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Chatty Q&A: Blizzard talks Reaper of Souls and the future of Diablo 3

Chatty Q&A: Blizzard talks Reaper of Souls and the future of Diablo 3

It's been roughly a month since Blizzard released the Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo 3. PC players have not only had the opportunity to check out the game's continuing story, but have also been able to check out some of the PC version's major improvements that were implemented with the recent 2.0 patch.

However, Blizzard is far from done with Diablo 3. The development team is hard at work on some new content, for both the rejuvenated PC version and for Diablo 3's console version. Production Director John Hight, Game Director Joshua Mosqueira, Lead Designer Kevin Martens, Senior Game Producer Julia Humphreys, and Project Music Director Derek Duke all took time out of their busy schedules to speak to Shacknews and answer some email questions about Reaper of Souls' next big patch, Diablo 3's console versions, and the game's long-awaited PvP mode.

Read more: Diablo 3's dev team answers questions »

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Minecraft Realms now live, offers servers for $13/month

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Minecraft Realms now live, offers servers for $13/month

Minecraft Realms, Mojang's server subscription service for Minecraft, is now live in North America. The service was conceptualized as a way to assure parents that their kids would play on safe servers. It costs $13 per month for a subscription to your own self-contained world.

Read more: PC only for now, "other formats" coming »

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How Fortnite's pieces fit together

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How Fortnite's pieces fit together

Epic's Fortnite finally got unveiled earlier this month, but exactly how all of its disparate parts connect still wasn't quite clear. Between the home base, combat areas, and your own personal palace, how does it all fit together?

Read more: Mission hubs and themed game spaces »

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PS4's 'Perfect Day' commercial wins 2014 Game Marketing Award

PS4's 'Perfect Day' commercial wins 2014 Game Marketing Award

The annual Game Marketing Awards took place last night, awarding the best in video games marketing. Midnight Oil won best agency of the year, while Ubisoft took home the award for "Best Marketing Team."

Watch: the winners »

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes' Xbox & PlayStation-exclusive levels are not exclusive

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes' Xbox & PlayStation-exclusive levels are not exclusive

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes aimed to displease fanboys of both platforms by giving PlayStation owners the exclusive Deja Vu mission and Xbox owners the exclusive Jamais Vu mission. However, in an attempt to further anger fanboys, Kojima Productions has announced that those two platform-exclusive missions aren't exclusive at all anymore. Whoops.

Read more: Free update for all »

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Evolve 4v1 gameplay video lets you pick your perspective

Evolve 4v1 gameplay video lets you pick your perspective

The asymmetric gameplay of Turtle Rock's upcoming Evolve can be a bit daunting at first. A squad of four human players must team up to take down a giant monster--also played by a human. With so many roles to choose from, what will you do?

Our preview only scratched the surface of the forthcoming next-gen shooter. If you didn't have a chance to play the game at PAX East, here's the next best thing: a video that lets you see a complete match--from any of the five possible perspectives.

Watch: The trailer »

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Skylanders Trap Team makes villains fight for you

Skylanders Trap Team makes villains fight for you

This year's Skylanders game has been revealed. From series creator Toys for Bob, Skylanders Trap Team's new gimmick revolves around capturing your foes for use in battle. It'll be available on October 5 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.

Watch: Trap villains and force them to fight for you »

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Shack Snack: April 24, 2014

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Welcome to the Shack Snack--a revival of our MIA Shacknews Daily. Every morning, we'll be giving you a one-minute recap of three big news stories. Let us know what you think and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube!

Read more: Yesterday's biggest stories »

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Goat Simulator 1.1 teaser shows goat parkour

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Goat Simulator 1.1 teaser shows goat parkour

Sure, when humans perform parkour tricks, it's pretty cool. After all, not everyone can run along walls with the greatest of ease. But how about if you saw parkour from a goat? Now that would be quite a sight and it's just the kind of sight you'll find in Goat Simulator's upcoming 1.1 update.

Watch: out for that car!

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GameStop to increase focus on phones & tablets instead of video games

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GameStop to increase focus on phones & tablets instead of video games

It may have "game" in its name, but retailer GameStop has announced plans to start increasing its focus on "gaming-adjacent" fields while lessening its reliance on video games. CEO Paul Raines dubbed the initiative "GameStop 3.0," saying that it plans on closing about 2 percent of its retail locations, while opening Spring Mobile and Simply Mac stores instead.

Read more: Doubling-down on everything but games »

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Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus steps down as Chief Product Officer

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Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus steps down as Chief Product Officer

Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus has stepped down from his role as Chief Product Officer, less than a year after he gave his position as CEO to former Xbox chief Don Mattrick. Although Pincus will remain at Zynga as Chairman of the Board of Directors, he will no longer serve int he company's day-to-day operations.

"I would like to thank Mark for his dedicated service to Zynga players, employees and shareholders since the Company's founding in 2007," Mattrick said in a note to investors. "Since that time, Mark has built Zynga into an entertainment leader, turning brands like FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker into household names and daily habits for hundreds of millions of consumers."

Read more: Pincus was 'bored' »

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution aiming to attract hardcore fighting audience

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution aiming to attract hardcore fighting audience

Naruto: Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is the umpteenth game in the series, ever since Bandai Namco silently annualized the franchise. With the series now having to rely on telling side stories as it waits for the manga to end, what is developer CyberConnect2 focusing on? According to CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama, the focus is on attracting core fighters.

"Of course we have refined the battle system over the years. But for Revolution, we have totally changed the battle system," Matsuyama said. "In order to create such a new battle system, we asked for support from other development company staff who are fighting game experts, like Street Fighter or King of Fighters."

Read more: Aiming for EVO »

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Abyss Odyssey trailer discusses community goals

Abyss Odyssey trailer discusses community goals

ACE Team, makers of Zeno Clash, have released the latest trailer for their upcoming action-adventure roguelike, Abyss Odyssey. The development team explains some of what to expect in their procedurally-generated adventure, including details on the game's story how the game's collective community of players can unlock more content.

Watch: Features explained »

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Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Galactic Stronghold' rollout delayed

Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Galactic Stronghold' rollout delayed

BioWare has pushed back the rollout of Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Stronghold expansion. Subscriber early access is moving from June 24 to August 19, and the deadline for getting those rewards has been moved from May 11 to July 15. The official launch will be coming in October instead of August.

Read more: "For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features" »

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Higher Metacritic scores impact game sales positively

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Higher Metacritic scores impact game sales positively

This is how things should work: higher-rated games will get better sales than lower-rated ones. And while there are plenty of outliers, Ars Technica's Kyle Orland discovered that yes, for the most part, higher-rated games tend to get better sales.

By compiling data released on Steam, Orland discovered that getting a 90+ Metacritic score almost guarantees some success, with games selling at least 50,000 copies when reaching that score.

Read more: Even more stats »

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