March Cover Revealed – Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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More than 10 years ago, Traveller's Tales became a household name thanks to its partnership with a toy company and a well-known film franchise. The last Lego Star Wars game came out nearly five years ago, but as fans know, TT Games hasn't been resting on its laurels. The company has worked with some of the biggest names around, creating co-op, family-focused games based on Marvel and DC comics, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and more. Now the company is going back to the universe where it all began, with the announcement of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

We traveled to TT Fusion's offices in England to bring you the exclusive details on the game. While there are plenty of familiar things – the whimsical humor, block-bashing gameplay, and mix of Lego and realistic environments – the team has come up with a few exciting twists. Players can forge their own paths with the new multibuild system, which adds an element of player choice to the brick-building sections. Keeping with The Force Awakens' reliance on blaster action, TT Fusion has introduced new cover-based sections that let you see the ranged battles from a new perspective. 

Visual Concepts And Take-Two Face Lawsuit Over Tattoos In NBA 2K16

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Developers that work on sports games do so with the intention of delivering an authentic experience. They license players, their signature equipment, and even the buildings they play in, but a new lawsuit alleges that Visual Concepts and Take-Two Interactive failed to properly license the tattoos on some of these players.

The plaintiff, Solid Oak Sketches, claims to own the copyrights to eight designs spread across multiple players including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Eric Bledsoe, and DeAndre Jordan. Solid Oak Sketches had previously offered to license the works in question to Take-Two and Visual Concepts for $1.14 million, but Take-Two and Visual Concepts proceeded without licensing.

Solid Oak Sketches argues that tattoos fit under the statutory definition of “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.” In the court filing, the plaintiff points to specific certificates of registration with the United States Register of Copyrights. When we reached out to Darren Heitner of Heitner Legal, the firm representing Solid Oak Sketches in this suit, he declined to provide further comment, but he did provide a bit more context. "We previously reached out in good faith to negotiate," he told us. "They did not take licensing seriously."

Ant Simulator Business Partners Respond, Dev's Claims '100 Percent Bull****'

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Ant Simulator Business Partners Respond, Dev's Claims '100 Percent Bull****'

As with most stories, there are multiple perspectives. Such is the case with Ant Simulator and allegedly embezzled funds. Earlier today, a video made the rounds, with developer Eric Tereshinski claiming his former friends and business partners' theft led him to cancel his game.

I spoke tonight with Tereshinski’s ETeeski LLC business partners, Tyler Monce and Devon Staley. It’s been a long day of accusations for them. The two have been painted as the villains in a story about an indie developer’s supposed realization that he was swindled.

When I spoke with Monce and Staley, the two opened up about their work at ETeeski, the allegations, and their side of the convoluted story. “We created the company with Eric,” Monce says. “We didn’t sign on. Because of our size, we had to be jacks of all trades. We handled a big number of things.”

Drink Your Favorite Fandom With Adagio Teas

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Have you ever wanted to taste the essence of Wario? Okay, wait, don’t click away. Let me explain myself. Adagio Teas is a company that sells user-made tea blends crafted specifically for fandoms in gaming and pop culture.

While going down the rabbit-hole of Adagio’s site, it’s easy to take the wrong turn. If you’re looking for a Star Fox tea, you might come across a groan-inducing pun like “can’t let you brew that, Star Fox.”

Despite the obstacle course of puns that you’ll run through (i.e. Bioshock Infitea), there are some genuinely respectable gaming teas that you might want to purchase. I would recommend staying away from this Gears of War tea with stretched resolution for its packaging, and instead suggest checking out this Okami tea or this Odin Sphere tea that you can sip on while waiting for the HD remaster.

Reminder: Today Is The Final Day For January PlayStation Plus Games

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Reminder: Today Is The Final Day For January PlayStation Plus Games

PlayStation Network has been having some trouble today, and you may not be able to connect right now. If you can though, you might want to take a moment to ensure you locked in your January PlayStation Plus games.

You’ve got until tomorrow when the store refreshes to nab the six January games. They are:

Tomorrow, the month begins anew. Not sure what's rotating onto the service? Check out our previous coverage for more info.

Indie Dev Cancels Game After Alleging Business Partners Embezzled; Questions Abound

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Indie Dev Cancels Game After Alleging Business Partners Embezzled; Questions Abound

Over the weekend, a relatively unknown developer attracted a great deal of attention for a relatively mundane announcement. Ant Simulator, a game you likely haven’t heard of, has been canceled. But it’s the circumstances that have led to a great deal of questions.

In his video, Eric Tereshinski details a sordid tale of embezzlement and destroyed friendship. The developer says that his friends of 11 years robbed him of Kickstarter funds and other investments.

“I recently found out that my ex-business partners were secretly stealing company money,” Tereshinski claims. “They had secretly spent the overwhelming majority of both our Kickstarter money and the Ant Simulator investment money on liquor, restaurants, bars, and even strippers.”

You Can Vote For One Of Three March PlayStation Plus Games

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Sony is giving PlayStation fans a chance to vote for one of March’s PlayStation Plus games. You’ve got some time to ponder, because voting doesn’t begin for another week.

Up for your consideration are three games full of butt-slides, bullets, and bros. The titles? A racer called Action Henk from RageSquid, twin-stick shooter Assault Android Cactus by Sanatana Mishra, and Free Lives spoofy bullet bonanza BroForce.

Voting opens on February 9, and you have until February 22 to participate. To make your voice heard, you need to be a PlayStation Plus member. Just find the “Vote to Play” in the PlayStation Plus section.

Become A Super Mario Wallpaper Maker

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Become A Super Mario Wallpaper Maker

Super Mario Maker has fostered a creative community by inviting players to make intricate levels with its easy-to-use interface. Now Nintendo has opened up similar tools for users to make inventive wallpapers.

The wallpaper creator site is completely in Japanese, but it’s still possible to navigate without any knowledge of the language. It isn’t as robust as the Wii U game’s expanding toolset, but there’s still a lot of room for quirky design.

Unfortunately, you can’t shake items to change their function or play through your creation, but that’s okay as long as it keeps that horrific Skinny Mario away from us. Skinny Mario isn’t the only disturbing thing to come out of Super Mario Maker, as you can see from our coverage of Waluigi’s existential crisis.

PSA: Sony Acknowledges PlayStation Network Issues

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PSA: Sony Acknowledges PlayStation Network Issues

If you’re having trouble connecting to PlayStation Network, you aren’t alone. Sony has acknowledged some current problems with the service.

Sony says it is currently looking into the issues and will update as we know more. 

We're aware that some PSN users are experiencing connectivity issues. Thank you for your patience as we investigate.