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video game news ubisoft theme park
Via: Ubi Blog
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Ubisoft has announced plans to build a 10,000 square meter (over 100,000 square foot) theme park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From the Ubisoft Blog:

Have you ever played one of Ubisoft’s games and thought, “This is fun and all, but I’d really like to experience it as a theme park ride”?


I mean, no, not really, but sure, I guess.

The aim of the park is to "immerse people in reactive worlds where they can interact with each other and become the heroes of their own life-sized game,” according to Jean de Rivières, senior vice president of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. The park will feature rides and other attractions built around Ubisoft's franchises, which have not been named but are sure to include Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, something from Tom Clancy, and please God not Just Dance. which, according to Comingsoon.net will include Just Dance, Assassin's Creed, and Rabbids.

It's hard not to compare this theme park to Nintendo's similar announcement of Nintendo IP appearing at Universal Theme Parks earlier this year, which, if I'm being honest, seems like a far better idea. What about you; would you rather visit a Nintendo or Ubisoft park?


video game news pikmin 4 nearly complete
Via: Eurogamer
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Nintendo has announced exclusively through Eurogamer that Pikmin 4 is not only in development, but nearly completed. The company did not specify what platform Pikmin 4 will be released on, though details about the new NX console won't be available until some time next year. Given that it's near completion, Pikmin 4 could be one of the last Wii U titles.

video game news batman arkham knight pc patch released
Via: WB Games
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An interim patch for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC has finally been released, allowing PC players to get their hands on the game without crippling framerates. User feedback suggests all is going well with the new patch, which fixes the following:

Reduced frame rate hitches
Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage
Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
More Comprehensive In-Game Settings
Fixed low resolution texture bugs
Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)

More optimization is planned for the future, which will add more support and optimize the game for Windows 10. You can read the full patch notes here.

video game news lizard squad hacker sentenced
Via: Kaleva
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According to Finnish newspaper Kaleva, Lizard Squad member Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki has been convicted of 50,700 computer crime charges including data breaches, felony payment fraud, and telecommunication harassments in relation to his work with the group of hackers. Lizard Squad claims responsibility for last year's Sony PSN and Microsoft's Xbox Live DDOS attacks. He has also performed acts of SWATting, and harassed people by leaking their personal information and destroying their finances. Kivimaki, who is 17, has been given a two year suspended sentence and will have his internet activity monitored by authorities. 

In Finland, a suspended sentence delays a person's imprisonment while placing them on probation. At the end of the probationary period, if that person has not committed a crime, they may not be subject to imprisonment. Kivimaki's age is likely a factor in his sentence, though many feel the sentence is entirely too light for his crimes.

Daybreak CEO John Smedley, who was a victim of Kivimaki, had some choice words for the hacker on Twitter:



You tell him, Smedley! What do you think, should Kivimaki face jail time for his cyber crimes?

video game news mariah carey game of war
Via: TMZ
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You know that mobile game you've only heard of because Kate Upton is in all its commercials?  I'm sorry to report that her reign is over; a new angelic set of knockers is about to descend upon the Game of War marketing scene.  

According to TMZ, 45 year old pop diva Mariah Carey is the new face of Game of War: Fire Age.  Her commercial deal is reportedly costing the company a full seven figure sum, which may not be too big of a spend given that the game rakes in more than a million dollars every day.  

Maybe if we're really lucky, Carey will pen a new song for Game of War.  If it's anything like her latest single, it'll surely get you in the mood for war:

Via: Oculus
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The Oculus Rift is finally coming to consumers early next year, and included with it comes an Xbox One controller.  If that doesn't tickle your fancy, you may want to get your hands on their newly announced "Oculus Touch," a set of motion tracking controllers designed for 360-degrees of motion tracking equipped with a thumbstick, two buttons, a hand trigger, and an analog trigger.



The Oculus Touch can detect input from all of your fingers, and features shaking haptic technology to let you "feel" the objects you're touching.  If you thought you looked like a huge nerd using the Oculus Rift before, just wait until you see yourself using these things too.



Attendees of E3 next week will get to try these controllers out in person, while the rest of us will have to wait to get our mitts on them until Q1 of next year.

video game news nintendo fiscal year profit
Via: Nintendo
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Nintendo finished the the fiscal year ending March 31 with ¥41.8 billion ($349.2 million) net income, above their forecasted ¥30 billion ($250.6 million).  Last fiscal year the company came in at a loss of ¥23.2 billion ($193.8 million).

Nintendo missed their shipment goals for Wii U and 3DS, moving 3.38 million (against a target of 3.6 million) Wii Us, and 8.73 million 3DS (9 million targeted).  Forcasted for the new year are 3.4 million for Wii U and 7.6 million for 3DS.

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