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Nintendo's President, Saturo Iwata, has passed away according to a statement from Nintendo. The cause of death was a bile duct tumor. Iwata had been battling the disease since 2014, when he missed a shareholder meeting to undergo surgery.  Fans and colleagues alike have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of this lifelong gamer, developer, and businessman:


Nintendo's flag at half mast






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Every gamer knows that the bond formed with their virtual teammates is as real as any formed in the real world, and losing one of those friends is a truly painful loss.  After one of their clanmates passed away due to complications arising from a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the Dads of Destiny clan found a truly touching way to salute their comrade. 

Known as TheSquashPhD in Destiny, Joshua R. Stokell of Charlotte, NC passed away on June 8.  He was 36 years old.  Josh had a PhD in Microbiology and was a Post- Doctoral Fellow at UNC-Charlotte researching Cystic Fibrosis.  

geek news sam simon simpsons co creator death
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You've probably seen his name in the credits of the Simpsons, though he was only with the show for its first four seasons.  After making millions creating the Simpsons with Matt Groenig and James L Brooks, Simon all but retired in his thirties and spent his time fighting for animal rights and rescuing and training dogs.  

Simon passed away today after a long battle with colon cancer.  His fortune will be donated to animals in need, and his legacy will live on in our laughter.  Join us in remembering his work on the Simpsons.

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Maxis Emeryville, the studio responsible for SimCity and Spore, has been shut down.  Here's what EA has to say (via Kotaku):

Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to our studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne locations as we close our Emeryville location. Maxis continues to support and develop new experiences for current Sims and SimCity players, while expanding our franchises to new platforms and developing new cross-platform IP.

These changes do not impact our plans for The Sims. Players will continue to see rich new experiences in The Sims 4, with our first expansion pack coming soon along with a full slate of additional updates and content in the pipeline.

All employees impacted by the changes today will be given opportunities to explore other positions within the Maxis studios and throughout EA. For those that are leaving the company, we are working to ensure the best possible transition with separation packages and career assistance.



Don't worry though, there are still four other Maxis studios to keep your Sims going.

It's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to SciFi legend Leonard Nimoy, whom we lost today after a battle with chromic obstructive pulmonary disease.  

He touched many lives with his talent, and we'd love for you to share your favorite moments and memories of Leonard Nimoy in the comments below.

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