Nintendo Offering Splatoon 2 Free Online Trial

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Nintendo Offering Splatoon 2 Free Online Trial

Nintendo's Splatoon 2 seven-day free trial starts today, letting Nintendo Switch Online members enjoy the game's online modes for free.

The demo can be downloaded vie the Switch eShop (even if you've already had a free trial), which generates an email code you need to activate to play. Enjoy Turf War, Salmon Run, League Battle, and Ranked Battle online modes with those who already own the game.

If you like the experience, you'll be glad to know that not only does your progress in the demo transfer over if you buy the game, but you'll get a 20-percent discount if you purchase it during the demo period.

Video Shows Secrets Behind The Camera In The Simpsons Hit & Run

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Video Shows Secrets Behind The Camera In The Simpsons Hit & Run

YouTube channel Boundary Break, which looks at hidden secrets that are behind the camera or out-of-bounds in video games, is back with another fascinating episode.

These videos are not only entertaining, but also insightful when it comes to game development, giving us a peek behind the scenes as to how games are made. In the latest video, we find out the mysteries of The Simpsons: Hit & Run, an open-world title from 2003.

Boundary Break's host speaks to one of the game's former developers, Cary Brisebois, to explain strange findings like two images floating in the world (including George H. W. Bush's house), bizarre small metal boxes attached to the game's switches, and characters or objects that are frozen in place until scenes are activated.

343 Industries Gives Back To Fans With Halo 5 Pizza Skin

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343 Industries Gives Back To Fans With Halo 5 Pizza Skin

Following an announcement that the Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, fans banded together to send countless pizzas to 343 Industries that started as a fun joke relating to a Reddit thread. Now, 343 Industries is giving a gift back to players by releasing the "Last Slice" pizza skin for Halo 5.

Everyone who plays online today in Halo 5 will receive a pepperoni pizza skin. You can view the tweet from 343 Industries about it below.

Thank you for the outpouring of excitement over the news that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC. As a token of gratitude, we’d like to offer you a hot slice of pepperoni within Halo 5. Jump online today and pick up your complimentary Last Slice skin! pic.twitter.com/ARBFUgOsxa

343 Industries Gives Back To Fans With Free Halo 5 Pizza Skin

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343 Industries Gives Back To Fans With Free Halo 5 Pizza Skin

Following an announcement that the Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, fans banded together to send countless pizzas to 343 Industries that started as a fun joke relating to a Reddit thread. Now, 343 Industries is giving a gift back to players by releasing the "Last Slice" pizza skin for Halo 5.

Everyone who plays online today in Halo 5 will receive a free pepperoni pizza skin. You can view the tweet from 343 Industries about it below.

Thank you for the outpouring of excitement over the news that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC. As a token of gratitude, we’d like to offer you a hot slice of pepperoni within Halo 5. Jump online today and pick up your complimentary Last Slice skin! pic.twitter.com/ARBFUgOsxa

NES-Inspired Alwa's Awakening Comes To PS4 This Month

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NES-Inspired Alwa's Awakening Comes To PS4 This Month

The NES-inspired Alwa's Awakening is coming to PlayStation 4 in just a few days time. It has previously launched on PC, Mac, and Switch.

Alwa's Awakening blends adventuring and Metroidvania-style platforming. You spend time fighting enemies, solving puzzles, and engaging in boss battles. You also have a magic staff at your disposal which at first is only used to whack foes with, but it later upgrades to bring new abilities such as creating a green block that helps open up exploration more and allows you to reach secret areas.

Alwa's Awakening arrives on PS4 on March 21.

Esports Player And App Developer Atta Elayyan Among Victims Of New Zealand Massacre

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Esports Player And App Developer Atta Elayyan Among Victims Of New Zealand Massacre

Atta Elayyan, a professional Counter-Strike player, app developer, and national futsal player was among the 50 killed in last Friday's tragic mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Elayyan, who went by the nickname and gamertag "crazyarab," won multiple Counter-Strike: Source tournaments with the New Zealand esports team NewType back in the early 2000s. He later went on to study computer science, and ended up founding his own software company, LWA Solutions, which is the development team behind MetroTube (a YouTube app) for Windows Phone.

"I would have never gotten into the tech industry had I not been obsessed with gaming during those years and the hours of focus, intense game play and desire to succeed has actually helped me alot in many aspects of my life," wrote Elayyan in 2012 in a gaming forum. "Of course, even if it was a complete waste of time, the people and friends I met during those years made it worth it."

Axiom Verge Producer Suing Badland Publishing For $200,000

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Axiom Verge Producer Suing Badland Publishing For $200,000

A few days ago, Limited Run Games revealed that the long-awaited Wii U physical edition of the popular Metroid homage Axiom Verge was finally going to be released on March 29. While that bit of news garnered more than a few responses of "huh, that's interesting," the far more interesting  story emerged alongside the announcement. Dan Adelman, a producer for Axiom Verge, took to Twitter to reveal a long, twisting account that explains the Wii U physical edition's delay, as well as the reasons for his lawsuit against the edition's former European publisher, Badland Publishing. 

Limited Run Games just announced the long-awaited release details for Axiom Verge Wii U. (Link to actual tweet: https://t.co/uyExyFDG2L)
We've been quiet about it until now, but Badland Games ripped us (me and Tom Happ) off as well. Here are some of the details: [1/14] pic.twitter.com/PEzDAzNHDR

In his account, Adelman says both he and Tom Happ, Axiom Verge's creator, went with Badland Publishing (which is also publishing The Occupation and Nightmare Boy) for the European physical release of the game because Badland promised a generous deal. Not only would the company match what other publishers were offering in terms of revenue share, but would also contribute a whopping 75 percent of its cut in order to create a trust fund to support Happ's child Alastair, born with Kernicterus. 

The Sims 4 To Stop Supporting 32-Bit PCs This June

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The Sims 4 To Stop Supporting 32-Bit PCs This June

EA announced that The Sims 4 will no longer be supporting 32-bit PCs and non-metal Mac OS machines by this June, though players will still be able to play the game thanks to an upcoming Legacy Edition.

The Legacy Edition has a tentative release planned for the same month that the support for older machines ends. This edition will transfer saved game files, but it won't receive future updates or bug fixes. It also won't support game or stuff packs that have released after February 26. When it comes to online features like the gallery, game banners, and social integrations, those too are unavailable on the new edition.

You can read EA's full statement below.

Valve To Investigate Epic Game Store's Use Of Steam Files

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Valve To Investigate Epic Game Store's Use Of Steam Files

Looks like things might be getting even more tense between Valve and Epic's storefronts. After the controversial incident where Epic Games secured a deal that made Metro Exodus a PC exclusive for its store, months after it had been available on Steam, a new kerfuffle has arisen between the two giants. Keen-eyed Reddit users noticed that the Epic launcher was accessing Steam-related files apparently without users' permission.

The most noteworthy point in the post is that Epic is making an encrypted copy of localconfig.vdf. According to Eurogamer, Epic says that the launcher only imports your Steam friends list (with the permission you give them after you sign the EULA for your account), but that's done little to ease users' concerns given that the vdf contains data relating to the games they own and "saved login tokens."

Epic has since commented on the matter saying that users are correct in that Epic should only be importing Steam friends list after users deliberately choose that option. CEO Tim Sweeney has gone to say that the company is working to fix the issue:

The Next Big Sonic The Hedgehog Game Is In Development

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The Next Big Sonic The Hedgehog Game Is In Development

During its SXSW panel today, Sonic Team made a flurry of announcements regarding its blue hedgehog. The biggest of which is that the next mainline Sonic game is already in development. Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team, made the announcement but did not elaborate further on gameplay, title, or release window.

However, there was plenty of other smaller news items to hold fans over.  Along with some new details about how customization will work in the upcoming Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Team also released a new animated video by the same talent responsible for the well-received Sonic Mania Adventures. You can watch the video right here:

Announcing "Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive" a new 2-part Animation by Tyson Hesse and Neko Productions! Here's Part 1 -Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/SoUzMnDicA