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Nash 20 now available from Mionix

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Building upon the news of their new partnership with SK GamingMionix has officially released the Nash 20 gaming headset for purchase worldwide.  Our coverage of the headset at CES 2014 obviously showed our excitement for the product as it was designed not just for sound quality, but for comfort.

The biggest highlight of the Nash 20 is undoubtedly the memory foam earpieces that are designed to ensure that long gaming sessions are never uncomfortable.  My time with this product at CES 2014 left me wanting for more time with it hands-on.

The Nash 20 is available on Mionix.net for $150.25 plus shipping and handling.

SK Gaming and Mionix announce partnership

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Just a couple of months ago, we had full coverage of Mionix at the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We showed off the entire line of products that Mionix was bringing to the table.  After two consecutive strong showings at the largest technology show in the world, Mionix now has a partnership with SK Gaming to make two companies even stronger.  In a press release on their website, SK Gaming made the partnership formal.

We at SK Gaming are more than pleased to announce the most recent addition to our lineup of sponsors as Mionix will become the official supplier of mice, mousepads, and keyboards in 2014.

The Swedish manufacturer of gaming peripherals for PC gamers has grown massively in the last year and is one of the favorite companies when it comes to quality, design, and performance.

Congratulations to both companies as this partnership can only mean good things for the industry as a whole.

Dead Or Alive 5: Core Fighters is on sale until April 21st

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Dead Or Alive 5: Core Fighters is the free to play version of Dead Or Alive 5: Ultimate where you have to buy each additional character for about $4 or so. While you get to use your costumes you bought for the original Dead Or Alive 5, you would still have to play for new ones. 

To celebrate over 1,000,000 downloads, from now until April 21st, Dead Or Alive 5: Core Fighters will offer a complete pack can be bought for $29.99 and will include all 25 original characters and all of the costume sets from Dead Or Alive 5 and Dead Or Alive 5+. The costume sets will include 81 costumes for fighters across the entire roster. 

The only thing that is not included in the bundle is the new character Marie Rose which has to be bought separately. 

Major Nelson confirms on Reddit that Xbox One external storage coming “soon”

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Sometimes, the best place to find news nuggets are in interviews and out of the way comments from industry insiders. Yesterday, Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) passed along one of those nuggets on Reddit while answering some questions on the Xbox One. In response to a question from user LordShesho about word on external storage, Larry confirmed that it was “coming soon”, but he had to check on media support. When other users asked a few more questions to Larry on limits and details, Larry responded “When I have details on that, I’ll let you know.”

So it looks like one of the biggest fears/complaints about the Xbox One may soon be null and void, depending on the details of how much and what type of external storage the Xbox One will support.

Rock Band DLC Re-Licensing Update

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It has been awhile since we last saw a DLC licensing update from Harmonix on Rock Band (Nov 2013!), but yesterday was the first quarterly update in 2014. After originally posting that all licenses had been secured that were expiring, Harmonix had to make an update and notate that two significant licenses were indeed going away.

The first is that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” will be leaving the Rock Band store permanently on April 30th. As Harmonix points out, it is only $1 and there is a good chance you already own it, which would not impact you. However, if you have thought about pulling the trigger and haven’t yet, now is the time. The second is a bit bigger new. Apparently, the 20 free track offer from purchasing Rock Band 2 has expired and the redemption page is no longer live. So if you already own it, you are all set, but if you plan to buy RB2 in the future, it will be a little lighter in content than when it was originally released.

According to Harmonix, we shouldn’t see a new update (unless some urgent matter from a studio pops up) until approximately three months from now.

Remaining portable Mega Man games finally hitting the Virtual Console next month

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Remember a long time ago...well, last year when the year of Mega Man's 25th anniversary came around...when Capcom said that Mega Man II through V and both Mega Man Xtreme games would be coming to the Virtual Console?  In fact I believe I posted about that back in July.  Well Capcom is finally living up to that statement.  It's been revealed over on the Capcom Community site that The remaining six mainstream portable Mega Man games are hitting the Virtual Console next month...but wait, there's more!

Over on the Capcom Community page that has the announcement you can vote for your favorite of the remaining six with the hopes of it being the first released on May 1st.  While my favorite of those six would be Mega Man III as it was the first of the portable games I played, I say just release them in order.  If they're all coming out in May anyways, just release them in the order they were originally released.  Also, since we already have Game Gear games on the Virtual Console, any chance of releasing Mega Man for the Game Gear?  Yeah it's not that great, but I enjoyed it...except for the screen limitations.

HI-Rez announces their plans for SMITE eSports for the rest of the year

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The big $200,000 launch tournament for SMITE came to an end last weekend but that doesn't mean that the fun is going to stop anytime soon. Throughout the rest of the year, SMITE will play a big part in eSports and will host a number of tournaments and qualifiers throughout the year. 

Hi-Rez gave us the run down on what is currently planned for the rest of the year in a recent blog post on their website. 

  • April 2014: Partner Tournaments
    One-off, partner sponsored tournaments will be played for the remainder of the month of April.
  • May - July 2014: Qualifiers
    Qualifier weekend tournaments (NA on Saturdays, EU on Sundays) allow teams to earn points toward the invite-only regional LANs
  • August 2014: Regionals
    Regional LAN tournaments with sizeable prize pools will be played - One in North America and one in Europe. Four teams will be invited per region from the qualifier weekly tournaments. The top 2 finishers of each Regional LAN will qualify for the Playoff events in November.
  • Late Fall: Wildcard Qualifiers
    Other teams will still have an opportunity to get to Playoffs through Wildcard Qualifiers in late fall.
  • November: Playoffs
    And Then
    ....Playoffs determine entry for an even larger event, our largest event to date, in early 2015.

Details about Age of Wonders 3's level editor revealed

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Triumph Studios launched the level editor for Age of Wonders III worldwide earlier this week and the launch was pretty successful.  The editor allows players to create their own single player and multi-player scenarios as well as their own heroes and campaigns complete with story cut-scenes using their own art assets and voiceovers.  Pretty powerful stuff.  Imagine something like that in a WWE game, using your own voiceovers to create your own promos...but I'm getting off track.

Triumph Studios has released a video that goes into detail about the video editor and give you an idea about how it works.  If you're into the Age of Wonders series, this definitely looks like it would be fun to play around with.



What We're Playing: inFAMOUS Deception Edition

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Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has received death threats over the Facebook acquisition. Microsoft executive, Phil Spencer, will now be calling the shots for the Xbox team. And while Xbox One users have streamed 23 million minutes of gameplay, let's be honest, how much of that is actually being watched by anybody?

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
I just got through moving back to my hometown, so naturally I don't have any systems hooked up—aside from the NES of course, and that was mainly to test a couple new parts I put in.  Basically, my gaming is being limited to my PC, and I likely won't be doing much this weekend as my room is still a mess to say the least, but I'll likely put in a bit more time with Final Fantasy VII. Now that Aerith's first Level 3 Limit Break is unlocked I don't have to grind anymore and can get on with the story.

Nathan Carter, staff writer, @natedoggcata
This weekend I will be torturing and murdering poor mercenaries in Deception IV: Blood Ties. I had never heard of this series before but I saw the trailer a few weeks before the game was released and I am pleasantly surprised. This game is extremely fun. Yeah the enemy AI can be pretty dumb at times and the movement controls could be better, but it's still a great game. I am always looking for new games to play, and by "new" I mean something different, something I have never really played before. Deception IV: Blood Ties easily fits that role.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
This may sound weird but I'll probably be sinking some time into Minecraft. I've been revisiting an old build I've been working on for about a year now. Some people may enjoy the survival aspects of Minecraft, but for me it's more of a Zen garden; a place to unwind and put my mind to creative, constructive tasks.

Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend will be filled with a combination of historic, exaggerated, Japanese battle in Dynasty Warriors 8 on the Vita, spending time on the pitching mound with MLB 14: The Show on the Vita, and making a complete fool of myself in my living room with Kinect Sports Rivals. I dare you to find a more varied gaming menu this weekend.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
Reading chapters of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms between World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition matches is a multimedia peanut butter cup. It inserts a terse World War I love story into my tank 'sploding game. I'm absorbing the three new battlefields introduced in last week's Map Madness event, too. I'll also dip into Hitman Absolution, courtesy of Xbox 360's Games with Gold, and see if those sexy nuns are every bit as offensive as we were told they were.

Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
The trailer for the third episode of The Wolf Among Us came out this week, so the good news is that it should be out next week. The bad news is that it probably won't be out until next week. If we're lucky enough to get it over the weekend, you know where I'll be.

Cary Lange, staff writer, clange@gamingnexus.com
I just beat inFAMOUS: Second Son with good karma. All I need to platinum the game is the bad karma trophies so I may run through it as bad Delsin soon. For now though, I'll be heading back into Drangeic for more Dark Souls II where I'm trying to make my mostly melee character have more intelligence for increased damage with magic weapons and an extra spell or two.

Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
I've cleared the main campaign of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and I'm now headlong into the game's Adventure Mode, which is ridiculously fun. I've also be playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, thanks to the 2.2 patch which has added new instances and has me farming for items needed to reach a higher item level. Charles got me a review code for the latest Deception game which is still as fun as it was back in the PS1 era, only with a slightly glossier coat of paint. And whenever I find time in the midst of all that, I'm playing Suikoden II again.

John Yan, senior hardware editor, @TheJohnYan
I'll be knee deep in killing demons and farming for legendaries in Diablo III with friends. I've just gotten some new plans and I am only one piece away from a nice weapon for my Witch Doctor. The nephalem rifts and bounties really make farming fun. Along with the changes to loot, a great deal of my friends are back playing the game at all hours so I'll be there with them this weekend.

Persona 4 coming to PS3 as a PS2 classic

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Rumors that the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 would be coming to the PlayStation 3 in some form were confirmed yesterday when the game's publisher, Atlus, announced that Persona 4 would be come to the system as a downloadable PS2 Classic. If you are excited to buy the game on PS3 you are in luck; it releases on April 8th with a price tag of $9.99.

When i first heard the news of Persona 4 coming to PS3 I secretly hoped that they were porting the Vita version, Persona 4 Golden, rather than the original PS2 release. While it would have been nice to see the expanded version of the game ported instead, Persona 4 is an amazing game regardless of which version you play. If you haven't given it a shot $9.99 is an incredible price for one of the best RPGs ever made. 

Source: polygon.com

Moral ambiguity abound in Always Sometimes Monsters

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I first heard about Always Sometimes Monsters through an article on Polygon about it's inception and inspiration. What started as a fun idea for a travel blog about hitchhiking across the U.S. to meet up with game developers turned to a life changing event for Justin Amirkhani. His travel narrative took a dramatic shift from focusing on games to surviving on the road, and the kinds of people you inevitably meet living a transient lifestyle. After talking to Nigel Lowrie of Devolver Digital, Amirkhani distilled his experiences into Always Sometimes Monsters

ASM is a roleplaying game that focuses on interaction, rather than combat. You'll choose your character's race, gender, and sexual preference, which determine how other people perceive and treat you. You'll live through the common denominators and the unique hardships that define us all. Your choices and actions will alter your story. Even with the best intentions, it's difficult to know when you've made the right decision, and who your actions will hurt. You've lost the love of your life, will you be able to win them back? When you look back at everything you've done, will it even matter?

As someone who still tears up at the mere mention of To The Moon, I can't wait to see how badly Always Sometimes Monsters is going to affect me.

Always Sometimes Monsters will be available through Steam and the Humble Store on May 21, and you can currently pre-order it for only $8.99- 10% off the regular price. If you want more info, or just want to be updated on it's progress, you can check out their page on the Devolver Digital website and Twitter @VagabondDog.

Valve announces The International 4 details including date, location, and pricing

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Dota 2's The International was one of the world's biggest e-sport tournaments ever, and was the first gaming tournament to reward first prize $1,000,000. Now in its fourth year the tournament continues to be one of gaming's biggest events, and Valve has just released all the specifics about attending this year's International. This year's International will be taking place July 18th-21st at the KeyArena in Seattle. Three different tiers of tickets are avaliable. $99 ticket gets you General Admission, $199 gets you a floor seat, and $499 gets you a VIP Ticket, allowing you to attend the Playoffs (taking place on July 8th) as well as VIP Meet & Greets and the After Party. 11 teams will be invited to the tournament directly while the other 5 spots will be filled through Regional Qualifiers and pre-tournament playoffs. 

The International 3 was the first big Dota 2 tournament I ever watched and I was hooked instantly. Although I won't be able to attend The International 4 in person I am looking forward to watching the livestreams during all four days. I hope that my favorite team Natus Vincere manages to make it to the finals for the fourth year in a row. 

Source: blog.dota2.com

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC is out today

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation is out today and includes a ton of crazy stuff.  New maps, a new weapon, a new episode of Extinction, and the Predator are all included.

If that's not enough, NFL stars AJ Green and LeSean McCoy will go against one another to commemorate the release of Devastation.  

However, as a Cincinnati native, I think AJ Green should focus on being part of a football team that can win a playoff game before the heat death of the universe rather than publicly gaming, but I digress....

You can pick up Devastation for  $14.99 and it's also available as part of the CoD: Ghosts season pass.

For complete details, follow the jump.  You can learn more at www.activision.com, www.callofduty/ghosts.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty, and @InfinityWard 


New Elder Scrolls Online trailer

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Check out the new The Elder Scrolls Online trailer 'The Siege' below, with over 5 minutes of cinematic battle. If this doesn't get you hyped for the game, then I don't know what will. 

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We're gonna need a bigger boat in Battlefield 4

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There were rumors that a Megalodon was hiding around in Battlefield 4. Well, it was a rumor til recently. With the release of Naval Strike DLC, the enormous shark is now a reality.

In the video below, you can see the giant shark come out of the water and lay waste to everyone in the water. It looks mighty impressive jumping out of the water. Now, we'll have to see if you can take out the Jaws wannabe.

Thanks Kotaku.

The villains of The Amazing Spider Man 2

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Beenox has a slick new trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2, this time focusing on the villains you'll face. We've known that the Kingpin was going to be one of the major players, but now we find out that he's hired Black Cat to kill Spidey! Talk about an awkward date. I'm glad they have Black Cat returning as she was pretty memorable in the first game and I enjoyed the flirtatious exchange between her and Spider Man. Of course we're also getting Electro, Kraven and the Goblin too, but the game is supposedly its own story that occasionally overlaps with the plot of the film.

I'm a little iffy on the voice actor they have portraying Kingpin, but then again nobody could do better than the late, great Roscoe Lee Brown from the 90's animated Spider Man series. 

I think it's unfair that a lot of people are writing this game off as "just another licensed game," because the first one was pretty damn good and Beenox has been public about improving everything people complained about last time. Personally I just keep getting more excited for this one.

Source: IGN

Smash Bros-centric Nintendo Direct coming next Tuesday, April 8th

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Nintendo is still in extended damage control over the floundering Wii U, so we'll probably be seeing these Nintendo Direct pressers more often. Next Tuesday the 8th they'll host one all about the new Super Smash Bros. game, coming to Wii U and 3DS sometime this year. As he's done for the previous entry on Wii, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has been releasing weekly tweets and screenshots for the new games. Fans are understandably getting impatient for things to actually play on their Wii U, so I don't think a steady trickle of screengrabs will cut it anymore. It would be wise for Nintendo to announce a release date for the new Smash Bros. on Tuesday, as they really cannot afford to be coy and drag their feet any longer.

Check this link on Tuesday the 8th for the live stream of the Nintendo Direct.


News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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Starting today, you will no longer be able to purchase discs from Origin

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Origin, the service that Electronic Arts has created to compete with Steam, will no longer let you purchase game discs from them starting today. That's right, they are going all digital with the service.

That's not to say you won't be able to purchase discs for EA games ever. They're still going to continue to produce these for folks who have slow Internet connection or caps on their data. But, you'll have to order them from somewhere else like Amazon or NewEgg as Origin's going to focus solely on digital distribution.

We're still not there yet where we all can go straight to digital, but we'll be there someday. Until then, discs will be around for those that need it, but I have a feeling it will be a long time before we see discs go the way of cassette tapes and 8-tracks.

All of today's Mario Kart 8 info in one place

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Nintendo revealed a lot about Mario Kart 8 today, and now we have the full press released packed with all the details. Some of the highlights include the reveal of Metal Mario from Super Mario 64 as a playable racer, the new kart-gobbling Piranha Plant item, and the inclusion of several retro tracks from previous Mario Kart games, such as Mario Kart 64's Toad Turnpike (one of my favorites) and Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii. Much like the revamped courses in 3DS's Mario Kart 7, these retro tracks will be enhanced with new features like the anti-gravity pads exclusive to Mario Kart 8. All I'm saying is they better put Maple Treeway in the game or there will be hell to pay.


Amy Hennig is now at Visceral Games working on a Star Wars title

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Not too long ago, Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog games after many years working on the Uncharted series. Supposedly, she was working on the next Uncharted game when she left. Now, she's found a new home.

Amy is going to be working on a Star Wars title for Visceral Games, makers of the Dead Space series. Amy is a big fan of the universe and I'm hoping she has some great ideas for the new breed of Star Wars game coming out.

Visceral has got one nice quality hire here with Amy and now, my level of excitement for the Star Wars game from Visceral has gone up a few notches.

Nintendo Download for 4/3/2014: The Advance generation has arrived.

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We've heard about it for a while now, but Game Boy Advance games have started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console in this week's Nintendo Download, and we start off with Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.  If you're a fan of their respective genres/series, definitely pick these up.  Hopefully this trend will continue in the weeks to come.

Also on the Wii U we now have Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, and you can get $5 off of Dr. Luigi if you own Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console.  For the 3DS we have Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Super Monkey Ball 3D hitting the eShop.  Super Monkey Ball 3D is a fun game, but kind of annoying if you use the gyroscopic controls to control the ball since it's hard to focus on the screen if you're constantly tilting it all over the place.

Tropico 5 set for release on May 23 for PC

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Kalypso Media has announced that Tropico 5 will be released globally on May 23 for PC along with the triumph return of El Presidente. The Xbox 360 and Mac versions will be released later this summer, then followed by the PlayStation 4 version in the fall. Along with the release announcement, the official Tropico 5 website has been overhauled with a wealth of information regarding the game's various features.

Some of the game's new features include advanced trading mechanics, scientific research trees, and island exploration. In addition, Tropico 5 be the first game in the series to contain cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes that will support up to four players.

Get revved up with Mario Kart 8's new trailer

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This morning brought a wealth of information about Nintendo's next big Wii U title Mario Kart 8, including an all new trailer. The trailer is packed full of the same great racing action we have previously seen, as well as some of the game's new features, including all new items. Two new items revealed were the Boomerang, which seems to hit opponents and steal their coins, and the Piranha Plant which bites nearby racers. The trailer also shows off just how good the game looks, certainly making it a new competitor for the best looking Wii U game.

Mario Kart 8 will be the newest addition to a great library of first party titles on Wii U when it releases on May 30th. Like its predecessors Mario Kart 8 doesn't look like it will revolutionize the Kart racing genre  but is sure to be a lot of fun, especially the new zero gravity racing.

Source: kotaku.com

GTA V Spring Update details

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Springtime is a time of renewal and rebirth.  Grand Theft Auto V is taking that hoary old idea to heart with a major update coming out this spring.

The update includes the new Capture Creator that will allow gamers to make their own Capture Jobs, Deathmatches, and Races.  It will give you full control over many of the characteristics that define those event.

The High Life Update offers new high-end apartment options, the Bullpup rifle, new clothes, new super luxurious vehicles, and the ability to own multiple properties in GTA Online.  You can also check your mental state with a new stat that tracks just how psycho you are.

That's only a small sampling of the springy goodness coming to GTA V is the near future.  For full details, follow the jump.