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Final Skylanders Swap Force character debuting next week at Times Square

Hundreds of ravenous Skylanders fans will swarm the streets of New York next week to herald the arrival of final Swap Force series character Doom Stone during a special giveaway event at Times Square.

On Wednesday, April 23, the first 500 customers…
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[Update] Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’s Kokiri Forest Gets The Oculus Rift Treatment

Update: The creators of the Oculus Rift Ocarina of Time mod have now recreated the entire game in virtual 3D.

Chadtronic has posted a new video to his YouTube channel, which shows off a more complete version of the Ocarina of Time Oculus Rift adaptation – and also demonstrates a first-person mode. It's pretty cool.

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Last week, we saw a mod that placed Oculus Rift users in the original NES version The Legend of Zelda. Recently, someone modified a small segment Ocarina of Time to do the same.

The video, which you can see below, comes from YouTube user Chadtronic, but the mod itself was put together by DarkAkuma. You can download the mod here if you have an Oculus Rift.

The mod is a "walk-around demo" recreation of Kokiri Forest. It doesn't have any of the characters or playable mechanics of Ocarina of Time's opening location, but you can take a look around and take in the sights.

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[Source: OculusVR, Chadtronic on YouTube, via Kotaku]

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Batman Arkham Knight set one year later, ‘five times larger’ than Arkham City

The recently-revealed final game from Rocksteady in the Arkham series, Batman Arkham Knight, will feature “traffic-friendly streets” in a map that’s said to be “roughly five times the size” of Batman Arkham City. Lead AI and combat programmer Tim…
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Microsoft: Xbox One Has Sold 2.29 Times Faster Than Xbox 360

Microsoft has revealed some detail coming out of the NPD report for January 2014. The Xbox One is off to a much stronger start than the Xbox 360, selling more than double the number of consoles when comparing the first three months of both life cycles.

Microsoft also revealed that it has sold 2.27 million software units in January, making up 47 percent of the market. The attach rate for the Xbox One is an average of 2.7 games since the console’s launch on November 22.

 

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I was hoping to hear how many consoles Microsoft has sold, which indicates that Sony has moved more PlayStation 4s than Microsoft sold Xbox Ones. We’ll have a full NPD report shortly that will give us some more detail about the industry. I expect Sony to reveal its own console stats soon, too.

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Reader Discussion: What’s The Most Times You’ve Purchased The Same Game?

Today we learned that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition won’t be coming to PC, and that console users won’t be getting a break on the new version. If you want to play the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 version of that game, you’ll be paying full retail price ($ 60).

Of course, Square Enix isn’t alone. Many publishers have compiled their classic titles into HD collections, re-released them alone on digital platforms, and bundled them for “Game of the Year” editions.

We’re curious about your buying habits. Do you buy re-released versions of games? If so, what factors contribute to your decision? Is it the convenience of playing the titles via Xbox Live, PSN, or the eShop? Do the visual upgrades make the difference? Do you avoid them altogether?

Let us know in the comments. Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you’ve purchased Super Mario Bros. 3, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, or Minecraft on every platform they’ve ever graced. 

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Metal Gear Solid 5 map ‘hundreds of times larger’ than Ground Zeroes’

According to a Siliconera translation of a tweet by Hideo Kojima, the map for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is “hundreds of times larger” than the map being used for its prologue, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. The Ground Zeroes map also …
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PS4′s share button clicked 10.9 million times [Update]

The Cher share button on players’ DualShock 4 controllers has been pressed 10.9 million times according to Sony, which revealed some impressive numbers behind its PS4 livestreaming services today. For starters, Twitch and Ustream have hosted nearly 800,000 gameplay streams and over 7.1 million spectator sessions on the home console since its launch.

Sony says that ten percent of all Twitch-broadcasted content has come from PS4 systems since its US launch on November 15, based on the average number of minutes broadcast. That adds up to 20 million minutes of live broadcasting from the console, the length of 21,808.66 consecutive spins of Cher’s entire discography. Additionally, PS4 Ustream broadcasts average 31 minutes in length, enough time to listen to “Heart of Stone” 7.35 times. Though let’s be honest, we could croon “wish your heart was a heart of stone” much longer than that, but we really don’t think we’re strong enough.

The livestreaming figures follow last week’s announcement that over 2.1 million PS4 systems have been sold globally. Once new PS4 owners start to unwrap their new consoles over the holidays, this gameplay broadcasting beat will only go on.

Update: Additionally, Twitch told Joystiq that the number of broadcasters using its services increased over 100,000 in the month of November since the launch of the PS4, up from around 600,000 in October.

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Gran Turismo 6 first week UK sales around five times less than GT5

Gran Turismo 6 is way off the pace of its predecessor, after debuting in the UK with close to five times less sales than Gran Turismo 5. Yes, the presence of two next-gen consoles is no doubt a factor – also GT5 came out on a Wednesday, and GT6 on Friday – but it’s still a concerning performance by the PS3 racer, especially considering it had this week to itself, retail-wise. To add insult to injury, it placed eighth in the UK charts this week – behind the nearly three-month-old Grand Theft Auto 5.

With Gran Turismo 6 failing to light up the charts, this week’s podium is the same as last week’s: Battlefield 4 in third, FIFA 14 second, and Call of Duty: Ghosts top for the second week running. There’s barely any shuffling to mention either, outside of Killzone: Shadow Fall dropping from fourth to ninth. Instead of dwelling on that, let’s close with a gif that harks back to happier times.

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Football Manager 2013 was pirated over 10.1 million times, once in the Vatican

Sports Interactive studio head Miles Jacobson revealed that Football Manager 2013 was illegally downloaded over 10.1 million times in a talk at the London Games Conference, MCVUK reported. He explained that the cracked software featured a “Home” flaw, which let the developer track the IP addresses of all pirates. Among the regions Jacobson discovered the illegal downloads in, China led the group with 3.2 million downloads followed by Turkey with 1.05 million copies of the game. Jacobson added that one person in the 547,000 that illegally downloaded Football Manager 2013 in Italy was located in Vatican City.

While the developer said it would “be ridiculous to think” that every illegal download equated to one lost sale of the game, he estimated that 176,000 sales were lost to pirating, and that 1.74 percent of downloaders would have potentially purchased Football Manager 2013 had the cracking software not been available. Putting it in tangible terms, Jacobson equated the lost sales to $ 3.7 million in revenue that Sports Interactive and publisher Sega won’t see.

Jacobson was previously optimistic in November 2012 about the new anti-piracy measures placed in the game, noting that Football Manager 2012 wasn’t pirated until two weeks after release. By comparison, Football Manager 2013 went 119 days without being cracked, the official LGC Twitter account noted during Jacobson’s talk.

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Crowdfund Bookie September 2013: The best of times, the worst of times

The Crowdfund Bookie crunches data from select successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns that ended during the week and produces pretty charts for you to look at.

The month of September embodied the best and, arguably, the worst crowdfunding has to offer video games. On the positive side of things, September saw the birth of Project Phoenix, the month’s highest-funded game ($ 1,014,600). The RPG-meets-RTS features an all-star crew, including Lead Composer Nobuo Uematsu, Art Director Kiyoshi Arai and Director/Producer Hiroaki Yura, each with ties to the Final Fantasy series as well as Diablo 3 and Valkyria Chronicles.

September will also be remembered as the month that Ouya’s Free the Games Fund left its mark on crowdfunding. One game in the program, Gridiron Thunder, was accused of unfairly bolstering its own campaign by self-funding it past the $ 100,000 mark in order to earn rewards offered by Ouya. The hardware company’s program fell under great scrutiny before being overhauled, at which point developer MogoTXT removed Gridiron Thunder from Free the Games Fund eligibility.

As an example of the discrepancy in funding, Evelend Games’ action platformer Indiegogo project AdventurOS had over ten times as many funders as Gridiron Thunder (1,899 versus 183), yet the Ouya football game earned over eight times as much money as AdventurOS ($ 171,009 versus $ 21,323). Additionally, removing Gridiron Thunder from the action genre for the month takes the category’s average pledge per backer rate down from $ 44.19 to $ 34.31.

As seen in our latest quarterly report, it only takes a few projects like Gridiron Thunder to shape the community’s perception of entire crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. While September saw the same number of successful projects (29), the $ 2,211,975 raised by 40,701 funders were down by $ 764,575 and 23,218 people from the previous month, and were the lowest amounts seen in the last four months. It’s unclear whether potential community distrust thanks to controversial projects like Gridiron Thunder or the release of big retail games, such as the recent launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 will have a bigger impact on crowdfunding in the coming months. Head past the break to see the month’s breakdown by genre as well as a list of September’s top five projects.

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