Popular YouTuber reveals Counter-Strike betting videos were rigged

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Popular YouTuber reveals Counter-Strike betting videos were rigged

The mess just gets messier

PsiSyndicate is the latest YouTube star to admit that some of his popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting videos were the result of undisclosed paid sponsorship. He reveals his guilt in the video above, in which he says outright that he thinks now is the time to "expose" himself.

Four separate videos, including one with more than a million views, were "rigged," he said. Steamloto, a CS:GO betting site, offered to sponsor the YouTuber by offering him expensive, rare weapon skins to unbox on camera. In the videos, PsiSyndicate acts as though he happened to come upon the skins as a result of the random lottery, an idea he says was proposed by Steamloto.

Counter-Strike YouTubers revealed as owners of gambling site they promoted

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Counter-Strike YouTubers revealed as owners of gambling site they promoted

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive steeped in more controversy

Two major players in YouTube's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community, Trevor "Tmartn" Martin and Tom "Syndicate" Cassel, have been caught in a firestorm of controversy following the revelation that they had not been forthright about owning a CS:GO gambling website in their promotional videos. Now, Valve is warning Steam users before they attempt to log in to the website, amidst the YouTubers' apologies and other attempts to assuage fans' legal and ethical concerns — like turning all of the videos in question private.

Steam users who try to log in to CS:GO Lotto, one of several sites that allow 13-plus-year-old fans to trade weapon skins for actual, big money, will now be met with a warning. "The URL you are attempting to log in to has been blocked by our moderators and staff," it reads. Players can continue on to the site if they so choose, however.

Player recreates working Pokémon on virtual Game Boy Advance in Minecraft

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Player recreates working Pokémon on virtual Game Boy Advance in Minecraft

They're the hero we don't deserve

Redditor Requag has created a nearly fully functional replica of Pokémon FireRed on a virtual Game Boy Advance in Minecraft, making it one of the most elaborate and interactive creations every built in the game.

The replica isn't 100 percent complete yet. The game is still missing basic functions of the game, including combat and dialogue, but on their YouTube page, Requag said they're still working on it and they have plans to incorporate those abilities later on. The goal, they said, is to make it a fully functional version of the game that people in Minecraft can play, but they wanted to get out a version of it as quickly as possible. The video, which can be seen above, demonstrates how structure blocks within Minecraft can be used to create something as intricate and elaborate as this. Requag used structure blocks, which are designed for map makers, to keep the design of Pokémon FireRed identical to the original game.

Watch this speedrunner's 3DS die during a run of New Super Mario Bros. 2

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Watch this speedrunner's 3DS die during a run of New Super Mario Bros. 2

"I don't have a charger"

One of the saddest moments at this year's Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) speedrunning marathon happened last night during a run of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS.

Speedrunner EeveeSpirit was getting close to the end of their run — 24 minutes into what would be a 31 minute attempt — when their 3DS suddenly shut off, much to the disgruntled groans and surprised yells from the SGDQ crowd gathered. The moment it happens can be seen in the video below. At first, EeveeSpirit looks pretty confused, but once they've realized that their 3DS has died, they start frantically looking around. At one point, one of the organizers asks them to plug in the 3DS and keep going, to which EeveeSpirit replies, "I don't have a charger!"

Here's what the end of PlanetSide looked like

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Here's what the end of PlanetSide looked like

A hail of fire

PlanetSide, one of the first MMO shooters when it launched in 2003, flipped off the lights on Friday as planned, after a venerable 13-year run. The end came for PlanetSide much like it did for the dinosaurs here on Earth: with a meteor shower. Our dinos didn't get a "connection error" message at the end, though.

PlanetSide was one of Sony Online Entertainment's titles, until that development house was spun off into DayBreak Game Company. A sequel, PlanetSide 2, launched on Windows PC in 2012, with a version on PlayStation 4 following in 2015.

Watch speedrunning marathon Summer Games Done Quick right here

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Seven days of game-breaking fan, live on Twitch

Charity event Summer Games Done Quick kicks off today, July 3, offering seven days of round-the-clock video game speedrunning bliss — and it's all being done for a good cause. You can watch Games Done Quick's summertime event, streamed live via Twitch, right here.

The action kicks off with a speedrun of love-it-or-hate-it GameCube platformer-adventure Super Mario Sunshine, then rolls into sprints through The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Demon's Souls and Bastion. Players will continue speedrunning 24 hours a day until Saturday, July 9.

Heroes of the Storm's adding Diablo's Auriel and Warcraft's Gul'dan soon

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Heroes of the Storm's adding Diablo's Auriel and Warcraft's Gul'dan soon

'In the coming weeks,' says Blizzard

It might be hard to remember over the past six weeks that Blizzard has games other than Overwatch, y'know. There's also its MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, barely a year old now, has some new characters to bring to the Nexus over the coming weeks.

Here's a look at the models, skins and fighting styles of World of Warcraft's Gul'dan and Diablo's Auriel, who will be new characters added to the game "in the near future," says Bliz.

Skullgirls is coming to Android and iOS

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2D fighting game gets a mobile port that adds collectibles, RPG elements

Lab Zero Games' 2D fighting game Skullgirls is coming to mobile devices later this year, thanks to developer Hidden Variable Studios (Tic Tactics, Threes). The Android and iOS version of the 2012 game will be more than just a port, however; it will incorporate deck-building mechanics featuring dozens of collectible fighter variations and tactical, turn-based elements.

Skullgirls for mobile platforms "distills the essence of a complex fighting game into a more casual, accessible mobile experience with RPG elements," the developers said in a press release. Players will be able to collect and customize variations of the Skullgirls cast, including characters such as Parasite Weave Filia, Resonant Evil Big Band, Silent Kill Valentine and Primed Parasoul.

FIFA 16 patch is coming to fix Ultimate Team's hidden nerfs

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FIFA 16 patch is coming to fix Ultimate Team's hidden nerfs

Top-rated players haven't been playing like it

EA Sports said Friday that FIFA 16 will soon be patched to address problems that users uncovered in its Ultimate Team mode, wherein the most valuable players and items did not deliver fully on the benefits promised.

"Our work has shown that there appear to be some differences in how fitness and chemistry apply to some [Football Ultimate Team] items," FIFA's community manager wrote.

Kickstarter seeing steep decline in money pledged to video games in 2016, says analysis

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Kickstarter seeing steep decline in money pledged to video games in 2016, says analysis

Lack of big-ticket projects hurts, but is not entirely the cause

Crowdfunding for video games on Kickstarter is down sharply for the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, suggesting that roughly the same number of video games projects are successfully backed, but at much lower amounts.

Kickstarter backers pledged $8.2 million to video game projects in the first six months of 2016, says ICO Partners, a U.K.-based consultancy specializing in market analysis for online games. Donors pledged more than $20 million to video games in both the first and second halves of 2015. That's despite roughly the same number of projects being successfully funded overall in all three periods.