After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

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After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

A few weeks ago, when Judgment actor Pierre Taki got arrested for use of cocaine after a drug test, Sega reacted quickly by pulling the game from shelves and PSN. The use of drugs in Japan is looked upon very differently, so Sega had to replace the entire actor for both the Japanese release and the upcoming U.S. release. According to Sega's chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, that pull might have ended up being quite the boon for the game, as it sold 97 percent of its initial shipment before it got pulled.

Nagoshi relayed this information on a Japanese livestream last night, jokingly asking "Why didn't [these purchasers] just buy it from the start?!"

Of course Nagoshi was asked about his reaction to the Taki news, which the Yakuza director admitted he was shocked when he first heard. Nagoshi was reading the news on the internet while Sega employees kept calling his phone and he had to make the, uh, judgment call about what to do immediately. He put it to a vote within the team and they decided to pull the game.

After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

about X hours ago from
After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

A few weeks ago, when Judgment actor Pierre Taki got arrested for use of cocaine after a drug test, Sega reacted quickly by pulling the game from shelves and PSN. The use of drugs in Japan is looked upon very differently, so Sega had to replace the entire actor for both the Japanese release and the upcoming U.S. release. According to Sega's chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, that pull might have ended up being quite the boon for the game, as it sold 97 percent of its initial shipment before it got pulled.

Nagoshi relayed this information on a Japanese livestream last night, jokingly asking "Why didn't [these purchasers] just buy it from the start?!"

Of course Nagoshi was asked about his reaction to the Taki news, which the Yakuza director admitted he was shocked when he first heard. Nagoshi was reading the news on the internet while Sega employees kept calling his phone and he had to make the, uh, judgment call about what to do immediately. He put it to a vote within the team and they decided to pull the game.

Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

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Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

Harmonix has announced a new game in their dancing motion game series, Dance Central. While the series has traditionally been tied to Microsoft's now-defunct Kinect camera, the newest iteration titled simply "Dance Central" is bringing the game to virtual reality in both Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest.

We're proud to announce the next evolution of Dance Central, coming exclusively to the Oculus Quest and Rift platform this Spring! pic.twitter.com/gaWp2FtJbj

The new virtual reality game has you matching the movements of a single person standing in front of you whom you're essentially dancing with. The website brags that there are 32 custom routines to come along with the game designed specifically for Dance Central that you can then bring to the club after you master them.

Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

about X hours ago from
Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

Harmonix has announced a new game in their dancing motion game series, Dance Central. While the series has traditionally been tied to Microsoft's now-defunct Kinect camera, the newest iteration titled simply "Dance Central" is bringing the game to virtual reality in both Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest.

We're proud to announce the next evolution of Dance Central, coming exclusively to the Oculus Quest and Rift platform this Spring! pic.twitter.com/gaWp2FtJbj

The new virtual reality game has you matching the movements of a single person standing in front of you whom you're essentially dancing with. The website brags that there are 32 custom routines to come along with the game designed specifically for Dance Central that you can then bring to the club after you master them.

Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

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Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

A few days ago, Final Fantasy X/X-2 owners on Steam were surprised to find an update come in for the now three-year-old PC version of the game. The update seemed to mostly, or even solely, add an always-online digital rights management requirement to the game which forced the title to phone home to servers for players to play it. Neither Final Fantasy X nor Final Fantasy X-2 had this in the prior three years they had been on Steam.

After some outcry, Square has very quietly acknowledged the problem and will fix it in the next update.

In a post on the Steam forums, the publisher didn't give any reasoning for the initial update, though couched it as kind of an unintended consequence rather than an intentional decision. It is hard to say whether or not that is actually the case, as there isn't a whole lot else the update did besides add the DRM. It's also very curious why Square Enix decided to do this in the first place, years after the game released. Perhaps they fear piracy on PC will take away sales from the upcoming Switch and Xbox One ports which is a very strange idea, especially to think it dramatic enough a problem to be actionable.

Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

about X hours ago from
Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

A few days ago, Final Fantasy X/X-2 owners on Steam were surprised to find an update come in for the now three-year-old PC version of the game. The update seemed to mostly, or even solely, add an always-online digital rights management requirement to the game which forced the title to phone home to servers for players to play it. Neither Final Fantasy X nor Final Fantasy X-2 had this in the prior three years they had been on Steam.

After some outcry, Square has very quietly acknowledged the problem and will fix it in the next update.

In a post on the Steam forums, the publisher didn't give any reasoning for the initial update, though couched it as kind of an unintended consequence rather than an intentional decision. It is hard to say whether or not that is actually the case, as there isn't a whole lot else the update did besides add the DRM. It's also very curious why Square Enix decided to do this in the first place, years after the game released. Perhaps they fear piracy on PC will take away sales from the upcoming Switch and Xbox One ports which is a very strange idea, especially to think it dramatic enough a problem to be actionable.

You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

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You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

Cuphead wowed us with its 1930s-inspired, hand-drawn animation, and it's wowing us again in 3D with three new construction sets from McFarlane Toys.

The sets include Chaotic Casino, Devil's Throne, and Devious Dice and feature familiar characters like The Devil, King Dice, Mugman and, of course, the titular Cuphead. Not only can you build each character though, you can pose them, with each lil' guy having several articulation points.

The Chaotic Casino set is currently unavailable on Amazon, but there's still time to pre-order the other two sets, which both run for $15.99.

You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

about X hours ago from
You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

Cuphead wowed us with its 1930s-inspired, hand-drawn animation, and it's wowing us again in 3D with three new construction sets from McFarlane Toys.

The sets include Chaotic Casino, Devil's Throne, and Devious Dice and feature familiar characters like The Devil, King Dice, Mugman and, of course, the titular Cuphead. Not only can you build each character though, you can pose them, with each lil' guy having several articulation points.

The Chaotic Casino set is currently unavailable on Amazon, but there's still time to pre-order the other two sets, which both run for $15.99.

Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

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Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club Games, the developers behind the indie hit Shovel Knight as well as all its associated DLC and expansions, recently teased a new game showing a ninja standing over a Blade Runner-esque city. They quickly clarified that this is what they're dubbing as Yacht Club Publishing and people soon figured out that the game bore a striking resemblance to the already-announced Cyber Shadow from Machine Head Games.

Now, Yacht Club has confirmed they will be publishing the action platformer which itself bears a strong resemblance to Ninja Gaiden and looks to be the love letter to that genre that Shovel Knight was to its inspirations. You can check out the new trailer for it below.

It's extremely cool-looking and seems to evoke Ninja Gaiden without being beholden to everything that might make that game incredibly unfun to play in a modern context. It'll be interesting to see how Cyber Shadow stacks up against last year's Ninja Gaiden-like The Messenger, but they look like they're taking two different angles at the same idea.

Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

about X hours ago from
Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club Games, the developers behind the indie hit Shovel Knight as well as all its associated DLC and expansions, recently teased a new game showing a ninja standing over a Blade Runner-esque city. They quickly clarified that this is what they're dubbing as Yacht Club Publishing and people soon figured out that the game bore a striking resemblance to the already-announced Cyber Shadow from Mechanical Head Studios.

Now, Yacht Club has confirmed they will be publishing the action platformer which itself bears a strong resemblance to Ninja Gaiden and looks to be the love letter to that genre that Shovel Knight was to its inspirations. You can check out the new trailer for it below.

It's extremely cool-looking and seems to evoke Ninja Gaiden without being beholden to everything that might make that game incredibly unfun to play in a modern context. It'll be interesting to see how Cyber Shadow stacks up against last year's Ninja Gaiden-like The Messenger, but they look like they're taking two different angles at the same idea.