Apple Removing Games Featuring Confederate Flag Regardless Of Context

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Apple Removing Games Featuring Confederate Flag Regardless Of Context

On June 17, a gunman walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and murdered nine individuals. A man by the name of Dylann Roof admitted to perpetrating the act as an attempt to start a race war. 

In the days since the attack, politicians have rallied against the Confederate flag flying over public property, including state capitols. Walmart and Amazon have removed from sale flags and other goods bearing the image.

Today, Apple made a move to do the same, sweeping away a number of apps that use the image of the Confederate flag. This includes games based during the American Civil War that use the flag in an historical context.

Bethesda Considered Multiplayer For Fallout 4

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Bethesda Considered Multiplayer For Fallout 4

The Wasteland is a desolate place, and one we must travel alone. Well, unless we have an AI companion.

Bethesda won’t be implementing multiplayer into Fallout 4, but that doesn’t mean that Todd Howard and his team didn’t consider it. In fact, in an interview with Mashable, Howard says that the team has designed a mode for more than one player on more than one occasion.

The end result is the same each time. Bethesda considers it a distraction from the single-player vision the team wants to present. “I could see ways it would work, but development-wise, they're very different experiences,” Howard says.

Xbox Lives Games With Gold Gets Beefed Up For July And Beyond

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Microsoft has announced an improvement to the Xbox Live Games with Gold program. Starting in July, two new games will be added to the Xbox One library. Previously, Xbox One users received one new game and one returning.

July’s schedule is a bit disrupted, but there are four new games. Here’s what (and when) you can nab starting on July 1:

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, July 1 through July 31So Many Me, July 16 through August 15

Kane & Toews Together For The Cover Of NHL 16

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The Blackhawk's dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews grace the cover of this fall's NHL 16.

Both have already been on the cover of the franchise, Kane on NHL 10 and Toews for NHL 11, but this time they're together with a third entity as well – The Stanley Cup itself.

NHL 16 comes out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 15. Last-gen puck fans are getting the Legacy Edition on the same day.

Bethesda's Fallout Shelter Tops Charts In 48 Countries

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Bethesda's Fallout Shelter Tops Charts In 48 Countries

Prior to E3, executive editor Andrew Reiner joked that the next Fallout game was going to surprise everyone… as a mobile title. Little did we know that his words were prophetic.

At E3, Bethesda announced and released Fallout Shelter, a Tiny Tower-meets-XCOM simulation game that puts you in charge of a Vault-Tec shelter. The title is free-to-play, which made it easy for fans to flock to it.

The title shot to the top of the game charts in 48 countries. In 25 of those, it topped all chart categories as the top-downloaded app. Even though you can play without spending anything, the game’s in-app lunch box purchases have made it one of the top five highest grossing games in 37 countries. 

Dragon Quest VI Arrives On iOS And Android

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Square Enix has delivered another Dragon Quest game on mobile devices. Dragon Quest VI is now available for iOS and Android devices.

The title includes The Slimopolis slime trainer, Slippin’ Slime, and Casino minigames. Dragon Quest VI is priced at $14.99.

This may complete the set of titles currently slated for mobile devices, based on a conversation we had with Square Enix at PAX 2014. Dragon Quest 1 through 6 and 8 are now all available.

Rocksteady Temporarily Suspending PC Sales Of Batman: Arkham Knight To Address Quality

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The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight has been suffering myriad issues, and in response Rocksteady is suspending sales of the game in order to get it fixed.

In a post on Warner Bros. Interactive's message boards, Rocksteady wrote the following:

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards.  We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.

Bungie's Luke Smith Apologizes For Destiny Collector's Edition Comments, Pricing Changes On The Way

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Bungie's Luke Smith Apologizes For Destiny Collector's Edition Comments, Pricing Changes On The Way

Bungie is experiencing a bit of a PR snafu after Destiny: The Taken King's creative director Luke Smith made some sarcastic comments about its upcoming Collector's edition, but it is working to address the controversy.

You can find a full, detailed breakdown of exactly what was said and why Destiny fans are frustrated by heading here. The quick version, however, is that there is a Collector's Edition of the upcoming The Taken King expansion that includes exclusive in-game emotes and armor shaders, but also includes the base Destiny game as well as its previous expansions. For Destiny fans who want that content, they will have to purchase a lot of content they already own. Fans were confused by this, and in an interview with Eurogamer, Smith defended the pricing and content, but in a sarcastic way that was read by fans as being dismissive.

Creator Yu Suzuki Addresses Some Questions About Shenmue III's Non-Kickstarter Funding

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Series creator Yu Suzuki has offered an admitted late response to inquiry about how Shenmue III could possibly made with only a $2,000,000 Kickstarter campaign.

We knew Sony would be helping to support the project both financially and in an assortment of behind-the-scenes ways (like announcing the Kickstarter campaign during its E3 press conference), and though much of those numbers are still mysterious, Suzuki elaborated a little bit on the support in a the most recent update on the game's Kickstarter page.

Reader Discussion: Has Activision's Recent Marketing Foibles Changed Your Opinion Of Destiny?

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Reader Discussion: Has Activision's Recent Marketing Foibles Changed Your Opinion Of Destiny?

Bungie has a lot of dedicated players that are still hooked on Destiny thanks to a slew of post-release content. Players have invested a lot of time into their characters and the world, not wanting to miss out on anything. Recently, Activision hasn't had the best messaging about upcoming content in terms of pricing and exclusivity. My colleague, Mike Futter, broke down some of these foibles in a recent editorial, discussing what Activision should have done better. Unfortunately, the marketing missteps have done some damage, making some fans question Activision's recent choices and their commitment to the popular game.

For those not in the know, The Taken King is the next expansion. The price for it alone is $40, more than previous expansions, but Bungie has also stated that this new expansion is much larger than previous entries like The Dark Below or House of Wolves. Also available is a Legendary Edition, which includes the base game and the two previous expansions for $60, and a Collector's Edition, which contains the same as the Legendary Edition plus physical items, in-game emotes, and armor shades for $80. Currently, there is no option to allow existing players to acquire the collector's edition real world or in-game items without repurchasing everything.