ESA Issues Statement On Trump Immigration Ban

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ESA Issues Statement On Trump Immigration Ban

Fallout over President Donald Trump's executive order last week barring students, visitors, refugees, immigrants, and even green-card-holding legal permanent United States residents from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering or traveling to the United States continues to reverberate across the country. In the aftermath of several prominent technology companies speaking out against the broad-reaching and poorly implemented edict that has already been challenged in court, the interactive entertainment's leading trade organization has issued a public statement as well.

The ESA, which is most prominently known for putting together the annual E3 convention, lobbies Congress in the interest of advancing game-friendly public policy. Several developers and publishers have already spoken out against the executive order, and today the organization added their voice to the chorus.

Welcome The Winter 2017 Game Informer Interns

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Welcome The Winter 2017 Game Informer Interns

Winter is one of the best times to cuddle up with a game and stay indoors. As we try to stay warm in Minneapolis and gear up for another fun year of gaming, we're happy to introduce Game Informer's intern crew for the winter of 2017. These awesome writers will be helping us cover all the important video game news and culture over the next three months as they further their knowledge of working in the industry.

Our winter 2017 interns come to us from all across the country, but they share a common love of video games and writing about those games. The next three months affords them an opportunity to share that excitement about the field with the rest of the Game Informer community. You’ll see news, features, previews, and more from them popping up onto the Game Informer website in the coming weeks.

Expect to see plenty of stories from Manon Hume, Zak Wojnar, and Jordan Leendertsen (get to know them better by clicking their names and reading their introductory blog posts). We're excited to have these fine folks on board, so please extend a warm welcome!

Check Out The Four New Maps Coming To Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare's Sabotage DLC

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Check Out The Four New Maps Coming To Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare's Sabotage DLC

The Zombies mode Rave in the Redwoods starring Kevin Smith may be getting most of the headlines, but the Sabotage DLC coming to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare tomorrow also includes four new multiplayer maps for the base game. 

A new video release today tours the four locations – Noir,  Renaissance, Neon, and Domintion, which is a re-imagination of the popular Afghan map in Modern Warfare 2. See them in action yourself:

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Free Upcoming Fallout 4 Update Improves PS4 Pro, PC Visuals

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Free Upcoming Fallout 4 Update Improves PS4 Pro, PC Visuals

Today Bethesda announced a new free update for Fallout 4 that promises improved visuals for both PlayStation 4 Pro and PC players.

The 1.19 patch for the PlayStation 4 Pro, available next week, tweaks both the lighting and textures to support 1440p native resolution, improved draw distances, and enhanced Godray effects. 

For PC players, the High Resolution Texture Pack requires an additional 58GB of storage space, but should make the territories around the Commonwealth look better than ever before.  

Psychonauts PSVR Puzzler Gets A Release Date

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Psychonauts PSVR Puzzler Gets A Release Date

Tim Schafer and Double Fine are bringing Psychonauts to the PSVR this February in Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin – a puzzle title that takes place between after the events of the first game.

The title comes out on February 21, when players get to use Raz's powers, from telekinesis to clairvoyance and pyrokinesis, to save his friends from the titular part of the ocean.

The studio is also working on Psychonauts 2, which is currently scheduled to come out in 2018.

Nilfgaardian Deck Coming To Standalone Gwent Game Next Week

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Nilfgaardian Deck Coming To Standalone Gwent Game Next Week

Back when CD Projekt Red first showcased the standalone version of Gwent, we noticed many interesting deviations from the version found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One of the more notable ones was the removal of the Nilfgaardian deck, which was replaced with a Skelligan one. Now, the developer plans to bring this popular faction back into the fold via a major content update next week. 

According to the press release, the new faction is focused on controlling the battlefield. Its faction-specific cards give players the ability to reveal cards in an opponent's hand, control the order of their cards, or even introduce disloyal units to their ranks. Starting on February 6, players can collect the 60 new cards, which expand beyond the new faction to include new options for the Northern Realms, Scoia'tael, Skellige, and Monsters decks as well. 

Gwent is still in closed beta for Xbox One and PC. You can try to join the test group by visiting the official website.

Cutscene King Hideo Kojima Sees Convergence As The Future Of Entertainment

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Cutscene King Hideo Kojima Sees Convergence As The Future Of Entertainment

Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima has never been afraid to explore convergence, as some of his past games have non-interactive cutscene sequences that last longer than some theatrical films. Don't expect him to deviate too far from this approach with Death Stranding. In fact, he sees convergence as the future of all entertainment mediums.

"In life people are very busy doing lots of things," Kojima told BBC. "The time you have to choose what media or entertainment you experience is dwindling. More and more people are looking at types of media that combine elements together. If we just make a game people are less likely to choose that as something to do. They would rather engage in something that combines different forms of entertainment together. That's where we need to focus our efforts, on this convergence."

Namco Founder, 'Father Of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura Has Died

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Namco Founder, 'Father Of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura Has Died

Masaya Nakamura, Namco founder and so-called "Father of Pac-Man" has died at 91. Nakamura grew his company from a handful of mechanical rides in 1955 to an early dominant force in the early days of arcades, thanks in large part to the success of Pac-Man.

Under Nakamura's guidance, Toru Iwatani's creation became a worldwide phenomenon. And Ms. Pac-Man would have sported a full head of hair if not for Nakamura's insistence that it be removed in the follow-up game.

After the merger of Namco and Bandai in 2005, Nakamura retained an honorary position within the company.

Report: Square Enix Puts Deus Ex Franchise On Hiatus

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Report: Square Enix Puts Deus Ex Franchise On Hiatus

Square Enix recently announced that it was partnering with Marvel for future Avengers titles. One of the studios already mentioned to utilize the property is Eidos Montreal, developers of the Deus Ex franchise. According to a report from Eurogamer, the studio is not only taking on the new license, but will be doing so at the expense of Deus Ex.

Eurogamer is vague on its source or sources, but it says that the Deus Ex series has been placed on hiatus. The studio is officially working with Crystal Dynamics on an Avengers title that won't be revealed until 2018.

Square Enix has officially responded to the article with the statement: "While we are still working on expanding the Deus Ex Universe, along with creating new content and updates for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we're also devoting our talents towards working with Crystal Dynamics and Marvel on The Avengers project."

Hand-Drawn Puzzle Game Gorogoa Arrives This Spring

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Hand-Drawn Puzzle Game Gorogoa Arrives This Spring

Jason Roberts' Gorogoa, a unique puzzle game about manipulating a sequence of images to tell a story, was first revealed almost five years ago. Now, we've gotten another peek at the game with a new trailer.

Reminiscent of the mobile game Framed, you move square images to create a connecting story. It is currently available to demo at PAX South at Annapurna Interactive's booth.

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