Nintendo Will Cease Sales Of Consoles And Software In Brazil Due To Tariffs

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Nintendo Will Cease Sales Of Consoles And Software In Brazil Due To Tariffs

Nintendo has announced that it is departing the Brazilian market. The company cites the local business environment as the motivating factor of the pull-out.

The publisher will cease distribution of hardware and software in the country this month. High tariffs have put pricing pressure on imports to the territory, and Nintendo has opted not to invest in local manufacturing operations, which would circumvent the import fees.

“In response to ongoing developments in the Brazilian market, Nintendo of America Inc. today announced changes to the physical distribution of its products in that country," a company representative told us via email. "Starting in January 2015, Gaming do Brasil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Juegos de Video Latinoamérica, GmbH, will no longer distribute Nintendo products in Brazil. Gaming do Brasil has distributed Nintendo products in the country for the past four years. Despite the changes in Brazil, Juegos de Video Latinoamérica will continue to be Nintendo’s distributor for Latin America and they remain committed to the brand and the region." 

Atari Adventure Creator To Present At GDC

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Atari Adventure Creator To Present At GDC

Adventure for the Atari 2600 is considered one of the first graphic action/adventure games ever created. Creator Warren Robinett will be revealing how he got the pioneering game to fit into only 4K of memory during an upcoming post mortem presentation on the game at the Game Developer's Conference.

While Adventure looks primitive by today's standards, it was an amazing feat for the time, featuring things like hidden Easter eggs and even "desires" and "fears" for the in-game enemies - an early version of artificial intelligence.

Nearly every action/adventure to follow owes a debt to Adventure – particularly Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. It will be interesting to hear how Robinett accomplished all this reportedly with less than a dozen pages of programming code.

2K Games Explains Why Evolve's Beta Follows The Game ‘Going Gold’

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2K Games Explains Why Evolve's Beta Follows The Game ‘Going Gold’

Yesterday, 2K Games announced that Evolve has gone gold. The beta test, typically an event that precedes a game’s completion, won’t be happening until next week. We reached out to the publisher to get some clarification about the decision.

“The team is still tweaking balance of the characters and progression system,” a 2K representative told us via email. “In this wonderful digital age we live in, all of those values can still be adjusted via hot fixes on launch day, making a beta still very much worthwhile.”

Next week’s open play period will also serve as a stress test for the online functionality. “The beta is to test our server infrastructure again so that everything runs smoothly on launch day and the servers remain up and stable,” we were told. “To put it another way, we had a ton of learnings a from the Big Alpha that are being applied to the beta to create an even better and more stable experience. When potentially millions of players bang on the servers during open beta, we'll no doubt have even more learnings to apply to the games final launch.”

Microsoft Studios Announces New Let’s Play-Friendly Monetization Rules

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Microsoft Studios Announces New Let’s Play-Friendly Monetization Rules

Monetization of Let’s Play videos and livestreaming has been a topic of discussion for quite a while, with publishers taking different approaches. The decision to allow monetization is widely diversified, with a number of companies offering different views.

Some, like Nintendo, have opted to claim the ad revenue related to videos of their games. Others, like Devolver Digital, Deep Silver, and Riot Games have explicitly authorized monetization. Some publishers, like Atlus, don’t have a formal policy but are willing to work to clear false claims (a problem that reared its head in a big way in December 2013). Additional publisher policies can be found here.

Today, Microsoft Studios joins the growing roster of publishers that have a formal policy in place, the publisher tells Game Informer. Microsoft's rules lean in favor of YouTube Let’s Players and Twitch streamers, but the company has clear protections in place to protect its intellectual property. There are some steps you’ll need to follow in order to remain in the clear.

Ralph Baer, Al Alcorn To Receive AIAS Pioneer Awards

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Ralph Baer, Al Alcorn To Receive AIAS Pioneer Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the recipients of its 2015 Pioneer Award, which is given to people who have made significant contributions to the game industry. This year, Ralph Baer and Al Alcorn will be honored for their work in the earliest days of video gaming.

Baer, who died December 7, 2014, at the age of 92, invented the first game system, which would later become the Magnavox Odyssey. Alcorn was the chief engineer of the arcade game Pong, which introduced a generation of players to the concept of video games, as well as the highly influential Atari VCS console. 

"Ralph and Al are the very definition of Pioneers,” says Rich Hilleman, chief creative director at EA, who will be presenting the pair of awards. “Every publisher, every developer, every platform and all of the billions of players in the world stand on their sturdy shoulders. I am one of many who owe nearly all of what I have done to the remarkable talent and vision of these two giants. And, while Ralph is no longer with us, he was aware of this award and I know he was honored to be receiving this recognition from his peers. It will be one of my greatest pleasures to see Baer and Alcorn, these two visionary lights, join our Pioneers.”

Rogue Legacy Is Coming To Xbox One

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Rogue Legacy Is Coming To Xbox One

Cellar Door Games made a splash in 2013 with its genealogy-themed roguelite, Rogue Legacy. The title made its way to PlayStation systems in 2014, and this year is poised to arrive on yet another platform.

Responding to a question on Twitter, the developer has confirmed that the title will arrive on Xbox One. 

@infamy__ It's coming.

Incoming Destiny Patch Includes ‘Fixes’ To Crota’s End Raid

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Incoming Destiny Patch Includes ‘Fixes’ To Crota’s End Raid

We knew it had to end sometime. Bungie is going to fixing the Crota’s End raid that is part of The Dark Below expansion. The now infamous glitch that made fighting the final boss reasonably easy will be no more.

The new patch, which makes a number of changes to the raid will roll out by Tuesday, January 13. That means this week will be your last chance to traipse through the content.

Thankfully, the most difficult section of the raid, the fight with the Deathsinger, will now be rewarded. The treasure chest contents in the Pit, which could be exotic weapons, armor, class gear, or radiant materials will now be awarded when you defeat her. The chest in the Pit will now just hold radiant materials. 

Rejoice! Game of Thrones Season Five Is Dated!

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HBO's blockbuster fantasy series is coming back for another season of bloody intrigue.

Today, via Twitter, HBO announced the launch date of its highly successful series based on the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. HBO's official account tweeted: "BREAKING: premieres Sunday, April 12 on . Send a raven and spread the word."

It's definitely something to look forward to this spring.

Minecraft Was Second-Most Searched Term On YouTube In 2014

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Popular "Let's Play" star PewDiePie also cracked the top ten most searched terms on Google's popular video service.

This information was revealed in an article on Think With Google about the popularity of gaming content on the service. Minecraft and PewDiePie's popularity as search terms was a part of a general trend in popularity of gaming-related content on YouTube - which Google also said is some of the most "sticky" in terms of repeat viewership and subscribership.

Interestingly, survey data suggests that the popularity of gaming-related content is not limited to strict enthusiasts. In fact, only 37 percent of those who viewed video game video content on YouTube defined themselves as "gamers."

Archive.org Expands Adds 2,400 MS-DOS Games To Free Online Collection

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In addition to the over 900 classic arcade games, The Internet Arcade has posted playable version of 2,400 old-school MS-DOS games.

Archive.org has been doing some great work in preserving video game's early history (something I touch on in this feature), and has now expanded with a staggering selection of 2,400 old-school PC games. These include the original Sim City, Prince of Persia, Maniac Mansion, and the original Castle Wolfenstein.

It's all free, although some games cannot be downloaded, only streamed.