EA puts influencers in check with disclosure rules for sponsored content

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EA puts influencers in check with disclosure rules for sponsored content

EA is requiring streamers and influencers promoting sponsored content of its games to clearly mark it with two new hashtags and watermarks, in an effort to comply with greater Federal Trade Commission scrutiny.

The response comes at a time when the FTC is cracking down on transparency between influencers and creators hosting sponsored content with the public. EA has come under fire before for not properly disclosing that it had sponsored content with some of the biggest YouTubers, streamers and other influencers. In 2014, it was revealed that EA was paying video producers to create content about games like Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed Rivals through its Ronku program.

Persona 5 delayed until April

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Persona 5 delayed until April

Persona 5 won’t launch until April 4, Atlus announced Wednesday. The publisher revealed the delay during a livestream, which also saw the debut of the first English-language gameplay of the upcoming role-playing game.

Originally set for a Feb. 14, 2017 release, Persona 5 won’t make it onto PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 stateside for another several weeks. That’s in spite of the fact that Japanese fans have had their hands on the game since mid-September.

Travel the world with Google’s new Google Earth VR program

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Travel the world with Google’s new Google Earth VR program

Google announced today that it was bringing its satellite-powered location tracker, Google Earth, to the HTC Vive.

Available through Steam, Google Earth VR lets users visit various landmarks around the world, providing them with a 360-degree, immersive view. According to the company, “you can fly over a city, stand at the edge of a mountain, and even soar into space.”

Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2016

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Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2016

It’s already mid-November, believe it or not, which means 2016 is (thankfully) winding to a close and it’s time to start thinking about everyone’s favorite activity: making year-end lists. The debate begins today with the nominees for The Game Awards, the Geoff Keighley-produced event in which top publications choose the best games of the year.

Leading the list of 2016 nominees is Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which received a whopping eight nods across six categories, including Game of the Year. As always, there’s some tough competition in that field, with Nathan Drake’s last ride going up against id Software’s Doom, Playdead’s Inside, Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch and Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2.

Report: Early Pokémon Sun and Moon players slapped with bans from Nintendo

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Report: Early Pokémon Sun and Moon players slapped with bans from Nintendo

Leaked copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon have been in players’ hands for at least a week now, but players are only just finding themselves getting dinged by Nintendo for playing the games ahead of their official Nov. 18 release. The company is reportedly cutting off users with ROMs from online access, according to several posters across Reddit and 4chan.

An image bearing an error code displayed on a Nintendo 3DS system is making the rounds on both forums, issued as a warning to the Pokémon community from those now facing the online ban.

Nintendo is making a Legend of Zelda escape room

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Nintendo is making a Legend of Zelda escape room

Nintendo is bringing The Legend of Zelda to a series of escape rooms touring the United States, offering fans a chance to experience the world of Hyrule in real-life.

Nintendo will partner with escape-room designer SCRAP to bring "Defenders of the Triforce" to eight cities beginning Jan. 31.

Battlefield 1 Fall Update brings rentable private servers

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Battlefield 1 Fall Update brings rentable private servers

Battlefield 1's large Fall Update is available for all three platforms now, and it brings new hardcore servers and rentable servers in addition to a slew of balance changes, gameplay additions and fixes.

In terms of gameplay, the Operations game mode is getting a tune-up to boost attackers' effectiveness. The time it takes for attackers to capture flags has been reduced slightly, and the ticket awards in Operations and Grand Operations has been increased.

The Game Awards will deliver more gameplay, less CGI thanks to No Man’s Sky

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The Game Awards will deliver more gameplay, less CGI thanks to No Man’s Sky

This year's Game Awards Show will feature more substance and less sizzle thanks in part to lessons learned from the bombastic lead up to No Man's Sky and the game's comparatively disappointing delivery, said host of the annual awards show Geoff Keighley.

"I have thought about the story of No Man's Sky a lot," Keighley told Polygon in a recent interview. "Did we create this black hole of hype that the developers couldn't pull themselves out of? Some of that was authored by me.

Walmart promises NES Classic stock all week

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Walmart promises NES Classic stock all week

Walmart promises it will have available NES Classics to buy for $59.96 until Friday.

The store chain took to Facebook earlier this week to announce that once a day, starting at 5 p.m. ET each day, the online store will open the floodgates to wouldbe purchasers of the hard to find retro console “while supplies last.” The store guarantees some availability each day, but not how many will be sold.