FIFA without FIFA? EA Sports considers a name change

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FIFA without FIFA? EA Sports considers a name change

FIFA, whose name has become synonymous with video game soccer over the past two decades, may no longer headline EA Sports’ globally dominant franchise.

Cam Weber, EA Sports’ general manager and top executive, said Thursday in a note to players that the label is “exploring the idea of renaming our global EA Sports football games. This means we’re reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all our other official partnerships and licenses across the football world.”

Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama dead at 90

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Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama dead at 90

Composer Koichi Sugiyama, known for his contributions to the music of Dragon Quest, died at the age of 90, publisher Square Enix confirmed on the series’ Japanese website. Sugiyama died on Sept. 30, Square Enix said, from septic shock.

Sugiyama contributed music, including the main theme, for every mainline Dragon Quest role-playing game, dating back to the 1986 original. His first musical score for Enix, then the developer of Dragon Quest, was the 1985 game World Golf for home computers. He was composing music for the next game in the series, Dragon Quest 12: The Flames of Fate, before his death, Square Enix said.

Xbox 20th anniversary controller brings back that classic Xbox green

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Xbox 20th anniversary controller brings back that classic Xbox green

A new Xbox controller celebrating the 20th anniversary of the company’s Xbox game console is on the way, Microsoft announced Thursday. The controller has a translucent face — so you can see some of the inner workings — and hits of Xbox’s signature bright green color.

The controller first leaked Thursday morning at Best Buy Canada, but Microsoft provided more insight on its design in an Xbox Wire post. Xbox product marketing manage Jessica Tsujikawa said the controller’s see-through shell is a spin on the original Xbox debug kit, which was a translucent green.

Valve shows you how to mod a Steam Deck — and why you shouldn’t

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Valve shows you how to mod a Steam Deck — and why you shouldn’t

It’s not every day that a company posts a video tutorial on how to alter its hardware. However, Valve went slightly against the grain on Wednesday when it published a video teardown of the Steam Deck on YouTube. The video presented a perfect how-to guide for modding your Steam Deck hardware, after it launches in December. It also gave Valve the opportunity to send this PSA: Don’t modify the console, because you’ll likely ruin it.

In the video, a Valve representative gives detailed step-by-step instructions for replacing the thumbsticks and the solid-state hard drive. The footage helps clarify what will and won’t be possible with the console once it launches at the end of the year. Because Valve’s new hand-held system resembles a gaming PC in some ways, some customers had wondered about its specs and if they could actively swap components out.

Universal Studios will bring Pokémon to its Japan theme park

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Universal Studios will bring Pokémon to its Japan theme park

Universal Studios’ theme park in Japan will be adding Pokémon attractions to the park, Universal Studios and The Pokémon Company shared in a news release Wednesday. Beginning in 2022, the two companies will enter a “long-term partnership” to explore new entertainment to immerse park guests in the world of Pokémon. The new attractions will combine real and virtual experiences to create a new “revolutionary” park experience, according to the release.

“Pokémon is beloved by fans around the world. We are honored to have a long-term partnership with The Pokémon Company while developing groundbreaking Pokémon entertainment at Universal Studios Japan for both Pokémon fans and our guests,” J.L. Bonnier, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, said in a statement.

PlatinumGames reworks Babylon’s Fall’s graphics to be less smudgy

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PlatinumGames reworks Babylon’s Fall’s graphics to be less smudgy

PlatinumGames is changing the look of its action-RPG for Square Enix, Babylon’s Fall, which was something of an acquired taste when it was re-revealed earlier this year. While Platinum is intentionally going for “oil painting style” graphics with Babylon’s Fall, some found the aesthetic to be too muddy and stylized. So Platinum’s changing that.

On Wednesday, PlatinumGames and Square Enix showed off the revised graphics for Babylon’s Fall, which, while certainly clearer, still maintain the studio’s “brushwork style” that’s based on classical European oil paintings. You can see the revised graphical style in the slider image below, with the new graphics shown on the right.

Obsidian’s backyard survival game Grounded is getting its biggest update yet

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Obsidian’s backyard survival game Grounded is getting its biggest update yet

Grounded, the backyard survival game from Obsidian Entertainment, is getting a big update on Oct. 20. The free download will add several new areas for players to explore, including a sandbox and a pile of trash. It will debut simultaneously for both the PC and Xbox versions of the game.

Launched in July 2020, Grounded is a departure for Obsidian, which is best known for role-playing games like Outer Worlds, Pillars of Eternity, and Fallout: New Vegas. In it, players take on the role of shrunken children and are tasked with exploring their own backyard. Enemies include rodents, pests, and other stereotypical suburban nightmares. There’s also a hefty crafting element to the game, making the whole experience a cross between Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ark: Survival Evolved.

Twitch source code, creator payouts leaked in massive data breach

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Twitch source code, creator payouts leaked in massive data breach

Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch is facing a massive data breach after a 4chan user posted leaked information on Wednesday. The information shared as part of the 125 GB torrent file includes streamer payout information and totals, source code for Twitch clients, Twitch security tools, and an “unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios,” The Verge reported.

News website Video Games Chronicle first published news of the leak this morning, and The Verge has since confirmed the breach is legitimate. Twitch has not responded to Polygon’s request for more information.

Rockstar denies knowledge of its Agent’s whereabouts, activities

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Rockstar denies knowledge of its Agent’s whereabouts, activities

Rockstar Games’ Agent is one of those vaporware wraiths anyone with two brain cells knows is never gonna be released. But because AAA publishers can never give a straight answer when they cancel a project, fans return the courtesy with needling mentions of their undead creations’ theoretical existence.

Looks like Rockstar had enough of that. Agent was quietly removed from the publisher’s official website, where it had been — if only in name — since it was announced at Sony’s E3 2009 news conference. Once again, we remind you that the license to kill is also a license to be killed.