Sega’s Space Channel 5 coming to VR

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Sega’s Space Channel 5 coming to VR

Watch Ulala dance the news in virtual reality

Dreamcast-era rhythm game series Space Channel 5 is coming to virtual reality. Sega and mobile provider KDDI will showcase Space Channel 5 VR "Ukiuki Viewing Show" at this year’s Tokyo Game Show — just don’t expect a full game or a port of the 1999 original Space Channel 5.

Sega and KDDI describe Space Channel 5 VR as a way for viewers to watch space reporter Ulala’s news broadcasts, and interactivity with the demo appears limited.

Mafia 3 details its DLC expansion plans

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Mafia 3 details its DLC expansion plans

Free add-ons complement three premium expansions

The makers of Mafia 3 detailed plans at PAX West for their free downloadable content coming to everyone after the game launches Oct. 7.

Users will get new character outfits to change the look of the main character, a weapons pack 30 days after launch and vehicle customization options, for starters. The vehicle customization includes personalized license plates and superfly paint jobs. Vehicles will also get a racing series, detached from the game's narrative, that deliver their own rewards.

Sony CEO, citing Pokémon Go, says they're 'aggressively' pushing into mobile gaming

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Sony CEO, citing Pokémon Go, says they're 'aggressively' pushing into mobile gaming

Sony, eyeballing Nintendo's success with Pokémon Go, is "aggressively getting into" mobile gaming, chief executive Kaz Hirai said.

"It's quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well," Hirai told the Financial Times at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin.

Hirai's comments highlight another console maker's acceptance of the inevitability of mobile device gaming as a necessary platform. Nintendo had been resistant for years to investor demands to push into the mobile space, relenting this year with Miitomo, a social networking app, and then breaking through with Pokémon Go.

Hands on with Strafe, including an homage to Wolfenstein 3D

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More than 20 minutes of the latest build from PAX West

The team from Strafe, the upcoming first-person shooter being published by Devolver Digital, is on hand at this year's PAX West with a huge playable portion of the game. We had lead programmer Stephen Raney take us through its gore-filled corridors with god mode on to show us all the ins and outs of this fast moving retro roguelike.

You'll see snippets of the hub area inside a crashed spaceship, as well as the more open alien world that comprises the game's second level. They also showed off a darker interior space shown from the third its four planned levels. Raney also shows off tons of weapon customization options and melee attacks.

Fallout 4 DLC comforts longtime fan mourning the loss of his brother and father

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Fallout 4 DLC comforts longtime fan mourning the loss of his brother and father

Evan is in Nuka-World, enjoying the view

Fallout 4's latest downloadable content expansion, Nuka-World, pays tribute to the brother of a fan who died earlier this year, after both brothers lost their father in 2015.

The tribute is a non-player character named Evan (pictured in real-life cosplay above), who is named for the real-life brother of Reddit user NoohjXLVII. Evan is found in the southernmost end of Nuka-World's map and offers a recipe, for free, for cold, crisp Nuka-Love, a very refreshing beverage introduced by the expansion.

Friday the 13th carves up the camp counselors in its latest gore-filled trailer

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Friday the 13th carves up the camp counselors in its latest gore-filled trailer

No, don't run into that shed with the pickaxe and wood-chipper ...

Friday the 13th: The Game, due to launch sometime next month, rolled out a trailer for PAX West that showcases more grisly killing scenes set to a rokken-like-Dokken Fiero-mullet 1980s soundtrack.

In it we see Jason Voorhees in his many incarnations — hockey-mask, bag-on-head, decomposed hell-beast, etc. — thin out Crystal Lake's population of nubile camp counselors. As the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov once said, "If in the first act you have hung a pitchfork on the wall, then in the following one it a roaring chainsaw must gnaw through the torso of a twentysomething hunk with a blonde butt cut."

Long before The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Pete Hines was hooked on Magic

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Long before The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Pete Hines was hooked on Magic

How a trip to PAX led to the growth of Bethesda’s collectible card game

It’s not every day that an executive at a game developer goes up against a skilled Twitch streamer live on stage. But when I met Bethesda vice president Pete Hines at this year’s PAX West he was preparing to do just that. Waiting backstage was popular streamer Kenji Egashira and in just a few minutes they’d clash over The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda’s new online collectible card game.

But as Hines and I talked, it became obvious that he was not messing around. Turns out he’s tremendously passionate about CCG’s, and it all goes back to a fan convention nearly a half decade ago.

Madden's announcers avoided mentioning Kaepernick's protest. Here's why.

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Madden's announcers avoided mentioning Kaepernick's protest. Here's why.

It would obligate them to report all the bad news of an image-conscious league

As the controversy unfolded over San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem at a game last week, an EA Sports spokesperson said Madden NFL 17's new commentary, which is now updated weekly, would mention the issue in the coming week. That has turned out to be untrue.

Despite two commentary updates issued on consecutive days, there is no mention of Kaepernick's protest by either of the game's announcers, Brandon Gaudin or Charles Davis. I've played three one-off games involving the 49ers, with Kaepernick starting, and not heard anything. Bryan Wiedey, the sports gaming expert from Pasta Padre and The Sporting News, says he's run the games repeatedly in the background for nine hours and heard nothing about it.

Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour unloads this October

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Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour unloads this October

The 1996 classic, a remastered version and more in one package

Exactly one year after settling a protracted legal battle to regain exclusive rights to the Duke Nukem franchise, Gearbox Software has announced a remaster of the original Duke Nukem 3D. The game is scheduled to be released on Oct. 11 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as Windows PC via Steam. It will retail for $19.99.

Called Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour, the title was unveiled live during the Gearbox panel at this year’s PAX West in Seattle. The first trailer is embedded above.

Step inside of a fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s VR mission

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Step inside of a fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s VR mission

Zoom through the air in virtual reality

The PlayStation 4 version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will feature a virtual reality experience which puts players behind the controls of a Jackal, the game’s customizable VTOL fighter jet.

Called "Jackal Assault," the mission will be included for free with the purchase of the game. Of course, in order to play the mission, you’ll need a PlayStation VR headset, which launches Oct. 13. Infinite Warfare is just the latest in a string of games to feature a new gameplay snippet exclusive to PlayStation VR, including Star Wars Battlefront and Final Fantasy 15.