Sony Is Opening Its Multiplayer Gates To All This Weekend

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This weekend, Sony is letting people who haven't yet sprung for a PlayStation Plus membership a chance to see how the other half lives. The company is holding another free multiplayer weekend, giving all PS4 players the opportunity to get online and challenge (or assist) their fellow gamers.

The event starts Friday, February 19, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific and ends Sunday just as the clock strikes midnight (Pacific). They're theming the promotion around Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which recently had some new DLC drop, and the newly released Street Fighter V. With any luck, Capcom will have ironed out the bigger issues with the latter game's connectivity in time.

Check Out The First Teaser Image For Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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Filming is officially under way for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The film is still a long ways off, slated to hit theaters on May 5, 2017, but Marvel is giving us a small (Groot-sized) taste of what we can expect in the teaser image above. The gang is together again, and if the casting information hints at anything, it may be growing with new recruits.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Michael Rooker (Yondu), and Sean Gunn (Kraglin). New cast members include the great Kurt Russell, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki, and Pom Klementieff. The big question is who will Russell be playing? He'd make a great villain, but rumors swirling across the net hint at him maybe having a connect to Star-Lord. We can't wait to find out.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the 15th installment in Marvel's interconnected universe, and is the third film in Marvel's "Phase Three" story arc. The first Guardians of the Galaxy film netted over $770 million in the worldwide box office.

Beta Test The Upcoming PS4 Update

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Beta Test The Upcoming PS4 Update

Sony is looking for beta testers for its upcoming PS4 update, and this is your chance to test the content via a March beta.

The company says those accepted for the program will receive an email with instructions to download the update, but they can roll back to the previous software at any time.

In order to be eligible for the beta you need a PS4, Internet connection, and a master account. Sony also would like you to sign up to the PlayStation Forums so you can give it feedback.

Pre-Register For A New Nintendo Account And Miitomo App Now

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While the Nintendo-loving world still mourns the loss of Club Nintendo and its kitschy rewards, we can finally start to put that hurt behind us. Starting today, you can pre-register for a new Nintendo Account and the company’s first smartphone app, Miitomo.

Registering early will not only lock in your username, but will also give you a Platinum Point bonus. This currency replaces the coins earned from registering games and completing surveys under the old Club Nintendo system.

Miitomo uses the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS Mii characters to have conversations with friends. The publisher says that more than 200 million of the paper doll-like creations exist today.

Capcom Lays Out Street Fighter V Status And Upcoming Fixes

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Capcom Lays Out Street Fighter V Status And Upcoming Fixes

Street Fighter V seemed to be punch drunk as it stumbled through a dicey release yesterday. Publisher Capcom says that things are improving, with more fixes on the way.

In a post on Capcom Unity, the company says that connectivity issues should be improving. Additionally, a matchmaking fix was just pushed through on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Capcom is working to repair a list Fighter ID corruption on PC, and has attributed boot-up and crashing problems on anti-virus software. The company has also identified a number of features that it hopes to implement in the future. 

Mojang Announces Monthly Minecraft Gear Delivery Service

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Mojang recently announced a service that, much like Loot Crate, will deliver boxes of Minecraft stuff to your door every month.

The service is $29.99 a month and is currently accepting applicants into its beta. Every box will apparently include an exclusive t-shirt, but you can also expect toys, collectibles, "Minecraft DIY Crafting Recipes," and other exclusive items. You can sign up here.

Thanks to Sir Yolo for the news tip!

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Starter Pack Hits Steam For Limited Time

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Activision is trying an experiment to bring more people into Black Ops III on PC. The publisher is offering a multiplayer starter pack for a limited time on Steam.

Now through February 29, you’ll be able to pick the $15 multiplayer-only version. It includes ranked play, the weapon paint shop, gunsmith, arena, freerun mode, the theater, and the black market. It does not include Zombies, the campaign, custom matches, unranked play, and mod support (when released).

You also won’t be able to prestige using the starter pack. You’ll be capped at level 55. If you decide to upgrade, the $15 cost of the starter pack will be deducted from the purchase price of the full version of Black Ops III.

Learn How To Win In Street Fighter With Free E-Book

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Learn How To Win In Street Fighter With Free E-Book

Street Fighter V is out today, giving players a slew of new characters to master as they battle their fellow fighting-game fans. It can be an intimidating genre to get into, which is why you might want to take a look at a fantastic (and free!) e-book that breaks down the fundamentals.

Patrick Miller's book, From Masher to Master: The Educated Video Game Enthusiast's Fighting Game Primer was released a few years ago – before Street Fighter V was available – but his excellent advice and guidance is as relevant as ever. It's an exhaustively detailed (and generously illustrated) guide on everything from positioning, mind games, and advanced combos. Tim Turi swears by it and, as someone who has faced off against him in several Street Fighter IV battles, he is an annoying opponent. He credits at least some of that to Miller's book.

Considering how Street Fighter V's online is currently not having the greatest time, you'll probably have some down time between matches, at least for a bit. You may as well make the most of it, and check out the book.

Sony Says PlayStation VR Fall Launch Timing Is Speculation

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Sony Says PlayStation VR Fall Launch Timing Is Speculation

Earlier today, reports surfaced that PlayStation VR had slipped from the first half of 2016. Sony has responded, indicating that it is not updating the launch timing for the head-mounted display.

The news was based on comments made by GameStop CEO Paul Raines (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company). Speaking to Fox News, Raines said that the company expects to start shipping PlayStation VR in the fall.

We reached out to Sony to get some clarification. We received a simple statement in response.