Final Fantasy XV Is Confirmed for 2016

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The next big installment in the Final Fantasy series is coming next year. Unfortunately, that’s about as much as we know. Director Hajime Tabata confirmed that we won’t see Final Fantasy XV out this year, but that fans can look forward to playing it before 2017. Tabata told Gamespot at Gamescom, “At the very least, I can tell you that it isn’t going to be released this year. I think we’ll be able to tell you when we’re making the announcement around PAX Prime, at the end of this month…we can certainly say to people: it’s not going to be 2017. It’s going to be before that.” Read More

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Playing With Mom Inspired My Love of Games

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Final Fantasy VII is not a game I believe a 6-year-old should be playing. It has a lot of vulgarity, a very complicated story, and adult themes that would go right over a kid’s head. Despite this, it’s a fantastic game with some deep and satisfying combat and amazing bosses. When trying to make the game palatable for a 6-year-old kid, you have to insert a buffer. My mom was that buffer for me. Read More

Gaming News Roundup: Final Fantasy Symphony in London

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Final Fantasy in London

The Final Fantasy Symphony Tour, a symphony that plays music from the popular Final Fantasy game series, will be coming to London this September. Composer Nobuo Uematsu, who wrote most of the Final Fantasy scores, will be attending the concert to do a pre-show talk about his career.

The ESRB Expands Service

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) will be expanding its services to both mobile and digital storefronts. Currently, the ESRB rates games for dedicated consoles and computer gaming only. Many games slip through the cracks, including mobile games and indie games that only come out for PC or Mac.

Nintendo Coming to Mobile

Nintendo is finally expanding to mobile in a new partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA. The partnership with DeNA will mean new titles for smart devices, not just ports of existing games. The idea is to preserve the quality of the player’s experience. There will also be a service that will allow users to play across a variety of devices, including mobile, PC, and Nintendo’s other consoles—the Wii U and 3DS.

Ubisoft and Amblyotech Making Therapy Game

Game developer Ubisoft and therapy designer Amblyotech Inc. are partnering up to create a game that could help people with Amblyopia, a condition more commonly known as “lazy eye.” Amblyopia affects 3% of kids worldwide, and can cause blindness if unsuccessfully treated. The game is called Dig Rush, and will help patients cope with ongoing therapy by making for a more enjoyable and engaging experience.

MINECON 2015 Selling Tickets Soon

MINECON 2015, an annual Minecraft convention, will take place on July 4-5 in London. Tickets will be sold March 27-28 at  £129 each.

Games Make All Of Us Storytellers

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One of my favorite characters of all time is Varric Tethras, rogue dwarf and expert storyteller from the Dragon Age universe. Depending on who you ask, Varric is a liar and a scoundrel—or the best friend anyone could hope for. He has a heart of gold and a sharp wit, and he talks way too much. For me, the hardest moment in any of the three massive Dragon Age games wasn’t fighting a high dragon or trying to defeat my archenemy or even collecting every single one of those awful shards. It was the moment when I made Varric sad. A video game character! In fact, I had to return to a previous save and do it all over—that story, the story where Varric was heartbroken, wasn’t the one I wanted to tell. Read More