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Anti-game politician admits to weapon smuggling conspiracy

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Anti-game politician admits to weapon smuggling conspiracy

Former California State Senator and staunch anti-violent-game activist Leland Yee has pled guilty to charges of racketeering.

Yee's admissions included accepting bribes in an official capacity, as well as engaging in a conspiracy that involved money laundering and the illegal shipment of weaponry from the Philippines to the United States; the charges were reduced to racketeering as a result of his plea.

Back in 2005, Yee authored a controversial state law that, had it not been overturned by the US Supreme Court, would have criminalised the sale of violent video games to children, with little official line as to what constituted "violent".

Ironically, at the time, he told the San Jose Mercury News, "This is the same technology the armed forces use to help soldiers kill the enemy. All we're saying is, 'don't sell it to kids.'"

A sentence will be passed on Yee and three of his associates in October, at which point Yee will face up to 20 years in prison and fine of up to a quarter-million dollars.

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Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play

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Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play

Funcom has transitioned its Lego Minifigures Online MMO from a free-to-play model to a more traditional single price point.

The move flies in the face of usual industry practices, which have seen many massively multiplayer games go free-to-play after problematic pay-to-play launches.

"It became clear to us that free-to-play business model wasn't working as well as we had hoped for with the intended audience, and it was detrimental to the gameplay experience," said Minifigures executive producer Lawrence Poe.

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Sydney to host Australia's first queer gaming festival

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Sydney to host Australia's first queer gaming festival

GX Australia in Sydney will become Down Under's first queer game convention next year.

Formerly known as GaymerX (and itself the subject of feature documentary Gaming in Colour), the festival originated in San Francisco in 2013, and is currently acquiring funding from publishers and other companies to make the show happen in Australia.

"We want to create an opportunity for people who feel out of place at mainstream gaming and pop culture conferences the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, hang out with others like them, and have fun without worrying that they might be made to feel unwelcome," said GX Australia director Joshua Meadows.

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Uncharted 4 single-player runs at 30fps; multiplayer 60fps

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Uncharted 4 single-player runs at 30fps; multiplayer 60fps

Uncharted 4's single-player component will run at 30fps, while the multiplayer is aiming for 60fps, Naughty Dog says.

Following a stream of an extended version of the game's E3 demo, the developers confirmed the single-player game will run at 30 frames per second in 1080p resolution.

Co-lead designer Anthony Newman cited development time as the reason for sticking to 30fps.

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Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex

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Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex

Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes have teamed up to produce a new RPG entitled Elex.

The Gothic creators' game is a post-apocalyptic science-fantasy ARPG built on moral choices and action in an open world.

Piranha Bytes game director Björn Pankratz, full of enthusiasm, says his studio "can't wait to show you a completely new game experience with a fresh setting, new assets and plenty of possibilities."

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Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016

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Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016

Nintendo plans to launch its next-generation NX console in July 2016, according to sources at the company's parts suppliers.

Foxconn Electronics is allegedly set to manufacture the console, but competitor Pegatron Technology is engaged in a bidding war for some of the orders.

Sources say mass production is set to start between May and June 2016, which points towards a July launch, with an aim of shipping 20 million NX consoles in the first year of release.

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Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha

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Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha

The closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront went live today, sparking a flurry of leaks of gameplay details and footage.

The footage, none of which has stayed up online long enough to provide a reliable embed, depicts a raging battle on Hoth, replete with enemy bombers and AT-ST walkers.

Other details were gleaned from poking around in the game's UI and file structure.

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Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space

Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space

Australian company Flat Earth Games has announced Objects In Space, a stealth space trading game with a cerebral, "modempunk" twist.

Eschewing the dogfight-style mechanics of most other space games, Objects In Space is played in a world of computer readouts, physical switches, and other '70s retro-future accoutrements.

The Metrocide developer says that in creating space battles without even seeing opponents, they aim to evoke "the nerve-wracking and cerebral battles from Star Trek II and The Hunt For Red October," rather than the high-octane action of Star Wars.

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Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"

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Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"

Metroid Prime: Federation Force will not feature Samus as a playable character, says director Kensuke Tanabe.

Responding to intense fan criticism about the 3DS spinoff, Tanabe said the focus on co-op is "an attempt to expand the Metroid universe," and that it "wouldn't make sense" for players to control four Samus clones.

He added, "You may be able to see Samus in the game," hinting at a possible cameo appearance from the traditional Metroid lead character.

Friday 3 July

Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play
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Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play
F2P "detrimental to the gameplay experience".
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Ghost Recon Wildlands looks like open world co-op heaven
Preview
Ghost Recon Wildlands looks like open world co-op heaven
If you want to get down, get down on the ground.
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Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex
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Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex
"Lavish" post-apocalyptic science-fantasy.
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Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016
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Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016
Manufacturers locked in bidding war.
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Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha
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Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha
Vehicles, maps, emotes, and more.
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World of Warships launch trailer
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World of Warships launch trailer
Now in open beta.
Victor Vran story trailer
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Victor Vran story trailer
March Of Industry announce trailer
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March Of Industry announce trailer
From the cvreator of 8-bit MMO.

Thursday 2 July

Fat Princess Adventures, Shadow of the Beast, Until Dawn, and more
Hands-On
Fat Princess Adventures, Shadow of the Beast, Until Dawn, and more
Hands-on with some smaller PS4 games.
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Path of Exile: The Awakening launch trailer
Trailer
Path of Exile: The Awakening launch trailer
New expansion out early July.
First episode of King's Quest launches July 28
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First episode of King's Quest launches July 28
Sierra's reboot is headed your way.
Quiplash – Xbox One trailer
Trailer
Quiplash – Xbox One trailer
From the makers of Fibbage.
Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games
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Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games
Google Play hardest hit.
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sam Pursuit gameplay trailer
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sam Pursuit gameplay trailer
Full E3 presentation released.
Smite – Ravana God Reveal trailer
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Smite – Ravana God Reveal trailer
The Demon King of Lanka.
The Settlers Online – Midsummer Night Special dev diary
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The Settlers Online – Midsummer Night Special dev diary
New event outlined.
Panzar – A New Dawn trailer
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Panzar – A New Dawn trailer
MMOBA gets a big update.