New Madden & NBA Live Leadership Commit To Gameplay, Live Services

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New Madden & NBA Live Leadership Commit To Gameplay, Live Services

Madden and NBA Live developer EA Tiburon has officially announced a swap of sorts for some of its senior positions. Former Madden senior producer Seann Graddy has become executive producer at NBA Live, and Carlos Guerrero, who was a veteran at Blizzard (including a position as a senior game producer on Overwatch), is now filling Graddy's spot on Madden. Graddy and Guerrero already moved into their new positions earlier this year and are beginning to help shape their respective franchises.

Graddy moved over to NBA at the beginning of the year and before then was looking at who could replace him at the Madden team which Guerrero recently joined at the time. "I sought a guy like Carlos because we wanted to do things differently," says Graddy. "How could [he] make us think differently when we're building a game mechanic on the field or thinking about a new mode or a new way to play inside Ultimate Team?"

Guerrero, with over 20 years experience at Blizzard working on legendary titles like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, didn't outline drastic changes for the Madden franchise, but thought his background at Blizzard – with its strong ties to its games' communities and post-launch support – could help the football series move to "much more of a live service model."

Death Stranding Will Need Global Player Cooperation Says Mads Mikkelsen

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Death Stranding Will Need Global Player Cooperation Says Mads Mikkelsen

Death Stranding actor Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed that Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima's new sci-fi game that continues to baffle at every turn, will require collaboration from players around the world.

While doing the press circuit for his newest movie Arctic, Total Film sat the Rogue One actor down and asked him a little bit about the experience of mocapping a performance and working with Hideo Kojima. After expressing how in awe, and confusion, Mikkelsen was of the project, he let slip a detail about the game.

"The whole concept of playing the game, as I understand," Mikkelsen told Total Film, "needs collaboration from different people from different parts of the world, which is also another level of fantastic-ness."

Report: Disney Moving Forward With Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Movies

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Report: Disney Moving Forward With Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Movies

Disney has a writer and director for a standalone Boba Fett movie and is pursuing creatives for an Obi-Wan movie.

The Hollywood Reporter that James Mangold, director of movies like 3:10 to Yuma and Logan, has been tapped to write and direct a standalone Boba Fett movie. Presumably this is because Disney is looking forward to a successful release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the first movie since the Star Wars acquisition to focus on an existing character's past.

Furthermore, The Hollywood Reporter says that Disney is in negotiations with Stephen Daldry to direct the Obi-Wan movie, though there's currently no script or writers to make one.

The Steam Link Mobile App Has Been Blocked By Apple

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The Steam Link Mobile App Has Been Blocked By Apple

Valve has reported that the Steam Link app, which was announced only two weeks ago, has been rejected by Apple and has effectively ended the chances of getting the app on iOS devices

The app was designed to make a mobile device function in the same way as a Steam link, allowing users to stream games over the same WiFi network from their PC running Steam. Valve has stated that the app had already been approved by Apple, but has been retroactively blocked and the appeal denied. 

"On Monday, May 7, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Wednesday, May 9, Valve released news of the app," Valve has said in a press release. "The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team."

Gaming Personality John Bain AKA TotalBiscuit Has Passed Away At 33

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Gaming Personality John Bain AKA TotalBiscuit Has Passed Away At 33

John Bain, an internet personality who has gone by the monikers TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, and TotalHalibut, has passed away according to a message from his wife.

Bain's wife, Genna Bain, posted the news today on Twitter, writing "Rest in Peace my Dearest Love, John @Totalbiscuit Bain, July 8, 1984 - May 24, 2018" alongside an image of the Spanish poem Love Constant Beyond Death by Francisco de Quevedo translated into English.

John Bain was a prominent gaming critic and consumer advocate, known primarily as a fierce opponent of unethical behavior in the gaming industry. The candid commentator had over two million subscribers on YouTube for his videos that covered a variety of subjects from lootboxes, to early looks at indie games, to broadcasts of games like Starcraft 2 and Planetside 2. The "WTF Is...?" series, first looks at new video games, is often credited by indie developers for helping to jumpstart interest in their games that were otherwise not covered by other YouTubers or outlets.

Dark Souls Remastered On PC Already Falling Victim To Infamous Hackers

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Dark Souls Remastered On PC Already Falling Victim To Infamous Hackers

Dark Souls Remastered released slightly early on Steam last night, letting preorders or new buyers go ahead and start playing the newly updated and remastered version of FROM Software's action-adventure game. Just as quickly, however, cheaters entered the game to troll other users and this time there may not be as many options to protect yourself.

Once a player escapes from the Undead Asylum and ventures into Lordran, they can start using humanity to call other players for help, with the trade off of allowing human invaders to enter your game. In a normal game, losing an invasion to a human opponent meant a loss of progress or, at worst, a loss of souls. With users like infamous Dark Souls hacker Malcolm Reynolds, however, players have much more to lose.

Reynolds, who is purportedly going by a pseudonym named after the Firefly protagonist, is likely well known to anyone in the Souls community or watches Souls streams. He claimed that, through modifying code, he could invade players in Dark Souls III and hit them with a weapon that would get them banned from the game's PVP content. As soon as Dark Souls Remastered went live, so did Reynolds on his Twitch channel.

Nintendo Selling Cheaper, Dock-Free Switch In Japan

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Nintendo Selling Cheaper, Dock-Free Switch In Japan

If you're in need of a Switch but only as a handheld without the frivolities of a dock, HDMI cable, or, uh, a charging cable, then Nintendo has you covered in Japan.

Advertised as a second Switch for existing owners, the dock-free version comes with the Switch unit, two neon Joycons, and two joycon straps. What this means is, if you bought the dock-less Switch, there would be no way out of the box to obviously dock it to a TV, but also no way to charge it. This in itself is not super rare, as Nintendo has released consoles and handhelds without AC cables before in Japan (and recently internationally).

Nintendo seems keen in the Japanese page to point out that the Switch is meant for people who already own a unit, lest you think it subverts the company's marketing as a system that can be played on your TV or outside. The peripheral-lite version of the Switch will run you ¥24,980 or about $229. If you got this package and decided you wanted a dock, HDMI, and charging cable after, going from Nintendo of America store listings, it would be about $89.99 extra, not really saving you that much money to go piecemeal.

Street Fighter's Crash Course Continues With A Retrospective On The Alpha Series

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Street Fighter's Crash Course Continues With A Retrospective On The Alpha Series

Ahead of the May 29 release of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Capcom is releasing a series of videos delving into the history of the fighting game series. Their most recent is on the Street Fighter Alpha series, a stylish and slightly exaggerated departure from the core games' more grounded roots. 

The video discusses Alpha's anime inspirations and more accessible systems, as well as its trademark curios. For instance, Alpha I had a hidden co-op mode for friends to take on M. Bison together, and III included a bizarrely titled "-ism" system for complete character customization.

Along with the first video on Street Fighter I and II, Capcom has put together a compelling story on how its fighting series cemented itself as a cultural touchstone. 

Far Cry 5 Hours Of Darkness DLC Gets Trailer & Release Date

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Far Cry 5 Hours Of Darkness DLC Gets Trailer & Release Date

Hope County's Wendell "Red" Redler was in the s--- in Vietnam, and you can relive some of his adventures in the DLC Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness on June 5 across all platforms. 

The DLC is free for season pass and gold edition owners ($11.99 as standalone), and is playable both solo and co-op. After you rescue some squad mates and kill some enemy soldiers, two new modes open up – Survivor mode (which challenges you to complete the DLC a second time with a limited loadout) and Action Movie mode (which has a more generous loadout).

Even if you don't get the DLC, all Far Cry 5 players can use Vietnam-themed assets in their game (including the Vietnam map builders update) on May 24.

The Sims 4 Reveals New Expansion Seasons

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The Sims 4 Reveals New Expansion Seasons

EA and Maxis have announced a new expansion for The Sims 4, appropriately titled The Sims 4 Seasons, launching next month on PC and Mac.

Much like the similarly titled expansion for the previous game, the new update adds seasons to the game with each one having unique traits and features. The Spring season brings sun and rain in equal measures, people pull out the kiddie pools in Summer, the leaves change colors in the Fall, and Winter is time for snowmen without people needing to ask you if you want to build one through your door. 

Each season also has its own holidays, like ringing in the new year in winter or celebrate a Valentine's Day analogue called Love Day. New activities, like floral arranging, help pave the way for a botany career path that examines, studies, and make groundbreaking discovery in the, uh, field of plant study.