Epic Games Founder Speaks Out Against Microsoft's New PC Platform, Microsoft Replies

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Epic Games' founder Tim Sweeney recently wrote an editorial for The Guardian openly speaking out against Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, and even making a call to other developers and publishers to fight against the new distribution platform. Sweeney, as the founder of the studio that created Gears of War, has had a longstanding relationship with Microsoft, and continues to do so with many of Microsoft's games being built using Epic's Unreal technology.

In short, Sweeney is not a fan of Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform initiative. You can find the full editorial here, where Sweeney complains about its closed-off nature. "My criticism is limited to Microsoft structuring its operating system to advantage its own store while unfairly disadvantaging competing app stores, as well as developers and publishers who distribute games directly to their customers," Sweeney writes. In the editorial he outlines the changes he would like to see to the platform to make it more open, and thanks Microsoft for listening to his feedback up to this point. "They listened very patiently, I hoped and believed that Microsoft would do the right thing, but here we are. Microsoft’s consumer launch and PR around UWP are in full swing, and this side of the story must be told," Sweeney writes.

Link Hops Into Google Maps Via Nintendo Partnership

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Link Hops Into Google Maps Via Nintendo Partnership

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is out on Wii U today, giving players a chance to revisit the now-classic game with improved visuals. Google and Nintendo are teaming up to mark the game's release with a silly little nod to the franchise in Google Maps.

Log into the browser version of Google Maps for the next few days, and you'll see that the usual Street View pushpin guy has been replaced with our little hero in a green tunic. You can grab him with your mouse and swing him around, too, if you're some kind of sadistic weirdo. That's about all we've found, which is probably for the best. We can only imagine the number of crashes that would occur if Google suddenly jammed dodongos and tektites into directions to the nearest gas station.

If you're on the fence about whether to dip back into Twilight Princess, take a look at Kyle's thoughts on the subject.

Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses His Favorite Movie And Games Of 2015

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A couple of weeks ago, I had sat down with famed Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto. While most of our time was spent discussing Star Fox Zero, I did get him to talk about other things.

In the course of our conversation, I asked Miyamoto about his favorite movie of last year. The response didn’t entirely surprise me, but his reasoning was enlightening.

There were a lot of good movies last year. One movie that I would have to talk about is Star Wars. It was a movie that I was very worried about. I really enjoyed the original three movies. But as they started to rely more on CG and computer graphics, I gradually stopped watching the Star Wars movies. 

Even Link Wonders Why Its Called The Legend Of Zelda

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Even Link Wonders Why Its Called The Legend Of Zelda

For decades newcomers have been confused about why it's called The Legend of Zelda when the main character is named Link. It turns out that even Link is confused by the situation.

Dorkly explores the true origin of the Legend of Zelda in this humorous (we're not going to lie, it's funny, but more like chuckle funny). If you dig this story, check this out. We're not going to tell you what it is, but trust us it's good.

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The Sign Ups For Pokémon Go's Field Tests Are Now Live

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The Sign Ups For Pokémon Go's Field Tests Are Now Live

Niantic Games recently cancelled a GDC talk about its upcoming augmented reality adventure, but Pokémon fans shouldn't worry about the fate of the game. Would-be pokémasters can now sign up for the beta-like field test, but unless you live in Japan you might need to be a little more patient.

"The Pokémon Company and Niantic will be inviting users to field test Pokémon GO in Japan later this month," read Niantic's official statement. "The Pokémon GO field test program will give a limited number of users early access to the app. These users will have the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience for everyone prior to public launch."Unfortunately, these first tests will be limited to Japan, but Niantic plans to do more Pokémon GO field test in other countries later down the road, so if you miss out on this one you might still get to participate at a later date. If you do live in Japan – or feel like moving – you can sign up for the tests here.

Our Take
This is exciting because Pokémon Go is one of the more interesting Pokémon projects of late. It's unfortunate that the field test are only taking place in Japan at the moment, but that also makes sense.

Ok, Yeah, A Game Jam, But This One Is On A Boat And The Host Is Amazing

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Ok, Yeah, A Game Jam, But This One Is On A Boat And The Host Is Amazing

When executive editor Andrew Reiner told me I absolutely needed to watch a pitch video for a game jam, I was confused. We don’t often cover game jams. They happen all the time. No, dear reader. Not like this they don’t.

Admittedly, we can’t attest to the quality of the games that will come from this jam. It hasn’t happened yet.

We can, however, strongly urge that you watch this video. Just get the kids out of the room. Thar be f-bombs in these waters.

Nintendo Tried To Produce A Transforming Arwing Amiibo

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Nintendo Tried To Produce A Transforming Arwing Amiibo

When I saw Star Fox Zero a couple of weeks ago, Nintendo was eager to show off one of the two Amiibo unlocks. What I also found out is a special figure was almost released for this new game.

Right now, it’s just Falco and Fox from the Super Smash Bros. line that work with Star Fox Zero. We only know right know that Fox unlocks the classic SNES-style Arwing, complete with themed lasers, bombs, and Corneria music from the original game.

We almost got something very cool, though: an Amiibo that transforms between an Arwing and walker. Unfortunately, it simply wouldn’t work at the Super Smash Bros. or Mario Party 10 scale.

Hands On With Shigeru Miyamoto's Star Fox Guard

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Hands On With Shigeru Miyamoto's Star Fox Guard

At E3 2014, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto revealed two experimental projects. One of these, Project Guard, has been rebranded as Star Fox Guard and is slated for release alongside Fox McCloud’s next adventure.

Star Fox Guard is a simple tower-defense game, in which you control mounted turrets. Robots will invade from a multitude of locations, requiring players to use the GamePad to switch among a dozen cameras.

From the first level, Star Fox Guard is frenetic and fast-paced. Having to move my eyes between the TV and the GamePad to locate, target, and destroy the bots. 

Kirby Takes Control Of A Transforming Mech In Planet Robobot

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 Kirby Takes Control Of A Transforming Mech In Planet Robobot

Shapeshifting is kind of Kirby’s thing. One giant gulp from the pink puffball is all it takes for him to slurp up a bad guy, absorb its special abilities, and use the newfound power to defeat Dream Land’s enemies.

In the character’s latest outing, Kirby: Planet Robobot, he can hop into a mech and give his feet a much-needed rest, but don’t worry – the suit has a few transforming tricks of its own.

The bad guys (it’s always the bad guys) have invaded Dream Land and warped it with twisted mechanical monstrosities. Kirby uses the machines to his advantage, popping into the cockpit of a mech suit to battle enemies. He can use it to suck up the powers of enemy bots, too, getting special abilities like giant fists to smash his way through the levels.

Meet The Newest Member Of The Game Informer Editorial Staff

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Meet The Newest Member Of The Game Informer Editorial Staff

The Game Informer staff continues to grow. Today we're happy to announce the hiring of a new associate editor.

If you're saying to yourself, "Hey, I think I know that person!" you're on to something. We first met Elise Favis when she applied to our internship program. While serving her three months with us in that capacity, we enjoyed several of her features, and she even landed a four-page article in the print magazine. In the months since her internship was over, she continued to grow as a writer, publishing work at sites like Kill Screen and Playboy

Elise will be joining us full-time this summer, but in the interim she will be contributing the occasional feature and manning the weekend news desk. Please give her a warm welcome, and read her (re)introductory blog post here.