[Update] Bungie Patches Destiny Sparrow Racing League Record Book Exploit

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[Update] Bungie Patches Destiny Sparrow Racing League Record Book Exploit

Update: Bungie has patched the huge exploit that allowed non-paying players to earn rewards from the Sparrow Racing League Record Book. The company has detailed how it handled the situation and a caveat for those who have legitimately earned rewards.

At this point, you can't use the preview screen in the Eververse Trading Company window to unlock rewards. However, those who did get the gear without paying won't have it deleted.

Instead, Bungie has made it so that you cannot equip any reward items without paying for the book. Your progress is saved, however. So if you decide to purchase the book, you'll have those items available.

XCOM 2 Will Have A $20 Season Pass, Deluxe Edition, And Pre-Order Bonuses

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XCOM 2 Will Have A $20 Season Pass, Deluxe Edition, And Pre-Order Bonuses

We just published our first hands-on impressions of Firaxis’ XCOM 2. In addition to all the information about how the game has changed since Enemy Unknown, we have some additional information about post-launch and pre-order bonus content.

XCOM 2, which is arriving only on PC, will be sold in standard and deluxe versions. The standard version is listed for $59.99 on Steam. The deluxe edition ups that price to $74.99, but includes three post-launch content drops.

If you decide to get the Reinforcement Pack later, it’ll cost you $19.99. This makes the deluxe edition a $5 savings if you take the chance the content will be good.

The Name Boogie-Woogie Innocence Was Considered Before Landing On Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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The Name Boogie-Woogie Innocence Was Considered Before Landing On Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

The Phoenix Wright series has a pretty straight-forward name, but Capcom tried other names like Boogie-Woogie Innocence and Let's Raise Hamsters before landing on Ace Attorney.

These and other details are part of the latest from Did You Know Gaming, which looks at the Ace Attorney series. It explains how the series came together and how it began as a way to train young, new Capcom developers.

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Lara Croft Go Awarded Game Of The Year Honors By Apple

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Lara Croft Go Awarded Game Of The Year Honors By Apple

Apple has named its top 25 games and apps of the year, with a familiar face taking top honors on the entertainment side. Lara Croft Go, Square Enix’s puzzle-focused Tomb Raider adventure, has been given the crown for 2015.

Lara Croft Go also walked away with the mobile/handheld award at last week’s 2015 Game Awards. A free expansion, The Shard of Life, was released at the end of November.

Also on Apple’s list are Fallout Shelter in second place, Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade at number five, Hearthstone at number six, and the clever puzzle-meets-runner You Must Build a Boat at number 11. The top app is mobile live-streaming phenom Periscope.

Destiny Microtransaction Exploit Leaves Paying Customers Miffed

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Destiny’s Sparrow Racing League event kicked off yesterday, sending Guardians speeding across the solar system. The racing-focused events come with an optional set of rewards that require an investment of 1,000 silver (approximately $10).

Unfortunately, crafty players have figured out how to unlock the rewards without paying. As players race, they open up different achievements in the $10 Record Book.

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Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Offers Spark Of Hope For Canceled Star Wars: 1313

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Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Offers Spark Of Hope For Canceled Star Wars: 1313

When Disney closed LucasArts in 2013, one of the projects dropped to the cutting room floor was the highly anticipated Star Wars: 1313. We don’t know if that was just a project name for the prototype footage shown the year before at E3, but it quickly became something fans were excited about.

More than two years later, a new interview with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy conducted by Slashfilm, reveals that it might not be as dead as previously believed. ”So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away,” she told the publication. “It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.”

Slashfilm also spoke with Kennedy about the planned Star Wars live television show. Those concepts, and the early work done on 1313, might find renewed life as inspiration for other works in different mediums. 

You'll Starve To Death Riding This Rollercoaster Tycoon Track

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You'll Starve To Death Riding This Rollercoaster Tycoon Track

Much of Rollercoaster Tycoon's fun is derived from constructing intentionally shoddy or mean-spirited rides, and one sadistic player has taken that philosophy to new heights. While roller coasters provide fleeting thrills, here's one that tortures its riders with a trip so slow, they'll perish long before seeing the end of it.

Kairos - The Slow is just that: an absurdly slow-moving coaster that takes 3,000 in-game years to complete. That's the equivalent of 210 real-life days. 

The anonymous designer based the idea around a rule of physics that dictates coasters traveling at a constant height constantly lose speed but will never stop completely. The ride is constructed on Rollercoaster Tycoon's largest map, with a consistently level track that wraps from the edges of the area and spirals towards the center (though the perspective gives the false illusion of spiraling into the Earth).

Minecraft Story Mode Wraps Up In 2016, But Your Next Episode Lands This Month

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Telltale has been delivering Minecraft Story Mode episodes on one of its quickest paces yet. We’ve been getting new installments every month, and that isn’t going to stop.

The fourth episode, “Order Up!” will be along this month. A specific release date hasn’t yet been announced. 

The final episode will arrive in early 2016. Our fingers are crossed that ends up being January.

Minecraft Pocket Edition Sure Has Come A Long Way

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Minecraft Pocket Edition Sure Has Come A Long Way

When Minecraft Pocket Edition was first launched in 2011, it was a mere shadow of its PC sibling. There was no survival mode, no enemies, no day/night cycle, and relatively small worlds to make your own. It’s come a long way though, adding a number of features and becoming a basis for the Windows 10 edition.

Today, Microsoft and Mojang are showcasing the evolution of its most diminutive installment, which has garnered more than 30 million downloads. The latest update added redstone to create switchable lights, doorbells, and other powered creations.

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