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]

Sega Removes 16 Games from Mobile Stores

A few weeks ago, Sega announced the removal of some games from the App Store and Google Play Store. These games include:

  • Afterburner Climax
  • Altered Beast
  • Columns Deluxe
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe 2
  • Golden Axe 3
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Space Herrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Monkey Ball
  • Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition
  • Super Monkey Ball Bounce
  • Virtua Fighter 2

The games were removed because anytime an update occurred on the OS, it would mess up the game. Since they were unpopular, Sega decided to cut them off. Anyone who bought the games before the removal will still have access to them. Sega also announced that if the games are highly wanted again, they will be sold again.