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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"

Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"

Russian government officials have requested that FIFA 17 be investigated by the state communications oversight agency for allegedly violating laws banning LGBT "propaganda."

MPs sent a letter to the agency claiming the game's Rainbow Laces promotion could cause "harm to children's health and development."

The promotion brings EA into partnership with football's Premier League and UK LGBT rights organisation Stonewall in attempting to reduce homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in football.

EA's minor involvement in the campaign saw players obtaining free rainbow-themed uniforms for their in-game footballers.

Multiple MPs suggested that the game should be restricted in some way as a result of its perceived slight, with Communist MP Valery Rashkin calling for a change in classification to the all-ages game, and United Russia's Irina Rodnina suggesting an outright ban.

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Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update

Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update

Resident Evil 7's "Beginning Hour" demo got another, final update this weekend, in advance of the game's launch next month.

The update is merely the latest of several that have added new content and deeper narrative secrets since the demo's initial launch.

Described as "massive" at the PlayStation Experience, the update - labeled "Midnight" - opens up new areas of the spooky house in which the demo takes place, as well as adding new items and endings, and expanding upon puzzles and secrets introduced in previous updates.

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Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing

Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing

Destiny will receive a new holiday event this December entitled "The Dawning," heralding the return of Sparrow Racing and the arrival of several welcome new features.

Sparrow Racing League, a multiplayer mode that previously only appeared in one limited-time event, will be made permanent after the end of the Dawning event, though players will need to employ private matches to access it.

While publicly active for the event, Sparrow Racing League will feature two new tracks (for Rise of Iron owners only), and drop exclusive gear, Ornaments, and Sparrows.

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Action survival title Let It Die makes surprise free debut

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Action survival title Let It Die makes surprise free debut

Grasshopper Manufacture's action survival game Let It Die was given a surprise release at Sony's PlayStation Experience event on the weekend.

The game is set in 2027 and features hack and slash gameplay in a future-punk world populated by a host of strange characters.

Like other survival games, players start out with nothing, and must advance through hostile territory by collecting and crafting gear and weaponry.

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Uncharted 4's story DLC is standalone and stars Chloe

Uncharted 4's story DLC is standalone and stars Chloe

Uncharted 4's single-player DLC will be entitled The Lost Legacy, publisher Sony announced at its PlayStation Experience event on the weekend.

Starring Australian thief Chloe Frazer, last seen two games ago, the game is set at least in part in India, and takes place after the events of Uncharted 4.

Players will control Chloe as she teams up with Uncharted 4 antagonist Nadine Ross in search of an artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh.

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The Last Of Us Part II focuses on Ellie's roaring revenge

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The Last Of Us Part II focuses on Ellie's roaring revenge

The Last Of Us Part II is official, as of an announcement at the PlayStation Experience event on the weekend, and it's got a new main character.

While Joel (Troy Baker) will still be a part of the story, the new title will be played from the perspective of co-lead Ellie, now 19 years old and "gone through some shit," according to actor Ashley Johnson.

The game will be directed by Uncharted 4's Neil Druckmann, taking the reins solo thanks to the previous game's co-director Bruce Straley taking a one-year sabbatical; composer Gustavo Santaolalia will also return.

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And the 2016 Game Awards go to...

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And the 2016 Game Awards go to...

The 2016 Game Awards took place today at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, with the gaming industry's key players gathered in attendance.

Though mostly filled with musical performances, commercials, and humiliating product placements, the show found time to honour some award winners, too.

Some awards were not presented on stage, so even watching the show would not reveal all the winners; the full list of winners follows.

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Hideo Kojima debuts another kooky Death Stranding trailer

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Hideo Kojima debuts another kooky Death Stranding trailer

With a quivering voice, a near-tearful Geoff Keighley awarded Hideo Kojima the Game Award for Industry Icon today.

Accepting the award in person - moderately remarkable, given his absence from the event last year - Kojima thanked Keighley and his fans, saying he had "lost nothing" thanks to fan support - and, presumably, the fact that he is a massively successful game director who nearly any studio would hire in a heartbeat.

Announcing, in classic Steve Jobs fashion, that he had "one more thing" to show, Kojima revealed a new teaser for his upcoming action game Death Stranding.

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Big Ant releases Big Bash 2016 cricket title for zero dollars

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Big Ant releases Big Bash 2016 cricket title for zero dollars

The studio behind upcoming sports title Don Bradman Cricket 17 has released a completely free no microtransactions cricket title for mobile.

Big Bash 2016 is available on Apple iOS and Android, and was built in collaboration with Cricket Australia. It is the official game for the 2016-17 KFC Big Bash League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League season.

In Big Bash 2016, players control of their favourite clubs and lead them to glory through each match of the season.

Tuesday 6 December

Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"
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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"
So much for "everyone's game."
Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update
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Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update
And a PC version is on the way.
Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing
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Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing
Get your motor running.
BlizzCon: Being there is everything
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BlizzCon: Being there is everything
Postcards from nerd nirvana.
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Monday 5 December