PlayStation 3 Phat owners have a month left to claim ‘OtherOS’ class action settlement

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PlayStation 3 Phat owners have a month left to claim ‘OtherOS’ class action settlement

Playstation 3 owners — and by this I mean owners of the phabulous Phat PlayStation 3 — have one month left to collect up to $65 as one of the longest and silliest controversies in the console’s history winds down.

The settlement was reached in October 2016, and originally PS3 owners were told to expect up to $55. That’s increased to $65 now, possibly because fewer claims than expected were submitted in the 18 months since.

Castlevania: Bloodlines, forsaken by Konami, is a masterpiece worth replaying

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Castlevania: Bloodlines, forsaken by Konami, is a masterpiece worth replaying

Within the expansive Castlevania series, 1994’s Castlevania: Bloodlines stands apart. Being a Genesis/Mega Drive game, it was the only Castlevania to have been designed for a Sega platform. (Symphony of the Night was ported from PlayStation to Saturn in Japan, but Bloodlines was designed exclusively for Genesis.) The soundtrack saw Michiru Yamane make her debut with the series before going on to become its regular composer. Oh, and there’s one other thing: Bloodlines remains, quite arguably, the most unfairly forgotten Castlevania game ever made.

Granted, publisher Konami doesn’t currently appear to have much interest in doing much of anything involving Castlevania. The only thing happening with the brand in general these days is decidedly violent Netflix cartoon, which will launch a second micro-season later this year. The company doesn’t have any compunctions about cashing in on Castlevania’s history, though. You can find Castlevania games on every iteration of Virtual Console, on Nintendo’s recent retro NES and Super NES mini-consoles, and even in Hamster’s Arcade Archives series for PlayStation 4. Bloodlines, however, does not number among these prolific reissues.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 launches in the West this August

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 launches in the West this August

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is launching in the West on August 28, 2018, Sega announced today. Following the its release in Japan last year, this is a remaster of 2006’s Yakuza 2 in the Dragon Engine, which runs Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.

Yakuza 6 launched in December in Japan and is coming to the rest of the world in April. Yakuza Kiwami 2 will, like the remake of its predecessor, feature fully remade visuals of its characters and environments. The game also features Goro Majima as a playable character, in addition to main star Kazuma Kiryu.

Avengers: Infinity War is looking like a monster, according to Fandango pre-sales

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Avengers: Infinity War is looking like a monster, according to Fandango pre-sales

If pre-ordered tickets are any indication, Avengers: Infinity War is going to drop a bomb on box offices once it premieres April 27. All this on the heels of Black Panther, which broke $1 billion in global revenue last weekend and set a record for February premieres.

Fandango sent up the alarm on Friday when tickets went on pre-sale following the big reveal of the newest trailer yesterday. But Fandango did not share whole numbers (or revenue) of ticket sales, only that Infinity War had outsold flicks like Black Panther, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in pre-sold tickets, which apparently are a thing now.

Elite: Dangerous stages a tribute to Stephen Hawking

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Elite: Dangerous stages a tribute to Stephen Hawking

Beginning at 5 p.m. ET, the Elite: Dangerous community will kick off an event to celebrate the life of Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist who died Tuesday.

The event, which spans all platforms, will tour the 19 stations in the game named for Hawking. It’s expected to be a five-hour tour. Participants are asked to bring “a canister or two” of tea — an in-game commodity and one Hawking preferred. When the tour ends at the Black Hole of HIP 34707, the voyagers will dump the tea into it.

UMBC player, fresh off history-making upset in NCAA tourney, name checks Fortnite

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UMBC player, fresh off history-making upset in NCAA tourney, name checks Fortnite

If you’re not familiar with college basketball, here’s a quick recap: the University of Maryland-Baltimore County not only pulled off the greatest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament, they demolished their opponent, the University of Virginia, by 20 points. So, how does that feel?

First Drake, now the biggest upset in NCAA history. Fortnite can do no wrong pic.twitter.com/Eeoz61DCWb

Sega teases new Sonic Racing

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Sega teases new Sonic Racing

At the end of today’s Sonic the Hedgehog panel at South by Southwest, Sega teased what appears to be a new Sonic racing game. Unfortunately, that 22-second teaser video doesn’t tell us much, other than that Sonic and cars are likely involved.

The teaser consists of some car engines revving and the silhouette of a logo. A stylized R — the same R from the logo for Sega Saturn racing game Sonic R — is highlighted, and that’s about it.

Sonic Mania Plus coming this summer with new characters, physical release

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Sonic Mania Plus coming this summer with new characters, physical release

Sonic Mania Plus, an updated version of last year’s Sonic Mania, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this summer, Sega announced at its Sonic the Hedgehog panel at South by Southwest today.

Sonic Mania Plus will include an all-new Encore Mode, Sega said, which offers new ways to explore each of the game’s acts and will come with some unspecified visual changes. The Plus version of the game will also include two new playable characters: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel.

Pokémon Go’s login update fixes one of the game’s most annoying problems

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Pokémon Go’s login update fixes one of the game’s most annoying problems

In the summer of 2016, Pokémon Go united us — mostly because of its widespread, frequent login issues that kept us all out of the game we wanted to be playing. This was especially true for anyone who signed up to play the game using the Pokémon Trainer Club system, an unstable platform few of us would bother with, were it not for Pokémon Go.

Almost two years later, Niantic has announced a solution to these common login errors: by allowing players to link their Pokémon Go profiles to their Facebook and Google accounts, so that they have numerous options for getting back into their games.