Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Canceled On Mac And Linux

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Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Canceled On Mac And Linux

When Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night originally met its Kickstarter funding goal back in 2015, the plan was for the game to release on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Since then, the Wii U version changed to Switch instead, and the Vita version was canceled outright – and the list of planned platforms just shrunk a bit more. In the latest development update, creator Koji Igarashi announced that the Mac and Linux versions have also been canceled.

"We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game," Igarashi says. If you were a backer hoping to get the game on Mac or Linux, you can send the team an email to change to a different platform.

Not all news out of Bloodstained is grim. Igarashi also says: "Development has reached its peak — we are currently checking the performance of Bloodstained on each platform. Overall, we are done with enemy placement and entering the adjustment phase." After some delays, it seems like the 2019 release is attainable – especially with the recent news that developer WayForward is assisting on the project.

Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

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Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

Black Mirror is a show about the dark side of technology, so it only makes sense that it has put video games in the spotlight a few times (including one episode that is practically overflowing with gaming Easter eggs). But the latest installment, entitled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, brings the show closer to being a game itself.

The new episode (which released on Netflix today) is a piece of interactive fiction; it allows viewers to make choices that affect the events and outcome of the story. Depending on your decisions, you see one of five possible endings. You can watch the trailer for the episode below, or experience it for yourself right now if you subscribe to Netflix.

Minecraft: Story Mode also recently released on Netflix, so Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is just the latest in the company's expanding experiments with choice-driven narrative.

Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

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Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

Black Mirror is a show about the dark side of technology, so it only makes sense that it has put video games in the spotlight a few times (including one episode that is practically overflowing with gaming Easter eggs). But the latest installment, entitled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, brings the show closer to being a game itself.

The new episode (which released on Netflix today) is a piece of interactive fiction; it allows viewers to make choices that affect the events and outcome of the story. Depending on your decisions, you see one of five possible endings. You can watch the trailer for the episode below, or experience it for yourself right now if you subscribe to Netflix.

Minecraft: Story Mode also recently released on Netflix, so Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is just the latest in the company's expanding experiments with choice-driven narrative.

Cliff Bleszinski Joins Broadway Show Hadestown As Producer

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Cliff Bleszinski Joins Broadway Show Hadestown As Producer

It was not that long ago that former Gears of War developer Cliff Bleszinski said he was retiring from the gaming industry following the closure of his studio Boss Key games. Now we officially know where he's taking his talents to: Broadway.

NEWS!
I'm officially co-producing this show.

That's my next gig!

(Crazy, eh?!)

It's on Spotify, give it a go. It's fantastic! https://t.co/Ew7Tr1QsHA

Hadestown is the first production that Bleszinski is co-producing, currently scheduled to release in April. The show's official site describes it as follows: "Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone - as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell's beguiling melodies and Chavkin's poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience."

Cliff Bleszinski Joins Broadway Show Hadestown As Producer

about X hours ago from
Cliff Bleszinski Joins Broadway Show Hadestown As Producer

It was not that long ago that former Gears of War developer Cliff Bleszinski said he was retiring from the gaming industry following the closure of his studio Boss Key games. Now we officially know where he's taking his talents to: Broadway.

NEWS! I'm officially co-producing this show. That's my next gig! (Crazy, eh?!) It's on Spotify, give it a go. It's fantastic! https://t.co/Ew7Tr1QsHA

Hadestown is the first production that Bleszinski is co-producing, currently scheduled to release in April. The show's official site describes it as follows: "Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone - as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell's beguiling melodies and Chavkin's poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience."

Bethesda Allegedly Asking Banned Fallout 76 Mod Users To Write Personal Essays

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Bethesda Allegedly Asking Banned Fallout 76 Mod Users To Write Personal Essays

There's rarely a week where there's not some news about Fallout 76, Bethesda's online multiplayer take on the Fallout universe, for better or worse. It seems the holidays aren't providing any respite to Bethesda, as a story about an alleged customer service interaction is one more log to throw into the fire.

According to Variety, a YouTube video purporting that Bethesda has been banning users for using mods for Fallout 76 has been making the rounds. Banning for mods in general is kind of a strange thing, as some are used just for getting better accessibility or performance out of software. When these modders tried pleading this case to Bethesda's customer service however, the representatives apparently assigned them homework instead.

The video, created by YouTuber JuiceHead, explains that people who were banned received an email back from Bethesda support asking for an essay about why mods are bad. Allegedly, the email sent back says "If you would like to appeal this account closure, we would be willing to accept an essay on ‘Why the use of third party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community’ for our management team to review."

Steep And Portal Knights Headline The First PlayStation Plus Lineup Of 2019

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Steep And Portal Knights Headline The First PlayStation Plus Lineup Of 2019

If Santa left a PlayStation 4 or some PlayStation Plus cards under the tree for you yesterday, you might be eager to find out what games you can download with the subscription starting in January. The monthly service, which is also required to play online multiplayer on the system, lets you download and play a number of free games per month, letting you keep them as long as your paid subscription remains active. 

Whether you have snow this season or not, Ubisoft is about to dump a mountainload on your PS4 with Steep. The game has a number of events designed to make the most of its open world by having you compete in various sports in different ways. Ski down the mountain, don a squirrel suit to fly through rings, snowboard over a sick ramp, and more. The PlayStation Plus version does not include Steep's expansion content, Road to the Olympics. You can find our review of the game right here.

The other PlayStation 4 game is Portal Knights, which is probably best described as a Minecraft-like with more action-RPG trappings. The game was quite popular on Steam Early Access and eventually made its way to consoles last year.

Steep And Portal Knights Headline The First PlayStation Plus Lineup Of 2019

about X hours ago from
Steep And Portal Knights Headline The First PlayStation Plus Lineup Of 2019

If Santa left a PlayStation 4 or some PlayStation Plus cards under the tree for you yesterday, you might be eager to find out what games you can download with the subscription starting in January. The monthly service, which is also required to play online multiplayer on the system, lets you download and play a number of free games per month, letting you keep them as long as your paid subscription remains active. 

Whether you have snow this season or not, Ubisoft is about to dump a mountainload on your PS4 with Steep. The game has a number of events designed to make the most of its open world by having you compete in various sports in different ways. Ski down the mountain, don a squirrel suit to fly through rings, snowboard over a sick ramp, and more. The PlayStation Plus version does not include Steep's expansion content, Road to the Olympics. You can find our review of the game right here.

The other PlayStation 4 game is Portal Knights, which is probably best described as a Minecraft-like with more action-RPG trappings. The game was quite popular on Steam Early Access and eventually made its way to consoles last year.

Reader Discussion: What Video Game-Related Gifts Did You Give Or Receive?

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Reader Discussion: What Video Game-Related Gifts Did You Give Or Receive?

This has been a big year for gaming, with a slew of fantastic games. Heavy weights like Red Dead Redemption II and God of War are only scraping the surface. Insomniac delivered the gift of giving Spider-Man a game worthy of his exploits. Square Enix's Dragon Quest series came back to much fanfare. Super Bros. Ultimate got us competitive with our friends again. Assassin's Creed Odyssey took us to Ancient Greece, using its RPG mechanics to its advantage. I'm sure you're in the camp of someone who either wanted one of these games or gave them to someone else. After all, the holidays are bursting with generosity.

One of favorite parts is how people go out of their way and get creative, or give us that one thing that makes us jump for joy like we're a kid again. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting something we’ve been pining for but can’t afford, like a video game or a console; other times people go to extremes to hunt down crafty video game memorabilia for fans, such as a special plush, figure, or t-shirt that’s hard to find. Either way, we thought it’d be cool to share a special gift you gave or received and discuss why you’re excited about it.

Share your favorite gifts and why in the comments below!

Reader Discussion: What Video Game-Related Gifts Did You Give Or Receive?

about X hours ago from
Reader Discussion: What Video Game-Related Gifts Did You Give Or Receive?

This has been a big year for gaming, with a slew of fantastic games. Heavy weights like Red Dead Redemption II and God of War are only scraping the surface. Insomniac delivered the gift of giving Spider-Man a game worthy of his exploits. Square Enix's Dragon Quest series came back to much fanfare. Super Bros. Ultimate got us competitive with our friends again. Assassin's Creed Odyssey took us to Ancient Greece, using its RPG mechanics to its advantage. I'm sure you're in the camp of someone who either wanted one of these games or gave them to someone else. After all, the holidays are bursting with generosity.

One of favorite parts is how people go out of their way and get creative, or give us that one thing that makes us jump for joy like we're a kid again. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting something we’ve been pining for but can’t afford, like a video game or a console; other times people go to extremes to hunt down crafty video game memorabilia for fans, such as a special plush, figure, or t-shirt that’s hard to find. Either way, we thought it’d be cool to share a special gift you gave or received and discuss why you’re excited about it.

Share your favorite gifts and why in the comments below!