Nintendo Switch Online Service Begins September 18

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Nintendo Switch Online Service Begins September 18

Nintendo has announced that the Switch's online service goes live on September 18. At that time all Nintendo Account holders can partake in a free seven-day trial.

More information will be delivered regarding the service via a Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow, September 13.

PokéStop Nomination In Pokémon Go On The Way

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PokéStop Nomination In Pokémon Go On The Way

Niantic has started rollout of PokéStop nomination by trainers via a beta in Brazil and South Korea.

Eligible trainers (in the beta it's level 40 trainers, barring child accounts) must submit photographs and location descriptions for the potential stops, which are then reviewed by "experienced users" in the Ingress Operation Portal Recon project.

Niantic says that the program will expand to other countries in the future, but no specific dates have been announced.

Zone Of The Enders HD Collection Joins Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

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Zone Of The Enders HD Collection Joins Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

With the second Zone of the Enders game getting an HD re-release for PlayStation 4 and PC, Microsoft is keen to remind Xbox 360 owners that the HD Collection version of the game they already own can also be played on their current-generation console.

Today, Microsoft and Konami announced that the Zone of the Enders HD Collection was added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list. Joining it is Rumble Roses XX, a first-gen Xbox 360 wrestling game that's heavy on the cheesecake. It's a game that's exceedingly unlikely to ever get an HD remaster, so backwards compatibility is pretty big step-up for it.

As always, if you own the games digitally, they should be under your download list. If you don't, you can buy them digitally on Xbox Live now or insert a disc to trigger a download and a disc-check whenever you play. Now you can be reminded why the Beyond the Bounds level in Zone of the Enders 2 is one of the best mech game levels ever.

Belgium Investigating EA Over FIFA Lootboxes

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Belgium Investigating EA Over FIFA Lootboxes

Back in April, the country of Belgium came to the conclusion that lootboxes in certain games like Overwatch, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and FIFA represented games of chance and would have to be classified as gambling as a result.

Being classified as gambling, much like in the Netherlands, effectively ends those games being sold in Belgium. In Counterstrike and Overwatch's cases, Valve and Blizzard simply disabled opening lootboxes at all in Belgium and the Netherlands, putting an adhesive strip over the problem. EA has allegedly simply decided not to do anything about it and let the chips fall where they may. Belgium's government is seemingly not happy about that.

According to the Belgium publication Metro, EA is now the target of a criminal investigation for its refusal to comply with these laws. The article, when run through Google Translate, states "The Brussels public prosecutor's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the company Electronic Arts because it continues to offer 'loot boxes' in its video games FIFA 18 and 19."

Beligum Investigating EA Over FIFA Lootboxes

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Beligum Investigating EA Over FIFA Lootboxes

Back in April, the country of Belgium came to the conclusion that lootboxes in certain games like Overwatch, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and FIFA represented games of chance and would have to be classified as gambling as a result.

Being classified as gambling, much like in the Netherlands, effectively ends those games being sold in Belgium. In Counterstrike and Overwatch's cases, Valve and Blizzard simply disabled opening lootboxes at all in Belgium and the Netherlands, putting an adhesive strip over the problem. EA has allegedly simply decided not to do anything about it and let the chips fall where they may. Belgium's government is seemingly not happy about that.

According to the Belgium publication Metro, EA is now the target of a criminal investigation for its refusal to comply with these laws. The article, when run through Google Translate, states "The Brussels public prosecutor's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the company Electronic Arts because it continues to offer 'loot boxes' in its video games FIFA 18 and 19."

Creators Of Danganaronpa And Zero Escape Series Come Together To Found New Studio And Announce Projects

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Creators Of Danganaronpa And Zero Escape Series Come Together To Found New Studio And Announce Projects

The two creative heads behind two of the biggest visual novel series coming from Japan are joining forces to found their own studio. Called Too Kyo Games, the studio is headed by Danganronpa designer and scenario writer Kazutaka Kodaka as well as Zero Escape series writer Kotaro Uchikoshi. 

Kodaka announced the founding in a YouTube video today coinciding with an article in Japanese magazine Famitsu. In the announcement, Kodaka said the studio is focused on breaking reality with fiction and creating IPs that are known the world over. To that end, Too Kyo hit the ground running by announcing four projects that they're already working on.

The first game is an unnamed mystery title being worked on by both Kodaka and Uchikoshi. Not much has been said about it, but it appears the art is being done by Danganronpa artist Rui Komatsuzaki. Komatsuzaki and Kodaka are also working on an anime series with Studio Pierrot which is inspired by 90s action movies such as Leon the Professional.

Busan Map Now Available In Overwatch

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Busan Map Now Available In Overwatch

Blizzard has finally released the Overwatch Busan map, announced a few weeks back, after it has been playable on the test server in the intervening time. The new control map is based partially on D.Va's Shooting Star short, including her Meka Base, a TV with the unfortunately hypothetical Heroes of the Storm fighting game playing on it, karaoke bars, and more.

You can catch a trailer for it below.

Additionally, Blizzard has added a new and often-requested change for the game: the ability to see your allies through walls. Now you'll get a blue outline if someone on your team is somewhere you can't really see them, which should help if you're a proactive healer trying to get to people before they need you.

Shots Fired At Streamer DrDisRespect's House During Live Stream, Authorities Investigating

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Shots Fired At Streamer DrDisRespect's House During Live Stream, Authorities Investigating

DrDisRespect, a well-known streamer on Twitch and the winner of last year's Trending Gamer award at The Game Awards, ended a live stream today with a rather cryptic message.

“I’ve got to end the broadcast right now, someone shot at our house,” says the streamer, whose real name is Guy Beahm. Beahm mentions that the shot broke an upstairs window, adding "this is the second shot, someone shot yesterday, at our f---ing house and someone shot again right now connected with the house upstairs.”

You can see the clip of Beahm abruptly ending the broadcast below (warning for strong language).

Black Ops 4's Blackout Beta Raises Player Cap To 88

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Black Ops 4's Blackout Beta Raises Player Cap To 88

The beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode, titled Blackout, has gotten a few updates today based on feedback and observations of the first day of the beta. Treyarch posted about the updates on Reddit today, but the biggest changing is raising the player cap up to 88 for the beta.

These updates are being made and are only possible because of the feedback that you’ve given us. Please keep it coming, as we plan to make daily updates to the game throughout the Beta.

The Call of Duty Blackout beta runs until September 17. The beta is only running for PlayStation 4 right now, but Xbox One and PC users who preordered or were a part of previous Black Ops 4 betas join in on September 14. 

Spider-Man Getting New Game Plus Mode In The Future

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Spider-Man Getting New Game Plus Mode In The Future

Finished Spider-Man already and not ready to let go? Not sure what you're going to do when you do finish it? Insomniac is hoping to solve that problem by working on a New Game Plus mode for webheads.

The news comes from a tweet reply to a rather out-of-context question asking if New Game Plus is coming. Turns out sometimes you get answers and Insomniac replied in the affirmative, stating that they're currently polishing it up.

yes working on it now and polishing it up!