Microsoft Accuses 'Gaming Site' of Hacking Xbox Accounts and Selling Proceeds

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Microsoft Accuses 'Gaming Site' of Hacking Xbox Accounts and Selling Proceeds

A complaint filed by Microsoft in federal court earlier today accuses Chinese gaming website iGSKY of hacking Xbox accounts and using stolen credit card information to purchase rare items (via The Verge). According to Microsoft, iGSKY then sells puts those items up for sale to anyone who wants them. Consumers who make purchases are unwittingly providing the website with a convenient method of laundering its stolen money.

"Microsoft is committed to providing customers with safe and secure online experiences," a Microsoft representative said in a statement to The Verge. "We filed these lawsuits to protect our Xbox customers from the illegal trafficking of stolen property."

Microsoft's probe into iGSKY's legitimacy began last December, when in-house fraud investigators purchased over 11,000 FIFA points for $60. After the purchase went through, the Xbox Live team received notice that the login information for an eight-year-old account had been changed. That account went on to purchase the 11,000 FIFA points for $127.54.

Recruit all the Characters in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

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Recruit all the Characters in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

There are plenty of interesting characters in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Many will join your party just by asking, while others will need special conditions met for them to be recruited. Some are easy to find, while others are more difficult, but this guide should make it easy. This is a complete list of characters that can be recruited in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, their strating class, and where you can find them:

Alm is the focus of this act as he travels through Zofia. Here are the NPCs that you can get to join the party:

Gray: A villager from Ram: He joins the party automatically before Alm leaves for the quest.

Destiny 2 PC Head Talks Balance and Battlenet

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Destiny 2 PC Head Talks Balance and Battlenet

Destiny 2 had its big debut last week, giving us a first look, a first hands-on, and a flood of other information. I talked with David Shaw, lead developer on the PC version, about the vision for Destiny 2 and how his team is setting about making it a proper PC game.

The presentation focused a lot on what's new, what's different, what's been changed. I want to start off by asking, what's the same? What's the core, 'we need to keep these things about Destiny to be a Destiny game'?

Shooting aliens in the face! That's core, that's there, that's staying. If they have faces, or if they have juice boxes, shoot those. There's also the investment game: the loot, the gear, the weapons, the armor. That power fantasy that I'm throwing flaming swords or hammers. Going between Destiny 1 and Destiny 2, today I played a Titan and I'm this big burly slam electricity on the ground dude. That feeling of power, that's absolutely critical and core.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Until Spring 2018; New Screens Will Dry Your Tears

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Until Spring 2018; New Screens Will Dry Your Tears

Following rumors that Red Dead Redemption 2 might be saddling up for an October release date, Rockstar offered fans only an ambiguous "2017" release date, leading many to worry that the game would be delayed at least once. Sure enough, Rockstar has issued an email to press announcing that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until spring 2018 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans," a Rockstar representative wrote. "We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer."

The publisher/developer softened the blow by publishing over half a dozen brand-new screens from Red Dead Redemption 2, which you can view below. The game looks stunning. As for how it plays, we'll have to wait a little while longer to find out.

Former Employee Sues UploadVR for Wrongful Termination and Sexual Harassment

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Former Employee Sues UploadVR for Wrongful Termination and Sexual Harassment

UploadVR's former director of digital and social media is suing at the VR startup for sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and gender discrimination (via Tech Crunch). The suit alleges that defendants in the suit, which includes co-founders Taylor Freeman and Will Mason, "purposefully and expressly created a ‘boy’s club’ environment at work, focused on sex and degrading women, including female employees."

The lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court of California on May 15, goes on to paint UploadVR as a breeding ground for "rampant sexual behavior and focus, creating an unbearable environment for Plaintiff and other female employees."

In particular, the plaintiff alleges that Mason and Freeman would host office parties where the co-founders “would frequently talk about much sex they were going to have at each party and how many girls they were going to have sex with.” Purportedly, UploadVR's office has a room with a bed set aside explicitly for the purposes of having sex during parties, as well as strippers and prostitutes invited by employees to attend the parties.

Far Cry 5 Teaser Shows Game is Set in the Good Ol' U.S. of A.

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Far Cry 5 Teaser Shows Game is Set in the Good Ol' U.S. of A.

The Far Cry series has taken us to some far away exotic places, with some pretty wild storylines. But according to a new teaser from Ubisoft for Far Cry 5, it appears this installment will be much closer to home.

Hope County, Montana, to be exact. The teaser is nothing but a beautiful scene with a rushing river, purple mountain's majesty, running through open green fields, and a lone church bell inviting everyone with a "Welcome to Hope County" overlay. Capt. Vasili Borodin would have loved it, except for the scream and gun shot. Hope County won't be found on any map, though, so Ubisoft is still packing in a layer of fiction atop this real-world American setting.

You know that Far Cry 5 has something a bit more sinister up its sleeve. We'll likely get to find out what that might be at a "worldwide reveal" this Friday, May 26, on Ubisoft's official YouTube channel

LawBreakers Will Come to PS4 in Addition to PC (Update)

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LawBreakers Will Come to PS4 in Addition to PC (Update)

Update: Boss Key's Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee are holding an AMA on Reddit right now.

Original Story: Boss Key Productions has been hard at work on its PC shooter LawBreakers, having just concluded its second closed beta this weekend. While the PC version seems to be shaping up quite well, BossKey has decided to add a PS4 version to its previously PC-only title.

While the company still has not announced a release date for the gravity-defying FPS, publisher Nexon said that the game would launch on both platforms for $30, and that all future add-ons and DLC would be free. And before you ask, that will eliminate the need for any type of season pass. There will be no "pay-to-win" aspect, as the game's "stash-box" system will allow players access to all the game's cosmetic items.

LawBreakers Will Come to PS4 in Addition to PC

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LawBreakers Will Come to PS4 in Addition to PC

Boss Key Productions has been hard at work on its PC shooter LawBreakers, having just concluded its second closed beta this weekend. While the PC version seems to be shaping up quite well, BossKey has decided to add a PS4 version to its previously PC-only title.

While the company still has not announced a release date for the gravity-defying FPS, publisher Nexon said that the game would launch on both platforms for $30, and that all future add-ons and DLC would be free. And before you ask, that will eliminate the need for any type of season pass. There will be no "pay-to-win" aspect, as the game's "stash-box" system will allow players access to all the game's cosmetic items.

If you haven't had a chance to try the beta, the game will be available at E3 for some hands-on time.

Pokemon Go May Get Legendaries This Summer

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Pokemon Go May Get Legendaries This Summer

After an initial deluge of press and players, Pokemon Go has finally settled into a rather comfortable and profitable space. And developer Niantic got some much-needed reinforcement for its popular mobile title by winning five Webby Awards, including best mobile game. Winners accepting the award are required to give only a five-word speech, and Niantic's Global Marketing Product Lead Archit Bhargava made sure to build some hype.

"This summer will be legendary, " he said, hinting that after almost a year, Pokemon Go players may finally have legitimate access to some of the legendary Pokemon that they have been clamoring for–particularly Mewtwo, Mew and the birds Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos. Niantic launched some Generation 2 Pokemon in December and a few more earlier this year, which opens the possibility that Celebi, Entei, Ho-Oh, Luigi, Raikou, and Suicune could also join the legendary list.

Pokemon Go generated more than $600 million in revenue in October faster than any mobile game, and hit more than 650 million downloads in late February. In addition to the 80 new Pokemon released, Niantic has also been holding themed events and offering daily bonuses in the game to keep its players engaged in trying to catch them all. A Rock type event is currently going on through Thursday. 

Nintendo Responds in Braille to Young Blind Fan's Letter

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Nintendo Responds in Braille to Young Blind Fan's Letter

Companies tend to be portrayed as faceless monoliths, but they're made up of individual people, and sometimes those moments shine through. Nintendo has done its share of good deeds, and we can add another to the list in its response to a blind Japanese fifth grader's fan letter to the company.

Hibiki Sakai was diagnosed at 1 1/2 with retinoblastoma. Several surgeries to save his life left him totally blind by age 2. However, despite the lack of sight, he has become a master of rhythm video games, particularly Nintendo's Rhythm Tengoku series. His love of the series prompted him to write the following letter to Nintendo of Japan (via his father's Twitter and translated by Rocket News).

Hello. My name is Hibiki Sakai and I am in fifth grade. I am blind, but I’ve always wanted to play video games like everyone else. But there aren’t many games I can play at all. The one game I can really play is Rhythm Tengoku. It’s the only game I can enjoy together with others, and I never lose at it. I’ve gotten perfect scores on all the versions on the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and 3DS too.