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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.

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Project CARS gameplay trailer shows vehicular beauty

Project CARS gameplay trailer shows vehicular beauty

Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming crowdfunded racing game, Project CARS. The trailer is about what you'd expect, showing off some gorgeous-looking vehicles across beautifully-crafted environments. But the developer then pulls the curtain back on the trailer's big twist: all of the footage is taken directly in-game.

Watch: Fully fleshed-out gameplay »

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PSA: Download Red Orchestra 2 from Steam for free today only

PSA: Download Red Orchestra 2 from Steam for free today only

Tripwire Interactive is feeling generous today, in the wake of this week's Game of the Year update for multiplayer standalone expansion Rising Storm. To celebrate this release, the publisher is offering the full Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad game on Steam for free for today only.

Read more: Rising Storm getting free weekend »

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Prince of Persia announcement teased by Ubisoft engineer

Prince of Persia announcement teased by Ubisoft engineer

Another Prince of Persia game may be on the way. A Ubisoft engineer teased an image pointing to an impending announcement for the next iteration of the long-dormant franchise. But given the speed with which the image (and his entire account) disappeared, it seems likely he jumped the gun.

Read more: "What's next for Prince of Persia?" »

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Call of Duty: Ghosts adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction

Call of Duty: Ghosts adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction

An update to Call of Duty: Ghosts adds a free variation on Extinction mode. "Chaos Mode" has been absent from the series since Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops, but Ghosts has now brought it back.

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Watch Dogs multiplayer preview: shooting up Chicago

Watch Dogs multiplayer preview: shooting up Chicago

In spite of its heavy emphasis on hacking, Watch Dogs can sometimes feel a bit too much like Grand Theft Auto. "Just like a Rockstar thug, Aiden can just as easily hop into any car on the street, race around, buy weapons at a dealer, run over pedestrians, and call attention to the police," I wrote in my last preview.

At a recent preview event in San Francisco, I got to try out nearly four hours of the game, including a good deal of multiplayer. Like the campaign, Ubisoft's game shines when it's doing its own thing, rather than trying to go toe-to-toe against Rockstar's heavy-hitting franchise.

Read more: Three multiplayer modes detailed »

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League of Legends introduces Braum, the first tank support

League of Legends introduces Braum, the first tank support

League of Legends has just unveiled a new champion: Braum, Heart of the Freljord. He's currently available to test out in the public beta environment, pending a full release sometime soon.

Read more: "The first true tank support character" »

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LEGO The Hobbit review: one brick to rule them all

LEGO The Hobbit review: one brick to rule them all

As they've done with the Lord of the Rings franchise, developer Travellers Tales has adapted the new Hobbit films into a LEGO game. Based on the first two films, LEGO: The Hobbit is a return to the tired-and-true LEGO formula. Once again, you'll find yourself bashing enemy forces to pieces (literally) while also building new objects to help you solve puzzles.

Read more: Is it precious? »

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How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior

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How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior

Valve has found some creative ways to impact player behavior in Dota 2. Having hired psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder, the studio has been changing seemingly minor aspects that have ended up having a big impact on players. Ambinder gave one particularly sneaky example recently, shedding some light on how these player experiments work.

Read more: How "cognitive dissonance" pushes good behavior »

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Xbox One's Japanese developers revealed

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Xbox One's Japanese developers revealed

Over two generations, Microsoft has yet to find success in the Japanese market. Perhaps that's why Xbox One is releasing so late in the territory. Designated a "tier 3" country, the console will be shipping nearly a year late, on September 4th. To coincide with the announcement, Xbox has revealed which Japanese companies have signed on to be developers for the console.

Read more: the full list »

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Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

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Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

Customization is central to Minecraft, and an upcoming update will make that aspect even more robust. With the 1.8 update, you'll be able to directly impact aspects of the terrain generator, from aspects like "Biome Depth Offset" to "Depth Noise Component."

Watch: Using the customizable sliders »

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Top Games

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Resistance 3
  3. DayZ
  4. Frozen Synapse
  5. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  6. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  7. Hearts of Iron IV
  8. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  9. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  10. Frozen Endzone

Most Anticipated

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. DayZ
  3. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  4. Hearts of Iron IV
  5. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  6. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  7. Frozen Endzone
  8. Batman: Arkham Knight
  9. Kerbal Space Program
  10. Survarium

Top Rentals

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us