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  1. Today, in an opinion article published on the Official Microsoft Blog, Phil Spencer shared his views on gaming as one of our society’s great unifying forces. We are a 2.6 billion-person strong community of parents playing with our kids, adventurers exploring worlds together, teachers making math wondrous, grandmothers learning about their grandchildren through play, and soldiers connecting with their folks back home. Most gamers today are adults; nearly half are women. For many people around the world, gaming is the first entry point into technology. This widespread embrace of gaming and its global communities have turned video games into the world’s leading cultural industry, bigger than movies or music. It’s essential that we embrace our role and take responsibility for creating safe gaming. When people call video games a waste a time, Phils point them to the well-documented health and social benefits of gaming. Beyond pure exhilaration, gaming helps children with autism make new friends and seniors with Alzheimer’s improve their memory. Researchers have found that gaming teaches adults leadership, improves decision-making and reduces stress and depression and also teaches kids computational skills and empathy. Gaming is the gateway to these 21st century skills and to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Just consider: teen girls who play video games are three times more likely to pursue a STEM degree. Here is what Phil believes to be the two fundamental truths about gaming: First, gaming is for everyone. No one group “owns” gaming. Instead, whether you’re new to gaming or are a diehard esports fan, you are welcome to play and welcome to all the fun and skill-building that comes with gaming. In this way, when everyone can play, the entire world wins. Second, gaming must promote and protect the safety of all. Gaming must be a safe environment. Creating community is shared work, and protecting community is essential work. So, we all carry part of the payload of community safety, game industry and gamers alike. Team Xbox are building on years of expertise in the area of online safety and embracing design that prioritizes safety for all. They are committed to work to protect the safety of all gamers, regardless of platform. And they invite the rest of the industry to join us. Microsoft, Team Xbox, and Phil Spencer are personally committing to making gaming safe for everyone in these ways: We commit to be vigilant, proactive, and swift. We will identify potentials for abuse and misuse on our platform and will fix problems quickly. We are also intent on expanding the composition of our safety team so wide-ranging perspectives can help us identify future safety problems and solutions. Because hate and harassment have no place in gaming, we have published a refreshed version of ourXbox Community Standards to communicate how each of us can keep gaming fun and safe for all and detail the consequences when any of us break these standards. We commit to empowering you to safeguard your gaming experience the way you want. We believe in equipping you with the tools to customize your gaming experience fit for your personal comfort level. This summer, we are empowering our official Club community managers with proactive content moderation features that will help create safe spaces for fans to discuss their favorite games. We plan to roll out new content moderation experiences to everyone on Xbox Live by the end of the year. Creating a Child or Teen Account is the easiest way for parents and guardians to manage who their kids engage with as well as their family’s screen time, content and spending. While more than 26 million Child and Teen accounts have been created to-date, we will make it easier for parents and guardians new to console and PC gaming to discover and create Child or Teen accounts. Additionally, Xbox recently launched a new “For Everyone” destination on Xbox.com where parents, guardians and players can learn how Xbox is making gaming more fun for everyone with their new inclusivity, accessibility, and safety features. Xbox is innovating now in these and other concrete ways to reduce, filter, and develop a shared understanding of toxic experiences, and to ultimately put the Xbox community of gamers, and their parents or guardians, in control of their own experiences. We commit to working across the gaming industry on safety measures. Because we intend to protect all gamers, we will openly share safety innovations with our industry the same way Microsoft has made PhotoDNA technology universally available to everyone from the police to the tech industry to fight the spread of child pornography. Today, multiple teams working in areas like moderation, user research, data science, and others are already aligning with industry partners to share insights and best practices in areas of safety, security and privacy. The gaming industry must now answer the fierce urgency to play with our fierce urgency for safety. We invite everyone who plays games, and industry partners, to join us in following these principles to help unify the world and do our part: make gaming accessible for everyone and protect gamers, one and all.
  2. Minecraft Earth: Official Reveal Trailer
  3. If your biggest problem with Minecraft was the lack of blocks int he real world, a solution has been born. Check out the cheesy announce trailer and blurb below for more info: Blurb: What’s happening? We can think of no better way to celebrate our 10-year anniversary than by finally being able to tell you about our top-secret-but-not-anymore augmented reality mobile game “Minecraft Earth” which will be free-to-play on both iOS and Android. This is Minecraft like you’ve never experienced it before, bringing you the best of Minecraft, but IRL! Here’s some of the awesomeness you’ll be able to experience: Go on Adventures! In “Minecraft Earth,” you’ll go out in the real world to find small clusters of blocks, chests or mobs called Tappables. As you walk, you will also find Adventures, which are small slices of Minecraft worlds that you play in life-size AR – your sidewalk becomes a mine where there may be diamonds under your feet, or your local park may have Minecraft trees where skeletons lurk, ready for a skirmish! Players will collect resources, fight mobs, and gain experience points to progress in their career. Collect, explore and survive! “Minecraft Earth” features many of the Vanilla Minecraft mobs that our players know and love, along with new ones we can’t wait to reveal (later). Over time, players will get the chance to discover and collect unique variants and use them to populate builds, as well as gather resources and take on nearby challenges. Experience your creations in front of you or ALL AROUND YOU! Players can build their own permanent creations in “Minecraft Earth” through Build Plates – the best implementation of the creative spirit of the Vanilla game. Build in small, tabletop-sized environments where you can interact from above, or place your Build Plates on the ground to see your creations outside in life-size scale. Collaborative multiplayer! Optimized for social multiplayer experiences, anyone with an AR-capable smartphone and “Minecraft Earth” installed will be able to join your session quickly and have fun together. Fancy-tech! “Minecraft Earth” blends state-of-the-art Microsoft technology like Azure Spatial Anchors tracking and PlayFab integration to bring the game to life for a sophisticated AR gaming experience. Excited? SO ARE WE! Head over to Minecraft.net/earth and follow @MinecraftEarth for more info and to sign up for a chance to get into the closed beta this summer.
  4. PC gamers who have been eagerly awaiting to put their money forward for Octopath Traveler are now in luck. It can be pre-ordered here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/921570/ Blurb: Square Enix has announced that players can now pre-purchase the critically-acclaimed OCTOPATH TRAVELER on STEAM ahead of its release on 8th June 2019. OCTOPATH TRAVELER for PC brings to life the game’s unique HD-2D visuals, blending striking 2D character designs with a beautiful 3D world. Featuring eight distinct characters each with their own tales to enjoy ranging from journeys of self-discovery to quests for revenge, each hero will start their journey in a different land within the perilous continent of Orsterra, allowing players to steer their own journey depending on whom they choose. Players who pre-purchase OCTOPATH TRAVELER ahead of its launch will receive an exclusive set of eleven desktop wallpapers, featuring beautiful artwork of the title’s beloved heroes and stunning environments. OCTOPATH TRAVELER will be available for PC (STEAM) from 8th June 2019 with English and Japanese audio, and English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese text.
  5. PC gamers have a gem on their horizon with SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest . Blurb: About SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest Three years after the Purity Wars, Nortander is on the cusp of a new era. However, things aren’t as peaceful as they seem – when the Queen calls you, a disgraced General, back to your homeland, you’re plunged in a war on many fronts: while a hatemonger threatens to tear apart the Dwarven realm, an enigmatic cult of Dark Elves harvests the souls of people for reasons unknown. Gather your allies and prevent a catastrophe. Features: Build distinct heroes through various options and combinations on a skilltree Lead your army to victory in a reworked sector-based RTS system Use unique mechanics of your army units to win epic battles Use flying units for even more advance tactics Epic fantasy soundtrack and bleeding-edge top-down graphics Multiplayer Features: Each faction has two unique heroes that complement individual play styles A modern multiplayer lobby allows for easier matchmaking and ranked play Create your own maps with the powerful modding tools New features compared to SpellForce 3: All-new campaign featuring a new storyline with over 20 hours of content All-new abilities and skilltrees for even more diverse heroes All-new RTS gameplay: sector-based system with a focus on global resource distribution and unique faction mechanic Unique mechanics and unique unit kits make the races feel very diverse and offer replay-value in the campaign Flying units allow more tactical elements New factions: Dwarves and Dark Elves Overhauled UI makes the game more pleasant to look at and text more readable
  6. For lucky Australian Android users, and soon everybody on iOS and Android, Pokémon Rumble Rush is coming! After enjoying Pokémon Quest a surprising amount, I am definitely going to be keeping an eye on it's release. Blurb: Get ready, adventurer! Pokémon Rumble Rush has arrived for mobile devices in Australia and is coming soon to the rest of the world. In this latest entry in the Pokémon Rumble series, exploring uncharted islands is fun and fast-paced, thanks to the easy-to-use controls and attacks that are pulled off with simple taps. As you battle wild Pokémon, some of them will join your team. Keep collecting more Pokémon to build up an assortment of heavy hitters. Plus, the more you collect the same species of Pokémon, the stronger those Pokémon will be when they join you! You'll need to gather a crew of powerful Pokémon partners to take on the islands' Super Bosses. Your Pokémon partners won't be heading into battle without any help, though! As you explore each island, you will earn gears that your Pokémon can equip. There are two kinds of gears—power gears, which boost a Pokémon's individual stats and make it more effective in battle, and summon gears, which allow a Pokémon to temporarily call another Pokémon into battle. Choose the best gears to help your Pokémon come out on top! Pokémon Rumble Rush is a free-to-start adventure. You will also be able to purchase in-game items using real-world currency. It's available now in Australia—and will be available soon in other regions—so prepare to explore!
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    Unruly Heroes | Announce Trailer | PS4

    Unruly Heroes | Announce Trailer | PS4
  8. Released everywhere else, PS4 owners will finally be lucky enough to check out Unruly Heroes on the 28th of May Blurb: Set against the backdrop of one of China’s most beloved folk-tales, The Legend of the Monkey King, Unruly Heroes places the player in the shoes of our titular heroes - Wukong the Monkey King, Sanzang the Sleepy Monk, Kihong the Greedy Pig, Sandmonk the Sensitive Brute - as they journey through a beautiful, hand-drawn world facing an ever growing horde of enemies and challenging platforming puzzles. Unruly Heroes features a simple to pick up, hard to master combat system across all four playable characters, evolving gameplay and surprises galore. With a background in AAA game development, film, animation and TV, the team at Magic Design Studios bring a wealth of talent, vision and artistry to Unruly Heroes which shines through in every area from art style to character design, combat and animation. "Journey to the West is a wonderful story, but it’s not widely known in the West.” Yang Lu, CEO of Magic Design Studios & Creative Director of Unruly Heroes commented. “There are elements of the original Chinese folk tale in many popular manga and anime properties but the true origin of the story has generally remained unknown - we wanted to change that.” Beyond simply looking beautiful and telling an amazing story, the Unruly Heroes team set out to bring a fresh take on the action platform genre - Sebastien Delord, Lead Designer, added “On the surface, Unruly Heroes can be mistaken for a traditional platforming game but we really hope with the launch of the PlayStation 4 version we will be able to connect with a new audience who will really understand the amazing challenge that our game has to offer for lone players, groups of adventurers or those who like to go head-to-head against friends” PlayStation 4 players who set out on a journey with Unruly Heroes will be the first to experience the brand new Challenge Update content which introduces two new difficulty modes, additional character skins and a photo mode plus an array of gameplay & control tweaks. This content will be coming to PC, Xbox and Switch at a later date.
  9. Drunk_Monk

    NRL

    Yea man. The entire Warriors drop balls and we usually lose games. Ben Hunt drops a ball and his team always loses from it.
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    RAGE 2 is out now, and has a launch trailer

    The first game may not have taken off, but based on trailer like the one below, I am curious. Blurb: Let the RAGE-ing commence! RAGE 2 is now available worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. In RAGE 2’s “shooterverse,” you’ll experience classic id Software combat in an insane Avalanche Studios open world as Ranger Walker, the world’s closest thing to a superhero and best hope at overthrowing the tyrannical reign of General Cross and his mutated Authority minions. Master your devastating arsenal of flesh-chewing weapons combined with your performance enhancing Nanotrite-infused abilities to help turn your enemies into gelatinous cubes of flesh. From the River Hogs of the swamps, to the Goon Squad of the wastes, to the sewer-dwelling mutants and the samurai-esque Immortal Shrouded, everything in RAGE 2 is out to get you. Make sure you get all of them first.
  11. Exciting news for JRPG Dungeon Crawling fans, Mary Skelter 2 has been confirmed to come to the west for Switch, and if you didnt check out the first game, the sequel will include and updated copy of it. No release window yet, but get excited. About Mary Skelter: Nightmares Originally released for the PlayStation®Vita in September 2017, in Mary Skelter: Nightmares, powerful Nightmares actively stalk the player as you run through the dungeon—fight back with the dungeons’ gimmicks or the Blood Maidens’ abilities! Using a turn-based battle system, class changes, a blood-powered transformation system, and more, you and your party must solve the dungeons’ mysteries and satisfy the prison’s desires. In Mary Skelter 2, players can play the full revamp of Mary Skelter: Nightmares! About Mary Skelter 2 Mary Skelter 2 evolves the core elements in Mary Skelter: Nightmares to bring to you a world teeming with twists and turns, topped with a new battle feature where the previous protagonist, Jack, is now a Nightmare. Players can use his Nightmare powers to defeat enemies, but at a maddening cost. Set in an alternate reality that includes familiar characters from the first installment, players must relive the torturous dungeon experiences and find ways to feed an almost insatiable prison. Will you be able to escape this prison and find sanctuary or will you fall into the clutches of madness? Key Features Don’t Go Chasing Nightmares – Each Jail has 3 desires that players will need to fill up to provide bonuses and satisfy the Jail’s mood. However, if the Jail’s mood worsens, players will notice a white mist, signifying that a Nightmare is near and ready to fight. If the Nightmare gets too close, players will enter “Nightmare Hunt” mode, where the Nightmare will chase you through the dungeon in real-time. Nightmares cannot be defeated unless players destroy the core of the dungeon. Otherwise, players will have to stun a Nightmare to escape! Jack is a Dull Boy – Jack, the protagonist from Mary Skelter: Nightmares, has now turned into Nightmare Jack. He can still help you along the way, but be wary of his heart rate meter! Once his heart rate reaches a certain limit, he will turn into Ripper Jack, causing him to go berserk. When in Ripper Jack mode, Otsuu also risks going into Blood Skelter mode, which will cause her to go berserk too! With first game, Mary Skelter: Nightmares included, you can play through an alternate world where Jack is the main protagonist. Go Directly to Jail – Add another degree of difficulty by setting dungeon conditions like “no saves or heals” with the Jail Trial battle system. Successfully completing a Jail Trial provides better item drops and more experience! Want more special bonuses to help you through dungeons? By collecting Jail Pieces, players can add these items to a randomized roulette that can have beneficial results! Farm for Blood, Reap The Benefits – Use Blood Crystals to plant Blood Flowers, which can be harvested for additional items. In a dungeon area where Blood Flowers are planted, splash them with Marchen Blood by performing a critical hit on enemies during battle to get even rarer items!
  12. Drunk_Monk

    NRL

    This season has been torture, but the weekend was a nice break from that.
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    Documentary "Raising Kratos" released for free

    If you haven't had enough God of War goodness yet, check out the free trailer released to show some behind the the scenes goodness behind this massive game.
  14. Raising Kratos documents the five-year, herculean effort to reinvent one of the greatest stories in gaming, God of War. Facing an unknown future, Santa Monica Studio took a massive risk, fundamentally changing their beloved franchise and re-establishing their rightful place in video
  15. AWAY: The Survival Series - Announce Trailer
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