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My year in gaming: 2014 edition (tjsmoke63)

2014 is winding down, and so it’s that time of year again to do those retrospective looks at the last twelve months of gaming. It’s been a year when a new generation of consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) began to come into their own, even as remasters seemed to dominate while eagerly anticipated titles were pushed off until 2015. Those who held onto their PS3s and Xbox 360s may have been glad they did so, and Nintendo owners with the Wii U rejoiced as their console of choice provided them with a steady stream of choice games that weren’t delayed another year. Handhelds had their share of great games as well, with the Playstation Vita getting a steady diet of RPGs and the Nintendo 3DS getting a nice variety of titles to choose from...

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Marth, Wii Fit Trainer and the Villager Amiibo Figurines Might be Discontinued

It would appear that Nintendo doesn’t plan on shipping any more Villager, Marth or Wii Fit Trainer Amiibos.

Canadian videogame retailer “Video Games Plus” stated on their Twitter account that, “Nintendo has officially discontinued Marth, Wii Fit Trainer & Villager amibos [sic],” at least for the North American market. There is an apparent shortage when it comes to folks trying to find these three figurines in stores.

According to their Tweet,”We tried re-ordering all 3 from our official Nintendo distributor and after checking with Nintendo on their availability, they told us those 3 characters are officially discontinued by Nintendo believe it or not.”

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In the past, Nintendo did say that they were going to introduce and take away various Amiibo figurines, but who would’ve expected it to be...

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Sony Celebrates their 20th Anniversary with an Awesome Trailer

20 years sure went by in a flash hasn’t it?

Titled, “Everyone Who Loves Games, Thank You”, the video showcases the many games that debuted on PlayStation devices, (going back all the way to titles that appeared before the PlayStation) to the latest and upcoming titles.

Check out the video for its bound to rekindle many gaming memories.

 

  
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SEA’s Dota DREAM TEAM to lose one of its members

Recently Joel ‘Xtinct’ Chan Zhan Leong stated on his Twitter, that he is no longer with the Malaysian Dota2 team, Team Malaysia.  The post TI3 favorites, Orange Neolutions who started off as underdogs, rose to glory during The International 3, after many surprising victories. None moreso than destroying the Chinese  juggernauts of Dota2, Team DK in convincing fashion during the International 3, and was also  where the infamous ‘aegis deny’ had brought them to their 3rd placing against team Na’Vi in the finals of the lower bracket. There was some speculation that they could’ve gone further and win The International 3. However, after TI3, Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung stated that he would be departing from Malaysia to join a Chinese team, Team DK, which shattered the hearts of many fans alike...

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Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX for 3DS

Sometimes ago I posted a trailer of this game, and now they are already released (Oct 31 2014). The DX version released was exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and available in the eShop for $6.00. The game is completely renewed from the Nintendo Wiiware version, so do expect extra stuff like stages, enemies and extended story.

  
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Action video games bolster sensorimotor skills, study finds

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One of the benefits of playing action games may be an enhanced ability to precisely learn the dynamics of new sensorimotor tasks. Such skills are key, for example, in laparoscopic surgery which involves high precision manual control of remote surgery tools through a computer interface.

A University of Toronto study finds that action video games bolster sensorimotor skills

A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do.

A new sensorimotor skill, such as learning to ride a bike or typing, often requires a new pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement...

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Fantasy Life – Get a Life Trailer

Only five days away, you wont want to miss Fantasy Life!

  
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It’s a Good Week to Get Back Into Diablo 3 on Xbox One/360 and PS4/PS3

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Get double XP or encounter twice as many Treasure Goblins, depending upon your platform of choice.

No matter what console you own the game on (sorry, fellow PC players), Blizzard is offering some new incentives for Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition players to jump back into the game during the next week.

On 360 and PS3, you’ll receive a 100% bonus to experience, a perk that stacks with other, existing in-game bonuses, like items and shrines. That makes this an ideal time to create a new character, make that final push toward level 70, or pad out your Paragon level.

Considering the name of the game is items, X1 and PS4 players get a bonus that’s arguably even more tantalizing: Treasure Goblin spawns have been doubled...

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Myst creators pen deal for series based on game

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’90s puzzler revived again by Legendary Entertainment

Cyan Worlds, creators and curators of classic PC and Mac puzzle IP Myst have signed a deal with Legendary Entertainment to create a series based on the game, likely accompanied by a new game in some form.

In fact, Variety reports that the series and attendant games and apps will be closely intertwined, creating a transmedia experience which lets players expand upon the events of the series. It has not yet been decided whether the series will be a traditional broadcast or an online digital show.

Legendary has pedigree when it comes to transferring gaming IP to other mediums, working on properties involving Mass Effect, Dead Rising and the forthcoming World of Warcraft movie...

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Sony preparing around 200,000 PS4s a year for Chinese market

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Company readies for new market after Xbox One’s success

Sony has confirmed that it is preparing to enter the Chinese market, verifying the authenticity of a document which says it will produce around 200,000 PS4s a year for the territory.

Bloomberg unearthed the agreement, filed to the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone, which was later authenticated by Sony spokesperson Masaki Tsukakoshi. However, he also made clear that the number of units was subject to demand, rather than being set in stone by the arrangement.

No launch date has been confirmed for the console in China, but Sony will definitely have an eye or two on the performance of Microsoft’s Xbox One, which is already selling better in China than it has in Japan.

Both companies are capitalising on the experimental ...

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