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Android users spend more time playing games than iOS users, says Unity report

A quarterly report from Unity lists the difference in playtime and total gameplay sessions across different mobile platforms, OS versions, and devices. …


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Report: Sony Suspends PSN User For Sharing Naked Screenshot From Watch Dogs 2

Today on NeoGAF, user Goron2000 posted about how they had received Watch Dogs 2 early and had been playing through the game when they ran into something you don't typically see in video games: explicit female nudity. Here's Goron's account of what happened:

I received my copy of Watch Dogs 2 on Saturday evening due to a mistake on Amazon Prime Now and I've been having a great time with the game so far. On Sunday evening I accidentally blew up a few women in a back alley with a gas pipe and then I saw *it*; someone at Ubisoft had rendered a full vagina on one (or maybe more) of the females in the game. 

I took a picture of this funny oversight with the ingame camera and shared it on twitter for my friends to see and I posted it in one of the Watch Dogs early release threads on here. Cut to tonight where I can't access any services while playing the game and then when I tried to sign in there was a very brief message about my account being suspended.

Goron says that they checked their email to discover a message from Sony informing them they had been suspended for a week for sharing "content of an adult or sexual nature [that] is against our Code of Conduct." According to the email, Goron has no access to the PlayStation Store or multiplayer until the suspension lifts.

The picture in question is still on Twitter (warning: graphic nudity) and lends credence to the story, though we have not received any other confirmation from other players or Sony or Ubisoft at this time.

We've reached out to both Sony and Ubisoft for comment and will update this article accordingly should we hear back.

[Source: NeoGAF]

Our Take
Regardless of how you feel about nudity in games, if this is true, Goron's position is an interesting one. He has essentially been suspended from using Sony's services for sharing an image from a game he legally purchased with the tools that Sony gives players to share their experiences. Though the picture certainly fits into the "adult nature" that's part of Sony's code of conduct, Goron wasn't sharing pornography but instead simply a screenshot taken from the game.

It seems strange and maybe unfair to punish a PSN user for sharing content available in a retail game. Obviously, we're going to have to wait for the full story here to figure out what's going on, but in the meantime, those of you who have retail copies of Watch Dogs 2 probably shouldn't share any risque images you find in-game.

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Report: Telltale’s Unnamed Marvel Game Is Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy was an unexpected delight, pulling audiences into the humor-infused world of Star Lord, Groot, Rocket Racoon, and a host of others. Its success warranted an upcoming sequel and, if reports are to be believed, a game from Telltale.

According to documents from SAG-AFTRA (and scoured by Comicbookmovie.com), the title is under production with a working name of Blue Harvest. It's credited to O'Farrell Industries, which, considering a companion listing of The Walking Dead Season 3, is likely a front of sorts for Telltale.

Telltale has shown a knack for adapting comics before, with The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and the new Batman series, as well as an ability to tell stories with a light touch in Tales from the Borderlands. If this is indeed legit, a Guardians of the Galaxy game could be a fun fit – and a refreshing change of pace from a cover-based shooter with jokes.

 

[Source: Comicbookmovie.com via Eurogamer]

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Report: Ubisoft In Talks With Netflix About Potential New Series

According to a report from Reuters, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is in discussions with the popular streaming service Netflix. These talks are about a possible partnership for a new series likely based off one of Ubisoft's major franchises.

This news came up while Guillemot addressed Vivendi's continued attempts at a takeover and to acquire Ubisoft's stocks, which Guillemot responded to by saying that Ubisoft hopes to remain independent.

As for the Netflix series, no other details have come to light just yet. An Assassin's Creed film is planned to release in theaters later this year. Netflix has previously partnered with Activision for the animated series Skylanders Academy which debuted earlier this fall.

[Source: Reuters]

 

Our Take
I'm wary about film and TV adaptations based off video games because of their shaky track record. With that said, Netflix has shown promise in recent years with the quality of their original programming, so there's some reason to be hopeful. Considering Ubisoft is already releasing an Assassin's Creed movie, I wouldn't be surprised if these discussions are related to that franchise. Perhaps it'll be a tie-in to the film, or something else entirely like a new look at Far Cry or Splinter Cell. 

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Digital sales, player engagement are up in latest Ubisoft financial report

Ubisoft credits strong financial performance in the first half of the fiscal year to the success of its digital strategy with games like The Division and Rainbow Six Siege. …


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Report: Valve Asking Developers To Show More In-Game Screenshots On Steam

As part of its upcoming "Discovery 2.0" update to Steam, Valve is asking developers to use more screenshots that show off the actual game, instead of concept art or stills that may not be representative of the final product.

The news comes from an update addressing Steamworks developers, later shown to Polygon. In the update, Valve outlines two requests for action it seeks from developers: the first, to tag any screenshots a developer felt were "inappropriate" to better filter them out of the Steam pages of users who would prefer not to see offensive content.

The second request asked developers to upload fewer images of concept art or stills from trailers for their games' store page, and more shots of the games in action. "When the 'screenshot' section of a store page is used for images other than screenshots that depict the game," wrote Valve UI designer Alden Kroll in the update, "it can make it harder for customers to understand what the product is that they are looking at."

Valve cited a game of their own, Dota 2, as a major culprit. The game's store page previously featured concept art for the game's characters instead of actual in-game shots. Currently, the page features more in-game shots, showcasing characters using the in-game character viewer instead.

According to the update, the Discovery 2.0 update, "is still a couple weeks away from going live."

[Source: Polygon]


Our Take
The first culprit for the change in policy is likely No Man's Sky (which currently has a lawsuit against it in the UK for false advertising), but it's not alone. Lots of games have concept art on their pages (like Dota 2), and it can alter players' expectations of the game. No matter what caused it, this is a good change to see.

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Sony Financials Report PS VR Sales ‘On Track’

Today Sony released its financial results for the second quarter (July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016), showing declines in certain aspects, while PS VR sales are yet to be officially counted.

Sales of the company's Game & Network Services division fell 11.3 percent (to $ 3.17 billion) compared with the previous year, but Sony says this was "primarily due to the impact of foreign exchange rates and the impact of a price reduction for the PS4 hardware." The company's financial statement goes on to say that this drop was partially offset by an increase in PS4 software sales. The division's operating income decreased 20% (to $ 188 million) due to the price reduction of the PS4 and a decrease in PS3 software sales.

Sony shipped 3.9 million units in this second quarter – down 100,000 from the same quarter last year.

On the horizon for the company is the release of the PS4 Pro on November 10, and sales for the newly released PlayStation VR have yet to be tabulated. The company says PS VR sales are "on track."

[Source: Sony (1), (2)]

 

Our Take
I imagine when a company drops the price of a system, that loss of income is supposed to be offset by an increase in overall sales.

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Report: Blizzard Store Leak Reveals Artwork Of Possible Overwatch Character Sombra

Last night some artwork hit Blizzard Entertainment's official merchandise store that showcased Sombra, the long-rumored addition to Overwatch's hero roster. Though Sombra has been at the heart of the elaborate ARG and several leaks, Blizzard has not confirmed the character is joining the game anytime soon.

However, a recent post set in Overwatch universe detailing the exploits of Sombra, as well as this leak on the eve of Blizzcon suggests there might be some news on that front soon. Here's the image:

It's worth noting that the name at the bottom right hand corner of the piece is John Polidora, an artist who works on Overwatch.

[Source: Reddit]

Our Take
Leaks upon leaks. It's likely we won't get any official word on any Overwatch additions until Blizzcon, which is luckily just around the corner. Still, the image definitely gives fans something to be excited about until then. 

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Report: Nintendo To End Wii U Production

According to Eurogamer, Nintendo's Wii U is set to end production on Friday. The publication says that it has several sources that have confirmed the console, which debuted in 2012, is to cease production.

This news follows on the heels that the company will be unveiling details about its new console, Nintendo Switch, early next year. This would also make sense, given that Nintendo implied earlier this year that the Wii U would cease production in 2016.

[Source: Eurogamer]

 

Our Take
If this is true, it's certainly not that surprising. After its successful launch, the Wii U has struggled to maintain stellar sales numbers and consumers have seen hesitant to embrace the console thanks to a lack of solid third-party support. With a new console on the way, it does make sense for Nintendo to clean house.

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Report: Nintendo President Kimishima Confirms The Switch Won’t Replace 3DS

The Nintendo Switch's reveal this month has created a crazy amount of buzz and a lot of questions. Because it's being marketed as a "unified" console that blends on-the-go gaming with console gaming, many have wondered how Nintendo plans to move forward with the 3DS after the Switch's launch.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that the company has no plans to discontinue the popular handheld console. "Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing," he says. "So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form."

Kimishima further explains that the team "didn't just want a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS," but rather an altogether new experience of its own, which is how they came up with the concept of a unified platform that is "both stationary and one you can take outside to play with anyone you want."

The interview also touched on the subject of virtual reality, which Kimishima says Miyamoto in particular has brought up frequently. "It's not that we’re uninterested. In fact, we have a lot of interest," Kimishima says. "VR offers the experience of playing in a new way. But that depends on the software and how you use it to play."

You can watch the Nintendo Switch reveal, how it works, and more by heading here. You can also read up on what the Game Informer staff hopes to see from Nintendo's new console. On January 12, Nintendo will be revealing more information, including launch date, games, and price, surrounding the Switch. The Nintendo Switch will release in March 2017.

[Source: Bloomberg]

 

Our Take
The 3DS is one of Nintendo's great successes, so it seems like a safe bet that they will continue to support the handheld device for a while longer despite the launch of the Nintendo Switch. Particularly with big games like Pokémon Sun and Moon releasing next month, the 3DS still carries a lot of weight in terms of profitability for Nintendo. 

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