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Catherine is unflinching, messy and uplifting — just like real life

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Catherine is one of the most divisive games I’ve ever loved. The game makes many people uncomfortable, which is a completely understandable reaction. Catherine is a game about a bunch of flawed men and the unlucky women in their lives. The main character is cheating on his fiancee. It’s overtly gory, sexual and weird. It’s also a puzzle game. It’s really hard to describe to people, in general. Polygon/Atlus Co. It looks like this. And I love it, because it’s a game about making mistakes and becoming a better person. Or not. The choice is up to you. I’m not trying to talk anyone out of their negative Catherine feelings. Your comfort levels are your own. But there’s a reason a game about cheating men and the women they hurt is so fascinating. Vincent’s...

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EA fines Madden Bowl winner $3K for ‘inappropriate’ tweets

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The winner of the most high-profile Madden NFL esports competition to date was hit with a significant fine and a rankings penalty this week, the result of tweets “that referenced inappropriate content,” according to publisher Electronic Arts. Chris “Dubby” McFarland defeated Eric “Problem” Wright, 24-17, in the Madden Bowl 2017 finals, which were held in Houston on the night of Feb. 3. McFarland’s first-place share of the tournament’s $250,000 prize pool was $75,000. As McFarland, 29, was making his way through the eight-person bracket, people began to search through his past tweets. It turns out that McFarland, who is white, has a history of using racial slurs on Twitter to describe black people, including “coon” and the N-word (warning: link contains NSFW language). E...

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EA fines Madden Bowl winner $3K for ‘inappropriate’ tweets (update)

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The winner of the most high-profile Madden NFL esports competition to date was hit with a significant fine and a rankings penalty this week, the result of tweets “that referenced inappropriate content,” according to publisher Electronic Arts. Chris “Dubby” McFarland defeated Eric “Problem” Wright, 24-17, in the Madden Bowl 2017 finals, which were held in Houston on the night of Feb. 3. McFarland’s first-place share of the tournament’s $250,000 prize pool was $75,000. As McFarland, 29, was making his way through the eight-person bracket, people began to search through his past tweets. It turns out that McFarland, who is white, has a history of using racial slurs on Twitter to describe black people, including “coon” and the N-word (warning: link contains NSFW language). E...

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Grand Theft Auto Online character transfers end in March

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If, for some reason, you still have and still are playing a character on Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you have a little more than one month to transfer that progress to the current console generation. Rockstar Games announced the March 6 deadline along with its latest promotions and special events within GTA Online. Progress transfer — within a console family only — began after Grand Theft Auto 5 launched on the current console generation in 2014. Updates and support for Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ended in 2015. Those playing on the current generation can enjoy some steep discounts on in-game gear and bonus XP events from Feb. 1 to Feb. 13 in a variety of GTA Online game modes. Rockstar Newswire has more details.

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Skyrim helped me fix my relationship with food

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Roast chickens, venison stew, apple dumplings, cabbages … these are the items that fill my Skyrim character’s bloated pouches. Though certainly not the most efficient way to play, I’ve always opted out of purchasing potions to restore health — although I’d certainly use them if I had them — and instead turned toward the stuff that’s lying around everywhere: food. Found scraps of food in Skyrim are a cheap way to keep health up, although you’re going to need lots of it to heal completely. And I had loads of it. Food is power in Skyrim, whether it’s boar meat stripped right from the bone or a pile of cheese wheels stolen from the vendor next door. This didn’t extend to my own reality. My body was shriveled, and my bones were as brittle as ice at the dawn of spring. Anorexia plagued me...

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Persona 5 trailer offers new glimpse of stylish adventuring

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Atlus has released a smart new trailer for PlayStation 4 adventuring role-playing game Persona 5. The stylish slice of marketing shows teenage protagonists exploring palaces and fighting with enemies, while making use of their combat personas. A pretty graphical overlay gives the whole thing an extra zing. In Persona 5, players take on the lives of youngsters who go about ordinary lives in modern day Tokyo, but who also journey to a fantasy realm on a magical treasure hunt. Released in Japan last year, it's due out in the rest of the world on April 4.

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Walking Dead’s new season skips PS3 and 360 — and that could mean trouble for old save files

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cThe third season of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series, A New Frontier, won’t launch on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Telltale Games announced on its website. That may not surprise newcomers to the series, but anyone who finished the earlier seasons on those older consoles may need to start digging them out. That’s because importing saves from Season Two of The Walking Dead requires downloading a patch, which will then allow players to upload their files and bring them over to modern hardware. If they played the second season on PS3 or 360, they’ll have to plug those consoles back in to patch their games and get access to their old saves. They’ll also need to have a Telltale account, which they’ll be able to upload their save files to and then download onto a new device. There’s a...

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Hear Red Dead Redemption’s rejected song from Animal Collective

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Anyone who played Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption to completion will remember the game’s very effective use of two songs — Jose Gonzales’ “Far Away,” as John Marston rides into Mexico, and Jamie Lidell’s “Compass,” as he journeys home — to mark major narrative moments. Apparently, the game’s creators had another song at their disposal, one from experimental indie pop band Animal Collective, that went unused. This week, Animal Collective released the song it recorded, titled “Mountain Game,” for Red Dead Redemption on its YouTube channel. The band didn’t have a whole lot to say about the experience or why it wasn’t used in the final game, however. “Here’s an unreleased track we recorded in 2010 for Red Dead Redemption and it never got used,” the band wrote on YouTube. “Enjoy.” One...

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Destiny’s most frequent cheaters are having their consoles banned

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Destiny developer Bungie is issuing permanent console bans to the game’s most unrepentant cheaters today, following a crescendo of complaints from players regarding the use of unfair tactics in the game’s high-stakes Trials of Osiris mode. "Console bans are being issued today for devices with a history of banned or restricted accounts," said Chris "Cozmo23" Shannon, community manager at Bungie, in a tweet. "Cheaters beware." Must Read Destiny players are fed up with the state of Trials of Osiris Bungie responds to unsanctioned Destiny activity in a number of ways, according to the banning policies stated on its support site. The most specific situation is an "activity restriction," in which a player is temporarily prevented from playing a specific...

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Persona 5 delayed until April

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Persona 5 won’t launch until April 4, Atlus announced Wednesday. The publisher revealed the delay during a livestream, which also saw the debut of the first English-language gameplay of the upcoming role-playing game. Originally set for a Feb. 14, 2017 release, Persona 5 won’t make it onto PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 stateside for another several weeks. That’s in spite of the fact that Japanese fans have had their hands on the game since mid-September. To compensate for the later release date, Atlus will receive Japanese audio alongside the international release. It will be available as free downloadable content, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The English-language version was originally going to launch without Japanese vocal options, so this alteration should appease...

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