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Destiny takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, Bungie donating store proceeds to ALSA

Here's something you don't see every day: a fictional character performing a meme to fight a real-world disease. Our little buddy Ghost from Destiny has been hard at work helping the Guardians protect the solar system, and as thanks for his efforts, the folks over at Bungie have made him a participant in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Check after the break to see the results.

In case you've been living somewhere without internet lately - the moon, perhaps - you may not have yet heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Designed as a campaign to bring awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) and the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has participants dump a bucket of ice-cold water onto their heads and subsequently nominate future participants before everyone involved donates to the ALSA (though as with many viral campaigns, the rules change and vary from person to person; some say you don't need to donate if you do the challenge while others say you donate no matter what, etc).

However, since tiny robot assistants from a fictional future can't actually donate money, Bungie is doing things a little different. From now until Destiny's launch on September 9, 20 percent of Bungie Store proceeds will go toward the ALSA.

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EA banning FIFA Ultimate Team coin sellers from its online games

We're roughly one month away from the launch of FIFA 15, and EA Sports is reminding the series' fans that it won't tolerate cheating, especially in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), the mode that continues to earn big bucks for the publisher. In a lengthy update on the official FIFA site, the publisher discussed the effects that coin and card-trading bots have on its FUT servers.

In May, the publisher opted to de-activate trading in the FUT web app due to "the severe Transfer Market search issues caused by coin-farming bots," which caused the loss of in-game currency and athletes for other players. In turn, the makers of these bots sell the Ultimate Team goods on third-party websites (when they aren't phishing for account information on social networks). Whether buying or selling these items, EA considers these folks cheaters, and has already taken action in the past: "Since February 2014, we've banned hundreds of thousands of FIFA 14 accounts for coin selling and buying," it said.

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Chester Cheetah stars in Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare DLC


You can't keep Chester Cheetah away from video games. The Cheetos mascot starred in a pair of 16-bit platformers in the '90s, then was MIA for several years before resurfacing in Just Dance 4 in 2012. He appears when you least expect him; his enemies know all too well that he is both too cool to fool and dangerously cheesy.

And now he's back. Again. Starting this week, players can summon the irrepressible snack food peddler in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, outfitting in-game troop types with new Chester Cheetah-themed character skins.

DLC codes are included in specially-marked Cheetos packages, giving players access to the Dr. Chester and Chester Chomper skins for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS4, or PC versions of Garden Warfare.

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Joystiq Deals: PS4 Battlefield 4 Bundle Giveaway

Here at Joystiq Deals, we like free stuff. We're only human, after all. If you also enjoy free stuff, you'll want to check out our latest giveaway for a PlayStation 4 hardware bundle that includes a PS4 console, a copy of Battlefield 4, and an extra DualShock 4 controller. A winner will be selected on September 14, so make sure to lock in your entries and spread the word via the #PS4BWIN hashtag on Twitter.

The freebies continue on Steam, where 2K Games is offering a free Borderlands 2 weekend for you and your gun-toting friends through Sunday. If you like what you see, you can pick up the digital Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands 2 at a steep discount through Steam, giving you access to the game's core campaign and all DLC for only $9.99.
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Assassin's Creed: Unity devs answer the question, 'why co-op?'

Image According to Ubisoft's developers, the co-operative multiplayer found in Assassin's Creed: Unity was a chance to do something new that still felt wholly appropriate to series canon, but more crucially the devs also came to the undeniable conclusion that stealthy, acrobatic murder is greatly... Continue Reading

White PS4 Destiny bundle cut to £350 at GAME

Forget those bills, bills, bills UK friends, because GAME is now offering the white PS4 Destiny bundle at £350, the same price as a standard PS4. The new bundle is exclusive to GAME in the UK, and the high street retailer originally listed it at £385 before cutting the price this week. The bundle will be available alongside the game on September 9.

As MCV reports, the price drop follows undercutting by rival retailers like Amazon, which currently has a black PS4 and Destiny bundle going at £330. A standalone version of the white PS4 is confirmed to be coming to Europe later this year.
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The Last of Us picks up two new, free maps

Naughty Dog is handing out two new maps for the Factions multiplayer mode in The Last of Us on both PS3 and PS4, the developer announced today. The maps will be distributed for free "in appreciation for all of your continued patience" in regards to issues plaguing the game's online matchmaking.

"We know this can be frustrating and the team here at Naughty Dog wants everyone in our community to know that working on this issue continues to be our number one priority," a post from Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer reads on the developer's blog. A release date for the free maps has not been revealed.

Although improvements have been made to the matchmaking process in The Last of Us, Naughty Dog says there is still work to be done. Utilizing teams "inside and outside of the studio," the developer anticipates new updates to alleviate further issues will be rolling out "on the short side of weeks, rather than months." A specific date has not been solidified, the blog post notes.

"In the meantime, if you find yourself waiting to get into a match, the best thing you can do is exit matchmaking and select 'Find Match' again," Naughty Dog suggests.
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Op-ed: NHL 15 and the Case of the Missing Modes

It would come as no shock to anyone, as stereotypical as it may seem, that I have been looking forward to NHL 15 on Xbox One and PS4. I am, of course, Canadian. Some of my chief complaints from the series in recent years have been its presentation, which has made a habit of reusing animations, commentary, presentation packages and more. I apparently wasn't the only one with these issues. By E3 2014, the language coming from EA was "We heard you, NHL 15 is going to pull out all the stops."

A brand new and impressive presentation package, in collaboration with NBC Sports, was created bringing the quality of the NHL series to heights that I haven't seen (or felt) since I watched an animated Ron Barr welcome me to a game in NHL '94. EA Canada also added a new commentary team to the mix, piled on new physics that brought the series closer to reality and seemingly shoehorned an impressive list of other technical ideas into a game that, on paper, seemed bursting at its seams (or laces, whatever floats your boat).

And then the shoe (or skate, perhaps) dropped.

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Destiny launch trailer debuts sans moon wizards

Image While this trailer is sorely lacking in the histrionic musings of Peter Dinklage, it does an excellent job of conveying the core idea behind Destiny: The only friend mankind has among the stars is a big gun. ... Continue Reading

CounterSpy review: That slinking feeling

CounterSpy has a lot going for it: a slick visual style filled with bright colors and distinctive silhouettes, a handful of interesting gameplay ideas, a lovely Mancini-esque soundtrack and an opening sequence that would make James Bond blush. For fans of an older era of espionage – when microfilm was king and USB was still decades away – it's very promising.

Like a lesser Bond film, however, these polished elements never quite come together.

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Joystiq Streams: Putting Madden 15 through its PS4 paces [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]



There's a lush place where video games and football meet, and it's not just in EA and the NFL's island industry known as Madden NFL. In the heart of August, when the temperature and light start to drop, these pastimes begin their full bloom seasons. Today, we play Madden NFL 15 not just because we are Steelers fans and Packers fans and Eagles fans. We play Madden NFL 15 not just because we thrill in the coming rush of new games from Destiny to Alien Isolation. Today we play Madden to open the season. Today we open the floodgates to fall!

Whew. That got romantic. Just make sure you read all of that in Don Cheadle's voice. When you're properly psyched, get ready for a tour of Madden NFL 15 on PlayStation 4 at 4PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch.

Expert Mike Suszek will show you the ins-and-outs of this year's much scrutinized entry and then join Anthony John Agnello for some spirited scrimmages.

Joystiq Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch, but we broadcast at random times as well so make sure to follow us on Twitch to know when we go live.
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In the garden of Eden Hazard, don't you know that I love FIFA 15?

Belgium and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is the new face-next-to-Messi's-face for FIFA 15, at least in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Voted the best young player in the English Premier League last year, Hazard is also a less hazardous proposition to have on the cover than last year's choice, Gareth Bale. If you'll remember, Bale left for Real Madrid after appearing on the FIFA 14 cover in a Tottenham shirt, leaving EA Sports in a bit of a pickle. No such fun, sadly, is on the cards for Hazard this year.

To see the full box art, dribble below the break and remember to wipe.

EA's sportsball sim will once again grace a myriad of platforms starting September 23 in North America. Three days later it'll come to Europe, where Microsoft's once again offering it as part of a Xbox One bundle, priced 400 euros or £350.

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Minecraft PS4 fails certification as August creeps to a close

It's looking unlikely Minecraft will meets its August release window on PS4 after it failed Sony's certification tests. So it's back to the fixing board for 4J Studios, and the team will have to re-submit the game for certification before it can be released.

4J's been busy fixing issues and squishing bugs throughout the month, and not just in the PS4 version but in the upcoming Xbox One and Vita releases too. We've reached out to the studio to confirm a delay, and whether that'll affect just the PS4 version or other platforms too. All three ports are currently due for release this month.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris to drop onto PS4, Xbox One in Japan

Puyo Puyo Tetris, a combination of two venerable rival puzzle games that just makes sense to us, is coming to Xbox One and PS4. After bringing the blocky-blobby hybrid to Wii U, PS3, Vita and 3DS earlier this year, Sega announced it's dropping the two new ports onto Japan's retail shelves on December 4.

While Ubisoft's busy pumping Tetris Ultimate onto any system in sight, it seems unlikely we'll see Sega transition Puyo Puyo Tetris onto Western systems given Puyo Puyo's limited penetration outside of Japan. Then again, we live in a time where Sega's releasing Hatsune Miku games across the globe, so who knows?

To see how the game works, check out our lowdown from last year's Tokyo Game Show.
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Yoshida: 'I hope' Tomb Raider will come to PS4

During its Gamescom press conference, Microsoft announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would launch exclusively on Xbox platforms in holiday 2015. This came as a surprise to President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, he said in an interview with Eurogamer.

"It's very interesting the way Phil Spencer said, what we are saying is, in holiday 2015 Tomb Raider is exclusive to Xbox," he said. "So it's open to interpretation. But still, we didn't anticipate something like this would happen."

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