Treyarch Pays Tribute To Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch On His Retirement

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While he may have only had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activision made hay about Marshawn Lynch’s cameo. The Seattle Seahawks running back stole a bit of the spotlight on Super Bowl Sunday by hanging up his cleats and retiring.

It seems that developer Treyarch quietly added a tribute to Lynch in one of Black Ops III’s maps. You can find the nod to the football star all over the Combine map (as captured by YouTube user chaosxsilencer). The video shows what the map looked like before, evidencing the recent change.

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343 Industries Partners With Mattel To Bring More Halo Toys

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Halo is more than just a successful video game franchise. The name encompasses a multimedia flurry of novels, live-action shows, and toys. 343 Industries plans to give collectors plenty more Halo replicas to fill their shelves by expanding its Halo toy line with Mattel.

After signing a master licensing agreement with 343 Industries, Mattel now has a higher variety of Halo products available to manufacture. Previously Mattel, only sold the Halo MEGA Bloks line of toys.

Now Mattel’s massive catalog includes weapon replicas, anatomically accurate 6” and 12” figures, radio controlled Warthogs, and even an energy sword. Don’t worry, it doesn’t look like the energy sword is made from the same properties as in the games.

Dark Horse Deluxe Announces New Line Of Witcher Collectibles

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Dark Horse Deluxe will partner with CD Projekt Red to produce a series of collectibles based on The Witcher this fall. The line will include everything from statues to jewelry replicas to even barware and stationary.

The product line kicks off with a set of figures, first Geralt, Triss, and Ciri, with Yennefer and Eredin figures to follow. Each one will be custom painted and displayed in a window box packaging, priced at $29.99.

While the figures were teased today at Toy Fair 2016, only Geralt was shown. Expect to see more as fall approaches.

2016 Video Game Release Schedule

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We've pulled together everything we know about 2016's video game releases in one handy location. This rundown of gaming goodness is a living, breathing list, and should help you plan out your gaming calendar for the next few months and beyond.

We promise you won't be sorry for bookmarking this and coming back to find out when your most anticipated games are scheduled to land on your PC, console, handheld, or mobile device. If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping (confirmed, but undated).

Reminder: Hitman Beta Begins On PlayStation 4 Today With Prologue Mission

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Reminder: Hitman Beta Begins On PlayStation 4 Today With Prologue Mission

This is your friendly reminder that Square Enix’s next Hitman goes into closed beta today. The test runs this weekend on PlayStation 4.

In order to get access, you’ll either need a pre-order or a code from another source (Square Enix and IO Interactive have been dropping them via social media). The test runs through Monday, February 15 at 2 a.m. Pacific / 5 a.m. Eastern. The whole thing begins anew next weekend for PC players.

The beta consists of a prologue mission that takes 20 years before the main events. It coincides with Agent 47’s introduction to the ICA in the form of two training hits offering players flexibility in their execution.

How First-Person Games Trick Our Brains By Creating Monstrosities: Firewatch Edition

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One of the clever tricks of video game development is convincing our brains that scale and perspective match real-world equivalents. When we’re playing a first-person shooter, we imagine someone that looks and is proportioned like us. Sometimes we’re reminded that it just isn’t so.

You have seen this comic by John Kleckner that paints a humorous (and disturbing) picture of the monstrosities of FPS design we rarely see:

The truth isn’t terribly far off. Campo Santo artist Olly Moss shared clips of in-production Firewatch animation on Twitter that reveals Henry (the protagonist) to be a deformed, double-jointed freak.

Kanye West Releases Surprise Trailer For New Game Only One

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Kanye West Releases Surprise Trailer For New Game Only One

In case you forgot, Kanye West has been working on a game based on his song "Only One," and the surprise trailer actually looks pretty good.

About a year ago, Kanye West announced that he was working on game based on his song "Only One," which was inspired by the death of his mother Donda in 2007. The rapper ended a recent album release party/fashion show in New York with a surprise trailer for the game, which shows Kanye West's mom ascending to Heaven.

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