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The DeanBeat: Outsiders, insiders, and manufactured outrage

The DeanBeat: Outsiders, insiders, and manufactured outrage

I felt a bit like a lab rat this week as I found that my career in game journalism — and my terribly unskilled gameplay in Cuphead and the reaction to it — were the stuff of academic discourse. I gave
Star Wars: Battlefront II’s soul-sapping progression gets first major tweak

Star Wars: Battlefront II’s soul-sapping progression gets first major tweak

Electronic Arts removed real-money transactions from Star Wars: Battlefront II, but the publisher’s sci-fi online shooter’s multiplayer progression is still a bummer. But now, as part of previously
Mega Man X series is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

Mega Man X series is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

Capcom revealed during a special Twitch stream celebrating Mega Man‘s 30th anniversary that all eight Mega Man X games are coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC
Mega Man 11 is coming in late 2018

Mega Man 11 is coming in late 2018

Capcom revealed that Mega Man 11 is coming in late 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. This is the first major Mega Man game since Mega Man 10 came out in 2010. The new game retains the
Star Wars: Battlefront II’s Janina Gavankar straddles being a fan, an actress, and a gamer

Star Wars: Battlefront II’s Janina Gavankar straddles being a fan, an actress, and a gamer

Janina Gavankar didn’t grow up playing games, as she had a strict upbringing. But in her 20s, she became what she calls a “super-fan girl” who wanted to wanted to break into the game industry and get
Mega Man Legacy Collections are coming to Switch

Mega Man Legacy Collections are coming to Switch

Capcom revealed during a 30th anniversary event streamed on Twitch today that Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 are coming to the Nintendo Switch next year. The first Legacy
Nvidia launches Shield TV set-top box in China with remastered Nintendo titles

Nvidia launches Shield TV set-top box in China with remastered Nintendo titles

Nvidia is launching its Shield TV set-top box in the Chinese market. And the gaming-focused device will come with remastered versions of Nintendo titles from the earlier Wii and GameCube platforms.
Even GamesBeat can play this Cuphead string arrangement album

Even GamesBeat can play this Cuphead string arrangement album

GamesBeat doesn’t have a great reputation when it comes to being good at Cuphead (even though I beat it just fine when I was reviewing it). But we really do quite like the challenging side-scroller,
Star Wars: Battlefront II should teach publishers to drop the sales pitch

Star Wars: Battlefront II should teach publishers to drop the sales pitch

OPINION: Electronic Arts has an authenticity problem, and, in my opinion, it stems from how it talks to us about its games. Star Wars: Battlefront II’s launch was a calamity, and I think EA made it
The RetroBeat: You’re wrong — Mega Man 11’s art looks great

The RetroBeat: You’re wrong — Mega Man 11’s art looks great

Mega Man 11‘s announcement brought me a lot of joy. This is my favorite game series. I’ve loved Mega Man as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories involved watching my brother play
Call of Duty World League’s first WWII esports event begins Friday

Call of Duty World League’s first WWII esports event begins Friday

The Call of Duty World League kicks off in Dallas this Friday with its first in-person tournament featuring Call of Duty: WWII. The event will feature more than 832 competitors across 208 teams
PlayStation 4 sales pass 70.6 million worldwide

PlayStation 4 sales pass 70.6 million worldwide

Sony announced today that its PlayStation 4 console has sold over 70.6 million machines worldwide. This includes both the original PS4 and the 4K enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro. At this time last year,
Overwatch fan makes the ultimate Sombra gift for Secret Santa

Overwatch fan makes the ultimate Sombra gift for Secret Santa

Sombra is Overwatch‘s resident hacker. She’s feisty and sarcastic, and she wields a fully automatic machine pistol. She also like to touch people’s noses and say “Boop.” Reddit community member
The DeanBeat: The Game Awards and why game developers say ‘F*** the Oscars’

The DeanBeat: The Game Awards and why game developers say ‘F*** the Oscars’

Last night’s The Game Awards had some touching, sweet, and funny moments. But Josef Fares, creator of the upcoming A Way Out from Electronic Arts, stole the show. While he got the most laughs, he also
Bungie ‘fixes’ Destiny 2’s broken gun by selling it to everyone

Bungie ‘fixes’ Destiny 2’s broken gun by selling it to everyone

Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris brought a new gun when it launched on December 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s the Prometheus Lens, and it’s incredibly broken. Most guns in Destiny 2 had
Cuphead wins its biggest prize: the praise of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

Cuphead wins its biggest prize: the praise of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

Canada has done a lot to facilitate the growth of its game-development industry, and that passion apparently goes all the way to the top. On Twitter today, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau
Xbox Live is down for some and so is Microsoft’s status site

Xbox Live is down for some and so is Microsoft’s status site

Update 2 at 1:07 p.m. PST: The Xbox Live Status page does not load consistently, so the errors continue to affect that site as well as Xbox Live as a whole. Xbox Live is still having intermittent
Why does Norman Reedus have a throat baby in Death Stranding? GamesBeat Decides

Why does Norman Reedus have a throat baby in Death Stranding? GamesBeat Decides

It was a busy week in video games. The Game Awards unleashed its “world exclusives” on Thursday, and we dive deeply into all of the announcements from that show on this week’s GamesBeat Decides
Laser League will have a closed beta this weekend

Laser League will have a closed beta this weekend

Laser League, a unique team-based multiplayer game where players have to avoid lasers in an arena, is hosting a closed beta this weekend on PC via Steam. It will start on December 15 and go on until
Game Boss interview: New CEO Pete Hawley will focus Telltale on its core strengths

Game Boss interview: New CEO Pete Hawley will focus Telltale on its core strengths

Pete Hawley joined Telltale Games as its new CEO a couple of months ago, and he is coming up for air to talk about it. Five years ago, Telltale had its breakout hit with The Walking Dead: Season One.