Disney Interactive Slides More Than 20 Percent On Weak Infinity Sales

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Disney Interactive Slides More Than 20 Percent On Weak Infinity Sales

Disney hasn’t been able to carry the Infinity excitement through the entire 12-month period this year. Just nine months after Disney Infinity 2.0’s release, the entertainment giant reports that sales have slipped significantly.

Revenues have dipped 22 percent to 208 million when compared with the same quarter last year. This puts the division behind by 12 percent for the nine months ended June 30.

Infinity 2.0 met with mixed critical response, with reviewers lauding the expanded toy box mode. However, the Marvel Comics-themed playsets (the scripted, story content) failed to impress us.

Reader Discussion: Do You Watch eSports?

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This week was a big one for eSports. Professional Dota 2 players battled for part of an $18 million prize, the biggest in eSports history. Did you tune in? Do you watch other eSports?

eSports are huge and still growing at a tremendous rate, but it is still directed at a niche audience. Did you watch The International this week? Do you tune in for EVO? Do you have a favorite Halo or Call of Duty team? And what about speedrunning? Is that an eSport? Let us know in the comments below.

Halo 5 Beta Leak Reveals New/Old Musical Theme

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Halo 5's beta is inactive, but it received an update recently that revealed a familiar musical theme for the game.

The theme was uploaded by the Halo memes YouTube channel, though it admits it is not the channel who discovered the theme. The Halo 5 beta that went offline in January, but can remain installed on the Xbox One, and is still accessible, even if you can't play online. This is how the soundtrack was uncovered.

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Evil Geniuses Win The International Dota 2 Tournament And $6.6 Million

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For the first time in the tournament's short five year history, an American team has taken home the top prize.

176 games played, 18 teams, 11 days and 1 Aegis. These are your #TI5 Champions! @EvilGeniuses pic.twitter.com/mFmt63WT7c

Evil Geniuses defeated CDEC Gaming from China in Dota 2's The International tournament which marked the biggest prize pool for any eSports event in history. Evil Geniuses took home $6,616,014 of the $18 million prize pool and CDEC Gaming won  $2,848,562.

Reader Discussion: What Generally Disliked Games Do You Defend?

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Many games considered to be bad have their defenders and fans. What game do you feel you must stand up for?

For me, one of the games I always find myself feeling compelled to stand up for is Metroid: Other M. It's easily the worst core Metroid game, but I always find myself standing up for it and proclaiming, "It's not that bad!" I also adamantly stand up for the 2008 Prince of Persia. You can read some of my thoughts on that game here, as well as why I think it was ahead of its time in a very specific way here.

What about you? What game is disliked by many, but not you? What game do you always stand up for in the face of diversity? Let us know in the comments below.

Mod Makes Batman: Arkham Knight's Director Playable

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Mod Makes Batman: Arkham Knight's Director Playable

Batman: Arkham Knight's director, Sefton Hill, appears in the game as a pedestrian, so modders grabbed the model and gave him Batman's abilities.

Technically speaking, the mod is no different than the mod that lets you play as Alfred that we shared last weekend. Hill's character model was already in the game, so modders just repurposed it. Hill's cameo actually occurs very early in the game. As you enter the diner from the first-person perspective, you will see him on the right, leaving the diner.

You can check out a video of the mod below, and below that you will find a video interview with Hill, so you can see what he really looks like.

Starbreeze Announces John Wick Virtual Reality Game

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The studio behind games like The Darkness, Payday 2, and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay have partnered with Lionsgate and others to create a virtual reality game based on the 2014 movie, John Wick.

Starbreeze is serving mostly as publisher of the game and it is being developed by two companies, WEVR and Grab. According to the press release for the announcement, the John Wick VR game will be a first-person shooter and be centered around the Continental Hotel, the mysterious location in the film that serves as a safe zone of sorts for the world's best assassins.

Ahead of the game, there will be an opportunity to play a "promotional experience" version of the game on the HTC Vive World Tour, which is promoting HTC and Valve's virtual reality device, the Vive. A teaser of the game will also be available at the launch of HTC Vive through SteamVR. The date of the availability of that demo (and the launch of Vive) will be revealed later this year, and the full game is expected to be available spring 2016 for multiple VR platforms, not just Vive.

Weekend Warrior 8/7/2015

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This weekend, like many other weekends, the Game Informer staff plans to head home, hit the couch, and unwind with a video game or two. Most of the gang seems to be coming down from their Witcher 3 and Batman highs, but a few stragglers such as myself are still exploring those open worlds. All in all, it seems like a good many of us are using Rocket League or Galak-Z to get our minds off all those riddler trophies. Let us know what you're playing in the comments below!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I won’t have a ton of time to play this weekend, but what time I find will be spent on MLB 15: The Show on PS4 and Borderlands 2 on Xbox One. I may also jump into some quick-hit sessions with Splatoon and Rocket League, though.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I'm hoping to play more Batman: Arkham Knight. I'm starting to get back into the swing of things after too long of a break. I just had my first run-in in the open-world with a surprisingly scary character. Outside of that, I'm going to be recording an old but top-secret game in the office tomorrow with some folks, and we'll share that footage next month. I also really want to try out the new Spider game on iOS or Steam. Have a good weekend!

This Week In Mobile: Five Nights At Freddy's Creeps Onto iOS

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This Week In Mobile: Five Nights At Freddy's Creeps Onto iOS

Several notable mobile games released this week, so we went ahead and selected the top four for our weekly round-up. That said, each of these titles offers a very different experience: From harvesting wheat on a farm to protecting a child from monsters, these mobile gems feature something for everyone.

Paradise BayDeveloper: KingPlatform(s): iOS
Price: Free (in-app purchases)

From the makers of Candy Crush Saga, a game as devious as it is delicious, comes Paradise Bay. While both of King's titles employ a freemium model, Paradise Bay ditches match three for resource management. After building a seaport, players dive into the ocean to uncover hidden treasures. If underwater exploring fails to catch your interest, then you can use the port to spark trade. For those people who would rather focus on improving their personal island, they can ignore outsiders in favor of raising animals. Paradise Bay showcases a wide variety of ways to play, and any gamers willing to put up with in-game purchases will find themselves in possession of a polished, robust game.