Resident Evil 7 Teaser Tops Most-Downloaded PS4 Demo List

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With Resident Evil 7, Capcom is moving away from its usual survival-horror playbook and changing the series from a traditional third-person perspective to a first-person view. Naturally, fans were curious to see how the change would affect the beloved franchise, which they could do courtesy of a free teaser demo on PlayStation 4 that accompanied the game's E3 reveal. As it turns out, a lot of fans were curious.

According to Capcom, the demo broke a download record. It's quite a specific record – "the most downloaded single-player demo on PS4 in the first seven days of release for North America" – but it's an achievement regardless. The demo, which is only available to members of the PlayStation Plus service, has been downloaded more than two million times worldwide since its June 13 release.

If you're curious about the experience, which is heavily reminiscent of Konami's P.T. demo from a few years ago, you can watch our recent Test Chamber

Sega Acquires Endless Space Developer Amplitude Studios

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Sega Acquires Endless Space Developer Amplitude Studios

Amplitude Studios, developers of the Endless Space strategy series, has been acquired by Sega.

The formerly independent studio in France is currently working on Endless Space 2 (slated for release in 2016), and the founders explained the move in part in a post on the Games2Gether platform:

What we want to do is to focus on making games; that is why we created Amplitude. But with the pressure on sales and marketing we found that more and more time was dedicated to everything else – everything that we didn't have the size and scale to deal with. So we decided to look for the best partner we could to protect us from these distractions so that game development did not become a chore, but remained a passion.

Diablo Game Director Josh Mosqueira Departs Blizzard

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Diablo Game Director Josh Mosqueira Departs Blizzard

Last week, Blizzard posted a job listing for a new game director for the Diablo series. That raised questions about the current team, including director Josh Mosqueira.

According to a statement received by Polygon, the listing follows Mosqueira's decision to depart the studio. "With Diablo III in a good place at this point, Josh felt that now was a good time to pursue other opportunities with minimal impact to the team," Blizzard told the publication. "We'll be filling the director role either from within Blizzard or externally."

Diablo III got off to a rough start when it was released in 2012. At the time, the game featured a real money and in-game currency auction house. This incentivized account hacking, making Sanctuary a perilous place.

Ubisoft Expands Board Of Directors To Protect Against Vivendi Interference

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Ubisoft has announced that it has nominated two new independent directors to be approved at the September 29 general shareholders meeting. With one sitting independent member leaving the board, this grows the number of directors to 10.

If approved, Frédérique Dame and Florence Naviner will join the board. Dame helped grow taxi service Uber from 80 to 7,000 employees from 2012 to 2016. Naviner is the chief financial officer and senior vice president of Wrigley. One current independent director, Estelle Metayer, will be leaving her seat on the board after the September 29 meeting.

This would bring the number of independent directors to five at a crucial moment for Ubisoft leadership. With Vivendi growing its control and demanding board representation, this would dilute the encroaching company’s ability to steer the publisher.

PSA: Only Hours Left To Claim June PlayStation Plus Games

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PSA: Only Hours Left To Claim June PlayStation Plus Games

Today marks a new slate of PlayStation Plus games. That means you only have hours left to get June's titles before they are gone.

If you happen to have been asleep for the month and forgot to lock in your games due that now. Otherwise, this is what you'll be missing out on:

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YouTuber Admits Participting In, Lying About Rigged CS:GO Skin Auctions

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With news today that two popular YouTubers have been allegedly deceiving viewers about their ownership in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling site, another is feeling the pressure. Lewis Stewart, known as PsiSyndicate, has admitted two popular videos featuring weapon skin auctions were entirely faked.

The two auctions in question were executed and filmed in conjunction with a website called Steamloto. In his video (viewable here), Stewart both speaks and uses supertitles to explain some of the details. The two rigged videos have views totaling over 1.5 million. Both are monetized.

"The idea was brought to me by Steamloto, they proposes (sic) rigging, in return for a Dragon Lore, I just fell right into it," Stewart says via supertitle. "The total takings was $3200 in skins, Dragon Lore/Ruby, $1200 ($4000 really, $2800 of my own skins) of which I gave away. So in the end I gained nothing but views XD, and lost some skins, but it's lying that is important here."

Director Ivan Reitman Discusses 2009 Ghostbusters Game

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We never got a proper Ghostbusters 3 film, and the closest we might ever get is the 2009 video game. It brought together the original cast, familiar locations, and iconic enemies like the librarian and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

I recently had a chance to chat with director Ivan Reitman, who brought the first two films to life. Our conversation turned towards gaming, storytelling, and the value of the 2009 game in the larger Ghostbusters story.

While the 2009 Ghostbusters game had its problems, it offered up the chance to celebrate the original cast and concepts. Using a proton pack and ghost trap was a dream come true for many, but Reitman has mixed feelings on it.

Miyamoto Finally Reacts To Disney’s Mario Homage

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Shigeru Miyamoto has frequently cited Walt Disney's work and the character of Mickey Mouse specifically as a model for Nintendo and Mario's brand, so we wanted to get his take on when Disney tipped the cap back towards his work. On July 12, 2013, Disney released an animated short called Tokyo Go staring Mickey Mouse. In the cartoon, Mickey travels to Japan where he battles the commuter crowds on Tokyo’s tightly-packed trains. The short included an homage to Super Mario Bros., which you can see below at the 2:20 mark.

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We were curious to know his thoughts on Disney’s reference to his classic platformer. “No, I haven’t seen it. I didn’t realize that was being done.”

Popular YouTubers Embroiled In CS:GO Gambling Site Scandal

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Popular YouTubers Embroiled In CS:GO Gambling Site Scandal

As media evolves, it goes through growing pains. None has been more evident than the struggle of YouTube and Twitch personalities that straddle the line between critic and entertainer.

With millions of followers watching these "influencers" play games, promote products, and blatantly tout big sponsorships (an ethical no-fly zone for traditional media), the need for clear and prominent disclosure is crucial. That community has been slowly coming to grips with those needs, with scandals dotting the brief history of the format.

In early 2014, Machinima was discovered to have expressly prohibited network members from disclosing a Microsoft sponsorship agreement. The matter left Machinima 20 years of oversight by the Federal Trade Commission.

Reader Discussion: Are You Revisiting Street Fighter V?

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Last week, Street Fighter V received its most significant content update yet. In addition to the DLC characters Ibuki (delayed from May) and Balrog (June's character), it received improvements to its online matchmaking system. The meat of the update, however, lies in the promised story mode, which greatly expands on the events that happen between Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter III.

The new story mode, A Shadow Falls, is the first time in Street Fighter's history that a cinematic story mode has been made available. The update also brings new premium DLC stages including Balrog's Las Vegas stage, Karin's Kanzuki Family Private Beach stage, as well alternate stage options. Players can use earned fight money or real currency to purchase those, as well as the new costume options and the four DLC characters (Alex, Guile, Ibuki, and Balrog), as the in-game currency shop is finally open.

If you were among the disappointed with what was on offer when the game launched in February, is the content released to this point enough motivation for you to give Street Fighter V another look? If you do, what are your thoughts on the content delivery method Capcom has opted for? Finally, give us your thoughts on the new story mode.