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Survey finds a quarter of top YouTubers taking cut from publishers

A recent survey conducted by Gamasutra found that a quarter of YouTubers (aka Let's Players) with over 5,000 subscribers participated in payola, receiving compensation for coverage. The established game press has gotten itself into a tizzy about the ethics of such actions.

As someone who worked through the transition from print to blogs, I remember the day Gamasutra switched from referring to us as "consumer blog" to "news site," so I know better than most the fluidity of perception. Our rules (here's Joystiq's ethics policy) are pretty clear, and that's thanks to years of relentless scrutiny and near-daily accusations of being paid off.

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Klei releases early prototype footage of Don't Starve Together

Klei Entertainment stressed its new footage of Don't Starve's mulitplayer expansion is of a "very early prototype," and everything in it is subject to change. It does, though, provide a look at the ghost mechanic in place for when players die in Don't Starve Together.

The video shows one player bludgeoning another, with the poor victim turning into a ghost as a result. The ghost player can then float around and haunt stuff - with varied results - before reviving by haunting a meat effigy.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate to be playable at Tokyo Game Show

Grab the biggest sword you can find and drag it along to this year's Tokyo Game Show in September, because Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be playable at the Japanese expo. You probably won't need the sword to play the upcoming 3DS action-RPG, but if you want to cut those queues you can [JOKE REDACTED]

4Gamer (via Gematsu) reports attendees can face off against the game's new main beastie in the TGS demo. Also, Capcom confirmed a new Monster Hunter Festa will deliver more monstrous celebrations to the country, but details are yet to be announced.

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Augment reality and seize territories with Google's Ingress on iOS

If you see your hometown as a capture-the-flag game just waiting to happen, then Google's Ingress might be for you. Having built up its player base on Android, the augmented reality game is available now for free on the App Store for iPad and iPhone.

The alternate reality world of Ingress is fought between two teams that you can align with, namely The Enlightened and The Resistance. The two parties are vying for energy sources locked within real-life locations, and so it's up to you to find these sources with your mobile in hand. By jetting around town you can capture locations, unearth energy, build up skills, and co-ordinate larger-scale virtual assaults with other players.

With Ingress, you'll never need to look up from your phone during those boring museum visits and dreary sightseeing trips with loved ones. To check it out, head to the App Store.
[Image: Engadget]

Watch Dogs bites back at Sniper Elite 3 in this week's UK charts

Watch Dogs wins the latest round of musical chairs in this week's UK charts, ending Sniper Elite 3's two-week tenure at No. 1. The open-world gruff man sim makes it four weeks in total at the top, and Ubisoft says it's shipped 8 million copies since the game's May launch.

With not one new release in the top 40, there's barely any significant change in this week's top 10 outside of Tomodachi Life and Battlefield 4 sneaking back in.

Since it's so quiet, we're continuing where we left off in the last charts round-up and posting some super-awesome music below the break, in the spirit of kicking the week off the right way. This week, we're commemorating Germany's triumph in the World Cup Final with the country's brightest young pop sensation.

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Stiq Figures, June 30 - July 7: Best gaming weaponry edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter.

Real-world weaponry is usually designed to adhere to mundane details like logistics, effectiveness and reality-heeding characteristics, but in video games, the "stupidly awesome" attribute can take priority. A pistol with a safety lever and a simplistic, lightweight build? Sounds ... practical, I guess. A gun that looks like it's part of Mattel's holiday lineup which shoots exploding crystalized shards? Stupidly awesome!

Virtual worlds let weapon designers focus on their visions rather than feasibility, and the results inspired by that freedom are always neat to see. It allows for more than fantastical sidearms like the Gears of War series' Lancer, too: arsenals can meld revolver chambers and motors with blades, or weave beasts and giant fists using garments made from hair. Decades of off-the-wall designs can make it seem like every possible bizarre creation has been achieved, and then something like Saints Row 3's Penetrator happens.

Is there a virtual weapon you've brandished that stands out to you, either from a design or effectiveness viewpoint? Tell us about your favorites, right after you check this week's Japanese hardware sales after the break!

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Tekken 7 coming, uses Unreal Engine 4 [update: confirmed, trailer]

Update: A Bandai Namco press release rolled out on Monday morning confirmed Tekken 7 is in development using Unreal Engine 4. Meanwhile, the YouTube description on the newly published teaser trailer (which you can watch below the break) says we can expect more details at the San Diego Comic Con, which takes place later this month.

Additionally, a quote from Game Director and Executive Producer Katsuhiro Harada points towards a release on the new generation of systems.

"The power and flexibility means that we can focus our efforts on making Tekken 7 the best possible game without worrying about spending time creating a stand-alone graphic engine," said Harada. "With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform[s] and go beyond it. Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to immediately bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire."

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Destiny's collector's editions are haunted by Ghosts

Image Destiny is prepping for its September launch, but which spaceship version will you choose to take you to the moon: the Digital Guardian Edition, Limited Edition or the Ghost Edition? Developer Bungie is here to give some convincing brochures for each. [Image: Activision]... Continue Reading

10000000 creator's iOS game is Smarter Than You - literally

Luca Redwood, creator of puzzle/RPG hybrid 10000000, is coming back with a new game designed to test its players - only this time, instead of playing against the game, you'll be going head-to-head with other people.

Smarter Than You for iOS operates on a simple rock-paper-scissors principle, where two players each pick one of three actions to do before the game counts down and enacts both choices at the same time. The twist is that players tell each other what they're going to do before they do it, though there's no restrictions keeping you from telling little white lies.

Smarter Than You has no official release date, nor is it clear how much it will cost, if anything. Pocket Gamer reports that Redwood said the game will be monetized "in a manner that has ... never been done before."

Well, there goes our "trading for pogs" theory.
[Image: Luca Redwood]

Flaregames working on tower defense series Fieldrunners' next wave

Mobile developer flaregames is co-developing its take on tower defense series Fieldrunners after signing a deal with its creator, Subatomic Studios. Flaregames CEO Klass Kersting told PocketGamer the follow-up is in early development, but he added the team will "stay true to the brand and help create a fun game that both hardcore fans of the two original games, as well as new players, will love."

Kersting said the existing Fieldrunners games still collectively see hundreds of thousands of daily activities from their playerbase. Subatomic's original Fieldrunners effort also won Best Art and Best Mobile Game awards at the IGF Mobile Awards in 2009 and followed lanes to the DS and PSP, so flaregames' adaptation has a bit of a reputation to live up to.
[Image: Fieldrunners 2: Subatomic Studios]

MMO Week in Review: ESO's slash-and-burn update

At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, The Elder Scrolls Online team revealed plans for its third major patch; due in August, the update will include the first part of a slash-and-burn overhaul of the unpopular veteran ranks system. Meanwhile, Massively ESO columnist Jef Reahard opined on why immersion is so important for ZeniMax's MMO.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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Deadfall Adventures on PS3 dives to the Heart of Atlantis

Deadfall Adventures, the first-person adventure game for Xbox 360 and PC from Polish developer The Farm 51, is putting on the boots for another adventure, this time on PS3. Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis is an expanded and revamped re-release of The Farm 51's 2013 adventure/FPS hybrid, featuring new locations, new fights, reworked graphics and more.

If you're unfamiliar, Deadfall Adventures takes its inspiration from the likes of Indiana Jones, who in turn takes inspiration from pulp serials like Doc Savage, which in turn can trace their pedigree to the character Allan Quatermain. That may sound like a confusing string of follow the leader, but it's actually more like coming full-circle; the hero in Deadfall Adventures is James Lee Quatermain, great grandson to the extraordinary gentleman, Allan.

Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis is expected to fight off Nazis and the supernatural sometime this summer.
[Image: The Farm 51]

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Pre-order Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes, get a free hero at select retailers

There are a lot of character figurines for Disney Infinity, and we imagine it will be the same story with Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes. At least Infinity fans can save some cash by picking up Marvel Super Heroes through the right store: In exchange for pre-ordering the $74.99 Starter Pack, select retailers in both the UK and the US are offering one free Super Marvel Heroes figurine to help grow hero-filled collections.

While GAME's listing states that customers can choose between Nick Fury, Hawkeye or Iron Fist as their freebie, GameStop's offer references a "14.99 value" rather than specific characters. We contacted GameStop to ask which heroes would be offered as a pre-order bonus, but that has yet to be announced. Still, if you already plan on adding Marvel to your virtual Disney sandbox, a mystery freebie probably won't hurt you. Besides, what if it's an Avenger? You're not going to be the one that splits up the Avengers, are you?
[Image: Disney]

San Diego Comic Con gets the first look at Halo: Nightfall

Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series from Halo franchise custodian 343 Industries and producer Ridley Scott, will shed some of its metaphorical armor at San Diego Comic Con next week, allowing us a glimpse at the soft, squishy, human bits hiding underneath.

Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer at 343, and Frank O'Connor, franchise development director, will lead a panel including "key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew" that will also give attendees a sneak peek at the series' story and production. So far, all we know is that the plot will hinge on Agent Locke, the mysterious figure who appeared above Master Chief on the Halo 5: Guardians cover.

The Halo: Nightfall first-look panel will begin July 24 at 11:45 a.m. Pacific in room 6BCF at the San Diego Convention Center. If you can't make it, don't worry - Halo: The Master Chief Collection will grant everyone who purchases it access to the series.
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Ar nosurge gets limited edition, GameStop pre-order incentives

Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star will bring its musical take on turn-based battles to the PS3 on September 23 for $49.99, but enthusiasts now have the option of paying a little more to snag its limited edition. The NIS America Online Store is offering the above bundle for $64.99, which includes a hardcover art book, a 16 x 23" poster, a physical soundtrack, a collector's box and the JRPG itself.

If you've got enough memorabilia taking up shelf space, you can still get exclusive content by picking up the adventure from GameStop. The retailer is offering a "DLC set with two Misogi Expansion Packs (Nay and Kanon), a dynamic custom theme based on the Felion Console."

There's plenty going on in Ar nosurge's futuristic fantasy world, and you can start getting acquainted with an introductory trailer after the break.
[Image: Koei Tecmo]

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