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Joystiq Streams: If Hatoful Boyfriend is wrong, I don't want to be right

For many hours and days that pass ever soon
the winds have caused the flame to dim
At last the wing is straight, the talon to the loom
Is this to end or just begin?
All of my bird love, all of my bird love,
Hatoful Boyfriend love to you.

After four days of Destiny streaming, Joystiq is desperate for a palate cleanser. What better way to wash down the Dinklage than with a dating simulator about birds? Join us at 4PM EST on for a session with Hatoful Boyfriend. Jess Conditt shows us the meaning of true bird love while Anthony John Agnello and Susan Arendt wonder just what the hell is going on.

That's at 4PM EST!
[Images: Devolver Digital]

Dubai's wealthy gamers can now purchase a gold PS4, Xbox One

Prominent Dubai retailer Jumbo Electronics has announced plans to unveil custom PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles made of rose gold, claims regional news outlet Emirates 24/7.

According to the report, the console is being crafted by Italian jeweller Gatti and will initially be available for purchase at the ongoing Games14 conference in Dubai. If you're interested in scoring one of these gaudy gaming machines, you'd better bring your wallet: While the tech specs of these special consoles match their plastic counterparts, each machine features a price tag of 50,000 UAE Dirhams - about $13,612 here in the United States.

"We are particularly excited to be launching the most unique and valuable gaming consoles in the world at Games14, specially created by Gatti," Jumbo Electronics head Nadeem Khanzadah told Emirates 24/7. "Available to both Xbox and PS4 fans, the high-end materials and exquisite detailing of the gold consoles make it a great collectible item for gamers who love luxury."
[Image: Sony/Gatti]

Destiny State of Service: Day Three

This is State of Service, an ongoing review of the online service of a recently launched game.

Friday, September 12 | T-minus 27 days until final verdict
Current State of Service:
Summary: Destiny continues to enjoy a clean launch, with glitches hitting a small number of players.

Destiny is holding up well across PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in its first week online, with the most prominent server issue being the Boar error on PS3. Bungie offers a workaround for the bug: Install Destiny, create a new PSN account designating the same region as the game, and then launch it and sign into your original PSN account. If that doesn't work, try deleting and reinstalling Destiny. Inelegant, but effective, apparently.

The Joystiq staff hasn't encountered any connection issues since launch, though Feature Content Director Xav de Matos has received a PS4 UI error noting he's lost connection to the server. Oddly, he hasn't dropped connection to the game itself, even when the notification appears in the middle of matches. Destiny's first weekend events kick off today, and Bungie promises that public events will appear more frequently in the game "very soon."

If you encounter any connection problems while playing Destiny, let us know in the comments, or on the Joystiq Twitter or Facebook accounts. Use the hashtag "#sos" and specify your platform, please.

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Former NEC employees tell the ballad of the TurboGrafx-16

NEC was poised to capture a significant share of the emerging North American video game market with the release of the TurboGrafx-16, but corporate indifference doomed the console to obscurity, an interview feature posted at Gamasutra today reveals.

Released alongside the Sega Genesis in 1989, the TurboGrafx-16 hosted a number of exceptional games during its short lifespan, and was the first home console to boast a CD-ROM add-on. While standout games like Bonk's Revenge, Blazing Lazers, and Ys Book 1 & 2 earned it a contingent of devoted fans, many of the console's greatest efforts -- including acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night predecessor Dracula X -- languished in Japan, leaving its North American branch to suffer a slow death.

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Nintendo streaming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS today, US demo imminent

Nintendo is hosting an official stream showcasing gameplay from its 3DS mascot brawler Super Smash Bros. starting at 1 p.m. PST today, giving an early look at the finished product prior to its North American launch on October 3.

Super Smash Bros. hits store shelves in Japan this week, and a number of fan streams have already revealed its full roster. Nintendo is also offering weekly eShop sales highlighting games that feature its Smash Bros. stars.

Nintendo is also launching a demo version of Super Smash Bros. in North America today for Club Nintendo Platinum members. Eligible players will receive an e-mail with download instructions once the trial is available. All 3DS owners will get access to the demo on September 19.

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Octodad localized in Japan with a new name, tons of style

When Octodad: Dadliest Catch launches on PS4s in Japan, it'll be with the snazzy new logo seen above, and a fancy localized name: "something like Okutodaddo: Don't Call Me an Octopus," Young Horses co-founder Phil Tibitoski says on Twitter. Adorable.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan designed the logo and "they did such an awesome job," Tibitoski writes. The new art will make an appearance at Tokyo Game Show next week.
[Image: SCEJ]

PSA: Twitch chat links are phishing for Steam logins

Some Twitch users are experiencing a number of phishing attempts within the video game broadcast service's chat windows. Twitch's support team on Twitter advised that viewers avoid clicking the "csgoprize" link that may appear in stream chats, as it is "a phishing attempt to install malware and compromise your Steam account." Twitch did not disclose how widespread the issue is.

The support team said it will "work to block that link," but that variants of the phishing attempt may sprout up in the future. It added that "in general, you should be wary of any links in chat." As for ways broadcasters can prevent further issues, they can enable a "Block Hyperlinks" option within Twitch's Channels and Videos settings to prevent viewers from adding their corrupt links to their stream's chat.
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Rumor: Here's what a Kinect-powered Gears of War looked like

A Kinect-controlled RTS spinoff in Microsoft's Gears of War franchise made it to the prototyping stage on the Xbox 360 before it was quietly canceled, a newly released gameplay video at VGLeaks suggests.

The video demonstrates motion-controlled gameplay presented from an overhead perspective. Players use gesture controls to target enemies as they guide a four-person team through destroyed urban environments, making use of environmental cover throughout.

Given that Kinect 1.0's gesture recognition and response was sporadic even under the best conditions, an action-focused RTS seems like a poor fit for the peripheral. Apparently Microsoft and developer Epic Games agreed, as Gears of War: Tactics was never officially announced. The game's current development status is unknown.

[Image: Microsoft / Epic Games / VGLeaks]

Arctic blue Xbox 360 among three holiday bundles out next week

Microsoft announced three new Xbox 360 holiday value bundles today. The bundles are $249 and include an Xbox 360 console in addition to a variety of games and hard drive sizes, each shipping to retailers next week on Tuesday, September 16. First, players can choose the 500 GB Holiday Value Bundle, which includes Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 as well as a one month subscription to Xbox Live Gold.

Walmart buyers will be able to get a "Special Edition Blue Bundle" version of that bundle, which features an arctic blue system and controller, seen above. The third option is the 4 GB Kinect Bundle, which includes Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and Forza Horizon. The bundle is limited to Target customers and also offers one month of free Xbox Live Gold access. Those that are looking to move to Microsoft's latest console may want to hold off until late October and early November for Xbox One bundles that include Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
[Image: Microsoft]

Hearthstone nerfing Leeroy Jenkins, Starving Buzzard

At first I saw the overpowered Leeroy Jenkins nerfing and was all: YAAAAAYYYYYY!

Then I saw the tweak to the card-creation bonanza of Starving Buzzard and cried in cataclysmic rage toward the heavens.

An upcoming "balance change" for Blizzard's collectible card game Hearthstone will see two abundant strategies require some tweaking. The card that potentially caused 20+ points of damage as part of a nefarious combination play, Leeroy Jenkins, will now cost one mana more. At least he's got chicken. Not Angry Chicken, mind you.

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This weekend's Destiny event goes 3-vs-3 in the Crucible

Bungie's freshly-launched Destiny is more than just a first-person shooter, it's an MMO-like game with planned community events for players to pepper with bullets. The developer unveiled the next set of missions in a blog today, starting with the 3-vs-3 Crucible event, Salvage. The playlist spans this weekend and has players fighting to "claim and salvage relics on small to medium sized maps." Players earn Crucible reputation, marks and gear by taking other teams of three on in the mode.

Then starting on September 16, the Vault of Glass level 26 raid opens. Set in a mysterious area beneath Venus, players take on "your greatest challenge yet," which happens to be long division for us. Vault of Glass champions receive raid set gear and ascendant materials. The last three sets of challenges are without description at the moment. Two of them, Combined Arms and Queen's Wrath, are planned for September, with the Iron Banner event set for October. These online events are playable as long as Destiny's servers are stable, which are in good shape as of our initial State of Service update.
[Image: Bungie]

Don't want that app? Google Play expands refunds up to two hours after purchase

Regretting that $7 purchase of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on your Nexus 7? There's time to turn it around now that Google has expanded the window for refunds on app purchases. Google Play shoppers now have two hours to return an app to the store, whereas refunds were previously limited to just 15 minutes after point of sale.

Returning an app on Google Play is a simple process. Just go to "My Apps" in the store, highlight the locus of buyer's remorse, and select "Refund" to have it removed. While the process may appear to lend itself to gaming the system for free games, Google does have checks in place to prevent people from endlessly downloading and returning games. Anyone who purchases a refunded app a second time is stuck with it for good.

Google has had to broadly reconsider Google Play customer policies. On Sept 4, a Federal Trade Commission complaint forced Google to refund a minimum of $19 million in in-app purchases. Children making unwitting in-app buys on their parents' devices became a major problem for the store. Luckily, parents can at least get refunds provided they check their Galaxy Tab quicker than every two hours on family road trips.

[Images: Google]

Grand Theft Auto 5 hits PS4, Xbox One Nov. 18; PC in 2015

Rockstar Games announced this morning that the next-gen console versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 will arrive in two months, with the PC version driving in early next year. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will arrive on November 18, while the PC edition follows on January 27, 2015.

Developer Rockstar highlights improvements to the versions of the sinful sandbox available on Xbox 360 and PS3 include new weapons, vehicles and activities, more wildlife, denser traffic (sitting in that is always fun!), new foliage system (wow, so lush, very green) and enhanced damage and weather effects.

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Humble Weekly Bundle Kalypso 2: Omerta, Airline Tycoon 2

Kalypso is double-dipping into Humble waters with this round of the Humble Weekly Bundle, offering Grand Ages: Rome – Gold Edition, Imperium Romanum – Gold Edition, Airline Tycoon 2 and Disciples 3: Gold Edition for whatever price you'd like to pay. Oddly enough, the Humble Bundle doesn't accept gold as payment.

Pay more than the average to grab Tank Operations: European Campaign, Patrician 3 and Patrician 4, and for $9 or more, add in Omerta: City of Gangsters and Port Royale 3. Purchased separately, all of the games in this week's bundle would cost $159. Payments this time around benefit Child's Play Charity and the American Red Cross, plus the developers and Humble itself.
[Image: Humble Bundle]

Dying Light to rise in January 2015

Dying Light, the free-roaming zombie apocalypse survival game from Call of Juarez and Dead Island developer Techland, will launch January 27, 2015. The game was delayed to February back in May, and was previously expected to arrive on March 31 of this year for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game splits players' activities among day and night cycles, the latter featuring much more dangerous and aggressive zombies. The best options for survival during the noctural hours is usually to run, encouraging players to partake heavily in Dying Light's parkour-like urban traversal mechanics. Players will also hunt for supplies to dig into a weapon crafting system and take out the undead enemies when the opportunity arises.
[Image: WBIE]

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