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Here’s the Snazzy Teaser Trailer for the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Game

Because you do not spend enough time on your phone at present, the Harry Potter-themed Hogwarts Mystery mobile game might ensure that you never put it down.

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[Updated] Just What the Heck Is Nintendo Revealing Tonight in Their Surprise Announcement?

Cue rampant speculation.

Nintendo is easily the most secretive of the three main video game console companies, and they also tend to make a lot of weird decisions—some of which pay off, and some of which do not. The Switch has paid off in a big way, and now that the holidays are over, the company is looking ahead and announcing new products on the horizon, which includes a surprise announcement scheduled for today.

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Suspected “Swatting” Caller Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for Deadly Kansas Incident

Tyler Rai Barriss of California was charged with involuntary manslaughter and interference with law enforcement for his alleged involvement in the SWATting incident that left a man dead in Wichita, Kansas.

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Coffee-Drinking, Hardboiled Detective Pikachu Will Come to Nintendo 3DS in March

Wow, that voice is jarring.

"With this tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind Pikachu by your side, you can talk to witnesses, hunt for clues, and uncover the secrets of Ryme City."

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Here’s How to Play Tabi Kaeru, the Calming Frog Game From the Creator of Neko Atsume

Tabi Kaeru or "Travel Frog" is a new game from Neko Atsume creator Yutaka Takazaki where you aid a frog on his journeys by packing his backpack and picking clovers. 

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Why Is Lindsay Lohan Suing This Video Game Publisher? And What Does It Have to Do With Free Speech?

Lindsay Lohan is back in court with her ongoing lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto V. She claims that a character in the game was based on her likeness without her permission.

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Someone Modded Matt the Radar Technician Into Star Wars: Battlefront II

Now that Star Wars: Battlefront II has given players the ability to mod characters, one blessed internet genius has created a skin which transforms Kylo Ren into his alter ego/disguise, Matt the Radar Technician.

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Police Killed a Man During a Swatting Hoax

A man is dead because a stranger lost a video game

On Thursday night, Wichita police shot and killed Andrew Finch after he was SWATted as part of a Call of Duty dispute that he himself wasn't even involved in.

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Not One, But TWO Women of Color Are the Protagonists for Firewatch Developer’s New Game

You may remember Campo Santo as the developers of the game Firewatch ... and the team that told YouTuber PewDiePie where he could shove his racists remarks. The studio is putting their money where their mouth is and doing something completely different: They're featuring TWO lead characters that are POC. In fact, they're the only living people shown in the new game's trailer.

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Pokémon GO’s Augmented Reality Will Actually Work Soon, Letting You Sneak up on Pokémon

On iPhones, anyway.

While hardly the craze it once was—which is probably a good thing—augmented reality mobile game Pokémon GO is still going strong and adding new features, and one of them is about to make good on the game's initial promise, if characteristically late. Apple's ARKit augmented reality software is making it easier for developers to take advantage of the iPhone's AR potential, and that's going to mean getting up close and personal with Pokémon like never before.

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We’re Getting a Harry Potter RPG Set at Hogwarts in the 1980s

Warner Bros. and Jam City recently announced Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a narrative-based mobile RPG that takes place "in the mid-1980s after the Wizarding Wars."

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MGM Is Launching a WarGames Interactive Series, But Why?

MGM is partnering with with Eko, an interactive video game company, to create an interactive reboot of their 1983 movie WarGames.

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Things We Saw Today: Want to Craft a Not-Awful Apology? There’s a Video Game for That

If you're wondering if you're part of the problem, and what to do about it, game designer Elizabeth Sampat has designed a guide for recognizing behavior and crafting meaningful, sincere apologies. Considering how difficult that seems to be for so many people, this guide is almost infuriatingly simple.

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Pokémon GO Is Apparently a Multimillion-Dollar Traffic Hazard, but That’s Not Gonna Stop People

Researchers from Purdue University recently found that there was a "disproportionate increase in vehicular crashes and associated vehicular damage, personal injuries, and fatalities" in the areas where Pokémon GO introduced PokéStops.

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The Best Black Friday Video Game Deals You Can Get Right From Your Couch

It's Black Friday, but it's also the 21st century, and Hell is other people. Rejoice! There are plenty of great holiday deals on video games that you can score right from the comfort of your home. Whether you're shopping for gifts or just want to get some great prices on games to occupy all your extra holiday free time, you've come to the right place.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Loot Boxes Are Bringing Legislative Action Down on “Predatory” Micro-Transactions

After the resounding unpopularity of the micro-transaction system in Star Wars Battlefront II, Electronic Arts may have taken a step back to reassess things, but lawmakers seem poised to make the decision for them. Belgium's government has reached the conclusion that the boxes are gambling and must be banned, and U.S. lawmakers are trying to push our country in the same direction.

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The Animal Crossing Mobile Game Is Now Here to Steal All Your Time!

The new Animal Crossing mobile phone game was previously scheduled to make its debut tomorrow, but it has arrived a day early across mobile platforms. That's right—you can download it right this very minute, and why not? It's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. You probably weren't going to get anything else done this week anyway.

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Has Skyrim’s Modding Community Become a Misogynistic Nightmare?

We're all used to seeing outlandish Skyrim mods. (The Thomas the Tank Engine characters as a replacement for dragons is a classic.) Good natured, mod-based hijinks are par for the course. What you might not be expecting, however, is the troubled current state of modding culture. The modding scene is getting frighteningly misogynistic, and it only takes a cursory glance at the Nexus to see it.

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Nintendo Reportedly Close to Animated Mario Movie Deal With Minions Studio

Did we learn nothing from 1993?

Rumors about Nintendo licensing their incredibly recognizable properties for movies and TV have been flying since—well, since the Mario Bros. movie tanked in 1993 and served as a cautionary tale for video game movies in general for decades. They've picked up considerable steam in recent years, though, with rumors of Zelda movies/TV shows and Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima explicitly saying that the company was looking to make partnerships to use their IP outside of video games.

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EA’s Response to Star Wars Battlefront II Monetization Backlash Is the Most Unpopular Reddit Comment Ever

Star Wars Battlefront II is out in early access, and the state of its loot crate system and locked "heroes" at launch has angered a ton of players—enough to make developer/publisher EA's response to that ire the most downvoted reddit comment in history.

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