Sega Sammy Cutting 200 Jobs In Its Pachinko Division Due To Poor Sales

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Sega Sammy Cutting 200 Jobs In Its Pachinko Division Due To Poor Sales

Sega Sammy Holdings (the result of the merger between the two companies that focuses primarily on arcade machines) is soliciting "voluntary retirement" on around 200 jobs.

The unfortunate loss of jobs is a result of poor sales in Sega Sammy's typically very profitable pachinko and pachislot arcade machine business. In a press release announcing the "extraordinary loss," Sega Sammy cited poor sales of machines like Pachislot Hokuto No Ken Tomo (Fist of the North Star) and Pachislot Bayonetta not hitting even half the sales they were expected to. It also moved some of its expected revenue into the next fiscal year, which contributed to the large loss.

[Source: segasammy.co.jp, via TSSZnews]

Hearthstone Is Finally Heading To Japan

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Hearthstone has been a big hit for Blizzard, but Japanese players have been forced to play a non-localized version. Soon they won't have to.

Blizzard has announced that the game will be heading, fully localized, to Japan this month. According to CEO and Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime, Japanese players have enjoyed the game and have been supportive of of it, but have been forced to play it in a non-native language.

Outside of "later this month" Blizzard doesn't have an exact release date, but for Blizzard, that's more specific than usual. For our review of Hearthstone, head here.

Learn How Darksiders And Battle Chasers Artist Joe Madureira Influenced Jak & Daxter's Look

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The latest entry in the Did You Know Gaming video series takes a look at Naughty Dog's Jak & Daxter franchise, and showcases some interesting concept art work.

Along with providing an overview of the series' development, the video also showcases some of the early concept art that eventually lead to Jak and Daxter's final designs. You can check out the video below, which also quotes Naughty Dog's responses as to why it abandoned its attempts at a new entry after beginning work on one after the release of Uncharted 2.

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Get Your Final Waluigi (Or Whoever Else You Want) Votes In For Super Smash Bros. Today

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Get Your Final Waluigi (Or Whoever Else You Want) Votes In For Super Smash Bros. Today

Today is the last day you can cast your vote for Waluigi to join the Super Smash Bros. roster. Technically, you can vote for other characters, as well.

The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot began on April 1 of this year, and has been accepting submissions since that day. There are now promises that the ballot will result in DLC characters for Super Smash Bros., but the text on the page reads, "If you post a video-game character’s name, we’ll consider turning that character into a Smash fighter! Please limit your vote to one per person."

If you want to get in any last-second votes, now is the time to do it because today is the last day. You can head here to give Nintendo your ideas about who should join the game.

Rare Shows Off Conker's Kid-Friendly Roots With Conker's Quest Gameplay

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It's widely known that Conker began his life as a kid-friendly platformer, but it's rare to see his original form in motion.

As part of the continuing celebration of its history (which includes the recent release of Rare Replay), Rare put together a short video showing off Conker's Quest, which would later turn into Twelve Tales: Conker 64, and eventually take a radical left turn into mature-rated territory to become Conker's Bad Fur Day.

You can check out the video below to see the transition, as narrated by Rare's Louise O'Connor, which offers gameplay, a look at the game's original mechanics, as well as its other playable characters that aren't named Conker.

Watch Hello Games’ Sean Murray Visit The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Update: If you didn't tune into Hello Games' Sean Murray's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the interview is now online.

You can check out the clip below where Murray does not reveal the release date (it's still a secret), shows off some new No Man's Sky footage, and names a number of the game's creatures and worlds after Mr. Colbert. Like most who are introduced to the game, Colbert is understandably impressed by the game's scope and technology.

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Weekend Warrior 10/2/2015

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Big Boss still has his robotic grip over most of the office, but Destiny: The Taken King looks to give Metal Gear Solid V a run for its GMP. When we’re not running raids or kidnapping soldiers, Undertale is rapidly gaining our attention and should provide a pleasant break from those two behemoths. Share what you’ll be playing this weekend in the comments!

Tim Turi (@timturi)–I’ve played MGSV to death, and while I haven’t beaten every single Side-Op, I think I’m ready to call it done. I tried jumping straight from the open-world gameplay into Mad Max, but found myself cringing at the idea of doing two huge games back-to-back. Surprisingly, I ended up diving into Destiny: The Taken King, and find myself enjoying it. There are enough avid Destiny fans at GI to both help me out in my Fireteam and also answer my questions about the sometimes-cryptic leveling systems. I also hope to make another Super Mario Maker level!

Mike Futter (@Futterish)–I’ll be diving back into Destiny and Metal Gear Solid V. I have more guards to knock out so that I can kidnap them by the most amazing balloon contraption ever conceived.

Assassin’s Creed Film Recruits Jeremy Irons And Brendan Gleeson

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Assassin’s Creed Film Recruits Jeremy Irons And Brendan Gleeson

The Assassin’s Creed movie seems seems to be coming along nicely, with Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (The Borgias, The Lion King) and Emmy Award winner Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Harry Potter films) hopping onto the project. The pair joins leading man Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Ubisoft’s historical epic. 

Both actors are portraying fathers, with Gleeson as the papa of Fassbender’s character, assassin descendant Callum Lynch, and Irons as Cotillard’s. Other than that, there's no additional information on their roles. 

This won’t be the only upcoming film to feature Gleeson and Fassbender; the two also appear in Trespass Among Us, which is currently in post-production. Irons, on the other hand, has another big nerd-centric film on the way. He'll portray Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which also premieres next year. 

Lee From Telltale’s The Walking Dead Finally In Figure Form

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Lee From Telltale’s The Walking Dead Finally In Figure Form

While Telltale’s The Walking Dead is very much Clementine’s story, discounting Lee Everett’s role would be a tragedy. It’s through his eyes that we experience the tale, watching the young girl mature in a harsh world.

Now, the Dave Fennoy-voiced character is finally getting his own figure. The McFarlane Toys piece comes in two different varieties: full color and blood-splatter.

If you haven’t played all the way through, you might not want to look at the pictures in the gallery. There is a spoiler in how the figure is designed.

Artist Collective Creates Intriguing Takes On Classic Zelda Enemies

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Artist Collective Creates Intriguing Takes On Classic Zelda Enemies

A classic video game hero can gain a lot of enemies over the course of 28 years. Link’s Blacklist, a Legend of Zelda enemy artwork collective, is celebrating those villains in its annual digital art showcase.

Link’s Blacklist, established in 2012, is a group of over 150 artists that submit original pieces to a collection of artwork specifically focused on adversaries seen throughout the Legend of Zelda franchise. The latest update features the three-headed Staldra, Majora’s Mask antagonist Skull Kid, and Ganon's favorite underlings, the Moblins. An average of 50 pieces of art are collected each year. You can see a partial selection of the collection below.

Link’s Blacklist is part of the larger Game Art HQ, a collective of video game art across numerous game franchises. Last year, Game Art HQ contributed to the PlayStation 20th Anniversary Tribute by producing artwork based on 40 PlayStation titles released between 1995 and 2002.