Developer demands online shop pull Islamophobic tweet

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Developer demands online shop pull Islamophobic tweet

A spat broke out today on Twitter today when games marketplace Indie Gala posted an Islamophobic image in hopes of selling more copies of a first-person shooter.

The game in question, Insurgency, is a tactical shooter from New World Interactive. It’s akin to games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but with a more hardcore style of gameplay. The development team prides itself on having a military simulation-grade presentation of close-quarters small arms battles.

Here’s the first gameplay of Super Mega Baseball 2

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Here’s the first gameplay of Super Mega Baseball 2

Just in time for the holidays, Canadian indie studio Metalhead Software released the first gameplay footage of Super Mega Baseball 2 today, in a video focusing on the game’s revised visuals.

The original Super Mega Baseball, which debuted in December 2014, was one of the biggest surprises of that year — a game with a kid-oriented art style that belied a fundamentally solid simulation of baseball underneath. If Super Mega Baseball’s success is anything to go by, its sequel could be a game of the year contender next year (for sports fans, at least).

Professional CS:GO players issue open letter, challenge the integrity of their ownership

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Professional CS:GO players issue open letter, challenge the integrity of their ownership

Veteran eSports player Scott “SirScoots” Smith has posted a letter on behalf of players on five of the world’s most high-profile Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams. In that letter, Smith, along with 25 of CSGO’s best players, claim to have lost trust in the ownership of those teams.

“We realize that we might be at the point where eSports as an industry is now just too big for trust alone to reasonably protect everyone’s interests,” the letter states. “Either way, you can’t have trust without honesty, and you can’t have honesty without transparency.”

Pokémon Go now available on Apple Watch

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Pokémon Go now available on Apple Watch

Pokémon Go is out now on Apple Watch, Niantic announced today. The watchOS version of the hit Pokémon game, which debuted at an Apple event this fall, is available to download from iTunes.

The Apple Watch version of Pokémon Go is more stripped-down than its smartphone predecessor. The game is scaled back to better fit the watch’s user interface, but there are still several main features that players can access. These include finding Pokémon and picking up items from PokéStops, as well as collecting Pokémon candy.

Steam Winter Sale 2016 is now live

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Steam Winter Sale 2016 is now live

Valve just launched Steam’s annual Winter Sale, offering a wide variety of deals alongside the kickoff of voting for the first-ever Steam Awards.

The Winter Sale runs from now until 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 2. Notable deals available now include Tom Clancy’s The Division for $24.99 (50 percent off), Hyper Light Drifter for $11.99 (40 percent off) and Cities: Skylines for $7.49 (75 percent off).

Voting in the 2016 Steam Awards also went live today. For the next 24 hours, Steam users can vote on the first of 12 awards — today’s category is the “Villain Most in Need of a Hug” Award, with the five finalists being Borderlands 2, Dead by Daylight, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4 and Portal 2.

First two RollerCoaster Tycoon games arrive on Android, iOS

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First two RollerCoaster Tycoon games arrive on Android, iOS

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a blend of the classic Windows PC game and its sequel, is now available for $5.99 on Android and iOS, publisher Atari announced today.

The game isn’t a bundle of those two games; it’s one product that combines features from 1999’s RollerCoaster Tycoon and 2002’s RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. That means you can play scenarios from the original game with improvements from the sequel, such as the ability to place rides and other attractions at heights above and below ground.

Half-Life remake's version of the game’s controversial alien world looks great

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Half-Life remake's version of the game’s controversial alien world looks great

The creators of Black Mesa, the ambitious, fan-made remake of the original Half-Life, released something special for fans this holiday: the first public look at its version of Xen, the alien world players are transported to in the game’s final chapters.

Black Mesa developer Crowbar Collective released the first screenshot of Xen today on its forums. The team behind the Half-Life “recreation” also elaborated on their approach to remaking Xen, which was generally considered to be the weakest aspect of Valve’s landmark first-person shooter.

Xbox game sale delivers 10 to 80 percent off massive list of titles

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Xbox game sale delivers 10 to 80 percent off massive list of titles

Microsoft today kicked-off its “Countdown to New Year Sale” with big price drops on a slew of titles including Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy 15, Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2 and on and on and on.

The week-long sale, which includes price drops ranging from 10 percent to 75 percent off on more than 70 Xbox One games and about 50 Xbox 360 games from the Xbox Games Store, ends Dec. 28. Then on Dec. 29, a new slew of games will get their own price drops. Those titles haven’t yet been announced by Microsoft.

The Last Guardian companion book coming in February

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The Last Guardian companion book coming in February

Superfans of The Last Guardian may be interested in its upcoming companion book, An Extraordinary Story, which will offer “countless details about the inner workings and inspirations behind The Last Guardian’s mysterious world,” publisher Future Press announced today.

Future Press worked with the makers of The Last Guardian at GenDesign and Sony’s Japan Studio to produce the book; the developers walked the publishing house through the game with “sketches depicting the designers’ intent, storyboard and screenshot comparisons of key moments, and never-before-seen illustrations.” Future Press visited GenDesign’s offices in Tokyo for interviews with the team.