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Zynga lays off employees in Boston, Austin offices; The Ville and Bingo teams affected

While the world focused on all of the Apple news that was announced today, Zynga had other priorities, like shutting down its Boston office, laying off 2/3s of its Austin office and cutting team members responsible for working on The Villa and Bingo.




According to Justin Maxwell, former Zynga employees were given two hours to clean out their desks and may have be forbidden to speak about their short-noticed exit from the company.

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Borderlands Legends for iOS leaked; Coming in October

Borderlands 2 has been available on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 for over a month now, but with Gearbox Software already releasing a new piece of DLC last week, we're sure many of you are still fighting across Pandora looking for loot and to kill Handsome Jack. But what if you could take everything you love from Borderlands with you while you're on the go on your mobile device? Then I'm sure you'll be one of the millions of people around the world who will be excited to hear Borderlands is coming to iOS very, very soon.




According to an ad that was leaked in Borderlands 2's digital strategy guide, it looks as though a Borderlands-inspired iOS game is currently in the works called Borderlands Legends. Better yet, the ad says the game will be "coming in October" which means the game should be released very soon.

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Xbox SmartGlass releasing alongside Windows 8 on Oct. 28th

Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass was first announced at this year's E3 and it blew away the majority of the gaming & tech community as not only would it serve as a companion application that allows for your Windows-powered devices to interact with your Xbox 360, but it will also play well with iOS and Android devices, too. The wait for Xbox SmartGlass is nearly over as it'll officially launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26th.




Xbox SmartGlass will first be made available as a built-in add-on to Microsoft's Surface RT and other Windows 8 tablets that can be accessed within Windows 8's "Games" section. You'll then be able to use your Windows 8 tablet as a second screen or event a controller, depending on what game you're accessing at the time. Think of the Wii U, but without needing to buy a completely new console.

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Australian retailers begin preparation for R18+ classification for games

We're nearly here, folks! The Classification Board has started working with Australian retailers to get them ready to introduce the new R18+ classification in January 2013.




The Board are working with retailers, getting training programs into place, making sure that staff are prepared for the changes to happen in January. In an update from the iGEA, CEO Ron Curry has said that JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Dick Smiths Electronics, Big W, Ebay Australia, Kmart and Target have already had meetings with the Classification Board and had discussions about the new signage that will be placed around the retailers' stores when the R18+ rating is live.


There is one big retailer that hasn't had discussions yet, and that's EB Games. EB have a future date set up for discussions of similar issues. Video Game Assessors are also set to take part in new training through information sessions provided by the Classification Branch in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Nintendo's Wii U gets advertised in the UK

Nintendo has launched their first Wii U ad in the UK, showing off the next-gen console's new abilities, such as the dual-screen capabilities, as well as a slew of new games.



These games are made up of the New Super Mario Bros. U, Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and other titles, all tuned specifically for the new Wii U console. Nintendo makes a point of the Wii U, as a "new console with a new controller", making sure that consumers don't get mixed up that it's not just another Wii.


Nintendo chose to air the new ad in the UK at a very specific time, late at night - suggesting that the company is trying to tease their console to dedicated gamers before pushing it to the bigger, more broad audience. The Wii U drops on November 18 in the US, and in Japan on December 8. In the UK, where the ad was played, it will arrive on November 30 (across Europe).

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Hero Academy to receive Shaolin team, Challenge Collection in November update

Robot Entertainment's hit free-to-play iOS game, Hero Academy, has been receiving regular updates ever since it was released earlier this year. When it was first released, only the Council and Dark Elves, but within months, we had The Tribe, Dwarves and Team Fortress 2. You would think that would be good enough for Robot Entertainment, but today, they announced a new team will be making its way to the Hero Academy stage next month.




The new team that will be released this November is called the Shaolin team and they will focus more on combinations as the more you attack with individual Shaolin units, the higher the amount of damage your team will inflict on the opposing team. Not only that, but the Shaolin team's heroes can reduce the strength of the opposing team, which makes them quite the serious team to go up against.

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Crysis is going Maximum Cardboard, will arrive as a board game

I never thought I'd see the day, but that day is coming in 2013. Crysis is reaching out, and moving away from its console and PC gaming roots, and into the world of board games. Yes, board games.




It will be dubbed Crysis Analogue Edition, and the board game will attempt to recreate the first-person shooter's multiplayer modes, where you get use of the Nanosuit offering super-human abilities. There's no word on how the game will play, whether you're aggressive, or playing cooperatively, but the announcement suggests players will need to use "tactical teamwork" in the game.


Crysis Analogue Edition is being developed by German board game company Queen Games, whose resume includes games like Shogun, Chicago Express, Urbanisation, and Kingdom Builder. Crysis Analogue Edition should reach us in March 2013 which is just one month after Crysis 3 reaches us.

BioShock Infinite's latest trailer "Beast of America", will only make you want to play it that much more

I'm an old school PC gamer, and enjoyed the days of Quake, Total Annihilation and System Shock 2. BioShock is a spiritual kind of successor, and was a great game - not as good as SS2, but for today's Call of Duty clones, it was great.



BioShock 2 felt like a let down, but BioShock Infinite... well, it's shaping up to look quite delicious indeed. The latest trailer for the Irrational Games-made first-person shooter is here, and shows off some great in-game footage.


There's a bunch of swinging in the air with your Sky-Hook, rescuing your lady friend, and a show of that huge city in the sky, Columbia. BioShock Infinite is set to hit the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 26, 2013.

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Mass Effect 4 won't involve Shepard, "the trilogy is over"

BioWare Montreal producer, Fabrice Condominas, sat down for a chat with VG247 where he discussed that the studio feels Commander Shepard has had his time to shine in Mass Effect, and that it's now time for another character to take the lead in Mass Effect 4. He says:




There is one thing we are absolutely sure of - there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over.


In a response to a question of what features the fourth outing in the Mass Effect world would include, Condominas replied with:


So first, we don't want to make 'Shepard 2′, or Mass Effect 4 with like, 'oh there's no more Shepard but you're a soldier in the universe'. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.


This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don't even know what kind of time frame we're going to be in. All we're doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.

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Rockstar wants your help with Grand Theft Auto V multiplayer

Rockstar wants your help with their upcoming sure-to-sell-millions, Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V is set to use the new Crews which popped its head up with Max Payne 3. Crews are groups of Rockstar Social Club members who form persistent teams and compete online together.




Rockstar doesn't consider Crews a finished product, and they want your help with it. Rockstar have said:


Whether it's suggestions for competitive in-game Crew features in Multiplayer, new ways to manage and recruit, ideas for enhancing Social Club Crew pages and leaderboards, things you did and didn't like about Crews in Max Payne 3, or any thoughts at all related to Crews really that you'd like to share - we're all ears. We'd especially love to hear from current Crew members and leaders so that we can continue making our unique approach to persistent team based Multiplayer as fun as it can be in GTAV.

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