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.

Just Dance 2015

[Review] Just Dance 2015

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When I was in high school, my friends and I would take turns going to each other’s houses after school to play Dance Dance Revolution, a game that has players flailing in a way that bears little resemblance to “dancing” but is incredibly fun nonetheless. We would laugh at each other and at ourselves, playing songs over and over to earn the coveted AAA.

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"None of the characters kill. It's the war that kills." Kevin Erwin and the Making of Valiant Hearts

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From 1914 to 1918, Europe was ravaged by a war that cost 16 million lives. Though World War I is often overshadowed by World War II in history classes and pop culture, it remains a formational event of the 20th century.

Ubisoft Montpellier has taken personal stories of the Great War from the families of the developers and from their community and created a gameplay experience that is intimate, compelling, inspiring, emotional, and historically accurate. Their upcoming game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, comes out on June 25th on consoles and PC. The brief time I spent with the game at E3 revealed a beautifully animated world with simple but engaging puzzles—it was a short demo, but it got me invested in how the story will unfold.

I spoke to Kevin Erwin of Ubisoft Montpellier about the educational potential of Valiant Hearts and, most importantly, what happens to the dog.

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