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New hotline lets gamers talk to developers for $4/min

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New hotline lets gamers talk to developers for $4/min

Players desperate to pick the brains of game developers now have a somewhat expensive way to do it.

Entreating players to "get closer to [their] favourite games," Callvention offers a chance to spend money to talk to a range of game developers, with credits including Wing Commander, Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption, Scribblenauts, and Thief 2.

Calls range in price, depending on the developer in question, but most are between US$2.00 and $4.00 per minute.

"We expect calls to be 15-30 minutes," said founder Bryan Cashman, "so a call is about the price of taking someone out to dinner to pick their brain."

Callers can talk about whatever they want, which - as many have pointed out - leaves the platform open to abuse from trolling gamers, especially considering the prevalence of stolen credit cards.

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Hitman spoofs Home Alone in special Christmas mission

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Hitman spoofs Home Alone in special Christmas mission

Agent 47 will discover his inner Macaulay Culkin via a free Hitman mission this month.

Set in the game's Paris level, the "Holiday Hoarders" mission flips the calendar to Christmas, where "snow, decorations, and even presents" add to the fashion show that apparently takes place year-round.

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Nintendo kicks off $20,000 3DS bug bounty hunt

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Nintendo kicks off $20,000 3DS bug bounty hunt

Nintendo is offering bounties of up to US$20,000 for anyone who can identify vulnerabilities in its 3DS handheld console.

Operating in conjunction with "bug bounty platform" HackerOne, the company is asking interested parties to identify security issues in the 3DS, like piracy, cheating, or "dissemination of inappropriate content to children," or yet deeper issues like kernel takeovers or security key detection.

Rewards range from US$100 to $20,000, depending on the nature of the discovery; Nintendo holds the license to any information submitted, including descriptions, proofs of concept, and code.

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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"

Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"

Russian government officials have requested that FIFA 17 be investigated by the state communications oversight agency for allegedly violating laws banning LGBT "propaganda."

MPs sent a letter to the agency claiming the game's Rainbow Laces promotion could cause "harm to children's health and development."

The promotion brings EA into partnership with football's Premier League and UK LGBT rights organisation Stonewall in attempting to reduce homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in football.

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Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update

Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update

Resident Evil 7's "Beginning Hour" demo got another, final update this weekend, in advance of the game's launch next month.

The update is merely the latest of several that have added new content and deeper narrative secrets since the demo's initial launch.

Described as "massive" at the PlayStation Experience, the update - labeled "Midnight" - opens up new areas of the spooky house in which the demo takes place, as well as adding new items and endings, and expanding upon puzzles and secrets introduced in previous updates.

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Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing

Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing

Destiny will receive a new holiday event this December entitled "The Dawning," heralding the return of Sparrow Racing and the arrival of several welcome new features.

Sparrow Racing League, a multiplayer mode that previously only appeared in one limited-time event, will be made permanent after the end of the Dawning event, though players will need to employ private matches to access it.

While publicly active for the event, Sparrow Racing League will feature two new tracks (for Rise of Iron owners only), and drop exclusive gear, Ornaments, and Sparrows.

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Action survival title Let It Die makes surprise free debut

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Action survival title Let It Die makes surprise free debut

Grasshopper Manufacture's action survival game Let It Die was given a surprise release at Sony's PlayStation Experience event on the weekend.

The game is set in 2027 and features hack and slash gameplay in a future-punk world populated by a host of strange characters.

Like other survival games, players start out with nothing, and must advance through hostile territory by collecting and crafting gear and weaponry.

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Uncharted 4's story DLC is standalone and stars Chloe

Uncharted 4's story DLC is standalone and stars Chloe

Uncharted 4's single-player DLC will be entitled The Lost Legacy, publisher Sony announced at its PlayStation Experience event on the weekend.

Starring Australian thief Chloe Frazer, last seen two games ago, the game is set at least in part in India, and takes place after the events of Uncharted 4.

Players will control Chloe as she teams up with Uncharted 4 antagonist Nadine Ross in search of an artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh.

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The Last Of Us Part II focuses on Ellie's roaring revenge

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The Last Of Us Part II focuses on Ellie's roaring revenge

The Last Of Us Part II is official, as of an announcement at the PlayStation Experience event on the weekend, and it's got a new main character.

While Joel (Troy Baker) will still be a part of the story, the new title will be played from the perspective of co-lead Ellie, now 19 years old and "gone through some shit," according to actor Ashley Johnson.

The game will be directed by Uncharted 4's Neil Druckmann, taking the reins solo thanks to the previous game's co-director Bruce Straley taking a one-year sabbatical; composer Gustavo Santaolalia will also return.

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Superhot VR release trailer
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Superhot VR release trailer
Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"
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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"
So much for "everyone's game."
Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update
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Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update
And a PC version is on the way.
Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing
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Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing
Get your motor running.
BlizzCon: Being there is everything
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BlizzCon: Being there is everything
Postcards from nerd nirvana.
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