Street Fighter 5 rage-quitters get named and shamed in next update

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Street Fighter 5 rage-quitters get named and shamed in next update

Street Fighter 5 rage-quitters are due for a public shaming in the game's next update, according to observant fans who mined the newest version for information.

As noticed by NeoGAF, a new test branch for the PC version of Street Fighter 5 went up on Steam and fans plundered it for information before it could be pulled back. Among the discoveries: Players who quit in-progress matches too often are going to get a badge noting that.

Tecmo Super Bowl’s world championship returns — with Tecmo and Bo Jackson aboard

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Tecmo Super Bowl’s world championship returns — with Tecmo and Bo Jackson aboard

Both Koei Tecmo, makers of the original Tecmo Super Bowl, and the charity foundation of Bo Jackson — sports video gaming’s greatest superstar — are aboard for the 13th edition of Tecmo Madison, the world championship of the classic NES cart, in Madison, Wis. next spring.

Tecmo Madison, originally planned to sunset after a 12-year run, has changed ownership and appears to be coming back bigger than ever. Billed as “Tecmo Madison XIII: Return of the Mack in association with Koei Tecmo,” the tournament will take place later than usual — April 8, 2017. In the past it was staged in late February or early March.

Pokémon Go adds more Pokémon to rural areas

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Pokémon Go adds more Pokémon to rural areas

Pokémon Go players may start finding more Pokémon around than usual, according to the game’s official Twitter account. An update hints that rural and urban areas are seeing an increase in their Pokémon populations, effective immediately.

Trainers, we've observed increased numbers of Pokémon sightings in parks and other outdoor locations in urban and rural areas.

Amazon’s hero-based sports brawler, Breakaway, playable for free this weekend

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Amazon’s hero-based sports brawler, Breakaway, playable for free this weekend

Amazon Game Studios’ mythological sport brawler Breakaway, a third-person competitive multiplayer game with elements of Rocket League, Powerstone and League of Legends, is playable this weekend in alpha form, the game’s creators announced this week. The Windows PC game will be available to download and play through Monday, Dec. 19 for free.

Breakaway is one of three projects in development at Amazon Game Studios, which is also working on New World, a massively multiplayer, open-ended sandbox game, and Crucible, a hero-based survival game set on an alien world.

NES Classic will be available at Best Buy on Dec. 20

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NES Classic will be available at Best Buy on Dec. 20

Best Buy will have “limited quantities” of the NES Classic Edition in stock on Tuesday, Dec. 20, the retailer announced today.

The mini NES will be available only at physical Best Buy locations, not on the store’s website. Best Buy said it will send small shipments of the NES Classic to more than 1,000 U.S. Best Buy locations; the company currently operates 1,026 stores in the country.

Blizzard admits its ‘cool meter’ was off with Overwatch’s most hated holiday look

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Blizzard admits its ‘cool meter’ was off with Overwatch’s most hated holiday look

Facing backlash over a disappointing exclusive skin released as part of Overwatch’s holiday event, director Jeff Kaplan took to Battle.net to admit to fans that Blizzard Entertainment’s “‘cool meter’ was off” when it came to designing Mei’s deeply unpopular seasonal look.

“We just sort of make a gut call based off of what we think is cool,” Kaplan wrote in a post responding to fan complaints about Mei’s new skin, which hit Overwatch this week as part of the Winter Wonderland update. “Coolness is very subjective, and based off of the community reaction it seems like our gauge was off on this one.”

2016: THE YEAR IN GAMES

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2016: THE YEAR IN GAMES

The as-yet unborn future is likely to have much to say about 2016, an annus rabidus if ever there was one. For many, it's been a year of dreadful political upheaval, loss and fear.

Video games are not immune from these forces. Gaming continues to be assaulted by organized reactionary forces whose pursuit of progressives, the media, feminists, people of color and LGBT people foreshadowed the re-emergence of aggressive nativism and fake news in the broader context of the U.S. election.

NES Classic available at GameStop today in ‘limited quantities’

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NES Classic available at GameStop today in ‘limited quantities’

Some GameStop locations will have “limited quantities” of the NES Classic Edition in stock today, according to a representative for the company.

GameStop stores received small shipments yesterday, and are getting additional shipments today.

“Since they are selling out fast, we are recommending that customers call their local store first,” the spokesperson said.

Report: Super Mario Run downloaded 3.5M times in 14 hours

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Report: Super Mario Run downloaded 3.5M times in 14 hours

Super Mario Run is off to a running start with an estimated 3.5 million people downloading the game in the U.S. alone on its first day, according to business intelligence and analyst firm App Annie.

Those downloads in the game’s first 14 hours of availability are surprisingly strong compared to Pokémon Go’s first 24 hours of availability, which saw 4.7 million downloads in the U.S. on Apple devices, an App Annie spokesperson told Polygon.

The question now is, how will Super Mario Run do in the long run?