Nintendo Cleans House At 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

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Nintendo Cleans House At 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has already had an impressive run of awards, including being named Game Informer's 2017 Game of the Year. Nintendo's latest success story added more accolades at the 21st annual D.I.C.E. Awards, taking home four more trophies. The upstarts at Studio MDHR also had a night to remember, racking up three awards for its impressive action platformer Cuphead. Horizon Zero Dawn, Lone Echo/Echo Arena, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Snipperclips each took home two awards apiece as well. Rounding out the awards ceremony, Nintendo's Genyo Takeda received a lifetime achievement award for his work creating Punch-Out!! and designing the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii hardware. At the end of the night, Nintendo took home a whopping 12 awards, nearly 50 percent of the total tally.

Here is the full list of winners:

Star Control Developers File Counterclaim Against Stardock In Continuing Legal Battle

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Star Control Developers File Counterclaim Against Stardock In Continuing Legal Battle

In a messy legal situation that has been continuing since at least December, Star Control's original developers, Paul Reiche and Fred Ford, are filing a counterclaim against Brad Wardell and the company Stardock over the question of who owns Star Control.

We talked about the story in December, but the short version is that Reiche and Ford believe that the rights to Star Control belong to them and have been working on a new game under the company name Dogar and Kozan, while Stardock believes it belongs to them and have reportedly been trying to stop the development of the pair's sequel to the game.

From our original story in December: "In order to understand Dogar and Kazon's claims, we need a bit of history. Toys for Bob (which Dogar and Kazon founders Fred Ford and Paul Reiche also founded) developed the original two Star Control games, which the now-defunct company Accolade published. After Accolade published a couple of sequels not developed by Toys For Bob, the franchise went into deep sleep, and its rights were later picked up by Atari. In 2013, Stardock bought the rights to series from Atari when the company liquidated its assets as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Stardock is currently listed as the publisher of the series on Steam). Stardock is creating its own entry in the Star Control series, Star Control: Origins."

Dragon Ball FighterZ Preparing Two Patches To Fix Online Issues

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Preparing Two Patches To Fix Online Issues

Bandai Namco have announced two patches to hopefully iron out issues the game has been having with online matches. 

The two major issues, an inability to match with other players in Ring Match and getting disconnected from the lobby, will be the focus for a patch at the end of February. Bandai Namco producer Tomoko Hiroki says, however, that one patch is unlikely to solve all the problems, so they are preparing another patch for March, as well. 

"Rest assured," states Hiroki, "that we will not stop until the fix has been completed."

Final Fantasy XV Content Roadmap Extends To 2019

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Final Fantasy XV Content Roadmap Extends To 2019

According to an interview from Dengeki Online, Final Fantasy XV's roadmap of DLC episodes will continue until at least 2019.

In the interview, director Hajime Tabata and game designer Takefumi Terada discuss the current three-episode plan for the remainder of 2018, starting with the announced Episode Ardyn. While working on that, Tabata realized they wanted to do more content for the game, and added a fourth episode to the docket.

That means that all four episodes spread out will go through 2018 and into 2019. As for future content beyond that, it's undecided.

How Two Artists Illegally Scanned An Egyptian Artifact With Kinect

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How Two Artists Illegally Scanned An Egyptian Artifact With Kinect

The Xbox 360 version of the Kinect was not exceptional at performing its base functions. However, artists Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles defied the odds in October 2015 by steathily using the device to capture a near-perfect 3D replica of Nefertiti, and they have been curiously public about their actions since.

Eurogamer's video editor Chris Bratt got in touch with the architects of this bizarre art heist to see how they pulled it off. The artists mentioned how they prepared a complicated "mobile setup" with lots of prep work. They observed the security guards' patterns in Berlin's Neues Museum on Sundays: the busiest day for visitors. They even took calculated breaks to avoid suspicion. Check out the video below for more details.

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Roverwatch: Check Out The Overwatch Cast Redrawn As Dogs

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Roverwatch: Check Out The Overwatch Cast Redrawn As Dogs

We already know that Overwatch would make a great fighting game, but who knew that a crossover between Overwatch and Nintendogs could be so adorable? Artist Lily Nishita celebrated Overwatch's Year of the Dog by turning each character into a canine counterpart. She even made Hanzo seem like a good boy, although he's probably going to rummage through the garbage as soon as you leave the room.

You can see more Overwatch pooches over on the game's Facebook page and check out Nishita's other video game art on her website. If this scratched an itch for you and you need more Overwatch dogs in your life, check out the Overwatch puppy rumble.

Director Joss Whedon Steps Away From Batgirl Movie

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Director Joss Whedon Steps Away From Batgirl Movie

As previously reported by Variety earlier last year, Batgirl was set to receive a standalone movie connected to the cinematic DC universe, and it would be helmed by Avengers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer director Joss Whedon. The film was to be based on Babara Gordon's initial comic debut from 1967, where she donned the cowl to save the dynamic duo from Killer Moth, but in a reveal story by The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon announced that he is removing himself from the project.

"Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story." Whedon told the Hollywood Reporter. The publication goes on to write that "industry sources" said that the director may have struggled with the weight of writing a story about a prominent female superhero in light of the public controversy surrounding his portrayal of Black Widow in Avenger: Age of Ultron.

Whedon stepped in during the final production stages of Justice League in order for director Zack Synder to spend time with his family after his daughter's death. With this in mind, it seems as though DC and Warner Bros. already have a good relationship with Whedon, but it's anyone's guess where he might go next.

Rhode Island Representative Plans Tax Bill On Violent Video Games

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Rhode Island Representative Plans Tax Bill On Violent Video Games

Robert Nardolillo is a Republican member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Recently, the politician announced that he will be introducing legislation that would add a ten-percent tax to all M-rated video games sold in Rhode Island. Proceeds for this proposed bill would reportedly go to fund mental health initiatives and counseling for students.

"There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not," Nardolillo said in a press release. "This bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way."

This kind of bill would likely affect sales of M-rated games in Rhode Island, but we’ll have to wait and see how close a bill like this actually gets towards becoming law.

Trump Drudges Up The Violent Video Game Debate Again

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Trump Drudges Up The Violent Video Game Debate Again

During a White House listening session, President Trump talked about the violence in video games and films, alluding to the idea that video game violence is at least partly responsible for modern youth violence.

The President also implied he's keen to do something to regulate the kinds of games and films that kids see:

"We have to look at the internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it. And also video games; I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping people’s thoughts."