Nintendo Announces My Nintendo and Nintendo Account Services

Following the closure of Club Nintendo, Nintendo has announced a successor to the program, dubbed simply My Nintendo.

The new program will let you earn points by purchasing and playing games, which you can redeem for digital content like in-game items, wallpapers, and even redeem them for physical rewards like game figurines, coupons, or more. So, it’s basically just like Club Nintendo.

Nintendo also announced a new online customer account system, called Nintendo Account. This new system will let you transfer data between home console games, and mobile games.

You can purchase downloads via the site, see previous purchases, game-related messages, playing info, and more.

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China Officially Ends Ban on Video Game Consoles

After 15 years, the Chinese government officially removed its ban on video game consoles. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, along with other smaller game console manufacturers will now be able to sell and manufacture video game consoles anywhere within China’s borders, after a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Game consoles have been banned in China since the year 2000.

In an interview with Kotaku, market researcher Lisa Hanson said, “The government thought [banning consoles] was the best way to protect Chinese youth from wasting their minds on video games, after a parental outcry.” However, we saw last year that China begun moving towards reversing their decision as restrictions eased up, and allowing console makers to sell within a “free trade zone” within Shanghai.

This open arms to console gaming is more in name than in execution, as the Chinese people have been mostly able to obtain video game consoles within shopping malls if they wanted to. Massive shopping sites like Taobao have been selling Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Wii U consoles. However now the restriction has been axed entirely, completely opening the market in both sales and public perception.

The Xbox One even had an official launch in China last September. The Xbox One even saw some success, moving 100,000 units in the fist day alone.

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Interestingly, while console gaming practically killed the arcade gaming scene in the United State, arcade gaming has thrived in China thanks to the 15 year long console ban. Now Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft will have to cut through this market that has been mostly unopposed for a long time.

What is your reaction to this news? Do you think the market may change at all now that the Chinese people have become a more viable and lucrative demographic in the past few years? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Steam now allows game developers to ban users from their games

If you ever put a foot in the online gaming community since Ultima Online, you’ll know that cheating is a thing and it’s a huge problem. Many games implement their own system to face the problem. Valve, for example, has VAC. When someone is caught cheating, usually the way to go is a ban. Not all the developers, especially the small ones, have the means to implement or buy an anti cheating system or to enforce a ban. Valve wants to try to offer a solution for the latter problem giving all the developers the option to have Steam prevent misbehaving users to launch their game.

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Here is the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

David Ayer is having the last laugh for this week’s news cycle. The Suicide Squad director just dropped a bombshell on Twitter when he shared the first official picture of Jared Leto as The Joker.

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Hundreds of German Movie Theaters Are Boycotting Avengers: Age of Ultron

We all can’t wait to see Avengers: Age of Ultron to arrive in theaters, but if you live in Germany, it might be harder for you to find a theater that features Marvel’s blockbuster.

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Craigslist Ad of the Day: A Used Imperial Star Destroyer

Like Walmart, you’ll find a lot crazy things in Craigslist. I remember last year, a diehard fan of Robb Stark from Game of Thrones was seeking for a Robb Stark look-a-like to fulfill her roleplaying fantasies; now we got another Craigslist ad to share, and it made it to yesterday’s best Craigslist find.

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Godzilla attack themed Hotel in Tokio

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a look inside Hotel Gracery in Tokyo and as you can see, it’s absolutely chock full of everyone’s favorite kaiju. Located in the Shinjuku district, one of the most densely populated areas of Tokyo, there’s probably no better place to have a giant Godzilla looming/watching over the area.

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