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Sony currently has a music service on the PlayStation 4 since the console does not support local music storage, but they have announced today that they are revamping their music service with Spotify. This Spring, PlayStation Music will replace Sony Music Unlimited on PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones and tablets.

"Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony, and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world," Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a press release. "This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network. We're thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music."

"We are incredibly honored to partner with Sony and PlayStation to give gamers around the world an amazing experience wherever they listen to music," Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder of Spotify, added. "As a gamer and PlayStation 4 user myself, I'm super excited to be able to soundtrack my FIFA 15 Arsenal matches later this spring."

The current Music Unlimited service will close worldwide on March 29, 2015. Users with active subscriptions from February 28th will receive up to 30 days of free access until March 29th and will receive a Premium trial for Spotify.

I don't use my consoles to listen to music, but I know for some people who really want to keep the consoles as an all-in-one entertainment system, this is an important feature. It's also great for those who like to listen to their own music while playing games, another thing I don't do. I love original video game soundtracks too much.

"ditto on music in games, i have yet to run into a game in my 30 years of gaming where i thought to... - araczynski"3


Daedelic Entertainment has released a few screenshots for their point-and-click murder mystery, The Devil's Men. I got to see a little bit of it at E3, and I was intrigued, but I need to learn more. It's set in 19th century London and features two girls from two completely different walks of life who band together to solve a string of murder mysteries. Decisions made while playing as each girl will alter how the story goes, which always interests me.

No release date or even release window set yet, but at E3 they said they were hoping for a 2015 release.

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Sony is about to pull a few of the features and apps that have been part of the Vita since about the launch for the handheld. The Maps app (which I doubt anyone ever used) and YouTube are both getting pulled from the Vita. The Maps app will get yanked along with some of the social services of the Near app in the March update. Sony has not said yet which of these functions will be removed, but I have a feeling they are related to the Maps app. On April 20th, YouTube will also be yanked with an update.

Sony hasn't said why they are pulling these particular apps, but I believe it's because hardly anyone has a 3G Vita or uses 3G on their Vita if they do have one. Therefore, the Maps app isn't much use and most likely, not many people use the handheld for YouTube either. Why use it for navigation or YouTube when most smartphones already do and do it far better?

The Vita needs help freeing space as it is, so this is most likely a good move for PlayStation.

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Of course Reptile was going to be in Mortal Kombat X. Sure, he was originally a green skin of Sub-Zero or Scorpion, but he has a cult following now. It would be nearly a sin to not include this literal beast. At least now he doesn't look like a green skin of Sub-Zero and Scorpion. He looks quite terrifying, actually.

Mortal Kombat X is set to release on April 14, 2015 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PC.

"ON PC? Wow. I am buying. - Shurj"1


Yeah, for the next Unreal Engine 4 tech demo, they chose to make a pristine, luxury-style apartment (in Paris, of course) in order to demonstrate the capabilities and features of what's probably going to power a lot of mainstream games in the future. Check it out:

This looks nice. I'll admit that much, but, c'mon. Just... I mean why not make a normal-looking, average apartment? Something relatable? Not this. Who lives like this? Oh right, I know. People like this.

"I am dreaming this + Oculus Rift + virtual porn - Avus"5


Apparently, BioShock creator Ken Levine has a lot to tweet about lately. Apart from rumors, there really haven't been any official confirmations about whether Levine is working on a brand new project.

However, he did share some morsels of info with the world. Mainly that his development team is currently at a starting point, but mostly this: "We're playing with something sci fi. Or sci-fi ish."

Certain other games were mentioned in the discussion, like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: "Had Mordor impacted the project? mostly in that it validated that people would care about narrative replayability."

He also stressed that for now they are developing for PC.

Blue via GI.

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As expected for the inaugural PAX South, there weren't many AAA publishers and titles present at the show, so I don't have as many previews as I would have at PAX East or even E3. A good portion of the games on the show floor were already out in the wild, such as This War of Mine and Grey Goo. But I saw a handful of games, mostly indies, which was rather cool, and I've finally kicked my ass in gear to write up my impressions for all of them. Here's a handy list:

 

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Virtual reality porn, sex... stuff is about to take off: 

"Still waiting on my SexBot 9000. I'd also like to spring for the additional CookBot DLC upgrade,... - Whisky"16


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Self-proclaimed industry insider Shinobi claims that he has been speaking with the Mass Effect 4 development team at BioWare, and he kindly posted what he knows of the development process on NeoGAF.

In summary, he says that in talking with the team, he learned that the team started with 40 developers, and has slowly increased over time to speed up production. However, as the team has just recently reached large scale, the next installation of the Mass Effect franchise will not see a release until 2016. He estimates it's at least 18 months away.

"Late 2015/very early 2016 was my own line of thought before I talked to certain people," Shinobi emphasized. "They're making it the best game it can be, it'll be worth the wait. It's 100% coming next year."

So take that for what it is worth. Considering how little EA showed of it at E3 in 2014 (as in, nothing at all), I never once thought it would be ready for 2015 anyway. 2016 almost seems too optimistic. I'd rather BioWare take as much time as needed for that one to bake.

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"I just consider Mass Effect to be closed, it ended with 3 just as BW always intended so doesn't... - Dean_Demon"7


Ubisoft is deactivating PC keys for a few of its games after learning they were acquired from resellers. Certain reseller sites, including G2Play and Kinguin, sell Steam game codes for well below market value. Often, the resellers acquire these keys illegally in the first place, which is why several publishers have had reseller sites under their radars.

As soon as Ubisoft discovered certain keys were bought from these resellers, they promptly deactivated the keys. Most have been for Assassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4. Numerous PC gamers have voiced their complaints on the Ubisoft forum, but Ubisoft holds that they have every legal right to do so.

"We regularly deactivate keys that were fraudulently obtained and resold," the company told Eurogamer. "In this case, we are currently investigating the origin of the fraud, and will update customers as soon as we have more information to share. In the meantime, customers should contact the vendor from whom they purchased the key."

Ubisoft is not the first publisher to deactivate keys acquired through fraudulent means. Devolver did the same with Hotline Miami 2, and more and more publishers are adopting the practice to protect their products.

"Would be interesting to see them putting the same effort in their games as they do in fighting... - optimus slime"2


We stumbled into an extra code for Dying Light on PS4, and I couldn't think of a better way to use it than to host a giveaway for all of you lovely people.

First step, visit our Facebook page and like it. Next, look for the post regarding a Dying Light PS4 giveaway. (Hint: it will be a link to this article, creating an infinite loop of linkage.) Then leave a comment about why you want to play Dying Light. The winner will receive two codes, one for Dying Light and one for the Be the Zombie multiplayer mode.

I'll pick a winner on Friday around noon CST. Maybe I'll pick randomly. Maybe I'll pick the funniest reason. You just never know with me, as I like to live dangerously, just like the people living in the Dying Light quarantine zone.

Good night, and good luck!

"Blablabla, First! Need a good zombie game...hope it will be good. Need zombiiies. - Dire"2


I had an amazing opportunity to check out Homeworld Remastered at PAX South and even meet the original developers behind the game from Relic. I didn't play Homeworld when it first released in 1999, but after playing a bit myself, I could totally see why my college friends were rather addicted to it.

Here's a snippet of what I saw of the game:

The original developers and artist from Relic Games have been part of this Remastered Collection with Gearbox from the get-go, and these talented menfolk were at PAX South to show me the incredible facelift they were able to give their game. The Remastered Collection will allow players to play the game in its original polygontastic format and the visually improved version. For the hands-on demo time I had with the game, the team ran it on dual monitors to show me both versions simultaneously. I thought the differences between Halo 2 and Halo 2 on The Master Chief Collection were incredible, but these stark comparisons were truly mindblowing. I am sure Homeworld pushed the graphics boundaries back in the day, but all of the textures they have been able to add and improve upon with the Remastered Collection are simply stunning.

Never played Homeworld? Read on about actually playing it. It's the first time I've royally sucked at a game and enjoyed myself.

"God I can't wait for this!!! - Annihilator"5



Microsoft's Xbox may not have outsold Sony's PS4 , but now it has been confirmed that 6.6 million Xbox One consoles were sold in a period of three months - that's during 2014 Q4. The Xbox One was also the most wanted gaming system during December 2014.

Meanwhile, 4.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold within the same time frame.

The console war seems to rage on and on... possibly fueling a little conflict I've mentioned only last week. Or this could be the perfect time for you guys to pull the ever-popular PC master race card, which I've begun to despise as of late. 

"HAHAHA Mickeysoft stock is down almost 10% today. Aaaaaawww... isn't that sad? *sniff* *sniff* ... - CJ_Parker"1


There have been mullings about Capcom turning Dragon's Dogma into an MMO, and Famitsu has confirmed this to be definitely true.

Dragon's Dogma Online will be a free-to-play game for the PS4, PS3, and PC, and it will release in Japan later this year. Thus far, there are no plans to release the game in the West, despite some trademarks filed in Europe last month.

Not much else is known about it other than players can form parties of up to four players, and players can adventure solo with three AIs. It will also be an open world that "will continue to grow via future updates."

I'd personally rather have a Dragon's Dogma 2 than a free-to-play MMO, but Capcom obviously doesn't care about what I think.

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"Meh. This game was second rate at best; it wanted to be Dark Souls so badly, but DS was difficult... - Killer Klown"2


Recode broke the news this morning that "sources" are saying AOL is going to be shutting down their video gaming news site, Joystiq.

The news has been quite a shock in the gaming and gaming writing world, to say the least. I was prepared to launch my own smear campaign if what Recode said was not true, because seriously, this stuff is not funny to mess around with. But it does seem to be rather true, as sad as it is, as Alexander Silwinski posted this on the site:

"We do not comment on rumor and speculation," one staffer told us, wishing to remain anonymous, preparing for their lucrative PR career. Others are still trying to figure out next steps. Another anonymous staffer said, "We're still working until we can't."

Sources tell Joystiq that the staff is aware of the closure, but corporate hasn't officially told them, so they are unable to acknowledge anything out of concern that it will cause immediate shutdown. We've reached out for more information. We will update, as we always have, when we know more.

I've always been a fan of Joystiq, and this news deeply saddens me. In addition, I can't help but wonder if this speaks about the general state of gaming writing or if it's about AOL's bottom line, that perhaps they aren't doing very well and they are cutting corners.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone on the Joystiq staff as they traverse this weird time for them.

"Honestly I wasn't aware Joystiq was still around. For me it's mostly Shacknews and AT (mostly to... - Whisky"2


The latest video from CD Projekt shows over 14 minutes of gameplay footage of the upcoming multiplatform RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Do check it out (unless you're like me and you don't care much for spoilers):

Once again we remind you that The Witcher 3 will be available for purchase on May 19 for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"Which is why I've changed it. Sorry about that. - Vader"5


Radny Pitchford of Gearbox Software has revealed, via Twitter, that the development studio is hiring for the next Borderlands game.

This game deserves a full and proper sequel. Ya know how there are movies and games that do not take themselves to seriously? Well, Borderlands carries it off beautifully

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In honor of ActionTrip's Golden Age when King Speedy reigned supreme -- in the comments section -- why not rejoin the race for first post? After all, there's still a counter on your AT profile. It's a counter that's counting away. It counts the amount of times you commented and the amount of times you made the 'first post' on the Mornin' Post. You think you have no life? Hah! Be the one to conquer the AT First Posts Ladder of Cock-slappiness and you'll be a true King among men geeks. 

Good luck, and may the best geek win!

Also, give me time to think of a prize of some sort for the one who gets the most first posts. 

"I'm in for the LAST POST! Lasties! - Whisky"19


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