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NZ gamer jailed for abusing infant

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NZ gamer jailed for abusing infant

A New Zealand man has been jailed for abusing his infant son, with late night gaming sessions deemed to be a contributing factor by the sentencing judge.

21 year-old Devon Ashley Bird of Waipukurau was sentenced to four years and five months in jail after pleading guilty to ill-treating a child and causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard, reports Hawke's Bay Today.

Bird abused his infant son on November 1, 2013. Bird's partner, the mother of the five-week old infant, woke him at 6.30am and asked him to care for the child, the court documents said.

Between then and 10am Bird's son received what a doctor described as "non-accidental trauma and extremely unusual for a five-week-old infant."

At 10.40am, Bird's mother arrived. Her son claimed the infant had "punched himself". Bird's mother said her grandson appeared to be distressed. He was admitted to hospital that afternoon. X-rays revealed a large fracture to the infant's skull, and more more than 20 other fractures all over his body.

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GTA Online gets in the holiday mood with Festive Surprise

GTA Online gets in the holiday mood with Festive Surprise

Rockstar is bringing some holiday cheer to San Andreas with the Festive Surprise seasonal event.

The Festive Surprise event brings snow days and snowball fights, Christmas trees, knitted holiday sweaters.

Of course, there are also new weapons and vehicles, including the Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines.

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Telltale's next is Minecraft: Story Mode

Telltale's next is Minecraft: Story Mode

Telltale has announced that it's collaborating with Mojang to create Minecraft: Story Mode.

The game will be made with the help of the Minecraft community, said Telltale.

"We’re not intending on creating an 'official' story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game," said Mojang.

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Work has already begun on Lords of the Fallen 2

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Work has already begun on Lords of the Fallen 2

Polish developer CI Games has begun development on a sequel to Lords of the Fallen.

On Facebook, executive producer Tomasz Gop said, "We can confirm that the conceptual work of the Lords of the Fallen 2 underway" (translated by Bing).

Lords of the Fallen was released in October for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Rockstar talks Red Dead sequel

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Rockstar talks Red Dead sequel

Red Dead Redemption developer Rockstar Games has finally addressed the constant stream of inquiries as to when gamers might expect to see a sequel to the much-loved game.

Red Dead Redemption was a huge success for the Grand Theft Auto V developer, but while there have been numerous indications that a sequel will inevitably follow, five years after its release there's still no official word.

"It’s wonderful to see so much excitement and enthusiasm for the Red Dead series, and nearly 5 years after Red Dead Redemption’s release(!)," said Rockstar in an Asked and Answered post on the developer's website.

"As we’ve mentioned when asked in the past about new games in other series such as Red Dead Redemption, Bully and L.A. Noire, we don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually.

"We have so many games we want to make and the issue is always one of bandwidth and timing. We thank longtime fans such as yourselves as always for your amazing support and please stay tuned in 2015 for announcements of what’s to come from Rockstar Games."

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Life is Strange is the next game from Remember Me studio Dontnod

Life is Strange is the next game from Remember Me studio Dontnod

Remember Me studio Dontnod has announced that its next game is an episodic adventure called Life is Strange.

The five-part game is an adventure with a gimmick: players can rewind to make different decisions and explore different outcomes.

"As Max you must uncover the disturbing truth behind your premonitions and learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future," writes Dontnod.

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The new Dying Light trailer is a pick-a-path sprint through the game's demo

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The new Dying Light trailer is a pick-a-path sprint through the game's demo

The latest Dying Light trailer is a 'choose your own adventure' romp through the game's demo that you can play in your browser.

It highlights several features of the open world zombie title, including parkour, dropkicks, traps, and more.

It can be completed in under 10 minutes, so ignore the 25 minute run time.

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The latest AC: Unity patch downloads the entire game again

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The latest AC: Unity patch downloads the entire game again

Today’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity patch is supposed to weigh in at a chunky 6.7GB, but is many times that on Xbox One.

“We have received and confirmed reports that some Xbox One players who have previously applied Patch 3 are seeing a 40GB download instead of the expected 6.7GB download,” Ubisoft wrote on the Assassin’s Creed website.

“Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch. This is obviously not the expected behavior, and we apologize that many of you will have to wait longer than expected to complete this download.”

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Next Total War: Rome II DLC focuses on ancient Sparta

Next Total War: Rome II DLC focuses on ancient Sparta

The next campaign DLC for Total War: Rome II is called Wrath of Sparta and is out now.

The DLC recreates the Pelopponesian Wars and pits three Sparta, Athens, Corinth and the Boiotian League against one another.

"Will Sparta and its allies martial their formidable military might to dominate Greece? Or will stately Athens retain its stranglehold on Greek politics, and assure victory with its unsurpassed navies? The dominant state must prepare for an escalating challenge, as the Persian Empire watches matters unfold, and drills its armies in readiness for a challenger to rise," writes Sega.

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Mass murder game Hatred is back on Steam

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Mass murder game Hatred is back on Steam

Controversial mass murder title Hatred is back on Steam Greenlight less than 48 hours after it was pulled from the service by Valve.

The game can be voted up or down here.

Valve removed the game only yesterday. "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down," said the company.

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Xbox Australia launches local Xbox Live servers

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Xbox Australia launches local Xbox Live servers

Xbox Australia has announced this morning that new local Xbox Live servers have come online today.

The new servers, hosted from data centres in Australia, will bring lower pings and centralised local hosting to both Australian and New Zealand players of Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, said Xbox.

This morning's announcement was specific to Australia, however Xbox has confirmed to Gameplanet that Kiwis will be automatically connected to the Australian servers:

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Hatred was reinstated to Greenlight by Valve boss, shoots to number one

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Hatred was reinstated to Greenlight by Valve boss, shoots to number one

Mass murder game Hatred was reinstated on Steam Greenlight by none other than Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell.

In a message to Hatred developer Destructive Creations, Newell apologised for the game’s removal and wished the studio well with its development.

“Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight,” he wrote.

“Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.”

Since its reinstatement, Hatred has shot to number one on Greenlight.

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NZ gamer jailed for abusing infant
NZ gamer jailed for abusing infant
NEWS Judge deems hobby relevant.
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GTA Online gets in the holiday mood with Festive Surprise
GTA Online gets in the holiday mood with Festive Surprise
NEWS Snowball fights and more.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
Telltale's next is Minecraft: Story Mode
Telltale's next is Minecraft: Story Mode
NEWS Coming 2015.
PC, 360, XO, PS4, Vita
Work has already begun on Lords of the Fallen 2
Work has already begun on Lords of the Fallen 2
NEWS Concept and vision.
1
Rockstar talks Red Dead sequel
Rockstar talks Red Dead sequel
NEWS "Stay tuned for 2015".
5
Life is Strange is the next game from Remember Me studio Dontnod
Life is Strange is the next game from Remember Me studio Dontnod
NEWS An episodic adventure.
The new Dying Light trailer is a pick-a-path sprint through the game's demo
The new Dying Light trailer is a pick-a-path sprint through the game's demo
NEWS Choose life. Choose love.
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Hatred was reinstated to Greenlight by Valve boss, shoots to number one
Hatred was reinstated to Greenlight by Valve boss, shoots to number one
NEWS Ban "wasn’t a good decision".
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The latest AC: Unity patch downloads the entire game again
The latest AC: Unity patch downloads the entire game again
NEWS Only on Xbox One.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Mass murder game Hatred is back on Steam
Mass murder game Hatred is back on Steam
NEWS Ya-ay?
PC
Action: Third-Person
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Next Total War: Rome II DLC focuses on ancient Sparta
Next Total War: Rome II DLC focuses on ancient Sparta
NEWS Out now.
PC
Strategy: Turn Based
Xbox Australia launches local Xbox Live servers
Xbox Australia launches local Xbox Live servers
NEWS Kiwis also connected.
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Destiny: The Dark Below raid gear buffed
Destiny: The Dark Below raid gear buffed
NEWS A hotfix.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 announced for new-gen, PC
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 announced for new-gen, PC
NEWS Sniper Elite 3 producer on board.
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Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt story DLC launches
Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt story DLC launches
NEWS More meat to carve up.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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GTA Online Heists detailed, coming early next year
GTA Online Heists detailed, coming early next year
NEWS Leader chooses gear, foots the bill.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Here are 30 true facts about space explorer No Man’s Sky
Here are 30 true facts about space explorer No Man’s Sky
NEWS No dino riding. Boo.
PC, PS4
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Warhammer Quest coming to PC, Mac, Linux
Warhammer Quest coming to PC, Mac, Linux
NEWS In January.
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Hearthstone now available on Android tablets
Hearthstone now available on Android tablets
NEWS In AU, NZ, CA.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
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Ubisoft delays major Unity patch so that it can "refurbish Paris"
Ubisoft delays major Unity patch so that it can "refurbish Paris"
NEWS Game almost ready for release.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Play as Ciri in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Play as Ciri in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
NEWS A living weapon.
PC, XO, PS4
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Mass murder title Hatred pulled from Steam Greenlight
Mass murder title Hatred pulled from Steam Greenlight
NEWS Valve not keen.
PC
Action: Third-Person
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DmC and Devil May Cry 4 remasters coming to new-gen
DmC and Devil May Cry 4 remasters coming to new-gen
NEWS New modes, features, frame rate.
XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Monday Briefing: Don’t Starve Together, Blood Bowl 2, Crusader Kings II, and more
Monday Briefing: Don’t Starve Together, Blood Bowl 2, Crusader Kings II, and more
NEWS Small news morsels, compiled.
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Is the original Borderlands getting an HD remaster?
Is the original Borderlands getting an HD remaster?
NEWS According to the ACB it is.
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Dodgy crowdfunding hopeful Areal resurfaces as Stalker: Apocalypse
Dodgy crowdfunding hopeful Areal resurfaces as Stalker: Apocalypse
NEWS West Games puts lipstick on a pig.
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Sony in negotiations for Super Mario Bros. movie
Sony in negotiations for Super Mario Bros. movie
NEWS To be animated this time.
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MS to talk PC gaming at Windows 10 event next month
MS to talk PC gaming at Windows 10 event next month
NEWS DirectX 12 a likely topic.
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Duping exploit forces reset of Steam's Holiday Auction
Duping exploit forces reset of Steam's Holiday Auction
NEWS I bid infinity gems.
Zombie Vikings is a co-op brawler from the developers of Stick it to the Man!
Zombie Vikings is a co-op brawler from the developers of Stick it to the Man!
NEWS Coming to PlayStation 4 and PC.