Video Game Coverage

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The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the Twitch deal, according to sources. YouTube is far and away the No. 1 platform for Internet video, serving more than 6 billion hours of video per month to 1 billion users worldwide, and the company expects the Justice Department to take a hard look at whether buying Twitch raises anticompetitive issues in the online-video market.

Update: This happened.

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The logo aired during a recent interview on "Fox & Friends" in which Governor Rick Perry invited President Obama to the Texas border to see the "immigration crisis" first hand.

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Atlanta-based Moneyhorse Games created a side-scrolling video game that will be available soon for PCs and mobile devices. It features North Korea's Kim Jong-Un gallivanting through forests on unicorn and dashing through the streets of Pyongyang, battling U.S. paratroopers. Kim Jong-Un's noted bestie Dennis Rodman will also be involved.

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About 3 p.m., the caller said his foe had killed his brother and mother, but cops arriving at the Long Beach address found his 17-year-old video game opponent playing "Call of Duty" in his own home, CBS 2 reported.

The perpetrator placed his emergency call using the Internet and could be anywhere across the globe. Investigators are trying to track down the call's origin.
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Bungie's composer Marty O'Donnell, who wrote Halo's iconic theme and had been working on the upcoming Destiny, has been fired from Bungie "without cause".

Bungie posted this on Bungie.net:

For more than a decade, Marty O'Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.
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Via 10news
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5 year old Kristoffer Von Hassel figured out that he could log into his dad's Xbox Live account without a password by entering spaces into a second password verification screen after entering the wrong password at the login screen. Kristoffer's father notified Microsoft, and they've now listed Kristoffer as a "security researcher" on their website. He's also received four games, fifty bucks, and a year of Xbox Live.

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Via Engadget
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Basically a fancier Roku box, Amazon's Fire TV lets you stream video, navigate using voice commands, and play Minecraft. Yeah, Minecraft:

So far, the other games Amazon has shown on the Fire TV look like mobile games, but they have developed a fancy controller:


Fire TV is available starting today for $99. Streaming services at launch include Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, with more streaming partners to come.

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In a statement today, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's acquisition of VR development company Oculus, saying they plan to not only support Oculus' current efforts, but also to help them expand and make VR a platform for more than just games:

We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

Read Zuckerberg's full statement here. Facebook's two billion dollar purchase includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock.

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It's time for Consumerist's annual Worst Company In America competition, and two Golden Poo winner EA has been knocked out in the first round. My money's on SeaWorld to win it this year; I saw Blackfish.

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Remember that scene in Jurassic Park when Samuel L Jackson can't access the park's security because he doesn't use the magic word? Now you can give it a shot with this awesome Jurassic Systems flash game.

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Do you want it bad enough that you'll donate to its Indiegogo campaign? Shaq is seeking funding to redeem himself from the disastrous first Shaq-Fu game by making a new one. How could you say no to this face?

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Considering that The LEGO Movie has already grossed $280.5M in three weeks, this shouldn't come as a surprise. In addition to Minecraft creator Notch's tweet, rumors are circulating that Warner Bros has approached The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee for the project.

Would you see a Minecraft movie?