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The US Government now considers the gaming phenomenon League of Legends is as much as a sport as basketball, hockey, and baseball. Professional players across the globe are now eligible for visas, just like any NHL, NBA, NFL, or MLB players.

This is fantastic news, whether you play League or not. Having a video game be recognized as a professional sport is a major step forward for the video game industry. League of Legends, as well as many other video games, have infected the non-gaming community, converting hoards of people to the medium.

What do you think? Should League be considered a sport? What other video games should go professional? I'm pushing for Super Smash Bros.!

I've always loved games that were poetic. REALiTY is one of those games. It's a short little puzzle game for your browser, starring a cute, tiny boy as the protagonist. The game has an amazing atmosphere and is full of hidden meaning. The puzzles are fairly simple and straightforward (once you figure out what to do, that is). It's a very personal game to its developer Juan Afonso of Clairvoyance Games.

You play as the young boy mentioned above. The game takes place in the sort of limbo between being conscious and being asleep. The game gives you no instructions and your first goal is to find an exit to the room in the shadows. You go through four more scenes afterwards, each one containing a new metaphor and a new puzzle to solve. You can move around with the arrow keys and jump with your space bar.

You can play REALiTY in your browser here.

The Dragon Quest series is a long-standing, popular JRPG series. In Japan, each incarnation sells really well and really quickly, but the success is only moderate in countries outside of Japan. A following does exist, though, and it has been very disappointed so far with Dragon Quest X, an MMO that has been released on the Wii and Wii U only in Japan.

For those out there who are part of this following, though, there is hope; recently, in an interview with Famitsu, the developers of the game discussed the possibility of a western release and what changes would need to be made to make such a release profitable. Read more inside!

A new Assassin's Creed IV gameplay video came out recently which shows off the ship upgrade system and some naval combat. The video demonstrates a natural progression of the naval combat and upgrades originally featured in Assassin's Creed III, with a wider variety of projectiles and the ability to manually aim your canons at weak points. The video ends with a brief description of how you upgrade Edward Kenway, which will be elaborated on in a later video.

Hit the jump to see the video for yourself!

Quackaroonie! According to the Junior Woodchucks Guidebook, DuckTales Remastered will be releasing on Wii U, PS3, and PC on August 13th! Strangely enough, the Xbox 360 version will be releasing on September 11th. The game will be priced at $14.99.

What's more is that the PlayStation 3 will be getting a special boxed edition of the game. Granted, it's just a download code, but it's inside a collectible box and comes with an exclusive collector's pin. This special version will be available on August 20th for $19.99. Five dollars for a useless box that's just going to sit on a shelf collecting dust, that'll be of no value to anyone other than myself and maybe only *one* of my friends? I'm down!

WayForward has also put out the first part in a behind the scenes 'Duckumentary' series about the game's development. I've included that video right after the jump. Life was like a hurricane during the game's development, and I can't wait to see the fruit of their labors.

As we all know, game publisher THQ filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and auctioned off their assets to the highest bidders. Out of this deal, SEGA acquired Company of Heroes 2, a World War 2 real-time strategy game that SEGA published on June 25th. However, THQ collected over $941k in preorder revenue from Steam (after the service's 30 cent per sale fee), which SEGA has not seen a dime of.

This has caused the company to sue THQ in Delaware US Bankruptcy Court, requesting that $941,710.93 be paid to SEGA for the preorders. However, THQ has absolutely nothing, so at best this case will land SEGA on the list of creditors that claim THQ owes them over $200 million. That's a lot of uDraws.

A few months ago, a guy by the username of LakeFeperd released the amazing Sonic fan-game Sonic Before The Sequel, a sort of bridge story between Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2, which was met with near-universal praise. Then, just a few weeks ago, the aptly named Sonic After The Sequel was released. You can guess the subject matter of that one.

The game picks up right after the end credits of Sonic 2, and within moments, Sonic finds himself in an all-new area, with Doctor Robotnik once again after the Chaos Emeralds. Surprise, surprise. Thanks to Miles they're scattered all around once more and it's up to you to collect them and save the day. Oh, and there's a psycho Metal Tails to deal with. At least Metal Sonic won't be lonely anymore.

After the Sequel uses many assets and animations from various Sonic games, the most obvious being Sonic CD. The soundtrack, however, is a different story. Some small tunes are lifted from Sonic CD, but most are either remixes of other Sonic songs or completely original (and amazing). You can find a link to download the soundtrack for each game on the game's download page. You can find Before the Sequel here, and After the Sequel right here. These are easily better than many of Sonic's recent official adventures, and I had a blast playing them. I hope you do too!

You've probably heard of Angry Birds. The smart phone sensation that has swept several nations is recognizable worldwide. Children don t-shirts advertising the Rovio name, and Angry Birds fruit snacks can be found in your local super market. Those little frustrated airborne animals are the TMNT of the current generation. They are everywhere.

You may have also heard of Toki Tori. The second entry in the puzzle series recently released on the Nintendo Wii U eShop and is coming to PC in a matter of days. You may think these two franchises have little in common other than birds, but you'd be dead wrong.

Toki Tori developer Two Tribes has recently revealed previous plans for a partnership between Toki Tori and Angry Birds. Birds from the iOS title would be featured in Toki Tori, and vice-versa. Martijn Reuvers, a Two Tribes director, declined on the deal after realizing the gameplay of both titles vastly differed from one another. Of course, now Angry Birds has blown up, and Reuvers regrets the decision.

"In fact its publisher contacted me to see if there were possibilities to put an Angry Bird in Toki Tori to raise awareness of their game. Back then Toki Tori was a success for Chillingo, whereas Angry Birds (which was released on their B-label: Clickgamer), was not (yet). The idea was to put an Angry Bird in Toki Tori and they would then put Toki Tori in Angry Birds. But when I played the game, I strongly felt that it wasn't a right fit to put in Toki Tori. And I declined. A couple of months later, the sales suddenly picked up massively. The rest is history. In retrospect, it has been my worst decision ever."

Quite an interesting tidbit. Just imagine! There's some alternate dimension where people across the globe are flinging little kiwis at pigs.

No Holds, Bard! is an interesting indie experience released today by Malcolm Brown. The game is a sweet combination of a hack 'n slash game and a rhythm game, which might sound strange, but I assure you it blends seamlessly. The game has you relying on your sense of rhythm to crush all of the goblins in your path. The current build holds only two levels, but it's a fun little romp nonetheless.

Your goal is to conquer all of the strongholds on your map and defeat all of the goblins in your way. When you encounter a goblin, a slight touch will commence a battle sequence. The controls for battle are simple: when a sword icon on the bottom bar is in the right spot, push your left mouse button or Z to attack, and when a shield icon is in the correct spot, push your right mouse button or X to successfully defend yourself from the enemy's attack. Stay on the beat of the song and you'll find yourself slashing goblins up with ease.

You can play No Holds, Bard! in your browser here.

The new and improved Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn won't release on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, director Naoki Yoshida told RPG Site, because Microsoft does not allow games on Xbox Live to share servers with other platforms.

"The main reason from our side is that I don't want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more. For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I'm playing the Xbox version -- but we're not able to join the same game servers. That is just ... I just don't like the idea. I disagree with it. To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything -- why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just -- make it open to everyone? That's my opinion."

You may remember an exception was made for Final Fantasy XI, the series' first MMO outing—an exception that won't be made this time around.

Find out more after the jump.

Gearbox Software has games covering both ends of the quality spectrum. You have Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Or there's the original Borderlands compared to Duke Nukem Forever. We now know that the developer is working on a new IP for next generation consoles.

Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox, recently revealed this fact in a Nerdist podcast. No details were revealed, but we know it's coming now. The mysterious title will most likely come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

What do you think Gearbox is working on? Another first-person shooter or something new?

As you may know, Bethesda is working on an Elder Scrolls Online game. OXM recently spoke with Bethesda's Vice-President Peter Hines, who had several things to say about the latest generation of consoles and the trouble the company encountered while working across multiple platforms.

When asked about developing for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC/Mac, Hines had the following to say:

They don't all play with each other. PC and Mac play together, but Xbox One is its own thing and PS4 is its own thing. The whole cross-platform thing is just a nightmare.

He also praised the consoles, likening them to "high-end PCs, the way they're architectured," and noted, "they're much easier to develop for."

It seems that at least one developer is happy to be working on the newest consoles. Are you excited for the next generation? How about playing Elder Scrolls Online?

Rockstar has released a new trailer for its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, and frankly, it looks amazing. The amount of things to do is overwhelming, and everything seems to be done really well, from riding a bike, running your own business, and golfing to choosing how to do a bank robbery. If I wasn't excited for this game before, I truly am now.

What do you think? Has Rockstar chosen the right course of action? Share!

Capsized Review

July 08 2013 by Barry Herbers

Capsized is a game about launching a hook at things, then shooting a gun at other things, all while swinging around the first thing, and that's a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it's also the ideal rather than the constant.

Capsized is a fairly short side-scroller that works on a few basic mechanics: hooking, momentum control, and shooting. Your hook grabs onto and yanks you from ledge to ledge. While soaring through the air or tactically lowering yourself into a tunnel, you must be constantly aware of the give and take relationship between you and physics. To make matters a bit more dangerous, you'll also be fighting aliens every step of the way. Head past the jump to see how all of that ends up working out in our Capsized review.

Remember Mega Man Legends 3? The game's prototype was supposed to launch along with the 3DS eShop as a digital download. After missing the due date, Capcom soon revealed the title was canned. This news came right off the heels of Mega Man Universe, a complete project, also being canceled. Keiji Inafune, the mind behind Mega Man, had recently departed from the publisher, and the then-recent departure from the company may have influenced these decisions. Fans have rebelled against Capcom, demanding Mega Man Legends 3 be released. No dice, yet. However, now they're taking a completely different approach.

100k Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 has recently announced a partnership with a similar Japanese fan movement by the name of Rockman DASH 3 Reboot Team. The two groups plan to remake the Mega Man Legends 3 eShop prototype. However, this goes beyond a simple fan movement. They have gathered Hideki Ishikawa, character designer for Legends, and Makoto Tomozawa, the composer of the series. Ishikawa is creating the box-art, while Tomozawa is scoring a few tracks of the game.

The 8-bit 'remake' uses the classic Mega Man look, while also incorporating numerous gameplay elements from Legends 3. A demo will be released in the next week or two, while the full game arrives in August. Check out the trailer for the title after the jump!

You can support the movement here. Get on board, and join one of the greatest fan rebellions I've ever witnessed.