The Gaming Top 10: Pre-Destiny, Stars Wars In Disney Infinity, eSports Scholarships, Pixelated Piracy And More

Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool:

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Hey gang. Patrick Dane here. As you may or may not know, I’ve been kicking around pop culture for a couple years now.

We get a lot of news down here over at Bleeding Cool. So much that there is literally no way of covering it all and even if we did, we’d be pushing news off the front page faster than you could read it.

While there are no doubt those of you here that keep up to date with the gaming news as it happens, we appreciate some of our readers may only have a passing interest in the medium. We’d like to cover the things that are important in the gaming industry, but not flood you with news about every niche announcement from every developer. This just isn’t that site.

What we can do for you though is keep you abreast of the ten biggest stories in gaming each week. That is where The Gaming Top 10 come in. Each week I’ll be rounding up the ten biggest stories affecting the gaming industry into a simple little article. Much like the very one you are reading right now

So here are this weeks stories:

Angry Birds Transformers gets an 80s inspired trailer

Even if you have no interest in gaming whatsoever, you will have heard of Angry Birds. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’ve probably heard of Transformers too. Well those two things are coming together.

Rovio have a history of doing crossovers with big franchises such as Star Wars and, err…Rio. The robots in disguise are next up for the treatment and interestingly, the whole marketing campaign has been geared towards the 1980 crowd.

Take a look at this trailer which makes novel use of the original cartoon’s aesthetic. It’s actually surprisingly decent.

The game will land October 15th

New Destiny Live Action Trailer Is Silly And Get An Upgrade From Last-Gen To Next-Gen For Free

With Destiny out next week, Activision have been ramping up their advertising efforts. The new franchise is supposedly one of, if not the most expensive video games ever made and with that comes a huge marketing push.

To herald the coming of Bungie’s new IP, Activision have posted a live action trailer for the game online. It’s an odd one too as it’s quite some way from the tone of all the previous marketing materials for the game. Those often emphasized the wonderful visuals with a more serious tone, but this new trailer is more focused on being silly and having fun.

On top of that, it was also announced by Bungie that if you buy the game digitally on old consoles, you could upgrade to a next-gen version for free. This only works for consoles of the same brand mind (PS3 > PS4 etc.)

I’ll be bringing you a bunch of Destiny stuff next week, so look forward to that.

ESports To Sell Out Football Stadium, While A College Offers Scholarship To Players

For those not keeping up, eSports have become massive with its already gigantic audiences still expanding. The size of that audience already boggles the mind. To really drive that point home, Polygon reported this week that the League of Legends 2014 World Championships were likely to sell out the Sangam Stadium in South Korea. That is an actual football stadium that is going to hold 45,000 people. That is only the tip of the iceberg though as on top of that it’s expected that tens of millions are expected to watch from home.

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If that wasn’t crazy enough, how about an eSports scholarship? The Wall Street Journal reported that Robert Morris University is now offering a scholarship for eSports players. The university offers a variety of unconventional scholarships, but with eSports truly becoming a serious finicial force, it may not be too long to til we start seeing this become the norm at prestigious schools.

Samsung Announces VR Headset In Collaboration With Oculus With The Samsung Gear

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Samsung announced this week, in collaboration with VR pioneers Oculus, that they would be releasing a a virtual realty headset called the Samsung Gear later in 2014.

The difference between the Gear and more publicized Oculus Rift is that instead of being a contained unit, the Samsung device will use a Galaxy Note 4 as its screen.

It sounds efficient, but the quality of the device is still to be determined. The buzz from those who tried it have been positive though.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive Bloodborne Gets February Release Date

At Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, it was announced that BloodBorne would be released on February 5th 2014.

The PlayStation 4 exclusive comes from Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software, the people who made the cult favorite Dark Souls series.

Firewatch Gets Beautiful Trailer

Last week, the first game from Camp Santo was announced in the form of Firewatch. The game comes from Telltale’s The Walking Dead leads Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin, who are heading a ton of other incredible talent.

Oh yeah, and the game looks gorgeous.

It is not known definitively how the game works, but it is rumoured to be a narrative driven game much in the ilk of last year’s critical darling Gone Home.

Telltale’s Game Of Thrones To Focus On House Forrester?

Telltale games have teased the focus of their new game set in the Game of Thrones world with the tweet below.

House Forrester is a smaller house situated in the north of Westeros, but they have not featured in the HBO series yet.

Star Wars Characters May Come To Disney Infinity In 2015

In an interview with Newsarama, Disney Infinity heads John Blackburn and John Vignocchi teased that Star Wars characters would be coming to the playbox game in 2015.

At the end of the interview, the two said:

“Blackburn: I like your other tease better. “We can talk about the future, but that’s far, far away.

Vignocchi: 2015 is not so far, far away anymore, is it?”

Disney Infinity 2.0 is launching this month with a collection of Marvel Superheroes.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Gets A Stabby Trailer

Assassin’s Creed Rogue has been given a new trailer to keep buzz up for the impending release. The game follows Shay Patrick Cormac, an ex-Assassin who joined the enemy Templar ranks.

While the game features a brand new story, it won’t be Ubisoft’s main push this year as it is set to release concurently with Assassin’s Creed Unity. Where as Unity is a next-gen experience, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is relegated to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.

Pirated Copies Of The Sims 4 Turn Into A Pixelated Mess

And to finish off, here is an interesting way to fight piracy as reported by Strategy Informer.

The Sims 4 was released this week and it has been discovered that EA have played a prank on those who’ve pirated the game. If you have played any version of the Sims, (which lets be honest, you probably have) you’ll be familiar with the censorship pixles that appear while Sims are on the toilet, in the shower, getting changed etc.

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Well EA got creative in their fight against piracy. If you torrent the game, the pixels won’t go away, and not only do they not go away, they grow and grow until they cover the entire game rendering the game nearly useless.

Hilariously, it’s been reported that people are going to forums and posting about the ‘bug’ and being called out by paying customers.

That is your lot for this week and The Gaming Top 10 will be back in 7 days recapping the news in the gaming world.

You will be hearing from me sooner though as I will be bringing you lots of Destiny stuff in the coming days.

Disclaimer: I purposefully didn’t cover #Gamergate. I’ve written about it online already and it is not something that I can condense into a few words.

Patrick Dane, once a would be filmmaker, has somewhat accidentally found himself as an entertainment journalist over the past two years. You may recognize him from around these parts, or you may not. Who’s counting? From E3 to SDCC to the Top Gear track, Patrick has explored the world of entertainment wherever it has taken him. He is always happy to talk words at you. Hopefully the ones above will suffice your needs.

About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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