[Update] Steam Is Not Making Exceptions To Its Refund Policy For No Man's Sky

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[Update] Steam Is Not Making Exceptions To Its Refund Policy For No Man's Sky

Update: The Steam store page for No Man's Sky has been updated to include a disclaimer saying, "The standard Steam refund policy applies to No Man’s Sky. There are no special exemptions available."

We've reached out to Sony and Amazon for comment on their refund policies regarding No Man's Sky and will update the story should they respond.

Original Story (August 27th, 2016 @ 6:12 p.m. Central)

Niantic Unbans Some Pokémon Go Accounts And Issues Warning

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Niantic Unbans Some Pokémon Go Accounts And Issues Warning

Earlier this month, we reported that Niantic was permanently banning players who were found using bots and GPS-altering programs. However, some players that were legitimately leveling up were doing so quickly enough to seem suspicious to the developer, and got banned anyway. With this in mind, Niantic has come forward saying that it has begun unbanning some accounts that were inadvertently creating problems without meaning to.

Niantic says it was banning accounts that were using "add-on map apps," such as PokéVision, which was a real-time tool for finding Pokémon more easily. However, some users were confused about their ban.

"Some players may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokémon," Niantic writes in a statement. 

The NPD Group To Buy Video Game Market Researcher EEDAR

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The NPD Group To Buy Video Game Market Researcher EEDAR

The NPD Group, a market sales research company that offers monthly and quarterly data, has signed an agreement to buy video game research provider EEDAR. The two hope that by collaborating their assets and expertise, they can give better data, insights, and analytics for the video game industry.

NPD began analytics on video games back in 1988, and quickly became a leader in tracking and analyzing the industry's sales. It introduced its first SKU-level sales data for digital games this past July.

NPD focuses on several different markets, while EEDAR's data has always homed in solely on the video game market. EEDAR's database of video game product metadata includes over 200 million facts and 150,000 games across consoles, PC, mobile, and social. With its GamePulse analytics platform, which is an analytics portal, it offers information on industry trends, product performance, and marketing strategies.

Adorable Eevee Plushies Are Coming To Build-A-Bear Stores

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Adorable Eevee Plushies Are Coming To Build-A-Bear Stores

Eevee is one of the cutest Pokémon out there, and soon you'll be able to make a customizable Eevee plushie at Build-A-Bear stores. The popular toy store, which allows customers to build their own plush toys, has announced that Eevee will be available in its stores by September 1, following Pikachu which was added last year.

The 14-inch, $28 Eevee plushie comes with a special Pokémon trading card that's stamped with the Build-A-Bear logo.

You'll be able to choose from the store's range of costumes, a couple of which are Pokémon themed. For example, you can give your newly acquired Pokémon a cape that is filled with different Eevee evolutions or give it Pokéball pajamas. The cape is an online exclusive for $62, which comes with the pre-made plush, a sound clip to place inside the doll, the two Pokémon outfits and the trading card. Optionally, you can buy the pajamas separately for $12.50.

Nintendo Announces Galaxy Themed New 3DS XL, Out This Week

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Nintendo Announces Galaxy Themed New 3DS XL, Out This Week

A new design for the New 3DS XL is on its way, which features a starry, galaxy-themed cover. This purple-hued 3DS will be arriving in stores later this week.

The news was announced via social media, where Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime is seen in a short clip showing off the new design.

Out of this world! A New Galaxy Style New Nintendo #3DS XL is coming to stores starting this week for $199.99!https://t.co/v1K471XLBi

Ben Affleck Teases Deathstroke For Upcoming DC Movie

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Ben Affleck Teases Deathstroke For Upcoming DC Movie

While we don't know too much about next year's Justice League film (outside of what was in the San Diego Comic-Con trailer) or Ben Affleck's upcoming Batman solo film, it's looking like the DC mercenary Deathstroke is making an appearance in at least one of them. The news comes via an off-screen video tweeted by actor Ben Affleck this morning that shows the gun-for-hire Slade Wilson in full costume.

The video, which was presented without any context from the Batman actor/director, shows Deathstroke walking forward and staring into the camera in dramatic fashion. You can see it for yourself below.

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Luke Cage Shows Off His Bulletproof Powers In Netflix Trailer

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Luke Cage Shows Off His Bulletproof Powers In Netflix Trailer

Marvel's steel-skinned hero played a large role in Netflix's Jessica Jones, and now he's getting his own series. To prepare for its debut a month from now, Netflix has revealed a new trailer for Luke Cage. 

In the teaser, which is an extended look at a scene from Daredevil Season 2, Mike Colter's Luke Cage fights thugs near a boxing ring. Unaware of his superhuman abilities, they open fire. Cage says, "I guess you haven't heard about me."

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Marvel Explains Thor’s Civil War Absence

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Marvel Explains Thor’s Civil War Absence

Marvel today released a new short film that answers one of the big questions lingering in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since Captain America: Civil War hit theaters. Why were Thor and Hulk absent for this significant superhero conflict?

Is this new story canon? Is this really the way the other superheroes interact with Thor Odinson and Bruce Banner? If these are the questions you’re asking yourself, it’s possible you’re taking the MCU a little too seriously. 

Enjoy this lighter take on the Marvel superheroes, and what they get up to in their downtime. 

Witcher 3 Getting A New Update To Coincide With GotY Edition

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Witcher 3 Getting A New Update To Coincide With GotY Edition

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting a Game of the Year edition tomorrow, but that's not all that's happening to Geralt and pals. The game's also getting a fairly significant update, which brings the game up to version 1.30 and fixes a host of glitches and other issues.

The patch is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC tomorrow. Among other things, it adds PlayStation-controller prompts to the PC version of the game if you're using that input device, and also addresses some issues with the Steam controller. A few bugged quests can now be completed, and a strange-sounding glitch that involves missing horse tails has also been fixed.

You can check out the complete patch notes here.

Did You Know Gaming Delves Into Luigi's Extensive History

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Did You Know Gaming Delves Into Luigi's Extensive History

This week's Did You Know Gaming, a video game themed trivia show on YouTube, puts the spotlight on the green-clad plumber Luigi. The clip explores his inception, appearances in the Mario franchise, and his stand-alone Luigi's Mansion titles, along with facts you might not have known. 

Luigi's iconic green outfit was the result of technical limitations because of limited color palettes. Nintendo developers wanted Mario and Luigi to contrast in some way so that each was distinguishable, and the color green was one of the few options.

There are, however, some rare instances where Luigi didn't appear in his traditional green shirt and cap. In a Japanese anime series from 1986 titled Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission To Rescue Peach!, Luigi appears in blue overalls and a yellow sweater.