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We Happy Few banned in Australia

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We Happy Few banned in Australia

Long-awaited dystopian survival title We Happy Few has been refused classification in Australia, which means the game cannot be legally sold in the country.

In New Zealand, the game received an R13 rating for "violence, drug use & offensive language".

As per the Classification Board’s website, We Happy Few been rejected under the Games 1(a) clause, which is reserved for a games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified”.

Drug use in the game was the cause of the ban – the same thing that saw Fallout 3, Risen, State of Decay, and Saints Row IV originally outlawed.

In We Happy Few, the game’s populace are all on a hallucinogenic drug called "Joy" that makes them literally insanely happy. It also makes them attack anyone not on Joy. The player characters can take the drug to blend in, but doing so changes the nature of reality.

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Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week

Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week

Award winning Kiwi smash brawler, Grabity, will be drawn into the orbit of Steam on May 31, Team Ninja Thumbs has announced.

According to the Auckland studio, Grabity has players dance the tango of death in a fast-paced, physics-based arena starring combat robots with lethal gravity guns and curiously interchangeable heads.

Translation: it’s a fast-paced, physics-based arena brawler wherein two-to-four players duke it out locally or online using gravity guns to turn nearby objects into lethal projectiles or makeshift shields in intense tactical throw-downs.

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Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders

Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders

Sydney Drop Bears have won the inaugural Overwatch Contenders Australia title, sweeping Masterminds GC 4-0 in the grand final.

You can see the grand final action over on Twitch.

Overwatch Contenders is the official path-to-pro for Overwatch in Australia and New Zealand. Competitors vie for bragging rights, the opportunity to be noticed by Overwatch League teams around the globe, and a share in more than US$150,000 of prize money worldwide.

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Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season

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Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season

Epic Games is providing a US$100 million prize pool for Fortnite’s first esports season.

Yes, 100 million.

“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game,” said Epic.

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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4

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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4

A supposed leak and the migration of key staff to Infinity Ward has some convinced that next year’s Call of Duty is another Modern Warfare.

A small-time site called Gaming Intel claimed yesterday that 2019’s CoD is Modern Warfare 4.

Gaming Intel said its sources reckon Modern Warfare 4 is a “fully fledged” title that unlike BLOPS 4 will have a campaign.

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You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan

You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan

Resident Evil 7 is coming to Switch this week in Japan.

However, as Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version’s name suggests, the game can only be played by streaming it to a Switch – the install file is only 45MB – therefore, it can’t be played offline.

A second catch: your first 15 minutes are free, but then it’s 2000 yen (about NZ$26 / AU$24) for 180 days of play.

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Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games

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Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games

Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Path of Exile studio Grinding Gear Games.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the Kiwi developer has sold up 80 per cent of its shares to the Chinese Internet giant.

In a blog post, Grinding Gear studio head Chris Wilson assured players that the acquisition won’t change how the studio operates.

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Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more

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Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more

Paradox Interactive announced two new games, three new expansions, and board game versions of its biggest franchises at Paradox Con over the weekend.

Imperator: Rome is a new grand strategy property that looks to explore alternate histories.

“What we think of as ‘western civilization’ was not guaranteed,” the game’s pitch reads.

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Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller for those with limited mobility

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Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller for those with limited mobility

Microsoft has unveiled a piece of hardware it believes will enable and empower gamers with limited mobility: The Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The controller’s inclusive design approach is for gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers, or hold a controller for an extended period of time, for example.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller was developed in partnership with organisations including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.