Witcher Developer Discusses The Design Behind Hearts Of Stone DLC In New Video

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Witcher Developer Discusses The Design Behind Hearts Of Stone DLC In New Video

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red released a new developer video today, detailing their design philosophy behind the new expansion DLC Hearts of Stone. Team leaders explain how they involved team and fan feedback into the new content.

“A very positive aspect of working at CD Projekt Red is that your voice and opinion, they really matter,” Senior Visual Effects Artist Jose Teixeira said in the video. “In fact, everyone here is counting on it, on your own proactiveness [sic] in making this game better. There are countless examples of things that were added to the game thanks to suggestions in meetings, conversations in the corridor, even reading comments on internet forums.”

The video details CD Projekt Red’s philosophy behind investing in additional Wild Hunt content, including the decision to add free DLC leading up to Hearts of Stone. Also included is new footage from the expansion’s estimated 10 hours of content, including Geralt’s meeting with Shani, a character not seen since the first Witcher game and a romantic option in Hearts of Stone.

NBA 2K16 Bounces Onto Mobile Devices Today

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NBA 2K16 Bounces Onto Mobile Devices Today

Today 2K Sports announced that its latest basketball sim has landed in the mobile court. Starting now, NBA 2K16 is available on iOS and Android devices, supporting a host of features, roster updates and opportunities to earn virtual currency.

The mobile version of NBA 2K16 supports MyCareer, Blacktop, and Season modes, and offers physical controller support for iOS at launch, with Android support inbound. Basketball gamers on the go can also link up to the NBA 2K Store’s stock of equipment, courts, and other content updates. Furthermore, the professional Euroleague basketball club is available.

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Dying Light: The Following DLC Gets Release Timeframe

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Dying Light: The Following DLC Gets Release Timeframe

Dying Light developer Techland has revealed a new kernel of info regarding the Dying Light: The Following DLC. The title is coming out in the first quarter of next year.

The Following will cost $14.99, but if you have the game's season pass it's free. Apart from a new large map and dedicated story, the expansion (Dying Light not required) also introduces a customizable dirt buggy.

For more on the DLC, take a look at this 15-minute gameplay demo. Also be sure to check out our review of Dying Light.

PSA: Today Is Your Last Day For Two Xbox Live Games With Gold

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PSA: Today Is Your Last Day For Two Xbox Live Games With Gold

We’ve reached the halfway point in October, which means it’s time to for some new Xbox Live Games with Gold titles. It also means that your time is almost up to grab a couple before they are gone.

There are two games leaving the service after today. On Xbox One, this is your last chance to pick up Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. On Xbox 360, Big Boss sneaks off as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes rotates out.

Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to grab The Walking Dead: Season 1 on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. For those that haven’t yet picked up Valiant Hearts: The Great War on Xbox One, it’s sticking around through the end of the month.

Pokémon Go Developer Niantic Gets $20 Million From Google, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

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Pokémon Go Developer Niantic Gets $20 Million From Google, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

Niantic Labs is doing ok for itself after spinning off from Google earlier this year. The company beyond the augmented reality game Ingress split off in August when Google announced its newly formed parent company Alphabet.

Niantic is currently working on the ambitious Pokémon Go. Now it has more capital to make that project come to life thanks to this Series A funding.

Google, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo have made a $20 million investment in the company. Funds will also be used for continued support of Ingress and other new games. Niantic will also be eligible for another $10 million from the trio as it meets milestones. 

Man Shows Off Replica Of Thor's Mjölnir That Only He Can Lift

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Man Shows Off Replica Of Thor's Mjölnir That Only He Can Lift

In the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron, a scene centers on the various heroes attempting to pick up Thor's mighty hammer, Mjölnir. Just before each hero fails to lift the legendary hammer, Thor explains that only those who are worthy to wield Mjölnir are able to lift it. YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced took to Venice Beach with his own replica of the hammer that only he was worthy to lift.

Sure, he may very well be deceptively strong, but that's not the secret to why only he can lift it. So how does he make it this way? The answer, as usual, is magnets. Using super powerful electromagnets and a thumbprint scanner programmed to recognize his prints and deactivate the magnets, he makes it so only he can pick up the replica when it's placed head-down on sheet metal or a manhole cover.

Check out the video of him showing off his intricate invention (including a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics beneath the convincing shell) below and join us in pondering how much time, money, and effort was poured into this awesome device.

NHL 16 Adds Missing Rookies With Second Roster Update

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NHL 16 Adds Missing Rookies With Second Roster Update

EA Sports and EA Canada have released the second roster update for NHL 16. This update is significant because it fills the rosters with rookies who were previously missing due to a rule the NHL has regarding player likenesses.

Former NCAA players are disallowed from appearing in NHL games until they play in their first game in the NHL. With the regular season kicking off on October 7, EA Canada is finally able to add the likes of the Sabres' Jack Eichel and the Hurricanes' Noah Hanifin to their respective rosters.

To download this new roster update on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, head to the rosters menu in the customize section and select the most recent official update under EA Sports NHL Official Rosters.

Sneaky Zebra Storms New York Comic Con To Film The Best Cosplay

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Sneaky Zebra Storms New York Comic Con To Film The Best Cosplay

New York Comic Con pulls no punches when it comes to amazing cosplay. The only thing better than seeing hundreds of photos of your favorite geek culture icons brought to life is seeing them in motion, and that’s just what Nick Acott and Gary Scullion at Sneaky Zebra did for this year’s NYCC cosplay music video.

Check out the video below for a glimpse at this year’s lineup of gaming and geek culture’s most popular characters, including Metal Gear Solid V’s Quiet, Arkham Knight’s Scarecrow, Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Aloy, and plenty more. There’s also an incredible moment showing off what was arguably the convention’s most popular cosplay, a nearly life size Hulkbuster from the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bonus points for anyone who can pick out a certain Japanese pop metal group.

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Play With Power At The Strong Museum's NES 30th Anniversary Exhibit

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Play With Power At The Strong Museum's NES 30th Anniversary Exhibit

October 18 marks the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. The NES ushered in a new era of gaming from the ashes of the 1983 video game crash, and you can trace its history, as well as Nintendo’s, at The Strong National Museum of Play’s NES-themed exhibit.

The exhibit, titled Playing With Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System, curates artifacts documenting Nintendo’s 125-year existence. These include the company’s pre-video game era products such as hanafuda cards (The Big N’s original chief export), the 1969 electronic Love Tester, and the Ultra Hand toy created by Game Boy Inventor, Gunpei Yokoi.

Museum goers can also view authentic NES design schematics from Nintendo’s archives, and check out the 1983 Japanese Famicom and NES Deluxe Set (which bundled R.O.B. the robot). Also featured is a video interview with hardware designer Masayuki Uemura, who discusses his career as well as the system’s development cycle.   

Vivendi Invests In Ubisoft, Gameloft Following Split From Activision

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Vivendi Invests In Ubisoft, Gameloft Following Split From Activision

Former Activision parent company Vivendi got a big payday in 2013 when the Call of Duty publisher bought its independence. The move saved Activision from a potential drain on its cash reserves, but cost $8 billion raised from a variety of investors, including a group led by CEO Bobby Kotick.

Now, Vivendi is getting back in the pool. According to Bloomberg, the company has invested in both Ubisoft and mobile publisher Gameloft. Total investments amount to €160 million ($183 million), with €140 million ($159.2 million) going to Ubisoft and €19.7 million ($22.4 million) to Gameloft.

With the $8 billion raised from its sale of Activision shares in 2013, another $850 million from shares sold in 2014, and other divestments, Vivendi is reportedly sitting on cash reserves of $10 billion. This puts it in a significantly healthier position than it was prior to its split from Activision.