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New Trailer for Mario Party: The Top 100

Still Wished Mario Party: The Top 100 Was On the Switch Instead Nintendo has released a new trailer for Mario Party: The Top 100 on the 3DS that goes over some of the minigames and its Amiibo implementation. First off, the game’s modes include Decathlon, Minigame Match, and Championship Battles which cuts out the board game from the series and focuses instead on ... Read More »

Activision Patent Encourages Microtransaction Spending Through Matchmaking (Update: Activision Responds)

UPDATE: Activision has responded to our request for a comment. An Activision Spokesperson has said “This was an exploratory patent filed in 2015 by an R&D team working independently from our game studios.  It has not been implemented in-game.” The original story is as follows: Earlier this month, Activision received a patent for matchmaking for a system that “driv[es] microtransactions ... Read More »

Super Mario Odyssey Nabs a Near-Perfect Score from Famitsu

All Aboard the Hype Train for Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo’s upcoming Super Mario Odyssey continues to gain momentum with early glowing reviews. After a leaked review from Edge magazine gave the game a 10/10 last week, which is great for Switch’s first year nabbing a second perfect score after Breath of the Wild. As for Mario’s next 3D adventure, another famous publication, Famitsu, has given ... Read More »

Five Games That Tackle Mental Health Issues

It can be hard to express, process, or understand mental health issues, but these games are great places to start. Of the many themes and ideas tackled in indie games, mental health has stood out as a topic that, when handled right, offers a chance for empathy, understanding, and discussion some might argue is only possible through the medium of ... Read More »

Activision Patent Encourages Microtransaction Spending Through Matchmaking

Earlier this month, Activision received a patent for matchmaking for a system that “driv[es] microtransactions in multiplayer video games.”  The patent was originally filed in May of 2015 but was just approved. The patent dives into the nitty-gritty of this system, which also factors in skill and internet latency when matchmaking. However, things get really interesting when the patent outlines ... Read More »

Wildlands' PvP Based Ghost War Mode Carves Its Own Niche

Seven months after Ghost Recon Wildlands’ debut, the popular open-world cooperative shooter finally has a competitive mode. On October 10, Ubisoft officially launched the free Ghost War update, which pits two teams of four ghosts armed with all the latest Ghost gadgetry against each another at various locations around Bolivia. Like Rainbow Six Siege before it, Ghost War only has ... Read More »

EA Shuts Down Visceral Games

What a Bummer EA is closing down Visceral Games today, the studio behind Dead Space series, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reports. It’s incredibly disappointing as the studio was working on a title led by Unchartered‘s Amy Hennig for a single-player action title set in the Star Wars universe. With the studio shutting down, what happens to that project that was announced in ... Read More »