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SNOW the game is currently in alpha on Steam early access and has winter junkie Andy insanely excited. It's shaping up to be a beautiful open world skiing game that is very authentic.

Indie game Paranautical Activity has been taken down from Steam following the posting of death threats addressed at Valve's Gabe Newell from developer Mike Maulbeck. As reported by Player Attack, Maulbeck's game was initially highlighted on a Steam store segment featuring Halloween-themed games. Paranautical Activity was mistakenly captioned as an Early Access title despite being completed, to which Maulbeck tweeted the following:

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Maulbeck's tweets culminated with a threat stating that he was "going to kill gabe newell."

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Paranautical Activity was removed from Steam following the posting of Maulbeck's tweets. "We have removed the game’s sales page and ceased relations with the developer after he threatened to kill one of our employees," a Valve spokeperson told Kotaku.

This would not be the first time a game has been pulled from Steam. Earlier this year Valve mysteriously pulled The Stomping Land from Steam Early Access, which received more than $100,000 through Kickstarter. Earth: Year 2066 was pulled and refunds offered following fans' concerns on the quality of the game.

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If you were won over by the unique art style of Human Resources, a game just announced earlier this month, you may be in for some disappointment. The Kickstarter has been canceled by the developers citing that they anticipate coming up "woefully short" of the $1.4 million they were hoping to raise.

In a note to backers, lead designer John Comes wrote, "The time has come to shut down the Kickstarter for Human Resources. Every Kickstarter prediction model is showing that we will come up woefully short of our goal. Running a Kickstarter is a full-time job for several people. As a small indie, we can't continue spending time and money focusing on a project that won't get funded. We simply don't have the human resources. #seewhatididthere."

The project was originally slated to complete funding by November 4.

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But that doesn't mean all hope is lost for the project. Comes notes that they plan to "regroup and figure out what to do next." However, he also writes, "One thing is for sure, Human Resources, as pitched in this Kickstarter, is over. But we adore the world of Human Resources and will endeavor to do what we can to bring it to life in some form."

You have a few options if you want to keep up with what developer Uber has in store next. According to Comes, you can follow updates on the developer's (Uber) website, John's Twitter, Nate's Twitter, and Uber's Twitter.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC specs are revealed, Halo hits a huge franchise milestone, and Bloodborne earns some choice graphics adjectives!
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The latest game in the Civilization series, Civilization: Beyond Earth, launches later this week. Preloading has begun, but one thing you may want to download first is Civilization V, which you can play for free from now until Thursday.

Anyone with a Steam account can now download Civ V for free and play it until Thursday, October 23 at 10 am Pacific. That's hardly enough time to spend with a game that can easily eat up hundreds of hours of your life, but it's a good way to kill time between now and Beyond Earth's release this Friday, October 24.

If you've already pre-purchased Beyond Earth on Steam, you can begin preloading the game now so that it's ready to go as soon as possible on Friday. The exact times for when it will unlock for Steam buyers haven't yet been announced, but 2K says it'll be sharing those "soon" for everyone around the world.

You can still pre-purchase Beyond Earth before Friday to get the free Exoplanets Map Pack, which consists of six bonus custom maps. For more on Beyond Earth, check out our latest preview, as well as our look at multiplayer in the video above.

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The playable demo of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire arrives Tuesday, October 21, but it will--for whatever reason--not be freely available on the 3DS eShop. To download it, you'll need to first obtain a code to download this "Special Demo Version" of the game through one of several ways.

Some of these methods guarantee you a code (provided supplies last), like buying certain games on the eShop, while others are pretty much banking on luck. Curiously for a demo of a pair of games that launch in November, some of these options won't present themselves until November (or December, in one case).

Courtesy of Nintendo's website, here are your six ways of securing a code:

  • Codes will be distributed at select cinema locations nationwide from Nov. 7-Nov. 13 (while supplies last).
  • Check with your local retailer during the holidays to find out about special demo code giveaways (while supplies last).
  • Get a code with your purchase of the new Pokemon Art Academy game (out Oct. 24) when you buy from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system.
  • You'll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokemon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokemon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokemon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You'll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
  • Codes will be emailed the week of Oct. 31 to select Nintendo customers with Nintendo Network IDs who have signed up to receive promotional emails from Nintendo.
  • Codes will also be distributed during the holiday mall tour from Nov. 24-Dec. 21 at 16 different locations throughout the nation. Talk to a staff member to try out Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire or any of the featured Nintendo 3DS games to receive two codes—one for you, and one for a friend (while supplies last).

Unfortunately, there weren't any specifics offered regarding which movie theaters or retailers would offer the demo codes. The company said it would announce locations for the mall tour "soon."

We do know that demo players will get access to "exclusive scenarios in the Hoenn region," the setting for Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire and their respective remakes. Certain progress can be transferred from the demo version to the full games, launching November 21. This includes certain items and a Mega-Evolved version of a "familiar" Pokemon.

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Though Rock Band 4 is not currently in development, developer Harmonix reminds gamers in a new interview that it controls the future direction of the series by virtue of owning the IP, and teased that the music game franchise will return "when the time is right."

In an interview with Forbes, Harmonix PR boss Nick Chester said he is often asked, "Where is Rock Band 4?" and "When are you bringing it back?" These questions have even come from GameStop managers, he said, which might suggest that, "If people are hearing that at retail, maybe there's something going on. Maybe people are ready for it again."

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If Harmonix were to make another Rock Band, fans would certainly hope that their existing Rock Band plastic instruments would be compatible with the new game. Though there could be compatibility issues given the jump from last-generation consoles to current-generation machines, Chester said Harmonix would do "everything in our power" to make it work.

Also in the interview, Chester reveals that "hundreds of thousands" of people still play Rock Band games every month. This is despite the fact that Harmonix has stopped supporting the most recent core game, Rock Band 3, with new DLC and even pulled the plug on the Rock Band Network.

"We love Rock Band, it's in the company's DNA," Chester said. "We own the IP. And when the time's right we will absolutely come back to it. There's a whole bunch of factors to take into consideration before jumping in that pool again, but there's a desire for it, absolutely."

The most recent Rock Band game was Rock Band Blitz, which was released in 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. At PAX East in April, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos teased that the studio had "grand plans" to revive the Rock Band series for current-generation consoles. However, the company quickly clarified that it only had ideas for a new game, pointing out that Rock Band 4 was not actually in the works.

For its part, Activision has also talked about bringing the Guitar Hero franchise back someday.

Though Harmonix isn't making a new Rock Band game right away, the studio is certainly keeping busy. Tomorrow, Harmonix will release Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while the studio continues to work on a new Amplitude game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. In addition, Harmonix's free-to-play PC shooter called Chroma remains in development, and the studio recently signed a publishing deal with indie publisher Tilting Point for new, music-based mobile games. On top of that, there is Harmonix VR, a music project for Samsung Gear VR.

What would you like to see from a new Rock Band game? Let us know in the comments.

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Not long it was teased that the Dead Rising movie might include an appearance by series mainstay Frank West, Legendary Pictures has announced comedian Rob Riggle will play the role of West in the film.

Legendary today announced four additions to the cast of Dead Rising: Watchtower today, the most notable of which is Riggle. The former Daily Show correspondent (and US Marine Corps Reserve officer) has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, ranging from 21 Jump Street to Arrested Development.

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The other new cast members include Harley Morenstein (best known for his work on YouTube channel Epic Meal Time), Keegan Connor Tracey (Bates Motel, Final Destination 2), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War). Paunovic plays biker gang leader Logan; Morenstein plays Pyro, Logan's second-in-command; and Tracey plays a journalist named Jordan.

Other, previously announced actors include Dennis Haysbert, Jesse Metcalfe, Virginia Madsen, and Meghan Ory.

Today's announcement also offered a brief outline of the story, which centers around--what else--a zombie outbreak. When the government's vaccine fails, the four lead characters try to avoid becoming infected while investigating the outbreak, which may be the government's doing.

Watchtower was first announced this summer as a full-length digital movie. Rather than release in theaters, it'll debut on Sony's Crackle streaming service before heading to DVD and video-on-demand services. Director Zach Lipovsky, who recently described the movie as "Indiana Jones with zombies," has said the movie takes place between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3.

Watchtower does not yet have a release date, but filming is underway.

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Halo fans--particularly those with slow Internet connections or data caps--weren't pleased with last week's news that an update available at launch for The Master Chief Collection weighs in at a whopping 20 GB. Offering a second disc "would have been easier in a lot of ways," according to 343 Industries' Frank O'Connor, but doing so "would completely wreck the functionality and experience of the unified interface."

O'Connor made these comments in a series of posts over the weekend on NeoGAF, where he defended 343's decision to offer the hefty day-one update we learned about on Friday. He described it not as being a patch, but "content" that is primarily geared towards the game's multiplayer modes.

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"The game is designed to run as a single, unified product; digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs," he said about the 20 GB download. "Since the bulk of it is MP or MP-related, the logic is sound. There will ALSO be a [title update] in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content."

To help matters, those who buy the game digitally will be able to preload this content along with the base game. He also reassured players that they'll be able to play through all four campaigns (and watch their respective cutscenes) and play "a good chunk of MP custom games" without getting the update.

But even with that being the case, this is an unfortunate situation, and O'Connor didn't shy away from acknowledging that. "Do I understand the inconvenience and annoyance for some users? Of course. I'm not going to blow smoke or ignore it," he said. "For some folks it will be straight up annoying and I both apologize unreservedly for the irritance, and hope that the package and the way it works more than makes up for it."

He also noted that he has "pretty lame Internet" and uses Wi-Fi, but hasn't run into problems himself--"my installation and immediate play were all pretty buttery," he said. Of course, take this with a grain of salt, as it's coming from someone who works on the game.

"We realize that this isn't ideal for everyone, but it's the path to the smoothest eventual experience," he added.

The Master Chief Collection, which consists of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, launches on November 11.

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Sony has launched a new live-action PlayStation 4 commercial showing off regular people becoming professional basketball players, action heroes, and space-traveling warriors.

The video is called "Friendly Competition." PlayStation marketing executive Guy Longworth says the new video is meant to emphasize the feeling you get when playing games with friends.

"There's something special about grabbing your PS4 controller, sitting down with a friend, and starting up a game," he said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. "Whether side-by-side on the couch or online, there's nothing quite like getting ready for some real competitive or cooperative gaming."

Given that the commercial was produced by Sony, you might expect it to feature only PlayStation games, but that is not the case, as the titles on display are NBA 2K15, Far Cry 4, and Destiny. These are all multiplatform games, though they do each have special content or features (The Stage for NBA 2K15; free co-op trials for Far Cry 4; multiplayer map for Destiny) that are exclusive to Sony platforms, at least for a period of time.

In the case of Destiny, Sony even says that it is treating the Bungie-developed title like a first-party game.

The PS4 celebrates its first birthday next month. The system has sold more than 10 million systems worldwide as of August, which is beyond Sony's expectations for the console. Most recently, the NPD Group announced last week that the PS4 maintained its lead over the Xbox One in the United States during September.

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More than a week before NBA Live 15 lands in stores, series executive producer Sean O'Brien has reassured fans that this will not be the last entry in the two decade-old franchise.

In an interview with Polygon, O'Brien promised that next year's game (the unannounced NBA Live 16) will be better than this year's game. Asked if that means there is sure to be a new Live next year, O'Brien said, "Guaranteed." Not only that, but work on it has already begun. "We've already started development on 16," he said. "We're staffing up. We're actually increasing investment on what 16--and 17--look like."

That comes as somewhat of a surprise for a number of reasons. Despite being the preeminent NBA simulation series in the '90s, the NBA 2K franchise has firmly taken hold of that position from Live and has not let go. Things have gotten especially bad for EA Sports on the basketball front in recent years, and not just because the 2K games have routinely sold better and been better received. The Live brand was dropped in favor of the NBA Elite name in 2010, only for that game to be canceled. EA didn't attempt to release a game in 2011, only to then cancel NBA Live 13 due to it being a downright mess. And while it was able to release NBA Live 14 last year, there was no question about what the best basketball game on the market was.

With the NBA license not being cheap and Polygon reporting that EA's deal with the league has only a year left, it wouldn't have been a tremendous surprise to see EA Sports bow out to the basketball space. But basketball is as big a sport worldwide as anything outside of soccer, and O'Brien says there is a $350 million market for NBA games. That's not the sort of thing you'd want to walk away from, and is presumably why O'Brien can so confidently say we'll be seeing the series continue beyond this year.

NBA Live 15 was originally scheduled to release earlier this month alongside NBA 2K15. In September, the game was delayed by three weeks; it'll now be available on October 28, exclusively for Xbox One and PS4.

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Like many major AAA games, Ubisoft's open-world shooter Far Cry 4 will offer a DLC pass. It will cost $30, and includes a range of diverse content--including a new multiplayer mode and missions that will see you fighting off Yetis--that will keep you busy for "hours," the publisher said today in a post to its official website. A roundup of the content is below.

The Syringe (available on launch day) -- An "exclusive" mission that sees you preventing main antagonist Pagan Min from retrieving a "rare recipe and using it against the rebellion." This mission is playable in Far Cry 4's single-player and co-op modes.

Escape from Durgesh Prion -- Details are light on this mission, with Ubisoft only saying that you will "team up with a friend to escape Yuma's prison after being locked up and tortured."

Hurk Deluxe Pack -- This includes five missions featuring Hurk, a man you may remember from Far Cry 3. Three of these missions are called Yak Farm, Blood Ruby, and Hurk's Redemption. Unfortunately, Ubisoft did not share any further details about these missions or name the other two.

Overrun -- This is a new player-versus-player multiplayer mode where you can play as either the Rakshasa or the Golden Path. Your job is to capture territory around Kyrat while simultaneously stopping the territory from being taken by your enemies.

Valley of the Yetis -- In this content, after you crash land on a Himalayan ridge, you must trek through the frozen landscape, scavenging for tools and upgrades for your campsite. You'll also have to fight off "deadly nighttime attacks from a mysterious cult," Ubisoft says. On top of that, Ajay can explore caves, but "watch out for what lurks within," Ubisoft warns, presumably about Yeti danger. Valley of the Yetis is playable in single-player and co-op.

Ubisoft also did not share pricing information for gamers who want to buy the expansions individually, though the company did say that buying the pass offers a 20 percent savings. The publisher will also offer a $90 Far Cry 4 Gold Edition that comes with the game and the DLC pass.

We also do not know yet when any of Far Cry 4's expansion content will be available, outside of the launch day Syringe mission.

Far Cry 4 launches November 18 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Ubisoft said recently that it's targeting 1080p visuals for the Xbox One and PS4 versions. For more on Far Cry 4, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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[UPDATE] The stream has now ended.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare will host a Twitch live stream today starting at 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern / 6pm UK where it will show off Skyhold, a castle that will serve as your base of operations in the upcoming role-playing game.

The live stream today promises to give viewers a "deeper" look at Skyhold. BioWare also plans to answer fan questions during the presentation, according to producer Cameron Lee. You'll be able to watch the entire presentation right here in this post through the video above.

Inquisition launches November 18 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. BioWare recently confirmed that the game will run at 1080p on PS4 and 900p on Xbox One. Inquisition was originally targeted to launch a full year ago, but has since been delayed twice.

November 18 is shaping up to be a busy day for high-profile new releases, as the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Grand Theft Auto V and WWE 2K15 are due to launch on that day, alongside Far Cry 4, Escape Dead Island, LittleBigPlanet 3, and Watch Dogs for Wii U.

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