Nintendo DSi Shop to Close in Early 2017

On April 1, 2016, Nintendo announced in their “What’s New” blog that Nintendo DSi Shop services will be discontinued in the early months of 2017. Nintendo DSi Shop points will still be obtainable until September 30, 2016 while purchasing content will last until March 31, 2017. Additionally, Nintendo has stated that the ability to re-download DSi games from the shop will end at some point too. Nintendo has assured us that DSi Ware games will remain in the Nintendo eShop.

[Source: Nintendo’s “What’s New” Blog post]

Halo 5 Hackathon Event Announced

In October of 2015, 343 Industries released a public API beta for Halo 5: Guardians which shared data of players with web developers. This was generally successful and allowed for the creation of several websites such as Halo Tracker and Halo Data Live.

Today, 343 Industries has announced a “Hackathon” competition for developers to compete in.

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Valve Will Be at PAX 2015

Chet Faliszek, a developer for Valve Corporation, recently revealed that Valve will be at PAX 2015 to show off the Vive VR.

From this tweet, the employees showing off the ViveVR are staying in a sheraton, which is  a type of hotel.

According to these tweets from the official SteamVR twitter account, Valve has set up testing booths for various VR-supported games and have teamed up with NVidia, ASUS, Uber Entertainment, and AtomicVR.

China Ends 15 Year Ban on Consoles

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China officially ended their 15 year video game console ban only yesterday. China originally began the ban in 2000 when fears arose about consoles having physical and mental negative affects on development of children. This left people playing with PCs, mobile devices, and web-based video games. The only possible way to receive or sell said consoles, was through the black market. With the console ban lifted, PCs just got three new competitors in the Chinese market.

Marc Laidlaw confirms The Know’s Half-Life Rumors to be False

The Know, a YouTube channel consisting of Rooster Teeth members who post videos about news in gaming, recently published a video about an anonymous source from within Valve. In the video, they stated that the anonymous source said that Half-Life 3 is not needed at the current time and that Valve fears internet backlash if the game turns out to be badly received.

Today, a Reddit user by the name of whats_not_in_a_name e-mailed Marc Laidlaw, the writer for the Half-Life series, about the video and he stated the following:

I can’t comment on Valve’s internal process, but I can say that it sounds like someone is trolling. Anonymous sources have been posting speculation masquerading as inside knowledge since the Half-Life 1 delay in 1997. If it’s any comfort, please rest assured that in my experience at Valve, fear is the last thing that would ever drive a decision about what to work on.

[Source: whats_not_in_a_name’s Imgur photo]

Nintendo Partners with Facebook

To promote Nintendo’s upcoming game, Super Mario Maker, Nintendo has teamed up with Facebook to host a “hack-a-thon” event in which Facebook employees will aim to create the best Super Mario Maker level. The winning individual or team will have the opportunity to have the level added to Super Mario Maker at launch. Nintendo will also document the event through a series of videos. Nintendo will also be updating their social media posts live. The event is set to start July 28 and end on July 29.

[Source: Nintendo What’s New RSS Feed]