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A young Chinese couple has sold their two sons to child traffickers, all so they could fund their gaming habits. The couple sold their two sons on two separate occasions, to fund the purchase of in-game items such as armor, and weapons.
During an interview with Guangdong TV from a local detention center, the couple said that their first child wasn't planned. The father, A Hui, said that he had no intention of financially supporting the child, so they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers. His partner, A Mei, fell pregnant again, where he explained: "[A Hui] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes".
This meant that most of their finances were being funneled into A Hui's gaming life, so it meant the second child couldn't be supported. They then sold him to traffickers. The traffickers in China sell children to couples who want to be parents, street gangs and street peddlers, and even to orphanages where they put them up for adoption overseas. A Hui's father was aware of what was going on, and in the end reported the couple to the police. The two were arrested, and are now awaiting trial and sentencing for the crime of selling children.
Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has been teasing a new game for a while now, but today we finally hear the codename for it: Project Blue Streak. CliffyB describes Project Blue Streak as a free-to-play sci-fi arena shooter for the PC.
Boss Key Productions, CliffyB's new studio, is behind the game. Boss Key will be working with Tokyo-based Nexon, who is known for making a bunch of free-to-play online games. CliffyB didn't say much about the new game, but it looks like he's enjoying the fact that he no longer has the big budget companies behind him pushing massive hype trains.
After announcing Project Blue Streak, within three minutes Bleszinski tweeted "And no, there won't be a fake CG trailer showing "Gameplay" because that's not how @bosskey does it". It's great to hear this being said from Bleszinski, as he has come out of retirement to make video games again.
Gearbox Software and 2K have just unveiled Battleborn, a first-person MOBA title that will reach next-gen consoles and the PC. The first trailer to Batlteborn can be viewed below:
Battleborn is Gearbox's new IP, which is in development for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The development team behind Battleborn calls it a hero-shooter, as it combines the world's of a fast-paced first-person shooter with cooperative combat, with an "expansive collection of diverse heroes to create an experience unlike anything you've played before".
Players have the option of fighting alongside their friends in the narrative-driven story campaign, or they can jump online for competitive multiplayer matches. There's no ETA on Battleborn just yet, but I'm sure we'll be hearing much more about it in the coming months.
Battlefield 4 Premium members will get their chompers on the upcoming Dragon's Teeth DLC on July 15. The news was announced from a now-deleted tweet from Origin's main Twitter account.
The tweet mentioned a July 15 released date in its promotion for buying Battlefield 4 Premium with 20% off. We should expect a general release date of July 29 for the rest of the community, as the Battlefield website mentions a two week head start for Premium members with the new DLC.
During Nintendo's annual investors Q&A, one investor admitted that he did not understand video games. Considering he owns shares in one of the most beloved video game companies in the world, it's quite strange to hear.
Here's what the investor said: "I do not understand video games and I even feel angry because, at Nintendo's shareholders' meetings, the shareholders always discuss things relating to video games or such childish topics as "what the future of video games should be," while I, for one, was flabbergasted that Mr. Iwata continues to hold his position although he had said that he would resign if the company's performance were bad".
"I hope that Nintendo's shareholders' meeting will become an opportunity where the shareholders discuss the company's business operations from the viewpoints of capital gain and dividends", the investor added. But don't worry, Nintendo executives were quick to fire back, with Genyo Takeda and Tatsumi Kimishima replying.
CliffyB, of Epic Games fame, has just announced he has formed a new game studio, Boss Key Productions. CliffyB has teamed up with Arjan Brussee, a former EA employee and Guerrilla Games co-founder.
Boss Key Productions' CEO is CliffyB, while the Brussee sits in the position of COO. Before Brussee founded Guerrilla Games, he was helping Bleszinski on co-developing the infamous Jazz Jackrabbit series. At the moment, Brussee's LinkedIn says he's working as an Executive Producer at Visceral Games, the studio that is working on Battlefield: Hardline.
Just what will Boss Key Productions be offering gamers? Well, according to a document filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Boss Key's goods and services will be "downloadable multi-player interactive computer game programs; computer and video game software; downloadable computer and video game software; downloadable electronic games via the Internet and wireless devices; downloadable computer application software in the field of games; interactive computer and video game programs".
If you've been hanging out for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, you don't have much longer to wait. Firafix Games and 2K Games have announced that Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch for the PC across the world on October 24, for $49.99.
Pre-order customers will get something special, with the Exoplanets Map Pack including six custom maps: Kepler 186f, Rigil Khantoris Bb, Tau Ceti d, Mu Arae f, 82 Eridani e and Eta Vulpeculae b. These maps are are inspired by real-life exoplanets, making it that much cooler.
QuakeCon 2014 is nearly here, but now we can start forming a plan of action thanks to Bethesda Softworks unveiling the schedule of events for the convention. The biggest part should be the reveal of Doom 4, id Software's next-gen Doom title.
The Doom 4 reveal will happen during the annual QuakeCon welcome ceremony, which kicks off at 6PM CT on Thursday, July 17, at the Ventrilo Main Stage. Bethesda has also said that this presentation will be exclusive to QuakeCon 2014 attendees, so we unfortunately won't see that footage. Other events that will take place during QuakeCon's first day include tournaments for The Elder Scrolls Online.
On Saturday, July 19, there is a "Designing the Perfect Game" panel that will see Obsidian Entertainment's CEO, Feargus Urquhart take the stage, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, and others. This will be livestreamed over Twitch, running from 5-6PM. The full schedule can be found over on the Bethblog.
Before Ubisoft has even released Assassin's Creed: Unity, the company is teasing that its Quebec-based office is the lead studio on "a future Assassin's Creed" game. This breaks the norm of Ubisoft Montreal being the lead developer on the game.
Ubisoft Quebec Managing Director Nicolas Rioux talked about the history of Assassin's Creed with his studio, where he said: "We were involved in Brotherhood. We were involved in Revelations. We were involved in Assassin's Creed 3. With AC 3 we were working on the biggest DLC for the franchise - The Tyranny of King Washington. After that we were also involved with Freedom Cry. We have the confidence of the brand team and also from Ubisoft to take leadership of an upcoming Assassin's Creed title. The team is ready for the next big step".
One of the driving reasons behind the "future Assassin's Creed" game being developed at Ubisoft Quebec could be that the company is using $4 million of a $28 million investment to create a new workspace. From this new workspace, three entire floors will be dedicated to AAA game development. The city of Quebec is chipping in $500,000 to the studio, too. Ubisoft Quebec hires 350 people right now, with a goal of hiring a total of 425 before the end of 2017.
Lindsay Lohan is known for a life of controversy, but her latest notch in the belt that is becoming her life is that the actress is suing Rockstar Games over a character in Grand Theft Auto V that she claims looks like her.
Lohan says that the developer created, and used the character without her permission, so now she's suing. Lohan's lawsuit claims that the GTA V character Lacey Jonas is based on her, including her likeness and personal details. The actress filed the lawsuit in Manhattan, which is where Rockstar Games' corporate HQ is located.
I'm sure we'll hear much more on this as the months go by.