Sega Says Goodbye To Historic Old Headquarters

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Sega Says Goodbye To Historic Old Headquarters

This month, Sega is moving its Japanese headquarters for the first time in decades, leaving behind their Tokyo office near Otorii station and moving north to Osaki, Tokyo. The new building has Sega Sammy branding over it, rather than the classic Sega logo on the older building, the land for which Sega sold for the equivalent of $47 million dollars.

The building is said to be torn down.

Yuji Naka, former Sega developer and head of Sonic team, tweeted wistfully from the front of the building about his old place of employment with his kids in tow.

Sega Says Goodbye To Historic Old Headquarters

about X hours ago from
Sega Says Goodbye To Historic Old Headquarters

This month, Sega is moving its Japanese headquarters for the first time in decades, leaving behind their Tokyo office near Otorii station and moving north to Osaki, Tokyo. The new building has Sega Sammy branding over it, rather than the classic Sega logo on the older building, the land for which Sega sold for the equivalent of $47 million dollars.

The building is said to be torn down.

Yuji Naka, former Sega developer and head of Sonic team, tweeted wistfully from the front of the building about his old place of employment with his kids in tow.

New Overwatch Hero Baptiste Revealed

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New Overwatch Hero Baptiste Revealed

Blizzard has abruptly revealed the newest hero for Overwatch, teased recently in a lore release a few days ago. Baptiste, the battle medic, appears to be medic who believes in healing for some and bullets for others.

You can check out Baptiste's backstory trailer below.

There's no other real information on the character so far, but it does mean that Lucio is no longer the only male support character, so that's certainly growing the roster.

Smeargle Is In Pokémon Go And Is A Little Harder To Catch Than Others

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Smeargle Is In Pokémon Go And Is A Little Harder To Catch Than Others

Smeargle, the painting Pokémon, has been introduced into the realm of mobile augmented reality title Pokémon Go. But unlike every other Pokémon in the game, where you meet them during events or finding them on the map and throwing pokéballs at the Pokémon you were lucky enough to find in your area. Not so much for Smeargle.

To catch Smeargle, you need to use Pokémon Go's recently released snapshot feature, which lets you take pictures of the various Pokémon you have in your possession. When you're taking photos of your Pokémon, occasionally Smeargle will appear in the corners or blocking your shots by way of photobomb. When you exit the camera mode, Smeargle will just be on the map for you to battle and catch.

Don't worry, amateur photographers, you will also get a Smeargle-free version of your photo without its intrusion. 

Borderlands Developer Gearbox Was Almost Chosen For Halo 4

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Borderlands Developer Gearbox Was Almost Chosen For Halo 4

After Bungie announced they were leaving the Halo series in the hands of Microsoft and striking out on their own, Halo fans were justifiably worried about the future of the series. More than that, however, Microsoft itself was likely worried about what they do with Halo at that point. It turns out one of the possible options they were considering was going with Borderlands developer Gearbox as an option for taking development for Halo 4.

In an IGN sitdown, 343 boss Bonnie Ross talked a little bit about the paths not taken. While ultimately Microsoft decided to have all the development made in an internal team that was eventually known as 343, the idea of doing it externally was also an option. According to Ross, Gearbox was the one and only other outside partner they had considered before ultimately deciding to keep it in Microsoft.

Gearbox is not a particularly strange choice, as they have had some involvement with the series. They ported the first game to PC in 2003, so they would theoretically understand the basic building blocks of the series.

The Comic That Inspired Into The Spider-Verse Was Itself Inspired By A Video Game

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The Comic That Inspired Into The Spider-Verse Was Itself Inspired By A Video Game

How well would you say you remembered Activision's slate of Spider-Man games from the mid- to late-2000s? The company certainly produced a lot of them of varying quality, so they can tend to blur together a bit. One of those games, however, ended up inspiring the source material for last year's seminal Into the Spider-Verse film.

Last night on Twitter, just before Into the Spider-Verse won its Oscar for best animated film, Marvel comics writer Dan Slott started talking about the inspiration for the original comic run for the Spider-Verse arc. It turns out that the idea actually came from a visit to Activision studio Beenox to take a look at their 2010 Spider-Man game Shattered Dimensions.

#SpiderVerse origins: 6/9/09, @Beenox studios flew me to Quebec to show me their new game in development: Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions so I could write the story around it. It'd involve Spidey, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, & Spider-Man 2099, all in one big adventure. pic.twitter.com/HFQdozpvo6

The Comic That Inspired Into The Spider-Verse Was Itself Inspired By A Video Game

about X hours ago from
The Comic That Inspired Into The Spider-Verse Was Itself Inspired By A Video Game

How well would you say you remembered Activision's slate of Spider-Man games from the mid- to late-2000s? The company certainly produced a lot of them of varying quality, so they can tend to blur together a bit. One of those games, however, ended up inspiring the source material for last year's seminal Into the Spider-Verse film.

Last night on Twitter, just before Into the Spider-Verse won its Oscar for best animated film, Marvel comics writer Dan Slott started talking about the inspiration for the original comic run for the Spider-Verse arc. It turns out that the idea actually came from a visit to Activision studio Beenox to take a look at their 2010 Spider-Man game Shattered Dimensions.

#SpiderVerse origins: 6/9/09, @Beenox studios flew me to Quebec to show me their new game in development: Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions so I could write the story around it. It'd involve Spidey, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, & Spider-Man 2099, all in one big adventure. pic.twitter.com/HFQdozpvo6

Three Questions For MLB The Show 19's Road To The Show Mode

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Three Questions For MLB The Show 19's Road To The Show Mode

More information for MLB the Show 19's Road to the Show mode has been revealed by developer San Diego Studios as the game approaches its March 26 release date. One of the mode's main new components – apart from the fact that there are no longer attribute caps for your player (yea!) – is the addition of a personality and relationship system, which is changing how perks work through interactions with teammates and rivals.

Giving players the power to take charge of their own story is a good move, but I have a few questions about how this new system might be expressed in the game.

The basics of this year's modified perks system are thus: You pick main, secondary, and tertiary personality types for your RTTS player from four choices – Captain, Maverick, Lightning Rod, and Heart and Soul. This influences the initial setup of the perks tree. From here, conversations with teammates and players on other teams during training days progresses you down the appropriate part of the tree tied to one of the personality types based on your dialogue responses.

Three Questions For MLB The Show 19's Road To The Show Mode

about X hours ago from
Three Questions For MLB The Show 19's Road To The Show Mode

More information for MLB the Show 19's Road to the Show mode has been revealed by developer San Diego Studios as the game approaches its March 26 release date. One of the mode's main new components – apart from the fact that there are no longer attribute caps for your player (yea!) – is the addition of a personality and relationship system, which is changing how perks work through interactions with teammates and rivals.

Giving players the power to take charge of their own story is a good move, but I have a few questions about how this new system might be expressed in the game.

The basics of this year's modified perks system are thus: You pick main, secondary, and tertiary personality types for your RTTS player from four choices – Captain, Maverick, Lightning Rod, and Heart and Soul. This influences the initial setup of the perks tree. From here, conversations with teammates and players on other teams during training days progresses you down the appropriate part of the tree tied to one of the personality types based on your dialogue responses.

Taiwanese Horror Game Devotion Delisted From Steam After Winnie The Pooh Meme Sparks Controversy

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Taiwanese Horror Game Devotion Delisted From Steam After Winnie The Pooh Meme Sparks Controversy

Devotion, a Taiwanese horror game that found a huge fan following over the past week since its release, has been removed entirely from Steam following the use a meme banned in China. The ensuing firestorm has lead to the game's publisher abandoning the studio and the developers being forced to apologize publicly over the issue.

The game is a follow up to developer Red Candle Games' previous horror title Detention, a school-based survival horror titled based on Taiwanese culture and mythos. Players quickly picked up on Devotion and became attracted to the game's effective use of scares and environmental oppression. However, its average user reviews on Steam started to collapse in the time since release, as Chinese players discovered something they did not like on one of the game's posters.

On a poster in the game for what is known as a Fulu talisman, characters dotted along the edges of the design say what is roughly translated as "Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh Moron," referring to the People's Republic of China's president. In recent years, Chinese internet users have poked fun at Xi Jinping for looking like Winnie the Pooh, the yellow cartoon bear with a predilection for honey. The meme reportedly angered the Chinese leader, resulting in a ban in China.