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The Witcher 3 sex scenes took 16 hours to mo-cap

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The Witcher 3 sex scenes took 16 hours to mo-cap

The Witcher series has never shied away from a little titillation, but The Witcher 3 looks set to take the prize with a massive 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data.

Apparently, the first such scene takes place almost immediately.

"People might think we’re putting sex into the opening scene for no good reason,” senior game designer Damien Monhier told The Guardian. “No, no, no. We are establishing that your character was intimate with this woman recently in order to plant in your mind that, at very least, he must enjoy her company.

“Through sex we have shown that this is a person who Geralt would be compelled to chase after if she went missing. Sex is the quickest way in which to establish the relationship and provide a justification for the player to pursue this woman.

“We couldn’t just tell you to go find someone you don’t know or care about. It wouldn’t work.”

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Thursday Briefing: WoW selfies, COD Champs, Borderlands 3, and more

Thursday Briefing: WoW selfies, COD Champs, Borderlands 3, and more

Since 2011, more than US$57 million has been paid out to the 1,500 or so people creating and selling content for Valve games via the Steam Workshop, says Valve. The company also announced that it has also begun supporting paid Steam Workshops for non-Valve games, starting with Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Dungeon Defenders: Eternity. Previously,. Only content created for Valve games could be monetised.

Here’s what your Twitter replies look like when you are Anita Sarkeesian, and here’s some of the other things these people tweet about.

Plague Inc. players have donated US$76,000 to organisations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the game’s developer has announced.

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EA confirms Star Wars: Battlefront, Need For Speed on target for 2015

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EA confirms Star Wars: Battlefront, Need For Speed on target for 2015

Electronic Arts has confirmed that Star Wars: Battlefront and Need For Speed are both still looking likely for 2015.

The publisher reiterated the dates in its Q3 FY2015 earnings call. Battlefront would "be aligned with the Star Wars movie rollout", said the publisher. Star Wars: Episode VII will debut on December 18.

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Kiwis create 45 games during 48-hour Global Game Jam

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Kiwis create 45 games during 48-hour Global Game Jam

A total of 45 games were produced by New Zealand teams during this year's Global Game Jam.

The 48-hour Global Game Jam takes place simultaneously around the world and is organised globally by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

A total of 102 entrants took part in the jam at Auckland's Media Design School, and between them produced 27 games. Another 52 participated at Waikato University, turning out 18 games in total.

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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing

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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing

Spotify is coming to PlayStation Network as part of a new music service called PlayStation Music.

PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and will be available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Spotify on PlayStation Music will offer more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists, and PlayStation 4 owners will be able to use the service while playing games.

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More than 2 million games played over Evolve's open beta

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More than 2 million games played over Evolve's open beta

An average round of Evolve takes just under 10 minutes to finish.

That's just one of the statistics released in a new infographic by Turtle Rock that dissects the recent Evolve open beta.

In an interview accompanying the infographic, Turtle Rock's Chris Ashton shared some of the important outtakes from the beta.

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Wii U still underperforming for Nintendo

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Wii U still underperforming for Nintendo

Nintendo has released another mixed financial report that details slumping sales but increasing profits.

Sales for the nine months to December 2014 dropped 11.3 percent compared to the same period last year, totalling ¥443 billion, reports GamesIndustry.biz.

"Members of the 3DS family" were Nintendo's strongest products, with 7.08 million units sold worldwide. The company expects that figure to jump again when the new 3DS hits Europe and North America. Consumers bought 53.04 million units of 3DS software over the same period.

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Ubisoft deactivates thousands of keys purchased with stolen credit card

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Ubisoft deactivates thousands of keys purchased with stolen credit card

Ubisoft has confirmed that the game keys it deactivated last week were purchased through Origin with a stolen credit card then resold via third-party websites.

Ubisoft deactivated thousands of keys for games including Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Watch Dogs, and The Crew, leaving many gamers without access to games they had purchased from sites such as G2Play.

Many of the keys were sold by smaller resellers through an eBay-style key marketplace called Kinguin.

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Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister

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Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister

In 2011 Valve president Gabe Newell recruited economics professor Yanis Varoufakis to oversee the markets for virtual goods in Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, and Dota 2. Now Varoufakis has taken the role of finance minister in Greece's new government, and the fate of the Eurozone may be in his hands.

Anti-austerity party Syriza swept to power in Greece at a snap election in the weekend, after campaigning to renegotiate the terms of bailout loans from Germany and other European lenders which have crippled the country's economy.

Newell contacted Varoufakis three years ago after realising that the problems Valve was seeing with a shared currency across its virtual economies were analogous to Greece's situation with the Euro: “This is Germany and Greece,” Newell wrote, as he proposed that the economist might take a consulting role with Valve to help the software developer understand these issues. “Rather than continuing to run an emulator of you in my head, I thought I’d check to see if we couldn’t get the real you interested in what we are doing.”

Thursday 29 January

Badland: Game of the Year Edition trailer
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Badland: Game of the Year Edition trailer
iOS hit comes to PSN.
Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing
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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing
Video Unlimited rebranded.
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The Witcher 3: On the hunt for the perfect RPG
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The Witcher 3: On the hunt for the perfect RPG
We go hands-on with the forthcoming epic.
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Wii U still underperforming for Nintendo
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Wii U still underperforming for Nintendo
But company predicts full year profits.
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Battlefield Hardline – Taking On Battlefield dev diary
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Battlefield Hardline – Taking On Battlefield dev diary
From Dead Space to Hardline.

Wednesday 28 January

Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister
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Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister
Yanis Varoufakis once oversaw Steam Market.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Jan 2015 gameplay video
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Jan 2015 gameplay video
15 minutes of gameplay.
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Excessive Gaming Violins
Interview
Excessive Gaming Violins
We chat with YouTube star Lindsey Stirling.
Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4
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Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4
To be Kickstarted.
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Pix the Cat – Multiplayer trailer
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Pix the Cat – Multiplayer trailer
Coming to PC soon.
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds launch trailer
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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds launch trailer
"Sidescrolling beat 'em up with badass chibi twist."
Super Galaxy Squadron launch trailer
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Super Galaxy Squadron launch trailer
Play for charity.
Unreal Engine 4 – Unreal Paris Virtual Tour trailer
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Unreal Engine 4 – Unreal Paris Virtual Tour trailer
So real you can taste it.
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Professional Lumberjack 2015 announce trailer
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Professional Lumberjack 2015 announce trailer
I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay.
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8BitMMO launch trailer
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8BitMMO launch trailer
An adventure 14 years in the making.
Blackguards 2 – Video Guide part 1 trailer
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Blackguards 2 – Video Guide part 1 trailer
Surviving Southern Aventuria.
Magicka 2 – An Interview Without the Vampire trailer
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Magicka 2 – An Interview Without the Vampire trailer
More live-action silliness.

Tuesday 27 January

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc - Randall Higgins: KillCameraman trailer
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc - Randall Higgins: KillCameraman trailer
The guy on the other side of the camera.
Heroes of the Storm ANZ beta key giveaway
Competition
Heroes of the Storm ANZ beta key giveaway
750 invitations to be won!
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