Eight of the world's top Halo 5: Guardians teams competed in the Aspen International last weekend for $30,000 in prize money, marking the first time the game franchise has been broadcast on ESPN. The head of Halo Interactive Entertainment at developer 343 Industries, Kiki Wolfkill, feels that "TV is a gateway to mainstream acceptance and ESPN's embrace of esports will go a long way to legitimizing competitive gaming as an athletic endeavor."

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Fire Emblem has been the subject of a lot of controversy for its treatment of homosexuality. Fire Emblem Awakening stirred a large public response when it allowed marriage only among heterosexual couples, and Nintendo responded by introducing two bisexual characters in Fire Emblem Fates. Some reacted negatively, however, when learning that each version of Fates includes only one of these characters, and unless you marry them to your player character (which you may not want to do), their marriage options are once again limited to straight relationships.

But if you find yourself upset over these kinds of representations, it's important to remember that Fire Emblem is made within a culture wildly different than our own, and the ways we in the West may hope to see characters represented is likewise wildly different. Former Gamnesia staffer Brian Scheid has taken a break from his new YouTube channel, BriHard, to join us in exploring the cultural differences that gave rise to the treatment of homosexuality in Fire Emblem and "what needs to change." It's a wonderfully informative video as both a refresher on the representation in Fire Emblem and a crash course on the paradigm that bore it.

You can check out the video after the jump to learn all about it. And if you like what you see, you can subscribe to BriHard for more of his excellent videos every week, or subscribe to us at GamnesiaTV for BriHard features every other weekend and tons more gaming content.

If you're a fan of indie hit Undertale, video game music covers, or jazz, then you'll want to check out Live at Grillby's. Just announced today, Carlos Eiene of Insane In the Rain Music (known for his impressive covers and his Summer of Covers charity event) has put out an album full of jazz covers of Undertale tunes, and it has been sanctioned by Undertale creator Toby Fox as the official Undertale jazz album.

The album comes with nine popular tracks from the game. Eiene has previously uploaded seven Undertale covers to his YouTube channel, and new and improved versions of all seven are included in Live at Grillby's, along with two new tracks. You can currently buy the album at Band Camp for $8 (with the option to pay extra to support Fox and Eiene), and it will be available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify in the future. You can check out the announcement video by clicking below!

TT Games has been developing the LEGO Star Wars franchise for over a decade. And just by looking at the new screenshots for the latest entry in the series, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's clear how far they have come. These screenshots feature characters from the film, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Rey, and Finn. Besides the content of the seventh film, this new game will canonically expand the story of The Force Awakens and will also feature some bonus levels from the original trilogy, which you can see in the new screenshots. The game will be released for current and last gen systems on June 28th.

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If you collect Amiibo and you like saving money, Best Buy currently has a deal for you. Today only, Best Buy is offering a special price on four Amiibo figurines. Right now, you can pick up a Falco Amiibo (exclusive to Best Buy), a Tom Nook Amiibo, a Mabel Amiibo, and a Marth Amiibo for $9.99 each. The standard price for Amiibo is $12.99, so you're saving $3 on each figurine you buy.

In an update on the Kickstarter page of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, developer WayForward Technologies revealed that Shantae: Risky's Revenge is being submitted to Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe for a release on Wii U. The game was originally released in 2010 for DSiWare, and since then it has been released on a bunch of other platforms, like iOS, PC, and PlayStation 4. The Wii U version will be the Director's Cut, meaning that it has the new warp system, improved balancing, HD illustrations, and the Magic Mode Costume.

February 27th, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the immensely popular Pokémon series, but today is also a special day for Pokémon. According to a diary found in the crumbling, burned-down Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island in the original Pokémon games, the legendary Pokémon Mew gave birth to Mewtwo on February 6th. In the movies, Mewtwo was cloned from Mew by a scientist named Dr. Fuji at the behest of Team Rocket leader Giovanni. In the games, Mewtwo remains one of the most devastatingly powerful and competitively popular Pokémon in the franchise. Happy birthday, Mewtwo!

AmiAmi is known for selling some amazing figures from numerous franchises including The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Ball Z, and Final Fantasy. According to the latest post from Ami Ami, you can now preorder detailed figures of Ash and Misty from Pokémon! The Ash figure features the famous Pokémon trainer in one of his well-known poses with Pikachu and Charmander clinging on to his arms and legs. The Misty figure also has her in one of her famous poses, along with Togepi and Psyduck by her side.

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Fire Emblem Fates will be coming to 3DS in a couple of weeks, and we recently saw a new trailer that discussed some of the new gameplay features. Previous Fire Emblem games, including Awakening, had the option of English and Japanese voice acting. However, it seems that the Western release of Fire Emblem Fates will only allow players to use English audio. Many fans are disappointed with this, but Nintendo has not explained why they made this decision.

What do you think about this decision? Let us know in the comments!

Fire Emblem Fates' February 19th release is just around the corner, and Nintendo of Canada is holding a special launch event to celebrate. Fans in Toronto are being given the opportunity to come along to the event and try out the game before its release. As you may know, in Fire Emblem Fates you must make an important decision at the beginning of the game that will determine the whole story. You must choose to fight for your birth family (Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright) or the family that raised you (Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest). The first 100 people at the event to make this decision will be given an exclusive Fire Emblem t-shirt.

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It is now less than a month until Twilight Princess HD's release, and we just heard a ton of news about the game, including information about GamePad controls and Hero Mode. Now, Eiji Aonuma is promising to show us some new artwork and early designs from the development of the game via The Legend of Zelda Facebook page. There have not been any new posts about this information yet, but keep an eye out.

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Rare celebrated thirty years of great games by launching Rare Replay, a collection of 30 Rare games for $30, on Xbox One. Since then, the Rare staff has been regularly reminiscing about the good ol' days, releasing behind-the-scenes "Rare Reveals" videos that highlight the development history of some of their most popular games. In the latest Rare Revealed, they explore five things you didn't know about Battletoads. If you're feeling nostalgic, click below and give it a watch!

Bravely Second: End Layer, the sequel to the popular 3DS RPG Bravely Default, launches in North America on April 15th. In the meantime, Square Enix has kept us entertained with a new story trailer, a trailer that highlights the new jobs, and even a special prequel demo called The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers. If you haven't had the chance to play the demo yet, ChannelDotTheDot has graciously uploaded over an hour of footage, and you can check it out by clicking below!

Devil's Third was harshly criticized in reviews (it's got an average review score of 43/100 on Metacritic), so Nintendo didn't exactly open the floodgates when it came to shipping out physical copies. With the game in such short supply, it actually managed to sell out at most retailers, and as a result, physical copies are selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. That scalping problem should be (at least temporarily) alleviated now, as Devil's Third is back in stock at Amazon and GameStop for the standard price of $59.99. If you're interested in picking up this controversial title, you might want to do so before it disappears again.

"I once knew a young woman who would defy anyone and anything in order to do what she thought was right, but you're clearly not her. You're broken," begins the incredibly dramatic and cinematic new story trailer, "I Am Faith," for Mirror's Edge Catalyst, the sequel to last generation's experimental parkour game. It's impressive, it's stylized, it's beautiful, it's heavy, it's purple, and — as far as I can tell — it's everything a Mirror's Edge fan could be hoping for in anticipation of the May 24th release date.

Hell, they even announced a beta. Mirror's Edge Catalyst's is a closed beta, it's across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and you can register for it beyond this link, though — and this may be a deal breaker for some — you'll need an EA account to do so.

I sincerely suggest you head inside and check out the epic story trailer.