Kaz Hirai Retiring From Sony In June

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Kaz Hirai Retiring From Sony In June

Nearly one year after stepping down as Sony President and CEO to take on the role of Sony chairman, Kaz Hirai announced that he is retiring. The longtime employee will be leaving June 18, though he will continue to work with the company in an advisory capacity.

"Since passing the baton of CEO to [Kenchiro] Yoshida-san last April, as Chairman of Sony, I have had the opportunity to both ensure a smooth transition and provide support to Sony's management," Hirai wrote in a statement. "I am confident that everyone at Sony is fully aligned under Yoshida-san's strong leadership, and are ready to build an even brighter future for Sony. As such, I have decided to depart from Sony, which has been a part of my life for the past 35 years. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all our employees and stakeholders who have supported me throughout this journey."

During that journey, Hirai was instrumental in helping to transition the PlayStation brand from second place during the PS3 era to the position the PS4 currently enjoys.

Warcraft I & II Now Available On GOG

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Warcraft I & II Now Available On GOG

About a month ago, Blizzard and GOG released an updated version of Diablo, which was retooled to better work on contemporary PC hardware. Along with it, the companies said that the first two Warcraft games would be getting a similar treatment in the future. Well, the future is now. Both Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II Battle.net Edition are available on GOG's digital storefront.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans gets a fairly spartan port, which isn't to knock the fact that you can actually play the thing again on a modern PC. Warcraft II gets a little more, with two different versions included. The first adds support for high-res displays and supports LAN multiplayer, while the second delivers classic SVGA visuals and Battle.net matchmaking.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans will set you back $5.99, and Warcraft II Battle.net Edition is priced at $9.99. If you want the whole package, you can buy the bundle for $14.99.

Warcraft I & II Now Available On GOG

about X hours ago from
Warcraft I & II Now Available On GOG

About a month ago, Blizzard and GOG released an updated version of Diablo, which was retooled to better work on contemporary PC hardware. Along with it, the companies said that the first two Warcraft games would be getting a similar treatment in the future. Well, the future is now. Both Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II Battle.net Edition are available on GOG's digital storefront.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans gets a fairly spartan port, which isn't to knock the fact that you can actually play the thing again on a modern PC. Warcraft II gets a little more, with two different versions included. The first adds support for high-res displays and supports LAN multiplayer, while the second delivers classic SVGA visuals and Battle.net matchmaking.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans will set you back $5.99, and Warcraft II Battle.net Edition is priced at $9.99. If you want the whole package, you can buy the bundle for $14.99.

Monolith Soft Hiring For New Legend Of Zelda Project

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Monolith Soft Hiring For New Legend Of Zelda Project

Monolith Soft, the developer behind the Xenoblade Chronicles series, revealed today that it's hiring for a new Legend of Zelda related project. The company previously contributed to Breath Of The Wild's development.

On Monolith Soft's website, there's a posting for several job listings for programmers and artists. According to GamesIndustry.biz, the posting also says Monolith is working on another apparently non-Zelda game as well.

For more on Monolith Soft's work, check out our review of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Minecraft Removes Incidental Mentions Of Creator Markus Persson

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Minecraft Removes Incidental Mentions Of Creator Markus Persson

In Minecraft's opening menu splash screen, the game will generate one of any number of possible pre-written messages. These messages say things like "100% pure!" or "Does barrel roles!" or memes or wholesome messages. They would also occasionally reference Minecraft's original creator, Markus "Notch" Persson. This no longer appears to be the case in the latest update.

Minecraft's latest snapshot, which is the term used for an iteration of a development build, has made some changes to that splash screen text. In Snapshot 19w13a, all references to Notch in the splash screen appear to have been removed. This means that splash screens that read "Made by Notch!" and the like were specifically removed in today's update.

Persson is still listed within the game's accessible credits as the game's credits, however.

Minecraft Removes Incidental Mentions Of Creator Markus Persson

about X hours ago from
Minecraft Removes Incidental Mentions Of Creator Markus Persson

In Minecraft's opening menu splash screen, the game will generate one of any number of possible pre-written messages. These messages say things like "100% pure!" or "Does barrel roles!" or memes or wholesome messages. They would also occasionally reference Minecraft's original creator, Markus "Notch" Persson. This no longer appears to be the case in the latest update.

Minecraft's latest snapshot, which is the term used for an iteration of a development build, has made some changes to that splash screen text. In Snapshot 19w13a, all references to Notch in the splash screen appear to have been removed. This means that splash screens that read "Made by Notch!" and the like were specifically removed in today's update.

Persson is still listed within the game's accessible credits as the game's creator, however.

After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

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After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

A few weeks ago, when Judgment actor Pierre Taki got arrested for use of cocaine after a drug test, Sega reacted quickly by pulling the game from shelves and PSN. The use of drugs in Japan is looked upon very differently, so Sega had to replace the entire actor for both the Japanese release and the upcoming U.S. release. According to Sega's chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, that pull might have ended up being quite the boon for the game, as it sold 97 percent of its initial shipment before it got pulled.

Nagoshi relayed this information on a Japanese livestream last night, jokingly asking "Why didn't [these purchasers] just buy it from the start?!"

Of course Nagoshi was asked about his reaction to the Taki news, which the Yakuza director admitted he was shocked when he first heard. Nagoshi was reading the news on the internet while Sega employees kept calling his phone and he had to make the, uh, judgment call about what to do immediately. He put it to a vote within the team and they decided to pull the game.

After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

about X hours ago from
After Drug Use Scandal, Sega's Judgment Sells Through Most Of Its Stock

A few weeks ago, when Judgment actor Pierre Taki got arrested for use of cocaine after a drug test, Sega reacted quickly by pulling the game from shelves and PSN. The use of drugs in Japan is looked upon very differently, so Sega had to replace the entire actor for both the Japanese release and the upcoming U.S. release. According to Sega's chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, that pull might have ended up being quite the boon for the game, as it sold 97 percent of its initial shipment before it got pulled.

Nagoshi relayed this information on a Japanese livestream last night, jokingly asking "Why didn't [these purchasers] just buy it from the start?!"

Of course Nagoshi was asked about his reaction to the Taki news, which the Yakuza director admitted he was shocked when he first heard. Nagoshi was reading the news on the internet while Sega employees kept calling his phone and he had to make the, uh, judgment call about what to do immediately. He put it to a vote within the team and they decided to pull the game.

Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

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Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

Harmonix has announced a new game in their dancing motion game series, Dance Central. While the series has traditionally been tied to Microsoft's now-defunct Kinect camera, the newest iteration titled simply "Dance Central" is bringing the game to virtual reality in both Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest.

We're proud to announce the next evolution of Dance Central, coming exclusively to the Oculus Quest and Rift platform this Spring! pic.twitter.com/gaWp2FtJbj

The new virtual reality game has you matching the movements of a single person standing in front of you whom you're essentially dancing with. The website brags that there are 32 custom routines to come along with the game designed specifically for Dance Central that you can then bring to the club after you master them.

Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

about X hours ago from
Dance Central Coming To Oculus Rift And Oculus Quest

Harmonix has announced a new game in their dancing motion game series, Dance Central. While the series has traditionally been tied to Microsoft's now-defunct Kinect camera, the newest iteration titled simply "Dance Central" is bringing the game to virtual reality in both Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest.

We're proud to announce the next evolution of Dance Central, coming exclusively to the Oculus Quest and Rift platform this Spring! pic.twitter.com/gaWp2FtJbj

The new virtual reality game has you matching the movements of a single person standing in front of you whom you're essentially dancing with. The website brags that there are 32 custom routines to come along with the game designed specifically for Dance Central that you can then bring to the club after you master them.