Machinima's YouTube Video Library Completely Erased

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Machinima's YouTube Video Library Completely Erased

Machinima, a long-time and multi-channel network of video game content, has surprised viewers by wiping all of its videos without prior warning. The mass deletion comes just days after the company's merge with Ellation, a division of AT&T owned by Otter Media.

Following news of the merge, which was announced last year, content creators were told by Machinima that they would be moved to another network called Fullscreen, while others found their contracts suddenly ending or that they were dropped by Fullscreen. It was clear that Machinima was going through an extensive change, but seeing the entire video library wiped clean is an abrupt and saddening decision that caught even its own creators off-guard.

While heralded as a well-known content creation network, Machinima has been under fire in recent years for locking content creators into predatory contracts and creating a deceiving marketing campaign towards Xbox One consumers that led the Federal Trade Commission to pursue action. 

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dota 2, And Overwatch

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dota 2, And Overwatch

It's cold outside. You know this, I know this, everyone in the Northern Hemisphere knows this. Therefore, it's a good time to sit back, relax, and watch people compete at video games.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets its first big tournament of the year, as Katowice, Poland is the site of the Europe Minor Championship. (Stream / Schedule)

With its qualifiers fully wrapped, today marks the start of the year's first Dota 2 major, based on Chongqing, China. The event lasts for a little over a week. (Stream / Schedule)

You Can Now Pre-Order This Amazing Cloud Strife Statue

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You Can Now Pre-Order This Amazing Cloud Strife Statue

This cool Cloud Strife statue, complete with his buster sword, is now available for pre-order on Square Enix's website. Kingdom Hearts fans are sure to recognize this version as it's his look designed by Tetsuya Nomura for the series. Created by Bring Arts, the description said he's wandered into "another world," a coy way to reference Kingdom Hearts, but still have the statue marketed as a Final Fantasy property. 

Cloud looks ready to put on display and show off his flashy moves. The statue doesn't release until July, but you can secure your order at Square Enix's website. Psst! Currently, it's at a 10 percent discount.

Game Freak's Giga Wrecker Announced For Consoles

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Game Freak's Giga Wrecker Announced For Consoles

Pokémon developer Game Freak and Rising Star Games announced plans for a console port of 2D puzzle/platformer Giga Wrecker, which was previously released on PC in 2017. Up against an army of robots, you play as a girl with a special ability to manipulate debris, destroying and reconstructing her surroundings.

The game will come to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch as Giga Wrecker Alt with new content, such as twenty new campaign puzzles, a new hardcore "Iron Man" mode, and a second non-playable character that offers hints when a player takes too long to find a solution. The original localization is also getting an overhaul to provide a better experience for players.

Right now, Giga Wrecker Alt is scheduled to hit sometime in 2019 for consoles. The game is launching digitally, but Limited Run Games is releasing physical copies for the PS4 and Switch versions.

Bungie Reaffirms Commitment To Destiny And Discusses Future Steps

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Bungie Reaffirms Commitment To Destiny And Discusses Future Steps

Hot off the heels of its split from Activision, Bungie is already discussing openly its plans and goals for Destiny. In the latest "This Week At Bungie" blog, franchise director Luke Smith took some time to assure fans that Destiny is still Bungie's main focus. The blog post opens with a thank you to Activision, High Moon Studios, and lastly, Vicarious Visions "who is currently readying their Destiny swan song with content that will appear in the upcoming Season of [Redacted]. " 

After the tease, Smith outlined short-term and long-term goals. Right now, Bungie is executing on its promises for the Annual Pass content. "We've learned a lot from Black Armory that we will apply to future releases, most notably that we'd like the beginning experiences of content drops to be a better point of convergence for the playerbase," Smith said, noting that the power requirement for the first forge was "too high."

"We want to find the line between new content that many players can play, and aspirational content for players to progress toward. We're exploring improvements to catch-up mechanics for players in upcoming seasons," he explained.

Does Travis Strikes Again Tease A New No More Heroes Game?

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Does Travis Strikes Again Tease A New No More Heroes Game?

(This post contains some spoilers for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, which released today on the Nintendo Switch. While there's no story spoilers, if you don't want to know anything that happens in Suda51's newest title, you should turn away now.)

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is out today, making the first time Suda51 has directed a game in a decade and the first real ride for Travis Touchdown since the end of No More Heroes 2. While we actually quite liked Travis' new top-down action game, it's not the full-fledged No More Heroes title fans initially expected, and Grasshopper's team seems to realize that. In an interview at PAX last year, Suda seemed to confirm that a third mainline No More Heroes game is happening, but going by Travis Strikes Again, it may be happening sooner than we think.

After the credits roll on the game, Travis loads into a blank room with a different camera angle resembling the perspective of the previous two No More Heroes games. Beam katana in hand, he also has most of his moves from those games intact, and can practice them on a training dummy.

Cast For Interactive Narrative Game Telling Lies Revealed

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Cast For Interactive Narrative Game Telling Lies Revealed

In 2015, veteran game designer Sam Barlow released Her Story, an entirely FMV-based narrative adventure based around determining the truth from multiple videos of testimony. Two years later, Barlow announced he was teaming up with Annapurna Interactive for a follow-up titled Telling Lies. The spiritual sequel began filming in Los Angeles last month and is due to be completed next week. Today, Annapurna announced the cast for Telling Lies, which includes actors from Westworld, Scrubs, and more.

Vivien Lyra Blair, who played "Girl" in the Netflix hit Bird Box, also has a speaking role in the game.

You can read our original Her Story review from way back in 2015 right here

Kingdom Hearts III's Vocal Theme Face My Fears Is Now Streaming

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Kingdom Hearts III's Vocal Theme Face My Fears Is Now Streaming

I hold a lot of nostalgia for Kingdom Hearts' opening themes. The two previous series vocal themes, Simple & Clean and Sanctuary, find occasional placement in my streaming playlists and inevitably get me daydreaming about those games and their still extremely impressive CG intros. Now, the newest song in the series, Face My Fears, is available on streaming services for you to attach a new age of nostalgia to.

I am not sure if it slaps, but I am also not entirely sure what it means, but it sounds a lot better than I expected a J-Pop song with Skrillex collaborating to sound. We'll see how it affects me on the other side of the third Kingdom Hearts game, though.

Utada Hikaru was a natural pick for Square for Kingdom Hearts' vocal themes due to her immense popularity and cross-national appeal. Having been born in New York City and educated at Columbia, the singer and songwriter was uniquely qualified to help shepherd the series' appeal in both Japan and America. Between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III, Utada has semi-retired, had a child, come back from retirement, changed her stage name, and come back again. She is frequently voted as a favorite artist in Japanese music polls.

Westworld Mobile Is Shutting Down

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Westworld Mobile Is Shutting Down

After a dramatic legal battle between Warner Bros, Behaviour Interactive, and Bethesda over the game's similarities to Fallout Shelter, Behavior Interactive has announced it's pulling the plug on Westworld Mobile. The game has been removed from The App Store and Google Play already and its servers will go go offline completely on April 16.

Behaviour Interactive made the announcement on Westworld Mobile's Twitter page:

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Reader Discussion - Do You Prefer New Characters Or Old Favorites?

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Reader Discussion - Do You Prefer New Characters Or Old Favorites?

It really does feel like we're in the season of returning characters. With Resident Evil 2 coming out soon, the game is obviously a remake, so we're playing as Leon and Claire again. There's a nice familiarity to taking control of Leon Kennedy again, as we've done in Resident Evil 2, 4, and 6. Claire herself was in the relatively recent Revelations 2. We're going back to Sora again in Kingdom Hearts III, Dante again in Devil May Cry 5, Yoshi in Yoshi's Crafted World, etc.

While these games often have some variation, I was thinking about whether or not I prefer new or old characters in games. Reading Suriel's interview with Ed Boon, the Mortal Kombat director talked a bit about the mixture of old and new characters in Mortal Kombat 11 and having to keep a balance, edging toward the returning characters versus new ones. It got me thinking about how much I liked the new characters in Mortal Kombat X, though I didn't grow up with the series, which might be the root of my thinking on it.

So I was curious what everyone else thought: do you prefer playing new characters or do you prefer your old favorites come back? It doesn't necessarily have to be fighting games. Does Ethan Winters in Resident Evil 7 matter to you or could that have been Chris Redfield and felt as good or better.