrun.

Bethesda sets a date for its E3 2018 press conference

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Bethesda sets a date for its E3 2018 press conference

Bethesda Softworks’ annual pre-E3 2018 showcase, BE3, will take place on Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. PT, the publisher announced today. This will be Bethesda’s fourth dedicated E3 event.

As is tradition, Bethesda’s BE3 event will be open to the industry, media and public. Bethesda said in a press release that details on how fans can register for a chance to attend the show are coming soon. BE3 2018 will also be streamed live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Rainbow Six: Siege’s editions are getting updated for Year 3

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Rainbow Six: Siege’s editions are getting updated for Year 3

Ubisoft is making some big changes to the way fans buy Rainbow Six: Siege, and what it means for their in-game unlocks.

Right now, Siege has five different versions that players can buy that all offer slightly different amounts of content unlocked from the start. The rest of the game’s content is available to all players via Siege’s in-game currency, called Renown, which can be earned by playing matches.