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Ed Furnace 2018-11-06
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China is the world's largest video game market and Tencent is the world's largest video game publisher.

Tencent, the world's largest video game publisher, will implement age restrictions for all of its titles in China in 2019.

Player identities will be verified using China's national citizen database and gamers under the age of 18 will have their playtime limited to one or two hours per day.

The mandatory verification and time limits arrive as Chinese officials consider new regulations to combat video game addiction.

Chinese video game publisher Tencent plans to implement age restrictions for all of its games in China in 2019 and will continue to use the country's national citizen database to verify player identities.

The new policy aims to limit playing time for children, as Chinese officials continue to express concerns about video game addiction.

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Joe Richards 2021-06-10
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The video game publisher confirmed the breach, which could be a boon to the shadowy world of cheat-makers.
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Janet Gaines 2016-09-21

Next month, Skylanders goes beyond physical toys and a successful series of video games and launches its first animated series.

Skylanders Academy will follow a core group of the magical heroes as they patrol the Skylands while training a new generation at the eponymous school.

Skylanders Academy i was revealed alongside game publisher Activision Blizzard's announcement of its own film and television studio last year.

The series will launch as a Netflix exclusive on October 28.The official synopsis for the show reads: As darkness begins to threaten the balance of peace in the Skylands, Master Eon is forced to assemble a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders.

Using their unique blend of personalities and elemental-based super powers, Spyro and his fellow Skylanders are called upon to set aside egos as they come together to maintain harmony and balance in the land.

Jam-packed with humour, heart and memorable moments, i Skylanders Academy promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages.

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Glenn Vedder 2021-04-30
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Queen Elizabeth II never played the gold Wii, which THQ, a now-defunct video game publisher, sent her as a publicity stunt.
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Tracy Rinehart 2016-05-30
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Over time the player character will prove themselves to be good enough to join an elite group of warriors.

Alright, enough with the snarky cliché description, because it actually sounds pretty interesting.

Mixing both player vs player and player vs environment battles, it focuses on fluid real-time combat that s influenced by choices like a combat style, weapon, and different attacks.

Players can either fight in mines against computer controlled enemies or in arenas to prove themselves against other players, with interactions between players creating a narrative between characters.

Exactly what all that means hasn t been defined, and little has been revealed about the game, other than a vague hint at the release date being in 2017 on PC and consoles at some point.

A short trailer has been released that shows off what seems to be some gameplay, as well as a unique art style.

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Rodney Edson 2018-08-21
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It's been 17 years since the classic Dreamcast-era epic Shenmue 2 released in 2001.

Now fans will have to wait just a little over a year to get some closure.

Shenmue 3 will release on Aug. 27, 2019.

Video game publisher Deep Silver just released a trailer for the upcoming game, which shows scenes from the game's story and reveals the release date.

Shenmue and Shenmue 2 (released in 1999 and 2001, respectively) were cult classics for the Sega Dreamcast that gained a following for their characters and storyline.

But unfortunately the Shenmue series died along with the Sega Dreamcast.

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Ed Furnace 2017-02-22
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Activision has already announced that 2017's Call of Duty will go back to the series' roots, abandoning high-tech sci-fi trappings in favor of "traditional" combat.

Now the video game publisher should surprise us with another announcement: That this year's entry in the popular first-person shooter franchise is coming to Nintendo's new console, the Switch.

For one thing, aside from Splatoon 2 there really won't be any other first-person shooters on the Switch.

Activision could corner the market early on, establishing itself as the only purveyor of FPS titles on a brand new gaming system.

And since the Switch doesn't have a second-screen gimmick like the Wii U, it will be relatively easy to port the game to Nintendo's console.

Given the excitement over the Switch, which costs just $299 at launch, I've come to believe that it will be a big hit for Nintendo compared to the Wii U, and getting in on that success in year one would be a smart business move for AAA publishers like Activision.

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Garland Marsella 2016-10-28
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Bethesda's Doom was sent to reviewers a day early

Video game publisher Bethesda has been criticised for letting gamers with big online followings review new software before gaming journalists.

News site Eurogamer suggested popular gamers on sites such as YouTube and Twitch, who may be less critical than journalists, were sent games early.

Bethesda says it sends journalists games to review one day before release.

Eurogamer's reviews editor Martin Robinson said: "What publishers do with their code is their prerogative."

The company has not yet responded to the BBC's request for comment.

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Edward Scates 2016-11-08
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French game publisher Ubisoft has already entered the world of film production, as well as the traditional television space, but its latest venture may take one of its franchises to Netflix.

Speaking to reporters at a news briefing Monday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft was in talks with Netflix over a series, but stopped short of disclosing what particular game franchise, if any, the publisher had planned to use for the project.

Though the obvious choice would appear to be the Rayman spinoff Rabbids series, it already exists as a Nickelodeon program titled Rabbids Invasion.

Several other films based on Ubisoft s series are already in the works.

Assassin s Creed, starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, hits theaters this October, while adaptations based on Tom Clancy s The Division, Tom Clancy s Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy s Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, and Far Cry are also in the works.

More: Ubisoft celebrates 30th anniversary by making Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon free later this month

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Walter Winkel 2016-12-07
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December has arrived, which means Ubisoft has one more game to give away before the year comes to an end.

The French video game publisher has already given away six classic titles in 2016, from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

On Wednesday, Assassin s Creed III was added to that list.

DON T MISS: Ubisoft celebrates the holidays with 30 Days of Giveaways

While the third entry in the Assassin s Creed franchise wasn t as impressive a leap forward as the second, it was still well-received by gamers and the press alike.

In spite of its technical issues, fans appreciated new direction of the story and the drastic shift from the Italian Renaissance to the American Revolution.

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0
Ronald Mitchell 2017-02-06
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Two men who ran a betting website connected to the Fifa video game have pleaded guilty to offences under the UK's Gambling Act.

The third-party websites are not endorsed by Fifa or the video game publisher EA Sports.

The BBC's Chris Foxx explains how it worked.

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Frederick Jones 2019-02-11
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The video-game publisher Take-Two Interactive has been awarded a $150,000 judgement against a Florida resident who created cheat software for "Grand Theft Auto V."

A complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York accused Jhonny Perez of creating and selling a program called Elusive that let players generate unlimited amounts of money and manipulate other parts of the game.

Take-Two alleged the cheats have damaged the game's reputation and caused a significant loss in revenue.

More and more gamers are starting to find out that cheating isn't just wrong — it can be illegal.

Florida resident Jhonny Perez will have to pay $150,000 to the makers of "Grand Theft Auto V" for creating and selling cheat software for the massively popular game.

The video-game publisher Take-Two Interactive alleged Perez created a software called Elusive that let players manipulate the game in their favor and sold it online for between $10 and $30.

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Lamont Shaw 2018-12-11
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Chinese video game publisher Tencent recently implemented facial recognition software to verify the ages of the people playing its games in China.

Players are under the age of 18 are limited to playing two hours a day, while those under the age of 12 are limited to one hour a day.

Tencent reports that since the facial recognition process was implemented, underage users have tried multiple ways to beat the system, including using pictures of sleeping relatives and impersonating their grandparents while on the phone with customer service.

Young gamers in China are using just about every trick in the book to try to circumvent new age restrictions on China's most popular games.

The country's biggest video game publisher, Tencent, recently started using facial recognition software to verify player identities and limit playtime for those under the age of 18.

Tencent's age verification process uses an official government database to confirm player identities with their photo and personal information.

collect
0
Brendon Dwelle 2016-08-04
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With most of its offline, pre-PS3 Final Fantasy titles ported to mobile devices save for VIII , Square Enix now seems to be turning its focus on completely new titles built from the ground up with smartphones in mind.

From Final Fantasy Record Keeper to Brave Exvius, the game publisher is now bringing perhaps one of its more ambitious attempts at an original mobile title with the launch of Mobius Final Fantasy on iOS and Android, promising console level graphics paired with easy to use gameplay.

This isn't the first original Final Fantasy title for smartphones, but it is very different for two main reasons.

The previous two, Record Keeper and Brave Exvius, called on popular Final Fantasy characters and locations and employed 2D "sprite art" reminiscent of the first six Final Fantasy games.

In stark contrast, Mobius Final Fantasy, in the tradition of the main franchise titles, exists in its own bubble independent of the other titles.

And this time, Square Enix pulled out all the stops in an attempt to deliver a graphical experience that is comparable to consoles.

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0
Donny Stiteler 2018-05-14
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Late last week, game publisher Bethesda began posting images on its social media channels teasing the announcement of something related to Id Software’s game Rage.

The news was scheduled to be shared today, but the teaser has leaked early and it confirms that Rage 2 is real.

The short live-action teaser doesn’t give fans much to go on.

It presents a range of unsavory post-apocalyptic figures lifting weights and dancing as Andrew W.K.’s “Ready to Die” blares.

One particularly large outlaw swings a sword to the ground and appears to be wearing wings held together by concrete.

There is quite a bit more color than we expected, with hopefully points to a more irreverent, tongue-in-cheek game.

collect
0
Brett Ames 2016-05-20
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The Minecraft community is one of the most video-centric gaming groups online, with hundreds of thousands of players routinely streaming and sharing gameplay and mods through YouTube and Twitch without issue.

The issue appears to stem from the game's use of Super Mario 64 music, which is actually included as part of the Mash-Up Pack but still triggers a copyright match with the original Nintendo 64 game.

Don't play them because we don't want you to show them on YouTube.

To its credit, Mario Mash-Up Pack developer 4J Studios responded quickly, saying on Twitter that "we're hearing reports of copyright strikes on Super Mario Mash-Up videos.

In responses to other users, the developer said that "Nintendo are going to investigate and resolve" these copyright issues.

Even with a quick resolution to what appears to be an honest mistake, though, the current copyright claims highlight a severe culture clash in the modern game industry.

collect
0
Ed Furnace 2018-11-06
img

China is the world's largest video game market and Tencent is the world's largest video game publisher.

Tencent, the world's largest video game publisher, will implement age restrictions for all of its titles in China in 2019.

Player identities will be verified using China's national citizen database and gamers under the age of 18 will have their playtime limited to one or two hours per day.

The mandatory verification and time limits arrive as Chinese officials consider new regulations to combat video game addiction.

Chinese video game publisher Tencent plans to implement age restrictions for all of its games in China in 2019 and will continue to use the country's national citizen database to verify player identities.

The new policy aims to limit playing time for children, as Chinese officials continue to express concerns about video game addiction.

Janet Gaines 2016-09-21

Next month, Skylanders goes beyond physical toys and a successful series of video games and launches its first animated series.

Skylanders Academy will follow a core group of the magical heroes as they patrol the Skylands while training a new generation at the eponymous school.

Skylanders Academy i was revealed alongside game publisher Activision Blizzard's announcement of its own film and television studio last year.

The series will launch as a Netflix exclusive on October 28.The official synopsis for the show reads: As darkness begins to threaten the balance of peace in the Skylands, Master Eon is forced to assemble a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders.

Using their unique blend of personalities and elemental-based super powers, Spyro and his fellow Skylanders are called upon to set aside egos as they come together to maintain harmony and balance in the land.

Jam-packed with humour, heart and memorable moments, i Skylanders Academy promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages.

Tracy Rinehart 2016-05-30
img

Over time the player character will prove themselves to be good enough to join an elite group of warriors.

Alright, enough with the snarky cliché description, because it actually sounds pretty interesting.

Mixing both player vs player and player vs environment battles, it focuses on fluid real-time combat that s influenced by choices like a combat style, weapon, and different attacks.

Players can either fight in mines against computer controlled enemies or in arenas to prove themselves against other players, with interactions between players creating a narrative between characters.

Exactly what all that means hasn t been defined, and little has been revealed about the game, other than a vague hint at the release date being in 2017 on PC and consoles at some point.

A short trailer has been released that shows off what seems to be some gameplay, as well as a unique art style.

Ed Furnace 2017-02-22
img

Activision has already announced that 2017's Call of Duty will go back to the series' roots, abandoning high-tech sci-fi trappings in favor of "traditional" combat.

Now the video game publisher should surprise us with another announcement: That this year's entry in the popular first-person shooter franchise is coming to Nintendo's new console, the Switch.

For one thing, aside from Splatoon 2 there really won't be any other first-person shooters on the Switch.

Activision could corner the market early on, establishing itself as the only purveyor of FPS titles on a brand new gaming system.

And since the Switch doesn't have a second-screen gimmick like the Wii U, it will be relatively easy to port the game to Nintendo's console.

Given the excitement over the Switch, which costs just $299 at launch, I've come to believe that it will be a big hit for Nintendo compared to the Wii U, and getting in on that success in year one would be a smart business move for AAA publishers like Activision.

Edward Scates 2016-11-08
img

French game publisher Ubisoft has already entered the world of film production, as well as the traditional television space, but its latest venture may take one of its franchises to Netflix.

Speaking to reporters at a news briefing Monday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft was in talks with Netflix over a series, but stopped short of disclosing what particular game franchise, if any, the publisher had planned to use for the project.

Though the obvious choice would appear to be the Rayman spinoff Rabbids series, it already exists as a Nickelodeon program titled Rabbids Invasion.

Several other films based on Ubisoft s series are already in the works.

Assassin s Creed, starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, hits theaters this October, while adaptations based on Tom Clancy s The Division, Tom Clancy s Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy s Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, and Far Cry are also in the works.

More: Ubisoft celebrates 30th anniversary by making Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon free later this month

Ronald Mitchell 2017-02-06
img

Two men who ran a betting website connected to the Fifa video game have pleaded guilty to offences under the UK's Gambling Act.

The third-party websites are not endorsed by Fifa or the video game publisher EA Sports.

The BBC's Chris Foxx explains how it worked.

Lamont Shaw 2018-12-11
img

Chinese video game publisher Tencent recently implemented facial recognition software to verify the ages of the people playing its games in China.

Players are under the age of 18 are limited to playing two hours a day, while those under the age of 12 are limited to one hour a day.

Tencent reports that since the facial recognition process was implemented, underage users have tried multiple ways to beat the system, including using pictures of sleeping relatives and impersonating their grandparents while on the phone with customer service.

Young gamers in China are using just about every trick in the book to try to circumvent new age restrictions on China's most popular games.

The country's biggest video game publisher, Tencent, recently started using facial recognition software to verify player identities and limit playtime for those under the age of 18.

Tencent's age verification process uses an official government database to confirm player identities with their photo and personal information.

Donny Stiteler 2018-05-14
img

Late last week, game publisher Bethesda began posting images on its social media channels teasing the announcement of something related to Id Software’s game Rage.

The news was scheduled to be shared today, but the teaser has leaked early and it confirms that Rage 2 is real.

The short live-action teaser doesn’t give fans much to go on.

It presents a range of unsavory post-apocalyptic figures lifting weights and dancing as Andrew W.K.’s “Ready to Die” blares.

One particularly large outlaw swings a sword to the ground and appears to be wearing wings held together by concrete.

There is quite a bit more color than we expected, with hopefully points to a more irreverent, tongue-in-cheek game.

Joe Richards 2021-06-10
img
The video game publisher confirmed the breach, which could be a boon to the shadowy world of cheat-makers.
Glenn Vedder 2021-04-30
img
Queen Elizabeth II never played the gold Wii, which THQ, a now-defunct video game publisher, sent her as a publicity stunt.
Rodney Edson 2018-08-21
img

It's been 17 years since the classic Dreamcast-era epic Shenmue 2 released in 2001.

Now fans will have to wait just a little over a year to get some closure.

Shenmue 3 will release on Aug. 27, 2019.

Video game publisher Deep Silver just released a trailer for the upcoming game, which shows scenes from the game's story and reveals the release date.

Shenmue and Shenmue 2 (released in 1999 and 2001, respectively) were cult classics for the Sega Dreamcast that gained a following for their characters and storyline.

But unfortunately the Shenmue series died along with the Sega Dreamcast.

Garland Marsella 2016-10-28
img

Bethesda's Doom was sent to reviewers a day early

Video game publisher Bethesda has been criticised for letting gamers with big online followings review new software before gaming journalists.

News site Eurogamer suggested popular gamers on sites such as YouTube and Twitch, who may be less critical than journalists, were sent games early.

Bethesda says it sends journalists games to review one day before release.

Eurogamer's reviews editor Martin Robinson said: "What publishers do with their code is their prerogative."

The company has not yet responded to the BBC's request for comment.

Walter Winkel 2016-12-07
img

December has arrived, which means Ubisoft has one more game to give away before the year comes to an end.

The French video game publisher has already given away six classic titles in 2016, from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

On Wednesday, Assassin s Creed III was added to that list.

DON T MISS: Ubisoft celebrates the holidays with 30 Days of Giveaways

While the third entry in the Assassin s Creed franchise wasn t as impressive a leap forward as the second, it was still well-received by gamers and the press alike.

In spite of its technical issues, fans appreciated new direction of the story and the drastic shift from the Italian Renaissance to the American Revolution.

Frederick Jones 2019-02-11
img

The video-game publisher Take-Two Interactive has been awarded a $150,000 judgement against a Florida resident who created cheat software for "Grand Theft Auto V."

A complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York accused Jhonny Perez of creating and selling a program called Elusive that let players generate unlimited amounts of money and manipulate other parts of the game.

Take-Two alleged the cheats have damaged the game's reputation and caused a significant loss in revenue.

More and more gamers are starting to find out that cheating isn't just wrong — it can be illegal.

Florida resident Jhonny Perez will have to pay $150,000 to the makers of "Grand Theft Auto V" for creating and selling cheat software for the massively popular game.

The video-game publisher Take-Two Interactive alleged Perez created a software called Elusive that let players manipulate the game in their favor and sold it online for between $10 and $30.

Brendon Dwelle 2016-08-04
img

With most of its offline, pre-PS3 Final Fantasy titles ported to mobile devices save for VIII , Square Enix now seems to be turning its focus on completely new titles built from the ground up with smartphones in mind.

From Final Fantasy Record Keeper to Brave Exvius, the game publisher is now bringing perhaps one of its more ambitious attempts at an original mobile title with the launch of Mobius Final Fantasy on iOS and Android, promising console level graphics paired with easy to use gameplay.

This isn't the first original Final Fantasy title for smartphones, but it is very different for two main reasons.

The previous two, Record Keeper and Brave Exvius, called on popular Final Fantasy characters and locations and employed 2D "sprite art" reminiscent of the first six Final Fantasy games.

In stark contrast, Mobius Final Fantasy, in the tradition of the main franchise titles, exists in its own bubble independent of the other titles.

And this time, Square Enix pulled out all the stops in an attempt to deliver a graphical experience that is comparable to consoles.

Brett Ames 2016-05-20
img

The Minecraft community is one of the most video-centric gaming groups online, with hundreds of thousands of players routinely streaming and sharing gameplay and mods through YouTube and Twitch without issue.

The issue appears to stem from the game's use of Super Mario 64 music, which is actually included as part of the Mash-Up Pack but still triggers a copyright match with the original Nintendo 64 game.

Don't play them because we don't want you to show them on YouTube.

To its credit, Mario Mash-Up Pack developer 4J Studios responded quickly, saying on Twitter that "we're hearing reports of copyright strikes on Super Mario Mash-Up videos.

In responses to other users, the developer said that "Nintendo are going to investigate and resolve" these copyright issues.

Even with a quick resolution to what appears to be an honest mistake, though, the current copyright claims highlight a severe culture clash in the modern game industry.