Game Journalism Pioneer Joyce Worley Passes Away

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Game Journalism Pioneer Joyce Worley Passes Away

Joyce Worley-Katz, one of three founders of the Electronic Games magazine, passed away last night after battling a series of health problems following a stroke in May. Worley, along with her husband Arnie Katz and coworker Bill Kunkel, were three of gaming journalism's pioneers.

In 1981, the group formed the first dedicated video game magazine, Electronic Games, which opened the door to a new frontier of entertainment journalism. Its influence on gaming media today is undeniable. For example, terms that we use regularly today, such as "shoot-em-up," were born from the pages of the magazine, and it was one of the first publications to build a structure specifically for reporting and reviewing games.

In 1985, the magazine came to an end, and the three continued in the games industry as consultants, as well as contributed to publications such as Video Games & Computer Entertainment. In 1992, Worley and the team revived Electronic Games for a few years until its repeated fold.

Reminder: Today's The Final Day To Grab Two Xbox Live Games With Gold

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Reminder: Today's The Final Day To Grab Two Xbox Live Games With Gold

Today marks the end of the month, meaning that it's the last day to grab two of July's Xbox Live Games With Gold titles, namely The Banner Saga 2 and Tron Evolution.

The Banner Saga 2 is available on Xbox One, while Tron Evolution is up for grabs on Xbox 360. You still have until August 15 to pick up Tumblestone on Xbox One.

You can look back at our previous coverage to see which games were in rotation this past month here. August's Games With Gold include titles such as Beyond Good and Evil HD and WWE 2k16. View the full line-up here

Pokémon Go Update Removes 'Nearby' Tracking With Footprints, PokéVision Becomes Unavailable

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Pokémon Go Update Removes 'Nearby' Tracking With Footprints, PokéVision Becomes Unavailable

An update (version 0.31.0 on Android, 1.1.0 on iOS) for Pokémon Go released last night, bringing a host of improvements, while also adding some new problems. The three-step glitch that many players noted has been fixed by removing footprints entirely. Unfortunately, that now means finding Pokémon is even more based on luck than actual tracking. This, in turn, has shut down the third-party app PokéVision, which helped users track Pokémon on a map in real-time.

New achievement medals have also been added, and you'll now be able to re-customize your trainer's look on the profile screen, including changing gender along with a swap of clothes. In terms of transferring Pokémon, you can now do so immediately after catching one, but you are still limited to one transfer at a time. New prompts have been added to the game as well, warning users to be aware of their surroundings and to not play the game behind the wheel. This is likely due to the traffic accidents and other strange news stories that have resulted from the game.

Trainers, Pokémon GO has been updated to version 0.31.0 for Android and 1.1.0 for iOS. Release notes: https://t.co/pS0YRG08Iq

Early Access To World Of Warcraft: Legion's Demon Hunter Class Begins Next Month

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Early Access To World Of Warcraft: Legion's Demon Hunter Class Begins Next Month

Early access for the demon hunter class in World of Warcraft: Legion begins in just a little more than a week.

Yesterday, Blizzard revealed this news on Twitter, where they said the class would arrive by August 9. This early access offer is exclusive to those that pre-purchase Legion before its release. Those who pre-purchase the expansion will also be able to boost one character up to level 100.

Demon Hunter Early Access begins August 9th! Pre-purchase #Legion now: https://t.co/Ay29dlZMt0 pic.twitter.com/uvgS7GGj5M

HBO Confirms That Game Of Thrones Will End After Its Eighth Season

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HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys confirmed at the Television Critics Association's press tour today in Beverly Hills that Game of Thrones will wrap up after its eighth season. 

While many suspected this was the case, this is the first official confirmation that Game of Thrones will complete at that point in time. The two final seasons will also be shortened in comparison to prior seasons: Season 7 has a planned seven episodes, and Season 8 will have six. Bloys said that the idea of a Game of Thrones spin-off has been discussed by the team, and that he's open to it, but "there's no concrete plans."

Game of Thrones return with Season 7, which has been delayed to Summer 2017 because of weather concerns for filming. 

User Accounts Associated With Disney's Playdom Forums At Risk After Breach

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User Accounts Associated With Disney's Playdom Forums At Risk After Breach

Disney Interactive released a notice yesterday, warning users that a security breach has affected the official Playdom Forums (playdomforums.com) website. While no credit cards or other sensitive information were obtained by the unauthorized party, several account usernames, passwords, and emails have been compromised.

Playdom Forums is a community website specifically for mid-core mobile games such as Star Wars Commander. As of July 12, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media detected the breach and immediately launched an investigation, reporting the incident to law enforcement. Approximately 391,000 playdomforums.com accounts were affected, and if you are a user of the site, it is strongly recommended that you change your password and email associated with your account. Outside of account information, IP addresses that were used during account registration were also collected by the hacker. No other affiliated Disney sites have been affected by the breach. You can still access the Marvel Avengers Alliance and and Star Wars Commander forums safely.

You can contact Disney Interactive for support at support@disneyonline.com. Read Disney's notice about the incident here.

PSA: Big Xbox One Update Rolls Out Today, Includes Cortana And Customizable Background Music

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PSA: Big Xbox One Update Rolls Out Today, Includes Cortana And Customizable Background Music

A huge Xbox One update is out as of today, bringing a string of improvements to the user interface, design, and Xbox Store. As we found out earlier in June, the Xbox One will now include the voice controlled, digital personal assistant Cortana, which can be accessed with any headset instead of solely through Kinect. Other updates will allow you to listen to your own soundtrack as background music while gaming, and better filter options are coming to the Xbox Store and game library.

As of today, U.S. and UK users can now say "Hey, Cortana" followed by voice commands to control certain aspects of their Xbox One. For example, you can ask Cortana what your friends are playing to receive a status update, or instantly invite friends to your party just by saying so. If you ask Cortana, "Hey Cortana, what can I say?" she will list all the possible commands for you. Cortana can be toggled on and off, so you can return to the traditional Xbox voice commands if you like. Microsoft will be adding more features to Cortana progressively. View the video below to see a preview of these actions and more, which are explained by Larry Hryb and Mike Ybarra from the Xbox engineering team.

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Overwatch Map Glitch Allows You To Instantly Explore Second Level In Nepal

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Overwatch Map Glitch Allows You To Instantly Explore Second Level In Nepal

Thanks to a glitch, two Overwatch players have uncovered a way that allows you to jump to Nepal's next level, which is fully loaded in the far distance on another section.

In the video below, the players use two Mercys to methodically drift outside of the map's normal boundaries, to land on an entirely other area. The section explored below is usually only playable during a later round, but now you can immediately check it out at your leisure. While glitching your way to the next section requires some tricky maneuvering, it's a fun glitch that might not be around for much longer, as Blizzard will likely fix it with a patch.

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Weekend Warrior - Hyper Light Driftin'

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Another week has ended, meaning another weekend draws near. Funny how that works, isn't it? After a long week of playing and writing about video games, the Game Informer crew will relax by playing and writing about video games. Time is a flat circle. But we'll also be watching some movies, getting some exercise, and hanging out with our families! Check out out plans below and share yours in the comments.

Brian Shea (@brianpshea) – I’m going to be taking some trips focused on playing Pokémon Go this weekend, but that’s far from all the gaming I’ll be doing. I’m also looking forward to playing some more Hyper Light Drifter and Badland. I also would like to dive back into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at some point, but who knows if that’s in the cards for this weekend.

Matthew Kato (@mattkato) – Going to play more of the NHL beta for sure, both the EASHL and HUT strains, and I’d also like to start Hyper Light Drifter. I’ll probably also dip back into PES 2016, which I haven’t played in a few weeks.

No Man’s Sky Footage Is Out There, But Hello Games Wants You To Avoid It

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No Man’s Sky Footage Is Out There, But Hello Games Wants You To Avoid It

Hello Games has been working on No Man’s Sky for years, far longer than we’ve been aware of it. We’re a mere 10 days or so from the game’s release, but someone got a hold of a copy early and is spilling its secrets online.

If you really want to see footage of the game before you can get your hands on it yourself, it’s out there. However, Hello Games’ Sean Murray is imploring fans to hold out and experience the first moments for themselves.

Take a break from reading about it, and picking vids apart. You can experience for yourself so soon.