Brian K. Vaughan Writing Western Live-Action Gundam Adaptation

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Brian K. Vaughan Writing Western Live-Action Gundam Adaptation

Brian K. Vaughan, the writer behind comics like Sagas, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, as well as TV shows like Lost, has been tapped to write a western adaptation of the popular Japanese Gundam license for a live-action film.

The news comes from Deadline, which reports that Legendary Pictures is adapting the movie in cooperation with license-owners Sunrise. Gundam is a long-standing property that first debuted in 1979 and has seen hundreds of shows, toys, models, movies, and video games in the last three decades, making it likely the most recognizable mecha property on the planet. 

The story changes depending on time frame and continuity, but is usually about war, and oftentimes about the war between planets and space colonies. In a much more symbolic sense, Gundam is about the dangers of technology, and the importance of guiding youth as they use that technology for victory, as part of Japan's collective healing in the aftermath of World War II. Probably.

Valve Blocks Explicit Sexual Assault Game From Appearing On Steam

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Valve Blocks Explicit Sexual Assault Game From Appearing On Steam

(Warning: This story includes specific mentions of the game in question and references to the offensive content the title contained. If you are not comfortable with references to sexual assault, this is your warning to avoid reading this story.)

A few days ago, a visual novel appeared for pre-order on Steam titled Rape Day. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the game used CG models to present the player with various options for sex crimes, murder, or anything else the self-described serial killer in the game could do. By the page's own description, Rape Day would allow the player to "verbally harass, kill people, and rape women" as part of the core gameplay loop. Valve's approval process on the game was slower than usual, prompting the developer to reach out and try and figure out what was holding it up. It was, after all, pretty well within Steam's rules. 

"I have not broken any rules, so I don’t see how my game could get banned unless Steam changes their policies,” the developer wrote on the game's website. “My game was properly marked as adult and with a thorough description of all of the potentially offensive content before the coming soon page went live on Steam."

Anthem's Default Rifle May Be The Game's Best Gun, And That's A Problem

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Anthem's Default Rifle May Be The Game's Best Gun, And That's A Problem

BioWare's maligned looter shooter, Anthem, has a new controversy brewing, and it could be the biggest problem yet. Based on a recent post uploaded by redditor YeetLordSupreme, the damage numbers that hover over enemies as they take hits does not actually parallel the amount of damage being dealt. This becomes more apparent as YeetLordSurpreme compares his level 45 masterwork Ralner's Blade rifle to the level 1 common Defender rifle in this GIF:

The common weapon puzzlingly appears to do more damage than its augmented counterpart. 

This startling news implies that people who have devoted copious amounts of hours grinding for money, crafting materials, and rare loot have seemingly wasted their time. Players are understandably demanding answers. 

Anthem's Default Rifle May Be The Game's Best Gun, And That's A Problem

about X hours ago from
Anthem's Default Rifle May Be The Game's Best Gun, And That's A Problem

BioWare's maligned looter shooter, Anthem, has a new controversy brewing, and it could be the biggest problem yet. Based on a recent post uploaded by redditor YeetLordSupreme, the damage numbers that hover over enemies as they take hits does not actually parallel the amount of damage being dealt. This becomes more apparent as YeetLordSurpreme compares his level 45 masterwork Ralner's Blade rifle to the level 1 common Defender rifle in this GIF:

The common weapon puzzlingly appears to do more damage than its augmented counterpart. 

This startling news implies that people who have devoted copious amounts of hours grinding for money, crafting materials, and rare loot have seemingly wasted their time. Players are understandably demanding answers. 

Vivendi Sells Ubisoft Stock, Ending Multi-Year Takeover Attempt

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Vivendi Sells Ubisoft Stock, Ending Multi-Year Takeover Attempt

In 2015, mass media conglomerate Vivendi had recently split with Activision-Blizzard and was seeking new footing in the video game industry. At the time, French publisher Ubisoft seemed like an easy bet as a publicly-traded company, and Vivendi began the long and circuitous process of becoming a majority stakeholder in Ubisoft. Now, several years later, Vivendi has officially given up their takeover bid as the Guillemot family emerges victorious.

Reuters confirms that Vivendi has sold off the last of its remaining Ubisoft stock, which amounted to 5.9 percent ownership in the Assassin's Creed developer. The company had been nearing the 30 percent mark of Ubisoft ownership that would trigger a mechanism where Vivendi would either have to commit to taking over Ubisoft or back off. Vivendi chose to back off for a committed period of six months, which Ubisoft then negotiated to five years.

As part of their lead up to purchasing Ubisoft, Vivendi acquired mobile developer Gameloft, which was owned by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot's brother Michael Guillemot. Vivendi retains that ownership and will be using the company as their foothold in the gaming space. This isn't to say Vivendi is in any way prevented from trying to take over Ubisoft again, but the process is so long and difficult that it is unlikely to happen even after the five years are up.

Elite Dangerous' Next Major Expansion Planned For Late 2020

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Elite Dangerous' Next Major Expansion Planned For Late 2020

Elite Dangerous developer Frontier has outlined its content plans for the spacefaring game, including a "mammoth" content drop coming in the latter half of 2020.

The update comes via a post on the Elite Dangerous forum, and while it doesn't divulge specific information on the incoming paid content, the post refers to it as the "biggest update yet," and it will be free for lifetime expansion pass owners.

To tide players over while they wait for the new content, Frontier plans to tweak existing content and offer new monthly events. Community Goals will see some of these changes: players can expect new scenarios, reputation and reward boosts (such as Superpower reputation increases), and "global galactic changes."

Report: Nintendo Requests Mobile Game Partners Prevent Players From Spending Too Much

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Report: Nintendo Requests Mobile Game Partners Prevent Players From Spending Too Much

In the grand scheme of the company, Nintendo's decision to publish mobile games is really quite recent. It was only in 2015 that the late Nintendo president announced a partnership with DeNA to pursue mobile development, finally calming the clamor from investors who were looking to see Nintendo explore new revenue streams. There are aspects of the mobile market that Nintendo is still not comfortable with, however, and they seem to be telling their partners to hold their horses on likely money-makers.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has prevented partners from going too far with certain revenue models to prevent players from spending too much on their games. Nintendo's chief concern appears to be maintaining brand image and worrying that pursuing whales, a popular term for players that spend exponentially more money than most users, will make Nintendo look craven rather than their normal family-friendly reputation.

In the report, CyberAgent Inc., parent company of CyGames which co-developed Dragalia Lost with Nintendo, confirmed that Nintendo has been preventing them from using tactics they know will make more money.

Apex Legends' Rumored Octane Hero Is Starting To Look Legitimate

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Apex Legends' Rumored Octane Hero Is Starting To Look Legitimate

Now that Apex Legends has amassed a sizable following, players are tirelessly exploring the web for news on upcoming content. Those efforts are starting to bear fruit, as info on the next character, Octane, seemingly leaked online. A Daily Esports report references an interview with an anonymous source who confirms the legitimacy of the aforementioned leak. The article goes on to showcase an image of Octane's abilities. Of his three skills, "adrenaline junkie" appears to be particularly striking; an increase in movement speed can give him a great advantage in most team fights. 

The unnamed source also claims that the game's Battle Pass will release on March 12. 

While all of this is mere speculation we haven't been able to confirm, the player base is excitedly anticipating Apex Legends' growing hero roster. As you wait for more updates, read our squad-build guide so you can have that extra edge on the battlefield.

Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

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Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

Four years after launch, Rainbow Six Siege is arguably better than it's ever been. Today marks the beginning of another year of content. Operation Burnt Horizon follows the Siege tradition of introducing two new operators as well as a new map, Outback, set in Australia.  

The new attacking operator, Gridlock, uses a new gadget called Trax Stingers she can deploy on the ground to slow down defenders' movements or force them to abandon entrenched positions, as they slowly drain health. The new defender Mozzie, is an Aussie hacker who can commandeer opposing players' drones with his Pest Launcher bots.

The new content drops comes alongside some balance tweaks, including another modification to the lean camera and cleaned up running animations. Ubisoft also raised the barrier to entry for ranked playlists from level 20 to 30. Read all about the extensive changes in the official patch notes.

Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

about X hours ago from
Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

Four years after launch, Rainbow Six Siege is arguably better than it's ever been. Today marks the beginning of another year of content. Operation Burnt Horizon follows the Siege tradition of introducing two new operators as well as a new map, Outback, set in Australia.  

The new attacking operator, Gridlock, uses a new gadget called Trax Stingers she can deploy on the ground to slow down defenders' movements or force them to abandon entrenched positions, as they slowly drain health. The new defender Mozzie, is an Aussie hacker who can commandeer opposing players' drones with his Pest Launcher bots.

The new content drops comes alongside some balance tweaks, including another modification to the lean camera and cleaned up running animations. Ubisoft also raised the barrier to entry for ranked playlists from level 20 to 30. Read all about the extensive changes in the official patch notes.