Take This Documentary Discusses The Importance Of Mental Health Care In Gaming Community

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Take This Documentary Discusses The Importance Of Mental Health Care In Gaming Community

At PAX Prime this year, Take This, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing mental-health service in the gaming community, premiered a documentary on the group's founding and mission in hopes of inspiring much-needed conversation. One in four people suffers from depression, anxiety, or another, similar illness. Take This was born from tragedy in our community and now works to prevent those that might happen in the future.

As one of its core activities, the organization attends a number of major conventions to host panels on mental health and an “AFK Room” for attendees. This is a safe, quiet space to get away from the noise and congestion of the show floor and decompress. In addition, mental-health professionals are available for counseling for those in need.

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Voting Is Now Open On Second Dying Light Mod Contest

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Voting Is Now Open On Second Dying Light Mod Contest

Techland held a mod contest for Dying Light a few months ago, and the developer is back for another round. Five modders' creations are up for a big prize package, and you can vote now on your favorite one.

The top prize includes an Alienware Alpha machine and a load of Dying Light swag. There are five potential award winners, featuring creations that drew inspirations from movies Shaun of the Dead and Konami's P.T. demo. Console players may feel pangs of envy, but there's hope.

”The Dying Light fans seriously continue to surprise us with their creativity, and it was the exact same thing with these mods. Some of these are so unique and fun that we found ourselves even playing them in our spare time.” said producer Tymon Smektala. “That led us to start talking about trying to make these available for our console fans. We’re looking into it, but we’ll have to see.”

Minecraft Updates Merging Worlds Of Windows 10, Pocket Editions

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Microsoft has announced a few details about its upcoming Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Pocket Edition updates, which will give social-minded players some big new options when it comes to playing with friends.

Version 0.12.1 is adding cross-platform multiplayer with up to five players for those versions of the game, provided everyone is on the same local network.

The Pocket Edition update is also adding weather effects, such as snow accumulation; golems and ocelots; as well as the ability to enchant items using enchanting tables. Players will be able to sneak and sprint as part of the update's controller tweaks. 

Star Wars: Rogue One's Unlikely Connection To The Force Unleashed Video Games

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Star Wars: Rogue One's Unlikely Connection To The Force Unleashed Video Games

At a recent autograph signing, actor Mads Mikkelsen, who recently joined the Star Wars: Rogue One cast, signed a Star Wars poster for a fan, but didn't stop there – he also wrote the name "Galen" underneath his signature. This is likely the name of the character he will be portraying in Rogue One. This isn't a unique name in the Star Wars universe. The Force Unleashed's Starkiller also goes by Galen Marek.

While some fans are speculating that Mikkelsen could be playing Marek in the film, it seems unlikely seeing that Disney erased this character from the Star Wars timeline along with the rest of the Expanded Universe. The more likely scenario is that Disney is recycling some of the most popular names in from the Expanded Universe. While repeated names are common in the real world, we rarely, if ever, see the same name twice in Star Wars. Odds are, there will only be one Lando.

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Konami Warns Of Game-Breaking Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Bug

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Konami Warns Of Game-Breaking Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Bug

Konami has alerted users that there is a game-breaking bug in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain affecting all platforms. The good news is that it is avoidable, the bad news is that the conditions for creating the problem aren’t obscure at all.

If you use Quiet as your buddy in mission 29 or 42, there is a chance that your game progress will be inhibited entirely. In the interest of our extremely spoiler sensitive readers, we won’t tell you how many possible buddies there are, but it isn’t a lot.

Konami does not explicitly say that a patch is in progress to fix this problem. Further announcements are expected. As soon as we know how and when the publisher plans to address this, we’ll update you.

The Witcher 3’s First Major Expansion Coming Next Month, Physical Gwent Cards Available Soon

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If you’ve played all the way through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and doubled back with new game plus, chances are you might be interested in what’s coming next month. CD Projekt Red has announced that the first of two major expansions arrives in October.

Hearts of Stone will add approximately 10 hours to the already sizable game. And for those of you addicted to the in-game card game, Gwent, you’ll have two ways to get physical cards.

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Nintendo Rebundles Wii U With Mario Kart 8 And DLC

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Nintendo Rebundles Wii U With Mario Kart 8 And DLC

If you’re thinking of jumping on the Wii U train, Nintendo is sweetening the pot with a new Mario Kart 8 bundle. The new package comes with a digital version of the game and all of the currently available DLC.

The add-ons include nods to The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. The former is represented by Link, a Hyrule track, and the Master Cycle. The latter includes both male and female villagers, Isabelle, an Animal Crossing Track, and themed vehicles.

The bundles also include Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Dry Bowser, a total of four tracks, and eight vehicles. The bundle is available now for $299.99. 

The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth Expansion Arrives October 30

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The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth Expansion Arrives October 30

The Binding of Isaac’s disturbing and compelling lore expands next month. Nicalis has revealed the release date for the PC version of the expansion.

Afterbith arrives on October 30 for PC ($9.99, console release date coming soon), complete with a few new features. These include a variety of enhancements, new daily runs, and “greed mode” that pushes players into high risk/reward scenarios.

There’s also a new area at the end of the game with an additional boss and ending. This is in addition to more than 1,000 new rooms (with new types), 120 new items, new enemies and bosses, and a host of new achievements.

Rockstar Editor-Created Extreme Extermination Challenge Wraps Up Its First Season

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Those whacky, lovable aliens named Glorp and The Narp Narp are back for the last round of Extreme Extermination Challenge’s first season. There’s mayhem, murder, and oddly seductive gyrating.

While creator Lee Iovino tells us that this wraps up the first set of Rockstar Editor episodes, more may come in the future. If the Roachmaster 5000 is only a level one special weapon, I’m afraid of what we’ll see next time.

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Report: The Next Version Of Apple TV Will Have A Gaming Focus

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Report: The Next Version Of Apple TV Will Have A Gaming Focus

For the past week, there have been rumors that Apple is finally going to be making a move on the living room gaming market. Those murmurings are further strengthened today by a new report.

The New York Times reports that Apple will be putting gaming front and center for its next set-top device, Apple TV. The Times’ sources suggest that the new hardware will be announced on Wednesday.

If accurate, this move would be long overdue, as Apple has put gaming in millions of casual gamers’ pockets. According to Newzoo, mobile games across all platforms raked in $25 billion in 2014 and are projected to pass the $30 million mark this year.