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Embracing its post-apocalyptic reality show roots, Darwin Project opens its gates to a second Closed Alpha Weekend with a dev stream packed full of manhunting, show directing and… bards?

Today, Scavengers Studio is excited to ring in Darwin Project’s second Closed Alpha Weekend on PC with an hour-long dev stream. Chock-full of arrow-piercing goodness, the team behind Canada’s chillest battle royale game have more than a few tricks up their insulated sleeves to celebrate the coming of the Show Director.
Gripping experiential history of man's quest for flight “The First Class VR is out now for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

This is a production from a new Chinese studio that has worked on numerous FX for Chinese blockbuster movies. There is great quality behind the graphics and localization/voice over has been polished for the final release. I invite you to check out the brand new release trailer below, as The First Class VR is an interactive VR experience that will take you through the historical journey of air and space in an incredible lifelike environment built on the Unreal 4 graphics engine, which pushes the boundaries of interactive storytelling as you witness the key moments that define human aviation.
Today, Crystal Dynamics®, the renowned developer of the critically acclaimed and world-famous TOMB RAIDER® franchise, released a brand new video highlighting the studio’s 25-year legacy of great gaming experiences.

The developer began its 25th year in a newly redesigned, state-of-the-art facility that includes a fully equipped motion capture stage, six soundproof audio rooms, a dailies review room featuring a 4K HDR TV setup, a photogrammetry capture space, a full 4K HDR Dolby Atmos™ equipped theater, and more.
Thousands of children and young people are losing money on websites which allow them to trade virtual items, gambling experts have warned.

The Gambling Commission's annual report has, for the first time, looked at the problem of so-called "skin betting". The items won - usually modified guns or knives within a video game known as a skin - can often be sold and turned back into real money. And as you can see from Ryan's story before it has become a major problem, with people as young as 11 and students not buying food for their actual human self to live, so they can afford to purchase the latest 'Gun Skin' for CS:GO that every hardcore gamers wants! :)

Struggle to buy food
The Sinking City is currently in production and will be available in 2018 on PC and consoles.

Bigben and Frogwares today share a new dev diary which details the creative process and the inspirations used in creating the city of Oakmont. This city will be the setting of a new supernatural adventure that players will experience in The Sinking City, a brand-new investigation game coming next year on PC and consoles.
“Opus IV” Card Set Now Available in North America

With the recent release of the FINAL FANTASY® Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”) Series “Opus IV” card set, SQUARE ENIX® announced that the series has shipped over 110 million cards worldwide.

Independent Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes is proud to announce the three winners of the Warframe® Tenno's Greatest Trailer Contest.

Benjamin Noisette (NihilVX), Ryan Tam (NYx53), and Yegor Poustovalov (AQUA5) are the first, second and third place prize winners from the contest that challenged the Warframe community to show their love in trailer form. The winners won $10,000, $3,000, and $1,000, respectively. The three trailers debuted at The Game Awards 2017, held Thursday, December 7, in Los Angeles, California.
Shorter period between announcement and release

Back in October 2016, someone noticed an open laptop and on it was work in progress for game called 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider', but that rumor was never confirmed, but today Square-Enix teased all their loyal Lara Croft fans with a message, and if you read below it has 'secret code' in it, and basically confirmed the game's title, but no hints on the release date, but they promise it will be quicker.
SQUARE ENIX and GlobalGiving have combined forces to host the FINAL FANTASY® 30th Anniversary: A Legacy of Art charity auction for hurricane relief.

From now through December 9th, fans can bid on select artwork from the FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary: The Legacy of Art exhibition. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to GlobalGiving to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria.
Original Voice Actors Return in the Farewell Bonus Episode

The bonus episode "Farewell" from Before the Storm’s Deluxe Edition will be releasing in early 2018 and in even more exciting news;
Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Amazon Alexa is First-of-its-Kind for Video Games, Lets Players Ask Alexa and Ghost to Perform In-Game Tasks
Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa Available for Free to All Alexa Device Owners
Special Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost Compatible with All Alexa Devices

Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), announced the introduction of the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa, giving players of one of the best-selling video games of 2017 to date* the first-ever Alexa voice integration in a live game experience**. Revealed on stage by Tom Taylor, senior vice president, Amazon Alexa and Byron Beede, Activision’s senior vice president of Product Management for Destiny at the AWS re:Invent 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill, voiced by the in-game Ghost’s...
The Sims Artist Shop Will Offer Exclusive Designs on Threadless Throughout the Year

Best-selling life simulation game The Sims™ and global artist community shop, Threadless, teamed up to launch an exclusive product line that brings fans an official The Sims merchandise store for the first time ever. Starting today, fans can purchase t-shirts, cell phone cases, notebooks, mugs, and more, featuring 17 unique The Sims designs through the Threadless shop.
Company Announces Full Support for DJI’s Spark Drone and Sphero’s Programmable Robot

Gamevice, the makers of the zero latency and direct connected controller, announced today that it will provide full support to Spark, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone from DJI, the leading drone and flying camera creators.
Curse of Osiris – Stream Two – New Ways to Play

Please see below for a recap for the second Destiny 2, Expansion 1: Curse of Osiris Livestream, which broadcast last night, on Tuesday 21st November, on Bungie’s Twitch channel.
"We’re turning off all in-game purchases."

If you been following the Reddit threads, you should be well informed already about the huge debate regarding the 'Loot Boxes' in Star Wars Battlefront 2, but tonight EA has caved into the pressure from millions of gamers screaming about it, and turn them off for now.
Curse of Osiris – Stream ONE recap – New Stories to Tell

Please see below for a recap for the first Destiny 2, Expansion 1: Curse of Osiris Livestream, which broadcast last night, 7pm GMT on Wednesday 15th November, on Bungie’s Twitch channel. Plus you will find after the recap the brand-new The Destiny 2 – Expansion 1: Curse of Osiris Trailer to enjoy watching below!
If you want to know how the Internet has changed gaming since the last decade you just need to delve into your drawers and pull out some of the black and white pictures of your grandparents and try to find some resemblance.

Over the last decade, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds and nowhere is this feature more apparent than in the gaming industry. Just consider what we had 10 years ago and you will get an opportunity to see how new technology in the online gaming and online casino industries have been evolving. Given below are the four top technological developments, which have radically changed how we are playing games presently.

Online gaming

The best thing about online gaming is that it connects you with other like-minded gamers from throughout the world. Unlike in the past when it was introduced and there was an annoying lag time because the Internet connection was often shaky...
Get a post-apocalyptic manhunt primer, in addition to your first look at Darwin Project's Show Director feature, coming soon to a dev stream near you!

I'm currently writing this from the middle of Canada, where it's started to snow. Even the weather's getting in the mood for this weekend's Darwin Project alpha! Bundle up and get ready, because the snowbound manhunt kicks off in just 3 hours.
Ugly Christmas Sweaters are here!

Someone at Bin Laden's hideout liked Final Fantasy VII

CIA released a ton of files, docs, from the Osama Bin Laden raid on the compound 4 years ago, and amazing enough browsing thru the released collection, we find that the 9/11 terrorist mastermind like, Anime, Bootleg Video Games, and Classic Emulator Cover Art. :)