Trade Deadline Roster Update Goes Live In NBA 2K15

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Following a chaotic NBA trade deadline period that saw 11 trades involving 37 players, Visual Concepts has released its roster update to account for the changes.

Included in this update is Kevin Garnett's return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brandon Knight's trade to the Phoenix Suns, and Goran Dragic's move to the Miami Heat. This roster update also changes Portland Trailblazer Steve Blake's jersey to #5, which he has done in order to honor of former NBA player Jerome Kersey, who recently passed away.

Though the trade deadline has passed in dramatic fashion, the player movement in the NBA could continue, as the buyout period still allows for players to change teams.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Getting A Substantial Update

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Civilization: Beyond Earth Getting A Substantial Update

An upcoming Civilization: Beyond Earth update will focus on game balance and improvements as well as setting the stage for integration with Sid Meier's Starships. This cross-game connectivity will allow those with 2K accounts to link the games together and receive a new planet, the Glacier.

Wonders have undergone major changes, with most of them receiving major effect changes - the team wasn't satisfied with the marginal upgrades they provided, as players were opting out of them completely for standard buildings much of the time. Trade routes are also receiving major revisions, and friendly aliens will be less of a nuisance toward allied workers. These upgrades come alongside a number of bug fixes, adjustments, and general improvements.

You can check out the full list of changes and notes here - http://www.civilization.com/en/news/2015-02-information-on-the-civilization-beyond-earth-winter-2015-update/

This Week In Mobile: Speed, Swap, and Snowboard

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This Week In Mobile: Speed, Swap, and Snowboard

This week's selection of mobile games ranges from snowy mountainside adventures, to driving hovercrafts through a city skyline. Check out what's in store for your mobile gaming needs below.

Imps in TokyoDeveloper: We Are Vigilantes Platform: iOS
Price: $1.99

Flying through the cartoon skies of Tokyo, you lead the imp creatures in their quest to save dreams from the grasp of evil spirits. This humorous arcade/adventure game has an intense story with challenging gameplay. Along the way, you will also save kittens as you slowly progress to the final battle with antagonist Mr. Cornelious. If you search carefully, you may come across the secret mini-game hidden in the game.

Twitch Announces Twitchcon

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Streaming service Twitch announced Twitchcon on an official site stream today. This Twitch-centric convention is scheduled for September 25-26 in San Francisco. Twitchcon will be dedicated to Twitch's community of streamers, partners, broadcasters, and viewers.

There are not a whole lot of available details at this time other than the date, location,  and the assumption there will be various events at the show. We'll undoubtedly be getting more details in the near future.

“Twitch broadcasters have the most passionate fans, so we want to create an amazing experience where they can come together in person,” said Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch.

Ex-Battlefield Developers Form New Studio In Hopes Of Kicking The Crunch Habit

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Ex-Battlefield Developers Form New Studio In Hopes Of Kicking The Crunch Habit

A half-year after he announced his plans to "abandon AAA" game development, former Battlefield and Payday 2 designer David Goldfarb has revealed his next move. Teaming up with fellow DICE alumni Ben Cousins, Goldfarb has founded a new studio, dubbed The Outsiders.

For Goldfarb, the transition from large-scale projects to indie was born out of necessity. After serving in critical roles for the development of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and Payday 2, the divorced father of two took a hard look at his life and realized his crunch-heavy lifestyle wasn't making him happy. It was time to recalibrate.

"I missed a year of my daughter's life," he says. "I don't even remember what happened during the end of Battlefield 3 because I was just wiped out. I think my daughter had colic for like three months, so it was just an endless procession of knowing I was doing the wrong thing. My father passed away when I was finalizing Bad Company 2. I didn't go home to see him.

2K Releases Impressive First-Week Stats For Evolve

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2K Releases Impressive First-Week Stats For Evolve

Turtle Rock and 2K have put together an infographic sharing a vast array of statistics for Evolve's first week out in the wild. Turns out, people are playing the game a lot.

They released a similar stat round-up for Evolve's beta, and the numbers keep on growing. In just over a week (eight days to be exact), gamers have played roughly six million matches, for a total playtime of more than 946,000 hours, or 108 years. Over 4.7 million people also watched Evolve matches on Twitch during that time.

Match stats continue to be surprisingly even; the monster has a slight edge over hunters, winning 51.9% of the time compared to the hunters' 48.1% win ratio. The infographic also breaks down who the most popular hunters and monsters are, which you can see below – though I'm still shaking my head at the majority of players choosing Lazarus over Caira or Val, and Bucket is somehow the least-used support member?!

Fans Redesign Bloodborne In Striking Artworks

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With Bloodborne releasing in a month, the hype surrounding the game is only growing. Fans around the world have taken to DeviantArt to design fan art and concept art inspired by the title. These rich drawings capture the gory, Gothic Victorian setting of the fictional city Yharnam and its outskirts. Some artists have added their own unique touches to the Bloodborne universe, such as a female hunter concept, or a character design of a large cat riding a carriage pulled by feline monsters. Others stayed true to the lore that we have only had glimpses at thus far.

If you want to learn more about the game, watch the recent story trailer released yesterday. Be sure to also to read our impressions of the game demo from PAX Prime 2014.

To enlarge the images, click them for full view.

Custom Amiibos Showcase Nintendo Fan Artistry

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Custom Amiibos Showcase Nintendo Fan Artistry

Certain Amiibo figures have been deemed rare, but even Marth and Wii Fit Trainer are common when compared to the one-of-a-kind creations found within a passionate custom Amiibo community. A Tumblr page called "Custom Amiibo" has compiled some of the best fan creations from across the web.

The page serves as an index of Amiibo modifications from several different sites. Within the page, fans will find everything from the Paper Mario and Paper Luigi modifications that popped up earlier this month to a Pikachu Amiibo that has evolved into a Raichu Amiibo.

Check out the gallery of some of our favorites found on the Custom Amiibo page, then head over to the Tumblr itself and see the full collection of fan creations being showcased.

[Update] Young Destiny Player Whose Data Was Deleted Shares Mature Response To The Situation

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[Update] Young Destiny Player Whose Data Was Deleted Shares Mature Response To The Situation

Update: The young gamer pictured in the heartbreaking video below is named Henry, a fifth-grade Destiny fan whose progress was wiped out by a stranger on the internet. He and his mother reached out to us to share some thoughts about the experience.

Henry's mother tells us that one of the members of the young man's clan invited KirmitTHEfrog and another person into a party. They played together for a while, and it was after earning his trust on February 13, that the events of the video below unfolded.

"As you can see in the video, Henry was devastated, so since the piece was recorded, I uploaded it to my YouTube account since it’s the adult account associated with his PS4 account – Henry is in 5th grade," his mother, Courtney Kramer tells us. "The only reason I uploaded it to YouTube was to have a place to host  it so I could share the link with the Bungie Help forum in the hopes they would review and restore his characters. We never expected anyone but Bungie to see it. Then Bungie posted it to their weekly newsletter on Wednesday, and the Internet exploded."