Club Nintendo Parting Gift Flipnote Studio 3D Now Available

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As we previously reported, Nintendo is sunsetting the Club Nintendo loyalty program. Don’t worry though, as something else will take its place in the future.

As part of the farewell package, Nintendo is offering Flipnote Studio 3D, a digital flipbook creator, to everyone with an account. Those codes are now available, so you can get started with the program.

In order to get yours, log into Club Nintendo. You should see your “To Do List” appear underneath the main navigation buttons. There you’ll see Flipnote Studio 3D listed.

[Updated] Get Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott Free For Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire

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Update: All the special codes needed for grabbing Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott are out in the wild for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

To add the three Unova region Pokémon to your team, go to the Mystery Gift option in the main menu and enter POKEMON500 for Emboar, POKEMON497 for Serperior, and POKEMON503 for Samurott. The codes will be good until November 30, 2015 so you have some time to take care of business.

For our review of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, follow the link.

Former Rare Developers Form Playtonic Games, Announce Project Ukulele

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A programmer on Donkey Kong Country, a character designer on Banjo-Kazooie, and other former Rare members have formed  new studio.

The studio is called Playtonic Games, and though the new studio has a website, there isn't much else to report on just yet. There is the teaser image you see above with the text, "Who's hiding in there?" and a presumed code name for a yet to be announced game called Project Ukulele. The only other element of the website close to a clue about Playtonic Games' game is the following paragraph:

Playtonic’s the name, and fun games, unique characters and absolutely-frickin-amazing worlds to explore are our game. Or at least they will be, once we eventually get around to releasing our first project instead of faffing around on WordPress.

League of Legends Fan Issues Plea To Parents Of Players

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We've all experienced moment as kids when the parents exercise their dictatorial power, reaching for the power button and killing your progress in a game. Their hearts may be in the right place, but it's not always a considerate action. This is especially true during online games where a disappearing player can kill the competitive balance, which is why someone in the Riot forums decided to reach out to parents of League of Legends players with an open letter.

"While it is admirable that you are teaching children some responsibility to schedules,please stop neglecting to teach them responsibility to other people," the post from Ice Weasel X reads. "Unless your child is playing a custom game, his actions will permanently affect the statistics of up to nine other people. Don't enforce behavior that involves disregarding other people. Do you want your child being callous to people in face-to-face situations too?"

Fair play. Your move, parents. 

Reader Discussion: Did You Enjoy The Battlefield Hardline Beta?

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So you traded in your advanced weaponry, jets, and tanks for the small, quiet life of the police SWAT force or the criminal underworld last weekend during the Battlefield Hardline open beta. We want to hear your thoughts on the new game modes, theme, and overall gameplay.

Do you miss the bombastic action of the military entries? Do you like the new cops vs. robbers action? Do you think the new Heist and Hardwire modes will be destination experiences that captivate the community? Share your thoughts on Battlefield Hardline the comments section below.

Activision Opens Call Of Duty Championships To The Public

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For the first time in the tournament's history, fans can purchase tickets to attend the Call of Duty Championships taking place on March 27-29 in Los Angeles.

Major League Gaming is selling a limited number of tickets so fans (18 years or older) can see the best teams in the world compete for the $1 million prize pool. Interested fans can try to secure their place in the crowd starting 10am PST on February 17 at the MLG website.

Super fans can opt for the $100 platinum package, which includes the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendence DLC pack, a COD Championship hoodie, a personalization pack token, and a three-day VIP pass to the event. The $50 gold package offers the same DLC pack, some event merchandise, the personalization pack token, and the three-day pass with general admission seating.

DARPA Is Using The Oculus Rift As Part Of Its Cybersecurity Work

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DARPA Is Using The Oculus Rift As Part Of Its Cybersecurity Work

On a recent episode of 60 Minutes on CBS, Lesley Stahl investigated one of the United States Government’s lesser known agencies. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has had varying degrees of influence in the creation of the Internet, GPS, and even Apple’s Siri technology.

Dan Kaufman helped develop the Medal of Honor series while he was with Dreamworks Interactive, serving as the co-chief operating officer. Now, he manages DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, half of which is dedicated to staying ahead of cyberwarfare. You can see a bit of the feature below.

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Steam Pieces The Clues Together For A Midweek Mystery Sale

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Steam Pieces The Clues Together For A Midweek Mystery Sale

Hardboiled cops, distraught novelists, and a dynamic duo of anthropomorphic detectives are just some of the characters in a surprise Steam sale. The storefront has discounted a number of mystery-themed titles including gritty, realistic tales and more fanciful adventures.

Included in the offerings are Rockstar’s Max Payne franchise and L.A. Noire, Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us, and Remedy’s Alan Wake. If you’re looking to solve a mystery (or re-write history) it’s worth checking out.

The deals run through Friday, February 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern. You can see the full list on the Steam storefront.