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You are officially addicted to video games

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The World Health Organization has included “gaming disorder” in a draft of its 11th International Classification of Diseases, which will be published next year. According to the new guideline, gaming disorder is characterized by persistent or recurring gaming, online or off, that takes precedence over other interests and daily activities. Like regularly foregoing sleep to stay up until, oh, let’s say, a quarter to three in the morning to hit one more turn on Civilization IV.

The WHO’s guidelines are used by member countries to classify and diagnose medical conditions. Many private and government organizations take the WHO’s guidelines into account when drawing up their health care budgets.

This is how Minecraft brought down the internet

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The Mirai Botnet crippled major hubs of the internet in October 2016 with a series of distributed denial of service attacks deployed at a speed and volume that security experts had never seen before. The big innovation was using infected “internet of things” devices that consumers and manufacturers routinely fail to secure like home surveillance cameras or web-enabled kitchen appliances.

According to the Justice Department, it was all done in the service of Minecraft. There’s stiff competition in the world of pay-to-play Minecraft servers, and three young hackers, short on morality but long on innovation, turned their skills towards the business of securing Minecraft hosts. What better way to do that than invent the world’s most powerful botnet and unleash it against competing security and server providers? Okay, it may not have turned out the way the creators wanted, but for an upside, it taught the FBI how much money Minecraft can generate.

It’s time to make the dealer suffer a little in Hand of Fate 2

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You can now unlock a Dealer companion in Hand of Fate 2. The Dealer’s Apprentice is a free update for the game that will allow you to add the Dealer to your combat strength in the action levels. While his ranged attacks aren’t as effective as his reputation suggests, he makes up for any martial deficiencies with quips galore. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that everything you’re suffering through adds to his misery.

Apple wants you to know the odds behind loot boxes

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Apple has updated their App Store rules to require the publication of loot box odds in games. Apparently taking a page from China’s regulations for gaming, the App Store guidelines now includes the following:

Apps offering “loot boxes” or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.

Publishing loot box odds is a good idea regardless of your stance on whether or not the revenue model is gambling or harmful to children. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Ark: Survival Evolved is twice as nice on Xbox

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Ark: Survival Evolved is now an Xbox Play Anywhere title. The dino-taming survival game has launched on the Windows Store with Xbox cross-play compatibility and is part of the Play Anywhere program. Players that own a digital copy on their Xbox One can also play the game on Windows 10, and vice versa, for free. That’s two times the janky grinding and wood chopping for one price!

There’s already a Red Dead Redemption 2 gun in the wild

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You can find a gun in Grand Theft Auto V’s GTA Online mode right now that can be unlocked for use in Red Dead Redemption 2. The golden Double-Action Revolver is up for grabs somewhere in the countryside of Los Santos. Players interested in the bounty need only answer the new message on the in-game smartphone and begin a multi-part scavenger hunt. Once you have the revolver, if you want to see it in Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you need to complete the headshot challenge. After all that, you’ll have your gun in the upcoming game, assuming the game releases while you’re still alive.

You ain’t got time to bleed in Ghost Recon Wildlands’ new event

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That’s the Predator in Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. The Predator special event kicks off today and runs through early January. Like the Day of Skulls or El Yeti events, the Predator missions feature some light scavenger hunting and a battle with a boss enemy, in this case, the movie monster with the dreadlocks. Track and kill the baddie in solo or co-op modes and you’ll unlock a nifty mask with Predator-vision. If you want to hunt in style, there will also be a DLC pack to purchase that will give players movie-themed weapons, cosmetic bits, and the deadly wrist-blades. Sorry, match-up fans. There’s no sign of the xenomorphs from Aliens yet.

It’s time to be naughty in Killing Floor 2’s holiday event

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The Krampus is here! Running until January 9th, Killing Floor 2 is running a free Krampus Christmas Seasonal Update featuring the yuletide terror of zombie elves, killer snowmen, and the new Abomination boss monster as the Krampus. Players will also get the chance to explore the Krampus Lair map, which is a bit like Santa’s workshop with chainsaws and blood. You’ll yearn for the days when fruitcake or socks were the worst gifts you could expect under the tree.

Road Redemption isn’t X-rated yet, but all things are possible with determination

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There may soon be a porn-filled version of Road Redemption. Nutaku, a Canadian publisher that specializes in online and mobile erotic gaming, is negotiating with mainstream independent game developers to make special builds of their titles featuring adult sexual content. Speaking to PC Gamer, Mark Antoon of Nutaku said the company has a $10 million initiative to fund these sexy-time variants of existing games. In Road Redemption’s case they are working with Pixel Dash Studios and EQ-Games to create a slightly different single player campaign featuring pornographic scenes between missions.

If you’re curious about their catalog, note that there are two Nutaku sites. The original Nutaku.net site is very much not safe for work. The Nutaku.com site established in 2015 is an “all-ages” site that still leans towards titillation and the kind of imagery that focuses on scantily clad women.

Is the next Portal game a bridge too far?

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That’s the teaser for Bridge Constructor Portal coming from Headup Games. It’s a fully licensed standalone Portal game that mixes the engineering and physics puzzles of a normal bridge constructor title with GLaDOS and turrets. It is appropriate then that the teaser leaked a bit early ahead of The Game Awards since Portal is all about making the best of a bad situation.

Bridge Constructor Portal launches on December 20th for Steam, iOS, and Android devices. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions will follow in 2018.

Darkest Dungeon is getting a much-needed shot of color for its next DLC

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Redhook has announced the next DLC for Darkest Dungeon. The Color of Madness will bring an alien infestation to the game. Have no worries about goofy science fiction little green men ruining the bleak nihilism of Darkest Dungeon. The expansion obviously takes its inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space. A dreadful comet crashes in the farmlands near Hamlet and unleashes a dark and terrible corruption on the land, like a neverending stream of monsters with leaderboards.

Survive as long as you can stomach, and compare your highest kill count with friends and rivals alike!

The Color of Madness will launch in Spring 2018.

Another Five Nights at Freddy’s game is out, but this one is free

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If you, like a lot of tween fans, love the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, get on Steam and download the latest game now. It’s free. There’s no microtransactions or loot boxes. And it might be the last Five Nights game for a long time. Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator is a surprise release from creator Scott Cawthon that is a lot more than it appears to be in screenshots. The innocuous-sounding low-res game holds some secrets for aficionados of the series.

In June, the developer confessed that he was contemplating a break from Five Nights. Assuring everyone that he wasn’t kidding, Cawthon hinted at working on other projects like a VR title or even “a pizzeria tycoon game” for the fans.

The initial changes to Star Wars: Battlefront II are all about the space bucks

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The first big change for Star Wars: Battlefront II is here. Electronic Arts and DICE have outlined their initial fixes to the much-maligned loot box progression system, and the changes primarily focus on the rate at which players amass in-game cash.

Credit payouts after the end of every match are being increased in general, and top scoring players will see even bigger rewards. Daily login crates will give you more crafting parts, which are essential for upgrading cards and increasing the level of classes, ships, and heroes. Finally, the daily cap on Arcade mode is being increased to 1500 credits.

In regular update news, factional challenges are coming. Starting tomorrow, players can pick The First Order or The Resistance and fulfill objectives for their side to attain extra rewards.

At least you don’t have to eat this cereal to get the Super Mario Odyssey prize

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Kellogg’s is making a Mario-themed cereal that will be packed into an Amiibo box. The limited edition Super Mario Cereal coming this month, features packaging that has the same digital functionality as Amiibo figurines. Tapping the box on a Nintendo Switch will give Super Mario Odyssey players in-game rewards like hearts or coins. The cereal itself resembles General Mills’ competing product Lucky Charms. It’s packed with sugary stiff marshmallow bits made to look like familiar Mario assets like mushrooms and power-up blocks. According to Kellogg’s, Super Mario Cereal may hit store shelves as early as December 11th.

Super Mario Odyssey released on October 27th and sold over 2 million units in 3 days.