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To mark the occasion of moving GWENT: The Witcher Card Game into the Public Beta.
Not only is there a cinematic trailer, but there's also a gameplay trailer and faction videos.

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the start of Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Today, Focus Home Interactive is happy to unveil its exciting E3 2017 line-up!

From closed-door presentations to exclusive interviews and hands-on demos!

Here is the full list of games to be showcased at the Focus Home Interactive booth, West-Hall #4512, at E3 2017 in Los Angeles, June 13-15.
Watch the GWENT Challenger tournament highlights below

The finals of GWENT Challenger took place on May 13th.
CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce that Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy won GWENT Challenger — the official tournament of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.
Now you don't have to worry about stepping on your cat when playing VR games!

Instead now you can enjoy seeing your Cat or don't worry a 'Dog' model is coming soon, inside your VR game playing alongside with you.
The Dodo on Twitter has posted a video, showcasing a 'Cat Tracker' for the HTC Vive headset so you no longer had to worry about your pets getting into your VR playspace and causing you or them injury, not to mention wrecking the game you are playing.
NEWS SOURCE: @Dodo (via) Twitter
Watch the GWENT Challenger finals trailer below!

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce registrations for the Closed Beta of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game will shut down this weekend.
The game will remain active for everyone who redeemed their invite before, or during the weekend.
Thank goodness they opted for the physical copy

The Elder Scrolls Anthology may have saved a fan’s life over the weekend when it caught a stray bullet that came through the wall of his apartment.
These days most gamers buy the 'digital version' of new video games, but in this case opting out for the 'physical copy' just might have saved his life, so he can enjoy gaming for a few more decades, as stray bullet fired from next door, could not ( lucky for him) travel thru the thick physical version of Elder Scrolls collector's edition that was stored on his book shelf.
As a casino games designer, inspiration can be found in the most unusual places.

Koi Princess, for example - a slot themed in the style of Japanese anime. Unusual, but a huge hit with players the world over.
Or Thunderstruck II - a massively popular title, that draws on Norse mythology for its theme, graphics and in-game features. In reality, games developers trawls the lengths and breadths of niche areas of interest to find their inspiration.

But sometimes, there is low hanging fruit closer to home. Board games share many similarities with online games, in terms of their features, bonuses and scoring. But for online slots, theming along the lines of board games classics guarantees an audience, as well as providing players with access to some of their favorite board games in real-money form.

So what are the best examples of casinos drawing inspiration from classic board games? There...
Legal problems are finally over for Konami and their Pro Evolution Soccer video game series!

What a difference a couple of months makes. In March, football legend Diego Maradona wanted to sue Konami for including a digital version of himself in PES 2017 without his permission.
For the last few months Konami, been fighting a legal lawsuit over 'digital players' in their PES games, but the battle is finally over.
Descended from Xbox Media Center software, it's a crime wave to copyright cops!
70% of Kodi Installations Are Configured to Access Unlicensed Video Content

You know a technology's gone mainstream when the tabloids start yelling about it.
This year the Sun, the Mirror, the Express, and the Daily Star have run splashes ranging from "Kodi Crackdown" through "Kodi Killers" to "Kodi TOTAL BAN!".

We here at MaxConsole have been around since the start, when XBMC was born and was the Killer App to install on your modded original Xbox console, since those humble start, the team moved onto and became more mainstream out of the underground and even changed their name to Kodi, and for a while have enjoyed their new found award-winning fame.

But now they are becoming the subject of 'crackdowns' around the world, with UK leading the way, with media calling them the 'Kodi Killers', and places like...
Multiple titles will be playable on Nnooo’s booth at this weekend's GX Australia in Sydney

Nnooo is expanding its stable of published games with the announcement of 2 new titles coming to multiple consoles.
NNOOO sent us a nice PR this evening, they are going to be attending the upcoming GX Australia event and bringing a number of good games that will be playable at their booth, and in the PR they talk about releasing these games for consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the near future, and are also looking at seeing if its worth it to port them also over to the new Nintendo System hybrid to enjoy on also.
Few industries change as quickly as video gaming, and 2017 looks to provide plenty more products that will revolutionize the way that we stay entertained.

It looks to be a big year for hardware as Microsoft aim to give us the most powerful gaming console of all-time with the Xbox Project Scorpio. This fascinating console is expected to arrive in the months leading up to Christmas, and as well as being fully VR-compatible, it will also be a true 4K system, unlike the recently released Sony PlayStation Pro.

This will enable 2160p, 60 frame-per-second content for gaming and streaming, and with 8GB of graphics memory, it’s clear that the Xbox Scorpio is going to be hard to beat.

But in light of Nintendo’s surprising console-handheld hybrid, it’s clear that processing power isn’t everything. The...
Thank your local pirate

Because one of the devs helped pirate it as a kid
Even big companies lose their own vault of archives from time to time, so when they want to go back and re-release an old classic, they sometimes have no choice but to ring up some 'pirates' to help them put together the missing pieces and re-create the old games! :)
NINTENDO SWITCH owners are waiting patiently for the release of Super Mario Odyssey, but they have at least one new Mario game they can play - but not on the Switch.

Super Mario fans are going to love this! As luckily there is one new Super Mario game they can play in the interim while waiting for Super Mario Odyssey to arrive near the end of the year for the Nintendo Switch!
Finally, a Super Mario game that everyone can enjoy and play, even if they are PlayStation or Xbox owners, they are welcome to join in!
One of the biggest rules in cosplay creation: Make it look real, but not too real. Why?

Because you end up with moments like the one in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
According to CBC News, an unnamed cosplayer was walking down the street in full Fallout gear, including a New California Republic flag.
It's 2017, but you can still experience the Internet of 1986 thanks to BBS enthusiasts.

Limited to an anachronistic 1200 bits per second, it took several moments for the green-phosphor ASCII art to scroll from the bottom to the top of the screen.
Anyone, remember the movie 'War Games' where the kid dials into Norad and starts a 'Nuclear War', well that was Hollywood version of modems and BBS's, but back then BBS's were real online communities that connect people together, the true start of forums like us! :)
Power To The Players has become Data For The Hackers

Video game giant GameStop Corp. says it is investigating reports that hackers may have siphoned credit card and customer data from its website —
Gamestop might have pissed off the wrong customer this time around, as it seems they have recently been the target of data 'hackers'.
Gold Circle Films and DJ2 Entertainment Partner to Adapt Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few as Feature Film

We Happy Few is a videogame set in an isolated English town in an "alternate 1960s" where government-imposed, drug-induced happiness masks gruesome violence and conceals a nefarious mystery.
One resident, free of the drug's effects, risks his life to learn why his home is a bizarre open-air prison. And that story was great as 'video game' and its been very popular, now we soon going to see how it plays out as movie when the adaption is finished being produced.
Following a lengthy struggle with financial insolvency, gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz has formally ceased all operation.

The company’s directors and officers have all resigned, and its assets will be liquidated. The company that spent nearly three decades pumping out PC and console gaming gear is no more.
The era of having top-quality third-party video gaming controllers are over, its time we got use to the fact only official original controllers will be our gaming console future, too bad, but its seems the buying world no longer loves having options to game on in our dirty hands.
Preview "The World of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3" on YouTube, Album Available on Streaming Services

This one's for the people who enjoy listening to game soundtracks. I frequently find myself listening to game soundtracks on Spotify while I work, so I suppose this is an easy sell for me.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3's music was composed and produced by the composer who worked on The Witcher 3 and Vanishing of Ethan Carter, so give it a listen if game OSTs are your thing. Cheers!
Back To The World War 2 - Here We Come Marching!

Eurogamer sources have confirmed that a series of images leaked last week via YouTube are referencing this year’s entry in the long-running series, Call of Duty: WWII.
We already hear from GameStop that the last Call of Duty was so bad in terms of 'holiday sales', they were forced to close over 150 stores because of it, and now Activision has decided to save the series the only solution is to go back in time to a real dirty World War.