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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.

Kinguin said it had received over 4600 customer tickets in the last 72 hours from customers demanding refunds.

It estimates that 148,377 euros (NZ$225,857) will be refunded as a result.

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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.

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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 prodcuts, 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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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.”

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Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4

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Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4

Brian Fargo has announced plans for a sequel to The Bard's Tale 3 some 27 years after the game was released.

Fargo and inXile will seek the funds to develop The Bard's Tale 4 through Kickstarter.

In 2004, inXile released a comedic action adventure spin on the series called The Bard's Tale. Fargo said The Bard's Tale 4 would return to the series' roots, and would be "a proper sequel to the trilogy".

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Dragon's Dogma Online announced, but a western release is unlikely

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Dragon's Dogma Online announced, but a western release is unlikely

Capcom has announced that it is developing a Dragon's Dogma MMO, but has also stated it has no plans game to release it in the West.

Dragon's Dogma Online was revealed in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (translated by Siliconera, Gematsu, and NeoGAF). It will be a free-to-play action-RPG for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Online supports up to 100 players per lobby, and parties of up to four players and pawns can tackle its quests. Raids support up to eight.

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for PS4 recalled throughout Australia

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for PS4 recalled throughout Australia

A nationwide product recall has been issued for Saints Row 4: Re-Elected on PlayStation 4 in Australia.

According to a statement issued to press, the version of the game sold in Australia over the weekend was incorrectly classified.

"Unfortunately over the weekend, it has come to light that the PlayStation 4 retail release of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has a serious manufacturing issue and a nationwide recall is now underway in Australia," reads the statement.

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Is a remaster of PS2 adventure Fahrenheit coming to Steam?

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A remaster of PS2 adventure Fahrenheit is coming to Steam – rumour

A remaster of David Cage's 2005 adventure Fahrenheit (AKA Indigo Prophecy) is allegedly coming to PC and Mac this month.

Eurogamer spotted a since-removed Amazon entry for the game, titled Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered.

The release date was stated as January 29, and the price was US$10 for a Steam key for the uncut (European) version.

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Sarkeesian to create new series examining masculinity in games

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Sarkeesian to create new series examining masculinity in games

Feminist critic and gaming gadfly Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans to create a new series that explores masculinity in video games.

Sarkeesian made the announcement in non-profit Feminist Frequency's first annual report.

In addition to producing new episodes of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Sarkeesian and company will produce a new miniseries that presents "examples of positive female characters in video games", and a series that explores "the representation of men and masculinity in video games."

Thursday 29 January

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
Trailer
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
Trailer
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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Five Nights at Freddy's 3 teaser trailer
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Five Nights at Freddy's 3 teaser trailer
Coming soon.
Homeworld Remastered Collection – Release Date trailer
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Homeworld Remastered Collection – Release Date trailer
The mothership is standing by.
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Life is Strange – Butterfly Effect dev diary
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Life is Strange – Butterfly Effect dev diary
Time rewinding explained.
Silence: The Whispered World 2 trailer
Trailer
Silence: The Whispered World 2 trailer
Coming early 2015.