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.

Speedrunning marathon Summer Games Done Quick kicks off Sunday, July 3

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Speedrunning marathon Summer Games Done Quick kicks off Sunday, July 3

Check out the full schedule

Speedrunning charity event Games Done Quick is kicking off its summer marathon this Sunday, giving us a weeklong look at the best players beating and breaking dozens of classic and modern video games.

Summer Games Done Quick starts July 3 at 11:30 a.m. CT. After a pre-show, the speedrunning will commence with Super Mario Sunshine, which runner "Bounceyboy" should complete in under 90 minutes. From there, speedruns will happen all day and all night through July 9, when the marathon concludes with a 3-hour sprint of Super Mario RPG.

Dark Souls 3 player beats the game without ever getting hit

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A masterclass in dodge-rolling

Dark Souls 3 player Faraaz Khan pulled off an impressive feat last night: He beat the game without taking a single hit.

Khan gave himself a few restrictions during his playthrough, which you can watch in the Twitch video above. He didn't use any magic, nor did he use a bow. This is all melee combat, up close and personal with a dozen or so of the game's essential boss fights. Since Khan didn't use a shield either, he avoids damage from other enemies either by running past many of them, occasionally tossing an Alluring Skull to distract them. He's also smart about bailing out of some boss fights when things start looking a little rough.

Blizzard pays tribute in Overwatch to fan killed in tragic accident

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Blizzard pays tribute in Overwatch to fan killed in tragic accident

Heroes never die

The good guys in Overwatch are a group of heroes who band together to protect the world from evil. A new in-game memorial from developer Blizzard Entertainment remembers a Chinese Overwatch fan who died tragically while doing the same.

Wu Hongyu, 20, a student at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, saw someone stealing a classmate's motorcycle on the campus, according to the Guangdong New Express Daily. Wu got on his own bike and attempted to chase the individual, but was severely injured when the two bikes collided; he died from his injuries in a hospital shortly afterward. The police eventually arrested the alleged thief, and the government of Guangzhou posthumously gave Wu a "Courageous Citizen" award for his bravery.