Bethesda Vice President Pete Hines Joins Board Of Charity Organization Take This

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Bethesda Vice President Pete Hines Joins Board Of Charity Organization Take This

Take This, a charity focused on mental health education and disease prevention, has announced a new member of its Board of Trustees. Pete Hines, vice president of marketing and public relations and publisher Bethesda, has been elected to the organization’s governing body.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be asked to join the board of Take This," Hines says. "Their work on mental health awareness and education is something that means a lot to me personally, and anything I can do to help them reach and help a wider audience in the gaming community and beyond is time well spent."

The charity, helmed by former Polygon features editor Russ Pitts, has partnered with Penny Arcade Expo and Child’s Play to offer quiet rooms at PAX conventions. These “AFK rooms” offer mental wellness support from trained volunteers and professional providers.

The Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Digital Issue Is Live

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If you have a computer or tablet, you could be reading all about Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End right now. Following today's cover story announcement, our digital issue is now live on web browser, iPad, Android, and Google Play. You can download the apps for free. All four of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches tomorrow on our third-party subscription apps including Zinio, Kindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

BioShock Lead Designer Paul Hellquist Joins Robot Entertainment

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BioShock Lead Designer Paul Hellquist Joins Robot Entertainment

Robot Entertainment has announced the hiring of Paul Hellquist, a veteran of Irrational Games and Gearbox Software. Hellquist will serve as lead designer at the studio, which is currently working on Orcs Must Die Unchained, a MOBA-like spinoff to the action heavy, tower-defense series.

Prior to joining Robot Entertainment, Hellquist worked at Gearbox for seven years, where he served as the creative director on Borderlands 2. Prior to his time developing the shoot-and-loot title, he was creative director on BioShock at Irrational Games.

“It’s always difficult to leave a place you’ve spent a huge chunk of your career, but it is always exciting as well,” he says. “Robot has a great track record and I’m thrilled to join the talented and veteran team. I look forward to adding my perspective and skills to Orcs Must Die! Unchained and future projects.”

League Of Legends Players Get Good Behavior Rewards, Possibly Dedicated Gaming Network

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League Of Legends Players Get Good Behavior Rewards, Possibly Dedicated Gaming Network

If you play League of Legends and were a good boy or girl in 2014, you might have something special waiting for you from Riot. If you’ve suddenly received a mystery gift, it’s because you kept your nose clean over the course of the past year.

Riot says it is distributing the gifts to players that received no chat restrictions, ranked restrictions, 14-day bans, or permanent bans. You also need to be at least level five and have at least ten skins you don’t yet own.

Riot says that this is part of a new behavior improvement strategy. The developer has combatted toxic behavior in a variety of ways in the past, including the institution of a player-involved Tribunal system to adjudicate offenses.

Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Free Dead Kings DLC Arrives January 13

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Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Free Dead Kings DLC Arrives January 13

Ubisoft has announced that the Dead Kings DLC for Assassin’s Creed Unity will be available next week. The content, which was originally intended as part of the season pass, will be available to all players.

A new trailer shows off the premise for the expansion. Dead Kings takes place after the conclusion of the core Unity story, as the story moves from Paris to Saint Denis. 

Arno will explore the catacombs underneath the Basilica and face off against a new group of enemies, the Raiders. The expansion, which arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 13, comes with a new weapon, the Guillotine Gun.

February Cover Revealed — Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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February Cover Revealed — Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

After the rousing success of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog is putting its Uncharted series back in the limelight. The charismatic thrill-seeker Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. This time around he's searching for a mythical pirate utopia in Madagascar, and is joined by his long lost brother, Sam. Naughty Dog introduced Sam at the PlayStation Experience expo this past December, and after a visit to the studio in Santa Monica, we have the scoop on what this mysterious man brings to the adventure.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's end takes place three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and Drake's life has changed significantly. Our cover story reveals what Nathan has been up to, what conflicts he's facing, and why he got back into the treasure-hunting life. We also saw an extended version of the PlayStation Experience demo, showcasing more gameplay and an extra scene between Drake and Sam that teases more of what's at stake. Find out Naughty Dog's approach to a new-gen Uncharted game and how it's pushing the boundaries of the hardware to create the most trying adventure yet. Nathan Drake has secrets, and this entry promises to expose them.

Click the image below to see the full cover, front and back.

Destiny Players Get A Surprise Legendary Item This Week

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Destiny Players Get A Surprise Legendary Item This Week

Bungie has announced that Destiny players will be receiving a special item this week. The company announced that packages will be arriving at the Postmaster in the Tower in the coming days.

“A small, but Legendary token of gratitude is being prepped for delivery later this week,” the developer says. “We'll let you know when to check the Postmaster.”

There’s not word on whether this will be a weapon, gear piece, or something cosmetic. In the past, Bungie has delivered player emblems and, for expansion pass holders, a special Sparrow mount.

Captain America's Chris Evans Saves The Day In Chinese CoD Online Ad

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We'll probably never get a chance to play Call of Duty Online in North America, but that doesn't mean that we can't at least enjoy a new live-action ad for the game. The spot for the upcoming free-to-play release features Captain America star Chris Evans helping some office workers live out their own action fantasies.

As you can see below, it has just about everything you might expect from a Call of Duty-related trailer, including firefights with helicopters in blasted-out buildings, blind-firing from cover, and hail Mary-style saves. It's a little odd that the players seem to constantly get distracted by text messages. Chris Evans is there, for crying out loud! Would it kill them to pay attention to the game? If not for him, couldn't they do it for their K/D ratios?

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Assassin's Creed Movie Gets New Release Date

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Assassin's Creed Movie Gets New Release Date

The Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender has been given a new release date by 20th Century Fox.

The film is now slated to hit theaters on December 21, 2016 – a week after the planned date for the first Star Wars spin-off movie. The Assassin's Creed movie was originally penciled in for a spring 2015 release, and then it was expected for summer 2015.

Justin Kurzel, who is also directing Fassbender in this year's Macbeth, is behind the camera for Assassin's Creed.