TWIG - Oct 11: Sony sues seller of jailbroken PS4s, Nintendo patents Game Boy case for touchscreens

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Another new week dawns in the gaming world, bringing us tons of news to go through. The past weeks have been packed with major announcements from game studios, as the year begins to wind into the holiday rush. So let's check out the latest and greatest in this week in gaming.

Industry News


Microsoft to reportedly buy out Obsidian Entertainment

Insider sources claim that the classic-RPG developer, Obsidian Entertainment, known for developing certain titles like Fallout: New Vegas, and Pillars of Eternity is to be bought out by Microsoft. The report is certain that the buyout will occur, just that it hasn't yet happened at the time of writing. If this is true, then Obsidian, known for crowdfunding their games, would have more money to work with for their development team, though perhaps less freedom to do what they wish. This follows Microsoft's sudden urge to purchase smaller developers, which was first revealed at E3, with the acquisition of five indie developers.

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Square Enix claims the Dragon Quest games on 3DS didn't sell well in the west

A Dragon Quest related event, the Super Dragon Quest X TV Fall Festival Special took place a few days ago. During it, former Dragon Quest producer Yosuke Saito discussed Dragon Quest X, and its lack of a western release, spurring Yu Miyake to talk about the reception of Dragon Quest titles in North America and Europe, citing that the 3DS ports did not sell very well in Square Enix's eyes, while players didn't seem to mind jumping right to playing Dragon Quest XI, seemingly showing conflict for localizing other titles.

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Nintendo's latest mobile game made $3 million in five days of release
The latest mobile title from Granblue creator, Cygames, and Nintendo has been available since the start of October. Nintendo mobile games tend to do very well within the first week of launch thanks to in-app purchases. The first five days of data for Dragalia Lost are now in, with the information showing that players spent a total of $3 million on the game. This is the lowest performing of Nintendo's phone games, but it's also important to note that Dragalia Lost is a new IP, and isn't established like Mario, Animal Crossing, or Fire Emblem.

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Nintendo patents a touchscreen device case with a Game Boy design

A patent from earlier this year was discovered for something made by Nintendo, which shows a touchscreen device, or more likely, a phone, being inserted into a special case. The design of the case is like the original Game Boy, and would allow you to press raised buttons in order to input controls on the device. It's not exactly known what exactly this could function for just yet, or if Nintendo has some future ideas waiting to be announced.

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Emulation, Fangames, and Hacking News


Seller sued for intentionally selling hacked PS4s

A California man is facing the heat from Sony, after knowingly selling "jailbroken" PlayStation 4 consoles. In his item listings, he had touted the phrase "stop buying games!", making it absolutely certain that he had intent to sell pirated games on a hacked system. It seems that these listings got Sony's attention, as the company actually bought some of them, in order to make sure they weren't legally obtained games, and now is in the process of suing the seller for damages. He'll be going to court over DMCA infractions.

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RPCS3 makes more progress in emulating PS3 exclusive titles

Another month means another major update for the PlayStation 3 emulator, RPCS3. New improvements include being able to go ingame for The Last of Us and Uncharted 3. The Yakuza games on the platform also run far better, with actual texture support for cutscenes. Minor crashes for certain games were fixed, as well as solving issues with character animations in games like GTA: SA, The Darkness, and Spider-Man 3.

:arrow: Source

After five years, a major mod pack for Fallout 3 gets released

If you're still waiting for some of the other Fallout modpacks you've seen featured in the news here, you'll be able to bide your time waiting by playing another huge mod, this time, for Fallout 3. Washington's Malevolence is a newly released mod for the game that adds in a large new area and quests to complete. It features voice acting, and other story-related quest additions that took five years to create, thanks to the work of a small development team.

:arrow: Source

Digital Foundry tackles some of the SAGE Sonic fangames

This year's Sonic Amateur Games Expo has come to an end, and with it, were the reveal of many new fan-made romhacks and games to experience. Some of the selection that stood out the most was a remake of the cancelled Sonic X-treme, and a re-done version of the GameGear game Sonic Chaos. The former took what little information that existed about the failed game, and used it to create a new engine. A remixed version of Sonic Advance called Sonic Advance Revamped adds some fixes to the game, and making it more viable. Sonic Chaos 2018 also plans to take the 8-bot version of the game and modernize it with new graphics and changes. You can see some footage and analysis below.

:arrow: Source

General News


Suikoden website goes back up after 4 years of inactivity

Konami has done something intriguing with one of its IP's websites. The online portal site for the Suikoden series has been inactive since the re-release of Suikoden digitally on PSN. Now, if you visit the page, you can see a new list of all the current Suikoden games. There hasn't been a mainline console entry in the series since 2006, which makes this change in relaunching the site stand out all the more.

:arrow: Source

Microsoft joins the OIN to open source some of its creations to prevent lawsuits

Despite normally having a strong stance on patent infringements, Microsoft has caused a bit of a stir when they announced that they would be joining the Open Invention Network, a group that tries to make sure Linux related software don't get into legal troubles. What this means, is that Microsoft has open-sourced a multitude of its patents--60,000 to be exact--which will allow for software developers to have the freedom to use certain licenses without paying royalties to Microsoft.

:arrow: Source


PS+ games lineup leaked for November

It seems Sony let slip the next batch of PlayStation Plus games for the month of November. If you subscribe to the service, you'll be getting Yakuza Kiwami and Bulletstorm for the PlayStation 4 next month. Since then, the site has been fixed to show the October games, but the surprise for November has already been revealed.

Horizon Zero Dawn and Killzone devs hire on Rainbow Six: Siege devs for unannounced game

Guerrilla Games has recruited six new game developers from Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege team. The purpose of these newly hired members is to develop a new working game, which hasn't been announced yet. Whatever they're currently working on will certainly be a PlayStation exclusive game, as Guerrilla is a developer for Sony.

:arrow: Source

YouTube Gaming shuts down its site and app

While Google+ has found itself at the end of its life, YouTube Gaming will also be joining it in the pile of obsolete apps. Anything notable about YouTube Gaming, such as the ability to livestream, or YouTube's way of "subbing" to channels will be incorporated into regular YouTube from here on out. YouTube Gaming was created three years ago, as a way to compete with Twitch, but never managed to find its footing. If you want to see video game related content from YouTube, you can now visit youtube.com/gaming.


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Release Calendar

October 10
MapleStory 2 (PC)
October 11
Child of Light (NS)
October 12
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (PC, PS4, XB1)
Luigi's Mansion (3DS)
The World Ends With You: Final Remix (NS)
October 16
Lego DC Super Villains (Multiplatform)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, XB1, NS)
Warriors Orochi 4 (Multiplatform)
Valkyria Chronicles 1 (NS)
For Honor: Marching Fire (PC, PS4, XB1)
October 18
Resonance of Fate (PC)
October 19
Dark Souls Remastered (NS)
Soul Calibur VI (PC, PS4, XB1)

October is a heavy month. For fans of ports, you'll be able to get your hands on Luigi's Mansion, Dark Souls (NS), The World Ends With You, Valkyria Chronicles 1, and Resonance of Fate. If you haven't tried the latter three, they're all quite good JRPGs. Valkyria Chronicles is a standout strategy RPG, while Resonance of Fate and The World Ends With You both became beloved cult classics that did new things with the genre. If you enjoy fighting games, you'll be excited for the launch of Soul Calibur VI, which promises to be a return to form for the series. MMO players will no doubt enjoy the launch of MapleStory 2, which brings about brand new content and PvP. Which games are you excited for?
 

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excellent article @Chary as always :)

on the subject, one more disappointing series of games for PS+ ... I cancelled my subscription already.
I had signed up for it on September because I thought the free games were really good, but October and November are awful. People warned me about it, now I see what they meant :P
 

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Square Enix claims the Dragon Quest games on 3DS didn't sell well in the west

<p>Well, if vgchartz for DQ7 is remotely accurate, then I'd agree. The simple fact is that Dragon Quest has a cult following in Japan and I tend to believe it has more to do with Akira Toriyama's art style than anything. That's not all of it, though, as Pokemon Sun/Moon also has relatively low sales in NA/EU compared to JP (NA would have closer to ~10 million if there was the same per capita engagement and EU would have ~22 million) which leads me to believe that JRPGs in general just aren't as popular outside of Japan. Still, plenty of companies in Japan seem to be perfectly happy with net sales figures in the range they had for DQ7, so I'd imagine it's more about their projected sales being way off and/or what they think would be overall more profitable with their capital.

on the subject, one more disappointing series of games for PS+ ... I cancelled my subscription already.
I had signed up for it on September because I thought the free games were really good, but October and November are awful.

I've felt the same way about Humble Monthly Bundle. It's so hit and miss that monthly subscription models seem insane to me. :/
 

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“Announcing Game Boy Online, a monthly-paid service! We’ll include a lot of sport games and some save states, while you can download MyOldBoy! But you know what we do? We sue them, of course!”
 
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excellent article @Chary as always :)

on the subject, one more disappointing series of games for PS+ ... I cancelled my subscription already.
I had signed up for it on September because I thought the free games were really good, but October and November are awful. People warned me about it, now I see what they meant :P
They don't seem that disappointing to me? Bullet storm is a little since it was in the PS3 lineup ages ago but it's still a fun game and Yakuza is great.
 

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<p>Well, if vgchartz for DQ7 is remotely accurate, then I'd agree. The simple fact is that Dragon Quest has a cult following in Japan and I tend to believe it has more to do with Akira Toriyama's art style than anything. That's not all of it, though, as Pokemon Sun/Moon also has relatively low sales in NA/EU compared to JP (NA would have closer to ~10 million if there was the same per capita engagement and EU would have ~22 million) which leads me to believe that JRPGs in general just aren't as popular outside of Japan. Still, plenty of companies in Japan seem to be perfectly happy with net sales figures in the range they had for DQ7, so I'd imagine it's more about their projected sales being way off and/or what they think would be overall more profitable with their capital.

Well at least the truth is out why we REALLY didn't get DQ11 on 3DS. Shame.

The golden age of JRPG's has been over for ages. FF7 was the gateway RPG for players back in 97. That lasted through 2001 when FF X came out, then interest seemed to die out during the PS2 era when FPS became the flavor of the month among players.

Also S-E needs to temper their expectations for sales. Those numbers you sourced are even pitiful for JPN compared to the hey day of DQ on the Famicom.

https://dragon-quest.org/wiki/Worldwide_Dragon_Quest_Sales

52 mil sales lifetime JPN compared to 3 mil sales lifetime US.

If that isn't telling I don't know what is.

The last great selling DQ game was DQ IX, then it's been all down hill for sales of remakes. The series doesn't have the luster it once did even for the people in JPN.
 
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The guy who's getting sued by Sony has the most hilariously cringy website. :rofl2:
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

I guess he thought he'd get more money if he advertised it as a turnkey piracy solution. He probably couldn't understand why nobody else had cornered that market already.

He knows now.
 

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Wow, I can't feel bad for someone who's silly enough to try to sell hacked consoles with pirated games.

That just screams look at me I'm stupid.
 
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if nintendo, sony etc would do what jailbreaking offer, they won't need to sue anyone because we won't need to jailbreak console. If jailbreak can offer backward compatibility, ability to install other software we want, translate games that doesn't been offer over seas, playing other regions game, playing retro game, arcade, etc. Why sony, nintendo dont offer that ? they dont listen to customers, thats all and thinking just about money. They think they loose money by the jailbreaking but they loosing money because they dont offer what jailbreak offer. No employees of sony or nintendo read gaming forums on internet ??

Ok, nintendo and now atari and genesis release classic mini console with 30 games. wow big deal ! first, it not original hardware, it is just a kind of raspberry pi with a case that look like the original. Yes they sold many but on my opinion its a big fail ! seriously ? selling an emulator while fceugx do already the job ? whats the point ? and secondly, their nes mini classic havent enough cable length for their controller, a friend have to buy extension to reach the couch..

theses big company should really have a brainstorm with jailbreaking teams to check what users want..


Another new week dawns in the gaming world, bringing us tons of news to go through. The past weeks have been packed with major announcements from game studios, as the year begins to wind into the holiday rush. So let's check out the latest and greatest in this week in gaming.

Industry News


Microsoft to reportedly buy out Obsidian Entertainment

Insider sources claim that the classic-RPG developer, Obsidian Entertainment, known for developing certain titles like Fallout: New Vegas, and Pillars of Eternity is to be bought out by Microsoft. The report is certain that the buyout will occur, just that it hasn't yet happened at the time of writing. If this is true, then Obsidian, known for crowdfunding their games, would have more money to work with for their development team, though perhaps less freedom to do what they wish. This follows Microsoft's sudden urge to purchase smaller developers, which was first revealed at E3, with the acquisition of five indie developers.

:arrow: Source

Square Enix claims the Dragon Quest games on 3DS didn't sell well in the west

A Dragon Quest related event, the Super Dragon Quest X TV Fall Festival Special took place a few days ago. During it, former Dragon Quest producer Yosuke Saito discussed Dragon Quest X, and its lack of a western release, spurring Yu Miyake to talk about the reception of Dragon Quest titles in North America and Europe, citing that the 3DS ports did not sell very well in Square Enix's eyes, while players didn't seem to mind jumping right to playing Dragon Quest XI, seemingly showing conflict for localizing other titles.

:arrow: Source

Nintendo's latest mobile game made $3 million in five days of release
The latest mobile title from Granblue creator, Cygames, and Nintendo has been available since the start of October. Nintendo mobile games tend to do very well within the first week of launch thanks to in-app purchases. The first five days of data for Dragalia Lost are now in, with the information showing that players spent a total of $3 million on the game. This is the lowest performing of Nintendo's phone games, but it's also important to note that Dragalia Lost is a new IP, and isn't established like Mario, Animal Crossing, or Fire Emblem.

:arrow: Source

Nintendo patents a touchscreen device case with a Game Boy design

A patent from earlier this year was discovered for something made by Nintendo, which shows a touchscreen device, or more likely, a phone, being inserted into a special case. The design of the case is like the original Game Boy, and would allow you to press raised buttons in order to input controls on the device. It's not exactly known what exactly this could function for just yet, or if Nintendo has some future ideas waiting to be announced.

:arrow: Source

Emulation, Fangames, and Hacking News


Seller sued for intentionally selling hacked PS4s

A California man is facing the heat from Sony, after knowingly selling "jailbroken" PlayStation 4 consoles. In his item listings, he had touted the phrase "stop buying games!", making it absolutely certain that he had intent to sell pirated games on a hacked system. It seems that these listings got Sony's attention, as the company actually bought some of them, in order to make sure they weren't legally obtained games, and now is in the process of suing the seller for damages. He'll be going to court over DMCA infractions.

:arrow: Source

RPCS3 makes more progress in emulating PS3 exclusive titles

Another month means another major update for the PlayStation 3 emulator, RPCS3. New improvements include being able to go ingame for The Last of Us and Uncharted 3. The Yakuza games on the platform also run far better, with actual texture support for cutscenes. Minor crashes for certain games were fixed, as well as solving issues with character animations in games like GTA: SA, The Darkness, and Spider-Man 3.

:arrow: Source

After five years, a major mod pack for Fallout 3 gets released

If you're still waiting for some of the other Fallout modpacks you've seen featured in the news here, you'll be able to bide your time waiting by playing another huge mod, this time, for Fallout 3. Washington's Malevolence is a newly released mod for the game that adds in a large new area and quests to complete. It features voice acting, and other story-related quest additions that took five years to create, thanks to the work of a small development team.

:arrow: Source

Digital Foundry tackles some of the SAGE Sonic fangames

This year's Sonic Amateur Games Expo has come to an end, and with it, were the reveal of many new fan-made romhacks and games to experience. Some of the selection that stood out the most was a remake of the cancelled Sonic X-treme, and a re-done version of the GameGear game Sonic Chaos. The former took what little information that existed about the failed game, and used it to create a new engine. A remixed version of Sonic Advance called Sonic Advance Revamped adds some fixes to the game, and making it more viable. Sonic Chaos 2018 also plans to take the 8-bot version of the game and modernize it with new graphics and changes. You can see some footage and analysis below.

:arrow: Source

General News


Suikoden website goes back up after 4 years of inactivity

Konami has done something intriguing with one of its IP's websites. The online portal site for the Suikoden series has been inactive since the re-release of Suikoden digitally on PSN. Now, if you visit the page, you can see a new list of all the current Suikoden games. There hasn't been a mainline console entry in the series since 2006, which makes this change in relaunching the site stand out all the more.

:arrow: Source

Microsoft joins the OIN to open source some of its creations to prevent lawsuits

Despite normally having a strong stance on patent infringements, Microsoft has caused a bit of a stir when they announced that they would be joining the Open Invention Network, a group that tries to make sure Linux related software don't get into legal troubles. What this means, is that Microsoft has open-sourced a multitude of its patents--60,000 to be exact--which will allow for software developers to have the freedom to use certain licenses without paying royalties to Microsoft.

:arrow: Source


PS+ games lineup leaked for November

It seems Sony let slip the next batch of PlayStation Plus games for the month of November. If you subscribe to the service, you'll be getting Yakuza Kiwami and Bulletstorm for the PlayStation 4 next month. Since then, the site has been fixed to show the October games, but the surprise for November has already been revealed.

Horizon Zero Dawn and Killzone devs hire on Rainbow Six: Siege devs for unannounced game

Guerrilla Games has recruited six new game developers from Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege team. The purpose of these newly hired members is to develop a new working game, which hasn't been announced yet. Whatever they're currently working on will certainly be a PlayStation exclusive game, as Guerrilla is a developer for Sony.

:arrow: Source

YouTube Gaming shuts down its site and app

While Google+ has found itself at the end of its life, YouTube Gaming will also be joining it in the pile of obsolete apps. Anything notable about YouTube Gaming, such as the ability to livestream, or YouTube's way of "subbing" to channels will be incorporated into regular YouTube from here on out. YouTube Gaming was created three years ago, as a way to compete with Twitch, but never managed to find its footing. If you want to see video game related content from YouTube, you can now visit youtube.com/gaming.


Trailers







Review Recap

Official
:discuss: ZeroLemon Switch Charger Case
:discuss: Mega Man 11
:discuss: PowerA Switch Controller
:discuss: FFXV Pocket Edition HD
:discuss: SwitchPack
:discuss: Death's Gambit

User
:discuss: Garry's Mod

Release Calendar

October 10
MapleStory 2 (PC)
October 11
Child of Light (NS)
October 12
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (PC, PS4, XB1)
Luigi's Mansion (3DS)
The World Ends With You: Final Remix (NS)
October 16
Lego DC Super Villains (Multiplatform)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, XB1, NS)
Warriors Orochi 4 (Multiplatform)
Valkyria Chronicles 1 (NS)
For Honor: Marching Fire (PC, PS4, XB1)
October 18
Resonance of Fate (PC)
October 19
Dark Souls Remastered (NS)
Soul Calibur VI (PC, PS4, XB1)

October is a heavy month. For fans of ports, you'll be able to get your hands on Luigi's Mansion, Dark Souls (NS), The World Ends With You, Valkyria Chronicles 1, and Resonance of Fate. If you haven't tried the latter three, they're all quite good JRPGs. Valkyria Chronicles is a standout strategy RPG, while Resonance of Fate and The World Ends With You both became beloved cult classics that did new things with the genre. If you enjoy fighting games, you'll be excited for the launch of Soul Calibur VI, which promises to be a return to form for the series. MMO players will no doubt enjoy the launch of MapleStory 2, which brings about brand new content and PvP. Which games are you excited for?
 
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