SXSW 2018 is wrapping up in Austin, Texas, and last night the winners of the fifth annual South by Southwest Gaming Awards (as decided by over half a million votes from gamers around the world) were announced. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the biggest winner, taking home the coveted Video Game of the Year award alongside two other accolades. PUBG was another big winner, with three awards to its name as well.

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It's not that often that the UK's Video Standards Council refuses a game a rating, effectively banning it in the country. In fact, prior to this week it hadn't happened since Manhunt 2 was refused classification back in 2007, over a decade ago. That streak was just broken by Omega Labyrinth Z, an RPG that features school girls in a variety of sexually explicit scenarios.

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E3, the biggest gaming event of the year, is just under three months away. Developers, journalists, and now fans alike flock to it each year for big reveals, announcements, and largely, a celebration of video games. Massive companies such as Nintendo, Sony, Bethesda, EA, and Ubisoft routinely make use of the event for extravagant, flashy press conferences. However, it looks like Microsoft has different plans for their big show in 2018.

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2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Myst, the critically lauded point-and-click adventure/puzzle game by developer Cyan. The Mac/PC game's surprise success led to five main-series titles over 12 years, an online multiplayer spinoff, novels supplementing the lore, a Hulu series announcement (that we have heard nothing new about for some time now), and much more. While the older Myst games have not aged well when it comes to modern platforms, it turns out that Cyan has been working on a full series re-release, which they announced this weekend.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2's loot box-based progression system has been controversial since before the game's launch, with many claiming that they limited progression and made the game a "pay-to-win" experience. EA quickly moved to fix this by removing the ability to purchase them with real-world currency, which left the progression system reliant on loot boxes unlocked through level-ups and did not fix the underlying problem. In a new update to the game coming on March 21st, EA will be taking further steps to fix the issue by removing Star Cards from loot boxes entirely.

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SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog panel is in full swing at SXSW, and they're livestreaming the whole event. SEGA announced that Sonic Mania is getting a physical release with extra content, but the love for the latest 2D game didn't end there. In addition to the new content, Sonic Mania is also getting its own animated YouTube video series titled Sonic Mania Adventures.

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SEGA is currently holding a livestreamed panel for Sonic at SXSW, and they just dropped some big gaming news! Last year's new 2D entry in the franchise, Sonic Mania, has been a smash hit even though it's only available as a digital download. That's finally changing this Summer, as SEGA has just announced Sonic Mania Plus, a physical release of Sonic Mania with extra content.

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Nintendo Switch comes with a handy dock for connecting the portable console to a TV for a home console experience, but the plain-looking hunk of black plastic isn't quite flashy enough for some. As such, Rated-e Mods decided to mod an old GameCube in order to turn into a fully functioning Nintendo Switch dock. As a bonus, the controller ports on the front actually work, so you can plug up to four GameCube controllers directly into the dock.

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SXSW is currently in full swing in Austin, Texas, and SEGA is set to make a splash. The longtime game developer and publisher will be holding a panel for their most iconic character, Sonic the Hedgehog, this afternoon. The panel is titled "Gotta Go Fast," and it will feature special guests (including the head of Sonic Team) and the unveiling of new Sonic projects for the future.

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Nintendo recently released firmware update 5.0.0 for Nintendo Switch, giving players new features like the ability to add Switch friends via Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately for fans of unofficial accessories, this update doesn't seem to play nice with certain non-Nintendo products. According to multiple reports, firmware update 5.0.0 is bricking Nintendo Switch consoles that use Nyko's dock.

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Late last year, Bandai Namco announced a video game adaptation of My Hero Academia. The upcoming fighter, subtitled One's Justice, was initially revealed for worldwide release on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but it has since been confirmed for Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe as well. Bandai shared another update today, this time unveiling three new playable characters.

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It's been a crazy year for Nintendo. Switch sold far beyond anyone's wildest dreams, Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild both won numerous Game of the Year awards, there were successful mobile ventures in the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises, the announcement of a Mario movie, and more. Nintendo's fiscal year wraps up on March 31st, and they'll be informing investors of the year's profits a few weeks later.

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We were just treated to a Nintendo Direct last week, and Nintendo is already gearing up for another video presentation. The Big N announced today that they'll be holding a special Nindies Showcase in just a few days. If you haven't seen a Nindies event before, they're special presentations where Nintendo highlights some of the top upcoming games from independent developers.

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Street Fighter fans who are picking up Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection have some new incentive to get it on the Nintendo Switch. Tournament Battle, a mode that can't be found on any other console, is making its way exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. In the spirit of maintaining that arcade feeling, the new title allows players to play a tournament as though they were on actual arcade machines.

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Over the years Nintendo has surprised us with some of the characters they've included in Super Smash Bros. rosters. When Sonic the Hedgehog (once Nintendo's biggest threat), Solid Snake, and Cloud Strife are all playable, is it really all that outlandish to see that Funimation has requested Goku as the next fighter? In a world of nearly infinite choices, what crazy character would you like to see added to the next Smash?

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