Dragon Ball FighterZ Celebrates Goku Day

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Celebrates Goku Day

Hey everyone, it's Goku Day! You know those corporate holidays where a license holder uses a date from the year to get the fandom to talk about it. You might know other prominent examples of this such as May the Fourth and March 10 as Mario day. In Japan, they also do this same thing, like May 9 as Goku day. May is "Go," which is short for "Gogatsu," and 9 is "Ku," thus Go-Ku. Fun.

To celebrate Goku Day this year, Bandai Namco released a Dragon Ball FighterZ compilation of various cutscenes and intros of various Gokus in the game. There is no game with a stronger Goku ratio and this video goes out of its way to prove it.

Take a look and celebrate Goku in your own way while watching.

Sega Acquires Two Point Hospital Developer

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Sega Acquires Two Point Hospital Developer

Sega Europe has acquired Two Point Studios, the developer of Two Point Hospital, which Sega published last year. The game is the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital from Bullfrog Productions back in 1997. Two Point co-founders Mark Webley and Gary Carr worked on Theme Hospital while at Bullfrog, as well as other series such as Fable.

Two Point will continue to work on Two Point Hospital (the Superbug Initiative free update is in beta) as well as other projects in the overarching Two Point County universe.

The signing comes under Sega's Searchlight program designed to work with outside IP.

Nintendo Lays Out Its E3 Schedule, Including A New Direct

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Nintendo Lays Out Its E3 Schedule, Including A New Direct

Nintendo has revealed its E3 2019 schedule, and while it doesn't reveal anything particularly juicy, it does provide a general roadmap for when viewers can tune in to watch tournaments, Treehouse Live broadcasts, and a new Nintendo Direct.

The Direct will be taking place on June 11 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific. It should come as no surprise that the Switch is the focus of the livestream; the 3DS isn't mentioned in the blurb on Nintendo's official E3 page. After that (from June 11th through the 13th), the company is hosting its Nintendo Treehouse Live. Specific programming hasn't been revealed, since that would likely spoil whatever surprises are in store from the Direct. 

A few days beforehand, Nintendo is hosting international tournaments for both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. If you're in town for the show (or for, well, life) tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis (go here for more information). Otherwise, the tournaments will be broadcast live starting at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.

Experience Fortnite Season 9's Post-Volcano World Now

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Experience Fortnite Season 9's Post-Volcano World Now

Fortnite Season 9 has begun, bringing with it changes to all the game's modes, a new Battle Pass, and an overall update.

In Battle Royale, the eruption of the volcano has changed the map, adding mega mall Neo Tilted along with a slipstream wind-transportation system.

Naturally, the new season also means a new Battle Pass, with over 100 exclusive rewards for 950 V-bucks – including the Sentinel outfit and Rox progressive outfit upon purchase.

The Creators Of The Super Mario Super Show Had Plans For Metroid And Castlevania

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The Creators Of The Super Mario Super Show Had Plans For Metroid And Castlevania

Hey paisanos, remember the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, the afternoon block of Mario cartoons in the early 90s that behooved you to swing your arms from side to side? If so, you might also remember some other adjacent character shows, like Captain N: The Game Master and The Legend of Zelda. Turns out the company that made all those cartoons had plans for other cartoons based on Metroid, California Games, and Castlevania and boy were they something.

The news actually comes from an eBay listing, where a user by the name of Lance Cannon is selling some pre-production posters from DIC, which were presumably going to be used to pitch these shows. The California Games and Double Dragon ones are interesting, though not particularly notable. Double Dragon did get its chance at airing, but California Games was never released on TV.

Holy shit. Someone just put up promo art for The Super Mario Bros Power Hour on eBay! These were concepts for other video game based cartoons to run along side Super Mario Bros 3. None of these ever got past the concept phase. pic.twitter.com/eIFft21T3u

Tencent Pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile From China, Replaces It With Gentler Game

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Tencent Pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile From China, Replaces It With Gentler Game

Last year, after the release of PUBG Mobile, Chinese megacorporation Tencent seemed extremely excited to get the game out in China and be able to monetize the game. What they didn't see coming was China's freeze on approving new video games back in March of last year, which put a halt to any dreams Tencent may have had about monetizing the game. While the freeze was lifted in December, PUBG Mobile was still sitting and waiting for approval to turn on monetization. Tencent, seemingly, has had enough and pulled the game down in favor of a more patriotic, gentler game called Game for Peace.

Game for Peace is very much like PUBG Mobile but with a few key differences to please regulators and approval boards in China. To begin with, Game for Peace is billed as a military training exercise for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force; you may be shooting at people, but they're not dying. Instead, they get back up and wave goodbye, according to reviews on Chinese message board service Weibo. Similarly, there's no blood. You will also get reminders every three hours to remind you to quit playing for a while if you're under the age of 16.

They changed PUBG Mobile in China to comply with stricter game violence laws. Now when you 'kill' someone they give you a loot box and wave goodbye and honestly it's just so hilariously wholesome pic.twitter.com/Q5xkrtM0MA

Persona 5 The Royal Details Include New Confidants, Music, And More

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Persona 5 The Royal Details Include New Confidants, Music, And More

Last month, Atlus revealed the first details and trailer for Persona 5 The Royal, their revised version of their hit RPG with some new content. The new version follows in the same footsteps as games like Persona 3 Fes and Persona 4 Golden by taking the base game and putting out more content and tweaks, of which we finally get some details for with Persona 5.

The news comes from an interview with director Daiki Itoh, who directed Persona 4 Golden, and producer Kazuhisa Wada in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. In the issue, Itoh states that he expects fans of Golden to have their expectations surpassed in terms of new content, though they weren't quite ready to fully detail all that content yet.

To begin with, following feedback about the experience pacing of Persona 5, The Royal will include tweaks to how experienced is gained throughout the campaign. Since the game now includes a third semester, that might be part of the tweak, but hopefully it is just slightly more experience across the board to minimize any kind of grinding time in an already very long game.

Upcoming U.S. Senate Bill Proposes A Ban On Loot boxes

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Upcoming U.S. Senate Bill Proposes A Ban On Loot boxes

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced plans today to introduce a bill to the U.S. senate that would regulate or outright ban loot boxes in games that are sold to minors. The junior Senator from Missouri has even given this proposed legislation a name, the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, or PCAGA.

PCAGA has not been formally introduced on the senate floor yet, but Hawley stated in his intentions today that he is looking to protect children from what he calls predatory practices in video games through, by his description, "manipulative" online game features. This includes not only things like random loot boxes, but also "pay-to-win" purchasable items that help a player advance a game.

The text of the bill is not officially out, so it is difficult to say exactly what is being defined here as pay-to-win or as loot boxes, but Hawley did make a point to emphasize that this would be a ban enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. There's a number of thorny problems with that, but without having the actual bill out, which is intended to be released in the next few days, it is hard to directly counter it. At the moment, there is no direct government regulation or categorization of what video games are sold to minors; the ESRB rating is industry self-policing, which means the definition of what can be sold to minors is currently only determined by internal consensus.

John Wick Game Being Made By Mike Bithell

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John Wick Game Being Made By Mike Bithell

Well this is a surprise! If you had asked anyone, including Mike Bithell, whether the creator of Thomas Was Alone would be making a John Wick video game, then I think you would get laughed at. But here we are in this brave new reality where the Keanu Reeves-lead action series is not only getting a video game, it is a tactical title written and directed by Bithell.

You can check out the first trailer below.

Not a whole lot is known about the game quite yet. While it is coming to PC and consoles, it will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, though it's not clear if that is timed or not. No release date is given either, but Bithell says in a tweet that he has been working on the game for a year so far.