Two charged as U.K. gambling commission turns its eye to skin gambling

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Two charged as U.K. gambling commission turns its eye to skin gambling

Youtuber tied to 'FUTgalaxy' betting site accused of inviting children to gamble

Two men in the United Kingdom are being prosecuted on illegal gambling charges in a case connected to FIFA Ultimate Team and so-called practice of "skin gambling."

Charged are Craig Douglas (pictured above) and Dylan Rigby, who was the owner of the now deactivated YouTube FUTgalaxy channel. The BBC noted that the UK Gambling Commission brought the case, and it has been interested in the rise of video game gambling and curbing that.

Here's what blowing up the Death Star looks like in Star Wars Battlefront

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Here's what blowing up the Death Star looks like in Star Wars Battlefront

It looks pretty awesome

The third round of premium DLC for Star Wars Battlefront brings the Death Star into the conflict between Empire and Rebellion, and from this video it looks like it is holding nothing back.

We've known about Battle Station, the new game type coming with the DLC but this is the first look at it in action. In Battle Station, teams of users will stage a space battle among the usual X-Wing and TIE Fighters, will make a non-canonical but still interesting-looking troop assault on the Death Star, and then head down the trench one more time to blow it up.

Battle.Net now selling Battletag changes for $10

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Battle.Net now selling Battletag changes for $10

First one is still free, Blizzard reminds

Users who have changed their Battle.net BattleTag once and wish to do so again may now do so for a $10 fee.

"Whether you've outgrown your BattleTag or you've decided it's simply time for a change, you can update your BattleTag with just a few clicks," Blizzard says.

Steam removes developer's game after judge grants subpoena for users' personal information

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Steam removes developer's game after judge grants subpoena for users' personal information

Digital Homicide suing 100 anonymous Valve users over harsh criticism of their games

Steam has removed a developer's games after Valve was subpoenaed for 100 users' information in a nasty legal fight over user reviews on the games service.

James Romine of Digital Homicide was granted the subpoena by a federal judge in Arizona. He is seeking the real identities of 100 users in an $18 million personal injury claim against these users for their comments and allegations of the studio's products and how they were developed. Storefronts for about a dozen games were taken down yesterday evening. (A screenshot of one of the games, The Slaughtering Grounds, is above.)

Sega’s new Valkyria game is very different

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Sega’s new Valkyria game is very different

The Valkyria Chronicles spin-off plays more like a tactical musou game

Sega’s latest entry in the Valkyria series, Valkyria: Azure Revolution, was playable at Tokyo Game Show this week, giving PlayStation fans an opportunity to see how the game has progressed since it was released in playable demo form earlier this year. The new build of Valkyria: Azure Revolution still puts the emphasis on action, but offers a bit more tactical depth for fans of the franchise’s role-playing games.

When I fired up the TGS demo, a Sega rep asked me a potentially ominous question: "Do you know how to play musou [aka Dynasty Warriors] games?" Sort of. I’ve mastered the button-mashing component of those games, and can get by. Combat in Valkyria: Azure Revolution is primarily performed with just one button (circle on a DualShock 4 controller) though there’s more to it than that, thanks to magic spells, side arms and various battlefield conditions.

Pokémon Go Plus is not off to a great start for some Android users

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Pokémon Go Plus is not off to a great start for some Android users

Some smart devices don’t want to play nice with the device

Android users often get the short end of things when it comes to gaming: The Pokémon Go beta launched first on iOS, as will Nintendo’s first Super Mario mobile game. But the Pokémon Go Plus peripheral arrived at retail today, ready to connect to both Apple and Android phones ... except for the fact that many of the latter group, myself included, can’t get the thing to work for more than five minutes.

Several threads on the Pokémon Go subreddit have accounts of unlucky Android owners who can’t get the Plus accessory to stay connected. Pokémon Go Plus uses Bluetooth to access the Pokémon Go app, making it possible to catch Pokémon and visit PokéStops without actually looking at the game. Yet connecting it to certain Android phones — like mine, a weeks-old Galaxy S7 — proves finicky.

Multiplayer survival game Osiris: New Dawn may be Steam’s next breakout hit

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Multiplayer survival game Osiris: New Dawn may be Steam’s next breakout hit

Two-person team does what No Man’s Sky don’t

The premise for Osiris: New Dawn as a product sounds improbable, if not impossible. A multiplayer adventure survival game — complete with crafting and base building — coupled with an action-packed first-person shooting experience. If the team at Fenix Fire can pull it off, it has every chance of being the next smash hit on Windows PC.

"We really have no business making a game this ambitious," said Brian McRae, one of just a pair of developers that’s been working on the game for the past five years. "But we just couldn’t help ourselves. I guess, left to our own devices, we wound up searching for the holy grail of … something? Is it a role-playing game? Is it survival? I don’t know. It’s just a game that we’ve always wanted to play."

BioShock remastered editions on PC sound worse off than the originals

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BioShock remastered editions on PC sound worse off than the originals

“This is as lazy as PC porting gets, folks”

BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite have been remastered, with all three making their first current-gen console appearances earlier this week. The re-releases for BioShock and BioShock 2 came to Windows PC yesterday, and Steam reviewers have already warned others to heed caution before returning to the Rapture.

Several issues plague the remastered editions, according to user comments. Some of these are carried over from the original PC releases, like mouse acceleration and sensitivity problems, and others have to do with texturing options or lack thereof.

Pokémon Generations premiere captures the essence of the classic games in just 4 minutes

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Pokémon Generations premiere captures the essence of the classic games in just 4 minutes

Watch the first two shorts right here ASAP

The first two shorts in the new Pokémon Generations series are up on YouTube, and the one-two punch makes for a stellar debut. Watch episode one, "The Adventure," above — and make sure you’re in a place where it’s appropriate to fist pump.

That’s because the three-minute premiere episode is a perfect encapsulation of the entire Pokémon franchise, from the Kanto region of the Game Boy games to the latest generation of games, Pokémon X and Y. The first minute of "The Adventure" may catch viewers off guard at first with how familiar it is to people with fond memories of Pokémon Red, but once it kicks off, it’s a lovely, Pikachu-led journey through some of the best sights of every mainline game.

Logitech acquires joystick maker Saitek

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Logitech acquires joystick maker Saitek

But what does it mean for Mad Catz ... and Star Citizen?

Peripherals manufacturer Logitech recently acquired the Saitek brand and the Saitek line of controller products. Logitech announced the news yesterday in a blog post, calling it an "exciting day for Logitech" and heralding Saitek as the "go-to" source for fans of spacefaring and simulation-style games.

But questions remain about the stability of Saitek’s previous owner, Mad Catz, and about the future of Saitek’s long-awaited, custom controller for Chris Roberts’ upcoming game, Star Citizen.