DDR world championships are this weekend, here’s where to watch them live

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DDR world championships are this weekend, here’s where to watch them live

The sixth annual Konami Arcade Championship Finals take place this weekend in Japan, and it will feature some of the very best arcade rhythm game players in the world. For the first time, North America’s best Dance Dance Revolution players have been invited to compete. Here’s how you can cheer them on.

The KAC brings together the communities that surround 11 of the most lavish arcade games around including Gitadora DrumMania, Gitadora GuitarFreaks and Beatmania IIDX. Perhaps the most high profile game in the competition is DDR.

Rocket League getting Hot Wheels cars

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Rocket League getting Hot Wheels cars

Just a few days after developer Psyonix announced that the Battle-Cars of Rocket League will become real-life toys, some real-life toys — specifically Hot Wheels — will become Rocket League cars.

Mattel’s Hot Wheels are coming to Rocket League on Feb. 21. Two cars, the Twin Mill III and Bone Shaker, will be available as downloadable content for $1.99 each. Each Hot Wheels car will come with six decals and an exclusive set of wheels.

Makers of Unity Engine take major stance against ‘Muslim ban’

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Makers of Unity Engine take major stance against ‘Muslim ban’

Unity Technologies, the company behind the popular Unity game engine, has come out in opposition of the controversial “Muslim ban.” In an email circulated among staffers, CEO John Riccitiello outlined the company’s plans to support developers industry members impacted by the new travel restrictions placed on many Middle Eastern nationals.

Unity will match employee donations up to $1,000 to nonprofits like the American Civil Liberties Union, which have become major players in the fight to repeal the executive order. Numerous developers and game companies have given to the ACLU since the immigration ban was put in place earlier this month, and Riccitiello told employees that the decision to join in was meant to be empowering.

The Walking Dead season 3’s next episode coming in March

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The Walking Dead season 3’s next episode coming in March

The third episode of A New Frontier, the third season of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series, will be released in March, developer Telltale Games announced today.

The episode, “Above the Law,” will follow the arrival of a season pass disc version of A New Frontier. That collection will debut Feb. 28 in North America for $29.99, and will launch March 3 in Europe; it will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Psychonauts VR has a release date, pre-orders include the original game

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Psychonauts VR has a release date, pre-orders include the original game

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin will be available for PlayStation VR on Feb. 21. Customers who pre-order the game will receive the original cult classic, Psychonauts, for PlayStation 4. Subscribers to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service will get an additional 10 percent off the title.

Rhombus of Ruin will cost $19.99, and will only work with PlayStation VR. The game will bridge the gap between the original game, first released in 2005, and the upcoming Psychonauts 2.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed again

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed again

South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed for a second time, publisher Ubisoft announced today. The foul-mouthed role-playing game based on the long-running animated series will now be released in Ubisoft’s upcoming fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 through March 2018.

Back at E3 2016, Ubisoft slotted The Fractured But Whole for a Dec. 6 debut. The company announced three months later that it had decided to push the game back to the first quarter of 2017. “The development team wants to make sure the game experience meets the high expectations of fans and the additional time will help them achieve this goal,” Ubisoft said at the time.

Grand Theft Auto 4 now backward compatible on Xbox One

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Grand Theft Auto 4 now backward compatible on Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto 4 is the latest classic Xbox 360 to become backward compatible with Xbox One. Originally released in 2008, the universally acclaimed open-world action game is now playable on modern hardware.

Both Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which contains its two expansion packs, are now playable on Xbox One. That includes all versions of the main game, including the Complete Edition. Owners of the original Xbox 360 discs can use those, or they can purchase digital copies from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Meet Street Fighter 5’s newest fighter, Kolin

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Meet Street Fighter 5’s newest fighter, Kolin

A new challenger approaches Street Fighter 5. Kolin, the icy, rekka-style fighter who first appeared in Street Fighter 3 as a non-playable character, is coming to Street Fighter 5 as downloadable content on Feb. 28.

Kolin — pronounced like “Colleen” — “excels in the Russian martial art of Systema, utilizing the opponent’s momentum against them and executing various slash-like attacks and knife hand strikes,” Capcom said on its official blog. As a servant of Street Fighter 3 antagonist Gill, Kolin has the power to augment her attacks with ice.

Time Warner Cable sued by New York on behalf of League of Legends, Netflix customers

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Time Warner Cable sued by New York on behalf of League of Legends, Netflix customers

New York’s attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman says that Time Warner Cable defrauded consumers by providing internet service that was much slower than advertised. Moreover, he maintains that the company neglected to upgrade its own services at the same time it was negotiating new contracts with both Netflix and Riot Games. It also claims the company worked in secret to confuse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Schneiderman is seeking damages on behalf of hundreds of thousands of consumers who experienced poor performance generally, and specifically with regard to Netflix streaming services and Riot’s flagship League of Legends game.