Nepal Lifts Ban On PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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Nepal Lifts Ban On PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

A few weeks ago, Nepal instituted a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, an unprecedented move to ban a specific game based on zero actual reports. Nepal's Telecommunications Authority had heard from parents that the game was too addictive, so they took the rather extreme move of banning the game from the country. It did not take long for the Nepalese courts to overturn the ban on freedom of expression grounds.

According to The Himalayan Times, multiple players of the game filed an injunction against the government that temporarily halted the ban almost immediately after it was announced. The motion required the Nepalese telecom authority to prove that the game was dangerous and/or addictive enough to actually warrant banning, something that would prove mildly difficult. As the telecommunications authority could not do this, they declined to fight this claim.

Moreover, the petitioners argued that any game that can be played online is inherently an act of expression. The act of playing the game with people would thus be protected under the freedom of expression. While Nepal actually does have the right to put prohibitions on the freedom of expression, their inability to prove how PUBG would warrant curtailing it meant that was a dead-end for the government.

Square Enix Will Be Holding Its E3 Presentation On June 10

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Square Enix Will Be Holding Its E3 Presentation On June 10

Square Enix has announced that they'll be holding their annual E3 conference once again this year, holding onto a new Monday spot tightly as companies like EA and Sony eschew their normal press conferences or even their presence entirely from the gaming industry's yearly event.

Square Enix Live E3 2019 kicks off another exciting line up of titles! Tune in to https://t.co/CKLO0fQPN1 on Monday June 10 at 6pm PT! #SquareEnixE3 pic.twitter.com/1LLiNWEFBM

The question you, and many people, might be asking here is what do they have to show this year? Last year's Square Enix presentation was a bit surreal — despite the incoming release of Kingdom Hearts III, which also got trailers at Microsoft and Sony conferences that year, the Japanese publisher's show felt a bit muted and confused. A surprising amount of time was given to The Quiet Man, a critical bomb, and their PlatinumGames collaboration titled Babylon's Fall had almost nothing to show beyond concept art and a title.

The Limited Run Games E3 Press Conference Takes Place On June 10

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The Limited Run Games E3 Press Conference Takes Place On June 10

Limited Run Games (which specializes in bringing digital-only titles to the realm of physical release) announced on Twitter today that it would be holding an E3 press conference on June 10th at 12PM PT / 3PM ET, featuring news and announcements regarding upcoming releases - including titles for the PlayStation Vita.

Our #E32019 Press Conference will take place Monday, June 10th at 12PM PT / 3PM ET. We'll be revealing several upcoming releases and our ENTIRE remaining slate for the PlayStation Vita. Mark your calendars and don't miss it! pic.twitter.com/zi0Txa6YJD

Add another to the exciting slate of E3 announcments and press conferences!

Minecraft Partner Program Creates Breath Of The Wild's Hyrule Castle

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Minecraft Partner Program Creates Breath Of The Wild's Hyrule Castle

If you've ever explored Hyrule Castle in Breath of the Wild, you might have wondered what the building looked like before Calamity Ganon destroyed it so thoroughly. There was some hope that some of the game's DLC would be able to show what it looked like, but the DLC came and went without it.

Now, some Minecraft builders have recreated what they believed it to look like in the block-building game.

Users from a Minecraft Partners Program team, an official partner of Microsoft, used promotional footage of Breath of the Wild to try and piece together what the castle would have looked like inside before Ganon. It took thirteen people about two months to recreate the castle brick-by-brick in Minecraft.

Sekiro Gets A Patch Tonight That Calms That Bull

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Sekiro Gets A Patch Tonight That Calms That Bull

If you're one of the many still working your way through Sekiro, From Software's recently-released ninja action game, there might be some respite coming for you soon. An update scheduled to go live tonight will make a few changes in the game and attempt to make it easier for players to diversify the way they fight enemies by using more shinobi tools.

To begin with, the Blazing Bull has been toned down in the new update. The midboss, who appears shortly after the game's first real boss, ended up being a real wall for a lot of players. Up to that point, most enemies you fight are some manner of pragmatic human that acts with some rationality, while the Bull kind of stomps your face in with reckless abandon. The bull's posture and vitality have been "slightly" reduced, so it's not a walk in the park now, but it's a bit more manageable.

The bulk of the other changes are centered around the shinobi prosthetic. Seemingly From has gotten feedback of players not using ninja tools because they're afraid they'll run out of spirit emblems, so a number of tools have been made more efficient. You'll be spending fewer spirit emblems to use them, because From Software really wants you to use them.

Chrono Trigger Voted Best Video Game Of Outgoing Era In Japan

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Chrono Trigger Voted Best Video Game Of Outgoing Era In Japan

Japan's era calendar system is a little difficult to understand, but basically there are periods of years that are designated as eras by Japanese officials and often based on emperors. This is all a gross oversimplification and is not to be used as a source in anyone's book reports. The current era of Japan, the Heisei period, is scheduled to end in just a few days on April 30 after beginning in 1989.

Accordingly, Japanese magazine Famitsu ran a poll with 7000 voters to determine the best game of the Heisei era. Obviously such a poll, despite the massive amount of time it covers, would likely skew to more recent and popular games. While that's true, one game still managed to stand above the rest: Chrono Trigger.

The historically popular RPG was released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo as part of a dream team collaboration between some of the genre's biggest names. The development staff included Hironobu Sakaguchi, Akira Toriyama, Yuji Horii, Nobuo Uematsu, and staff that would go on to craft a number of other beloved RPGs afterward. It is commonly brought up as one of the best RPGs of all time — heck, we put it at number 3.

NetherRealm Studios Plans To Adjust Balance And Rewards In Mortal Kombat 11

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NetherRealm Studios Plans To Adjust Balance And Rewards In Mortal Kombat 11

With Mortal Kombat 11's review embargo ending today, some fans have been expressing concern over the single-player's progression toward rewards. Getting cosmetic items in the game is said to be difficult with the current ratio of time to rewards, as you will seemingly not get enough currency in-game to spend on anything worthwhile. We took a look at the game's monetization earlier today.

In today's Kombat Kast, NetherRealm Studios has noted this problem and say they plan to fix it.

The change will come from a behind-the-scenes tweak that the studio can do in the background, adjusting values of what you get, rather than in a full patch. A patch requires a much bigger list of tasks bundled together, so you won't seen an update notification fixing the values, it will just be different one day.

Spectator Throws A Dead Crab At Top Super Smash Bros. Player

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Spectator Throws A Dead Crab At Top Super Smash Bros. Player

Imagine this: you are one of the most prominent Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world. You're on stage, playing your heart out against another one of the most prominent Melee players in the world, and you ultimately attain victory. Then you almost get hit with a crab out of nowhere.

That's exactly what happened to Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma during a match last night at fighting game event Pulse. DeBiedma, who represents the esports organization Team Liquid, was squaring off against Joseph “Mango” Marquez, who represents Cloud9. Ultimately, DeBiedma was able to climb his way up from the loser's bracket and clinch victory in the grand finals from Marquez in a tense match.

That's when a crab flew past him.