Facing down copyright claims, Doom roguelike mod goes open-source

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Facing down copyright claims, Doom roguelike mod goes open-source

Rights holder ZeniMax Media slapped DoomRL, a popular mod of the classic first-person shooter, with a cease-and-desist order earlier this week, but co-creator Kornel Kisielewicz chose to keep the game available online. To do so, DoomRL — now called DRL — has gone open-source.

ZeniMax Media took issue with DoomRL, as Kisielewicz revealed to fans earlier this week. He shared a letter from the company’s legal team, asking that all references to the Doom property be removed from the fan project.

Vivendi inches closer to hostile takeover of Ubisoft

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Vivendi inches closer to hostile takeover of Ubisoft

Vivendi this week sucked up more shares of Ubisoft while it continues to insist it has no interest in purchasing the Paris-based game developer.

On Dec. 7, Vivendi upped its stake in Ubisoft’s share capital to 25.15 percent and 22.92 percent of its voting rights. Vivendi previously had a 23 percent stake in the company.

Dragon Quest Heroes gets a sequel next spring

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Dragon Quest Heroes gets a sequel next spring

Dragon Quest Heroes, the popular role-playing game franchise’s hack-and-slash spinoff, will receive a second game next spring. Dragon Quest Heroes 2 will hit PlayStation 4 on April 25, 2017, but its debut trailer shows little in the way of gameplay.

The action-RPG will feature both single-player and co-op multiplayer jaunts through the world of Dragon Quest, where heroes will chip away at waves of monsters ad nauseam. The second Dragon Quest Heroes will include four new playable characters, as well as some that series fans will recognize.

Elite: Dangerous finally has a release window on PlayStation 4

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Elite: Dangerous finally has a release window on PlayStation 4

We’ve known that spacefaring game Elite: Dangerous was coming to the PlayStation 4 since the time of the original Kickstarter campaign in 2013. The only thing missing was a release window. Early this morning, Frontier posted fair warning that the game would launch on PS4 in the second quarter of 2017. It will also make “full use” of the PS 4 Pro.

In a statement posted on the official website, Frontier CEO and Elite co-creator David Braben didn’t share a lot of details other than that three-month window. We don’t know, for instance, if Elite: Dangerous will be available in 4k or make use of the PSVR peripheral. We also don’t know if it will share the same in-game universe with the Xbox One, which is itself separate from the Windows PC and Mac universes.

Vive Studios kicks off HTC first-party VR effort

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Vive Studios kicks off HTC first-party VR effort

HTC today announced Vive Studios, a first-party development studio and publishing operation for its Vive virtual reality system.

Heralding its new operation, the company released a new game from internal studio 2 Bears. Arcade Saga is a three-piece compendium of basic games, rendered in first-person 3D. They are a bust-the-blocks Breakout-style game, a Pong-alike tennis game and a bow-and-arrow shooting gallery.

Rockstar brings Bully to iOS and Android

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Rockstar brings Bully to iOS and Android

Jimmy Hoskins is back at Bullworth Academy for another semester in Bully: Anniversary Edition, a remastered version of the open-world game coming to iOS and Android today.

Bully: Anniversary Edition contains the full content from the original game, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, as well as improvements from 2008’s Bully: Scholarship Edition. In addition, Rockstar Games says the title has been modified for “high resolution screens,” and has context-sensitive touch controls, as well as physical controller support. iOS users on newer devices can also use 3D touch for some controller actions.

Super Mario Run’s live-action commercial is all about speed

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Super Mario Run’s live-action commercial is all about speed

If talking up Super Mario Run on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon wasn’t enough tonight, Nintendo also dropped a live-action spot for its upcoming mobile foray.

The ad features people of all ages and nationalities running across scenic locations and in front of landmarks across the globe, mixing some classic Super Mario Bros. theme notes and sound effects with an upbeat tune. You don’t even see our mustachio’d hero until the very final seconds, as he leads a pack of furiously running people into Times Square.

The ad shows no gameplay, but feels like a high-end TV spot for Mario’s first jump into mobile devices. Coupled with the game’s featured spot on a network late night show, it’s a sign that the marketing for Super Mario Run is aiming to cast a wide net.

Watch Shigeru Miyamoto and The Roots play the Super Mario Bros. theme

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Watch Shigeru Miyamoto and The Roots play the Super Mario Bros. theme

Banjo enthusiast and game designer Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon primarily to help promote the release of Super Mario Run and hype up the launch of the Nintendo Switch. But he also made some time to sit in with The Tonight Show house band The Roots to pluck a familiar tune: the unmistakable Super Mario Bros. theme.

It’s a pretty straightforward rendition — though host Jimmy Fallon joined in to freestyle on the Question Block — but it’s still cool to see Miyamoto and Questlove on the same stage playing together.

Watch Super Mario Run and Nintendo Switch in action on The Tonight Show

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Watch Super Mario Run and Nintendo Switch in action on The Tonight Show

Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and brought two special guests with them: Super Mario Run for iOS and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch. If you missed tonight’s episode, you can relive Jimmy Fallon both freaking out and geeking out playing with Mario and Zelda in the presence of their creator.

You might want to turn your speakers down as Fallon gets his hands on Super Mario Run, which is coming to the Apple App Store next week, because he is excited to play a Mario game with touchscreen controls.

Watch us get silly casting spells with our hands in one of Oculus Touch’s best launch titles

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Watch us get silly casting spells with our hands in one of Oculus Touch’s best launch titles

So here is the conversation I’ve been having with myself when it comes to The Unspoken, a game for the Oculus Touch that you either received free for pre-ordering the controllers or paid $29.99 for on the store, and I’m going to try to explain both side of my reactions to this game.

On the one hand, I think Cthulhu’s Tentacles as a spell may be a bit over-powered, and you basically always have to have at least one Dispelling Censer charm in your character’s loadout to counter it.